MadeForMums, the UK’s parenting site for product reviews, has revealed the winners of the MadeForMums Toy Awards 2018.
This year's list of winners has been chosen by over 500 child judges and acts to highlight this year’s must-have Christmas toys.
Unsurprisingly, collectible toys featured strongly in the shortlisted entries this year – with ‘surprise’ toys that hatch (Rainbocorns) or emerge from foam-filled pods (Playfoam Pals Wild Friends) stealing much of the limelight.
Unicorns proved to be on trend, from the talking, singing wonders of Myla the Magical Make-up Unicorn (Best Interactive Toy) to a simple tub of ‘rare’ Unicorn Poo (Best Stocking Filler).
Other standouts include Boxer, the quirky robot friend (Best Robot Toy), Gravitrax, a supercool 21st-century take on the marble run (Best STEM Toy) and an interactive doll that jiggles and giggles as she wees (Baby Alive Potty Dance Baby Doll).
The MadeForMums Toy Awards 2018 celebrates the best children’s toys at every age and stage from newborn to preteens, with 35 categories covering Best Baby Toy and Best Toddler Toy to Best Science Toy, Best Playset, Best Educational Toy and Best Scooter.
There are also five special Editor's Choice awards for toys that stand out from the crowd.
Susie Boone, Editor, MadeForMums, said: "The results of this year’s MadeForMums Toy Awards judging show clearly that children are loving toys they can collect – especially if they can unwrap, hatch or discover them in a pot of gunge.
"That’s not to say classic toys have had their day: wooden toys scored highly this year, too, with a timber mud kitchen winning Best Toy for Pretend Play, and a train set wowing our child testers’ parents with its quality – for only £15."
The winning toys are chosen by over 500 children aged from 12 weeks old to 15 years – the real toy experts – who tested the toys and supplied Made For Mums with their verdicts.
Each toy is scored for play potential and value for money and the children’s scores, combined with the verdicts of expert judges from the MadeForMums editorial team and specially invited influencer judges including teen YouTube stars Amazing Arabella and JD the Kid, Al Ferguson, founder of The Dad Network, Laura Hamilton, star of Dancing on Ice, parent-led campaign group Let Toys Be Toys and the Editor of toy industry magazine and website Toy News.
The Made For Mums Toy Awards 2018 winners are:
Best Activity Centre: Oribel Portaplay Convertible Activity Centre Forest Friends Best Activity Mat: Tiny Love Into the Forest™ Gymini® Deluxe
Best Art/Craft toy: Dessineo 'Painting by Stencils' Animals
Best Baby Sleep Aid: SweetDreamers Ewan Deluxe
Best Baby Toy (0-6): Lamaze Flapping Fiona
Best Baby Toy (6-12): Skip Hop Explore & More Follow Bee Crawl Toy
Best Balance Bike: Strider 14X Sport Balance /Pedal Bike
Best Bath Toy: Bloopies
Best Board Game: Make n Break
Best Collectable Toy: Playfoam Pals Wild Friends
Best Construction Toy: City Engineering & Design Set
Best Doll: Cry Babies
Best Educational Toy: Mysteries in Time
Best Heirloom Toy: Cherry Tree Hall Doll’s House
Best Interactive Toy: Myla the Make-up Unicorn
Best Outdoor Toy: Nighthawk
Best Playset: Paw Patrol Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck
Best Portable or Travel Toy: Kidizoom Duo 5.0
Best Puzzle: The World: Atlas & Jigsaw
Best Ride-On Toy: ScuttleBug
Best Robot Toy: Boxer
Best Science Toy: Science Mad Chemistry Lab
Best STEM Toy: Gravitrax Starter Set
Best Scooter: My First Scooter
Best Soft Toy: Fingerlings Hugs
Best Stocking Filler: Unicorn Poo
Best Eco/Sustainable Toy: Toy Box Club
Best Tech/Coding Toy: Power Tracks
Best Teething Toy: Sofie la Girafe
Best Toddler Toy: LEGO Duplo Farm Adventures
Best Toy for Active Play: Hauck Ride on 123
Best Toy for Pretend Play: TP Muddy Madness Wooden Mud Kitchen
Best Toy for Role Play: Le Toy Van Doctor’s Set
Best Vehicle: John Deere Build a Johnny Tractor
Best Wooden Toy: Carousel Wooden Train Set
EDITOR’S CHOICE: Hexbug Robot Wars Arena
EDITOR’S CHOICE: Muro
EDITOR’S CHOICE: Zuru Rainbocorns
EDITOR’S CHOICE: Playmobil Aquarium
EDITOR’S CHOICE: Baby Alive Potty Dance Baby Doll
See the full list of winners, Editors’ Choices and runners up at http://www.madeformums.com/reviews-and-shopping/madeformums-toy-awards-2018- winners/44174.html