Why play matters

Play is an important part of a child’s physical and mental development.

Little Tikes recognises that play is not just important for children but imperative to all aspects of life and is a proven stress buster for adults too. A pivotal part of stimulating the imagination, play can support in solving problems and boosting creativity.

Little Tikes is passionate about play and believes there is no right or wrong way to explore little ones’ imagination. We believe play enhances and develops their creativity and dexterity, as well as physical, cognitive and emotional strength. Play has been demonstrated to enable children to explore and challenge different types of play in their own imagination bubble.

Although it has wonderful cognitive benefits, it’s important to remember that pretend play is often physical and is a great way for children to stay active, exercise and develop their motor skills too. We like to encourage play at all ages – from babies to toddlers and children aged five years and over.

Allow our Little Tikes toys to be the perfect play partner between you and your child when creating those magical, memorable moments. Here, we take a look at the best ones for your child’s development.


3-in-1 Activity Walker



Named in the Independent’s Top 10 baby walkers of 2018, our 3-in-1 Activity Walker is the toy that forms part of those super special, sentimental memories of your child’s first steps. For children aged nine months to three years old, this multi-use activity centre provides hours of independent fun and is great for building strength and stability in little growing legs. From crawling to sitting and walking, our walker’s bright colours and lights provide a sensory delight and a step in the right direction to teaching your little one how to take their first steps at their own pace. We understand those first toddles and signs of movement can sometimes be accidental. However, our Activity Walker is specifically designed for this developmental stage to inspire your baby to get moving. With over 70 songs, sounds and activities to choose from, our 3-in-1 Activity Walker is a fun ideal all-round first toy for baby to use on their own personal discovery journey to taking their all-important first steps.


Classic Coupe® (30th Anniversary)



Take your child’s imagination on the road with our Cozy Coupe® (30th Anniversary). Available for children aged 18 months to five years old, the Cozy Coupe® is adaptable for tiny toddlers and older children too. Its real-life key features, including a petrol cap, key ignition and stickers, encourage toddlers to stretch their mind to adapt to real-life situations and provide a quirky personalisation element. Drive your child around in their Cozy Coupe® with the foot panel fitted or let older ones explore with an open floor. This popular ride also comes in a Princess edition with a pastel pink and baby blue exterior. Refuel their imagination with our Cozy Pumper, an all-weather pump which comes with a hose, pretend nozzle, and weatherproof buttons and sounds to stimulate interaction.


L.O.L Surprise! Cottage Playhouse



If you have a L.O.L Surprise! super fan in your house, we are sure you’re going to love our pretty-in-pink playhouse. The L.O.L Surprise! Cottage Playhouse brings make believe to life with awesome modern windows and doors, working shutters, a letter box and flag holder. We know that children learn by observing, so why not invite their BFF round for some playhouse fun? Role play is a great way to encourage their understanding of cooperation and sharing by giving them small tasks around the playhouse. We also understand the home environment plays a huge part in every child’s life. That’s why using the home as a play setting works extremely well when encouraging play. Inspire your child to complete simple house tasks and make them exciting such as posting mail through the mail slot. This perfectly pink playhouse is the ideal opportunity for free play, allowing your child to create their own make-believe play scenarios. Some toddlers are more socially orientated than others and our L.O.L Surprise! Cottage Playhouse is the ideal role play asset for creating group play.


Fun Zone Dual Twister



Spin and splash through the summer with our immersive Fun Zone Dual Twister. This fast-paced spinning sensation provides toddlers a sensory experience with an easy-to-use splash and spray water wheel. Our thrilling and exciting twister gives children a ride they won’t want to get off. And when the weather turns bleak? The play doesn’t stop! Bring your twister inside and use as a spinning seat, keeping your children entertained for hours at a time. Discover more about our Fun Zone range now.

Little Tikes trusts that play is immensely important for growing and developing children. Whatever the age of your child, our range of toys can support in your little one’s fast developing skill sets.

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