Toys & Products for Older Kids

The robot toy teaching kids to code

RACHEL CLUN Coding is an important skill for today's children - and a little round robot called Sphero can help them learn.

Dolls that offer boys something more than just muscle-men

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LIVIA GAMBLE There’s an abundance of toys on the market designed to empower young girls but what about the boys? This could be the answer.

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Bodyguard Blanket the latest bulletproof product for US schools

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MELANIE KEMBREY Children can wear the bulletproof blanket like a backpack to shield themselves in the case of a school shooting.

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Artists reinvent Disney posters

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Artists for Mondo Gallery, in collaboration with blog Oh My Disney, created new Disney artwork for a show at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

Jumping castle flies away taking three children with it

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LIVIA GAMBLE In the US, a jumping castle was lifted into the air on Monday afternoon taking two boys and a girl with it.

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Cancer risk could see jeans, kids clothes and sheets recalled

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Steve Lillebuen Stores may pull thousands of pairs of jeans, children’s clothing and bed sheets amid fears they contain a carcinogenic clothing dye.

Superstar mums design charity collection

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LIVIA GAMBLE Celebrities, Victoria Beckham, Gisele Bündchen, Ivanka Trump and Stella McCartney all helped to design a limited-edition clothing collection to raise money for charity.

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Is it wrong to buy trading cards on the internet?

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Josefa Pete Slowly collecting DreamWorks cards from Woolworths, not taking into account double ups, would require a minimum spend of $840. For me, it was a no brainer.

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Teen takes on McDonald's sexism - and wins

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Antonia Ayres-Brown McDonald's is estimated to sell more than 1 billion Happy Meals each year. When it poses this question "Do you want a boy's toy or a girl's toy?", it pressures innumerable children to conform to gender stereotypes.

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Elizabeth Hurley's swimwear line for girls causes Twitter backlash

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RACHEL CLUN Elizabeth Hurley is in hot water again over her children’s swimwear line.

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Leggings banned at this high school: but girls are fighting back

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Amanda Hess An American school has banned girls from wearing the most comfy pants in the world. Why? Apparently they're too distracting for male students. As Amanda Hess discovers, girls aren't giving up on leggings without a fight.

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Mother invents harness to help kids with special needs walk

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LIVIA GAMBLE Debby Elnatan came up with the idea to create a walking harness which would allow her son, Rotem, who has cerebral palsy, to be able to stand upright and take steps together with his mother.

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Dolls to encourage science and engineering careers for girls

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LIVIA GAMBLE Two engineering students are empowering young girls through their Miss Possible doll range. Targeting girls aged six to ten, the dolls would not only represent a “normal” body but would also be based on strong, female, historical figures.

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13 Diddly-Doo Details in the Lego 'Simpsons' House Set

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Laura Vitto Everything's coming up Lego in the new Simpsons house brick set.

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Amazing sculptures made from children's toys

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South Africa-born artist Freya Jobbins has created these amazing sculptures from old children's dolls and toys. Inspired by Guiseppe Archimboldo and his fruit and vegetable paintings and of course the Toy Story Trilogy, each piece of plastic is painstakingly carved, glued layer over layer, creating depth to each unique assemblage. To view the whole collection visit her website.

Simpson's Lego gets a makeover

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Babyology Fans of The Simpsons and Lego fans will be battling it out in major retailer aisles to be the first to get their hands on the all new The Simpsons themed Lego!

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What happened to the 1981 Lego advertisement girl?

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Todd Wasserman In January, a 1981 Lego ad made the rounds on Reddit and social media. For some, the ad illustrated how ads back then adhered less stringently to gender roles.

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Artist shows cartoon characters have organs too

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American artist, Jason Freeny strips famous cartoon characters down to reveal their bones and organs. Freeny told the Daily Mail, "I created these sculptures to discover what characters look like inside, specifically the grotesque skeletal system." To view his full collection visit his website.

School uniform lists reach 18 pages as students learn to accessorise

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AMY MCNEILAGE Even a public school's humble polo-shirt-and-short combo can prove costly with multiple children to clothe. And then come the other seasonal necessities - hats and headbands, lunch boxes and library bags and, of course, the dreaded leather school shoes.

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Is it safe for children to ride on the road?

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Michael O'Reilly How many kids will get their first bike for Christmas this year? Parental fears on road safety are robbing many children of the benefits of bike riding.

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Powerful photo series morphs real women with Barbie

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Laura Vitto Photographer Sheila Pree Bright highlights the disconnect between beauty ideals and real women for her series, "Plastic Bodies."

Stocking filler gift ideas

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Picking a Kris Kringle gift this year is a breeze with this under $15 gift guide. Click through and let the shopping begin.

