Toy Fair 2015 NEWS – A rumble in the Jungle B Kids UK

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Toy Fair 2015 was buzzing today and the jungle drums were sending out a message about the NEW B Kids Jungle Buddy Shape Sorter.  This innovative shape sorter was making everyone smile today and certainly was a winner with many of our visitors.

Looks like this little innovative shape sorter will be a hit in stores this Spring!

Jungle Buddy Shape sorter features an adorable Lions face with a little black and white mane.  Children’s eyes will automatically be drawn to the fun loving Lion  face and then they can explore all this shape sorter has to offer.

Children’s imaginations will be invigorated.  An imaginative shape sorter which features a friendly lion and his colourful mane!  Toddlers will enjoy sorting eight different shapes with their jungle buddy.  Press the bird handle at the top and all of the sides open giving toddlers access to all their colourful shapes.  The handle at the top makes it easy to grab and easy to transport.  How can your child resist this cute lion shape sorter with so much to offer?   It will delight, excite, and educate.  They will have hours of fun with the Jungle Buddy Shape Sorter.

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Jungle Buddy Shape Sorter

Suitable 12 Months Plus

Will be arriving in stores May 2015

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The 2015 Rainbow Toy Awards for Excellence – Now open for entry!

Since 2009 Rainbow have organised awards for toy excellence, in 2011 these were re-branded as – The Rainbow Awards for Toy Excellence (or ‘The Rainbows’ for short).  2015 sees seven years of toy testing!  In 2014 we were voted  Cision’s Top Ten Toy Information site.Top 10 2014 copy

The Rainbows reward the very best new toys, helping consumers to make smart choices in the run-up to Christmas and beyond.

Each toy entered is tested by children along with their carers or parents. We carefully select them for the correct age, gender and setting. Our specialist testers are from varied backgrounds allowing testing in group settings such as schools and childcare and also on an individual basis.

Plus all toys will be tested and reviewed by our various blogger testers and reviews will appear on the blogs.
Feedback is collated on each toy to enabling us to choose the top toys and present awards accordingly.
Each category has one overall Winner as well as one ‘Highly Recommended’ and there is an one overall Champion for the awards each year.

Timeline
January 1, 2015: Entry period opens
September 30, 2015: Entry period closes
October 30, 2015: Winners announced live online

If your company  has a toy to enter, the entry form can be downloaded HERE

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All about the Rainbow Toy Awards

The Rainbow Toy Awards for Excellence have been recognised by the UK toy industry since 2009.  In 2013, the fifth year of the awards, the Rainbow Awards site began writing toy reviews.  Suppliers can send in toys for review at anytime during the year, it is a free service and the supplier will be an objective review of their product.

What’s more, each review is written by a parent and/or trained education professional, so each toy review will recommend further ways to use the toy, for an educational benefit or learning outcome, plus the Rainbow Buttons will disclose what skills would be practiced by using the toy.  A Rainbow Toy Review has real benefit to parents and carers, it’s not just a meaningless star rating.

The Skill buttons are:

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Since 2009 Rainbow have organised awards for toy excellence, in 2011 these were re-branded as – The Rainbow Awards for Toy Excellence (or ‘The Rainbows’ for short) and in 2012 Rainbow 360 Media Ltd joined the team on the marketing of the awards.

The Rainbow Toy Awards reward the very best new toys, helping consumers to make smart choices in the run-up to Christmas and beyond.

Each toy entered is tested by children along with their carers or parents. We carefully select them for the correct age, gender and setting. Our specialist testers are from varied backgrounds allowing testing in group settings such as schools and childcare and also on an individual basis.

Most toys  tested will be reviewed by our various blogger testers and reviews will appear on their blogs.
Feedback is collated on each toy to enabling us to choose the top toys and present awards accordingly.
Each category has one overall Winner as well as one ‘Highly Recommended’ and there is an one overall Champion for the awards each year.

We don’t offer huge amounts of categories or many finalists in each category, so to win a Rainbow Toy Award is a real accolade and means the toy has fought off stiff competition.

