Toy Awards 2015: Best Toys For Children Aged 3-4 Years

Judges — large and small — put the latest toys to the test and have picked the best ones for 2015

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Photo: Nyen; Illustrations by Wanton Doodle

3-4 Years

1. BEST ECO-FRIENDLY TOY

Starter 10, $96
Baufix at Playhao

This mini building kit won our judges over with the fact that it encourages logic, motor skills and imagination. As if that’s not enough, it’s environmentally friendly as well.

2. BEST BATH TOY

Silly Faces Bath Time Stickers, $15.99
Meadow Kids at Foundation Tree

Thanks to these fun floating stickers from Meadow Kids, children will look forward to bath time. It also comes with a bag that has drain holes for easy storage.

3. BEST CLASSIC TOY

Cugolino, $249
Cuboro at Playhao

Little hands can create a mini race track for their marbles with 54 beech wood pieces. By stacking the blocks together, they can create an array of hairpin bends and tunnels that would get a Formula 1 driver excited.

4. BEST NEW TOY IN THE MARKET

Magna-Tiles, from $85
Playhao

These magnetic tiles teach children about maths and science, while boosting their creativity. Our mini judges had lots of fun building structures with these colourful plastic shapes.

5. BEST OUTDOOR TOY

Bouncy Castle, $169
Early Learning Centre

Who doesn’t love a bouncy castle? Especially one that’s as pretty as this. A great way to workout outdoors.

6. BEST TRAVEL TOY

V-Collection Wild Life & Nature, from $19.90
V Cube at Playhao

This Rubik’s Cube-like brainteaser will test their problem solving skills and help them learn about wildlife as they match body parts.

7. BEST DOLL

Jess Brown Doll, $250
Atsuyo et Akiko at Cuckoo

Design loving mums will love this rag doll by Jess Brown. The woman who has made exclusive dolls for Bottega Veneta has created a mini heirloom for future generations.

8. BEST COSTUME FOR DRESS-UP PLAY

Luna Tutu Wand and Crown Set, crown, $22; tutu, $72; wand, $22
Numero 74 at Cuckoo

Every little girl wants to be a princess and this Numero 74 outfit will make their dreams come true. Comprising a glitter covered tutu, cotton crown and wand for a look that’s clearly magical.

9. BEST CREATIVE/CRAFT KIT

Starter 10, $96
Baufix at Playhao

Children can make three mini models out of this wooden toy set. And with a turn of a handle, they can also bring their toys to life.

10. BEST FAMILY GAME

Cugolino, $249
Cuboro at Playhao

Mums and dads will enjoy playing with this toy as much as the kids. You can build your mini marble racetrack together as a family. Then, when you’ve finished, let the marble go and watch it cross the line together.

11. BEST ALL-ROUND EDUCATIONAL TOY

Magna-Tiles, from $85
Playhao

Children will learn about shapes, angles and science as they click these magnetic pieces together to form a multitude of structures.

12. BEST TOY FOR ART

Silly Faces Bath Time Stickers, $15.99
Meadow Kids at Fountain Tree

Children will have lots of fun creating mini faces with these floating stickers while getting squeaky clean in the bath.

13. BEST PUZZLE

When I Grow Up Puzzle, $33
Early Learning Centre

This box contains 10 different puzzles that feature a different number of pieces each. This means that the younger members of the family can play with the simple puzzles, while the older children can play with the trickier jigsaws.

14. BEST TOY VEHICLES

Automoblox, from $59.90
Playhao

Mini engineers will love fixing the wheels and windows to this beech wood car. And when their masterpiece is finished, they will enjoy taking it for a roll on its real rubber tyres. It’s quite simple to do and gives young children a confidence boost.

15. BEST TOY FOR TACTILE PLAY

Magna-Tiles, from $85
Playhao

These magnetic Magna Tiles that you can use to build houses or cars are definitely worth investing in, said one of our judges. Easy to use and the creations are only limited by the number of pieces you have.

16. BEST BOARD GAME

Clumsy Witch Board Game, $39.90
Haba at The Better Toy Store

Players have to help a scatty witch find the missing ingredients for her potion. The game is designed to help boost memory skills and teach them how to control emotional impulses.

17. BEST MUSICAL TOY

Carousel Bells, $66.90
Piccolo at 75volts

Seven play-along songs come with this set of musical bells. Once done, you can put away the mallet in the base for easy storage.

18. BEST ROLE PLAY TOY

Mini Pram, $130
Minikane at Cuckoo

Trendy tots will love these super chic patterned prams from Minikane. And mums will be happy to know that they come with a sturdy metal frame and a neat travel bag too.

19. BEST TOY STORAGE

Travel Storage Box, $47.90
Trunki at Bloom & Grow

This not only stores toys, but turns into one: Your toddler can have fun scooting around on this box on wheels. It can also link to other Trunki Storage Boxes to turn into a train.

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