7 of the best Slow Toys

Check out the Slow Toys 2012 award winners which combine quality, tradition and creativity

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The Slow Toy 2012 winners

Launched by Thierry Bourett, the Slow Toy movement aims to recognise ‘real toys’ on the market that don’t eat batteries or cause parental headaches.

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Recently unveiled at Selfridges, click through to discover the first 7 winners of the Slow Toy Awards which aim to capture a child’s imagination using traditional materials that will last years and are bound to become family heirlooms.

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Huggable toy tot

Oobicoo, £46.80, from Oobicoo

Soft and snuggly, this plush doll is the same size as a 6-month-old baby and designed to be dressed in hand-me-down-baby clothes so parents don’t have to buy any accessories. With proceeds of each sale going to the Children’s Immunology Fund, this eco-friendly toy is bound to become your toddler’s new best friend.

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Planet-friendly playhouse

The Wonderworld Eco House, £112, from Wonderland

Beautifully crafted from sustainable rubberwood, this traditional dolls house has an eco-friendly twist designed to help teach tots about the environment. The best bit? For every tree used in manufacture, another two are planted in conjunction with Thai farmers.

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Roll the dice

Rory Story Cubes, £10, from Coiledspring Games

Let your little one’s imagination run wild with this storytelling game. To play, simply roll the nine dice then make up a story connecting the images in front of you. The possibilities are endless.

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Colourful classic

Triangular Activity Centre, £24.99, from Bigjigs Toys

Bright and bold, this wooden frame features painted abacus beads, a spinning alphabet and a blackboard for small hands to chalk all over. A classic toy with a modern twist.

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Tear-rific toy

Wondercube, £14.99, from My Wonder

Inspired by the delight little ones get from tearing wet wipes out of a packet, this simple soft toy will stimulate babies’ senses and develop their fine motor skills. With a choice of innovative fillings to feel and explore, this wonderful organic box of tricks will amuse for years.

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Modern puzzles

Multi-solution Puzzle, £14.99 each, from P’kolino

Made from chunky durable wood and boasting four unique designs, these quirky puzzles develop a child’s ability to solve problems and think creatively. Imaginative and educational, these fun toys are the next generation of wooden puzzles.

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Textural toy

Stacking Hoops, £48, from Play to Z

Go ethical with this sensory-rich alternative to a traditional stacking toy. Little hands will love exploring each Fairtrade hoop which has been carefully sourced and holds a fascinating story.

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