Category Award Winners

The Rainbow Awards 2019 – The Results…

 The Rainbow Awards 2019 – The Results…

OVERALL CHAMPION

Mars Space Station

By: Playmobil

champion - mars space station 

Age: 6+ years

RRP: £64.99

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

AWARD CATEGORY: S.T.E.M TOYS

WINNER

Kidizoom Action Cam HD

By: Vtech Electronics

win - stem - kidizoom

Age:  5+ years

RRP: £52.99

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

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Number Tray

By: Bigjigs Toys

hc - stem - number tray

Age: 3+ years

RRP: £23.99

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

AWARD CATEGORY: OUTDOOR TOYS

WINNER

Fun Zone Pop ‘n Splash

By: Little Tikes

Fun Zone Pop N Splash Surprise

Age:  24+ months

RRP: £69.99

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

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Fantastic First 3 in 1 Switcharoo Table

By: Little Tikes

hc - outdoor - switcharoo table

Age: 12+ months

RRP: £29.99

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

AWARD CATEGORY: CONSTRUCTION TOYS

 WINNER

Junior Engineer Monster Truck

By: Tobar

win - construction - monster truck

Age:  8+ years

RRP: £9.99

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

AWARD CATEGORY: SOFT TOYS

WINNER

New Born Baby Animigos Guinea Pig

By: Tobar

win - soft - guinea pig

Age: 18+ months

RRP: £14.99

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

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Rainbow Llama

By: H Grossman

llama HGL

Age: 3+ years

RRP: £9.99

Buy now from –  www.amazon.co.uk

AWARD CATEGORY: ELECTRONIC TOYS

WINNER

Baby Annabell Feels Better Medical Scanner

By: Zapf Creation

win - electronic - baby med scanner

Age: 3+ years

RRP: £42.99

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

HIGHLY COMMENDED

YouDrive Rescue Chopper

By: Little Tikes

hc - electronic - chopper

Age: 3+ years

RRP: £34.99

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

AWARD CATEGORY: IMAGINATIVE TOYS

WINNER

Mars Space Station

By: Playmobil

win - imaginative - mars station

Age: 6+ years

RRP: £84.99

Buy now from –  www.amazon.co.uk 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak

By: Wow! Stuff

hc - imaginative - harry potter

Age: 6+ years

RRP: £59.99

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

AWARD CATEGORY: PRESCHOOL TOYS

WINNER

Learn & Dance Dino

By: Vtech Electronics

win - preschool - dino

Age: 2-5 years

RRP: £39.99

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

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Baby Xylophone

By: Halilit

hc - preschool - xylophone

Age: 12+ months

RRP: £18.99

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

AWARD CATEGORY: WHEELED TOYS

WINNER

Playmobil: The Movie Del’s Food Truck

By: Playmobil

win - wheeled - movie del truck

Age: 5+ years

RRP: £44.99

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

AWARD CATEGORY: GAMES & PUZZLES

WINNER

Cog Puzzle

By: Bigjigs Toys

win - games puzz - cog puzzle

Age: 18+ months

RRP: £14.49

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

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Dice Academy

By: Asmodee UK

hc - games puzz - dice

Age: 8+ years

RRP: £10.99

Buy now from – www.amazon.co.uk

AWARD CATEGORY: EDUCATIONAL TOYS

WINNER

HUE Animation Studio

By: HUE

win - educational - HUE

Age: 7-13 years

RRP: £49.95

Buy now from –  www.amazon.co.uk

HIGHLY COMMENDED

LeapStart Go

By: LeapFrog

hc - educational - go

Age: 4-9 years

RRP: £49.99

Buy now from – www.amazon.co.uk

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The Rainbow Awards 2018 – The Results…

Here are the Rainbow Toy Awards 2018 results.

Use the “Buy It Now” link or click on the image to be taken directly to an online retailer who stocks the product, you will go directly to the item you are enquiring about.

