Highly Commended, 2019
To be a Highly Commended Winner, entries had to be impressive in nearly every criteria.
Rubik's Cage - John Adams
Rubik’s Cage is a brain-bending, mind-twisting strategy game, where the aim is to get 3 cubies in a row to win! It may sound easy to get 3 in a row, but Rubik’s Cage is not as simple as it may seem. Take turns to place a Cubie into the Cage, or you can twist one of the Cage’s layers to re-shuffle the game. You can also turn the game on its head by flipping the whole Cage over to scramble the Cubies and your opponent’s chances!
Argos, Smyths, Amazon, Very, Toymaster — SRP £19.99
SEEKERS - THE MAGNETIC SCAVENGER HUNT GAME - Seekers Gamers
SEEKERS is a new magnetic scavenger hunt game that encourages children to search for various objects in their environment. It is a great way to get children away from screens, out and about and looking at their surroundings.
SEEKERS is an ‘add-on’ game and once the customer has purchased the starter pack, they can buy additional magnet sets for a variety of scavenger hunts. Currently in the range are: ‘Car Journey’, ‘Happy Campers’, ‘Beside the Seaside’ ‘Supermarket’, ‘At the Park’, ‘Shapes & Colours’ and ‘Christmas’. More magnet sets will soon be available.
The starter pack includes a waterproof magnetic board, a drawstring backpack to carry the board in and a small bag to store the magnets in, when not being used.
Each additional magnet set includes 12 magnets and a small labelled drawstring bag for the magnets.
So; depending on your daily travels, you simply take your SEEKERS board and appropriate magnet set(s) to turn any regular trip out with the children into a scavenger hunt adventure!
It is a sustainable game that can be used time and time again. It is packed in a ‘fuss-free’ way, in 100% biodegradable and recyclable packaging which is FSC sourced.
The target age range for the game is 3+. For younger children, the idea behind the game is to simply search for the objects displayed on the magnets, and turn the magnets over once the objects are found. For slightly older children, the game can be made into a competition wherein they race to find the objects, and provide evidence (possibly taking photos) or collecting them, where appropriate.
www.seekersgames.co.uk — SRP £14.99
Any fan of off-road – be it big or small – will love this monster-sized RC Rock Crawler!
For added versatility and better land traversal this monster truck has 3 different tyre settings:
Front and rear tyres move in opposite directions.
Only the front tyres move
Front and rear tyres move in the same direction
This truck is a whopping 38cm which is perfect for navigating those rocky terrains and with up to 18 minutes on a charged battery you’ll have ample time for off-road mayhem!
The controller that is provided comes with batteries and has a range of approximately 35 meters.
A total of 4 channels can be controlled simultaneously!
Suitable for ages 8+
Hawkins Bazaar, and all good toy and hobby retailers,
— SRP £69.95
Can you crack the vault and get the 50 million dollars? You have 5 minutes to pull off the heist of the century! Bank Attack is an intense and addictive cooperative game, where you work together as a team to crack the vault and release the gold hidden inside! Each person is assigned a role, you then use and swap tools, making sure you press buttons at the right time to open the vault before the alarm goes off! Five levels of play plus one bonus level, each increasing in intensity and challenge.
Argos, Amazon, The Entertainer, Smyths, WH Smiths — SRP £24.99
Scalextric ARC AIR World GT set - SCALEXTRIC
Scalextric ARC AIR introduces real racing excitement to Scalextric. Connect to the Scalextric ARC app on your smart device to unlock real world racing scenarios for the ultimate racing experience. With over 6.8m of track, this Scalextric World GT set boasts 12 track layouts for added race thrills, and features the Ford GT GTE taking on the Mercedes AMG GT3.
www.scalextric.com and all good toy shops — SRP £199.99
Tonies and Tonieboxes provide big adventures for little ears by playing children’s favourite audio anytime, anywhere.
It has never been easier, or more fun, for children to listen to their favourite audio than with this portable, child-friendly speaker. Designed for small hands, the adventure starts once a Tonie figure is placed on top of the Toniebox. The audio stops when the Tonie is taken off. But don’t worry, when you replace the Tonie it will remember where you left off.
The clever box of audio fun provides hours of entertainment, offering little ones the chance to listen to the many classics available in the range like The Gruffalo, The Little Prince, The Snowman, The Lion King or The Jungle Book to name a few.
Other options are musical Tonies, such as lullabies or playtime songs. Or, you can combine audio fun with educational content which guides children through the world of horses, dinosaurs and more, with Tonies that provide a new method for learning in an engaging way.
Parents can even record and create their own parent-approved content via the free Tonie-App, and play this back to their kids using special versions of the Tonies called Creative-Tonies. This gives parents limitless possibilities for interactive play, brings excitement to children and immerses the whole family in their favourite stories and songs.
Tonieboxes are impeccably designed, with soft, rounded edges which are highly suitable for children. They are colourful and durable and they can be started incredibly easily, simply by placing a Tonie on the box.
In addition, there is no screen or complicated control system, as all functions are operated through tapping and placing figures on/off the box. To adjust the volume, or skip a track, children can simply pull the ears on the Toniebox backwards and forwards.
The Toniebox launched in the UK in the last year following huge success in Germany. The inventor is Patric Faßbender, a father from Düsseldorf, who could not bear his daughters’ scratched CDs anymore. He was looking for alternatives - that did not exist. Together with Marcus Stahl, he developed this clever system with a completely novel approach, to tell stories for both children and parents.
John Lewis and Amazon — SRP £69.95
Medium Starter Set - RAF Red Arrows Hawk - AIRFIX
Airfix Starter Sets are ideal for beginners. Each Small Starter Set includes glue, brush and four acrylic paints - all that is needed to complete a fabulous first kit!
www.airfix.com and all good toy and hobby stores — SRP £9.99
Disney Pixar Toy Story 4™ Ultimate Walking Buzz Lightyear™ - Mattel
Bringing innovation to playtime, the Ultimate Walking Buzz Lightyear is perfect for recreating adventures from the film. This super special Buzz Lightyear comes to life with lights, sounds and signature action moves, with lifelike motions and wing deployment for realistic mission play! Children can lead exciting, Toy Story 4 adventures, and unlock surprise new steps for additional fun. Great for small hands, the Ultimate Walking Buzz Lightyear can be played with at home or on the go!
Smyths and Argos — SRP £34.99
Reading Eggs Learn to Read App - Reading Eggs
Reading Eggs was created by expert educators with over 30 years of experience.
The multi-award winning early learning resource supports your child's learn to read journey with carefully designed online reading games and activities that are easy to follow, self-paced, and highly engaging for young children.
The Reading Eggs Learn To Read app lets you access the award‑winning reading programme on your iPad. New customers can sign up via the app and the first month is provided free of charge.
The App Store: Apple — SRP £6.99 per month