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Made For Mums reveals Made For Mums Toy Awards 2019 winners

Spin Master’s Owleez, MGA’s LOL Surprise and Wow Stuff’s Harry Potter invisibility cloak have all made this year’s Made For Mums Toy Awards 2019 winners’ list, alongside no less than 52 other must have products for this Christmas.

MadeForMums, the UK’s leading parenting site for product reviews, has revealed the winners of the MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019 – as chosen by nearly 500 child judges and highlighting this year’s must-have Christmas toys.

This year saw a record number of board game entries, reflecting one of the toy industry’s biggest trends – from simple pairing games like Cobra Paw, to an updated version of Articulate and a new voice-activated Monopoly, giving the industry’s slate of new tech toys out there (such as GeoSmart Flip Bot, Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak and My First Drone), a run for their money.

This year, Hatchimals fans can look forward to Owleez, an interactive pet that flies, while the hugely successful L.O.L Surprise! toy brand has launched 2-in-1 Glamper Playset with more than 55 surprises to unbox.

Trampolines have gone split-level with TP’s Infinity Leap Trampoline, the Xootz Bubble Scooter leaves a trail of bubbles in its wake and Kristal is a doll who needs nursing through cough, fever and red spots.

The MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019 celebrate the best children’s toys at every age and stage from newborn to preteens, with 35 categories covering everything from Best Baby Toy and Best Toddler Toy to Best Science/STEM Toy, Best Playset, Best Educational Toy and Best Scooter.

There are also five special Editor’s Choice awards for toys that really stand out from the crowd.

Susie Boone, editor MadeForMums, said: “The results of this year’s MadeForMums Toy Awards judging show that toys with simple play appeal remain real hits with children and their parents. It’s great to see that family games are still hugely popular in 2019 and can compete on Santa lists this Christmas alongside innovative technology toys and clever twists on recent favourites.”

Top 15 toys for Christmas 2019

  • Moose Toys Kindi Kids (Editor’s choice)
  • Wow! Toys Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak (Editor’s choice)
  • furReal Cubby the Curious Bear (Editor’s choice)
  • Great Little Trading Company Seaside Fish & Chip Shop (Editor’s choice)
  • Monopoly Voice Banking (Editor’s choice)
  • Paw Patrol Mighty Pups Superpaws Mighty Jet Command Center (Editor’s choice)
  • L.O.L Surprise! 2-in-1 Glamper Playset (Best Playset, Gold)
  • Fisher-Price Bounce and Spin Unicorn (Best Toddler Toy, Gold)
  • Spin Master Toys Owleez (Best Robot, Gold)
  • LeapFrog Smart Sizzling BBQ Grill (Best Toy For Pretend Play, Gold)
  • GeoSmart Flip Bot (Best Toy Vehicle, Gold)
  • Kano Harry Potter Coding Wand (Best Coding Toy, Gold)
  • My First Drone (Best Toy For Active Play, Gold)
  • Xootz Bubble Scooter (Best Scooter, Gold)
  • Lucky Fortune (Best Collectible, Gold)

MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019 – full list of GOLD WINNERS

BEST ART/CRAFT TOY

Fuzzikins Fuzzi Street, £9.99 each

A range of 3 cardboard pop-up shops, each of which come with a cute flocked character who can be coloured with the felt tip pens supplied and then wiped clean, so that they can be decorated again and again. There’s a pizzeria, ice cream shop and post office to choose from and each comes with accessories and stickers.

BEST TODDLER TOY

Fisher Price Bounce and Spin Unicorn, £69.99

A musical, ride-on unicorn (measuring 53cm x 72cm x 72cm) with a light up rattle roller, ABC sounds, buttons with numbers on, and multicoloured lights. Babies can also spin 360 degrees or bounce on it. It has easy-grip handles and a comfortable saddle. Batteries required – 3 x AA (not included).

