Highly Commended, 2017
To be a Highly Commended Winner, entries had to be impressive in nearly every criteria.
Ride Ons and Bikes - Slex Rodeobull
The Slex Rodebull is poised to muscle its way onto the top of children's wish lists for Christmas 2017 with its cool, sleek design and tried and tested 'carver' style incline technology.
The Rodeobull features bull shaped horns for steering, and the best that wheels have to offer, longboard style, the same as those used for skateboards. The incline technology means kids can steer the Rodeobull both front and back at the same time, enabling them to throw all sorts of cool curves, tight or wide. They can also lean into curves and corners as if they were riding a motorbike, while Rodeobull remains super steady and stable at all times.
Kids will love to take the Rodeobull by the horns with its bright colours which include lime green, aqua blue, tangering orange and hot pink. Younger kids will also love to 'lead' their Rodeobull as well, using the attached tow belt. Parents can also use this facility when kids are exhausted by too much Rodeobull action.
Rodeobull is great for play indoors and out, and is ready to go with no engine, and no batteries required. It's lightweight and easy to transport, simply fling in the back of the car, or carry it to the playground in one hand, though constructed from a highly durable material which will genuinely stand the test of time. Rodeobull will also help your child to develop their fine motor skills making them well, less like a bull in a china shop?
HippyChick — SRP £69.99
Dressing up and Role Play - LeapFrog - Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart
Meet your local ice cream cart ready to deliver yummy treats and preschool skills!
20 playing pieces provide hours of open-ended play. Use the magic ice cream scooper to learn about colours and numbers as you fill it with it ice cream scoops and toppings that it will recognise. Then push the cart around to hear music as you walk.
Meet a cast of six hungry characters by inserting activity cards to explore colours, counting, flavours and numbers and play a creativity and stacking game. Follow the animals’ instructions and test your sequencing, memory and matching skills to build their orders. Press the bell when the order is ready and “pay” at the magic till.
A light up mouth, a swirly ice cream button and storage for your ingredients help make the Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart the sweetest combination of friendly, fun and practical!
Argos, Smyths, or Harrods — SRP 39.99
Educational - HUE - Animation Studio
HUE Animation Studio is a movie-making starter kit for children aged 7-13 years. It includes HUE Animation, easy-to-use stop motion software, a HUE HD USB camera (including a microphone) and a 60 page book full of tips and ideas for creating movies as well as a set of 17 completed example videos. With the click of a button you can start animating anything from a favourite toy, LEGO® figures, clay creations or a 2D drawing. Edit images, record your own voice or import sound, and even add text and special effects. Share the finished movie with teachers, friends and family, or upload it directly to YouTube or Creatubbles.com, the safe, sharing site for children.
The uses for HUE Animation in the classroom are endless. Fostering the 21st century skills of creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking, HUE Animation elicits a high engagement from students as they plan, execute, and present their creations. It can be used across the curriculum in any subject. Whatever the subject, students will be developing both creative and digital literacy and teachers can assess their students' learning as they demonstrate what they know.
1. Digital story telling: Teach a reading lesson by having the students recreate a scene from a book.
2. Maths: Teach math by having students illustrate fractions.
3. Geography: use stop motion animation as a tool for students to demonstrate their understanding of physical processes like a volcano, stages in the life of a river, the water cycle.
4. History: re-create a story from history by building characters and scenes from a historic event
5. Art: by taking a picture at various stages in the creation of a piece of artwork you can demonstrate how the picture or sculpture is created.
6. Chemistry: use time-lapse to capture crystal growth
7. Languages: tell a story and record the voice over in a foreign language
8. Science: Conduct an experiment using the time-lapse feature i.e. to watch a chick hatch. Or illustrate the lifecycle of a frog or a butterfly.
HUE Animation also meets the needs of kinesthetic, auditory, and visual learners, and has found great success with students with special needs. It is popular in numerous maker space areas in schools, and as a tool to teach STEAM subjects. The software now includes an upload button to Creatubbles, a new safe and secure sharing site for teachers and students. https://www.creatubbles.com/sharewith/hueanimation/details And www.huehd.com/creatubbles
"This is a fantastic resource which we have used in our school for several years. It has been instrumental in raising standards in a range of curriculum areas. Pupils are inspired and motivated and thoroughly enjoy making their own films and animations. Staff use them daily to model/display pupil work/lesson objectives and exemplary work."
