6 best Tonies for preschoolers (perfect for independent play), including the brand new Blippi Tonie

As Tonies launches new Blippi character, we share our 6 favourite Tonies for preschoolers

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With 67 million Tonies sold, there's no denying the popularity of the kids' interactive audio system. If you're not sure what Tonieboxes are and how they work, once you have the Toniebox base, you need Tonies, hand-painted magnetic characters, which are brimming with character themed stories and songs. Tonies make great gifts and you'll often find them recommended in toy guides, like in our best Peppa Pig toys roundup.

Tonieboxes are wireless and screen-free audio devices that help children to play and learn independently, as well as developing their language skills making them perfect for pre-school age kids. With a whole host of recognisable characters they'll love, including The Gruffalo, Peppa Pig and their favourites from Paw Patrol, it's a super engaging way for them to play, while learning at the same time.

And now there's a brand new Tonie on the block - Blippi! With his educational videos adored by little ones, Blippi has taken the world by storm, amassing a legion of tiny fans along the way. And now, kids can join Blippi on an audio adventure on the Toniebox.

Lucia Kreuzer, General Manager for Tonies UK, says: “Blippi has been one of our most-requested Tonie characters ever and now the wait is over for our excited little listeners. We are sure Blippi will quickly become one of our bestselling Tonie characters – let the Blippi adventure begin!” 

You can buy the Blippi Tonie directly from the Tonies UK website, for £14.99, but we can't yet see it for sale at that price from the likes of Amazon, Very, John Lewis or Argos. However, it's available on Amazon, but at a much higher price point, so right now it's not great value for money from the online giant.

6 best Tonies for preschoolers

If Blippi isn't your bag, or you want to build out your child's collection, we've shared out top picks for Tonies that are perfect for pre-school age children.

Tonieboxes are easy enough for kids of all ages to use, with more than 700 Tonie characters and stories available to suit a variety of ages and interests. The Yoto audio system offers a similar experience, and if you're not sure what the differences are or which might be better for your child, we've compared the two in our Yoto vs Tonies guide.

For this age group, you might also be interested in the best dinosaur toys, the best toys for 3 year olds or the best Frozen toys.

Sarah Handley
Consumer Writer & Money Editor, GoodtoKnow

Sarah is GoodtoKnow’s Consumer Writer & Money Editor and is passionate about helping mums save money wherever they can - whether that's spending wisely on toys and kidswear or keeping on top of the latest news around childcare costs, child benefit, the motherhood penalty. A writer, journalist and editor with more than 15 years' experience, Sarah is all about the latest toy trends and is always on the look out for toys for her nephew or Goddaughters so that she remains one of their favourite grown ups. When not writing about money or best buys, Sarah can be found hanging out with her rockstar dog Pepsi, getting opinionated about a movie or learning British Sign Language.