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With just a few weeks until Christmas, we are looking at this
year's coolest toys and gadgets. Checking out the smartest new
console games and we are revealing the gifts you can make without
Hello! Just look at this place. It is packed out like Santa's grotto.
Whatever you work it into, we have got something to get you excited.
We have got gadgets, puzzles, board games, you may net. You will be
telling your mates about what we will show you. One man who loves
his toys is Barney but he will be gutted because he is not here. He
is busy rehearsing for panto. We have a very special guest presenter
of joining us for the Day. I cannot think of anyone better to help us
on a show all about gadgets. The Gadget Show presenter and
technology fanatic Ortis Deley really knows his stuff when it
comes to all things Tech. Light, iPhone, action. He gets to play
around with cutting-edge technology, trying out some of the latest hi-
tech gear on the market. So, if it is gadgets you are after, he is the
man in the know. Ortis Deley, welcome to Blue Peter! We have got
to fire up your engine but you did that all by yourself. Is it that
cool? It is the only way to travel! I use it every day to get to work.
You into your gadgets and gizmos but have you always been techie?
was always into science, physics and chemistry but the only bit of
technology I was in two as a kid was the tech -- television. Back in
your day it was not fancy I pads. No, it was Abacus is. I cannot wait
I have some stuff to show you. There are loads of toys and gadgets
which are using technology these days. I want to show you a few
examples. This is probably one of the more affordable ones. This is
the Annoying Monster. If you attach the right part of him you will get
a reward. Are you not a fan of this? When I am in a toy shop I
have to press everything that makes a noise. This is clearly annoying
somebody! We have lost the monster! It is only �14. This here is the
Fidget. A people have been talking about on the message boards.
reacts to touch and sounds. You can have a small conversation with him.
Hello. You are looking good. Fish live in salt water. There you go.
�47. If you have got a bit more money at your disposal or perhaps a
rich uncle, for �140 you can get your hands on this radio-controlled
car from Playmobil but what is special about it is it has a camera
on board. You can use it to spy on people. You can sneak up on your
brothers and sisters. It uses Wi-Fi to transmit pictures to a screen of
your choice. Go and spy on the crew at the back eating sandwiches.
they are all working which is good. I have to have an advent calendar
every year but this year we have gone for something different. There
is no chocolate but it has toys instead. I know Barney Harwood
would love it because he is very into Star Wars. I know it is early
but I am going to open the first one. You get actual Lego.
Brilliant! You will not rot your teeth but you can make something.
That is moving without me operating it! The dog has got the remote.
There is something we have not mentioned but we know loads of you
have games consoles and if you do you are probably hoping for a new
game for Christmas. Here are our The ever-popular FIFA series has
released its newest version, FIFA 12. There are new ways of playing
on line which means you can be promoted through 10 leaks. The
movement of the players and the ball have become even more
realistic. You can try to take Manchester City to the Champions
League final or even score a goal with Wayne Rooney.
Just Dance three is a multi-player game where you can dance and sing
like a pop star. You can sing along to tracks by people like Katy Perry
and Jessie J. You can learn the routines to perfection and impress
all of your friends with your dancing skills.
With the London 2012 Olympics only eight months away, even Sonic and
Mario are getting in on the sporting excitement and they have
brought along plenty of pals as well. If you can play along with
your friends and family in 20 Olympic events including rowing,
athletics, football and Go on! Yes, Dilip! -- do it! It is
the taking part that counts. Moving on. It is not just about computer
games at Christmas because you can get toys which means you learn a
new skill as well. When I was younger, I had a Paul Daniels Magic
set. Your Dad's will know who he is. It is like the magic sets you can
get now. The idea is you learn a few tricks, you perform at your
friends and family. It is a very good gift all round. I never quite
perfected my tricks as a youngster so this is my chance to redeem
myself. Are you going to perform a trick now? I am going to make our
next guest magically appear. Why are you laughing? I am not! Brace
yourself! Waving a wand. Magic phrase, come on, magically appear,
abracadabra! What can I say? Very well done. Hello. This is then and
he is a real magician. He will be showing us a trick later on. -- Ben
Proos. Not only is he a member of the prestigious Magic Circle, but
earlier this year he was named Young magician of the aged just 16.
