Awards Category: Outdoor Toys

We begin our awards ceremony with the category for Outdoor Toys, always a fun category with lots of fabulous entries.  As ever, there can only be one Winner and one Highly Commended, here are the toys the testers voted the best.


Wooden Growing Swing Set

By: Plum Products


Age: 12 months+

RRP: £154.99

This swing grows with little ones for a lifetime of fun.  The wooden swing has a three in one animal themed swing seat, which can be adjusted to baby, toddler and child stages.  Grow the swing to its full height by adding leg extensions – it can still be switched back to baby height when needed.

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Available from: John Lewis

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What the testers said “Very easy to set up and to adjust to different heights, we loved the animal themed seat too.”


Jumbo Bananagrams

By: Bananagrams


Age: 7 years+

RRP: £49.99

Jumbo Bananagrams is terrific for both indoor and outdoor play.  Each of the 144 three inch tiles is waterproof, washable and flexible.  The set comes in a giant banana shaped tote bag.  Play in the usual way or play the run-around version to exercise minds and bodies alike!

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Available from: Amazon

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What the testers said “It worked so well with my class, we went outside and spread the tiles around, the resulting run-around word game was fun, exciting and challenging for all the children.”

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It’s Time! The Rainbow Awards will be Announced Today…

All of the votes are in, all of the toys have been tested and the Rainbow Awards are ready to be announced…You can follow each announcement this morning on Twitter too @rainbowawards

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Our testers are, as you know by now, the children themselves and forms are returned by adults on their behalf.  For each toy we ensure the adult writes down what the child’s reaction is and what they say.  We’ll be giving you some of the comments for each product as we go along.

The awards are then chosen by adding up the scores our mini-testers have given to place the toys in order.  So without further ado, let’s see who has come top and won in the Rainbow Toy Awards for 2016!

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The 2016 Rainbow Awards announcing soon!

This Friday – right here on this site we will be announcing who all the winners and highly commended’s are for the 2016 Rainbow Awards… we can hardly wait!

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Shuffle Twister Review by Raising the Rainbows Blog

Check out our latest terrific testers at work here:

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Do You want to be a Rainbow Toy Award Tester?

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 then share the post on social media using the hashtag ‪#‎rainbowtoyawards‬ (twitter, Facebook etc)


Then to complete your entry – email entitling your email TOY TESTING 2016 – on your email please confirm;

Your Name:
Postal address:
Telephone number:
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 – 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.

tester 2016

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Meadow Kids ‘In the Garden’ Wooden Threading Beads Review

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…

Meadow Kids packaging

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Treasure Island Floating Activity Set Review by Zena’s Suitcase

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..



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