Winner, 2018

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

Blue Orange Kingdomino - Coiledspring Games

Become the King of your domain in this domino game with a twist. You are a king seeking new lands to expand your kingdom. You must explore the different terrains: wheatfields, lakes, mountains, villages, forests and gardens in order to develop the best territories. Make sure to secure tiles with crowns - these royal treasures help to multiply the worth of your kingdom at the end of the game! But be careful, as other kings are also after these lands...
Ages 8+

All good game stores. — SRP £16.99
Sussed All Sorts - Games To Get

Sussed is about sparking imaginations, stirring emotions and getting everyone thinking. In this pack of All Sorts, you’ll be sharing your likes and dislikes by swapping views on: what you’d say if you could speak to animals; what theme you’d choose for a fancy dress party; what you feel is the best quality in a friend; what you think about weeing in the sea - and much, much more. To play, you pick a card, read aloud a scenario, then secretly decide which option is right for you. Ask others what they think, before telling them your answer. Whoever susses you out scores! Enjoyed by children and adults alike, Sussed All Sorts is small enough to be taken anywhere, simple enough to fill a few minutes and exciting enough to entertain 2 - 10 players for several hours. It can be used for family bonding, strengthening friendships and boosting self-awareness and empathy. Studies show that face-to-face conversation releases natural chemicals in the brain that can increase happiness, improve the immune system, boost mental health and overcome shyness. The best bit of all: no matter how well you think you know someone, you’ve never got them totally sussed!
Ages 6-100+

Amazon, sussedthegame.co.uk — SRP £10.75
Trybike 2-in-1 Steel Vintage - Hippychick

The Trybike Steel Vintage has been designed and developed in the Netherlands by Co&Co after many years of experience with balance bikes. They have applied their experience and selected the best materials, created the most durable construction and added stunning details as well as a quality finish. This Trybike is the first 2-in-1 balance bike made of steel! The bike can be converted from a tricycle into a bicycle with a few simple steps. The perfect all-in-1 bike to help your child transition from crawling, to walking, to balancing, to riding.
Age 1-6 years

hippychick.com — SRP £129.99
Learning Friends 100 Words Book - LeapFrog

Join animal friends Turtle, Tiger and Monkey as they explore new vocabulary in the Learning Friends 100 Words Book™. Explore the colourful pages and touch each picture to hear the animals say toddler-appropriate words along with exciting facts and sound effects. Immerse your child in bilingual play by sliding the language switch to hear the words, songs and instructions in French. Touch the pictures to hear silly sound effects in Fun Sounds mode or press the light-up star button to hear two learning songs. Discover new vocabulary with cute learning friends! “Research has demonstrated the importance of fostering children’s early vocabulary to build a solid literacy foundation. Vocabulary skills allow children to express themselves clearly and comprehend what they hear and read. Learning Friends 100 Words Book™ teaches words in familiar categories to highlight word relationships and includes fun fact and French modes to add layers of learning that go beyond a typical first words book.” Carolyn James, PhD, LeapFrog Literacy Expert
Ages 12 months +

Amazon, Argos, Debenhams, John Lewis, The Entertainer — SRP £19.99
Switch & Go Dinos Sandstorm the Stegosaurus - VTech

Here to take the town by storm, it’s Sandstorm the Stegosaurus by VTech®! This fierce remote controlled Switch & Go Dino switches between a cool beach buggy and a stylish Stegosaurus. Flip up Sandstorm’s tail to see him switch from a beach buggy to a Stegosaurus in an instant! Control Sandstorm’s movement using the slick remote control! Watch Sandstorm perform cool moves automatically when pushing the action button. Press the music and sound effect buttons to see Sandstorm’s lights flash and to hear cool dino facts, fun phrases, sound effects and more! Includes an educational Stegosaurus flash card. Switch & Go!
Ages 3-8 years

Amazon, Shop Direct, Smyths, Argos, Debenhams, The Entertainer — SRP £49.99
Holiday Campervan - Le Toy Van

