Category 2017 Awards

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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Award Category: Soft Toys

The plush (or soft toy) category oozed cuteness every year, everyone wants to test this category!

WINNER

Unicorn Soft Toy

By: H Grossman Ltd

grossman unicorn plush

Age: 3 years+

RRP: £19.99

A 60cm unicorn is a magical ty for any child this Christmas.  It’s a super soft special friend available in standing or seated versions.

More information at: www.ozbozz.co.uk

Available from: Smyths Toys

Buy now from – www.amazon.co.uk

What the testers said “My daughter is currently unicorn crazy, so was super excited to test this. When she saw it was so large, her eyes nearly popped right out!”

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

Princess Melina is the head of the Shimmies Bush Babies from Bush Baby World. You can wiggle her ears and move her eyes then watch her come alive in your hands.  Made from soft cuddly fabrics, sparkly detailing and fun accessories.

More information at: www.goldenbeartoys.com

Available from: Argos

Buy now from – www.argos.co.uk

What the testers said “We found the Princess Melina quite different and a joy to watch our girls play with her.  They enjoyed the movement and interaction.”

 

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Award Category: Wheeled Toys

A vast array of toys fit into the wheeled toy category, but our testers always love trying them out, either zooming round a track or combining wheeled trucks with a little imagination.

WINNER

ANKI Overdrive: Fast and Furious

By: ANKI

anki win

Age: 8 years+

RRP: £169.99

ANKI Overdrive pits you against artificially intelligent supercars in a pulse pounding game of strategy and speed.  It merges the most exhilarating elements of the film with an unprecedented level of customisation.

More information at: www.anki.com

Available from: Argos

Buy now from –  www.amazon.co.uk

What the testers said “ANKI is our favourite brand, both boys enjoy the films so were excited to play the ANKI version – they loved it!”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Ice Cream Truck

By: Diamont Toys/ AMAV Ltd

ice cream truck highly commended

Age: 6 years+

RRP: £29.99

Ice Cream Truck is a delicious wheeled toy.  Pour in your own ice cream mixture, let the truck roll along, so you get your ice cream at the finish line.

More information at: www.amav.com

Available from: www.amav.com

Buy now from – www.amav.com

What the testers said “Something a little different.  We enjoyed making, playing and eating.”

 

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