The new judges are: Sally J. Hall, author and editor of B magazine and the Bounty Gift Guide; Alison Canavan, Irish parenting specialist, model and Jennie Henley, the Mum behind parenting blog Edspire.co.uk.
They will be joining parenting journalist and author of What to Buy for Your Baby and Raising Children: The Primary Years and the soon to be published New Old-fashioned Parenting, Liat Hughes Joshi, as well as Kate Carter, the life and style editor at the Guardian.
Talking about why she wanted to be involved this year, one of the new judges, Sally J Hall said:
“Our lives are so frenetic and so full of technology that it’s good to remind ourselves how important childhood is. We should encourage our children to engage with toys that will offer more than just beeps and flashing lights; toys that will become family favourites and be used and loved for years. I passionately believe in a child’s right to play and to ensure our children’s future on this beautiful planet, we should all stop to consider how we can make it more sustainable for them. Slow Toys achieve this with no loss of enjoyment.”
The deadline for entries for the 2014 Slow Toy Awards is 5pm on 17th August. Simply email ENTER to firstname.lastname@example.org for the entry form.
The awards are free to enter, however five non-returnable samples will be required for those who are shortlisted and there is also a small fee to pay if you win to contribute to publicity.