Creative Play Awards

Creative Play Awards

The 2019 Creative Play Awards – recognising the best creative play products and resources

Now in their 12th year, the Creative Play Awards for 2019 will officially open open for entries in June 2019.

The Creative Play Awards are sponsored and organised by Creative Steps magazine, which promotes creative play as vital in a child’s development. The results of these awards recognise the best products available to enhance creative development in young children and are beneficial to the consumer when making purchasing decisions. Products are independently tested by parents, early years professionals and teachers, with the winners published in the Winter issue of Creative Steps magazine, as well as on and across all its social media platforms.

Download the 2019 Awards Entry Form here…

Creative Play Awards 2019 Entry Form

Toy Testers Wanted!

If you would like to get involved by helping us test the products entered in this year’s Creative Play Awards, please register your interest by email to, with your postal address and the age/gender of the children in your care, so we can send you appropriate products. All we require is you complete and return the evaluation form – you get to keep the products!

Commenting on last year’s Awards, John Hopley, editor of Creative Steps said: “Now in their 11th year, the quality of the entries has been extremely high, just showing the importance of learning through creative play for children and the products that allow them to do so.”

To see the full Awards Supplement, including comments from our testers… Creative Play Awards 2018 Supplement – contact:  for a copy.

The 2018 Winners and Highly Commended results are as follows:

Toys and Games – Indoor (0-3 years)

  • Winner – Vtech – Toot-Toot Drivers Police Patrol Tower

Toys and Games – Indoor (4-7 years)

  • Winner – Ravensburger – Break Free
  • Highly Commended – Orchard Toys – Giraffes in Scarves

Toys and Games – Indoor (8-11 years)

  • Winner – Ravensburger – Make ‘n Break
  • Highly Commended – Asmodee (Esdevium) – Rory’s Story Cubes

Toys and Games – Outdoor (4-7 years)

  • Winner – Learning Resources – GeoSafari® Jr. Explorer Scope
  • Highly Commended – Little Tikes – Fun Zone Splash Face

 Electronic and Multimedia (4-7 years)

  • Winner – Vtech – Kidizoom Smart Watch DX2
  • Highly Commended – SpinMaster – Boxer

 Painting/Colouring/Modelling Materials (4-7 years)

  • Winner – Bandai (Evolution) – Crayola Playsets
  • Highly Commended – John Adams – Play Stuff Dough Scrummy Shop

Boys Craft Kits (8-11 years)

  • Winner – Ascent Hue – Hue Animation Studio
  • Highly Commended – Trends UK – Haynes V8 Engine

Girls Craft Kits (4-7 years)

  • Winner – Interplay – Fairy Light Garden
  • Highly Commended – SpinMaster – Kumi Kreator

Girls Craft Kits (8-11 years)

  • Winner – Ascent Hue – Hue Animation Studio

 Imaginative Role Play (0-3 years)

  • Winner – Imagine That Publishing – Tiny Town: Busy Day Play Felt
  • Highly Commended – LeapFrog (Vtech) Water & Count Vegetable Garden

Imaginative Role Play (4-7 years)

  • Winner – Orchard Toys – Money Match Café
  • Highly Commended – Little Tikes – Shop ‘n Learn Smart Checkout

Teaching Resources (0-3 years)

  • Winner – Bloomsbury – Ideas for Tuff Trays

Teaching Resources (4-7 years)

  • Winner – Learning Resources – Giant Magnetic Water Cycle

Teaching Resources (8-11 years)

  • Winner – Trends UK – Science Mad Chemistry Set

Special Educational Needs Toys/Resources (4-7 years)

  • Winner – Wendy Woo Ltd – My Mood Stars
  • Highly Commended – Golden Bear Toys – Mr Tumble Domino Train

Books (Children)

  • Winner – DK – Unlock Your Imagination
  • Highly Commended – Ryland Peters & Small – Origami Ocean Friends

For more information contact or call 01233 503055 

Now in their 12th year, entries for the 2019 Creative Play Awards close September 13th 2019. Don’t miss this opportunity to enter your latest creative toys & resources.

Download the 2019 Awards Entry Form here…

Creative Play Awards 2018 Entry Form

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