BEST VIDEO GAME

PAW Patrol: On a Roll, £34.99

The first ever PAW Patrol game to be made, this is a brilliant extension of the TV show for gamers – players step into the beautifully recreated Adventure Bay and embark on 16 adventures across 8 different locations and there are a number of micro-games too. Collect pup treats and play as Ryder and all 8 of the PAW Patrol characters.

BEST ACTIVITY MAT

Taf Toys All Around Me Gym, £69.99

This padded baby mat (90cm in diameter) has music, lights and 14 developmental activities – like music, hanging toys and lights, a mobile that can also attach to your baby’s cot, a mirror, a teether, and a rotating pinwheel. Batteries 2 X AAA (not included).

BEST BATH TOY

Skip Hop Zoo Stack and Pour Buckets, £12

A set of colourful buckets that can add all sorts of fun to the bath.

BEST JIGSAW/PUZZLE

Usborne’s In the Jungle – Puzzle Book & Jigsaw, £9.99

A colourful 100+ piece jigsaw which comes with a 24-page picture puzzle book.

BEST TODDLER RIDE-ON

Mini Micro 3in1 Deluxe Push Along Scooter, £119.95

This 3-in-1 scooter (91cm x 23cm x 58cm) can be used all the way from age 1 up to school-aged. It has a removable parent-steering handle and a removable seat, so toddlers can sit on it and be pushed along. When your child is ready to scoot, the seat can be removed and the handle-bar raised. It is really lightweight, too, meaning it’s really easy to ride and steer.

BEST TOY VEHICLE

GeoSmart FlipBot, £39.99

A colourful STEM-inspired remote-controlled vehicle which kids can build themselves using the snap-in motors and magnetic pieces.

BEST SCIENCE/STEM TOY OR KIT

AugmentifyIt Augmented Reality OCEAN Animal Cards, £12.99

The first augmented reality (AR) cards for kids, that make a game which can be played with the AR technology. The 24-card pack, featuring ocean animals and over 180 facts, works with a downloadable app. There are over 265 quiz questions to test a players’ knowledge, learned from the cards.

BEST INTERACTIVE TOY

tonies Toniebox, £69.95

A Wi-Fi speaker unlike any you’ve come across before – this clever gadget is soft to the touch and paired with a hand-painted collectible Tonie figure, which is pre-recorded with songs and popular stories like The Gruffalo. You can also add your own content – a story, song or message, for up to 90 minutes.

BEST DOLL

Cry Babies Kristal, £49.99

A 34cm onesie-wearing doll with moveable arms and legs, who is sick and needs taking care of. She will cry real tears if you take away her dummy – and makes cute gurgling noises when you soothe her. If she gets a cough, give her medicine. If she gets a fever, dab her forehead with a wet cloth. When spots appear on her face, give her an injection. 6 accessories included; a dummy, a stethoscope, an injection, a cloth, cough syrup and a thermometer. Batteries included.

BEST WOODEN TOY

Melissa and Doug Cutting Food Wooden Playset, £14.99

A 17-piece set of wooden play food with a knife. The whole set comes with a wooden crate (30.1cm x 28.3cm x 5.3 cm) to store the pieces in. Each “slice” of food has velcro on it, so the pieces can stick together and can be easily cut.

BEST TOY FOR ROLE PLAY

Mi Mic X Factor Karaoke Disco Cube Speaker, £59.99

A rechargeable, portable Bluetooth speaker cube with integrated disco lights and echo function. It comes with 2 karaoke microphones and connects to a variety of karaoke apps. It provides approximately 5 hours of play time and has a 10 metre range.

BEST BALANCE BIKE

Micro 2in1 Balance Bike, £109.95

An ultra-lightweight balance bike with front suspension, the option of an extra stability wheel, a front mud guard and an adjustable seat and handlebar. The max weight it can carry is 20kg.