2018 OVERALL CHAMPION

Wonder Lab

By: Little Tikes

educ wonderlab CHAMP

Age: 3-5y

RRP: £99.99

Buy now from –  www.littletikes.co.uk/wonder-lab

AWARD CATEGORY: WHEELED TOYS

WINNER

Wooden Vehicles

By: ALDI

wheeled win wooden vehicles

Age: 18m+

RRP: £4.99 each

Buy now from –  www.aldi.co.uk

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Unicorn Scooter with Light Up Wheels

By: H Grossman Ltd

wheel hc inicornscooter

Age: 4-7y

RRP: £29.99

Buy now from – www.amazon.co.uk

AWARD CATEGORY: OUTDOOR TOYS

WINNER

X Shot Flying Bugs

By: ZURU

outdoor xshot win

Age: 6-14y

RRP: £19.99-29.99

Buy now from –  www.smythstoys.co.uk

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Magical Unicorn Carriage

By: Little Tikes

outdoor - hc unicorn carriage

Age: 18m – 5y

RRP: £119.99

Buy now from – www.smythstoys.co.uk

AWARD CATEGORY: EDUCATIONAL TOYS

WINNER

Wonder Lab

By: Little Tikes

educ win wonderlab

Age: 3-5y

RRP: £99.99

Buy now from –  www.littletikes.co.uk/wonder-lab

HIGHLY COMMENDED

123 Pirate Ship

By: Playmobil

educ hc pirate ship

Age: 18m+

RRP: £19.99

Buy now from – www.amazon.co.uk

AWARD CATEGORY: GAMES & PUZZLES

WINNER

People Who Help US

By: Bigjigs Toys

g&p WIN people who help us

Age: 12m+

RRP: £14.99

Buy now from –  www.bigjigs.co.uk

HIGHLY COMMENDED

FReNeTiC

By: Accentuate Games

g&p hc frenetic

Age: 8y+

RRP: £22.99

Buy now from – www.amazon.co.uk

AWARD CATEGORY: IMAGINATIVE PLAY

WINNER

Magical Fairy Forest

By: Playmobil

imag win magical forest

Age: 4y+

RRP: £49.99

Buy now from –  www.amazon.co.uk

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Shop n’ Learn Smart Checkout

By: Little Tikes

imag hc checkput

Age: 2y+

RRP: £169.99

Buy now from – www.littletikes.co.uk/shop-n-learn-smart-checkout

AWARD CATEGORY: PRESCHOOL TOYS

WINNER

Toot-Toot Drivers Garage

By: Vtech Electronics

preschool win toot toot drivers garage

Age: 1-5y

RRP: £39.99

Buy now from – www.amazon.co.uk

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Wooden Rocking Unicorn

By: ALDI

preschool - hc unicorn ride on

Age: 2y+

RRP: £29.99

Buy now from – www.aldi.co.uk

AWARD CATEGORY: SOFT TOYS

WINNER

Wooden Rocking Horse

By: ALDI

soft win HORSE ROCKER 2

Age: 2y+

RRP: £29.99

Buy now from –  www.aldi.co.uk

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Rainbocorns

By: ZURU

soft hc rainbowcorns

Age: 3-6y

RRP: £24.99

Buy now from – www.argos.co.uk

AWARD CATEGORY: CONSTRUCTION TOYS

WINNER

LeapBuilders Phonics House

By: LeapFrog

construction win leapbuilders

Age: 18m+

RRP: £34.99

Buy now from –  www.amazon.co.uk

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Junior Engineer Workshop Helicopter

By: Tobar

constru hc helicopeter

Age: 8y+

RRP: £9.99

Buy now from – www.amazon.co.uk

AWARD CATEGORY: ART & CRAFT TOYS

WINNER

Gel-a-Peel Mega Rainbow Kit

By: MGA Entertainment

art win gel apeel

Age: 8y+

RRP: £39.99

Buy now from –  www.argos.co.uk

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

STIB Inspirational Mini Colouring Pencils

By: STIB

art hc stib

Age: 3y+

RRP: £6.95

Buy now from – www.temptedgifts.co.uk

AWARD CATEGORY: ELECTRONIC TOYS

WINNER

Robo Alive Dino

By: ZURU by Tobar

electronic win Robo Alive Dino

Age: 3y+

RRP: £15.00

Buy now from –  www.amazon.co.uk

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Kidizoom Smart Watch DX2

By: Vtech Electronics

elec hc smart watch

Age: 4y+

RRP: £49.99

Buy now from – www.amazon.co.uk

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The Rainbow Awards 2017 – The Results…

