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Product Type: Toys
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Music

 

 
2015 Awards
Vtech Baby Lil' Critters Soothing Starlight Hippo
(V-Tech $24 Score:)

Our tester loved the multiple ways this baby toy works. It can light up the nursery ceiling with tiny stars and rocket ships. It has soothing nature sounds, a voice sensor that will play when baby cries, and dozens of songs and nursery rhymes. There is a timer and volume control. This does require 2AA batteries. It's not really designed for baby to handle, but it has fabric head, legs and tail with a hard plastic body where all the controls are for you to set. Older kids are going to want to make things happen themselves. For starters, it's a good diversion that just might sooth your wide awake baby and lull him to sleep. Newborns & up

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Educational Insights Magic Moves Rainbow Jam
(Educational Insights $21.99 Score:)

A totally innovative musical instrument that reinforces color concepts as well as pre-reading skills. Shaped like a hand held microphone, the tip of the Rainbow Jam is pressed down to activate sounds. Players follow the color coded music from left to right to play Wheels on the Bus, Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Twinkle Twinkle, and Mary Had a Little Lamb or go online to down load more music sheets that will need to be colored in with markers (that might be the best bit of fun!). In an alternate mode, players can pick one color and the Rainbow Jam will play a color song that sings as the featured color blinks on top of the toy. This is marked for 3 and up, but we suspect this will be a bigger hit with slightly older kids who can follow the sequence, color in more music, and even love making their own tune. 3-6

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
Alilo G6 Cute Rabbit Player Children's English Song & Story Player Machine
(Alilo $59.99 Score:)

An awesome bunny (available in pink or blue, that is a combination night light, music player, story teller, recorder and customizable player that you can start using with infants and well beyond. The pre-recorded music, both songs an just instrumental, is pleasant and not the typical tinny electronic stuff. Push the light switch and bunny's ears light up and change color slowly and without big brightness. It comes with 20 nursery rhymes and stories that preschoolers will enjoy and you can customize it and add your own stories and music. The plastic body is made tough and the battery is rechargable. You can lock the settings and oh, yes, the volume control(built into the tail) is easy to adjust and has some real range, not just high and low. It comes loaded with a micro SD card slot and mini USB port to update content. One of the most innovative toys we received late this holiday season. Marked 12 months and up, though we think the music on a table in an infants's room would be fine. It's not a toy you would give a 12 month old to handle either. For the very young, this is a listening or watching toy. Preschoolers are the ones who will want to learn how to push the buttons.

SNAP: A night light, music player, story teller, this is a gift that will be enjoyed by children from infants to well beyond preschoolers. Best of all you can record storeis, and music of your own choice to the extensive library.

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
Plan Toys Musical Set
(Plan Toys $50 Score:)

Beautifully crafted on a curve of smooth wood, this set includes xylophone, cymbal and guiro. It also comes with color-coded music for older preschoolers who may be able to follow the sequence from left to right. The sound is muted, which may be welcome in a small apartment and a welcome change from the often over the top sound of electronic musical toys. We know some parents and kids want their toys to be louder than this while others are happy to find something muted. This ia pricey toy, so try before you buy to be sure it suits you. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Hape Rock and Rhythm Band
(Hape $50 Score:)


A few steps before a full drum trap set, yet a step beyond plastic toddler instruments, this has everything young percussionists will love. Unlike so may kiddie drum sets, this has a clean sound. This is not to say it is a quiet instrument you are bringing home. You'll need time and a screwdriver (plus the Alan wrench that comes with the toy) to assemble the wooden frame. Happily, there's a built in holder for drumsticks so they won't go lost. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
Eric Carle Musical Instrument Set
(Kids Preferred $30 Score:)

Designed for preschoolers, these colorful and mostly wooden instruments are beautifully finished in painterly Eric Carle style. You can buy a set or buy them individually. They not only look nice, they sound nice, too. All too often toy instruments are shrill and intrusive. These are not loud and have a pretty nice sound quality—mostly for keeping a beat. These are fun to use with a group of kids, but also fun for playing along to music at home. Obviously the harmonica and recorder, are the most difficult of the available choices. 3 & up.

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

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2014 Awards
Eric Carle Wood Clacker
(Kids Preferred $8 Score:)

Just shake the clacker and it taps out the beat. A bright green handle with yellow clackers on top. There's a Very Hungry Caterpillar on one side and a beautiful butterfly on the other. Makes a nice gift to go along with some music to march or dance to. Also a perfect fit for a holiday stocking gift or one of many nights of Hanukkah or Kwanza.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Awards
Eric Carle Wood Castanet Set
(Kids Preferred $7 Score:)

A pair of painted castanets will fit in small hands as they keep the beat to any music you play. There's an image of the Very Hungry Caterpillar on one and a colorful Ladybug on the other. Makes a nice gift to go along with some music to march or dance to. Also a perfect fit for a holiday stocking gift or one of many nights of Hanukkah or Kwanza.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Award
Eric Carle Wood Harmonica
(Kids Preferred $10 Score:)

A wooden harmonica painted with the Very Hungry Caterpillar on one side and an I love Music message on the other. Sandwiched between both is a plastic sound bar and a lot of notes that kids will like to try out. This is not easy to play, but preschoolers can easily play to the rhythm if not the right notes. Makes a nice gift to go along with some music to march or dance to. Also a perfect fit for a holiday stocking gift or one of many nights of Hanukkah or Kwanza.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Awards
Eric Carle Wood Maracca – Caterpillar
(Kids Preferred $8 Score:)

These are the quietest maracas we have ever heard...which may be a real plus in the noisy world we live in. Shaped like a small barbell these are painted with the Hungry Caterpillar or the Ladybug. Take your choice or bring home both. Makes a nice gift to go along with some music to march or dance to. Also a perfect fit for a holiday stocking gift or one of many nights of Hanukkah or Kwanza.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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