BEST BABY TOY (0-6 MONTHS)

Skip Hop Farmstand Avocado Stroller Toy, £12

A charming, plush avocado toy of two halves with a rattle ‘pit’ in the centre and a built-in loop and ring to attach it to various baby transport. Roughly 22cm in length.

BEST BABY TOY (6-12 MONTHS)

Edushape Textured Pop Blocks, £12.99

10 colourful, tactile soft cubes that have appealing 3D textures. They have protruding shapes that can interlock, so they’re ideal for sorting and stacking.

BEST TEETHING TOY

Lion Teether, Matchstick Monkey, £9.99

An irresistibly cute lion teether with sore-gum-soothing bumps – made from antimicrobial silicone that kills germs within 2 hours. Dishwasher and fridge safe, and suitable for steam and cold-water sterilising.

BEST TOY FOR ACTIVE PLAY

Oaxis My First Drone, £34.99

This easy-to-use drone is perfect for young kids, who will love throwing it into the air and seeing it hover. It can be used indoors without a remote or controller and the battery allows for 7 minutes of flight time.

BEST TRAMPOLINE

Jumpking 14ft ZorbPOD, £669

A 14ft globe-shaped design that sits high off the ground. Its superior interlocking frame means that there is no movement on the legs during jumps. Maximum user weight of 120kg.

BEST ACTIVITY CENTRE/JUMPER

Skip Hop Silver Lining Cloud Baby’s View 3-Stage Activity Centre, £135

A multi-stage activity centre with a seat that rotates 360 degrees. There are 25 developmental activities, including 5 toys that clip onto the tray. When your baby grows too big for the activity centre, it transforms into a drawing table with a plastic chalkboard surface (you can buy matching chairs, sold separately).

BEST EDUCATIONAL/LEARNING TOY

Tech Will Save Us Electro Guitar Kit, £29.99

A DIY kit to make your own cardboard guitar and amplifier to develop musicianship and knowledge of string instruments.

Peppa Pig Wooden Clock, £15

A Peppa Pig-themed wooden clock with chunky number pieces that fit together moveable hour and minute hands.

BEST SCOOTER

Xootz Bubble Scooter, £39.99

A cool scooter that shoots a trail of bubbles out the back.

BEST STOCKING FILLER

Snowball by Schylling, from £2.99

A 2.5-inch snowball effect stress ball. Designed for stress relief, the squishy ball will always return to its globe shape after being squeezed, flexed and poked.

BEST SUBSCRIPTION BOX

Mysteries in Time, £6.95 per month for a six-month subscription (or £7.95 on a month-to-month basis)

This fun and educational subscription box allows your child to travel back in history and solve a mystery. There’s an illustrated adventure story, and colourful history booklet packed full of fun facts, as well as a craft activity and engaging puzzles.

BEST OUTDOOR TOY

Kettler Suzuka Air, £179.95

A classic pedal powered go kart with modern day updates, such as air tyres, bucket seats and handbrake controls.

BEST TECH/CODING TOY

Kano Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit, £79.99

A build-it yourself wireless wand that allows youngsters to learn to code and perform wizarding spells alongside an app, which features more than 70 step-by-step creative challenges.

BEST CONSTRUCTION/BUILDING TOY

SmartMax My First Totem Magnetic Set, £17.99

A fun stacking totem pole that uses 8 large magnetic pieces to make the process easy for little hands. Comes with cards showing 24 different design challenges for your child to copy.

BEST COLLECTIBLE TOY

WowWee Lucky Fortune, £4.99

A hard fortune cookie that doubles up as a keyring and contains a sweet charm bracelet. There are over 100 different bracelets to collect and four levels of rarity as well as a coveted Ultra Lucky real gold-dipped four-leaf clover bracelet. The pack also contains a collector’s guide to track the bracelets you get.

BEST ROBOT TOY

Spin Master Toys Owleez, £50

This owl responds to touch and eyes light up dependent on its mood. It has over 100 sounds and movements and comes with a nest and a food accessory. It charges via a USB cord.

