To be a Dads Choice Award Winner, entries had to wow our judges and impress across the criteria.
Remote Control Toys - Anki OVERDRIVE
Anki OVERDRIVE is the next generation of battle-racing with state-of-the-art modular tracks, high-end car designs and new innovations in gameplay. Players can build their own courses within seconds and pit their robotic supercars against their friends or step up against enemy AI commanders. Driven by cutting-edge AI Technology, OVERDRIVE is battle-racing at its best where players control physical supercars via handheld mobile devices. Each car is upgradable with unique virtual weapons and packs a camera that recognises player-customised courses. The cars use AI to fully control themselves on the track as they use diverse strategies to fight to the finish.
Available from Selfridges, Argos, Amazon — SRP £149.99
Traditional - Dinosaur Train Set - Big Jigs
A fantasy Dino Range rail set in which railways and dinosaurs come together in a colourful prehistoric landscape. Includes a dinosaur train, volcano tunnels and a group of wooden dinosaurs. Additional accessories are available to expand this set. Most other major wooden railway brands are compatible with Bigjigs Rail.
Available from www.bigjigstoys.co.uk — SRP £44.99
Ride Ons and Bikes - BoxKart Gulf Oil
BoxKart harks back to a nostalgic age drawing inspiration from the simple designs of the original soapbox racers that used to rule the hills. However, BoxKart brings the design roaring up to date with pneumatic tyres, working brake and solid birch plywood frame. BoxKart is fully adjustable so is suitable for the entire family, bringing the whole family together when building and racing it.For those wishing to replicate the excitement of motor racing you can choose the BoxKart Gulf Oil. Decorated in the famous blue and orange of the Gulf Oil sponsored racing teams, you can imagine yourself and your friends leading the famous Le Mans race.
Available from Kiddimoto.co.uk, Amazon.co.uk Halfords.com/kids-zone/ride-on-toys/go-karts — SRP £124.99
Board Games - Bugs In The Kitchen
There's a pesky little bug in the kitchen! And it's not just any bug - it's a HEXBUG nano, scuttling around the game board! Quick - can you catch it in the trap? By turning knives, forks and spoons you can direct the bug into the trap. Throw the die to discover which utensils you can turn. Catch the bug in the trap and earn a token - the first player to collect 5 tokens wins the game. A fun-to-play family game suitable for 2-4 players, aged 6 years upwards. Average playing time 20 minutes
Available from Amazon.co.uk — SRP £24.99
Board Games - Disney Pictopia Trivia Game
Make family time magical, with the Disney Pictopia Trivia Game. Discover playful trivia spanning decades of Disney magic, from animated classics to dazzling theme park destinations. It’s a game of teamwork – with a competitive twist! Along the way are guess-my-answer questions that reveal how much you know about the other players!
Available from Amazon.co.uk, Argos.co.uk, Hamleys — SRP £19.99
Ride Ons and Bikes - FirstBIKE (R) Balance Bike
The perfect balance bike for your child from 2 to 5 years old - recommended by experts and parents. FirstBIKE teaches toddlers to ride in a no-stress, safe and fun way. On FirstBIKE®, toddlers can ride for several kilometres at a time and run up hills easily, all whilst having fun and boosting their self-confidence. FirstBIKE is the internationally acclaimed balance bike designed with safety first. Thanks to its high-tech frame, it is lightweight, durable and weatherproof. All FirstBIKE models come with a lifetime warranty on frame and fork and 5-year warranty on all other parts.
Available from www.first-bike.co.uk — SRP £94.99 £119.99
Stocking Fillers - FRUITOMINOES - Bananagrams
Fruitominoes takes classic dominoes and gives them a fresh, fruity twist. Deliciously colourful images of fruit instead of dots means the time-tested game now appeals to children too... It even works for kids that are too young to count! Fruitominoes are beautifully crafted and come in a portable fabric pouch that goes just about anywhere you go... Connect the fruit and connect your family with Fruitominoes!
