Category Award Winners

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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Award Category: Imaginative Play

Imaginative play is so important in a child’s development.  Learning cause and effect and how things work is all done through well planned play.  Here is the best according to our testers.

WINNER

Pharaoh’s Pyramid

By: Playmobil

 playmobil winner

Age: 6-12

RRP: £59.99

The Pharaoh’s Pyramid is made of five chambers all equipped with secret switches, trap doors and thrilling puzzles. Children build the set themselves, designed to develop important motor skills whilst encouraging imaginative play.

More information at: www.playmobil.co.uk/pharaohs-pyramid/5386.html

Available from: John Lewis

Buy now from –  http://www.playmobil.co.uk/pharaohs-pyramid/5386.html

What the testers said “Such a great brand!  My child loved the accessibility of the pyramid, it’s such a large toy, we loved the fact sides came off for easier play.”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Goopy Slime

By: H Grossman Ltd

goopy slime grossman

Age: 3 years+

RRP: £2.99

Slime is the yukkiest craze of 2017.  Shops are selling out and of course the master of ‘toy crazes’ H Grossman are behind this latest phenomenon.  Let your imagination run riot!

More information at: www.ozbozz.co.uk

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

What the testers said “I have three boys so of course slime is going to be a hit!  In particular the loved the ‘toilet’ noises they could make with it.”

 

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Award Category: Educational Toys

The educational toy category in the Rainbow Toy Awards is looked at by teaching professionals and where possible tested by children in an educational setting.

WINNER

Times Table Tray

By: BigJigs Toys

times table tray winner

Age: 3 years+

RRP: £11.49

Aid child development with this colourful wooden times table tray, ideal for early learning.  Help little ones learn times tables with ease, as well as encouraging dexterity and fine motor skills.  The bright colours will help keep little ones engaged for longer.

More information at: www.bigjigstoys.co.uk

Available from: Amazon

Buy now from – www.amazon.co.uk

What the testers said “We were having trouble with times tables and so when my child was asked to test this I was delighted – It has helped so much, I feel indebted to BigJigs for helping my child get back on track with Times Tables! ”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

LinkIt Card Game

By: Pikykwiky Ltd

linkit highly commended

Age: 6 years+

RRP: £12.95

A fast paced observation card game suitable for the whole family.  LinkIt uses two decks of cards. Each card from one deck is linked in some way to a card in the other deck – by way of a picture.  The winner will spot that link the quickest and call out!

More information at: www.pikykwiky.com

Available from: Amazon

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

What the testers said “Fast paced and hilariously noisy, the whole family got involved in this one and had a great time.”

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Award Category: Games & Puzzles – Older Children and Adults

…and so for the older children and big kids…

WINNER

Staccups

By: University Games

staccups win

Age: 8 years+

RRP: £19.99

Speed and hand eye coordination is needed for this fast, frantic stacking game!  Race your opponent to clear all of your cups – match colours to stack ‘em then keep alert for the next match.

More information at: www.university-games.co.uk

Available from: Argos

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

What the testers said “Fast and furious and we did have such a laugh!”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Rory’s Story Cubes: Fantasia

By: Esdevium Games

story cubes highly commended

Age: 6 years+

RRP: £9.99

Rory’s Story Cubes: Fantasia allows you narrate tales of fantastical creatures and magical quests. Roll the dice, look at the images and create limitless stories – encourages imagination, creativity and develops confidence and language skills.

More information at: www.storycubes.com

Available from: John Lewis

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

What the testers said “We love making stories in our house so were excited to try out Story Cubes.  It added a new twist to story time as we used them as an aid at bedtimes 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 all of the entries to go up against each other.  This first sections looks at games & puzzles suitable for younger children.

WINNER

LinkIt Card Game

By: Pikykwiky Ltd

linkit WIN

Age: 6 years+

RRP: £12.95

A fast-paced observation card game suitable for the whole family.  LinkIt uses two decks of cards. Each card from one deck is linked in some way to a card in the other deck – by way of a picture.  The winner will spot that link the quickest and call out!

More information at: www.pikykwiky.com

Available from: Amazon

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

What the testers said “Fast paced and hilariously noisy, the whole family got involved in this one and had a great time.”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Giggle Wiggle

By: John Adams Leisure

giggle wiggle john adams highly commended

Age: 4 years+

RRP: £24.99

Giggle Wiggle is a twisting, turning race to the top.  Race to balance balls on Giggle Wiggle’s hands as he dances to the music. Be the first to stack them all then press the button to win!

More information at: www.johnadams.co.uk/product/giggle-wiggle

Available from: Tesco

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

What the testers said “Bright and colourful and loads of fun.  It’s easy to play with few rules, great, as getting started quickly is a must in our house!”

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Award Category: Arts & Crafts

Children love to make and do, this never changes year on year, so our Art & Craft Category is always hotly contended.  This year our awards go to toys you may remember but now with a modern twist…

WINNER

Spiralite

By: John Adams Leisure

spiralite john adams winner

Age: 5 years+

RRP: £21.99

Spiralite allows you to draw and illuminate amazing spiral designs. Create perfect patterns with neon markers.  Draw, decorate and turn it on to make it glow – with 8 light show settings.

More information at: www.johnadams.co.uk/products/spiralite

Available from: Smyths Toys

Buy now from –  http://www.argos.co.uk/search/spiralite/

What the testers said “I used to love Spirograph as a child so REALLY loved helping my child test this, adding the light show added a new dimension too.”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Original Shrinkles Bumper Box

By: Keycraft Ltd

shrinkles PLAYFUL PUPPY highly commended

Age: 4-11

RRP: £10.00

Shrinkles is a fun craft activity for all the family.  Draw and colour your Shrinkle creation then pop into the oven.  Watch the magic as your creation shrinks to 7 times its size, ideal to make badges, jewellery and other fun items.

More information at: www.keycraftuk.com

Available from: Hobbycraft

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

What the testers said “They enjoyed the colouring and making. Of course, they needed my help with the oven bit but watching through the oven window added to the excitement.”

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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.

WINNER

Discovery Create and Paint Easel

By: Plum Products

Discovery Create and Paint Easel

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

What the testers said “Really easy to put together and so sturdy!  I am a childminder, and this is a wonderful addition to my garden, all the children really love using it.”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

5 in 1 Stroll and Grow trike

By: Vtech Electronics

vtech stroller highly commended

Age: 9m – 6years

RRP: £109

The Vtech 5 in 1 Stroll and Grow Trike starts your baby learning at 9 months and continues through to 6 years, earning how to pedal, steer and drift with its waterproof electronic panel and four modes of play.  It includes fun phrases and five sing along songs.

More information at: www.vtech.co.uk

Available from: Amazon

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

What the testers said “This will last us a good few years and as such I believe worth the £100+ price tag. There are so many different features, I’m not sure we’ve found them all yet”

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