WINNER OF BEST TOY DESIGN 6+ YEARS: GOLD
WHAT: Zig & Go 52-piece music game
WHY: Wow! This build your own chain reaction toy really impressed our judges who could see just how exciting this game would be for junior engineers and any child who loves the satisfaction of a building project.Using a combination of thinking skills and construction; children can copy the 3 designs in the instruction booklet provided to build the musical action-reaction circuits, or make up their own, and the panel loved the fact that children could also go rogue and create their own inventions too. Perfect for mini Heath Robinsons or anyone who’s watched Joseph’s Machines (google it, you won’t regret it!) and wants to have a go themselves!
WINNER OF BEST TOY DESIGN 6+ YEARS: SILVER
WHAT: Animation Studio (for Windows) is a STEM approved, movie-making starter kit for children aged 7-13.
WHY: Our judges were all extremely excited by this stop motion movie making kit that includes everything a budding animator needs to create stop-motion movies using modelling clay, LEGO®, 2D drawings or a favourite toy. To get the next generation Sofia Coppolas and Steven Spielbergs off to a flying start, this pack provides a colourful, flexible, HUE HD Camera, HUE Animation software (perpetual single user licence), a full-colour, 60 page animation activity book as well as digital resources, sound effects and backgrounds. The panel felt that this was a reasonably priced and easy to use entry point into stop motion film making, that would keep children immersed for hours, developing a real skill, building self esteem and giving them endless opportunities to create exciting mini movies.
WINNER OF BEST TOY DESIGN 6+ YEARS: BRONZE
WHO: Sylvanian Families
WHAT: Baby Amusement Park
WHY: Another triumph for the highly collectible Sylvanian Families, this fairy tale dream of a baby amusement park could not be any cuter! Designed to showcase the infant members of the Sylvanian clan, this fairy tale themed amusement park, featuring a Ferris Wheel, swinging Viking ship ride and rocket, has moving parts and tiny carriages that send small fluffy kittens, bunnies and pandas up to dizzying heights. Many of our panel were avid Sylvanian fans when they were children, so this toy scored highly for sheer nostalgia but our judges also felt that the excitement of all the moving parts and the ability to display up to 30 Sylvanian babies on this ride made it a real collectors item that children would love to play with.
WHERE: Sylvanian Families