Winner, 2021

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

Scalextric ARC AIR World GT set

Scalextric ARC AIR introduces real racing excitement to Scalextric. Connect to the Scalextric ARC app on your smart device to unlock real world racing scenarios for the ultimate racing experience. With over 6.8m of track, this Scalextric World GT set boasts 12 track layouts for added race thrills, and features the Ford GT GTE taking on the Mercedes AMG GT3.

www.scalextric.com and all goot toy shops — SRP £199.99
Viga Balancing Game - Space

This is a space theme balance game. This toy includes the sun,8 planets and other 7 space theme blocks. Bright colors,cute pattern,kids will love it at the first sight! It is designed to train children's concentration, thinking skills, logic, hands-on skills, and improve their emotional control and pressure resist through the process of play.

Viga Toys — SRP $33
Build Your Own Mini Build

Children will have great fun with Build Your Own’s new Mini Builds Ladybird kit. This fascinating mini beast is beautifully bold with its bright red wings and contrasting black spots. And the pull-tab rotating wing cases perfectly capture a ladybird’s flight movement. Easy to assemble 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, build and play! Add to your knowledge of these iconic mini beasts with a press-out Ladybird Fact Stand for children to learn about how ladybirds can be useful in agriculture. Made using 100% sustainable cardboard and paper, the Build Your Own Ladybird is not only fun and engaging to play with, but also eco-friendly. With 27 press-out parts and an estimated build time of 20 minutes, it’s set at a skill level of 2 stars out of 5. • Mess-free, slot together cardboard construction • Perfect family time activity • 20-minute build • Skill level rating: 2 stars out of 5 • Discover and learn about ladybirds • 27 press out-parts • High-quality sustainable cardboard and paper • Full instructions included • Designed in the UK • Fun, educational and supports STEM • Age 8+ (adult supervision recommended)

www.buildyourownkits.com — SRP 9.99
Wiggly Words Game

A brainteasing word game for the whole family that makes spelling fun! The race is on to play all your cards in this brainteasing literacy game for players 6-adult! Players use their worm cards to add to the wiggly line by joining heads with tails to spell words. Not only are the cards double-sided to maximise the number of combinations, but they also feature hilarious characters that children will love! There are sailors, superheroes, and even a punk, to name just a few! Children will be able to practise spellings they already know as well as learning new words.

www.orchardtoys.com — SRP £8.50
HUE Animation Studio

Remember made-up plays and puppet shows? HUE Animation Studio combines imagination, creativity and excitement with movie-making technology to create family memories forever. Designed for children aged 7-13, the kit includes a HUE HD camera in a choice of bright colours, a 64-page animation activity book full of tips and tricks, and HUE Animation software. Also included are downloadable activity sheets, backgrounds and sound effects to make 20 inventive stop motion movies, time-lapse videos and ideas for even more. This highly engaging, gender-neutral educational toy will bring hours of pleasure to young film directors who with the click of a button can animate anything from LEGO® figures and clay creations to 2D drawings. Recommended by child development expert Dr. Amanda Gummer, HUE Animation Studio fosters 21st Century skills such as problem solving, artistry, curiosity, self-direction, planning and personal expression. £49.95 (incl VAT) from huehd.com

huehd.com — SRP £49.95 (incl VAT)
Science Mad Digital Metal Detector

Lots of treasure-hunting adventures ahead! Any metal object is treasure to young explorers starting out in metal detecting! You'll be able to carefully search in your garden, the woods, parks and beaches, just waiting for the signs that your detector has found something special! This metal detector will beep and LED lights will flash, speed up and change colour to alert you that a metal object is close by. It could be old or lost coins, jewellery that has been accidentally dropped, or a host of other possibilities. Controls are provided to change both the sensitivity and sound volume of the detector.

Very The Studio The Range Rymans Bright Minds Amazon — SRP £23.99-£24.99
Tig-Tag

TIG-TAG is a soft-to-the-touch throwing / flying toy that makes playing "You're it!" safer, fairer and more fun... TIG-TAG is lightweight, easy to throw and very gentle on contact. TIG-TAG not only encourages children to 'unplug' and enjoy collaborative play but also enhances hand-eye coordination. Just as importantly, TIG-TAG ensures a wide range of ages and abilities get to run, jump and exercise while playing and laughing together. What is TIG-TAG....and why do people LOVE it? Well, it's a softer, fairer, safer way to play the game known variously as Tig, Tag, Had, or You’re It! Instead of physically pushing or hitting another child to make them 'It', kids simply throw the lightweight TIG-TAG. This results in fewer accidents, while older children no longer have such an advantage!... TIG-TAG is washable and can be played either indoors or outdoors.

www.tig-tag.co.uk — SRP £10.00
Marvin's 30 Amazing Magic Pens

Marvin’s Magic 30 Amazing Magic Pens: Create marvellous works of art using 30 magic pens with amazing powers! Write secret messages, create stunning 3D lettering, make your pictures vanish , change colour & create a multi-layer of colours. Creativity with a touch of magic for ages 5+. Includes 9 Colour Changing Pens, 14 Erasable Pens, 5 Multi-layer Over Pens and 2 Magic White Pens.

Marvins Magic — SRP £18
Windy Bums Panda, Monkey and Unicorn

Tasteful, sophisticated and clever. These are just three words we don’t use to describe really funny gifts for kids – like this farting plush toy. Bump to make it trump! Once set off, the bottom coughs continue… When it stops, bop it again. Our Windy Bums range is strangely addictive: they make rude sounds and move around. This is a funny gift that lets rip, wiggles, jiggles and giggles on the floor. Well made in fleecy, tough and colourful fabric, the fur is surprisingly soft. Available in three characters; Panda, Monkey and Unicorn each with their own quirky facial expressions, unique personality and trumping sounds. Made in super soft colourful fabrics they are perfect to cuddle up to. This is a great value, safe and very funny children’s toy. Makes a perfect present for Christmas or an ideal gift on a birthday. Not just for little ones, of course: grown-ups may choose to give it to a friend as a daft gift, or buy one for themselves and then just pretend it’s the kid’s! Golden Bear designs toys to stimulate your child’s imagination and help develop early skills. Occasionally, though, we just like to make panda fart. Nevertheless, we pride ourselves on providing girls and boys with an outstanding range of toys with quality, reliability and safety at their heart.

Smyths, Amazon, Argos, B&M and Very — SRP £15.99
T-Rex Truck

For over 50 years, Little Tikes® has made ride-on toys that parents know and trust. The all-new T-Rex Truck is the all-new ride-on that kids are sure to love. The large T-Rex has a cool design, makings roaring sounds and sparks kids' imaginations while they ride. Kids love being behind the wheel, while adults love the durability and comfortable design. The T-Rex Truck is easy to manoeuvre with its 360 degree spinning front wheels and durable tyres that are designed for both indoor and outdoor play. The T-Rex Truck transitions from a kid-powered, foot-to-floor ride-on to a parent pull or push wagon. Kids will love pretending to be park rangers in the all-new T-Rex Truck by Little Tikes®!

Little Tikes — SRP £109.99
UpRoar!

UpRoar! is the super simple yet hugely hilarious card game where mooing like an angry cow can win you the game. With zero tactics required, literally anyone who can read can play. Take two cards, spot the only matching pair of words, and be the  rst to sound out the answer. Bring on your WAA WAA cry baby, your WHOOSH BANG  rework, your OOO OOO laughing monkey - but be quick about it to secure the win.

www.amazon.co.uk — SRP £11.99