Archive | May, 2011

Rainbow Toy Awards

23 May

The entries are rolling in!

We’re here in the Rainbow offices wondering quite what to do, there are lots of entries and we need to get them all tested.  So today is a busy day as we team up testers with products to test…  we hope our team of ‘tinies’ and their adult helpers have fun!

Ben and Betty come to town!

9 May

There’s a new kid on the block when it comes to learning, well two new bunnies to be accurate!

Ben and Betty are two cute rabbits who are helping children from as early as aged 2 and a half to get to grips with reading and letters. The loveable characters are the heroes of the new Ben & Betty learning programme.

The Ben & Betty learning programme is an exciting, innovative new scheme to encourage young children to learn the basic educational skills through games and fun activities. The modern, lively approach makes the Ben & Betty programme a positive and successful experience for children and adults alike.

We even have it on very good authority that quite a number of celebrities use Ben & Betty for their kids too!

The system is around £45.95 and available from

We love the little rabbits and hope they do well in the awards!

All good clean fun!

6 May

PlayMais is a revolutionary new craft toy made from 100% natural ingredients – Sweetcorn and natural plant dyes!

The PlayMais blocks can be mouled into a colourful building material with just a dab of water.  The blocks stick together easily enabling children from a very early age to be able to begin creating free sculptures or following the themed packs available.

Parents will love PlayMais as it won’t smudge or stain – saving the upholstery from a messy mush!

PlayMais is also biodegradable and eco-friendly – even the packaging and cutting tool are made from the corn starch!

Available from John Lewis, Amazon and all good toy shops the prices range from £2.99 to £16.99

More information is available at

I bet our eco-friendly testers will love playing with PlayMais!

SES Creative enter Insect City!

5 May

SES Creative has launched the spying game on the insect world this month, with the launch of Insect City.

A collection of pods and tubes are contained within the box plus full instructions for what to do, there’s even a bug and mini-beast identification table too.  Create your own backyard safari as you capture and contain mini-beasts and observe their everyday behaviour.

Available from Amazon at £17.95, we wait to hear what our testers think of this one!

Molkky – the outdoor craze from Finland!

4 May

Molkky is a best selling outdoor family game from Finland and has just been entered into the Rainbow Awards!
Tactic Games have now brought Molkky to the UK. Already a craze in Finland, Molkky is made from wood from replenishable forests. Molkky is an eco-friendly toy with both minimal packaging and minimal air miles to the UK.
Outdoor fun for all the family is what has made Molkky an instant hit. The rules are simple with the first player to knock down 50 points worth of skittles using the wooden throwing pin becoming the winner. The secret of Molkky’s success is the fact it can be played on many levels with a variety of skills and strategy, ensuring mum and dad can happily play along with the teenagers, in fact, even the youngest member of the family can master Molkky!

Molkky is available from Amazon at £39.99

More information is at

I wonder what our approved testers will say about it?

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