Congratulations. How did you get into it? I saw someone performing
tricks at school and I got in spite. Can anybody be a magician? Yes, you
have to have the confidence and the determination. The confidence to
perform and the drive to practise the tricks? Yes. Would you name a
card, any card. The five of hearts. Inside my DEC should be one of the
wrong way round in the middle. Somewhere in the middle. We are
looking for the five of hearts. is! I chose a different one in
rehearsal and he got that one right as well. We will move on to a more
light-hearted trip. Inside my back pocket I have some rope. There are
three pieces. A long one there for you and a little one for you. And a
little one for me. Three pieces of rope. The idea of the trick is this.
Take the ends of the little and the long and pull. All three become the
same size. When I said watch his hands closely, you did not have to
do it that close! People think it is easier to do the trick with two.
I think it is easier with one. That loop is there at the end is there.
Their I know scissors or glue. loop of rape is not much use. If we
take the ends, the trick is based on static electricity. There is no
rope in his pocket. But the ends jumper back into the pockets. You
can see the ends travel down the rope. They will link in the middle
like that. The hardest bit is the middle because you have to twist it
and pull. It gets confusing now. If you want to get back to where we
started, you have to take it so we have two. If you remember, Helen,
we had three. Three equal lengths of rope. No, you had a short,
middle and long. Correct. That is what we have. One short, one long
and one medium. That was amazing. Thank you very much. Now, Christmas
means big bucks for shops. �620 million is spent in the run-up to
Christmas. This Monday was mega Monday, the biggest online shopping
day of the year. You do not have to spend money to buy gifts and show
your family how much you love them. You can make gifts. I'm going to
introduce you to these magnets. They will cost hardly any money at
all and they will make a great gift. All you need is a special piece of
magnetic paper. It is magnetic on one side and white on the other.
This will help you make your pasteurised and magnets. You can
buy it from a superstore or online. -- your personalised magnet. You
can leave messages, put them on fridges. You could do photos of
your friends and families. I know you love One Direction. You could
do them! All you have to do is print them on to the magnetic paper
and then cut to around them. goes into the printer like normal
paper, even though it is thicker. I am going to cut up the Super Europe
because he is nice and muscly! The best thing is if you give a gift
that is personalised, so I'll probably going to give my mum some
of Barney the dog, and it is better because it is specially for them,
not just something bought in a shop. Yes. It shows you have thought
about them. There Hugo. We will put the Mermaid there. You can spend a
lovely afternoon doing this as well. And there's Barney's head on there!
The simplest, easiest, loveliest Christmas present. You could make
me a mermaid and Barney into a Santa. You can do whatever you like.
It is a lovely idea for a present and a great activity. Buying a set
like this could cost you �20 but this is a fraction. You hardly have
If you want to make magnets like ours with Blue Peter pets on them,
they are on the website. Just go there and print them out. The
instructions are there as well. we have a tip for you on how to
save money on wrapping your presence as well. We will have that
later on. Christmas shopping can be very stressful, with everybody -
and a round. But we have decided that not all the best Christmas
presents come under the tree. -- bit everybody is running around.
Now we have Aaron Craze, and he and his two daughters, Molly and Leah,
decided they wanted to spend more quality time together. That is the
best present of all. Hello, I am Aaron Craze. Come in
and meet the family. This is my daughter Leah and my other daughter,
Molly unable stop her as a very busy dad, being in the kitchen and
presenting Junior Bake off, it is very important for me to spend
quality time with my daughters. We are making something called the
tombola of time. It is rarely simple. This is how it works. You
get some paper and pens. We sit down as a family. We pick four
activities each. We write them down and put them into the tombola. We
pick one every month and do the I am writing down a little extra
thing for them here. It is the Pottery Cafe. They don't know that
so it is a bit of a surprise. I will take them there. We have got
all activities tucked away safely in the old tombola. And seen as you
are being created today, I have got a head start and I have organised
something for today. The pottery cafe. Hey! I have bought the girls
to a pottery cafe and I want to see something created. There is loads
to choose from. Have you made a decision? Yes. Let's get cracking!
