Winner, 2016

To be a Dads Choice Award Winner, entries had to wow our judges and impress across the criteria.

Electronic - Rubik's Spark

Experience the all new electronic Rubik’s cube and encounter a new way to physically control your game play – that has never been seen before! 6 challenging & entertaining games with both single and multi-player modes for the whole family to enjoy! Unique bubble control – No buttons! No touch screen! A new dimension of game control! Simply control the spark by tilting & turning. An interactive experience guided by LED lights. The spark contains special sensors so it knows when & where the lights are moving as you move the cube!

Argos, Toys R Us, Smyths Toys, Tesco, Amazon, Debenhams — SRP £19.99
Board Games - Googly Eyes

Hilarious drawing game that challenges your vision and leaves you googling for more! Put on the zany, vision-altering googly eye glasses and start to draw while your team tries to guess what you’re drawing. Is that an igloo or a turtle? A birthday cake or a fortress? Take turns drawing and guessing, so everyone gets a chance to wear the glasses. Jeopardy is thrown into the mix with the different coloured spaces on the board pairing up with the different strength googly lenses.

Toys R Us and Argos — SRP £19.99
Vehicles - Gold Mine Train Set

It’s playtime with miles of learning with the Toot-Toot Drivers Gold Mine by VTech! Spark your child’s imagination as they combine the 32 track pieces into lots of different combinations. Watch the tough motorised mining train and its cargo car chug up and down the tracks and go in and out of the mine, through the gate and through the cargo loader! The train and other Toot-Toot Drivers® vehicles respond to the 9 SmartPoint™ locations that introduce early language skills. Mine mountain features shape sorter with drop chute to encourage put and take play and cogs enhance motor skills. All Aboard! (SmartPoint vehicles only. each sold separately). Over 1.3 meters wide

www.vtech.co.uk/product/detail/17234/Toot_Toot_Drivers_Gold_Mine_Train_Set — SRP £52.99
Gadgets and Gizmos - Kidizoom Smart Watch DX

Kidizoom Smart Watch DX is the next gen smart watch just for kids! This durable and multifunctional smart watch features a camera for on the go photo and video taking, over 50 different 3D style digital and analogue clock faces and 8 great games. Connect to the Learning Lodge and download more apps and games! Add fun effects, frames and filters to your photos and videos. Pedometer and Action Challenge activities use the motion sensor. The Time Master activity helps children learn to tell the time! There’s also a calculator, calendar, alarm, stop watch, timer, voice recording function and more!

www.vtech.co.uk/product/detail/17265/Kidizoom_Smart_Watch_DX_Blue — SRP £42.99
Vehicles - My 1st JCB Stacking Stanley Mega Truck

The largest vehicle in the Big Wheeler team, Stanley measures a massive 43cm long! This super-sized truck features six chunky super-sized wheels so he can tackle both indoor and outdoor challenges. Stanley also comes complete with five different shaped blocks, which can be used to fit within the corresponding shape within his bucket or stacked to create a tower. Each colourful block is numbered to help little ones with simple number and colour recognition and for even more fun Stanley has a manual tipping bucket which children can load, transport and tip! Suitable for children aged 12 months+.

www.amazon.co.uk — SRP £24.99
Outdoor Toys - Midi Flyte

Is it a suitcase? Is it a scooter? Well, yes actually, it’s both of them. Introducing Flyte, our brand new case scooter. Flyte is a compact piece of cabin sized luggage, that works as a pull-along case and has its own flip out wheels so that your child has their own scooter on-the-go! We’ve all seen the stress and the struggle that families go through just getting the kids to the end of the driveway, let alone the airport. If parents had a way to distract the kids, whilst simultaneously lightening their own load, who wouldn’t jump at the chance? We created Flyte to make your journey. Make it less stressful for parents. Make it more magical for children. Make it more enjoyable around. And help all families make it to their destination and beyond.

www.zincflyte.com, Toys R Us, Very.co.uk, Littlewoods, CaseLuggage, Hamleys — SRP 69.99
Building and Making - VEX Robotics Robotic Arm by HEXBUG

The VEX Robotics Robotic Arm by HEXBUG will allow you and your child to combine the absorbing construction process with cool robotics. With four points of motion, you can use each control knob to pick up surrounding objects with the claw! The Robotic Arm™ can raise objects up to 14 inches by twisting the "left" hand knob forward and backward. It also extends out to 10 inches by twisting the "right" hand knob forward and backward. by turning the dial on the rear of the Arm will allow you to pick up many common household objects using the claw! The whole crane can rotate 360 degrees, allowing this miniature robot to perform the complex actions of its real life counterpart. You can also create two alternate builds.

www.hexbug.com — SRP £40.00
Puzzles - Big Ben with clock 3d puzzle

Build a working replica of Big Ben with this Ravensburger 216 piece 3D puzzle that features a real working clock! This amazing puzzle includes a working clock mechanism that has been designed replicate Big Ben's clock face allowing the model to become a functional clock which you can leave on your mantelpiece. Using the latest puzzle technology, the puzzle uses hinged plastic pieces that slot together to great the landmark clock. Each puzzle piece is printed with a number on the reverse so you can complete the puzzle that way or by eye! Puzzle comes with a printed base board so you can display your finished product. Big Ben is one of the most famous landmarks of the world.

Amazon — SRP £24.99
Traditional Wooden - Brio Wooden Train Travel Switching Set

Let the imagination decide the destination! This wooden travel switching set is the ultimate toy for young train drivers. The blue line has a battery powered train that takes passengers to the modern station where it meets up with the red line train. The lift goes and up and down using the crank, taking passengers to their platforms. This Playset includes an elevator, several passengers, two platforms, and plenty of tracks and switches. It supports your child’s development and creativity.

