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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Active Physical Play

 


2011 Award
eeBoo Sidewalk Games
(eeBoo $8.50 Score:)

If you want to introduce another generation to sidewalk games you probably played as a kid, this is a good choice. Inside a small box are four pieces of thick sidewalk chalk, a gold token and a small booklet with rules and pictures of how to draw and play a variety of hopscotch games. Once learned, these active games build social skills as well as physical coordination. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2011.

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2011 Awards
Pacific Play Tents Very Hungry Caterpillar Tunnel
(Pacific Play Tents $49.95 Score:)

Our preschool testers enjoyed going through this six foot tunnel. Some of our parents thought that the joints could have been more padded--but our kid testers didn't seem to mind. This tunnel works with the company's tents in their Eric Carle Very Hungry Caterpillar series.  The tunnel has a mesh top so that you can watch your child work their way through -- also a plus for a younger child who may otherwise be tentative about going through a solid enclosed tunnel.  We also liked how easily the tunnel folds up  -- making this a great choice for smaller play spaces.

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

SNAP: This is a good choice for developing gross motor skills. It's a real challenge but offers an open mesh view that makes it more kid friendly.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Awards
Twist & Turn Ring Toss
(International Playthings $29.99 Score:)

In every sense, this is a ring toss game with several new twists. First of all the posts turn at two different speeds when the switch is on. They also move to two different musical tunes. Best of all the set-up can be varied. You can arrange the posts in a straight line or as they are pictured here in a more traditional configuration. For those who prefer, the sound can be turned off and the posts will not move. A fun active toy for indoor play. 3 & up, up, up.

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

SNAP: Getting kids involved in active play will be a lot easier with this fresh looking game. Use this game for score keeping if your child is working on numbers or turn taking if that is an issue.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Diggin PopOut Ring Toss
(Diggin $19.99 Score:)

One of new line of active games from Diggin that are designed for easy take along and storage. The game comes in a red sack with a drawstring, a pop-out playmat, three blue post  that attach to the mat with Velcro, and three foam red rings ready to be tossed.Very clever.  In our view the most satisfying of the line (there is also a bowling set, bean toss and horseshoes). Marked 3 & up, but will be enjoyed by the five year old set as well! The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements.    We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Twister Hoopla
(Hasbro $22 Score:)

Our test family found this game "Awesome!" It's an all new "twist" on Twister. This is played with a color spinner and instead of a mat, players use colored hoops that connect with varying body parts. There are five different variations of the game. Some involve tossing the hoops and catching them where they belong, others are more direct. However you choose to play, get ready for laughter, action and loads of fun. This is a great outdoor game and can be enjoyed by multi-age groups, including parents. Warning: this is not for kids under three since it contains a small ball, balloons, and other small parts that might be choking hazards.  6 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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Double Play All In One Sports Trainer
(Step 2 $99 Score:)

We wanted to love this inflatable sports center and so did our testers. We liked the idea of having a multiple sports center that wasn't necessarily a permanent fixture in your backyard.  There's just something fun about inflatable backyard toys.  We sent the product to a family with two kids (boys, 5 and 3) and will they enjoyed the novelty of the product - that gives you a place to shoot the basketball (into the 7' high hoop), a hockey and soccer net, as well as targets for practicing your baseball and football throws- their folks had problems with getting the toy to fully inflate.  (They used their own more powerful airblower but still it did not inflate fully or firmly enough to hold the center portion of the toy up in a strong wind). So when the boys went to shoot the basketball, the rim would just collapse...so that experience was frustrating.  The toy comes with a soccer ball, basketball,  stakes for securing the toy and a blower. The air blower can not be used to blow up the balls that come with the toy. So while we love the concept of this toy, we think the design needs some more tweaking.

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

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2010 Award
Alex Hopscotch Rug
(ALEX $39.99 Score:)

Use this cloth hopscotch rug indoors our out for active hopping good fun. It is colorful and ready for rain or shine active play. They say it's for 3 & up. We'd say more like five and up, up, up.

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

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Little Tikes Easy Score Kick Croquet
(Little Tikes $19.99 Score:)

A fun twist on the the classic game of croquet, that's just right for preschoolers. Instead of using mallets to hit the ball, this colorful set comes with two small inflatable kickballs. The wickets stick into the ground with retractable stakes (made of plastic). Comes with an air pump for the two kickballs.

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

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

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2010 Award
Maui Skyball Slammer
(Maui Toys $14.95 Score:)

The ball promises to bounce 75 feet in the air. We wish we had videotaped our testers (of all ages) working on getting their balls to bounce the highest! The company's new Slammer set comes with a suction cup - so you can have fun catching the ball.

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

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

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2010 Award
Optrix 3-D Bubbles
(Imperial Toy Company $7.99 & up Score:)

Just when you think you have seen everything--get ready for a brand new bubble extravaganza! Put the 3D glasses on, dip the wand into the bubble solution and "It's Magic!" Bubbles with star-like rays float on the wind. They shimmer in the light with a prism of colors. You have to see them to believe them. You can buy stars, lightening bolts, butterflies, or hearts. Simply amazing! But if you only have one set you have to share the glasses.  The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements.  We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

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

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