The Outdoor Toy Awards returns for 2022

The popular awards will put a raft of outdoor toys through their paces in 10 categories, with kids acting as testers.

Back with a bang this year, the Outdoor Toy awards once again invites kid testers to put the very best outdoor toys through their paces. Toyology and the Kidzcoolit network will be overseeing the media and social coverage of the awards, which will see a total of 10 toys crowned must-haves for get-out, get-up and get-active play.

“We’re delighted to be able to return to the moderate chaos of outdoor toy testing after last year,” commented Peter Jenkinson, founder of the awards. “It just wasn’t the same, but now we’re back and this, our fifth awards, remains popular amongst the trade as a dedicated event to this very strong category.”

There are 10 categories are as follows:

  • Climbing & Adventure
  • Sport & Splash Fun
  • Outdoor Games
  • Science & Nature
  • Ride-Ons
  • Trampolines
  • Pre-School Play
  • Battle & Blaster Toys
  • Houses, Tents & Hideaways
  • Flying Toys

The #OTA22 will be working across several titles.

Nick Gibbs-McNeil and Peter Jenkinson.

Nick Gibbs-McNeil from Kidzcoolit said: “Playing outside, especially during the summer, is the quintessential essence of childhood. Some of our best memories come from hanging out with friends or just sitting on a swing in the garden with a squash in hand, talking to the family dog in the beaming summer sunshine.”

Adam Pearson of Geemac added: “The Outdoor Toy Awards are so supportive of what we do across our portfolio of outdoor play equipment, so we’re thrilled to have been a part of proceedings since the inception of the awards in 2015. It’s a hugely fun few days and we really do get a lot from it as a business – I’m happy to let Peter and his crew take control of the kids though.”

Testing takes place in early May with the winners and other commendations being notified by 12th May.

“My ‘Kidz’ always ask ‘Are we going this Year?’ about the Outdoor Toy Awards; it’s one of the annual events that generates the most excitement in our house and they delight at the prospect of being part of it again,” enthused Nick. “There are few play experiences that can compete on the same level as being outside. Kidzcoolit has always been very proud to support this event and this incredibly important part of the toy industry.”

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