To be a Dads Choice Award Winner, entries had to wow our judges and impress across the criteria.
Board Games - John Adams - Tetris Dual
The head-to-head, table top strategy game based on the classic computer game!
Race against the timer to create rows and score the most points.
Drop your Tetriminos into the game panel to complete rows, block and outwit your opponent. Includes 2 game modes and an electronic display.
Smyths, Very, Toys R Us, John Lewis, Argos or Tesco — SRP £22.99
Educational - Parragon Books - Factivity Solar System
Stars, planets, rockets... It's time to explore the solar system and beyond with epic facts, cosmic activities and out-of-this-world experiments! Using the projector torch and 4 star discs inside the kit, junior astronomers can create their own solar eclipse and light up their walls with stars!
Waterstones or The Works
— SRP £9.99
Traditional Wooden - Le Toy Van - The Big Wooden Crane
A solid wooden crane, complete with a wooden block to emulate lifting loads. The working crane can swivel around and move the lifted load forwards and backwards with its 3 steering mechanisms. Scaled to Le Toy Van Construction Set., cars and garages. Packaged in a gift window box.
— SRP £29.95
Apps - Kuato Studios - Noddy Toyland Detective
Join Noddy as Toyland’s most famous detective in an adventure filled with storytelling, learning and creative fun!
Play as Noddy with the help of his friends Bumpy Dog and Revs the car. Visit your favorite Toyland characters from DreamWorks Animation’s hit TV show and take part in fun mini-games and activities. Become a Toyland Detective and use the ‘Who, What, Where Book’ to solve mysteries. Once you’ve solved all the clues, trace back your findings by reading the story of your adventures in a narrative photo storybook.
IN NODDY TOYLAND DETECTIVE, YOUR CHILD WILL:
• Play as Noddy and explore the beautifully recreated world of Toyland in 3D.
• Meet characters from the TV show including Bumpy Dog, Revs, Pat-Pat and the Panda Pockets, Fuse, the Naughticorns, and more!
• Ask questions to uncover clues and solve mysteries with the ‘Who-What-Where book’.
• Create musical masterpieces with the Pirate Band using simple tap and touch controls.
• Follow Deltoid’s workout patterns to learn the ancient art of Deltoid-O.
• Paint and decorate Revs the car with colorful shapes and designs .
• Help the Brick-A-Build builders solve jigsaw puzzles.
• Build investigation skills by discovering challenges, remembering, collecting, listening, thinking, and making connections!
Each time your child solves a mystery in Noddy Toyland Detective, a storybook is generated from their play session for you to read together. The app also features a passcode-protected ‘Grown Ups Corner,’ where you can:
• Choose the length of time your child plays the game
• Receive email notifications when your child has created a new case for you to read together
• Get help and advice about playing the game with your child
Noddy Toyland Detective was developed by the multi-award winning team behind Dino Tales, Safari Tales and Dino Tales Jr. The game has been designed with teachers, parents and children to develop a range of literacy skills and aptitudes.
• Building language skills through reading and storytelling
• Question-forming and sentence structure
• Developing creativity through play
• Memorizing patterns and sequences
• Word knowledge and comprehension
• Vocabulary enrichment
• Nurturing, caring, and empathic skills
The player-generated stories are an excellent resource for parents to develop their children’s language skills to support preschool and school activities.
iTunes or Google Play Store — SRP £2.99
Arts and Craft 4-7 - Golden Bear - Paint Station Table Top Easel
The unique, gravity-defying Paint-Sation range from Golden Bear enables children aged 3- 7 years to paint in a completely mess-free way, so they can get creative, but parents can relax! Budding artists will love the Paint-Sation Table Top Easel & Pods set (RRP £29.99). Complete with blue, yellow and red stacking paint pods, as well as two brushes and 20 sheets of paper, this set has everything your little one will need to design their masterpieces!
Smyths or Toys 'r' Us — SRP £29.99
Gadgets and Gizmos - VTech Electronics - KidiZoom Flix
Meet Flix! Your fun alien friend who can detect faces and will sound out funny alien responses when you speak to him. Customise his look using the camera, make him unique by changing the colour of his eyes and skin. Play 3 fun games to unlock more accessories. Move around in front of Flix and he can detect your face and movement and his eyes will move the same way you do! Set Flix to Guard mode where he will act as a guard and capture photos of any objects he detects as evidence within a time frame. Bundled with a detachable flexible tripod so you can attach Flix anywhere!
