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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Active Physical Play
Subcategories: Balls and Sports Equipment

 

 
2014 Awards
Swimways Light-up Beach Ball
(Hearthsong $12.98 Score:)

This is not your mother's beach ball--not yours either. I's a big 20" red, white and blue ball that glows from a strong LED, flashes streaks of red, blue, and green whenever it is tossed, caught or bounced. Fun for swim parties after sunset or a game of catch or beach ball volleyball. You get two balls with batteries and impact-activated LEDs inside. Marked 3 & up, but really this is a ball that will be enjoyed by older kids, teens and even adults. You'll find this on hearthsong.com.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Awards
Poof 7.5 Foam Soccer Ball
(Poof $10.99 Score:)

Soft and safe soccer ball for beginners who are just developing their eye-foot coordination. This 7.5 inch ball is made of soft foam with a colorful outer shell. Since it is soft, it will likely get nicked, but better that than black and blue bruises on the young player. It comes in a variety of colors and will be especially popular as coverage of the World Cup fills the sports scene this summer. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
POOF 9.5-Inch Foam Football
(Poof $10.99 Score:)

Soft and safe enough for beginners who are developing their catching and throwing skills. This multicolored ball is kid-friendly with a soft foam exterior that makes it safe enough to use outside and indoors (in rooms without breakables that may get knocked over—even with a foam ball). 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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1998 Awards
Fun Gripper Balls
(Saturnian $9.95 Score:) Designed for beginners, these balls are covered with nylon and no slip grips. There's a lightweight bat and baseball, football, soccer, or volleyball. These are a good choice since they are lightweight and non-threatening to inexperienced players. 4 & up. SNAP INFO: Getting the hang on catching and throwing can be tough. These nylon fabric covered balls can be a help with their nonslip grips. There's a lightweight bat and baseball, football, soccer, or volleyball. These are a good choice since they are lightweight and non-threatening to inexperienced players. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1998.

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Award
Grow to Pro Golf Set
(Fisher-Price $19.99 Score:) If playing golf is big in your family, your preschooler will no doubt want to try it, too. Here's the perfect set to start-comes in new colors with two clubs, and a rolling case that also holds and dispenses the golf balls.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: .

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2003 Award
Franklin Hopping Sports Balls
(Franklin $14.99 Score:) Our testers liked the sports theme of these classic 18" ball hoppers. Comes either as a basketball, baseball or soccer ball. Parents also liked the fact that they comes with their own air pump. Activity Tip: Use these hopping balls for races across the lawn but be sure to give everyone a prize for playing.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2007 Award
Par 3 Mini Golf Set
(Step 2 $39.99 Score:) Arrange the 21 piece set into a custom made 3 hole course. Pieces snap together easily and each “green” has a hole in one. Can be used indoors and out. Comes with two putter, two balls, three flags, a clown's mouth, windmill, and spinner. They say 2 & up, we'd say more like 3 & up. Our testers found that the first hole was very easy to do (and satisfying). The next two holes take more practice (and more shots)...which is fine with most kids and frustrating to those who feel that they should golf like Tiger already!

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2008 Award
ESPN Better Batter Baseball
(Fisher-Price $69.95 Score:) We had mixed reviews about this batting toy. All of our testers loved that the each time the ball is loaded, it plays music from ESPN and says encouraging baseball phrases. We agree, that part is really fun. In order to start the ball loading, you push (with your bat) or step on the red target on the "plate". That was also fun and easy to do. Here's where there was a source of disagreement. The ball is suspended (in the zone) by an arm that has Velcro on it. The ball sticks to the Velcro. For some of our testers hitting it off the Velcro was not a problem. Even some of our hard swinging 3 year olds could do. Others (including some grown ups) had great difficulty getting the ball off the Velcro. For this group, it was necessary to pull the ball of and then re-attach it. Once reattached (but not on as tightly) this group could now also hit the ball. We also found that if you hit out and down, it is easier to get the ball off the suspended arm. For some, a simple t-ball will do the trick. If your child is not a slugger, this may be the way to go. Our best advice, try your neighbor's before you invest in this one. It is much more expensive than a simple t-ball.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
HearthSong Great Big Outdoor Playball
(HearthSong $59.98 Score:) When they say BIG, they really mean it. This ball is 52" in diameter! We highly recommend that you buy the electric pump they sell ($29.98) if you don't already have a pump. Each chamber of the blue and green ball must be inflated separately. The ball will be enjoyed by early school aged kids. EDITORS NOTE: Because the ball has two openings that a child can climb into (it was the first thing everyone wanted to do)--this toy requires complete supervision. The company has submitted our safety verification form. Note, we did not test this independently in a lab.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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