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Product Type: Toys
Age: Infants
Categories: The Vertical Infant
Subcategories: Floor Toys: Toys for Making Things Happen

 


2014 Award
Kids Preferred Eric Carle Push and Spin Popper Toy
(Kids Preferred $29.99 Score:)

A classic push and spin toy for sitting up babies. Truly easy-to-activate, baby simply pushes on the big red knob to make the colorful balls inside the dome spin and rattle. The colorful dots on the center-post, borrowed from the end pages of an Eric Carle book, also blur into bands of color. Babies are empowered with a sense of being able to make things happen. A hands-on way to learn about cause and effect.

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

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2013 Awards
Alex Round the Farm
(Alex $43.99 Score:)

An update of a 2008 Platinum Award winner, this soft fabric ball has new faces, textures and sounds. There are four different animal faces, each with its own set of ears that protrude from the ball and have a sound effect appropriate for the related animal. (The frog ribbits, the cat meows, the cow moos, and the dog woofs.) There is also a small finger hole that baby testers thought was great fun. However, the toy was $24.99 in 2008. Hard to know why it is now almost twice the price. 6 months & up.

SNAP: A fun toy to motivate crawling and for developing language.
Talk about the eyes, mouth and ears of each animal. Play a singing game to the tune of "If you're happy and you know it...clap your hands...etc." Only this time play it by singing about tap the cow's nose, mouth, ears. Play it with each face of the toy and with your child's own mouth, eyes and ears.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Awards
Infantino Stack, Sort & Ball Drop Elephant
(Infantino $25 Score:)

Sitting up babies will love the fill and spill action of this clever elephant with a shape sorter as well as a ball drop. Put the pieces in the big opening at the top or match the shapes on the side and ab-ra-ka-dab-ra they set off music or elephant trumpet as they come rolling out. Or, show baby how to stack the rings o the elephants trunk or press the big button and set the wheel spinning. Best news is the volume control lets you turn the sound down. This well designed activity center is not random as so many electronic toys tend to be. Baby can actually begin to understand that his actions cause reactions - with repetitive lessons of cause and effect babies gain an empowering sense of making things happen.

SNAP  Unlke so many electronic toys, the connection between actions and reactions is clear. Children can actually connect their actions that cause reactions - so repetitive lessons of cause and effect empower the child's sense of making things happen. The actions also involve dexterity and refining fine motor skills.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Awards
Fisher Price Puppy & Friends Learning Table
(Fisher-Price $44.99 Score:)

There are many activities built into this interactive bi-lingual table. Babies can use this on the floor without the legs and it will then grow up for standing up toddlers with the addition of the legs. They can turn the plastic pages of a book, use the buttons on a phone that counts, make music on a small keyboard and hear more than 60 songs and phrases. Babies who are learning to stand and walk will use this to pull up on and to cruise around. Be forewarned, it is not weighted and on some surfaces the table will slide. In fact, some tots may try using it as a push-around toy. Will they learn their numbers or letters with this? Not really. But most babies will start using this before they are really talking and there are more important things to be learned at that stage than letters and numbers. This is one of those toys that plays repeated lessons giving tots hands-on experiences with cause and effect. By using little fingers they gain a sense of power in being able to make so many things happen. Marked 6 months-36 months, we think this will be of most interest to kids a little older than 6 months and younger than 36 months. That said, this is a pretty good activity table.

SNAP: Adaptable for floor or stand up action, this is a versitile toy that invites hands and fingers to make things happen.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Awards
LeapFrog Peek-A-Shoe Talking Octopus
(LeapFrog $30 Score:)

Ever thought of playing three card Monty with your baby? Well, that's sort of what the Peek-a-Shoe Talking Octopus does. It comes with four balls that slide down one of two chutes and asks baby to find where the ball has landed. Is it behind the red shoe, the blue shoe, or the green, orange, or yellow shoe? Baby lifts a shoe and the octopus reinforces the color name of the shoe lifted. There is also a  number mode and the shoes are marked with the numerals from 1-5. This is more of a toodler toy in the concept department, however, for kids young enough for this peek-a-boo toy, we'd say the cause and effect action will be rewarding.  Number recognition and color words are not top priority for the sitting-up baby who will chiefly like the repetition and peek-a-boo fun. With time, the simple color and counting concepts will interest toddlers as they grow into the next level. 9-36 months.

SNAP: A useful toy for reinforcing color names and numerals. There is no real counting involved here, but you can do that with this little game: Tell your child no peeking. Now, put a treat such as a cracker or small pretzel under the shoe with a three on it. Say to the child: Listen. I will clap to tell you where the treat is. Now you clap three times. Does the child lift shoe 3? Make a fuss if the child opens the 3 shoe and gets the treat. If need be, repeat the clapping and have the child count out loud as you do so.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Awards
Sassy Wonder Wheel
(Sassy $8.99 Score:)

This has become our new favorite highchair toy!  The wonder wheel moves with ease when your sitting up baby or toddler touches it.  Our testers loved putting it in motion and watching the little beads inside cascade.  The beads are safely enclosed and make a pleasing (but not overly loud or annoying sound) as they spin.  A perfect example of a toy being right on the mark in terms of developmental appropriateness and design without a lot of costly and unnecessary bells and whistles!  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: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Awards
Sassy Hello Baby! Phone
(Sassy $5 Score:)

Shaped like a telephone handset, the bright blue and orange handle has textured ridges that are interesting to see, touch and eventually taste. The end-pieces of the rattle have red rings and high contrast black and white bulls-eye on one end and beads that rattle in a mirrored dome on the other end. It has a quiet amount of sound so it will not startle a very young baby. It is bigger than some other phone rattles and may be a better choice for slightly older children.

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

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

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2009 Award
Stack 'n Surprise Blocks Blockity-Pop Caterpillar
(Fisher-Price $12.99 Score:)

A small addition to the Stack 'n Surprise Blocks line, this jolly little Caterpillar has a happy yellow face and two segments on its back to load on the pop-up blocks. Push the blocks and the go "boing!"  In the same line, look for the Dump Truck, Count 'n Build Snail Pail, and Stack 'n Surprise Blocks Songs 'n Smiles Sillytown. They say 6-36 months. We'd say more like 9 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: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Infantino Drop & Slide Caterpillar
(Step 2 $35 Score:)

Drop the colorful balls into the chute and they slip down the ball run on this big caterpillar. Its feelers light up as the balls set off jolly sounds and music. Yes, there is a volume control or even a sounds-off option that is set when you put the batteries in to power up the toy with 3 AA batteries. For variation on the ball run, a little ;train-like" toy also slides down the run or put it on the back of the caterpillar and watch it go. This action moves fast, is uncomplicated, and gives children a powerful sense of making things happen. Most of all, toddlers love the repetitive action. A perfect 1st birthday gift!

Note: The company has just informed us that this will now be a Target exclusive and marketed under their own brand CIRCO.

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: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Manhattan Toy Whoozit Whoohoo
(Manhattan Toy $17 Score:)

This looks a lot like earlier whoozits, only the shape of this one is square-ish. Hang this on the stroller for gazing. The stitched features and dangly legs and arms are sure to attract attention. Sitting up babies will enjoy exploring the textures of the other shapes attached to the whoohoo's body.

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

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

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