Argos, Amazon or Shopdirect — SRP £59.99
Outdoor Toys - VTech Electronics - 5-in-1 Stroll & Grow Trike
The VTech 5-in-1 Stroll & Grow Trike starts your baby learning at 9 months and continues through to 6 years, with the waterproof electronic activity panel and it’s four modes of play. Featuring a 5 point seat belt, safety bar, steering, pedal and brake locks for safety and a 180° canopy for sun protection. At the back there is a large storage unit for parent essentials. Baby can be pushed along in the strolling mode using the adjustable parent handle. In Trike training they can learn how to pedal. Pedaling will activate the motion sensor triggering music. In Trike mode learn how to steer and pedal. Turn left or right to hear the directions and discover new places by interacting with the electronic activity panel. Once steering and pedaling have been mastered your child will have hours of fun in the exciting drifting mode where they can enjoy sliding as they turn! Through all modes get reactions.
Argos, Amazon or Asda — SRP £109.99
Fun Toys - VTech Electronics - Kidi Super Star
Ever wanted to be a Super Star? Well now you can with Kidi Super Star! Sing along to all your favourite tracks, using the Music Magic feature to reduce the main vocals from your songs! Kidi Super Star can even change the sound of your voice with its built-in microphone effects! That’s not all; Kidi Super Star comes with loads of cool, interactive features; select different lighting styles for the colourful disco light, play fun rhythmic games and master tricky tongue twisters! You can even record yourself singing and add in different sound effects! Now you’re a real Super Star!
Smyths, Selfridges or Argos — SRP £49.99
Educational - LeapFrog - LeapStart
Tap into big fun with the LeapStart™ interactive early learning system, perfect for school readiness and success. Recommended by 97% of teachers, LeapStart is packed with school and life skills for curious 2-7 year olds.
LeapStart works with a library of replayable activity books (sold separately) that cover four learning levels: Nursery through to Year 1. Each learning level teaches and supports 50+ core and life skills that complement the UK national curriculum. Get them excited about everything from phonics to problem solving, and STEM to social skills. Each book contains over 30 activities.
The magic behind LeapStart is a small camera in the stylus that reads tiny dots on the book pages. Tap it anywhere in the book and games, jokes and songs will come to life as they hunt for letters, identify animal tracks, design a robot and so much more.
Argos, Smyths or Toys'r'Us — SRP £39.99
Remote Control Toys 7-11 - Spin Master - Air Hogs - DR1 FPV Race Drone
If adrenaline courses through your veins, race through the skies with the Air Hogs DR1 FPV Race Drone. You’re in the pilot seat with FPV (First Person Viewing)! Download the make flying effortless for even first-time pilots. Challenge your friends and start your free app, place your smartphone (not included) in the headset, and start piloting like a DR1 drone racing professional. Measuring 3.5” x 3” x 1.5”, this drone is made with a durable, crash-resistant frame and ducted propellers. Test its agility and see how it handles swerves, tumbles and even 360° barrel rolls! Auto-takeoff and auto-landing racing career with the Air Hogs DR1 FPV Race Drone. The world is your racecourse. Are you ready to join the race? For kids aged 8+. Charges via USB. 4-Channel controller requires 2 x AAA batteries (not included).
Spinmaster.com — SRP £99.99
Vehicles - Flair Plc - Ben 10 Rust Bucket Playset
Now you can re- create all you favourite scenes from the hit TV show with your very own Rustbucket playset including several interactive features across 3 different levels of play! The Rustbucket opens over 2 feet tall and features: 2-sided computer screen and alien exam table Projectile shooting launcher, Telescoping radar dish, Flip out panels, Control chair, Launches plasma blasts, Rotating cannon chair, Alien grabbing claw, Alien transformation chamber. There are 3 different levels of play: From free-wheeling vehicle, to alien surveillance, to the alien research lab over 2 feet tall!
www.smythstoys.com — SRP £69.99
Board Games - Winning Moves - The World of Harry Potter Top Trumps Match
The World of Harry Potter gets a new adventure with this brand new edition of Top Trumps Match!
Can you get 5 wizards, witches or creatures in a row and win the game, or will your special Top Trumps cards let you take the match from your opponent?
With loads of cubes and all of your favourite Harry Potter characters, this is a contest like no other!
Winning Moves and all major high street retailers.
