Category Award News

Award Category: Games & Puzzles – Older Children and Adults

…and so for the older children and big kids…


Bananagrams Party

By: Bananagrams


Age: 10 years+

RRP: £14.99

This exciting new addition to the Bananagrams family features 13 party power tiles.  Each player races to complete their word grids but now faces challenges and forfeits throughout the game – Energising the game and adding a whole new dimension!

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Available from: Argos

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What the testers said “A well-made game for a very good price.  Educational and enjoyable it held their attention and we think it will last forever!. ”



By: Accentuate


Age: 16 years+

RRP: £19.99

Accentuate is the hilarious guess-the-accent party game featuring 90 different quotes from famous movies – players pick a card then read the movie quote aloud in a randomly selected accent.  Team mates have just 30 seconds to guess the accent and can earn further points by guessing the movie too.

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Available from: John Lewis

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What the testers said “The game is quite hard and you may need to be a movie buff, but we enjoyed playing and loved the minimal packaging too.”


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Award Category: Games & Puzzles – The Young Ones

We always split the games & puzzles category, as there is too much of a range for certain products to go up against each other.  This first sections looks at games & puzzles suitable for younger children.


Timeline British History

By: Esdevium Games


Age: 8 years+

RRP: £13.99

Place the cards in the historical timeline then see if you’re right. Correctly play all of your cards to win!  The 110 British Timeline cards can also be combined with other Timeline sets.

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Available from: Waterstones

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What the testers said “It’s not often a game can challenge children and adults in the same game, this one did!  We all learned rather a lot too.”


Rummikub Twist

By: John Adams Leisure


Age: 7 years+

RRP: £29.99

This is a family favourite with a surprising new twist! Rummikub Twist includes 3 new jokers to add more strategy, fun and pace to the gameplay. Colour change joker, mirror joker and double joker all join the standard joker.  The Twist also features a fresh new look and feel with panoramic racks and a new tile design and shape.

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Available from: John Lewis

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What the testers said “We are already a family if Rummikub fans, so this was bound to please. We love the new look and feel to the game and the addition of more jokers certainly make the game more interesting and skillful.”


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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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Rainbow Toy Awards 2015 – Awards Roundup

The 2015 Overall ‘Rainbow Toy Awards’ Champion

Toot Toot Drivers Garage by VTech Electronics

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Best Preschool Toy
Winner – LeapPad Platinum by Leapfrog

win - leapplatinum - preschool
Highly Commended – My Friend Freddy Bear by Vivid

hc - My Friend FreddyBear
Best Arts & Crafts Toy
Winner – Mini Make Cupcakes by John Adams

win - mini make cupcakes - art n craft copy
Highly Commended – Nutty Putty by Alphabet Pie

hc nuttyputty art copy
Best Wheeled Toy
Winner – Anki Overdrive by Anki

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Highly Commended – Blue Trike by BigJigs

hc - blue trike - wheeled toys
Best for Imaginative Play
Winner – Toot Toot Drivers Garage by VTech

win - overall - Toot-Toot Drivers Garage
Highly Commended – Slime Baff by Gelicity

hc- imaginative - slime copy
Best Games & Puzzles – The Young Ones
Winner – Disney Pictopia Trivia Game by Esdevium Games

pictopia - win - g&p young copy
Highly Commended – Seagull Splat by University Games

hc seagull spat - g&p younger copy
Best Games & Puzzles – 8 Years and above
Winner – Accentuate Film Quotes add-on by Accentuate Games

accentuate - win g&P older copy
Highly Commended – Wild Tiles by Bananagrams

Best Electronic Toy
Winner – Pebli Town by Mookie Toys

win - pebli town - electronic copy copy
Highly Commended – Digigo by VTech

hc DigiGo electronic copy
Best Construction Toy
Winner – Car Trax Turnaround Trax by H Grossman

win - car trax - construction copy
Highly Commended – Plane 2 by Java Toy

hc - java - construction
Best Educational Toy
Winner – LeapReader by LeapFrog

win leapreader educational
Highly Commended – Project MC2 Dolls with Experiments by MGA Entertainment

hc - educ - project 2 copy
Best Plush Toy
Winner – My First Baby Annabell Cuddly Sleeping Lamb by Zapf Creation

sleeping lamb - win - soft copy
Highly Commended – Anagranimals by Anagranimals

hc - soft - anaigaminals copy
Best Outdoor Toy
Winner – Fish n’ Splash Water Table by Little Tikes

win - ourdoor Fish N Splash LITTLE TIKES LR copy
Highly Commended – LeapBand Activity Tracker by LeapFrog

hc leapband outdoor
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Testers are being kept Busy this Year

This is the seventh year of the Rainbow Toy Awards and we see our testers are all super busy putting the toys through their paces.  We love to read their great reviews and see what they thought of the samples sent.

Here’s a mini tester checking out one of our entries:

Click on any of the images to see the full review.



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Mums Survival Guide Article – Summer 2015 issue

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