Winner, 2020

To be a Dads Choice Award Winner, entries had to wow our judges and impress across the criteria.

Pepper The Penguin Bluetooth Speaker

Planet Buddies is dedicated to raising awareness of endangered and vulnerable animals on our planet and each of their characters represent their own story to educate children to help protect the animals on their planet. Perfect for listening to music or reading along to your favourite audiobook, Pepper the Penguin Bluetooth speaker allows you to enjoy up to 4-hours of total playtime; with an impressive 60-day standby time. Connect wirelessly to any Bluetooth 5.0 compatible device including tablets and smartphones. When connected to your smartphone, Pepper the Penguin Bluetooth speaker allows you to answer and end calls at the touch of a button, while the built-in microphone lets you talk hands-free. The multi-speaker pairing function allows you to connect Pepper the Penguin speaker with any other wireless Planet Buddies Bluetooth speaker to achieve a full surround-sound effect. The Bluetooth speaker is designed in exquisite, adorable detail with Pepper’s own unique story printed on the packaging to help educate children on the environmental issues that impact endangered penguins.

Planet Buddies Website — SRP £29.99
Tweet Beats

The Tweet Beats love music and they all have their own style and sound! Place a Tweet Beat in the tree on 1 of the 4 branches and right away you’ll hear music. Each Tweet Beat has their own beat, bass, melody and vocal in their own music style. Each bird has 4 unique sounds! By combining the Tweet Beats you can create your own songs! Switch birds to make the most beautiful Tweet Beat combinations and listen to the coolest music!

Argos, Smyths, Amazon and Toymaster — SRP £19.99
MICRO SCALEXTRIC JAMES BOND SET - NO TIME TO DIE

The latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, is the 25th instalment of the franchise, and like previous James Bond films, No Time to Die features both classic and modern vehicles driven by the villain as well as 007 himself. This set features an Aston Martin DB5 taking on the Jaguar XF, and includes 4.08metres of track, with 9 track layouts which includes a loop-the-loop and half pipe. With speed limiting hand controllers you can be sure the kids will always be having fun with this set as the cars will be less likely to fly off the track.

www.scalextric.com Argos Amazon — SRP £49.99
The Micro MJ Skate

The Micro Skate MJ, the smallest inline skate on the market, is the first ever inline skate designed with very young children in mind and perfectly demonstrates the belief from Micro Skate that you’re never too young to learn – if you can walk, you can skate! In order to bring the world of inline skating to a new, younger generation of skaters, including those who are only a few years old, Micro Skate has launched the MJ, with several impressive design features to give toddlers an advanced level of support. The high resistance polypropylene weighted cuff, shell, base, and integrated frame, all give extra stability. The liner is removable for easy cleaning. The liner is also totally customisable; children can take it out and colour it in with felt tip pen – making their own unique design of skates! The three wheels on the MJ have a flat profile for better speed control and light up when rolling along to bring extra joy to flashy young children. The wheels are set out in a line and are much more lightweight compared to roller skates, which have four wheels; two either side. Not being bulked down by weighty skates makes it much easier and enjoyable for very small children. Finally, the fast buckle system lets them take the skates on and off themselves, while the MJ can be easily adjusted by four sizes for fast-growing kids. Suitable for children aged 3-12, the MJ is available in European sizes 23-26, 27-30 and 31-34. The skates are also available in a range of fun colour options, including yellow, pink and blue.

Amazon — SRP 80
Mini Micro 3in1 LED Deluxe Push Along Scooter

Our Mini Micro LED 3in1 Push Along is a scooter with a trio of talents. Ride-on scooter with adjustable removable parent steering handle from 12 months. Independent sit on scooter with adjustable seat height for more confident toddlers. To iconic Mini Micro Deluxe with adjustable handlebar and extra grippy footplate from 2 years through to starting school. Always perfectly attuned to your child’s size and physical development. Helping them build confidence along with crucial balance and coordination skills. The only scooter you’ll need from first steps to first days at school.

www.micro-scooters.co.uk — SRP £116.95
Build Your Own Microscope

Build Your Own’s eco-friendly, STEM-inspired cardboard Microscope kit is perfect for kids who love to get outside and explore nature. This fully-functioning microscope is assembled using slot together techniques – there’s no glue, no mess, no fuss. Everything you need is provided in the kit - simply follow the instructions: press out the pre-cut parts, add the lenses and mirror to create an impressive, portable microscope. Awesome for examining garden mini-beasts, leaves, feathers and more – you’ll be amazed at the what you can see with the 30x magnification. The Build Your Own Microscope encourages kids to immerse themselves in the fun world of science and exploration.

