The NS Competition

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The NS Competition


No 4220

Set by Leonora Casement

We asked you to think up some new ideas for educational toys to help children prepare for the possibly globally warmed (or worse) future.

This week's winners

First, a service announcement. You will notice the odd "to be in by" dates.This is because of the forthcoming double Easter issue.

Now to the judging.You tried various tacks to fill out the word length: a long list of very sketchily described toys, two or three slightly sketched toys, or just one toy. All stood a chance. However, there was more danger in all but the single toy route and unfortunately Sylvia Fairley (four toys) created only one that really hit the spot An hon menshfor her "Polar Bear Wipe-out" game ("Pop these cute creatures into melting ice and watch them disappear! Also comes in a penguin model") [pounds sterling]25 to the four winners, with the Tesco vouchers going, in addition, to Adrian Fry for extra merit.

My First Doomsday Clock

Educate your children about the dangers of nuclear disater and climate-changing technologies with this adorable glow-in-the-dark talking alarm clock. The clock-face radiates a soft blue in the evening, to the accompaniment of an initially soothing voice countdown. The light progressively reddens more insistent and the captivating "tick-tock" grows louder, until "day-tonation". The simulated explosions and voices screaming "Wake up! Wake up!" are ideal for rousing sleepyheads from bed. Little ones will also enjoy pressing the screen for full-scale animations and casualty lists. Teach your child how to "set back" the clock and keep it lingerting just shy of bedtime by negotiating, drafting, and ratifying treaties to clean their rooms, take baths, co-operate and avoid arguments. Sorry, no snooze function.

Frank Osen

Eco-Warriors

These non-electric action figures made from sustainable woodlands and bearing the Fairtrade label offer children an exciting, yet sane and humanitarian, response to the aggressive fantasy super-heroes of the mainstream toy industry. No moving parts, safe and hygienic, they come with a booklet filled with serious environmental messages, printed on recycled paper. Their all-green uniforms (applied with solvent-free organic paint) will excite and entertain children seeking an alternative to the tedium of Grand Theft Auto and its like. The non-gendered figures lend themselves to happy play in which children can learn to understand issues such as alternative energy sources, melting ice caps, rising ocean levels and the heat death of the universe, annihilating life on Planet Earth once and for all. …

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