As you are all aware, this Thursday marks the day that the winners of this year’s Slow Toy Awards are revealed. That’s right! After months of guesses and speculation, the final Slow Seven will be unveiled and the winners will be transported to the heart of our campaign for real toys. Not only that, but this year the ceremony is taking place in the Toy Kingdom at Harrods! The seven winning toys will be available to buy over the Christmas period, so that’s some of your stocking fillers taken care of! All of us here at Asobi would just like to take a moment to thank all of the amazing judges, who together with their little helpers have thrown the final Slow Seven into the limelight.
Kate Carter is the Life and style editor of the Guardian online. Together with her little one, she has been busy testing out each and every one of the nominated toys looking for inspiration, educational value and high-quality manufacturing. It’s no secret that Kate loves to run, and she has recently taken part in The Royal Parks half marathon.
Liat Hughes Joshi is a London-based journalist and author of Raising Children: The Primary Years and What to Buy for Your Baby. As well as having many features in well-known publications such as The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times, she is also a children’s product specialist for AOL UK’s parenting website, making her the perfect candidate for uncovering this year’s Slow Seven.
Nina Hinchliffe is a fun-loving, North-Yorkshire mum and talented author of Monster’s Fun House, a blog dedicated to reviewing the best in children’s toys and developments. Parents have come to rely on Nicola for her honest and personal reviews, so we knew she’d make a fantastic judge on this year’s panel.
Angellica Bell and Michael Underwood are well-known children’s television presenters, and we’re thrilled to have them both on the judging panel. If you’re a fan of The One Show, you’ll know that Angellica is a regular reporter attracting an audience of over 5 million every night at 7pm on BBC 1. As for Michael, he is currently hosting the Heart Breakfast Show which goes out to Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Again, thank you to the amazing judges and of course thank you Harrods for joining us in our campaign for slow toys. We can hardly contain our excitement! The winners of the #SlowToyAwards will be announced this Thursday at 10am, so make sure you’re tuned in to Asobi’s twitter feed!