Wicked Vision, Learning Resources and Little Tikes among Outdoor Toy Awards 2021 winners

Wicked Vision, Learning Resources, Little Tikes, and ZURU have been named among the winners of this year’s Outdoor Toy Awards, an awards event hosted by Toyology that made its return this year to champion the best products for kids’ and families’ outdoor play activities.

Featuring ten categories, this year’s iteration of the popular awards event adopted a new strategy and format for judging in accordance with the Covid-19 restrictions that have impacted upon social gatherings for the past 18 months, allocating a judging panel of media outlets, influencers and bloggers a category each.

“We did face some logistical challenges this year due to unavoidable circumstances, and we really did miss the mayhem of us all gathering in one place for a day of fun,” said Peter Jenkinson, founder of The Outdoor Toy awards.

“We’ll be back bigger and better than ever in 2022 but I applaud and appreciate everyone who was involved in this 2021 version. The outdoor play space has been booming during the pandemic and this list comprising the best-of-the-best should give parents a great steer on what’ll keep kids entertained over the summer holidays.”

The winners of The Outdoor Toy Awards 2021 are:

Climbing and Adventure

Wooden Garden Swing Set with Monkey Bars by Rebo

Sport and Splash Fun

Polygroup Pool 10′ Quick Set by Polygroup

Outdoor Games

Countdown from Duck Duck Cat

Science and Nature

GeoSafari Kidnoculars from Learning Resources

Ride Ons

Little Tikes T-Rex Truck from Little Tikes

Trampolines

14 foot Rebounder by Sportspower

PreSchool Play

Aquaplay Lockbox by Simba

Battle & Blaster Toys

X-Shot Water Warfare Fast-Fill by Zuru Toys

Houses, Tents & Hideaways

Feber Super Palace by Feber

Flying Toys

Sonic Booma by Wicked Vision

Amongst the media involved in the event were Amazing Arabella, several DC Thomson media magazines, What the Red Head Said and more.

Nigel Clarke of Dadvengers and ‘The Baby Club’ (CBeebies) was part of the judging line-up for this year’s awards event, alongside Nick Gibbs-McNeil of Kidzcoolit.

Gibbs-McNeil said: “The Outdoor Toy Awards is always one of our favourite events of the summer and it was a massive shame to not be able to have the full size event again this year. That said holding a mini part of the OTA’s at home was very exciting for the kids. We owned a full size playground in our garden for a little while – Fun, Fun, FUN!”

Simon Tomlinson, head of marketing EMEA at Learning Resources, said: “We’re delighted that GeoSafari Jr. Kidnoculars Extreme has won an Outdoor Toy Award in the Science and Nature category. At Learning Resources we regard outdoor play as a vital part of a child’s learning and development, and it forms a key part of our new Summer of Play campaign.”

Alastair Luxford, commercial manager at Geemac, added: “We’ve been huge supporters of the Outdoor Toys awards since their inception, they’re such a great way to celebrate this innovative toy category. We also love the independent judging format making this a true reflection of consumer opinion.”

David Strang, founder of Wicked Vision, concluded: “It’s really great to have been recognised by Toyology’s Outdoor Toy Awards, particularly ahead of the upcoming summer holidays! Getting kids active is at the very core of everything we do here at Wicked.

“I hope the awards will help to inspire kids to get off their screens, get outside, spend quality time with their friends and family and have fun.”

For more information on all the Commended and Highly commended products please visit www.toyology.co.uk

About Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of ToyNews and its sister title, Licensing.biz. He has worked his way from Staff Writer to Editor across the two titles, having spent almost eight years with both and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing robert.hutchins@biz-media.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

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