The Rainbow Awards 2021: winners revealed

After a hiatus during 2020 owing to the pandemic, the Rainbow Awards – known for highlighting the best new toys in the run-up to Christmas – have returned.

Each toy entered in the Awards is tested by children along with their carers or parents, in different settings including schools and childcare as well as homes. All the toys entered are also tested and reviewed by blogger testers, with reviews appearing on their sites.

The Rainbow Awards organisers would like to extend their thanks to all 2021 entrants, many of whom suffered stock shortages and late arrivals of their own samples, for “going the extra mile” this year.

Full details of the Rainbow Awards – and how to enter the 2022 Awards – can be seen at www.rainbowawards.co.uk.

This year’s results are as follows:

 

AWARD CATEGORY: PRESCHOOL TOYS

WINNER Disney Advent Calendar By: Cartamundi

HIGHLY COMMENDED Eco Gelli Baff By: Zimpli Kids

 

AWARD CATEGORY: IMAGINATIVE TOYS

WINNER Cityblocks By: Mideer Toys

HIGHLY COMMENDED Baby Born Magic Doll By: MGA Entertainment

 

AWARD CATEGORY: ART & CRAFT TOYS

WINNER Magic Sand Set – Mideer Toys

HIGHLY COMMENDED CreArt Festive Friends -By: Ravensburger

 

AWARD CATEGORY: GAMES & PUZZLES YOUNGER TOYS (Birth to 10 years)

WINNER My First Puzzles Set By: Toi World

HIGHLY COMMENDED The Gruffalo, Games from the Deep, Dark Wood By: Cartamundi

 

AWARD CATEGORY: GAMES & PUZZLES OLDER TOYS (11+ years)

WINNER Twisted History By: Cartamundi

HIGHLY COMMENDED Uranus! By: The Dark Imp

 

AWARD CATEGORY: SOFT TOYS

WINNER Mindful Story Pillow – Cloud By: World Alive

HIGHLY COMMENDED Rescue Tales Adoptable Pets Assortment By: Little Tikes

 

AWARD CATEGORY: OUTDOOR TOYS

WINNER My First Mighty Blasters Dual Blaster By: Little Tikes

HIGHLY COMMENDED Kids Eco Yoga Mat – Sun and Moon By: World Alive

 

AWARD CATEGORY: WHEELED TOYS

WINNER T-Rex Truck By: Little Tikes

HIGHLY COMMENDED Little Baby Bum Wheels on the Bus Scoot By: Little Tikes

 

AWARD CATEGORY: EDUCATIONAL TOYS

WINNER Tiny Gardening By: The Quarto Group

HIGHLY COMMENDED Brainbox Harry Potter By: Asmodee UK

 

AWARD CATEGORY: S.T.E.M. TOYS

WINNER Vex Robotics Construction Zone By: Hexbug

HIGHLY COMMENDED GraviTrax Obstacle Set By: Ravensburger

 

AWARD CATEGORY: POCKET MONEY TOYS

WINNER Shuffle Junior Paw Patrol Dominoes By: Cartamundi

HIGHLY COMMENDED MonsterGo Snake Puzzle By: Guangzhou Ganyuan Intelligent Technology

 

OVERALL CHAMPION 2021

Vex Robotics Construction Zone Hexbug

About Tessa Clayton

A former Chief Sub of Red magazine, Tessa Clayton is the Digital Editor of Licensing.biz and ToyNews. As a freelance journalist she specialised in writing about parenting and family life, and has contributed to a wide variety of publications and websites including Tesco online, Mother & Baby, Livingetc, Junior, Boots Health & Beauty, Practical Parenting and babycentre.co.uk. Get in touch at tessa.clayton@biz-media.co.uk

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