Category Award News

The Rainbow Awards 2021 – The Results…

OVERALL CHAMPION 2021

Vex Robotics Construction Zone

By: Hexbug

 champion

Age:  8-14 years

RRP: £79.99

 

AWARD CATEGORY: PRESCHOOL TOYS

WINNER

Disney Advent Calendar

By: Cartamundi

 disney advent calendarAge:  4+ years

RRP: £29.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Eco Gelli Baff

By: Zimpli Kids

 gelli baf

Age: 3+ years

RRP: £4.99

 AWARD CATEGORY: IMAGINATIVE TOYS

WINNER

Cityblocks

By: Mideer Toys

 mideer city blocks

Age:  2+ years

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Baby Born Magic Doll

By: MGA Entertainment

 mga magic doll

Age: 3+ years

RRP: £54.99

AWARD CATEGORY: ART & CRAFT TOYS

WINNER

Magic Sand Set

By: Mideer

 mideer magic sand

Age:  2+ years

RRP: £29.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

CreArt Festive Friends

By: Ravensburger

 creat

Age: 9+ years

RRP: £9.99

AWARD CATEGORY: GAMES & PUZZLES YOUNGER TOYS (Birth to 10 years)

WINNER

My First Puzzles Set

By: Toi World

 first puzzles winner games

Age:  2+ years

RRP: £13.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

The Gruffalo, Games from the Deep, Dark Wood

By: Cartamundi

 gruffalo games

Age: 4+ years

RRP: £24.99

 AWARD CATEGORY: GAMES & PUZZLES OLDER TOYS (11+ years)

WINNER

Twisted History

By: Cartamundi

 twisted history

Age:  8+ years

RRP: £29.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Uranus!

By: The Dark Imp

 uranus dark imp

Age: 10+ years

RRP: £34.99

 AWARD CATEGORY: SOFT TOYS

WINNER

Mindful Story Pillow – Cloud

By: World Alive

 cloud pillow win soft toys

Age:  3+ years

RRP: £19.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Rescue Tales Adoptable Pets Assortment

By: Little Tikes

 rescue pets Age:  3-6+years

RRP: £27.99

AWARD CATEGORY: OUTDOOR TOYS

WINNER

My First Mighty Blasters Dual Blaster

By: Little Tikes

 mighty blaster

Age:  3-5 years

RRP: £24.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Kids Eco Yoga Mat – Sun and Moon

By: World Alive

 yoga mat hc outdoor

Age: 3+ years

RRP: £19.99

AWARD CATEGORY: WHEELED TOYS

WINNER

T-Rex truck

By: Little Tikes

 trex

Age: 3-5+ years

RRP: £109.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Little Baby Bum Wheels on the Bus Scoot

By: Little Tikes

 baby bum

Age:  1-3years

RRP: £39.99

AWARD CATEGORY: EDUCATIONAL TOYS

WINNER

Tiny Gardening

By: The Quarto Group

 tiny gardening quarto

Age: 8-14 years

RRP: £14.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Brainbox Harry Potter

By: Asmodee UK

 asmodee harry potter

Age: 8+ years

RRP: £14.99

 

AWARD CATEGORY: S.T.E.M. TOYS

WINNER

Vex Robotics Construction Zone

By: Hexbug

 hexbug stem winner

Age:  8-14 years

RRP: £79.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

GraviTrax Obstacle Set

By: Ravensburger

 gravitrax

Age: 8+ years

RRP: £79.99

AWARD CATEGORY: POCKET MONEY TOYS

WINNER

Shuffle Junior Paw Patrol Dominoes

By: Cartamundi

 cartmundi paw patrol

Age:  4+ years

RRP: £7.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

MonsterGo Snake Puzzle

By: Guangzhou Ganyuan Intelligent Technology

 snake puzzle

Age: 6+ years

RRP: £7.99

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OVERALL CHAMPION 2021

This year the Overall Champion was a product our testers loved and played with day after day!  It’s a toy that let’s children use their imagination. Here is what the testers said about it.

“Heaps of play value!”

“Good for lots of age children and good enough that when we join in as parents its not boring, but fun for us too!”

“Not cheap but very well made and worth every penny.”

…and our overall 2021 champion is…

OVERALL CHAMPION

Vex Robotics Construction Zone

By: Hexbug

champion

Age:  8-14 years

RRP: £79.99

More information at: www.hexbug.com/vex-construction-zone.html

Available from: Amazon

Buy now from –    https://www.hexbug.com

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AWARD CATEGORY: POCKET MONEY TOYS

WINNER

Shuffle Junior Paw Patrol Dominoes

By: Cartamundi

 cartmundi paw patrol

Age:  4+ years

RRP: £7.99

Have fun, learn and match Ryder and the Paw Patrollers.  Encourage memory, matching, problem solving and recognition skills with this domino game of your favourite pups.

More information at:  www.cartamundi.com

Available from: Amazon

Buy now from – www.cartamundi.com

What the testers said “Love, love, love this!  Loads in the box for lots of play value, making, playing and yes even engineering ”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

MonsterGo Snake Puzzle

By: Guangzhou Ganyuan Intelligent Technology

snake puzzle

Age: 6+ years

RRP: £7.99

With a special transition surface and 360 degree rotation design, reducing friction and play more smoothly.  Can you solve the snake puzzle?

