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Product Type: Toys
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Active Physical Play

 


2014 Award
KaZam Balance Bike v2e
(KaZam Bikes $59.95 Score:)


We told you about the classic KaZam balance bike last year and now our tester, who loved the original, likes the newer model even more. Like the original, kids can sit, walk, glide, coast and balance, but this is lighter than the original and has tires that are like the ones of baby strollers. It also has a new and improved frame and ergonomic footrest. Comes in a wide variety of colors.

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

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2014 Award
Plan Toys Croquet
(Plan Toys $39.99 Score:)

For indoors play here's a croquet game with 4 wickets, a final stand, two mallets and four animal wooden balls. They all come in a fabric bag for neat storage. Unlike wickets for outdoor play that are usually poked into the ground, these are cleverly designed with rope and wooden weights that you arrange to curve. You can adjust them high or wide and a little more challenging. Plan Toys also makes a wooden Golf Set for preschoolers. 4 & up.

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

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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
Radio Flyer Cyclone
(Radio Flyer $49.99 Score:)

Our testers loved moving about on this interesting new take on what many of us grew up on, the "big wheel".  Here this low-to-the ground version is made with a steel frame with licks of the signature Radio Flyer red.  Riders make themselves go and turn by turning the two big 16" wheels.  Your feet rest on the frame - so this is all about building upper body strength.  

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

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2014 Awards
The Little Yoga Mat
(The Little Yoga Mat $29.95 Score:)

If your little one would like to be with you while you're doing your yoga, here's a little mat (36" x 14") designed for toddlers and younger preschoolers. Comes in both a SUN and LOTUS design. Material  is biodegradable, recyclable, lead, PVC and allergen free.

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

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2013 Award
Play Like a Pro Basketball Hoop
(Little Tikes $72.99 Score:)

Basic gear for active play! This adjustable hoop (from 4 to 6feet) makes this a great choice for preschoolers and early school aged kids interested in learning how to shoot some hoops!  Light enough to make this a choice for inside or outside play.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Mamas & Papas Bobbin-Rocking Horse
(Mamas and Papas $199 Score:)

An iconic rocking horse done in the softest wide-whale corduroy with a soft ropey mane and tail. Even the saddle is comfy and ready for miles and miles of imaginative play. Designed for preschoolers, not little toddlers, Bobbin' has wooden rockers and measures 29" X 37" X 12". Like all ride-on's from this company, he's been tested with a 110 pound weight. Pricey? Yes, but Bobbin is one of those toys that will go the distance. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
University Games Very Hungry Caterpillar Twirl and Toss Game
(University Games $30 Score:)

Players have the fun of tossing small fabric fruits at the Very Hungry Caterpillar as it turns round and round. The object is to be the first to get all three of the pieces of fruit of one color to stick to the caterpillar. An active game that will keep kids pitching and picking up the mini plush apples, plums, pears and oranges. A decorative looking game that will reinforce color concepts, simple counting, and involves active play.

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
YBIKE GLX Pro Scooter
(YBike $89.99 Score:)

Designed for kids 5 & up, this is the newest of the YBike's "lean and steer" three wheel scooters. It has a super wide reinforced deck for extra stability. It has a lightweight adjustable aluminum handlebar that goes from 28 inches to 32.5, to grow with your child. Also has an easy to use rear brake. Available in black/purple or black/red combos.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Awards
Step Two Easy Turn Coupe
(Step 2 $59.99 Score:)

Our testers spent several happy afternoons driving around in this new kiddie car that runs on foot power. It has a front castor wheel for added maneuver-ability. With a working horn and ignition key there are miles of pretend fun with the Easy Turn Coupe. As an added bonus, it can be used with younger riders that an adult can push along, however, there is no safety belt. There's a removable floorboard to protect little feet when they are being pushed. Also nice, this has a front trunk storage area and cup holders for both child and adult. 1 & up.

 

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

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