The Rainbow Awards 2016 – The Results…

Here’s our Rainbow Awards round up from earlier today…

The 2016 Rainbow Awards are as follows:

Award Category: Overall Champion

Wooden Kitchen – Red

By: ALDI

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Age: 3 years+

RRP: £30

Award Category: Outdoor Toys

WINNER

Wooden Growing Swing Set

By: Plum Products

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Age: 12 months+

RRP: £154.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Jumbo Bananagrams

By: Bananagrams

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Age: 7 years+

RRP: £49.99

Award Category: Games & Puzzles – The Young Ones

WINNER

Timeline British History

By: Esdevium Games

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Age: 8 years+

RRP: £13.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Rummikub Twist

By: John Adams Leisure

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Age: 7 years+

RRP: £29.99

Award Category: Games & Puzzles – Older Children and Adults

WINNER

Bananagrams Party

By: Bananagrams

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Age: 10 years+

RRP: £14.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Accentuate

By: Accentuate

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Age: 16 years+

RRP: £19.99

 

Award Category: PreSchool Toys 

WINNER

Toot Toot Friends Kingdom Enchanted Princess Palace

By: VTech Electronics

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Age: 1-5 years

RRP: £52.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Light n Go Activity Garden Treehouse

By: Little Tikes

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Age: 6m – 3years

RRP: £89.99

 

Award Category: Imaginative Play 

WINNER

Pirate Fort Superset

By: Playmobil

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Age: 4-10 years

RRP: £19.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Fire Station Train Set

By: BigJigs Toys

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Age: 12 months+

RRP: £39.99

Award Category: Educational Toys 

WINNER

Wooden Kitchen – Red

By: ALDI

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Age: 3 years+

RRP: £30

HIGHLY COMMENDED

LeapStart

By: LeapFrog

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Age: 2 – 7 years

RRP: £34.99

 

Award Category: Electronic Toys   

WINNER

Kidi Super Star

By: VTech Electronics

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Age: 6 years+

RRP: £49.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

My First Flyer

By: Little Tikes

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Age: 3 years+

RRP: £34.99

Award Category: Arts & Crafts   

WINNER

Sands Alive Glow

By: John Adams Leisure

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Age: 3 years+

RRP: £24.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

eZee Beads Studio Set

By: John Adams Leisure

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Age: 5 years+

RRP: £19.99

 

Award Category: Soft Toys         

WINNER

My 1st Activity Lion

By: VTech Electronics

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Age: Birth+

RRP: £16.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

In the Night Garden: My Best Friend Igglepiggle

By: Golden Bear Toys

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Age: 10 months+

RRP: £29.99

 

Award Category: Wheeled Toys         

WINNER

ANKI Overdrive Supertrucks

By: ANKI

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Age: 7-14 years

RRP: £59.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Light Burst Scooter

By: H Grossman

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Age: 4years+

RRP: £24.99

 

Award Category: Construction Toys         

WINNER

Wow Set

By: Magformers UK

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Age: 3 years+

RRP: £29.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Sands Alive Glow

By: John Adams Leisure

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Age: 3 years+

RRP: £24.99

 

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Award Category: Overall Champion

This year the Overall Champion was a product that only dropped one point in the whole process.  The testers loved it!  It’s a toy that takes us all back to the traditional element of play. Here is what the testers said about it.

“Nice and sturdy, a great size and most importantly a good price point.  It’s a thumbs up from us!”

“Role play is so important educationally.  My girl and boy played so well together with this, cooking up pretend meals for all their toys.”

“When your children have a wooden toy it harks back to your own childhood, I love the nostalgia.”

 

…and our overall champion is…

OVERALL CHAMPION

Wooden Kitchen – Red

By: ALDI

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Age: 3 years+

RRP: £30

This sturdy wooden kitchen encourages role play and social interaction to develop communication, imagination and creativity.  The set includes; microwave, oven and bob, work space and shelving, an educational clock, sink chalkboard and clickable, moving dials.

More information at: www.aldi.co.uk

Available from: ALDI

Buy now from –  www.aldi.co.uk/large-red-wooden-kitchen

 

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Award Category: Construction Toys

Construction toys are all about making and creating, then creating all over again!  Our testers do love to create masterpieces…

WINNER

Wow Set

By: Magformers UK

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Age: 3 years+

RRP: £29.99

The Magformers Wow Set enables children to make an incredible 20 recommended mini vehicle builds – plus limitless versions of their own models and shapes.  The magnetic construction pieces are unique in that they have free spinning neodymium magnets in each piece, meaning that each edge piece always connects when two pieces are brought to together.

More information at: www.magformers.co.uk

Available from: Argos

Buy now from –  www.amazon.co.uk

What the testers said “My boy really enjoyed making his models and ended up carrying the pieces in his pocket almost everywhere – for on-the-go modelling!  The special pieces that always stick together promoted a discussion on magnets repelling and attracting.”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Sands Alive Glow

By: John Adams Leisure

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Age: 3 years+

RRP: £24.99

Amazing glow in the dark shapes can be made using Sands Alive Glow.  Moulding 3D shapes with super soft sand, then write with light directly onto the sand or highlight areas for a glowing effect.  Includes a super charger UV pen light, five mini topper moulds and play tray.

More information at: www.johnadams.co.uk/brands/playstuff-sands-alive

Available from: Smyths Toys

Buy now from –  www.amazon.co.uk

What the testers said “We had a great time making and remaking with this toy, we found it good value for money and would consider buying it for a Christmas present.”