BRIO.net — SRP £74.99
Board Games - Timeline British History

"Was William Shakespeare born early enough to enjoy the delights of a cup of tea? And did he wear a Top Hat? Britain's first Prime Minister was surely at a later date, but was that before or after The Great Fire of London?" These are the kind of questions that you'll be faced with in Timeline: British History. Each turn you place one of your cards where you think it goes in the Timeline before turning it over to see if you are right. There is only one goal - correctly play all of your cards! This game contains 110 British History themed cards and can be combined with the cards from other Timeline sets.

Amazon, Waterstones — SRP £13.99
Educational - My First BANANAGRAMS

A new title for the younger, greener player! The iconic BANANAGRAMS pouch is now a ripening green and, in response to customer requests, contains colourful lower-case letter tiles. The collection of fun games within caters to a wide range of reading abilities. There are 10 curriculum-based mini games for early learners, and word game challenges which grow in difficulty as the child’s skill level advances. This culminates in a simplified version of BANANAGRAMS, and introduces children to the classic game that sees players racing to complete their own word grid. My First BANANAGRAMS uniquely includes new double-tiles with vowel-teams, word families and digraphs. This makes it the perfect game for children as they learn to read and spell.

www.ocado.com, www.amazon.co.uk, www.shopdirect.com — SRP £14.99
Educational - Super Sciencekit 6 in 1

Super Science kit 6 in 1 is the most complete experimets kit in the market. With this kit you will be able to play and have fun while you discover the domains of chemistry, physic, geology and so much more. Find out: How to make coloured owers and how to collect fingerprints ;How to separate mixtures and how to make bombastic chemical explosions;How to simulate the formation of a mountain and how to represent an amazing volcanic eruption; How to make a Newton disc and how to put a pulley working; How to build your own galaxy and a spacial exploration vehicle and much more.

Science4you — SRP £34.99
Vehicles - PLAYMOBIL Porsche 911 Carrera S

New from a top preschool toy manufacturer, the PLAYMOBIL Porsche 911 Carrera S is the perfect first set of wheels for little speedsters. Thanks to the working head, tail and dashboard lights, budding racers can take the Porsche for a spin during both day and night – just switch on the lights and away you go! The set comes with a mini Porsche garage where little ones can work with the mechanic to upgrade to a sportier look with jacks, wheel rims and spoiler. What’s more, the PLAYMOBIL Porsche can be converted from a coupé to a convertible by removing the roof. The set also comes with a mechanic and driver, and has room for a total of 4 passengers inside the car. Car lovers can take the wheel, relax in the back or have a tinker, developing important motor-skills whilst dipping their toes into creative and imaginative play. Priced at under £30, this toy comes packed with play value.

www.playmobil.co.uk — SRP £29.99
Remote Control Toys - Anki OVERDRIVE Supertrucks

Featuring tech so advanced that it feels like the future, Anki OVERDRIVE is the world's most intelligent battle-racing game. Use your mobile device to take control of robotic Supercars, driven by powerful artificial intelligence (A.I.) and equipped with deadly strategy. Whatever track you build, they will learn it. Wherever you drive, they will hunt you down. Anki has now taken OVERDRIVE to the next level with the introduction of Supertrucks. The new battle rigs, named FREEWHEEL and X52, supersize the racing experience with an intimidating frame that is nearly triple the size of Anki OVERDRIVE Supercars, commanding a big presence on the battlefield. Beyond their size, Supertrucks also introduce powerful new weapons and exciting game modes that will put players’ skills to the test. Players can now challenge their friends or Anki OVERDRIVE Commanders in Takeover. In this all-new game mode, exclusive to Supertrucks, players start each match in their chosen Supercars. Anyone that can break through a Supertruck's defences will take control of the vehicle to wreak havoc on their opponents until another player disables them and takes command of the Supertruck. The two Supertrucks are each armed with their own unique weapons and skill sets: • Big, mean and savage, X52 hits hard and takes no prisoners! Stay out of its way or its Pulse Ram will blast you off the track • Don't let Freewheel's smooth exterior fool you; it's packing a world of hurt. Get too close and you'll be torn apart by its Gravity Trap • Rage mode is a feature unique to Supertrucks, when activated the trucks go at super-speed around the track, knocking everything in their path out of the way! Anki OVERDRIVE converges toys, videogames and robotics into a one-of-a kind entertainment experience. Since the product is software-driven, Anki is able to continually introduce new features at no extra cost to players. Anki released a free modifier app update a few months ago to better customize their battle-racing experience. To date, players have logged in 3.2 million hours of gameplay, driven more than 2 million miles in the game, and built nearly 55,000 different track configurations.

https://anki.com/en-gb, Argos, Amazon, Harrods, Very.co.uk, Smyths Toys — SRP £59.99
Electronic - Meccano Micronoid

Bring your robot to life! MicroNoid is the personal robot that fits in the palm of your hand. He may be small, but he has a huge personality! Build MicroNoid a body to help him get around. Then program how he moves — with push button programming MicroNoid can walk, turn, and smash through obstacles. He also interacts with other MicroNoids and even dances when music plays. MicroNoid is your new robot best friend! MicroNoids are for ages 8+ and require 4 AAA batteries (not included).

Available from Argos, Amazon, Smyths, Very, The Entertainer — SRP £39.99
Arts & Craft - Playstuff Sands Alive

Brighten up playtime with Sands Alive Glow! With 675g of glow sand, perfect for creating your own amazing glow in the dark 3D shapes! Use the magic pen light to draw in the sand... it really glows! Write with light directly onto the sand or highlight specific areas to create incredible glowing effects. Ages 3-7

Available from Amazon, Argos — SRP £20