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Product Type: Toys
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Vehicles

 


2014 Award
Hot Wheels Spin King
(Toy State $14.99 Score:)

A showy present, this blue racer is not only motorized to rev up and roll, it lights up and even plays some music. A great novelty toy that is sure to please any 3 & up on your list. May not go the distance and requires three AA batteries, but if you shop you will find it for even less than the sticker price and appreciate it for the short term novelty fun it provides.

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

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2014 Awards
Melissa & Doug Mega Race Car Carrier
(Melissa & Doug $29.99 Score:)

Hours of play possibilities will take off with this wonderful wooden car carrier that is loaded with six race cars. The blue truck cab attaches to the two-level carrier that opens into one long rampway. There are grooves on the carrier to hold the vehicles in place. Kids will like loading and unloading the race cars and having races with the vehicles. Want to add some math? The vehicles are numbered, so load them up from 1-6. This is one of those toys that will be used with blocks or solo. 3 & up

SNAP GAME: A playful way to reinforce colors and counting, recognizing numerals, putting things in number order. Play a what's missing game: Line up three cars in numerical order with one car missing. Can your player name the missing car? Find the missing car?

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

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2014 Award
Disney Planes Fire Rescue Attack Launcher
(Disney $19.99 Score:)

Ready, aim, fire! Three light-weight foam planes can be launched 15 feet with this squeeze trigger toy. It has lights and sound when the red tab on back of the launcher is pulled back. Aside from pulling the trigger, this is a toy that will get them up and running about to pick up the planes when they land. Not exactly big physical play, but more active than most. They say 3 & up, we'd say more like older 4's and up and those that have the judgment not to aim it at your favorite vase. Itís not like a dart or heavy projectile, but although the planes are lightweight, this is a toy that will need supervision.

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

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2014 Awards
Little Tikes Touch N Go Racers
(Little Tikes $12.95 Score:)

Choose one of the five Touch n Go Racers; a black and white police car, a green hatch back, a red truck or a blue or grey racer. All have buttons that start the engine, rev it up, honk the horn and a GO button that sends it zooming. Bring home two and have your own races. This is small, very special, but affordable toy that will get lots of action.

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

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2014 Award
Thomas & Friends Lumber Yard Waterfall Adventure
(Fisher-Price $139.99 Score:)

Thomas and Friends picks up a log and brings it the Sodor Lumber Yard to be cut into lumber. A magnetized crane lifts the log. As the train travels across the top of the track it activates the log cutter and the lumber run down the waterfall. Cleverly designed, the falling lumber is attached so the pieces cannot go lost. This wooden train set is from the new online Thomas & Friends collection. Although this is a self contained set up you can incorporate other tracks and accessories to enlarge and vary the play. We preferred this to the bolder set. The magnetized log is not for children who still mouth their toys. For more Thomas & Friends accessories that we have written about in the past and more elaborate sets you might want to visit the thomaswoodenrailway.com site.  3 & up.

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

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2014 Award
Hape Magnetic Bullet Train
(Hape $9.99 Score:)

Have tracks? Add a sleek high-speed wooden train for the most up-to-date look. Adding new trains and props brings new life and interest to old train sets. This little train set is a neat stocking stuffer, won't-break-the-bank birthday present, or perfect for a one night of Hanukkah gift. Made of wood and painted white with blue and red trim, the four piece set is compatible with almost all wooden train tracks, so it is a good mix and match addition. Also from the same company, a four-piece set with red engine, and three other cars: an orange passenger car, a green freight car and a blue tanker.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Award
Thomas & Friends Track Master, Avalanche Escape Set
(Fisher-Price $65 Score:)

Getting this 6-foot long roadway built is going to be an adult project that kids can help you do. Once the set-up is made, Thomas is in for quite a ride over the mountaintop track. As he climbs the steep incline he literally has to fly across the huge gap in the tracks. As he zooms down the mountain he goes over a rickety ridge that has collapsing guardrails and then into a cave. This set comes with track adaptors so that more track can be added to make this a part of a larger set-up. As a stand alone, it is a pretty closed system that does the same trick again and again. Yes, it is novel and a wow-ee kind of show the first few times. We think it may lose some appeal after the tricks become old hat. We strongly suggest additional tracks to make this a more viable play experience. For more Thomas & Friends tracks and accessories that we have written about in the past and more elaborate sets you might want to visit the thomaswoodenrailway.com site.  3-6

 

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

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2014 Award
Kidzoozie Push n Zoom Vehicle
(International Playthings $14.99 Score:)

Push the driver down and see how the cement mixer truck zooms along while the cement mixer spins. For kids who are into construction trucks there is also a steam shovel truck with a shovel that moves when the driver is pushed down. These make nice props for pretend play for older toddlers. The push action on the construction worker takes some muscle power so this may work best for slightly older kids than the 18 month old label suggests.

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

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2014 Awards
Shake n Go Dune Racer
(Fisher-Price $14 Score:)

Shake the four-wheel drive vehicle to make the engine roar and let it go! It not only rolls, it climbs over obstacles and up small hills. There is a yellow mudder truck, and a red hot rod racer truck. They all take two AA batteries. For the money, this is a showy little vehicle that could also knock down some blocks as it runs obstacle courses that kids love to create. Bring home two and they can have a race. These come with a warning to keep the spinning wheels away from hair. 3-7

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

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2014 Awards
Janod Story Safari Train
(Janod $14.99 Score:)


A great little train with wooden animals to add to their train collection. Adding props from time to time and new trains makes using the original train set new again. This one has four cars and two animals. A charming little addition. 3 & up

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

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