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Kind + Jugend - the Trade Show for Kids' First Years - the leading international trade fair for the baby and toddler outfitting sector is one of the industry's most important meeting points. We initiated the corresponding competition Kids Design Award to match.

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Winner of 2018

Gintare Cerniauskaite from Lithuania with her product Upe is the winner of the Kids Design Award 2018.

Upe is a wooden educational contruction game that helps children learn to read, write and count by constructing the letters and numbers from pre-cut shapes. By recognizing the main shapes of the letters and numbers, and constructing them himself/herself, a child is encouraged to experiment with different possible typefaces. These shapes can also be used to create roads, bridges, castles, cartoon characters or anything else that one can imagine.

Nominee 2018

Tink Things considers sensory processing through different ways children interact with the environment to design fun & supportive furniture. It strives to help create a more dynamic, encouraging and enjoyable surroundings meant for all children. Production produces minimal waste and enables flat pack. Materials have FSC & OEKO TEX certificates along with EU standards for strength, durability, safety and stability.

„Upe” is a wooden educational contruction game that helps children learn to read, write and count by constructing the letters and numbers from pre-cut shapes. By recognizing the main shapes of the letters and numbers, and constructing them himself/herself, a child is encouraged to experiment with different possible typefaces. These shapes can also be used to create roads, bridges, castles, cartoon characters or anything else that one can imagine.

hoch zwei is a furniture for children that allows them to participate independently in daily life in the kitchen and at the dining table. Considerations on pedagogy and children's movement development were included in the concept. The result is a combination of standing and sitting

- High chair and step ladder.

The possibility of adjusting the elements to each other supports the child's development in his or her activities.

The flexmobil is a wooden car for children from 2 years. The rubber band running around the vehicle makes it possible to transform it from a truck into a sports car or another individual vehicle in one second. There are no limits to your imagination. Elastic bands in various colours contrast with maple and walnut of the superstructures, wheels and chassis.

Children can carry out a production process themselves with the toy. In the game they create game modules from raw material in order to be able to build an entire model with these modules. If the children are missing certain building blocks during the game, they can produce new ones from the raw material. If no more raw material is available, unneeded stones can be returned to the raw material.

Relief aid comes sometimes in cardboard boxes and within relief aid there is no places for toy. As ofcourse food, medicines and clothing is important, toys is also important for childeren to send in disaster areas.

The cardboard relief aid box 'Inside the box' is a standard box with on the inside of the box prints for making toys out of the cardboard itself. In this way toys can be send to disaster areas and cardboard will be reused.

The objects were created as nowadays challenges and training for sensorimotoring, body awareness and balance for children appear less and less in everyday life. They were inspired by the infinite creations of structures on the beach shaped by wind and waves.

By integrating the objects into an everyday use, intuitive and playful balance, perception and musculature can be promoted.

By connecting a thin-walled metal tube, in which a wooden round is inserted, a slim table leg is created, which makes a simple and tool-free height adjustment from 50 to 75 cm, possible with the use of the material's own capabilities. The mechanics can be moved to the individual table legs for a small packing size and a very simple assembly. The result is a desk for any child.

The principle of the game is similar to pairs, based on perception of different and similar vibrations: deafblind children or other users put together two parts of a "pebble" with the same vibration. It can become a great tool for those who are looking for tactile and proprioceptive stimuli. Most deafblind people will not have access to such technology in their lifetime. The idea of this tool is unique globally.

Savannah family is a collection of small ceramic toys which help children to develop their emotional intelligence by allowing them to express their feelings through play. It is aimed at children and their families.Self-expression as a child helps to create adults capable of dealing with their own feelings from an early age by consciously analysing their emotions. The development of good emotional intelligence is as important as rational intelligence; self-confidence, empathy, and knowing how to identify their emotions improve child's behaviour and even their academic performance. Forest family is a support tool for parents and children who find bedtime difficult, whether that’s down to a fear of the dark or just boundless energy. The nightlight helps to create a bedtime routine and allows a child to form an emotional connection with the object, where turning it on before sleep becomes a calming prelude to sleep.It is not a toy but it does make bedtime fun.