 

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Award Category: Wheeled Toys

A vast array of toys fit into the wheeled toy category, but our testers always love trying them out, either zooming round a track or playing outside.

WINNER

ANKI Overdrive Supertrucks

By: ANKI

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Age: 7-14 years

RRP: £59.99

ANKI has taken Overdrive to the next level with the introduction of Supertrucks.  The new battle rigs freewheel and X52 supersize the racing experience with powerful new weaponry. (Including the X52’s Pulse Ram and the Freewheel’s Gravity Trap) – it puts players skills to the test!

More information at: www.anki.com

Available from: Argos

Buy now from –  www.amazon.co.uk

What the testers said “ANKI is such a cool brand now, we were excited to be asked to test.  What a ‘boys toy’ – they adored it, speed and weapons – what more could you want?”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Light Burst Scooter

By: H Grossman

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Age: 4years+

RRP: £24.99

The Light Burst Twist and Turn Scooter has a height adjustable steering column with an easy steer feature.  Leaning to the left or right makes the scooter turn.  The deck lights up when stepped on and stays on until you step off.  There is a rear brake and soft grip handles too.

More information at: www.ozbozz.co.uk

Available from: Tesco

Buy now from – www.amazon.co.uk

What the testers said “The smart box with carry handle aroused interest immediately, we found the scooter easy to set up and adjust.  It was played with around the garden until bedtime.”

 

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Award Category: Soft Toys

The plush (or soft toy) category oozed cuteness this year, we tested on very tiny testers to see which one won.

WINNER

My 1st Activity Lion

By: VTech Electronics

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Age: Birth+

RRP: £16.99

My 1st Activity Lion features a variety of textures and bright colours. Three buttons on his body introduce letters, fun sound effects, shapes and 20 sing along songs and melodies.  The lion can be easily attached to cot or stroller.

More information at: www.vtech.co.uk/product/

Available from: Waterstones

Buy now from –  www.vtech.co.uk/Lion

What the testers said “We loved the look on the lions face!  My little one seemed to really interact and enjoy this even at his very young age, I think it will be a favourite for years to come.”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

In the Night Garden: My Best Friend Igglepiggle

By: Golden Bear Toys

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Age: 10 months+

RRP: £29.99

My Best Friend Igglepiggle is the perfect companion day or night.  At bedtime, lie Igglepiggle down and his eyes will close and he’ll play sleepy phrases. Press his hand or soothing lullabies and a glowing light in his body. Sit him up to open his eyes and hear daytime phrases.

More information at: www.goldenbeartoys.com

Available from: Tesco

Buy now from – www.amazon.co.uk

What the testers said “We found the lullabies really nice and the glowing light within Igglepiggle a real comfort at night time.”

 

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Award Category: Arts & Crafts

Whether it’s a 2D or a 3D creation, we know kids love arts and crafts and our testers have been no exception.  This year our awards go to…

WINNER

Sands Alive Glow

By: John Adams Leisure

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Age: 3 years+

RRP: £24.99

Amazing glow in the dark shapes can be made using Sands Alive Glow.  Moulding 3D shapes with super soft sand, then write with light directly onto the sand or highlight areas for a glowing effect.  Includes a super charger UV pen light, five mini topper moulds and play tray.

More information at: www.johnadams.co.uk/brands/playstuff-sands-alive

Available from: Smyths Toys

Buy now from –  https://www.amazon.co.uk/John-Adams-Sands

What the testers said “My little tester loved playing with Sands Alive Glow, and I was surprised at how mess-free it was, the play tray keeps it all in one place so easy tidying up.”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

eZee Beads Studio Set

By: John Adams Leisure

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Age: 5 years+

RRP: £19.99

Create lots of bead shapes with the eZee Beads Studio. Follow the design sheets or make your own creations. Peg the beads onto the tray, spray with water, leave to dry then carefully remove the completed design!  Safe fun.

More information at: www.johnadams.co.uk/brands/ezee-beads

Available from: Argos

Buy now from – https://www.amazon.co.uk/John-Adams-Beads-Studio

What the testers said “This is a fantastic product. No heat needed to ‘fix’ them together, just water, we enjoyed making things together then safely allowing them to dry.”

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Award Category: Electronic Toys

Always a wide variety in this section, who knows what electronic toy will be thought of next.  Let’s see what our testers think this year.

WINNER

Kidi Super Star

By: VTech Electronics

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Age: 6 years+

RRP: £49.99

Sing to your favourite tunes using Music Magic to reduce the vocals and hear your own.  Change the sound of your voice by using the effects, choose lighting styles for the disco lights… Play fun games including tricky tongue twisters and rhythmic games.  Record yourself to play to friends and family.

More information at: www.vtech.co.uk

Available from: The Entertainer

Buy now from –  www.argos.co.uk

What the testers said “Poppy loved hearing her own voice and changing it to robotic, echo etc! It’s the first thing she goes to when she wakes up and comes in from school – she adores it! ”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

My First Flyer

By: Little Tikes

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Age: 3 years+

RRP: £34.99

My First Flyer offers little ones the chance to master a new remote control toy.  The easy to control pad makes it simple to learn and easier to fly than traditional remote control helicopters.

More information at: www.littletikes.co.uk/my-first-flyer

Available from: Argos

Buy now from – www.littletikes.co.uk/my-first-flyer

What the testers said “What a great idea!  My little boy did need some help, but soon got the hang of the control pad. I like this a lot.”

 

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