VTech, Asmodee, and Learning Resources among 2020 Creative Play Awards winners

It’s taken months of rigorous testing and scrutiny, but the winners and recipients of the Highly Commended accolade have now been revealed for the 2020 Creative Play Awards, an awards programme developed by Creative Steps magazine.

VTech, Asmodee, Simba Smoby and Learning Resources have been named among an extensive list of winners and Highly Commended products and companies.

The Creative Play Awards aim to promote creative play as vital in a child’s development. The results of these awards recognise the best products available to enhance creative development in young children and are beneficial to the consumer when making purchasing decisions.

John Hopley, editor of Creative Steps, said: “Despite the challenging climate this year, I am delighted to report a 29 per cent increase in the record number of entries for the 2020 Creative Play Awards. Now in their 13th year, the quality and increased number of entries in 2020 is a testament to the high regard these Awards are accorded, recognising the best creative play toys, games, books and resources.

“We feel it is vital to have the products tested by end-users and have sent out more than 140 products to independent testers in homes, schools, early years and childcare settings around the country. Perhaps more than ever this year, the importance of learning through creative play for children has been highlighted and these Awards help parents, teachers and carers find quality products that allow them to do so.”

The Winners and Highly Commended entries are as follows:

Toys and Games

Indoor (0-3 years)

  • Winner – VTech – SPLASHTIME SUBMARINE 
  • Highly Commended Ravensburger – 1,2,3 DOUGH

Indoor (4-7 years)

  • Winner – Cosy Direct – CRATE CONSTRUCTA
  • Highly Commended – John Adams – WINDY KNICKERS

Indoor (8-11 years)

  • Winner – Asmodee – BRAINBOX MATHS
  • Highly Commended – John Adams – BLOPENS FASHION DESIGNER

Outdoor (0-3 years)

  • Winner – Simba Smoby – REVERSIBLE 2-IN-1 SCOOTER

Outdoor (4-7 years)

  • Winner – Cosy Direct – OBSTACLE COURSE STARTER PACK
  • Highly Commended – Jaques of London – LET’S PLAY GIANT DOMINOES

Outdoor (8-11 years)

  • Winner – TKC Sales – STOMP ROCKET
  • Highly Commended – Build Your Own – BUILD YOUR OWN MICROSCOPE

 

Electronic and Multimedia

(4-7 years) 

  • Winner – Vtech – KIDICOM STUDIO
  • Highly Commended – Little Tikes – TOBI ROBOT SMARTWATCH

(8-11 years) 

  • Winner – Learning Resources – BOTLEY 2.0 THE CODING ROBOT

 

Painting/Colouring/Modelling Materials

(0-3 years) 

  • Winner – Addo Play – SANDSATIONAL FANTASY FRIENDS
  • Highly Commended – Addo Play – READY STEADY DOUGH

(4-7 years) 

  • Winner – Trends UK – LITTLE BRIAN PAINT STICKS GIANT STICK

(8-11 years) 

  • Winner – Rock Fun – ROCK FUN ACRYLIC PAINT PENS

 

Boys Craft Kits

(4-7 years)

  • Winner – Basic Fun – KID K’NEX ROCKIN’ ROBOTS 

(8-11 years)

  • Winner – Ascent Hue – HUE ANIMATION STUDIO

Highly Commended – Bladez Toyz – HOT WHEELS MONSTER TRUCKS MAKER KITZ

Girls Craft Kits

(4-7 years

  • Winner – Interplay UK – PEPPA PIG GROW & PLAY
  • Highly Commended – Spin Master – GO GLAM NAIL SALON

(8-11 years

  • Winner – Flair – SPIROGRAPH SCRATCH & SHIMMER
  • Highly Commended – Chirpy Thoughts/Splatter Make – FAB DAB DO


Imaginative Role Play

(0-3 years) 

  • Winner – Little Tikes – LITTLE TIKES FIRST WASHER DRYER
  • Highly Commended – 8th Wonder – IN THE NIGHT GARDEN IGGLE PIGGLE PLUSH CHAIR

(4-7 years) 

  • Winner – Jaques of London – LET’S PRETEND FRUIT SET
  • Highly Commended – Simba Smoby – SMOBY CHEF’S HOUSE


Teaching Resources

(0-3 years)

  • Winner – Bloomsbury – 50 FANTASTIC IDEAS FOR FOREST SCHOOLS
  • Highly Commended – Polydron – MY FIRST POLYDRON GEARS

(4-7 years)

  • Winner – Learning Resources – 24 HOUR NUMBERLINE CLOCK
  • Highly Commended – Bloomsbury – NATIONAL CURRICULUM KS1 OUTDOORS 

(8-11 years)

  • Winner – Bloomsbury – 100 IDEAS FOR PRIMARY OUTDOORS


Special Educational Needs Toys/Resources

(0-3 years)

  • Winner – Headu srl – MONTESSORI BABY FLASHCARDS

(4-7 years)

  • Winner – Headu srl – STORYTELLING GAME FOR CHILDREN

(8-11 years)

  • Winner – Ascent Hue – HUE ANIMATION STUDIO


Books

(Children under 5’s)

  • Winner – Nosy Crow – NATIONAL TRUST: GETTING READY FOR SPRING
  • Highly Commended – Nosy Crow – BUILDING A HOME

(Children under 5’s)

  • Winner – Egmont – FASHION CONSCIOUS

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