Award Category: Games

final WINNER

Winner                                RUCKUS FUNSIZE

By Imagination Games

Age Suitability                  8 years+

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Price                                      £7.99

Stockists                              Hamley’s, Tesco, Play.com

More information           www.imaginationgames.co.uk

Players create a real Ruckus as they race to collect matching cards and hold onto them.  Cards are placed on top of matching cards from opponent’s sets then the suit is shouted aloud to win the set. With all players matching, stealing and shouting as fast and loud as they can it’s anyone guess who will get to 77 points first and win the game!

The testers said “Lots of shouting, laughing and pretend complaining” and “The packaging was a good old cardboard box – eco friendly and easy to remove – no problem”

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Highly Commended       LEAPSTER EXPLORER

By LeapFrog

Age Suitability                  4-9 years

Price                                      £49.99

Stockists                              Amazon, Argos, Toys R Us

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More information           www.leapfrogstore.co.uk

The future of gaming is captured in the one-of-a-kind handheld that brings mobile learning and educational gaming to children.  Aimed at kids aged between four and nine, Leapster Explorer allows for a truly personalised learning experience with over 35 licensed titles to choose from and an innovative video camera accessory.

The testers said “Very robust, it’s been thrown and dropped on numerous occasions and we’ve had absolutely no problems” and “The play value of the games is endless! “ plus “The ability for parents to follow, track and even help their child’s progress is a fantastic move, overall a great toy”

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Award Category: Wheeled Toy

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Winner                                FIX AND LEARN SPEEDY

By LeapFrog

Age Suitability                  18 months+

Price                                      £19.99fix n learn speedywinner

Stockists                              Argos, Amazon, Toys R Us

More information           www.leapfrogstore.co.uk

Get into the fast lane with Fix and Learn Speedy, the learning car that comes complete with interactive tools and songs.  By lifting Speedy’s bonnet, toddlers can twist and turn the different shapes and explore counting and alphabet songs designed to tune up their motor skills and fire up imaginations.

The testers said “The car is a friendly character that can be played with as a push along car and also an electronic toy – giving 2-in-1 play value”

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Highly Commended       SMART TRIKE RECLINER STROLLER 4in1

By Smart-Trike

Age Suitability                  6-24 months

Price                                      £149.99

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Stockists                              Amazon, Argos, Early Learning Centre

More information           www.smart-trike.com

The Smart-Trike Recliner Stroller is the only trike in the world to support a child from six months to 24 months+, imaginatively growing from a push along recliner to an independent trike.  It’s the first tricycle globally to be fully stroller certified!  It’s innovative and durable – this trike is built to last!

The testers said “What a good idea to relieve the boredom of shopping trips with a toddler!” and “I must say, it was fantastic quality and although it took me quite a while to put together it wasn’t difficult”

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Award Category: Electronic Toy

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Winner                                LEAP PAD EXPLORER

By LeapFrog

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Age Suitability                 4-9 years

Price                                      £79.99

Stockists                              Argos, Amazon, Toys R Us

More information           www.leapfrogstore.co.uk

The innovative LeapPad Explorer is a multifunctional learning tablet built just for kids.  Encompassing the next generation of learning, digital reading and personal creativity, LeapPad comes with a collection of innovative tools including a built in camera and video recorder that allows children to produce and share their unique creations.

The testers said “He loves it!  In fact, it was a struggle to get him off it”

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Highly Commended       CARS 2 LEAPSTER EXPLORER

By LeapFrog

Age Suitability                  4-8 years

Price                                      £59.99

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Stockists                              Amazon, Argos, Toys R Us

More information           www.leapfrogstore.co.uk

LeapFrog’s limited edition Cars 2 Explorer brings all the gaming fun and educational content of the standard Leapster Explorer with the added excitement of a new twist!  Adapting the Explorer’s robust design, children can personalise their play with a signature red case decorated with popular characters from the film.

The testers said “There’s so much to do with this we’ve only really scratched the surface with the game that was included” and “He loves it as it’s a ‘console’ and I don’t mind it as it’s educational!”

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Award Category: Puzzles

final WINNER

Winner                                iBALL3

By HTI

Age Suitability                  8-80 years

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Price                                      £19.99

Stockists                              Hamley’s, Tesco, Toys R Us

More information           www.iball3.com

iball3 is a clear ball with an electronic display within.  Enabling six lights in a sequence to light up all the same colour with a certain time is the aim and there are two levels of play.  Succeed and a code will allow access to interactive parts of the iball3 website.

