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Awards Category: Outdoor Toys

Outdoor toys are so important to a child’s development.  Being outdoors means the play can be bigger, more energetic and sometimes more messy!  Let’s see what the testers praised…

WINNER

Fish n’ Splash Water Table

By: Little Tikes

win - ourdoor Fish N Splash LITTLE TIKES LR copy

Age: 2-6 years

RRP: £49.99

There’s nothing like a day of fishing and now little anglers can have so much fun catching and counting colourful little pond swimmers right in their backyard. There’s lots of filling, pouring ad splashing extras to make water pay so much more fun.

More information at: www.littletikes.co.uk

Available from: Debenhams, Asda

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What the testers said “We had the table in the garden when the grandparents were here, everyone (including Grandad!) had such a fun time! Lots of chat, giggles and learning too”

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LeapBand

By: LeapFrog

hc leapband outdoorAge: 4-7 years

RRP: £29.99

Discover the only activity tracker made for kids that encourages active play and healthy habits with 50 fun challenges and a free Petathlon Games app

More information at: www.leafrog.co.uk/leapband

Available from: Toys R Us, Smyths, the Entertainer

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What the testers said “The Leap Band itself is attractive, well made and very strong. The strap should outlast the product which is a benefit. The technology included is good for a children’s product.”

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Awards Category: PreSchool Toys

Many of our testers are of preschool age and so we are able to have toys tested by many little hands and minds, often in a range of settings too, not just at home.

WINNER

LeapPad Platinum

By: LeapFrog

win - leapplatinum - preschoolAge: 3-9 years

RRP: £99.99

The new edition to the number one LeapPad family, LeapPad Platinum is the most durable LeapPad tablet yet.  Offering kids safe content, a seven inch high resolution, multi-touch capacity screen and fast processor, the LeapPad Platinum hosts over 800 age appropriate, educator approved games, some of which automatically adjust to suit the child’s learning level.

More information at: www.leapfrog.com

Available from: The Entertainer, Smyths, Toys R Us

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What the testers said “It held their attention for as long as they were allowed to play with it, I love the time limit feature!”

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My Friend Freddy Bear

By: Vivid Toy Group

hc - My Friend FreddyBearAge: 2-5 years

RRP: £39.99

My Friend Freddy Bear is the bear who really knows you.  Specifically designed for preschoolers, My Friend Freddy Bear is an interactive bear with a difference, whose activities develop as the child grows up. Freddy Bear works via an app and will incorporate personal details into the things he says.

More information at: www.vividtoysandgames.co.uk

Available from: Argos, Smyths, Toys R Us

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What the testers said “My son had so much fun with this! He was delighted at first just to cuddle and play with the bear but when he realised everything else it did he was absolutely enthralled and played with it for at least 40 minutes continuously which is a lot for him.”

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Awards Category: Imaginative Play

The imaginative play category is always full of a whole plethora of different toys, kits, games and novelties, we enjoy seeing whether the children agree with the adults on what’s fun.

WINNER

VTech Baby Toot Toot Drivers Garage

By: VTech Electronics

win - overall - Toot-Toot Drivers GarageAge: 1-5 years

RRP: £49.99

An interactive garage with cute tow truck and three floors of interactive play.  Four electronic locations play tunes, phrases and songs, plus they teach colours, numbers and road safety.

More information at: www.vtech.co.uk

Available at: Amazon, JD Williams, Debenhams

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What the testers said “Each child had lots of imaginative play and excitement with this toy.”

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Slime Baff

By: Zimpli Kids

hc- imaginative - slime copyAge: 3 years +

RRP: £4.99

Make bath time fun with Slime Baff. Turn your water into gooey, oozy slime and let your imagination run wild. Simply Dilute your Slime Baff by adding more water and safely drain away.

More information from: www.zimplikids.com

Available at: Gelicity.co.uk and Amazon

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 What the testers said “My kids were a little unsure to begin with, but quickly got stuck in, and had great fun. “

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Awards Category: Games & Puzzles (The Older Players)

We have adult testers and older children to test this category, allowing for a wider scope of games and puzzles to be tested.

WINNER

Accentuate Plus Film Quotes Expansion Pack

By: Accentuate Games

accentuate - win g&P older copy

Age: 16 years+

RRP: 19.99 + £8.99

It’s simple: read a quote from a Quotation card in the accent printed on the Accent card selected; if your team mates guess your accent correctly you win a point.  The trick is to convey the essence of the accent to your teammates, without giving any verbal or visual clues.  Film Quotes Expansion Pack is the new bolt-on featuring 90 iconic lines from famous films to quote in a randomly selected accent

More information at: www.accentuategames.com

Available from: John Lewis, Firebox

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What the testers said “Accentuate will provide ongoing fun and is definitely a good laugh!”