Here’s our Rainbow Awards round up from earlier today…

The 2017 Rainbow Awards are as follows:

OVERALL CHAMPION

Discovery Create and Paint Easel

By: Plum Products

Discovery Create and Paint Easel overall champion

Age: 3 years+

RRP: £199.00

Awards Category: Outdoor Toys

WINNER

Discovery Create and Paint Easel

By: Plum Products

Discovery Create and Paint Easel

Age: 3 years+

RRP: £199.00

HIGHLY COMMENDED

5 in 1 Stroll and Grow trike

By: Vtech Electronics

vtech stroller highly commended

Age: 9m – 6years

RRP: £109

Award Category: Arts & Crafts

WINNER

Spiralite

By: John Adams Leisure

spiralite john adams winner

Age: 5 years+

RRP: £21.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Original Shrinkles Bumper Box

By: Keycraft Ltd

shrinkles PLAYFUL PUPPY highly commended

Age: 4-11

RRP: £10.00

Award Category: Games & Puzzles – The Young Ones

WINNER

LinkIt Card Game

By: Pikykwiky Ltd

linkit WIN

Age: 6 years+

RRP: £12.95

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Giggle Wiggle

By: John Adams Leisure

giggle wiggle john adams highly commended

Age: 4 years+

RRP: £24.99

Award Category: Games & Puzzles – Older Children and Adults

WINNER

Staccups

By: University Games

staccups win

Age: 8 years+

RRP: £19.99

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Rory’s Story Cubes: Fantasia

By: Esdevium Games

story cubes highly commended

Age: 6 years+

RRP: £9.99

Award Category: Educational Toys

WINNER

Times Table Tray

By: BigJigs Toys

times table tray winner

Age: 3 years+

RRP: £11.49

HIGHLY COMMENDED

LinkIt Card Game

By: Pikykwiky Ltd

linkit highly commended

Age: 6 years+

RRP: £12.95

Award Category: Imaginative Play

WINNER

Pharaoh’s Pyramid

By: Playmobil

playmobil winner

Age: 6-12

RRP: £59.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Goopy Slime

By: H Grossman Ltd

goopy slime grossman

Age: 3 years+

RRP: £2.99

Award Category: Wheeled Toys

WINNER

ANKI Overdrive: Fast and Furious

By: ANKI

anki win

Age: 8 years+

RRP: £169.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Ice Cream Truck

By: Diamont Toys/ AMAV Ltd

ice cream truck highly commended

Age: 6 years+

RRP: £29.99

Award Category: Soft Toys

WINNER

Unicorn Soft Toy

By: H Grossman Ltd

grossman unicorn plush

Age: 3 years+

RRP: £19.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Bush Baby World Shimmies Bush Babies Princess Melina Soft Toy

By: Golden Bear Toys

Bush Baby World Shimmies Princess Melina highly commended

Age: 5-9

RRP: £19.99

Award Category: PreSchool Toys

WINNER

Wooden Workbench and Tools

By: Aldi

aldi workbench win

Age: 3 years+

RRP: £34.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Medieval Train Set

By: BigJigs Rail

bigjigs rail highly commended

Age: 3 years+

RRP: £42.99

Award Category: Construction Toys

WINNER

The Shape Kids Toys and Books

By: The Shape Kids Ltd

shape kids win

Age: 3 – 6

RRP: £10

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Mayka Tape – The Original Building Block Tape

By: Zuru

mayka tape highly commended

Age: 3 years+

RRP: £14.99

Award Category: Electronic Toys

WINNER

Chase Me Casey

By: VTech Electronics

chase me casey win

Age: 9m-36m

RRP: £37.99

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Cozmo

By: ANKI

cozmo highly commended

Age: 8 years+

RRP: £199.99

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Award Category: Overall Champion

This year the Overall Champion was a product we thought looked absolutely delightful.  The testers loved it!  It’s a toy that takes us all into the great outdoors and let’s children use their imagination. Here is what the testers said about it.

