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Applications are now open to become a Rainbow Toy Awards tester 2016 and here is what you need to do.
You have to have children aged 16 or under and live in the UK to be chosen.
All you have to do is – Write a blog post about your favourite toy (or choose your favourite post from one you’ve already written) Within the post or within the comments section of your older post, please link to www.rainbowawards.co.uk then share the post on social media using the hashtag #rainbowtoyawards (twitter, Facebook etc)
Then to complete your entry – email firstname.lastname@example.org entitling your email TOY TESTING 2016 – on your email please confirm;
URL of toy review post (the one containing the link to Rainbow Awards):
What social media platforms did you use to share it – using the hashtag (so we can check):
Ages and gender of children:
If you are successful you will be sent a toy testers badge to place on your blog and link to www.rainbowawards.co.uk – We do not usually send out samples until July onwards, so if you get an email saying you have been chosen then don’t hear from us for a while do not panic.
Notes: If you do not get an email please assume you have not been chosen, we try to respond to everyone but with sheer volume we sometimes cannot email everyone. Also any incomplete applications will not be considered so please read all this carefully before applying! If you have tested for us before you will need to reapply using the above method to be considered for 2016.
We’ve had some more Meadow Kids toys sent out for review, read about this one on the Sophie & Lily blog, we think this threading beads were a hit! Click the image to read the review…Read More
We sent Zena a sample from Meadow Kids to review and here’s what she said “The Treasure Island Floating Activity Set sounded like a great toy for us to review. My daughters love to play in the bath. It’s a part of their daily routine that has really helped with their sibling bonding. We have the usual bath toys in our house, but I’m always keen to try out something new….. read more by clicking the images below..Read More
We’ve got Turbospoke for our grandson to try and wow did he like it! (Not sure about mum though…)
Turbospoke is loud, loud, loud! – little boys such as J love it to bits.
Turbospoke is an exhaust system that fits to your kid’s bike. It looks really cool and makes very realistic engine sounds as they cycle along.
Within the kit there is the exhaust system, a clamp to hold it on, toolkit for maintenance, plus Motocards (more of those in a moment) plus excellent stickers so you can customise the exhaust pipe.
To use Turbospoke you attach to your child’s bike with the clamp, I would say parents need to do this bit. The Motocards, mentioned earlier, slide through the clamp and get held against the spokes of the wheel, this vibrates and makes the noise. Different Motocards make different noises.
The exhaust pipe serves to look cool – but also makes the sound louder!!
No batteries are required, once you’ve got the kit that’s it – which we love. It promotes outdoor play and exercise which we love too!!
We’ve bought a couple of head ache tablets for our daughter in law …. (Not really, it’s not an annoying toy at all, we’ve just teased her about it being loud).
J loves it and wants to get away from the Xbox and out into the park each time the weather is good – and that cannot be a bad thing!
Skills this promotes:
We’ve been in the toy industry for 15 years now and have known Marvin Berglas for that time, we’ve seen him perform on his stand at Toy Fair and been blown away by his illusions.
We have mainly boys in our family and true to type they are all obsessed by illusion, magic and playing tricks, so when Marvin sent us his Marvin’s I-Magic we knew we would all be being deceived quite soon!
When we opened the box we saw lots of different things inside, including a plastic ice cube with a fly inside, various pots and boxes, playing cards, spoon like items – again complete with flies, and an envelope saying it had fly eggs within – we noticed a bit of a bluebottle theme going on!!
Being a traditionalist I did spend time looking for the instructions and was dismayed to see I had to download the app to do anything at all – but the kiddiwinks were not put off my this one bit – must be more techno than I…
All the items in the box look and feel really good quality and I think it will last through lots of use.
A short while later the app was installed on my phone and work could begin. There are step-by-step, speech-free videos getting you up and running in no time. Each trick has multiple videos: one performing and one explaining how it’s done, which is excellent.
The videos are well produced and easy to follow, but can be trickier to replicate – practice is required for some! It’s really interesting how some of the tricks work, I think some tricks are actually difficult to work out.
The tricks revolve around the classic props such as playing cards and can be learned from the app then reproduced for friends and family without using the app which we liked.
The app is quite large at 450MB but it was simple to use and easy to navigate. The main screen lists all of the magic tricks you can do, once selected you have the option to perform, or access the ‘HOW TO’ videos to remind yourself what to do.
We haven’t yet tried all the tricks – the Magic Morph Book still awaits our interest but all in all the I-Magic set is a real hit. Marvin expertly teaches through the step by step videos and helps our little performers put on a show!
Skills this toy will practice;
We’ve found a great video from Toy Fair 2015 to show you what it’s all about….Read More