Category Award News

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 @rainbowawards

Or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rainbowawards as well as rgiht here…

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 2017!

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The 2017 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 2017 Rainbow Awards… we can hardly wait!

2017 championWho will be our overall champion?

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Who Will Win? 2017 Rainbow Awards near their Deadline

blank logoGet your skates on, the Rainbow Toy Awards close their entry period on September 27th 2017.

 

The entry form is here ENTRY FORM

 

Or call Peter at HQ to talk through your entry and gain valuable advice…

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2017 Rainbow Awards Entry Period now Open!

This years Rainbow Toy Awards (2017) is now open for entry, download a form here and enter your new launches for the 2017 awards today!

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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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