Hooray, let's go on holiday! All aboard the vintage wooden holiday campervan and on route to the beach. Features a surf board, a padded mattress and a removable roof. Made from sustainable wood this toy has been designed with love in the UK.
Ages 3+

Amazon — SRP £29.95
Power Tracks - John Adams

Volty the programmable robot loves electronics and wants to help you take your first steps into the exciting world of programming and building circuits. Connect the large table-top tiles to make 1 of the 20 circuits or design your own. Use the direction buttons to program Volty with commands to guide him around the circuit. Discover Volty's hidden features as he travels over the special tiles?
Ages 5+

Argos — SRP £29.99
Ravensburger Gravitrax Starter Set

Gravitrax is the all-new STEM track system from Ravensburger! Use your imagination to build superb tracks and set the Gravity Spheres rolling! This STEM system [Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths] is an ideal one to teach kids about gravity, magnetism, kinetic energy and fun. Hit a snag? Freestyle with your own track design or use the tasks and blueprints included to help you to get started in the world of Gravitrax! Are the Gravity Spheres stopping or flying off before reaching the end target? Time for some problem-solving. Rebuild and try something different! The Gravitrax track system can be extended indefinitely with extra track packs and add-on’s – each sold separately.
Ages 8+

Amazon — SRP £49.99
ThinkFun Gravity Maze

It’s a maze. It’s a marble game. Actually, it’s a gravity-powered logic game that builds reasoning skills and visual perception. The best part is – it’s fun to play and learn! Use the challenge cards to strategically place towers and create a path for your marble to reach the target. With 60 challenges to test your skills, this logic game is definitely a marble run for brainiacs! Gravity Maze can be enjoyed by one player or various players competing. Suitable for 8 and up.

Amazon — SRP £32.99
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup - Playmobil

On your marks. Get set. GO!...... And they’re off with Porsche 911 leading the race with its streamline design, lightweight material and world class pit stop team!” The PLAYMOBIL Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is the perfect toy for any motorsport mad child. The different shapes and accessories help encourage problem solving whilst also stimulating their imagination. The colourful lighting effects, detachable roof and adjustable motorsport rear spoiler help to create a truly immersive playtime experience. The bright lights on the outside and inside of the car allow for children to have both day and night time fun. The abundance of accessories, such as the spare wheel trolley, not only adds to this, but also encourages children to play all members of the GT3 Cup team, from being a member of the pit crew to the driver themselves. The Porsche 911 is made from high quality plastics, with no plasticisers meaning that all parts are hygienic and easily cleaned. The car includes wheels for all weather conditions, meaning that the world is their racecourse. Play time can now be all the time.
Age 4+

playmobil.co.uk — SRP £39.99
Science Mad Chemistry Lab - Trends UK

Conduct your own real chemistry experiments with the Science Mad (R) Chemistry Lab. The Lab contains the chemicals and equipment for 100 safety tested experiments. It comes with 19 assorted chemicals in plastic containers with safety caps and over 20 pieces of equipment including a spirit burner, test tubes, beakers, a conical flask and adjustable safety goggles. A comprehensive chemistry lab instruction booklet guides child through the 100 experiments.
Ages 10+

Smyths, Amazon, Independents — SRP £34.99
Fartist Club - Eolo Toys

Fartist Club - Meet this gassy gang of farting friends! Pull their fingers for flatulent, stink-free fun: activate 10 different fart sounds or push the 10 second fart delay butt-on and play Hide-and-Fart! Is a simple and basic play pattern that everyone knows, funny and in trend. The system is patent pending. Each product designs and detail are amazing and comes with free access to the DJ Fart APP and online 3D animated cartoons. Each character has it's own personality and sounds are personalize per character. Also have a delay mode feature to do great pranks. More characters and complements to come!
Age 5+

Smyths, The Entertainer, Asda, Argos — SRP £9.99