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

 


2011 Award
Little Tikes Spiralin' Seas Waterpark
(Little Tikes $49.99 Score:)

A fun new water table for the older toddler/preschool set that is chockful of interesting things to do. The center post has a spiraling ball drop that's see thru so that you can watch the ball move downward and come out the bottom. There's a water wheel and, our favorite,  a ferris wheel for the balls. Comes with a a little fish that squirts water and cup for filling and dumping. The table has a veryeasy to access drainage  hole - important since you do not want to leave water in this table with toddlers afoot. Be sure to drain and supervise the use of this and any other toy that has water involved.

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

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Disney Pixar Cars 2 Bubble Maker
(Fisher-Price $32.99 Score:)

Fans of Cars2 will want this large Mater Bubble Blower when they see it in the store. Unfortunately, we found that the bubble blowing aspect of this toy doesn't work as well as we had hoped. You have to push pretty hard to get some bubbles to come out the side of Mater. While we applaud the battery-free aspect of this toy, it would have been more pleasing if the bubbles came out of the top and were more plentiful. Our parent testers also did not like that the bubble solution drips easily out the side of the toy when you pick it up ("solution is really sticky when it pours down your leg!"). 

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

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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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Crayola Washable Colored Bubbles
(Crayola $2.99 Score:)

As much as we wanted to love these bubbles, they had some serious problems. They come with a whole host of warnings about what not to get them on. Yes, they are designed for outdoors--but even then, you have to be super careful not to get them on your decking, your outdoor furniture, etc.  Too many rules in our book.  More important, they just don't float the same way regular bubbles do. The "color" makes them heavier. Sadly, we'd recommend passing.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2011.

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2010 Awards
Rubbabu Funky Ball Assortment
(Rubbabu $6 Score:)

These balls come in many colors and interesting shapes. Some like the Crater ball has finger holds while the Bubble ball has bumps. You might also like the Fashion balls with swirling indents that make them easier to grasp. Or look for the ones with alphabet letters, geometric shapes, or numerals molded into their surfaces. These come in many primary bold colors and they are rubbery with soft flocking. Babies will like them for roly poly social games; toddlers will like chasing them and they are soft enough so that preschoolers will like bouncing and trying to catch them. They are the size of a softball and make a nice impulse toy that leads to active play. All ages.
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, Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Little Tikes Pirate Water Table
(Little Tikes $99 Score:)

We just received a terrific review of this outdoor toy. It's like a water table with a theme that is bound to appeal to kids who like playing pirates. Before we get to the raves, let us say up front, you need a power drill to put this together. Apparently, this was not a problem to our test family...their mom wrote: "Putting together the water table was a breeze! There are only 10 screws -  took me about 15 minutes total to put together (reading instructions included). The only part that was tough was the stopper. I couldn't get it through the hole. My husband had a hard time, but did get it through! My boys loved it! My three year old just kept saying "this is so cool!"  The fountain in the middle was a big hit! I also like that the pump automatically shuts off after a couple minutes--The button is very easy to operate on the pump! Both my 23 month old and 3 and half year old had no trouble with it! They loved all of the characters that came with it and enjoyed putting them in the boats and having them go down the slide. It has kept them entertained for about an hour straight each time, and they don't want to come in when it's time. It's a great toy for them to just explore and use their imaginations without any parent involvement. They enjoyed just standing there and doing their own thing. (Which is very nice!) It was also a good cause/effect lesson with the water fountain. My older child wanted to know what made the things spin on the sides. I always like the unexpected teachable moments! The only negative I had was the water gun part. The button was very hard to push for my kids. They don't yet have the motor skills to support it underneath with one finger and push the button with the other. They would just end up pushing on it and popping it out of place. Eventually, it just got ignored with all of the other fun things to play with on the table. Clean-up was very easy! Just pop the plug out and empty! Overall, this toy was a big hit at our house!" Sounds like a winner to us. 24 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: Toddlers, Preschool. 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
Haba Shopping Cart Caddy
(Haba $125 Score:)

For pretend play that is not gender specific, this birch wood cart is ideal. It is made of beautiful birch wood and has blue tires with rubber treads that roll with ease. The cart itself is fitted out with a place for a doll or teddy bear and plenty of room for the groceries. It's beautifully balanced, so that even a younger toddler who pushes it about will not have it tip. That said, the company says this is for kids 3 & up.  The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

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

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