Hamleys top Christmas toys revealed including 'rescue animal' that needs a bath

A “rescue animal” which requires its new owner to give it a bath and traditional games with a tech twist are among the top toys likely to be on children’s Christmas lists this year.

This toy requires its new owner to bath it.

The toy retailer said the Scruff-a-Luv My Real Rescue was likely to prove most popular with youngsters, while Pictionary Air, which allows people to draw in the air and the image to appear on a screen, is also set to be added to Christmas lists.

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The Smart Pixelator allows children to build their own 2D or 3D designs through Bluetooth connectivity, while Coding Critters is a storybook adventure that will teach your kids to code without the need for a screen.

Victoria Kay, head buyer at Hamleys said: “It’s no surprise that tech-based toys are popular with the kids this Christmas but it’s interesting and exciting that we are seeing an emerging trend of human connection within toys like Scruff-a-luv’s My Real Rescue, whereas other toys such as Pictionary Air are starting to embrace the online world through physical play.”

She added: "Importantly, these toys are being delivered to bring people together this Christmas and provide an extra dimension of fun and familiarity to all family members."