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This month's top toys

From hobby horses to statement t-shirts and posh bibs, take a look at this month's top buys...

Crazy horses

Calling all horsey types. Almost every child has harboured dreams of leaping onto a majestic mount and riding off into the sunset, the breeze in their hair. OK, so they won’t get very far with this Rivelin rocking horse, but they can still saddle up the old-fashioned way for some pure olde-worlde indulgence. Modelled on the classic Victorian style and beautifully hand-crafted from birch hardwood, the saddlery is made from fine-quality leather, while the mane and tail are real horse hair and all the fittings solid brass. Kids will love giddy-upping on this elegant thoroughbred in the comfort of their own homes, not to mention plaiting its mane over and over again. At Dhs25,000, it costs around half the price of the real thing, plus it doesn’t need feeding, mucking out or exercising. We guess that makes it a bargain…
From Hamleys, Dubai Mall (04 399 8889), suitable for children aged four and above

Biblicious

You could be forgiven for mistaking this twin pack of bibs for jars of baby food, and the crossover doesn’t end with the packaging. Adorned with fruit and veg prints (you can either get carrots and peas or strawberries and oranges) they’re perfect for camouflaging spillages – if you can get your tot to eat that healthily. Snap them up now; after all, tea time may be a messy affair but that’s no excuse for not staying chic.
Dhs120 for two, Soboho, Dubai Marina Mall (04 434 2535)

Make a discovery

Straight from the Discovery Channel, this Glow Star Globe is, funnily enough, a normal globe during the day, but at night it transforms into a fascinating look at the magical night sky, complete with all the constellations of the southern and northern hemispheres. The Toy Store has a whole host of new fascinating and educational toys from the Discovery Channel, plus they’ve recently taken delivery of a brand new batch of lifesize furry friends, including an elephant, hippopotamus and giraffe.
Dhs299 The Toy Store, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 2475)

Game on!

Thanks to Deepak’s fabric store for the material for this month’s game show host costume, and to Coventry tailors, who branched into kids’ clothing just for us and patiently crafted our snazzy jacket from gold lamé.
Deepak (04 344 3182); Coventry Tailors (04 344 7563); both in Satwa

Smart art

We’re not sure of the wisdom of letting kids loose with permanent marker pens, but apparently this T-shirt graffiti set is all the rage, and perfect for birthday parties, end-of-term celebrations and other miscellaneous arty moments. The eight pens can be used on cotton T-shirts, caps and trainers, and once dried (or ironed on) they’re there for good. Alternatively, get busy with this fabby finger painting set. Turn your fingerprints into works of art from coloured, flowers creatures and characters. The set includes 12 rubber stamps for kids to add funny faces, hands and feet and other features to their designs, as well as 12 colouring pencils.
T-shirt pens Dhs48; finger painting set Dhs65, ZaZeeZou, Jumeirah Centre, Beach Road (04 344 0204)

Rock chicklets

Get the party started with these gorgeous funky T-shirts from ‘Rock A Bye Baby’. Leaving pastel shades and mainstream cute in their wake, these pop culture T-shirts and hoodies are for little ones who are born to rock – and they come in a groovy vinyl sleeve packaging which will delight mums and dads of a certain age.
From Dhs170-Dhs285, ZaZeeZou, Jumeirah Centre, Beach Road (04 344 0204)

The sun has got his hat on

Hot and sunny days are heading our way again, so it’s time to slap on those hats. With this hip new range from Aunty Ollie, your little ones can hit the park, beach and playground in style. Funky prints include babushkas, strawberries, vintage planes and diggers and come in sizes one to three years and three to six years. At Dhs60 a pop you might even invest in a few to scatter around the car and house. Designed and made in Dubai, Aunty Ollie is currently available monthly at the Dubai Flea Market (see www.dubai-fleamarket.com for dates).
www.auntyollie.com, or contact Jodie Hampshire at auntyollie@auntyollie.com or 050 871 8893

We don’t mind the Gap

Bright plaids, jewels and patchwork adorn cotton shift dresses and preppy Bermudas in a must-have-it-now cacophony of colour and jollity in this season’s Gap Kids collection. Trendy tots would be well advised to hit the store as soon as possible, as we’re convinced this Palm Beach-inspired collection will sell out quicker than you can say, ‘Ooh it’s spring’.
Starting price for the range Dhs75, Gap, TheDubai Mall (04 339 8784)

Sheikh that booty

How cute is this! A gorgeous babygrow for the new man in your life, this is perfect for Dubai-born bubs.
Dhs168 Baby Bling, The Village Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 344 1115)

By Karen Iley
Time Out Dubai,

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