Lion Guard Talking Plush (RRP £24.99, for ages 3-6 years)
As you know from some of Chunk's toy reviews he's a fan of The Lion Guard, so a talking plush was a safe option. I chose Kion, but you can also get Bunga.
They have a light up 'Mark of the Guard' arm badge and they say four phrases. Kion's phrases include roars and wanting to go on Pride Land adventures, whilst Bunga uses more humorous quotes.
Chunk loves toys he can cuddle even now, and he will get them all to interact and it's interesting watching the role plays he creates.
This toy looks well made and the quotes are easy on the ear which is vital if they are going to be played a lot!
Schleich Dinosaurs (RRP Feathered raptors £13.99, mini dinosaurs £2.99 each, for ages 3+)
Chunk LOVES dinosaurs, so he gets them for every birthday to top up his ever-growing collection. I've chosen feathered raptors and mini dinosaurs this time. The feathered ones are a boxset of three and are Utahraptor, Velociraptor and Microraptor. These are three species believed to have feathers but none of these could fly.
Chunk knows about Velociraptors so he will enjoy finding out more about the other two species.
This is great for trying to introduce realistic role play, as Chunk loves to get involved with chores. We could put some soapy water in there for him to 'wash' the wooden flooring so we can still have fun together whilst I'm doing the boring jobs.
You can get Henry or Hetty buckets which are in great, bold colours, and they're designed to be true to life. I was lazy as a child so when it came to living alone there was a lot I had to learn, so teaching children essential life skills in a fun way when they're young is something I'm passionate about. It's also great hand-eye coordination practice for him!