The multi-award winning Bilibo may not look like much – after all, isn’t it really just a sophisticated bucket? – but this toy is widely regarded as one of the most innovative and versatile open-ended toys to have been created in the past few years.

The idea behind this toy is to arouse curiosity, engage the imagination and playfully train kids in basic motor skills and balance. Developed in consultation with leading experts from the University Children’s Hospital in Zurich, the best news of all for parents is that this is a toy best suited to child-led exploration…

Just sit back and watch as your child sets it up to rock and spin around in, hide beneath, sit on top of, tote various things about with or even use as a helmet or shell through which to observe the world

Beyond the ergonomic design and the play possibilities, the Bilibo is also virtually unbreakable and can even carry the weight of an adult.

Good For… strength; balance; coordination; problem solving; reasoning; scientific concepts; imagination; role play

What Kids Love The idea that this can be anything you want it to be – some will love it for its usability as a tool at the beach/in the garden/in the bath; others will love it for its ability to be a hat, a shield, a launch pad…

What Parents Love Over the years you will find that this toy is bought out time and again for different play purposes, so even if it gets put to one side for a year or two, you don’t need to think it is finished with. A new raison d’être is just around the next corner

Awards The winner of many awards, including the Spiel Gut prize in Germany in 2002, the Swiss Product Design Award in 2002, and the Toy of the Year in 2006 (UK).

Designer Details Designed by Alex Hochstrasser and manufactured by Moluk. Founded in 2011 by designer Alex Hochstrasser and his sister Doris Hochstrasser, an architect, Moluk is a family business that creates inventive, interactive and entertaining toys made from sustainable materials. They also are the creators of the Plui Water Toy.