Available from WinningMoves.co.uk — SRP £14.99
Electronic - Gameband + Minecraft (TM)
Gameband+MinecraftTM is the latest wearable tech for Minecraft fans! If you’re the kind of person who would like to be able to go from computer to computer to play Minecraft, then you know it can be a pain that you don’t get to take your game and your worlds with you. But now you can! Just plug your Gameband to any computer (Mac, Windows or Linux) and play directly from the band. Everything will be done from and to your Gameband and it’s all backed up to the cloud. It also comes preloaded with several Minecraft mini games and worlds. It looks cool on your wrist and is the ultimate way to transport your entire Minecraft experience with you.There are 3 great reasons you need to win a Gameband:
1 – Portable – play Minecraft anywhere and take your entire game and worlds with you. Your IP addresses, Mods, resource packs and texture packs are there.
2 – Customise – with PixelFurnace you can customise the LED display on your Gameband to show the time, the date and even display your animations in the order you want.
3 – Secure – it backs up ALL your Minecraft information to Gameband's secure servers in case of loss or theft.
Available from Currys PC World and Gameband.com — SRP £64.99
Gadgets and Gizmos - Kidizoom Duo
Take great selfies and pictures of your friends with this dual lens Kidizoom camera! Switch between the lenses at the touch of a button. Add fun distortion effects, stamps and frames, or use the auto-portrait feature. Add animations to your movies and record your voice with funny effects! Features 4x digital zoom, You and Me photo effects, 5 great games, Wacky Photo Shaker, photo editor, Silly Face Detector and large 2.4 inch colour screen.
Available from Argos, Toys R Us, The Entertainer — SRP £49.99
Arts & Craft - Kinetic Sand Box
Kinetic Sand is the squeezable sand where you can FEEL the fun! Pack it, pull it, shape it and love it. It's easy to shape and mold and flows through your fingers like a slow-moving liquid, but leaves them completely dry. Now with the Kinetic Sand Sandbox, kids can play on a large play surface while containing the mess! Mold amazing sand sculpts and have endless hours of fun with the Kinetic Sand Box! Contents include 1lb (454g) purple sand, 4 underwater themed moulds and 1 plastic sand box tray. For ages 3 years and over.
Available from John Lewis, Argos , Smyths Toys — SRP £19.99
Pack of 24 temporary tattoos with augmented reality app integration. Apply a tattoo anywhere on the skin and then download the corresponding app onto a smartphone or tablet. Open the app on your smart device, then focus the viewfinder over the tattoo and it will come to life, animating on the screen. The fantasy pack contains eight different tattoo designs appropriate for girls including unicorns, cats and fairies. The action pack contains eight different tattoo designs appropriate for boys, including skulls, sharks and spiders.
Available from Amazon — SRP £4.99
Vehicles - 1:14 Remote Control F1 2014 Mercedes AMG Team car (Lewis Hamilton)
Highly detailed 1:14 scale remote control model of the Mercedes AMG team F1 W05 Hybrid car that was driven by Lewis Hamilton in the 2014 race season. This RC model is packed with authentic features like those found on the original car including race and sponsor decals as well as the distinctive aerodynamic chassis that awarded Mercedes first place in the World Constructors’ Championship. With full function control and an intuitive controller, this F1 RC racer is perfect for all fans of Formula One.
Available from www.jumbliesmodels.com, www.grandprixlegends.com, www.models4hobby.co.uk — SRP £40.00
Building and Making - Meccano 25 Model Set - Mountain Rally
Build a mountain racer or one of 24 other models as you push your imagination to new extremes and combine the world of real engineering with motorised Mountain Rally technology. Tackle the toughest courses with a powerful 3V electrical motor. The motorised Mountain Rally racer set comes with 390 parts, 2 real tools and easy-to-follow instructions. Explore the mechanical wonders of the world as you scale the heights of rally competition in your Mountain Rally racer. The future is yours to build with Meccano! 2 x AA batteries required (not included).