“Lovely and sturdy, it’ll last for years, all the children love it!”

“We love anything ‘back to nature’ so this is a hit, the addition of the windchimes further stimulates the senses.”

“I can’t believe it’s so well made for this price.”

…and our overall 2017 champion is…

OVERALL CHAMPION

Discovery Create and Paint Easel

By: Plum Products

Discovery Create and Paint Easel overall champion

Age: 3 years+

RRP: £199.00

Children will be inspired by nature as they play together, create and paint in the garden and engage with the great outdoors. The painting screen is easy wipe clean so children can paint then wash off for another day.  The easel contains plant holders and a windchime.

More information at: www.plumplay.co.uk

Available from: John Lewis

Buy now from –  ELC

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Award Category: Electronic Toys

Always a wide variety in this section, who knows what electronic toy will be thought of next.  Let’s see what our testers think this year.

WINNER

Chase Me Casey

By: VTech Electronics

chase me casey win

Age: 9m-36m

RRP: £37.99

Chase Me Casey skates across the floor encouraging your child to dance and chase.  Sensors detect when your child is near making Casey respond accordingly with sounds and motion.  Five buttons help teach letters and numbers, with two modes of play.

More information at: www.vtech.co.uk

Available from: Amazon

Buy now from –  www.amazon.co.uk

What the testers said “I’ve never heard my child giggle so much, she adored Casey and laughed and laughed as they chased around on the laminate floor together. ”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Cozmo

By: ANKI

cozmo highly commended

Age: 8 years+

RRP: £199.99

Charming robot with a mischievous side. Use the Cozmo app to guide him to do tricks and games, introduce yourself and he will always recognise you.  Use the games to unlock updates and make Cozmo even more fun!

 More information at: www.anki.com

Available from: Amazon

Buy now from – www.amazon.co.uk

What the testers said “We had so much fun with Cozmo.  He was really easy to set up, thank goodness! Play value was good, and he kept the kids entertained all day, in fact they went back again and again!”

 

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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 mini masterpieces…

WINNER

The Shape Kids Toys and Books

By: The Shape Kids Ltd

shape kids win

Age: 3 – 6

RRP: £10

Four wooden magnetic characters standing around 20cm high. Can be built and rebuilt in different hilarious ways, encouraging imagination and hand eye coordination.

More information at: www.shapekids.co.nz

Available from: www.shapekids.co.nz

Buy now from –  www.shapekids.co.nz

What the testers said “Hard wearing and easy for little fingers to put together.  My boy was very excited to get started.”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Mayka Tape – The Original Building Block Tape

By: Zuru

mayka tape highly commended

Age: 3 years+

RRP: £14.99

Transform any surface into a base for toy building blocks.  Build around corners and up walls to ‘Mayka’ 3D world!  Can be cut, stuck and used again and again.

More information at: www.maykaworld.com

Available from: Smyths Toys

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

What the testers said “We love the fact Mayka Tape offers a new dimension to our LEGO sets. We loved the colours, width and length options.”

 

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Award Category: PreSchool Toys

PreSchool Toys should include an element of learning along with being lots of fun, so let’s see who has won in this category.

WINNER

Wooden Workbench and Tools

By: Aldi

aldi workbench win

Age: 3 years+

RRP: £34.99

The perfect wooden toy to ignite a child’s imagination. Encouraging role play, all the accessories can be used in a variety of ways to mimic various scenarios.

More information at: www.aldi.co.uk

Available from: Aldi

Buy now from –  www.aldi.co.uk

What the testers said “Wooden toys are just the epitome of traditional play.  We all thought the play value of this toy was amazing in relation to the price. ”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Medieval Train Set

By: BigJigs Rail

bigjigs rail highly commended

Age: 3 years+

RRP: £42.99

Transport treasure around the wooden track to the castle. Train your knight ready for battle and the king and queen preside. The use the Pillory to give the baddies a good telling off!

More information at:  http://www.bigjigstoys.co.uk/p/medieval-train-set

Available from: Amazon

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

What the testers said “So much to do, my child said ‘This is the best toy ever’ – and they did really enjoy it.”

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