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Top six playground crazes
6:00am Saturday 21st September 2013 in Lifestyle
Six of the best gadgets and gizmos on a theme. This week: Six of the best playground crazes.
By Peter Jenkinson
With the advent of digital technologies, there's no denying the way kids interact at break-time has changed. Thankfully though, one aspect of playground etiquette remains enduringly popular; comparing, swapping and collecting.
With that in mind, here are the hottest trends for school-children right now.
Shwings - £9.99 a pair from shwingsonline.co.uk
These new arrivals are the ideal way to add real character to your trainers - for those who have a uniform to wear, add them to your P.E. kit. Far from being just for kids, they've been popping up on celebrity footwear across the nation too.
Character building sports stars - from £1.99 see character-online.com
This new line of football micro-figures contains 22 players, from the biggest teams in the premier league, for you to collect and swap. Each bag comes complete with either a slider base or ball, and the range includes larger packs to build up your own playing pitch or even construct a mini Wembley stadium. A must for footie fans.
LEGO minifigures series 11 - £1.99 from smythstoys.com
This best-selling toy is now into an incredible 11th series, and it's hard to see how it might ever get toppled from top slot. The range spans everything from a gingerbread man to lady robot, elf complete with dinky teddy bear, a grandma and scarecrow - can you imagine how amazing it must be in the meeting room where they decide release phase?
Lil Zelfs - £2 from Hamleys.com
These new collectables come from a place called Zardenia and can be found hiding in all manner of places around your garden - well, this is the back story to what could be one of the hottest new collectables this term. Super-quirky, there are over 36 to collect and they can simply be displayed on your desk or used as pencil toppers.
Trash Pack - from £2.49 see amazon.co.uk
They might be ugly - very ugly - but well over two million of these stinking characters have been sold to date, so something clearly appeals. There are loads of smaller characters as well as bigger playsets to collect, making them a decent pocket money toy or - for the more aspirational - a perfect addition to Santa lists.
Tagamoto - £7.95 from red5.co.uk
Designed by the makers of the awesome Hexbug range, these new cars allow you to build up your own customised streets then take to the road with one of many quite attractive rides. They use the latest technology to read the barcodes on the roads and perform one of many different functions. There are three different modes in which these cars can be played with, and they really do look like the toy to watch this year.
App of the week
Battleband - free on iTunes
We heard this was a Rock 'n' Roll action arcade game and although we'd certainly never come across one before, we're glad we have now. Take Battle Band on your iOS device and play out as one of four different band members, using your instruments as the weapons to become a global superstar.
:: Note to Editors: The top app charts are not yet available, they will be sent later today
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