P Moran Headteacher Lionel Primary School
Amazon, or HUEHD — SRP £41.63 + VAT
Electronic 7-11 - Spin Master Toys - Meccano - M.A.X
From the internationally renowned maker of robotics building sets arises a new model of impressive proportions. Unlike anything else Meccano has created, M.A.X. combines Artificial Intelligence (AI) with fully customisable programming. The result is a one-of-a-kind robot of your own creation! Budding engineers, innovators and creators can expand their knowledge of programming as they personalize this robot to their specifications. Once built, M.A.X measures 12” in tall. Control it using voice commands, buttons on the MeccaBrain, or the free app! You’ll know exactly what it's thinking based on its expressive facial graphics. As a S.T.E.M robotics platform, M.A.X is designed to engage kids in intellectually stimulating play, drawing on their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and maths. Not just a learning tool, this robot loves fun! Try playing on M.A.X’s built-in gaming platform; test your knowledge in a trivia game or listen to some funny jokes! With a multitude of features, kids will want to bring their new friend everywhere! This robot comes with built-in infrared sensors, enabling it to move with agility and avoid obstacles in its path. If you know a young mind in need of a challenge, introduce them to their new friend, M.A.X! Suitable for kids aged 10+. Rechargeable Batteries Included
Spinmaster — SRP £149.99
Models - Build Your Own Haynes Jet Engine
Build a fully functional, motorized model of a Turbofan Jet Engine.
Demo video of build: http://www.trendsuk.co.uk/haynes-jet-engine
Ever wondered how a jet engine work? This replica model jet engine is fully functional, with motorised parts and realistic sounds. It features high and low pressure turbines and transparent casing so the moving parts can be seen. A fantastic introduction for kids to model building and engineering. Plus it looks super cool too!
An educational product offering a great introductory item to children with an interest in engineering and STEM.
Construct a fully motorised model of a turbofan (jet) engine.
- Plays a realistic jet engine sound
- Includes an illuminated combustion chamber.
- Contains all the tools needed, and its very own Haynes style manual with clear step-by-step instructions and diagrams.
- Contains over 50 easy to assemble parts.
- Provides a useful understanding of how a full-size aircraft jet engine works.
The Entertainer, Argos, Smyths, Trends UK or Very — SRP £39.99rrp
Building and Making - ZURU - Mayka Tape - The Original Toy Block Building Tape
Transform any surface into a base for toy building blocks. Build around corners and up walls to MAYKA 3D world! Simply cut, shape then stick. 1m/3.3ft of reusable tape. Compatible with all leading brands. 9 colours.
The Entertainer, Argos, Smyths — SRP £6.99 SMALL // £9.99 MEDIUM //£14.99 LARGE
Board Games - Ravensburger - Buggaloop
Run for your lives little bugs! throw the die and move your bugs through the yard until the HEXBUG scurries up one of the loops ands tries to catch you. Did it push your bugs off their path? if not, you were lucky this time. Hurry up and see if you can make it to the finish on the other side! this item includes 1x HEXBUG nano, 1x 3D game board, 2x loops, 12x bug tokens, 1x dice & instructions. This game is suitable for 2-4 players. Suitable for ages 6 years and up. Playing time: 20 minutes
Amazon — SRP £29.99
Fun Toys - Play Fun - Boom Ball
Are you fast enough for Boom Ball? Get ready for this exciting new action game. Set includes: 2 x head nets, a canon and plenty of 12 balls. Players have to use their skills to catch the balls fired out of the canon. Catch the most and you'll win the game! For extra fun for all the family, the canon has adjustable heights. Ready… steady… let's Boom Ball!!
Argos, Smyths, Very, JD Williams, Amazon, or Toys'r'Us — SRP £24.99
Board Games - University Games - STACCUPS
Speed and hand/eye co-ordination are needed, in this fast, frantic stacking game. Race your opponent to clear all of your cups. If the base colour of your cup, matches the top colour of one on the podium… then stack it… quickly! Your opponent may be quicker, and your chance has gone, but keep alert for the next one!!
Argos or Smyths — SRP £19.99
Outdoor Toys - Laser X - Laser Gaming Set
Laser x is the ultimate high tech game of tag. Aim shoot your opponents from an incredible 200ft away -The only laser game on the market to offer this distance! The full colour lighting effects and Laser X sound track playing through headphones ensures kids are 100% immersed in their battle.
Play individually, choose the colour of your team or go rogue, thanks to the receiver vest there will be no question over who has won as it tracks all hits and each laser blaster records the number of shots fired.
What’s more the interactive voice coach provides all the tips and helpful feedback kids need to hone and develop their skills to become the ultimate Laser X Champion.
Character Online" — SRP £49.99