A six-year-old girl was inspired by losing her first tooth to come up with the winning entry in a competition to design a ‘toy of the future’.
Aine Gallagher (pictured below) has staked her claim to be the UK’s youngest inventor after the design for a tooth fairy doll was chosen to be stocked in a leading high street store.
Tilly the Tooth Fairy, dreamt up by Aine, will be available in Argos stores in the run-up to Christmas.
The youngster, from Dungannon, Northern Ireland, beat around 700 other competitors to be crowned winner in the Argos competition.
‘Tilly the Tooth Fairy’ will be available in the Argos Christmas Gift Guide from tomorrow (14 October).
The Argos ‘Toy of the Future’ competition asked children to submit their ideas for a future toy superstar.
The concept was to ask the real toy experts – the kids that play with them – to help find a new top toy, as part of celebrations for Argos’ 35-year anniversary.
The ‘Tilly the Tooth Fairy’ doll was designed to help children who lose their teeth.
It goes under the child’s pillow and comes with a small pouch where children can place their lost tooth. Aine was inspired to design the doll after losing her own tooth and being told how the tooth fairy comes to leave money under the pillow.
Ian Chaplin, trading manager for toys at Argos says: ‘The ‘Tilly the Tooth Fairy’ doll is a brilliant idea, and Aine has done exceptionally well to beat the tough competition that she faced.
‘The tooth fairy is an important part of the early childhood experience, even grown-ups can remember losing their first tooth and the magic of finding money under their pillow. We’re excited about making Aine’s tooth fairy doll part of the Argos toy range.’