Available from Toys R Us, Smyths Toys , Asda Direct — SRP £39.99
Traditional - Moover Ride-On Dumper Truck
The traditional feel to all Moover kids' toys will provide hours of fun to your children. The Moover Ride-On Dump Truck is their flagship vehicle and will help the child explore and practice motor skills by turning and reversing the truck, as well as carrying essential items such as teddy and dolly. Available in either natural wood colour or cherry-red, this ride on toy makes for a striking addition to your child's toys.
For older children, they will gradually learn how to assemble and separate the wooden Dump truck – thereby strengthening the construction and motor skills.
Available from www.hippychick.com , Amazon, Preciouslittleone LTD — SRP £64.99
Educational - PAIRSinPEARS
Build words, match patterns, have fun... And learn! PAIRSinPEARS contains a range of games that adapts as your family grows up. It’s packed with eight engaging, educational activities for children of varying ages, PLUS two competitive word games for advanced players. For pre-readers, PAIRSinPEARS helps developmental learning with the games ‘Pattern Grouping’ and ‘Letter Hunt’. Early-readers enjoy the wordplay activities ‘Rhyming’ and ‘Fill in the Blank’... And it gets even juicier for older children with two fast, furious games in which each player races to build pairs of words in grids. PAIRSinPEARS comes with ten games in total, and boasts something for everyone.
Available from John Lewis, Amazon, WinningMoves.co.uk — SRP £15.99
Electronic - Illumi-mate Star Wars Stormtrooper Comfort Light
A colour changing light in the shape of Storm Trooper: watch your Star Wars icon glow from purple to pink to red to green, blue and back to purple again.
Fun and interactive – Spearmark’s hand held comfort light glows subtly through a range of different colours as soon as it's switched on. They’re a must-have for sleep overs and camping trips away when little ones might need some comfort while going to sleep. These cute lights stay cool to the touch, making them great for kids to carry around or station next to their bed to gently illuminate in the dark, while drifting off to sleep. So they’ll be no more tears at bedtime!
Available from Tesco, Argos and Sainsburys — SRP £7.99
Travel Games - Top Trumps World Rugby Stars 2015
To be a true Rugby fan you need to get yourself a pack of the Top Trumps World Rugby Stars 2015! Bursting with facts and stats of all your favourite 2015 World Cup players like Parisse, Lawes and Savea. This is the ultimate game to play with the family! Find out who will be awarded the Top Trump and who the champion of champions of the Rugby World are.
Available from www.winningmoves.co.uk, WH Smith, Waterstones — SRP £4.99
Outdoor Toys - Turbospoke
Bicycle exhaust system that fixes to the back of a pedal bike and makes realistic engine noises. The exhaust pipe attaches to the rear frame of most bicycles with a mounting bracket and tools included in the set. Once in place a plastic sound card can be between the base of the exhaust and the spokes of the rear wheel. As the bike moves the teeth on the sound card catch on the spokes, creating a sound that travels up the exhaust pipe to create a loud, realistic motorbike noise. Each Turbospoke comes with three sound cards which are tuneable for up to six different bike sounds. This innovative bicycle accessory is a new take on a classic and makes a great gift line for children of all ages.
Available from www.amazon.co.uk — SRP £17.99
Ride Ons and Bikes - VTech Baby Push & Ride Alphabet Train
Let’s chug along into learning fun! This 4-in-1 grow with me alphabet train includes modes for sit-down play, walker, pull-along wagon and ride on. Includes 13 double-sided letter blocks and a magic tunnel to load the blocks into the wagon, also features a removable walkie-talkie and number pad, light-up piano keys, turning book and manipulative beads & cogs. Teaches objects, animals, phonics, letters, colours, weather, numbers and much more. Includes 4 sing-along songs and 10 melodies.
Available from Argos, Toys R Us, Smyths — SRP £49.99
Wonky Blocks from Tactic Games is a fun filled competitive game aimed at ages 8 plus. Stack Wonky blocks on top of one another without making the stack fall! The first player to get rid of their cards or successfully place the 9th block on the stack wins!
These stylish high quality blocks provide entertainment for a long time. The cards will tell you which block you can use on your turn. Wonky blocks is great fun for the whole family.
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Available from www.amazon.co.uk — SRP £15.99