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Wild Tiles

By: Bananagrams

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The brand new Bananagrams WildTiles game includes six unique monkey WildTiles, putting an all new spin on the original anagram game that drives you Bananas!  Pick up a wild tile and play it as any letter.

More information at: www.bananagrams.com

Available from: John Lewis, Amazon

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What the testers said “We enjoy playing word games and they loved competing against each other in this fast paced game.”

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Awards Category: Games & Puzzles (The Young Ones)

It’s become a tradition with the Rainbow Toy Awards now to split the Games & Puzzles category into older and younger as it’s so vast.  Let’s see which games impressed the testers in the younger games – this is birth to 8 years old.

WINNER

Disney Pictopia Trivia Game

By: Esdevium Games

pictopia - win - g&p young copy

Age: 7 years+

RRP: £19.99

Make family time magical with Disney Pictopia!  Discover playful trivia spanning decades of Disney magic, from the animated classics to to dazzling theme park destinations.  It’s a game of teamwork – with a competitive twist”

More information at: www.esdeviumgames.com

Available from: Argos, Toys R Us, Hamleys

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What the testers said “Both of my children play this for around 2-3 hours straight so great play value – I think it is great value for money as it has been played a lot already and will be played with many times in the coming years.”

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Seagull Spat

By: University Games

hc seagull spat - g&p younger copy

 Age: 4 years+

RRP: £19.99

Seagull Splat is the mischievous and hilarious children’s game where players have to dodge the seagull’s poop to stay in the game.  Each player has a set of beach towels and takes turns to  to spin the spinner to fly the seagull over their towels.  In this game of luck the seagull decides if they towels are lucky enough to dodge the poop!

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

Available from: Tesco, Argos

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What the testers said “We found it very funny and a really good, family game”

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Awards Category: Art & Crafts

As an ex-art student this is a personal favourite category of mine, I enjoy hearing how the children have created works of art and worked alongside siblings and parents having lots of crafting fun.

WINNER

Mini Make Cupcakes

By: John Adams Leisure

win - mini make cupcakes - art n craft copyAge: 6 years+

RRP: £17.99

Mix melted chocolate and biscuit crumbs, then mould and decorate to make gorgeous mini cupcakes.Just melt and mix, no baking required. Wrap your mini cakes, pop in a gift box or display on the pretty cake stand. Includes 25 tools and accessories.

More information at: www.johnadams.co.uk

Available from; Tesco, Asda

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What the testers said “It kept my four year old occupied throughout the whole process. She was so proud of herself for making these.”

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Nutty Putty

By: Gel Innovations t/a Alphabet Pie

hc nuttyputty art copyAge: 4 years+

RRP: £1.99 – £18.99

Uniquely non drying, non messy, waterproof and glossy. Nutty Putty can be moulded into absolutely anything. It can be baked for permanency, becoming smooth and rubbery.  Educational benefits include developing fine motor skills.  Promoting concentration, imagination and creativity.

More information at: www.alphabetpie.com

Available from: Fenwick, Fun Learning, Wigwam Toys

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What the testers said “They loved the concept and playing with the putty and making and creating items, both from the kit and from their imaginations. Occupied them for nearly an hour and they would play with it again. ”

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Awards Category: Wheeled Toys

Outdoor or indoor, traditional or technological – our wheeled toys category covers them all.

WINNER

Anki Overdrive

By: Anki

win anki wheeled copyAge: 7-14 years old

RRP:£149.99

Anki Overdrive is the next generation of battle-racing with state of the art modular tracks, high-end car designs and new innovation in game play.  Players can build their own battle race courses within seconds and pit their real life robotic super cars against their friends or step up against enemy AI commanders in the game’s campaign mode.

More information at: www.anki.com/en-gb

Available from: Harrods, Argos, Selfridges

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What the testers said “This will definitely be taken out time and again, they are so excited playing with it and the fact it has different play modes means they keep going back to it. They love the fact they control the cars through the phone.”

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Blue Trike

By: BigJigs Toys

hc - blue trike - wheeled toysAge: 18 months+

RRP: £44.99

Youngsters will love whizzing along on this brightly coloured, wooden trike.  Sturdy, comfortable and easy to steer, mini movers will get plenty of exercise ad have lots of fun whilst they explore indoors and outdoors on their new favourite ride-on.

More information at: www.bigjigstoys.co.uk

Available from: Amazon, BigJigs Toys

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What the testers said “The children loved this toy! They have all really enjoyed playing with it, and arguments ensue every time it is out (which proves how great it is!). Sturdy and built to last!”

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