The testers said “This toy has been passed around a group of 12 year olds so many times!” and “Un-put-downable” plus “Quite frustrating, I’d definitely consider buying this as a gift for someone”

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Award Category: Pre-School Toy

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Winner                                DUPLO POLICE STATION

By Lego Duplo

Age Suitability                  2-5 years

Price                                      £49.99duplo-police-station winner

Stockists                              Amazon, Argos, Smyths, John Lewis

More information           www.duplo.lego.com

The Duplo Police Station is the hero of the new Police range, with many elements to stimulate hours of play.  The set has great authentic details; like a cell for the robber and an office for the constable to file all his reports.  The set combines building and role play and will stimulate young imaginations.

The testers said “Even though he is only two, this toy held his imagination for 30 minutes at a time and he returns regularly to it” and “It was a nice surprise when the police car lights up and makes noises!” plus “They keep remodelling it and making up new ways to build it”

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Highly Commended       LEAPSTER 2

By LeapFrog

Age Suitability                  4-8 years

Price                                      £39.99

Stockists                              Amazon, Argos, Toys R Us

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More information           www.leapfrogstore.co.uk 

The Leapster 2 games Console delivers a fun, safe and secure learning experience for children.  The handheld comes complete with a preloaded gaming title and an additional download of choice, so that the fun can begin instantly.

The testers said “The children took turns and were not overly happy to pass it on after 15 minutes, and kept asking for ‘just one more go’, we will use it daily” and “Monty, aged 5, was truly captivated by the dragon game we downloaded”

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Award Category: Outdoor Toy

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Winner                                SHAPES AND SHARING PICNIC BASKET

By LeapFrog

Age Suitability                  6 months+

Price                                      £19.99

Stockists                              Amazon, Argos, Toys R Us

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More information           www.leapfrogstore.co.uk

The Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket helps little learners explore shapes, colours, manners and much more, the robust and vibrant toy features over 30 audio responses, allowing children to share a picnic with their friends whilst feeding their imaginations with learning fun

The testers said “Olivia carried the picnic basket everywhere” and “She plays with it most days and we tend to take it on car journeys too”

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Highly Commended       STARWARS: THE CLONE WARS LIGHT UP SCOOTER

By Ozbozz

Age Suitability                  5 years +

Price                                      £29.99

Stockists                              Toys R Us, The Entertainer, Play.com

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More information           www.ozbozz.co.uk

This cool scooter has an easy to use fold and lock mechanism, adjustable height setting and the light up deck ensures it looks awesome in the dark!  It’s great for daytime use with the lights off too as features fantastic graphics.  What’s more, the scooter folds away for easy storage.

The testers said “It’s such an iconic brand with unisex appeal” and “A stylish toy which captivated my son from the very start.  It is height adjustable and folds small for carriage – fantastic!”

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Award Category: Arts & Craft Toy

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Winner                                CLEVERBOX

By Clever Box Club

Age Suitability                  3-9 years

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Price                                      £25.30

Stockists                              Great Little Trading Company, Letterbox, My Small World

More information           www.cleverboxclub.com

The Clever Box is a creative, innovative and imagination stimulating toy…The pack includes a large and colourful box, which the child cuts and shapes into a creation of their design then using coloured paper, posters and stickers, included in the pack, they decorate to their hearts content.  From castles to sweetie shops, theatres to secret dens the only limit is their imagination!

The testers said “It is good to find an activity that my whole setting became involved in and the role play it inspired lead to communication skills between the group” and “It’ll be played with again and again until it becomes too battered and then we’ll recycle it” plus “We’ve had it eight days and they’ve so far played with it for eight days…”

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Highly Commended       PLAYMAIS 500 PIECE BUCKET

By PlayMais

Age Suitability                  3years +

Price                                      £9.99

Stockists                              Amazon, John Lewis

More information           www.topbananatoys.co.uk

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PlayMais is a revolutionary craft toy made from 100% natural ingredients and children will have great fun creating all sorts of sculptures and models.  One a dab of water is needed to stick the colourful building material together and the 500 piece bucket is sure to inspire heaps of creativity!

The testers said “I would go as far to say, if PlayMais targeted adult crafters they’d see some amazing creations as there is just so much potential” and “PlayMais can be as simple or as complex as the child wants it to be”

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