Dads Choice Awards for the best toys of 2015

Are you ready to see this years winners and get some ideas for your Christmas gifts from the Dads Choice Awards.

These are the only awards where Dads decide which toys cut the mustard. The aim of the Dads Choice Awards is to recognise that sometimes Dads like to play with completely different toys with their children. These awards are a celebration of Dads and their kids playing and spending time together.


There were hundreds of entries and Dads and their children across the country took part

Here is what they picked this year


Remote Control – Anki OVERDRIVE
OVERDRIVE is battle-racing at its best where players control physical supercars via handheld mobile devices. Each car is upgradable with unique virtual weapons and packs a camera that recognises player-customised courses.
Available from Selfridges, Argos, Amazon, SRP: £149.99, Age range:7-14


Gadgets and Gizmos – Kidizoom Duo

Take great selfies and pictures of your friends with this dual lens Kidizoom camera! . Add fun distortion effects, stamps and frames, or use the auto-portrait feature.

Available from Argos, Toys R Us, The Entertainer , SRP: £49.99 , Age range:3-9 years


Electronic – Illumi-mate Star Wars Stormtrooper Comfort Light

A colour changing light in the shape of Storm Trooper: watch your Star Wars icon glow from purple to pink to red to green, blue and back to purple again.

Available from Tesco, Argos and Sainsburys, SRP: £7.99, Age 3+


Electronic – Gameband+Minecraft™

Gameband+MinecraftTM is the latest wearable tech for Minecraft fans! If you’re the kind of person who would like to be able to go from computer to computer to play Minecraft, then you know it can be a pain that you don’t get to take your game and your worlds with you. But now you can! Just plug your Gameband to any computer (Mac, Windows or Linux) and play directly from the band.It also comes preloaded with several Minecraft mini games and worlds.
Available from Currys PC World and SRP £64.99, Age 5+


Arts & Crafts – Kinetic Sand Box
Kinetic Sand is the squeezable sand where you can FEEL the fun. It’s easy to shape and mold and flows through your fingers like a slow-moving liquid, but leaves them completely dry.

Available from John Lewis, Argos , Smyths Toys SRP £19.99, Age range:3+


Board Games – Bugs In The Kitchen
There’s a pesky little bug in the kitchen! And it’s not just any bug – it’s a HEXBUG nano, scuttling around the game board! Quick – can you catch it in the trap? By turning knives, forks and spoons you can direct the bug into the trap.

Available from, SRP:24.99 , Age range:6+


Board Games – Disney Pictopia Trivia Game
Playful trivia spanning decades of Disney magic, from animated classics to dazzling theme park destinations. It’s a game of teamwork – with a competitive twist! Along the way are guess-my-answer questions that reveal how much you know about the other players!

Available from,, Hamleys, SRP:£19.99 Age range:7+


Apps – Magic Tattoos
Pack of 24 temporary tattoos with augmented reality app integration. Apply a tattoo anywhere on the skin and then download the corresponding app onto a smartphone or tablet. Open the app on your smart device, then focus the viewfinder over the tattoo and it will come to life, animating on the screen.
Available from Amazon SRP £4.99, Age range 3+


Educational – PAIRSinPEARS
Build words, match patterns, have fun… And learn! PAIRSinPEARS contains a range of games that adapts as your family grows up.

Available from John Lewis, Amazon,, SRP: £15.99 , Age range:3+
Building and Making – Meccano 25 Model Set – Mountain Rally
Build a mountain racer or one of 24 other models as you push your imagination to new extremes and combine the world of real engineering with motorised Mountain Rally technology. Tackle the toughest courses with a powerful 3V electrical motor.

Available from Toys R Us, Smyths Toys , Asda Direct , SRP:£39.99 Age range:9+
Stocking Fillers – FRUITOMINOES – Bananagrams
Fruitominoes takes classic dominoes and gives them a fresh, fruity twist. Deliciously colourful images of fruit instead of dots means the time-tested game now appeals to children too.

Available from, SRP:£14.99 Age range:3+

Fun Toys! – Wonky Blocks
Wonky Blocks from Tactic Games is a fun filled competitive game aimed at ages 8 plus. Stack Wonky blocks on top of one another without making the stack fall! The first player to get rid of their cards or successfully place the 9th block on the stack wins!

Available from, SRP:15.99 , Age range:8+

Travel Games – Top Trumps World Rugby Stars 2015
To be a true Rugby fan you need to get yourself a pack of the Top Trumps World Rugby Stars 2015!  Find out who will be awarded the Top Trump and who the champion of champions of the Rugby World are.

Available from, WH Smith, Waterstones, SRP:£4.99 , Age range:3+

Vehicles – 1:14 Remote Control F1 2014 Mercedes AMG Team car (Lewis Hamilton)
With full function control and an intuitive controller, this F1 RC racer is perfect for all fans of Formula One.
Available from,, SRP £40.00 Ages 7+

Outdoor Toys – Turbospoke
Bicycle exhaust system that fixes to the back of a pedal bike and makes realistic engine noises.
Available from SRP £, Age 6+
Traditional – Dinosaur Train Set – Big Jigs
A fantasy Dino Range rail set in which railways and dinosaurs come together in a colourful prehistoric landscape.

Available from SRP:£44.99 , Age range: 3+


Traditional – Moover Ride-On Dumper Truck
The Moover Ride-On Dump Truck will help the child explore and practice motor skills by turning and reversing the truck, as well as carrying essential items such as teddy and dolly.

Available from , Amazon, Preciouslittleone LTD, SRP:£64.99 , Age:8 Mths- 4


Ride Ons and Bikes– VTech Baby Push & Ride Alphabet Train
This 4-in-1 grow with me alphabet train includes modes for sit-down play, walker, pull-along wagon and ride on.

Available from Argos, Toys R Us, Smyths, SRP:£49.99 , Age range:12-36 months


Ride Ons and Bikes– FirstBIKE® Balance Bike
The perfect balance bike for your child from 2 to 5 years old – recommended by experts and parents.

Available from , SRP:£94.99 – £119.99 , Age range:2 – 5 years


Ride Ons and Bikes – BoxKart Gulf Oil

BoxKart is fully adjustable so is suitable for the entire family, bringing the whole family together when building and racing it.

Available from,, SRP:£124.99 , Age range:6+


Traditional – Tobar Wooden Car Transporter
Wooden truck with car transporting trailer and four toy cars.

Available from SRP £15, Age 2+



So many fabulous choices for Christmas!

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