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Best Creative Play (Crafts) | Junior Design Awards 2020

This year our creative award category had so many entries we created this separate award to showcase the best in creative crafts... Timely for 2020, the year of staying home.

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JUNIOR DESIGN AWARDS 2020 GOLD WINNER: Best Creative Play (Crafts)

WHO: Of Unusual Kind – Paper Dolls

WHAT: A series of free downloadable illustrated paper doll templates that you can colour and create your own moveable paper doll with.

WHY: Our judges adored this set of printable doll templates that were created to give children stuck at home, easily accessible, free doll making activities during the pandemic. The judges praised Of Unusual Kind for their quick thinking and generous actions, that really demonstrate how positivity and kindness can be born of adversity. The panel thought these exquisitely detailed, hand draw doll designs had a wonderfully inclusive feel and would provide children with hours of endless crafting, colouring and role play fun.

Just the most beautiful paper dolls I’ve ever seen. A wonderful activity for cooped up kids or any child who has a love of art, crafts and design.
Bonita Turner, Editor of Junior
Beautiful detailing. Such a pretty craft for children to make and so beautifully executed.
Carly Stevens, stylist an founder of Style & Substance Blog @carlyjstevens
Love how relevant the paper dolls are! Brilliant!
Fatima Truscott, Fashion Stylist and writer, @the_ft_times
Love these beautiful paper dolls!
Sam Dean, Beauty Journalist and Brand Copywriter

WHERE: Of Unusual Kind 

JUNIOR DESIGN AWARDS 2020 SILVER WINNER: Best Creative Play (Crafts)


WHAT: A modern poster, inspired by old naturalist boards, to discover and memorise insects.

WHY: Stickers! Every child loves stickers and this amazing poster kit includes 44 giant reusable illustrated stickers that will enthral children with their incredible detail and generous scale. Our judges loved the fun, educational aspect of this poster set and thought the topic of insects was really brought to life by the beautiful illustrations and fascinating facts. The end result is a beautifully designed supersize poster that the panel felt would make a wonderful addition to any child’s bedroom and would be something referred to again and again rather than a quick fix toy that gets thrown away when completed. Stylish, educational and fun!

Such a wonderful idea. The perfect gift or something to pull out of the drawer on a rainy day to keep children immersed for hours.
Bonita Turner, Editor of Junior
An engaging and beautiful activity for children to do with a lovely end result.
Carly Stevens, stylist an founder of Style & Substance Blog @carlyjstevens
Love these, an interesting, thoughtful addition to any kids bedroom.
Sam Dean, Beauty Journalist and Brand Copywriter

WHERE: Poppik

JUNIOR DESIGN AWARDS 2020 BRONZE WINNER: Best Creative Play (Crafts)

WHO: Organised Chaos With Kids

WHAT: Homemade, eco-conscious play dough and play kits

WHY: Our judges loved this fresh and eco-friendly take on traditional play dough pots. These beautifully presented, hand stamped tins of hand made, toxic-free dough and the accompanying accessories really impressed the panel who felt that these kits provided a lovely, natural alternative to the existing mass market offering with the added bonus of charming, imagination stimulating accessories that would give children plenty of opportunity for free play. The founder’s commitment to using plastic free packaging that can be reused and recycled also scored highly with the judges.

These sets are beautiful, really well thought out and executed. I would happily buy from this brand. It's the perfect rainy day activity.
Carly Stevens, stylist an founder of Style & Substance Blog @carlyjstevens
There’ something so satisfying about this dough! I love the colours, the texture and when you open the lid to find the joyful “Let’s Play!’ embossed message you get a really sense of excitement.
Ellie Crompton, Junior Contributing Editor
Such great kits for young children who love sensorial and imaginative play. Would make a great gift and a lovely addition to the toy cupboard.
Bonita Turner, Editor of Junior

 WHERE: Organised Chaos With Kids