The Awards this year were:

The 2014 Overall Champion

Kidizoom Smart Watch by VTech

VTech Kidizoom Smart watch champ

Best Preschool Toy

Winner – Little Love 3 in 1 Push Chair by VTech

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Highly Commended – Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag by Mega Brands

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Best Arts & Crafts Toy

Winner – Edible Sweet Art Chocolate Coin Press by Tobar

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Highly Commended – Jelly Fun Jelly Slush Maker by John Adams

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Best Wheeled Toy

Winner – Despicable Me Folding Scooter by H Grossman

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Highly Commended – 3-in-1 Step ‘n Ride Lion by Bright Starts

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Best for Imaginative Play

Winner – Adventure Pack JetPack by Harry and Jack

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Highly Commended – Snowdrop Interactive Wooden Kitchen by Plum Products

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Best Games & Puzzles – The Young Ones

Winner – Pig Out! By John Adams

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Highly Commended – Jumbo ZIP-IT by Bananagrams

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Best Games & Puzzles – 8 Years and above

Winner – Accentuate by Accentuate Games

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Highly Commended – Hotel Tycoon by Esdevium Games

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Best Electronic Toy

Winner – Kidizoom Smart Watch by VTech Electronics

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Highly Commended – LeapPad3 by LeapFrog

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Best Construction Toy

Winner – Kinetic Sand by Spinmaster

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Highly Commended – Mega Bloks 123 Thomas Learning Train by MegaBrands

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Best Educational Toy

Winner – Sparkup: The Magical Book Reader

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Highly Commended – Appletters by Bananagrams

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Best Plush Toy

Winner – Ultimate Spider-Man Go Glow Pal by Worlds Apart

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Highly Commended – My First baby Annabell Newborn

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Best Outdoor Toy

Winner – Mini Hornit by Hornit

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Highly Commended – A.I. Copter from TX Juice by Wow! Stuff

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Cision Top Ten Blogs – Our News!

Cision is the leading tool for PRs, press and the media in general and each month checks online to find the biggest influencers in each topic. With over 160,000 digital influencers listed by Cision – the Rainbow Awards were delighted to be listed as the number two social influencer this month!

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You can hear us coming with our Mini Hornits….

The award winning Mini Hornit has been reviewed here – click the photo to read the review.

mini hornit copyWe even have a lovely video here:

 

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The Rainbow Awards 2014

The 2014 Overall Champion

Kidizoom Smart Watch by VTech

VTech Kidizoom Smart watch champ

Best Preschool Toy

Winner – Little Love 3 in 1 Push Chair by VTech

Little Love pushchair_kidshot2 copy

Highly Commended – Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag by Mega Brands

mega brnds builders bag copy

Best Arts & Crafts Toy

Winner – Edible Sweet Art Chocolate Coin Press by Tobar

choc coin maker

Highly Commended – Jelly Fun Jelly Slush Maker by John Adams

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Best Wheeled Toy

Winner – Despicable Me Folding Scooter by H Grossman

scooter copy

Highly Commended – 3-in-1 Step ‘n Ride Lion by Bright Starts

step ride lion copy

Best for Imaginative Play

Winner – Adventure Pack JetPack by Harry and Jack

HarryJacksJetPack copy

Highly Commended – Snowdrop Interactive Wooden Kitchen by Plum Products

Snowdrop Interactive Wooden Kitchen 41066 Cut Out - With Accessories copy

Best Games & Puzzles – The Young Ones

Winner – Pig Out! By John Adams

pig-out-game copy

Highly Commended – Jumbo ZIP-IT by Bananagrams

jumbo zip it copy

Best Games & Puzzles – 8 Years and above

Winner – Accentuate by Accentuate Games

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Highly Commended – Hotel Tycoon by Esdevium Games

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Best Electronic Toy

Winner – Kidizoom Smart Watch by VTech Electronics

VTech Kidizoom Smart watch3 copy

Highly Commended – LeapPad3 by LeapFrog

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Best Construction Toy

Winner – Kinetic Sand by Spinmaster

kinetic sand copy

Highly Commended – Mega Bloks 123 Thomas Learning Train by MegaBrands

123 thomas train copy

Best Educational Toy

Winner – Sparkup: The Magical Book Reader

spark up magical book reader

Highly Commended – Appletters by Bananagrams

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Best Plush Toy

Winner – Ultimate Spider-Man Go Glow Pal by Worlds Apart

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Highly Commended – My First baby Annabell Newborn

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Best Outdoor Toy

Winner – Mini Hornit by Hornit

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Highly Commended – A.I. Copter from TX Juice by Wow! Stuff

TXJ_AI_COPTER_COMPLETE_BOX copy

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Overall Champion 2014

The Rainbow Toy Awards ceremony for 2014 is almost at a close and all that remains is to announce our overall champion for 2014.

It’s a toy that scored as near to perfectly as possible, a toy that scored more than every other toy in all of the categories, the testers said about this toy;

“All the children in the group aged 3-10 love this toy, the pre-installed games held their attention for a few hours. When I told them it could be plugged in and they could choose apps they were over the moon”

“An excellent price for what you get”

“Fab toy, loads of options to choose from and the added option to download is great. They really enjoyed taking photos, video and voice recordings – and if dropped it literally bounces!”

OVERALL CHAMPION 2014

Kidizoom Smart Watch

By: VTech Electronics

VTech Kidizoom Smart watch champ

 

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