We started off with a children’s pair of walkie-talkies but found the ones we had didn’t have good range and had a lot of interference, even in the flat we lived in at the time, so we did some research and ended up buying “proper” walkie-talkies instead of toy ones. They’re a little more fiddly to use so they’re probably better suited for aged 7 and up but they’re definitely worth it. They have a few channels to choose from and, as we live near some shops, we sometimes randomly hear one of the local shoe shops on one of the channels requesting sizes and styles from the people in their stock room – which my son gets a real kick out of! (I will neither confirm nor deny that my husband may or may not, on various occasions, have requested a different size or colour from the comfort of his sofa, causing the shoe shop to change the channel they’re using for the rest of that day). My children both love to play with these – the beeping can get a little annoying if, as a parent, you’re having one of “those” days, but it keeps the children entertained so it’s definitely a winner for us!
These walkie talkies have actually been useful for us on holidays too – we will often take these with us and use them to communicate with each other if we end up doing different activities or having to take one of the children to another area for something. It saves having to take our phones or connect to wifi or use data and also saves us wasting time walking around trying to co-ordinate what plans for food are!
They can be charged via mains and the charger also doubles as a stand to keep the walkie talkies in when not in use.
We bought ours from Amazon and they were around £20-25 which, considering the “toy” ones are usually around £10-15, we thought was a good deal.