Build Your Own — SRP 16.99
Carddies Christmas

Carddies are cute sets of card people and animals who live in a box for children to colour in and bring to life through imaginative play and story-telling. Each themed set contains 12 double-sided, hand-drawn characters made of premium card, 12 high quality colouring pencils, and 12 plastic stands. There is also a hand-drawn card scene to colour in and use as a backdrop, with a naming card on the reverse; all packaged in a sturdy box so they can be “taken with you wherever you go”. As well as being a fun all year round toy that will appeal to all children, all Carddies sets make perfect stocking fillers and advent and Christmas gifts. The two sets which are particularly apt to help children celebrate this special time of year are Carddies Christmas and Carddies Nativity...Ideal for keeping the little ones entertained on Christmas Day while the adults snooze the Christmas lunch off… There are currently 15 Carddies sets in the range for children to collect: Carddies Christmas and Nativity, Ballet, Cavemen, Fairies, Family One, Family Two, Farm, Football, Knights, London, School, Sports, Pirates and Wedding. Carddies have also created My Family, an inclusive set designed with all families in mind. Carddies Christmas Colour and Play Set contains: -12 double-sided Card People and animals: Santa, Elves, Children, Pets and Reindeer; -a Cosy Christmas Playscene to use as a backdrop, with a naming card on the reverse; -12 Premium Colouring Pencils; and -12 Plastic Stands… …for many hours of fun colouring in Creativity, Imagination, Pretend Play and Story Telling.

The Carddies store at Amazon — SRP £8.99 per Carddies set
First Washer-Dryer

Little ones can pretend to wash and dry clothes just like the grown ups with the super realistic Little Tikes® First Washer-Dryer. This sleek, modern pretend play washer-dryer is packed with interactive features: a tumbling drum, a sliding detergent drawer, a tabletop for folding clothes, and built-in slots for storage baskets. Plus, it makes realistic sounds like dials turning, spinning drum sounds, beeps, cycles changing, and more to really extend the pretend play for hours. Pretending to do laundry and other chores helps kids gain a sense of responsibility, an important part of social-emotional learning. The First Washer-Dryer is easy to set up to its full size, and fits all 11 included accessories for easy clean-up too. Encourage kids to engage in imaginative pretend play with the First Washer-Dryer by Little Tikes®!

littletikes.co.uk Argos The Entertainer — SRP £49.99
Baffled

In this great family board game you need the memory of an elephant! In just 60 seconds you must memorise the position of the twelve symbol tiles...BUT prepare to be Baffled as the symbols constantly swap and change positions around the board during the course of play! This ingenious memory game challenges you to find symbols, name them, swap them or test other players to find them. Your aim is to be the smartest elephant in the room because if you make a mistake you lose a life card! Baffled is cleverly designed so that children and adults have an equal chance of winning. The game develops vital memory skills and improves concentration too! Fun for ALL the family, who can survive on the Baffled board the longest... will it be YOU?

Cheatwell Games website: link Amazon: link — SRP £21.99
Aquascope

Explore the wonders of our underwater world of marine creatures and plant life. View to a depth of approximately 40cm without surface water reflections and without getting wet! The wide window at the base enables excellent viewing. The Telescopic feature extends the Aquascope to a total length of 53cm.

eduk8worldwide.com — SRP 22.99
Nerf BUNKR Battle Cube

It's Nerf or Nothin'! Nerf BUNKR let blaster fans create and customize their own battlefield with big inflatable obstacles that provide great cover and protection for active players. Transform any environment into a giant Nerf Battle Zone quickly and easily. Nerf BUNKR Battle Game cards (included) provide strategy and tactics to make every battle one-of-a-kind. Nerf BUNKR Battle Zones are easy to inflate with oversize air valves and are safe for indoor or outdoor play with the integrated Stability System. Build your own Battlezone with Nerf Bunkr. Use the integrated water base for stability during outdoor play, Integrated dart storage. Inflatable size is 45 x 45 x 45cm. There are 4 stacker cubes included in the box.

Argos, Amazon — SRP £20
Adventures with Mario Starter Course

For the first time, the exciting challenges of Mario’s level-based world are re-imagined in LEGO form to create an entirely new and interactive play experience. Players earn virtual coins moving LEGO Mario from the Start Pipe to the Goal Pole via spinning and cloud platforms, the ? Block, and super battles with the Goomba and Bowser Jr. toy figures. Rearrange the bricks to create new levels to master.

LEGO — SRP £49.99