More information at: https://www.monster-go.com/mg-snake-puzzle/

Available from: John Lewis

Buy now from –     https://www.monster-go.com/mg-snake-puzzle/

What the testers said “Reminded us of the Rubik’s Snake, we enjoyed it!”

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AWARD CATEGORY: S.T.E.M. TOYS

WINNER

Vex Robotics Construction Zone

By: Hexbug

hexbug stem winner

Age:  8-14 years

RRP: £79.99

With over 1350 pieces, this set is perfect for budding engineers and enthusiastic builders.  There are three separate builds that function, and it even has tiny construction workers.  The construction crane has an elevator and towers over the site.  Control the operations to lift and move things with the crane.

More information at: www.hexbug.com/vex-construction-zone.html

Available from: Amazon

Buy now from –    https://www.hexbug.com/

What the testers said “Love, love, love this!  Loads in the box for lots of play value, making, playing and yes even engineering ”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

GraviTrax Obstacle Set

By: Ravensburger

 gravitrax

Age: 8+ years

RRP: £79.99

The all-new construction toy STEM track system from Ravensburger!  This STEM system teaches kids about gravity, magnetism, kinetic energy and fun.  Freestyle your own tracks or play the game.

More information at: https://www.ravensburger.org/uk/discover/gravitrax/index.html

Available from: John Lewis

Buy now from –     https://www.smythstoys.com/

What the testers said “So much to learn!  We found the children enjoyed playing this more when we played too, to answer questions and help.  Although that might be because we just liked playing with it too – very good product.”

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AWARD CATEGORY: EDUCATIONAL TOYS

WINNER

Tiny Gardening

By: The Quarto Group

tiny gardening quarto

Age: 8-14 years

RRP: £14.99

Enjoy gardening at your fingertips with a miniature desktop greenhouse and tiny gardening tools!  All you add is oil and your choice of seeds.  Learn to grow and germinate seeds.

More information at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGhSYPHccsU

Available from: Amazon

Buy now from –    https://www.amazon.co.uk/

What the testers said “As a teacher I’ve taken this into school and put it on my desk, the children love it and its encouraging lots of curious questions”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Brainbox Harry Potter

By: Asmodee UK

 asmodee harry potter

Age: 8+ years

RRP: £14.99

The 10-minute brain challenge apparates into the wizarding world! Relive the harry Potter film series and see if you’ve got what it takes to be top of the class at Hogwarts.  Study a card featuring fun facts about the series and stills from each film – then test your memory on what you saw.

More information at: https://www.asmodee.co.uk/products/gre91046_brainbox-harry-potter

Available from: Amazon

Buy now from –     https://www.amazon.co.uk

What the testers said “Anything Harry Potter is a hit in our household, top marks all round as our kids tested their memories.”

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AWARD CATEGORY: WHEELED TOYS

WINNER

T-Rex Truck

By: Little Tikes

 trex

Age: 3-5+ years

RRP: £109.99

The all-new T-Rex Truck is the new ride on that kids are sure to love.  The T-Rex Truck transitions from a kid powered, foot to floor ride on to a parent pull or push along.  Kids love pretending to be park rangers in the T Rex truck by Little Tikes.

More information at: https://www.littletikes.co.uk/t-rex-truck/

Available from: Amazon

Buy now from –  https://www.littletikes.co.uk/t-rex-truck/

What the testers said “Oh my goodness, his face when we put this in front of him.  Works in the garden, along the grass or patio and can come indoors too, I’m not sure he has got off yet!”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Little Baby Bum Wheels on the Bus Scoot

By: Little Tikes

 baby bum

Age:  1-3 years

RRP: £39.99

The Little Baby Bum Wheels on the Bus Scoot is the perfect way to bring Buster the Bus to life.  This 2 in 1 scoot along and push along ride on has an interactive panel with four songs, sounds and phrases from the popular Little Baby Bum series.

More information at:   https://www.littletikes.co.uk/little-baby-bum-wheels-on-the-bus-scoot/

Available from: Amazon

Buy now from –    https://www.amazon.co.uk/

What the testers said “Very robust, and great for Little Baby Bum watchers”

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AWARD CATEGORY: OUTDOOR TOYS

WINNER

My First Mighty Blasters Dual Blaster

By: Little Tikes

mighty blaster

Age:  3-5 years

RRP: £24.99

My First Mighty Blasters Dual Blaster comes with six colourful power pods: Magma, Dino Smash, Webs, Spikes, Shock Wave and one secret pod.  All are fabric and softer for smaller children to have safe play.

More information at: www.littletikes.co.uk/mighty-blasters-dual-blaster

Available from: Very

Buy now from –    https://www.amazon.co.uk/

What the testers said “Nice and safe for my small ones to join in with, more imaginative than a standard blaster ‘gun’, we loved garden play with these”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Kids Eco Yoga Mat – Sun and Moon

By: World Alive

yoga mat hc outdoor

Age: 3+ years

RRP: £19.99

Yoga mat with yoga poses embossed on its surface.  Perfectly child sized.  Encourages health, well-being, and body confidence.  Ecological, easy-clean, and hygienic.

More information at: www.soulmatesyoga.com

Available from: Amazon

Buy now from –  www.soulmatesyoga.com

What the testers said “So lovely!  She had her mat out alongside me when I practiced my yoga on the lawn – such fun to have a mini-me!  I like the eco ethics and well-being of this company having looked at their website”

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