BEST BOARD GAME

Ravensburger Peppa Pig Muddy Puddle Game, £19.99

A fun Peppa Pig game which sees kids help George jump over muddy puddles to reach the top of the hill, or fall down into a deep puddle if you take a wrong step! Includes a green hill with Peppa, 12 playing pieces and 24 action cards. For 2-4 players.

Asmodee Cobra Paw, £14.99

Age: 6+

A fun and quick-paced game that sees youngsters role a dice and then spot and grab matching tiles before their opponents. For 2-6 players.

BEST SUSTAINABLE/ECO TOY

Petit Collage Alphabet Wooden Tray Puzzle, £19.95

A multi-language alphabet wooden tray (30cm x 20cm) with 26 letter puzzle pieces. It is made from sustainable wood and printed with vegetable inks.

BEST TOY FOR PRETEND PLAY

LeapFrog Smart Sizzling BBQ Grill, £49.99

An interactive bbq grill (19cm x 47cm x 41cm) that recognises the names and colours of all 8 food pieces placed onto the skewer. Teaches counting, colours and learning about food with the three different modes – learn, play and music. 2 x AA batteries required.

BEST BABY SLEEP-AID TOY

Fisher Price Soothe ‘n Snuggle Otter, £39.99

A super soft otter that moves up and down in a rhythmic motion to mimic breathing and help soothe your baby. Set to play 30 minutes of calming music, volume controlled sound effects as well as soft lights. 4 x AA batteries included.

BEST PROJECTOR

Zazu Ocean Projector, Cody the Crab, €49.95

A sweet smiley plush crab that soothes your child to sleep using projections of underwater scenes with music, swimming fish and moving waves and a 3-step sleep programme: 1. Projections and music draw baby’s attention; 2. Lights and music are lowered, waves start to calm and the fish start to sleep; 3. After 30 minutes the music switches off, the waves are calm and the fish are asleep – and hopefully, your baby is, too! Choice of ocean, heartbeat sound or white noise melodies. Cry sensor restarts the sleep programme if baby cries. Uses 3 AA batteries. Washable.

Fisher Price Soothe ‘n Snuggle Otter, £39.99

A super soft otter that moves up and down in a rhythmic motion to mimic breathing and help soothe your baby. Set to play 30 minutes of calming music, volume controlled sound effects as well as soft lights. 4 x AA batteries included.

BEST GARDEN TOY

Plum Metal Climbing Dome Frame with Fabric Den and 10ft Wave Slide, £349.99

A 10ft slide and metal climbing dome (410cm x 227cm x 258cm) with a fabric den, climbing rug, scramble net and ladder to reach the top deck. Takes approximately 2 adults and 5 hours to assemble.

BEST PORTABLE/TRAVEL TOY

Oaxis myFirst Camera 2, £59.99

An ideal first camera that takes high resolution 8MP images and video. Comes with a waterproof case so can be used by the sea or pool and holds up to 36GB on MicroSD card included. Fully charged within 3-4 hours.

BEST SOFT TOY

Posh Paws Disney Pixar Toy Story 4 Plush, £14.99

All your favourite Toy Story characters in a soft plush toy (9 to collect in total) including Woody, Buzz and Forky.

BEST PLAYSET

L.O.L Surprise! 2-in-1 Glamper Playset, £99.99

The first vehicle for the L.O.L. Surprise dolls takes the girls on a glamorous road trip! Measuring 21.5cm x 58.5cm x 29cm, the Glamper features over ten play areas with lights and sounds, 1 exclusive doll and over 55 surprises to unwrap. The front detaches to become a separate car with D.J. booth, working headlights and horn. The back opens up to 2 feet tall by 3 feet wide to reveal a large water slide, leading to the light-up pool (which you can put water in), plus there’s a fashion runway with a rotating end for twirling.

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