Congratulations, Swimways Rainbow Reef Turtle!
Favorite Outdoor Toy was one of three category in the Pool and Patio site's contest this year, and it's a natural. Backyards -- outdoor living spaces -- are where children develop their muscles, coordination and a life-long interest in exercising -- both physically and mentally. Outdoor play helps children learn to interact with others, develop their language skills and solve problems. Organizations like First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! program and the Natural Wildlife Federation's Be Out There! campaign. And great outdoor toys will coax and keep your children playing in the yard longer and more often.
More About the Awards
Starting in mid-January we accepted reader nominations for hundreds of award categories across About.com. Based on those nominations our experts chose up to five finalists per award category, and during the voting phase (02/22/12 - 03/21/12) readers were able to vote for their favorite finalists for each award category.
What controls were in place to ensure fairness during the voting process?
To place a vote, users provided an email address or logged-in via their Facebook or About.com accounts. Votes were limited to one vote per award category per user per day, and any votes not originating from the about.com domain were rejected. Internal checks were in place to detect fraudulent voting activity, and in some cases the poll results shown during voting may not reflect the accurate final counts used to determine winners. Please note that About.com polls are not scientific. Rather, they are a way for readers to share their opinions about their favorite products, services and innovations with About.com Guides and other users.
Where's the Prize?
A winner -- in this case, the Rainbow Reef Turtle -- doesn't receive a trophy, statuette or any tangible prize-like object at a red carpet event packed with stars like Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney and Adele. Just the bragging rights that come with knowing that the readers of one of the Web's largest networks love their stuff. Visit Awards.about.com to see all the awards categories.
Swimways Rainbow Reef Turtle
Swimways' Rainbow Reef® Turtles are battery-operated turtles that swim in your pool, spa or pond. The newest line of Rainbow Reef Turtles features fun shell designs in purple, green or orange. Other popular Rainbow Reef toys include fish, sharks, guppies and the dazzling Light-Up Lionfish.
A Salute to the Runners-Up
We'd like to give a shout-out to the finalists, which all appear to be high quality, fun toys that any child (or adult) would enjoy! They are:
The Other Pool and Patio Winners
Curious what brands, companies and products are the winners in their respective categories? Sure you are! Congratulations, also, to the following winners:
- Best Decking: GeoDeck
- Best Hot Tub / Spa: Bullfrog Spas
- Best Outdoor Lighting: Sea Gull Lighting
- Best Patio Furniture: Brown Jordan
- Best Pool Cleaner / Vacuum: Hayward
- Favorite Outdoor Toy: Swimways Rainbow Reef Turtle
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