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Product Type: Toys
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Active Physical Play
Subcategories: Ride-Ons and Ride-Ins

 


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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2012 Award
MegaBloks CAT 3-In-1 Ride-on
(Mega Bloks $49.99 Score:)

Finding a low-to-the-ground ride-on that actually steers but doesn't tip over is not so easy. At last, we have good news! This yellow construction truck is a combo fun for beginning walkers it can be used as a push toy and for foot to the ground riding. Sound buttons on the steering wheel will make a hit with toddlers and happily for adults, it has a volume control. It also comes with a detachable toolbox for beginning pretend play-for the older tots. The seat is more comfy than the company's earlier ride-on dump truck. This is really basic gear for active play and building big muscles. They say 1 & up. We say this is best for toddlers who are steady on their feet, which is often a little later.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2002 Award
Red Tricycle
(Radio Flyer $54 Score:) You probably had one of these! A classic little red metal trike with rubber tires with treads and a jingle bell. Available in 10" or 12". This year's "Retro" (***) trike has a seat that's higher over the front wheel. That makes it easier to pedal but more tippable, too. We suggest this only for bigger and older preschoolers. (800) 621-7613.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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2004 Award
Scream Machine Jr.
(Razor $99 Score:) Remember your classic Big Wheels? Here’s the updated version of that low-to-the-ground pedal toy. This year’s new junior model is smaller, but just as much fun as last year’s gleaming chrome version. We’d add a flag so vehicles can see riders low to the ground! 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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Kettrike Happy
(Kettler $119.99 Score:) This gender-proof primary-colored line of trikes comes with a push bar you can control the trike like a stroller. This line tends to run small and fit younger, smaller preschoolers. Our recommendation with all bikes is to take your child and try them out first.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: .

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2006 Award
Scrambler Pedal Coupe
(Step 2 $70 Score:) Our testers really enjoyed this innovative little front-wheel-drive pedal car that has “center-pivot” steering in the handles on either side of the gender-free red vehicle. Kids use both arm and leg power. 21⁄2 & up. New for 2006, Zip & Zoom Pedal Car ($70), has a similar mechanism but with a more open design and will fit bigger kids. But first reports indicate the wheels did not have as much grip-or maybe the bigger passenger was too heavy. Test ride this one! (800) 347-8372.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Awards
PlasmaCar
(PlaSmart $69.95 Score:) Our testers from ages 4 to 12 could not get enough of this new ride-on that according to the manufacturer runs on “inertia, centrifugal force, and friction.” Sounds like a lot of serious scientific principles - but this is sheer fun rolled up in one zippy vehicle! There are no pedals, or batteries needed. Rotate the steering wheel and you’re off on any smooth surface. This was tested indoors in a room with the furniture moved out of the way for clear sailing. Your feet are your brakes and this will support riders up to 220 pounds on a smooth, even surface and 120 pounds on an uneven, rough surface. One mom suggested the manufacturer should add bumpers to the front and back to protect the walls. That said- it’s the new favorite toy in their neighborhood. 4 & up. (877) 289-0730.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2005 Award
Kiddo Supertrike
(Kettler $80 Score:) This gender-proof primary-colored trike has a stroller bar and high back bucket seat (seat belt available), storage bin, and air-filled tires. Well built, this has an adjustable four-position frame for growth. Kettler trikes tend to run small and fit younger preschoolers only. (757) 427-2400.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2006 Award
Angel Fish Rocker
(Step 2 $40 Score:) Reintroduced, this all-plastic fish has been an old favorite for toddlers. The seat is narrow and pretty easy to mount. Can be used indoors or out. But a warning: supervision is needed as rapid rocking can lead to spills. This is bigger than your average rocker and has been known to tip. (800) 347-8372.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Fold 2 Go XL Trike
(Radio Flyer $60 Score:) Our tall four-year-old tester had trouble with her long legs on other trikes. According to her mom, “The minute I put her on this one, she took off. This one is easy for her to steer and pedal, it’s stable because of the wide base at the back, and it folds up nicely . . . the best one yet!” She did note that the parent push bar was not as sturdy as the one on their Ultimate Family Trike ($80 ) but her daughter found this one easier to ride! Also new for , the Twist Trike ($60 ) You can twist the body of this trike from trike to low-to-the-ground “chopper.” Our tester enjoyed the dual mode of the trike, although her mom noted that the turning radius wasn’t as good as other Radio Flyer trikes. (800) 621-7613.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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