The 40 best toys every child should own – including Lego, Monopoly and marbles

Lego tops the list of essential children’s toys – but half of parents also think every child should have their own bike

Lego has been voted the number one toy every child should have

Monopoly, microscopes and marbles are some of the toys that every child should own, according to research.

A study of 2,000 adults revealed the top 40 toys every boy and girl should have for Christmas, which also includes cameras, smartphones and skateboards.

However, the best toy voted by more than half of adults is Lego – while 49% think every child should have a bike and 47% a teddy bear.

Adults also believe that toys such as puzzles, building blocks, a soccer ball and Play-Doh are essential for children’s experiences.

While 34% think modern kids need a jump rope, and three in ten think a train and musical instruments are important.

Parents will spend an average of £260 on gifts for each child



Dan McKay of BargainMax, who commissioned the research to launch its nationwide competition giving one lucky winner a year’s worth of toys, said: “There are some great toys on this list that are more than ideal for your kids this Christmas.

“This study shows that a wide variety of toys are needed to really help a child’s development – ​​and they don’t always have to be expensive.

“Most of the toys listed are those that allow children to explore, role-play and use their imaginations.

“Something as simple as a soccer ball, a doll or a science set can really help a child learn more about the world, about themselves and the people around them.”

The study found that 71% of adults think a toy should be fun, but six in ten also think they should be creative and imaginative.

Similarly, 61% think toys should be both educational and entertaining.

As many as 62% of adults will buy children’s toys this Christmas – with Lego, puzzles and teddy bears likely to be the most popular purchases.

Other children seem ready to enjoy gifts such as dolls, building blocks and dinosaurs.

The research, carried out via OnePoll, found that parents plan to spend around £260 on each of their children to make their day completely magical.

And half of parents think every child should have a bike


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And children receiving gifts from people other than mum and dad will have something to open worth around £28.50.

Construction seems to be the most popular toy category for buyers, followed by arts and crafts, puzzles and action figures.

But in addition to their stocking stuffers this year, winners of the BargainMax contest will receive the latest batches of toys for testing throughout 2022, including items ranging from spooky magic sets to toy cars.

Dan McKay added: “We wanted to bring some joy to some little people throughout 2022, in addition to the Christmas period.

“We recognize that not all children are lucky enough to receive many different types of toys, and we hope our donation will make a real difference to the winners.

“In addition, they will be able to share their experiences playing and testing the toys, and their feedback will be used on our social networks.”

To enter the contest and get more information, go to here.


  1. Lego
  2. Bike
  3. Teddy bear
  4. Brain teaser
  5. building blocks
  6. Soccer
  7. modeling clay
  8. Jumping rope
  9. Musical instruments
  10. Monopoly
  11. Scrabble
  12. Box
  13. Get dressed
  14. Connect 4
  15. Construction game
  16. Dolls
  17. Science set
  18. Burn a sketch
  19. Scooter
  20. marbles
  21. Tricycle
  22. Guess who
  23. Dinosaurs
  24. Mr Potato
  25. Roller skates
  26. microscopes
  27. Rubik’s Cube
  28. Break!
  29. car track
  30. Camera
  31. Magnets
  32. magic set
  33. Fisher-Price Phone
  34. Game console
  35. Kerplunk
  36. Mouse trap
  37. Skateboard
  38. Coding Kit
  39. Jewelry sets
  40. Smartphone

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