The UK parenting site, MadeForMums has revealed the winners of the MadeForMums Toy Awards 2017.
Deliberated over by a panel of judges made up of toy experts and over 250 children, a list of hundreds has been whittled down to the 36 lucky winners of this year’s awards.
The MadeForMums toy awards celebrate the best children’s toys at every age and stage, form newborns to preteens, with awards ranging Best Baby toy, Best Science Toy and Best Wooden Toy.
This year saw robots dominate the shortlist, inspiring the creation of the Best Robot category, a sector that looks to be big trend in the run-up to Christmas.
“The results show that this year is the year of the robot, when digital toys have really come of age,” said Susie Boone, editor of MadeForMums.
“There were high quality robots and digital toys entered in all age groups and the feedback from the child toy testers, their parents and the judging panel showed they have real play appeal, great interactivity and kept our testers engaged for longer than ever.
“That’s not to say classic toys have had their day, they are just adapting to modern tastes to remain popular – a traditional wooden tea set updated to a coffee-pod machine to reflect today’s latte culture, quiz cards with augmented reality, and a traditional doll’s house reimagined as a Manhattan loft all proved popular with the toy testers and judges and look to be in demand again this Christmas.”
The MadeForMums Toy Awards winners 2017, are:
Best Wooden toy: Le Toy Van Honeybake Café Machine
Best Travel toy: VTech Smart Watch DX
Best toy vehicle: Wilton Bradley Monster Smash-Ips
Best toy for pretend play: LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Van
Best toy for role-play: Wilton Bradley Mi-Mic
Best toy for active play: Bladez Toyz Peppa Pig Inflatable Muddy Puddle Playmat
Best toddler toy: VTech Chase Me Casey
Best Tech toy: TOMY Lightseekers
Best stocking filler: Zimpli Kids SnoBal Battle Pack
Best soft toy: Posh Paws International Winnie the Pooh Snuggletime
Best scooter: Ozbozz Light Burst Scooter
Best science toy: Augmentifyit AR Space Cards Quiz Game
Best robot toy: Anki Cozmo
Best ride-on: Little Tikes Princess Horse and Carriage
Best puzzle: SmartGames Little Red Riding Hood
Best play-set: VTech Toot toot Drivers Fire Station
Best outdoor/garden toy: Zimpli Kids Slime Blaster
Best learning toy: Orchard toys Magic Maths
Best doll: Design a Friend Ava
Best construction toy: K’NEX Thrill Rides Web Weaver Rollercoaster
Best board game: Orchard toys Cheeky Monkeys
Best bath toy: TOMY Spin & Splash Jelly Fish
Best balance bike: Chicco Red Bullet
Best baby toy (0-6mths): The Gro Company Ollie the Owl
Best baby toy (6-12 mths): Fisher-Price Zoom n Crawl Monster
Best art/crafts toy: Little Brian Paint Sticks
Best activity mat: A Little Bird Told Me My Little Sunshine Multi-Activity Playgym
Best activity centre: Skip Hop Explore & More 3-Stage Activity Centre
Best children’s app: Lightseekers
Editor’s choice: Wow Stuff Remote Controlled Flying Minions
Editor’s choice: Fisher-Price Teach n tag Movi
Editor’s choice: M.A.X. Meccano Advanced Xfactor Robot
Editor’s choice: Clementoni Evolution Robot
Editor’s choice: Flappy
Editor’s choice: Ravensburger American Flag Sneaker 3D Puzzle