Former bronco tackles writing for kids

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CAMERON ATFIELD The transition from sports star to published author is a well-trodden path, but for former Brisbane Broncos halfback Scott Prince, that transition was about more than just getting his name on the cover of a book.

The best Little Golden Books

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Little Golden Books have been entertaining children for generations. The very first original series was published in 1942 with titles that are still entertaining kids today. We've gathered some of their latest releases but haven't forgotten about the old faithfuls. Enjoy the trip down memory lane.

Apps for kids

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Whether you're looking for something educational or just want to keep the kids entertained, there are an abundance of apps available for kids to enjoy. Before making your next purchase, click through to see our top apps for kids.

Top apps for kids

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Whether you're looking for something educational or just want to keep the kids entertained, there are an abundance of apps available for kids to enjoy. Before making your next purchase, click through to see our top apps for kids.

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The Simpsons to get a Lego range

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Want to build a new home for Homer or try out a new hairstyle for Marge?

Weirdest toys ever invented

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You will be amazed, appalled and maybe feel a little uncomfortable as you look through our collection of some of the weirdest toys ever invented.

Romeo Beckham is new face of Burberry

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Daisy Dumas Romeo Beckham is wasting no time in emulating his picture-perfect parents by becoming the newest face of Burberry.

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Gift Guide For Older Kids

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The count down for Christmas has bugun, so here is a list of gift ideas for older kids to help out with any last minute shopping.

Six new books, Not-For-Parents

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Livia Gamble Do you have a little fact-finder in your family? How about a future world explorer or history lover? Take them on a journey through history and around the world with the latest book series for kids from Lonely Planet.

Lego: The Hobbit

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To coincide with the movie release of The Hobbit, Lego’s The Hobbit: an unexpected journey gives fans of all ages the chance to build and play out adventures of Bilbo Baggins and his journey to middle-earth.

Children's clothes through the ages

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The recent Target controversy has inspired us to take a look back over the children's fashion of past decades. Do we view them differently today?

Target 'trampsteria' taken too far?

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AMY GRAY The fact we are using sexualized terms to describe girls’ clothing suggests a far deeper cultural issue, writes Amy Gray.

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Toys through time

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Re-visit your childhood as you take a look at these time-honoured toys. From Marvel superheroes, slinkies and easy-bake ovens to Rainbow Brite, Carebears and Star Wars figurines, you will be surprised by what you find in this retro toy gallery.

Olympic inspired stationery

If you are thinking of updating your child's stationery after the school holiday break be sure to check out the new eD Sports Stars Stationery Range. It is perfect for any child excited about the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games in London or just for the everyday sports fanatic.

Back to school gallery

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Back to school shopping? Have a look at these gorgeous back to school products for girls and boys.

Gift ideas for girls

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Whether you are looking for some inspiration for a birthday present, a special treat or some browsing fun - we have a selection of gift ideas for girls that will bring out your girly-side.

The Art of the Brick

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We have a sneak peek at some of Nathan Sawaya's LEGO sculptures from the world renowned The Art of the Brick exhibition - coming to Sydney from the 12 December until 5 February 2012 at Sydney Town Hall. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.

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LEGO Heroica

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Staff Writers From mystical wizards and barbarians to Goblin kings and giant spiders, the magical land of Heroica has everything your child could imagine and more.

The ultimate Christmas bonbon is here

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Staff Writers Thanks to Mattel Essential Kids is giving away two awesome Christmas Bonbons this festive season. Loaded full of all the best toys for girls and boys!

Girls Ultimate Christmas Bonbon

Girls Ultimate Christmas Bonbon

Boys Ultimate Christmas Bonbon

Boys Ultimate Christmas Bonbon

The new collection from e3-M

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The latest spring/summer collection from e3-M for older kids is a mix of vibrant fun colours with street-cool trends.

Make your own Warhammer 40k battleground

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KATIE CARLIN With the right material and some creativity you will be battling intergalactic enemies on your own creation in no time at all.

French lingerie brand creates range for tots

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Staff writers A designer of a new range of 'loungerie' for 4-12 year olds says she is shocked at the negative reaction to her promotional campaign.

Older kids Christmas gift guide

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Choosing a gift for older children and teens can be tricky as fads change so quickly year to year. Stick to the classics to ensure a present which will be used year-long.

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Buying for the Kids and Teens can be tricky, but here are some ideas to get you started.

Trampoline safety

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It’s estimated that 10 – 16 thousand Australian children are presented to emergency departments annually from trampoline injuries. But there are ways to enjoy the benefits of trampolining safely. Here's how.

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