Junior Toy Genius 2017 – Winning Entry

And the winner is…

Last year, we asked little inventors around the world to design and draw their dream toy. It could’ve been anything. The weirder and wackier the better! Our incredibly skilled head Elf then had the job of making it. For real. No small task…
We had lots and lots of entries. The level of creativeness oozing from all the little geniuses’ drawings was off the (flip) chart. Potato-based Princesses? Check. Fidget spinners to help teething babies? Why on earth not.
But there could only be one winner… And that winner was Jibil Herald, an ingenious 8-year-old inventor with a superb idea called ‘Shade Cars’.

And what are Shade Cars? In Jibril’s own words:
“They’re for kids who are blind, but really any kind. There are textures and smells to tell the cars apart. The 4 smells are mint, lime, blueberry and strawberry. The 4 textures are smooth, bumpy, rough and soft.”
Head Elf was blown away by Jibril’s creativity – as well as the fact he had considered the benefits (not to mention the joy-giving qualities) his invention would give little ones with impaired vision.
So with the winning entry chosen, our head Elf headed into his workshop to pick up his tools and begin careful construction.

Sketches begin to bring Jibril’s Shade Car invention to life.

He chipped away to create that beautifully ‘bumpy’ exterior!

Fully formed cars begin to take shape.

Head Elf adds a touch of colour to Jibril’s creation – and later, perfectly fragrant fruity scents!

So there we have it – Jibril’s finished creation. And what a genius idea it is, too.
If you know a small child with a huge imagination, why not get them to enter this year’s competition – who knows, they could have their invention made for real, just like Jibril!