Backyard adventure: Splurge on the kids as it gets cooler with the ultimate in outdoor play. If you have a few thousand dirhams to spare, then let them run ragged on these gorgeous cedar wood play sets. Apparently they’re naturally decay-, rot- and insect-resistant.
Highlander, Dhs12,995 plus Dhs1,400 assembly charge; Atlantis, Dhs6,495 plus Dhs1,000 assembly charge, both from Parasol Garden Furniture (04 347 9003).
Eidh by gums: We love these wonderfully cute onesies from Baby Bling, carrying their very own sparkling seasonal messages for Eidh. Choose the hand of Fatima which traditionally signifies protection against the evil eye, or ‘Eidieh’, which cheekily asks, ‘Where’s my Eidh gift?’
Dhs380-400, Baby Bling, The Village Mall, Jumeirah (04 344 1115); www.babybling.com.
Split personalities: Unleash your little ones’ imaginations with these three-in-one colourful puppets. From Little Red Riding Hood (featuring the heroine, granny and the nasty wolf) to The Princess and the Frog, all you have to do is flip up the skirts to find the character. Beautifully made from soft, durable fabric – and 100 percent organic – they’re brilliant for bringing storytime to life and for encouraging role play and creativity.
Dhs155, from Organic Foods & Café, The Dubai Mall (04 434 0577).
Hello dolly!: Beautifully bright and contemporary, we adore this gorgeous dolls house that encourages constructive, imaginative play, and is made from hard-wearing, natural materials. Little ones can start collecting their mini household accessories today – and the play value will last for years.
Dhs645, from Çilek at Ibn Battuta Mall (04 429 7920) and Mirdif City Centre (04 284 0042).
Driven crazee: A puzzle that’s guaranteed to either have you pulling your hair out (like we were) or dramatically increase your brain power, the promoters reckon Crazee Cube offers more than 19,000 ways to get it right. We think they’re fibbing. Still, it’s a welcome departure from the Rubik’s cube, which we could never do either...
Dhs39, from www.filini.com.
Light years ahead: Highly recommended in parent reviews, this adorable Buzz Lightyear laptop is perfect for IT-savvy kids aged four to six. The cheerful, moulded case is hardwearing and light, and there are loads of fun and educational games for junior to get stuck into. We think it’s great for long journeys.
Dhs179, Toys R Us (04 206 6564).