Though we don't want to crack them! I don't know about the girls, but I
am having a great time! Your one looks good! As it is nearly
Christmas, it is quite bowled and I did not want to do something
outside. -- it is quite cold. This is fun. As you can see, they have
thoroughly enjoyed today. And I have as well. Looking good. We have
had lots of fun. We have got to spend time together, which is quite
difficult sometimes because I am always working in the kitchen and
that. But today, it was nice. Just me and the girls, sat doing
painting, having a chinwag. A good day. Buy one, get one free! I think
you have done a great job. We have had loads of fun and it has been a
fantastic afternoon. I cannot wait to pick out the next activity.
If you decide to have a timbale of time, I reckon you should write out
your suggestion five or 10 times and then you will get to do what
you want to do! That is cheating! Think of the members of your family.
You say that but when you see what they want... A good way of making
sure families spend time together at Christmas is to get the board
games out. This is Operation but My family will not play with me any
more because they say I cheap! of people are paid to come up with
new board game ideas. Scott is a board games inventor, so most
people's dream is his reality. Scott, I am a 10-year-old and I am
a board games inventor. After a long day at school... When most
children are getting home and spending the evening relaxing, I am
busy running my own business. A few years ago, when I was seven, I was
ill and away from school. Rather than being bored at home, I kept
myself occupied and was created. I decided to design my very own board
game. I never thought in a million years that my game would be made
into a proper product selling in the shops. The first thing to make
a board game is you need a prototype. That is a rough model of
whatever it is you are making. It shows you what it will look like.
We started with an Advent calendar. But it was flimsy and not stable
enough. We then moved on to a border like this. But the openings
were far too small to get the sweets in. We upgrade it to look
like this. The idea is, you start here at the opening time and moved
along all the way to the finish, here. A year ago, I received the
first batch and they have been sold in shops all over the country.
Including one of the most famous department stores in the world. At
Harrods in London. It was really exciting when I got the chance to
have my game professionally made. They also sell my game at the local
shopping centre. Let's have a look. This is my game up on the shelves.
It feels amazing to have my game surrounded by all these different
toys. They also sell masks, key rings, mouse mats, and each of them
is related to a character. A The first thing I do when I come
home from school is I come to my mum's office to see if anybody has
bought a game. Along with selling my game in the shops, were also set
up my own website to sell the Games. When an order comes in, I need to
prepare the package and get it to the customer through the post. When
it is safely packaged up, I take it to the Post Office. It has been so
exciting to design my own game and see it in the shops. I am Scott's
mum. The viewers have asked questions. How difficult is it to
make a gain? It is not hard but to get it sold in the shops, it takes
quite a long time. How has your life changed since you invented the
game? I have met lots of famous people and gone to lots of places,
like Chicago. It has been amazing. What advice would you give to
people who would like to design or invent their own game? Think of
your favourite toy or game and think of how you could improve it.
I herd you have enjoyed finding out about my life been a board game
designer. -- I hope. That is a pretty cool job. We have shown you
have to save money on presence, but what about the wrapping paper? --
on presents. Have a look at these. They look great and pretty tempting,
but if you have a closer look, you will see that all of these gifts
have been wrapped in recycled newspapers and magazines. Even the
decorations, the love of flowers, have been made out of these papers.
-- the little flowers. And we have put on some glitter. All the
instructions are on the blue Peter website and it is great for the
environment and saving money. -- the blue Peter website. Just one
thing more to show you before we go. This takes a remote control and
sent it into the air. It is a helium balloon, but using the
control, I can send it up into the air and make its nose bit. That is
pretty cool. You can have loads of fun with that. You can have a go in
a minute, dog! Thank you for coming in to be a guest presenters. It has
been an absolute pleasure! Only 17 years in the making. Next week,
Barney will be getting into the Christmas spirit with a host of
celebrities. And we will have a number one chart-topper in the
With just a few weeks until Christmas, the team devote a whole episode to the subject dominating many children's thoughts: toys.
There are plenty of ideas of what to ask for - and what to give - this festive season, from gadgets to games to inexpensive stocking fillers. There are also ideas for how to spend more time with friends and family.
Plus, there is a gift to make and young magician Ben Proos performs his tricks in the studio.