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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Pretend Play

 


2012 Award
Cinderella Happily Ever After Carriage
(Disney $59.99 Score:)

We believe this comes under the heading of biggest piece of fantasy plastic of the season. That said, we know a lot of girls are going to love it. Cinderella's coach actually has a pumpkin shell that turns to reveal a royal style coach to take her to the ball and her wedding. She wears a white satin gown and looks every inch a princess! Marked 3 & up, we think this is more like a big box gift item for older 4 and 5 year olds.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012.

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2012 Award
Playmobil Sports Action Take along Soccer Set
(Playmobil $59.99 Score:)

There's no real building or assembling of this soccer field. The case opens to a big self-contained playing area with four players and two goalies. You will want to add more players. The goalies cannot kick but can block with a left to right motion. Pull back a leg and load the ball and the players kick the ball down the field. There are a lot of add-ons for this theme. Young soccer players will like the dramatic play of controlling a field of players. This is a play setting that is a lot younger than a foosball table that has a lot more action. The box shows boys, but there is a girls soccer team set as an add-on....of course.  5-8

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Imaginetics Flying High
(International Playthings $11 Score:)

Perfect for your next flight or a pretend trip. This magnetic play setting board opens like a big picture book. It features an air field with hanger, control tower and all kinds of airplanes. With 18 magnetic pieces, this is the kind of setting that is fun to use for telling their own stories.

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

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2012 Award
eeBoo Paper Dolls, A Day in Paris
(Lizzy Rockwell, eeBoo $15 Score:)

O-o-o La La! Two cardboard paper dolls come with sturdy reversible setting---a pastry shop/ cafe and two sheets of stick-on clothing and accessories. The pastry chef comes with work clothes and accessories, as does the customer. Of course, the playfigures are interchangeable and can play different roles. Like all the paper dolls in this charming series, the dolls are multicultural. The art in this set was designed by illustrator, Lizzy Rockwell. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Educo All Season Dollhouse
(HaPe $129.99-189.99 Score:)

Three floors high, this modern six-room wooden dollhouse has 50's style licks of bright colors and is big enough for several children to enjoy together, with easy access from three sides rather than the usual one. It has clever adjustable stairs and even the roof that can be moved and rearranged. The house comes with four rooms of furniture for the family room, kitchen, bathroom and master bedroom. Or you can buy it without furnishings ($129.99) and add rooms and accessories gradually.  The company also makes a Caucasian or African American family that can be added for ($19.99.)

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

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2011 Award
Educo Modern Family
(HaPe $19.99 Score:)

A seven-piece set of dollhouse sized play figures. Dressed in soft fabric clothes and yarn hair, these little figures are bendable and can actually stand on their own feet (not the baby, of course.) There are mom and dad, gram and gramps, brother and sister and baby. Perfect props for dramatic play in doll houses or block props. Sets are available in both African American and Caucasian finish. 

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

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2011 Awards
Kid O Cutting Fruit Learning Fractions
(Kid O $21 Score:)

A small cloth shopping bag comes loaded with an orange that cuts into halves, a pear in thirds, and an apple in quarters. Made of sleek bright plastic, the set includes a special knife that is not sharp, but will cut the sections apart. The pieces are internally magnetized - so there are no safety issues with magnets coming out. These playing pieces are going to be used first and foremost for pretend play. Using a knife is one of those "grown-up" things kids cannot do in reality, so this adds to the play appeal. It is also a hands-on way for kids to explore fractions and give meaning to the concepts of half, thirds, quarters.

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Learning how to handle a knife begins with this kind of safe play. This cut-up fruit set is one of those toys that gives children a chance to try on real tools without the danger of a real blade. It's also a good opportunity to use the language of fractions, giving meaning to the concepts in a concreate way. To extend this experience, use the fraction words when you are making a sandwich and cut it into halves or quarters. Use the word quarters as you cut a slice of cheese in four andplace them on four small crakers. For more practice with knives, have kids use a butter spreader to cut up a banana or to spread jam on crackers. Trying on more grown up skills with safe tools is a satisfying way to build confidence and competence.

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

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2011 Award
Manhattan Toy Boysterous Extreme Sports Zone
(Manhattan Toy $30 Score:)

Unfold this long green soccer field for playing games with the Boysterous sport dolls ($17 each) Flip the mat over and shape it into the slope for skateboard riders to go over. Finally, flip it over again and fill it with the dolls and their sports equipment for safe keeping. So, this is a carrying case and a fun play setting all in one.

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

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eeboo Tell Me a Story Animal Village Cards & Pad
(Illus, by Stephanie Graegin, eeBoo $$10 Score:)

Newest in a wonderful series of story cards and writing pads designed to spark storytelling skills. It's a form of pretending that is totally made up by the story tellers. Use the cards to inspire an original story that you can spin together. Illustrated by Stephanie Graegin, the pictures feature a cast of forest animals who are really "children in fur" doing things that children would do - such as having a party, dancing, riding a bike. For kids who like to dictate stories or write their own, the Write Me a Story Pad ($8) includes a set of stickers featuring the same cast of buy characters. Stick them on the page and let the story begin. Younger children learn a lot by watching you print the words they say. Slightly older kids love being "authors" and writing their own words--with a little help from older sibs or parents.

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

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2011 Award
Calico Critters Caravan Family Camper
(International Playthings $79.99 Score:)

A miniature play setting on wheels, this camper attaches to an old fashioned Convertible Coupe ($49.99) with plastic "wooden" sides. The latter is sold separately as are the Calico Critters. What comes I the reather oversized box is a yellow camper that opens to reveal a bathroom with toilet, shower and sink, a convertible sitting area that turns into a bed and kitchen for chowing down. There are lots of little pieces including a tea kettle, paper rug, cooking tools, sleeping blankets and pillows, lots of other household items plus the hitch for connecting the camper and coupe. If you do not mind lots of miniature plastic pieces, this it the kind of toy that will delight kids who like making up stories and pretending. It will take up less space than a dollhouse and cost less, too. This season's new Calico Critters are a family of four Friesian Cows, all black and white and dressed for the farm or a family of Yellow Labrador dogs. Marked 3 & up, the small pieces here may be a challenge for very young 3's and need to be stored out of the reach of younger sibs. 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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