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Product Type: Toys
Age: Toddlers
Categories: Manipulatives
Subcategories: Stacking, Nesting, and Shape-sorter Toys

 

 
2014 Awards
Janod Shapes Quiz
(Janod $30 Score:)

More than just another shape sorter, this wooden quiz game can be rolled like a big rattle or used with younger children for simple fill and dump games. Cleverly designed there are just three shape cut outs on each side, so you can introduce shape sorting without overwhelming. Once they learn the mechanics of fitting a shape into the corresponding slot, add the other three pieces on the reverse side.
To help kids learn to match shape to slot, talk about the color of the pieces and the color coded rims of the slots. Marked for 18 months & up but we think 2's and up will like this more.

SNAP: Use just three shapes to begin for naming and knowing and filling and dumping. Unlike so many shape sorters, this does not look babyish and can be used with less frustration since it does not present an oerwhelming number of shapes.

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

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2014 Awards
Earlyears Click n Spin Blocks
(International Playthings $19.99 Score:)

Each of the four plastic blocks has moving activities as well as sounds and textures. Tots can use their fingers to make things click and spin or use a whole hand to bop the peek-a-boo characters that activate other motions. They also stack one into another, though this is apt to be too challenging for your beginner. For now you do the stacking and let baby enjoy knocking them down as they go kaboom. 12 months & up.

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

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2010 Award
Green Toys My First Stacker
(Green Toys $13.99 Score:)

A lovely set of stackers that are made from recycled milk jugs, contain no BPA, Phthaltes or pvc...and if you want to feel even better the product is made in the USA. But what we really like about them is that they are a great toy to explore with your older baby or toddler.  While you can stack them in "order", you don't have to- a nice feature.  Each cup has two small holes for safety purposes - so that your child can not create a suction over his face.  Even with the holes this is a fun set to bring into the bathtub.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Schylling ABC Nesting Cubes
(Schylling $16.99 Score:)

Grandparents will love the look of this retro set of stacking and nesting blocks with old graphics that look like treasures that came out of the attic. There are objects to count as well as letter names and objects to recognize. The cardboard blocks are good for language skills as well as math and phonics. But for beginners, fitting them in size order will be challenge enough. In fact for true beginners, knocking them over after you help stack them up will be the most fun. In other words this is a toy that can grow with them as various skills develop. 18 months & up.


The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Lauri Tall-Stacker Mighty Monkey Peg & Pegboard Set
(Lauri $20 Score:)

A crepe rubber pegboard comes with 25 mighty monkeys to stack, balance and count. They are fun as a manipulative toy for older toddlers to stack and balance. How high a stack can you make? How wide can you make them? Use them for naming colors, making patterns and for developing fine motor skills. The set comes with an activity guide that includes ideas for color matching, counting, and early math. However, start your toddler with this set as an open-ended toy that can be used in multiple ways. Toddlers will simply like having so many pieces to fill and spill out of the box or to line up or stack. Save some of the suggested games for older preschoolers. 2 & up.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Tickly Toy Zebra Soft Block Set
(North American Bear Co. $28 Score:)

Three fabric blocks, one with a rattle, another with a crinkle and a 3rd with a squeaker. The faces on each cube have black and white high contrast or bold graphics in cream, red or green and black. There are faces, that always catch baby’s attention as well as interesting patterns. Each block also has black and white plush textured zebra patterns. There is a see through window for putting a photo inside as well as tabs to grab. Stack 'em, knock 'em down and put them on your head. These are good toys for interacting with sitting up babies. 7 months & up.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Awards
eeBoo Wildlife Tot Tower
(eeBoo $22 Score:)

Ten handsome nesting blocks are illustrated with classic looking wildlife creatures and numbers by artist Kevin Hawkes. Knowing and naming all these creatures will be beyond most toddlers and preschoolers who are likely to get this set. Yet, there’s something to be said for stretching the vocabulary beyond the usual farm and zoo animals. We might have found something less esoteric than an ibex, but iguana or inchworm might have been as far out as the very handsome ibex. For starters these will be fun to put in size order and knock them down. This is just one of the many handsome Tot Towers from this maker. 2 & up.
       The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.
 

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2009.

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2009 Awards
Quercetti Interlocking Star Shapes
(International Playthings $12 Score:)

Toddlers like toys with multiple pieces and these six colorful star shapes are challenging for little hands to put together and pull apart. There may be a short learning curve for the putting together action, but these big plastic pieces they have no right and wrong order. These not only help build motor skills, they can help knowing and naming color words and simple counting. 1 & up.
        The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.
 

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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Awards
Lamaze Stacking Rings
(RC2 Learning Curve $19.99 Score:) Made of colorful patterned fabric these rings stack in any order. Classic stacking toys require the ability to see and arrange objects in size order-a skill that most toddlers do not have. Although such toys are often labeled 6 months & up, there's nothing wrong with your child-the problem is with the label! In fact, many pieces are sure to be lost before tots can put them together. Happily, there are more forgiving choices that introduce stacking without the need for size order. These toys are fun for toddlers to explore- just don't expect them to be expert stackers. As you play with your toddler, use color or size words to describe the pieces. Such concepts are learned with greater ease when they are part of everyday experiences. These are more appropriate for 1 & up.

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2001 Awards
Sparkling Symphony Stacker
(Fisher-Price $14.99 Score:) This high-tech stacker has star shaped rings and a post with twinkling lights and sounds as each ring is put on. Push the button on top and it plays a nursery tune. We could have done without the tunes and simply the cause and effect sounds when stars are put on the post. Takes 3 AAs. Classic stacking toys require the ability to see and arrange objects in size order-a skill that most toddlers do not have. Although such toys are often labeled 6 months & up, there's nothing wrong with your child-the problem is with the label! In fact, many pieces are sure to be lost before tots can put them together. Happily, there are more forgiving choices that introduce stacking without the need for size order. These toys are fun for toddlers to explore- just don't expect them to be expert stackers. As you play with your toddler, use color or size words to describe the pieces. Such concepts are learned with greater ease when they are part of everyday experiences. These are more appropriate for 1 & up.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2001.

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