— SRP £15.99
Building and Making - Ravensburger VW T1 Camper Van, 3D Puzzle
The Volkswagen T1 Camper Van (Surfer Edition) now comes as a 3D puzzle! With 162 plastic pieces and accessories, you can piece together your very own VW Camper and display it in any room. As an official Volkswagen licensed product, this highly-detailed model is an perfect for collectors and puzzle enthusiasts. High quality 162 piece plastic jigsaw puzzle. 'The finished puzzle measures 30 x 14 x 15cm high when complete. Suitable for ages 10 years and up. This puzzle uses unique plastic pieces, which slot together to build this sturdy and strong model. No glue required! Each puzzle piece is printed with a number on the reverse side, so you can either assemble the puzzle by eye, or just by following the numbers.
Amazon — SRP £21.99
Traditional Wooden - BRIO Rescue Emergency Set
t's time for some serious firefighting in the BRIO mountains. The lumber train has run into some major problems crossing the bridge. Oh no a fire has started as well. You'll have to prioritise the emergencies by importance, lives are at risk. Open the garage door on the Fire Station, turn the sirens and lights on and get to the scene of the accident as soon as possible. Now you need to use the ladder and hose to get that fire out before it spreads! Includes 1x Station, 1x Fire Engine, 1x Fire Wagon, 1xFire, 2x Firefighters, 2x Trees, 1x Level Crossing, 1x Piece of Road, 2x Rock Supports, 1x Bridge, 1x Lumber Train, 1x Lumber Load, 1x Lumber Wagon, 1x Lumber Holder, 12x Pieces of Track, 1x Ramp. Track layout measures 83 x 70cm. 2x LR44 Included. Suitable for ages 3 Years and up. Manufactured to BRIO's high standards and from FSC Certified wood. Each set is fully compatible with other BRIO sets, tracks and trains. BRIO products are made from very high quality plastic and Beech wood from sustainable sources. The Trains, Wagons, Carriages, and Road Vehicles all feature the classic BRIO magnetic couplings allowing for easy connection to each other.
— SRP £79.99
Traditional - Scalextric ARC AIR 24h Le Mans Porsche 911 Set
Recreate the epic 24 hour race of Le Mans with two classic Porsche 911s. Who will come out on top? Complete with 2 ergonomically designed wireless controllers and all the thrills and spills that ARC AIR has to offer, slot racing just got a whole lot more real!
Scalextric ARC (App Race Control) is a revolutionary slot car system that allows users to wirelessly create and manage races with a handheld smart device, such as a smartphone or tablet. Download the ARC app, then connect your smart device via Bluetooth to the new ARC Powerbase, unlocking unique features and control of your Scalextric races.
Scalextric and all Scalextric stockists — SRP £219.99
Outdoor Toys - Plum Play - Create Your Own Swing Set
Choose your frame type and pick a colour scheme, simply select from a single, double or triple length frame and choose between a punchy lime or a cool teal blue.
Play your own way with a variety of Plum® Play interchangeable accessories, glide, slide, climb and swing on climbing ladders, nests or buoy balls, all with soft fee ropes.
Plum® CYO has a taller and sturdier wooden round pole frame, make from sustainable wood and comes with a extended 2 year warranty.
Plum Play — SRP £169.99 to £509.99
Vehicles - PLAYMOBIL - 6920 Squad Car with Lights and Sound
The Squad Car with Lights and Sound is perfect for young police heroes solving crimes and keeping the world safe! It has a removable roof meaning figures can hop in and out with ease, with space for up to four characters. The car includes tow hook coupling, a hinged rear seat, two different siren sounds and a middle console that can be used to house the receiver. The lights and sound are equipped with auto-power-off-function.
PLAYMOBIL — SRP £24.99
Fun Toys - HEXBUG - Nano Space Cosmic Command
Children love space and now they can create their very own intergalactic odyssey for their HEXBUG nanos to explore. Exclusive to Smyths and Toys R Us this festive season, the unique set not only provides all the excitement associated with HEXBUG nano, it allows children to use their imagination creating a space adventure for themselves. Climb aboard the training post, strap a jetpack on and zoom through the atmosphere with the nano Space Zipline. Transform your HEXBUG into an astronaut ready to explore the nano Space Discovery Station in its very own nano-sized Space Rover! Take charge of mission control and use the nano-powered vehicles to deliver valuable resources around your nano Space Cosmic Command
Smyths, Amazon — SRP £49.99