Baby & Infant
PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3 AQUA
Splish, splash! In the compact water play world of 1.2.3. AQUA from Playmobil, our little ones are completely in their element. The crank on the side produces a stream of water in which figures, boats and water toys spin merrily. The jury praised not only its high-quality design but also its intuitive functionality. All play features are marked red and the little paddlers can playfully train their fine motor skills by turning and pressing the buttons. Expandable: a slide, cute yellow ducks or a swing are available as add-ons to the water play world.
Baby Walker Whale
The Baby Walker Whale from Legler is a genuine all-rounder. Play features such as side flaps, a shape-sorting game with blocks and the integrated storage space for toys are hidden away in the rolling blue whale. The compass displays images that can be reproduced on the top. The jury praised the stability of the baby walker made of high-quality wood, its reliable braking system and its aesthetic design!
Play & Crawl Hedgehog Mirror
Follow that hedgehog! The cute hedgehog face of Mattel‘s Hedgehog Mirror, which babies who have already reached the crawling stage can push in front of them on large wheels, really gets them going. Moreover, the mirror awakens babies‘ fascination with their own reflection. When being rolled, small balls in the tyres make exciting noises that remain pleasant even over a longer period of time. The jury‘s view: a beautifully shaped baby toy made of a colourful mix of materials.
Knight’s Castle Ball Track
With the Knight‘s Castle Ball Track, GoKi offers fans of chivalry a unique marble run. The lightweight wooden elements can be extended in many different ways to form a stately fortress, one that can be redesigned over and over again thanks to its modular construction. The coloured wooden balls roll from tower to tower at lofty heights and the lords of the castle can develop their motor skills and sense of three-dimensional space. The colourful wooden components, the unlimited design variety and the simple plug-in mechanism delighted the jury, who chose Knight‘s Castle Ball Track as the winner of the PreSchool category.
MAN TGS Street Sweeper
BRUDER has created a detailed duplicate of a street sweeper: its MAN TGS Street Sweeper. At the touch of a button, the side brush can be lowered to street level or retracted after cleaning; the dirt container can be tilted and the flap at the rear opened. The large suction hose at the rear is also very stable. Just the right thing for little fans of large trucks, the jury judged.
Mini Chef Bird’s Nest Café
A lovingly decorated café with a sales counter is what is behind Jet Young International‘s Mini Chef Bird‘s Nest Café. In pastel colours, it is full of loving detail: cappuccino with an image on the milk foam, tea bags and pastries can be served in the coffee shop. The café easily fits into children‘s bedrooms thanks to its space-saving size – with enormous play value!
The Balloon Puncher from Silverlit Toys Manufactory brings fun and action into children‘s bedrooms. Two balloons are clamped onto the remote-controlled bodies as heads: one robot-like base each on rollers with two arms. You can already see from the ninja eyes that things are about to get dangerous. The aim of the game is to make your opponent‘s balloon burst by boxing with your own Balloon Puncher. The colourful boxers are remote-controlled. The jury especially liked the mix of a balloon bursting game and technology coupled with the amusing concept of the entertaining game.
Skill and fun are the main focus at the Octopus Party from TREFL. With tentacle arms on their ﬁ ngers, the players com-pete against each other and try to recreate daring structures with the colourful cups. The entertaining skill game wins over players with its attractively illustrated action cards and the easily comprehensible game principle: open up the box and start playing!
Young scientists can learn exciting things about the environ-ment and sustainability with the Green Science experiment kit from SCIENCE4YOU. The manual explains over 15 experiments step by step and imparts knowledge about natural phenome-na, including upcycling – such as making an astronaut’s hel-met from an old cardboard box.
Teenager & Adult
Mystery House: Adventures in a Box
Escape rooms are currently very popular with young and old alike – so it’s great that there is an exit game for home enjoyment with the Mystery House from Cranio Creations! The cards are placed in the mysteriously designed 3D playing ﬁeld according to coordinates. Each player can now peek into it and look for clues. Whoever ﬁnds one types the coordinates of the card into an accompanying app on the tablet – and receives items that help further solve this puzzle.
The card game Uno Braille is a popular classic that’s been given a new look by Mattel. The card values, printed in braille, are located in the upper left and lower right corner of the cards. Since Uno is now available in this format, children with visual impairment can now also play without restriction: a nice idea for inclusion – and the jury agrees!
Proxi – Your micro:bit Coding-Robot
With Proxi – Your micro:bit Coding Robot, Kosmos Verlag offers prospective engineers a high-quality set to build their own programmable robot. After assembly, the robot‘s chip is programmed on the computer. The display shows the robot’s facial expressions. The robot can also walk like a spider and even display text messages. Proxi offers educational value and can also be controlled by tilting the tablet.
Following a detailed investigation, Spielwarenmesse eG is stripping the product „Calculix number bricks“ of the ToyAward, presented in the Startup category at the 71st Spielwarenmesse. During the event, serious doubts about the originality of Calculix were expressed to the organizer. After research and intensive review of the situation, Spielwarenmesse eG is exercising its right, as stated in its terms and conditions, to strip the company of the ToyAward, presented on 28 January 2020, with immediate effect.
In the action-packed game from Kade, entitled Pigcasso, two teams play against each other. Turning the wheel gives you your ﬁ rst task: draw the way out of a labyrinth or retrace the sketch of a picture. Sounds simple? But it‘s not, because the player has to do it with a little pig’s nose with a pen stuck in it. Looks funny and is guaranteed to make children and parents howl with laughter!
PIXIO®, the magnetic building blocks from TRENDFORMER, are a game and a design object in one. With these colourful blocks – only about 8 millimetres in size – you can build objects in the Pixel art style. Initial instructions can be found in the attractively designed brochure and more is available online. Thanks to the small size of the blocks, your imagination has no boundaries. And the ﬁnished products are ready to be exhibited anywhere!