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Age: Preschoolers

 

Kid K'nex
(KNEX $14.95 Score:) Our testers wanted to try these up-sized K’nex that look related to Tinkertoys. There are Stretchin’ Monsters, Footed Friends, Lid Kids, and the big Rovin’ Rollers with wheels for building moving vehicles. Our three-year-old testers found them too complicated, but our four-year-old testers loved them. Fitting the pieces together can be challenging and requires finger strength as well as visual discrimination. 4 & up. (800) 543-5639.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: .

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2005 Award
Crocodile Dentist
(Milton Bradley $15.99 Score:) An updated classic, now comes with smoother teeth. Players take turns playing dentist by pushing down on his teeth, but beware—you never know when he’ll decide to chomp down his jaw! If he does, you’re out! Appeals to kids who like the safe scare; others may find it too much like a jack-in-the-box. 4 & up. (888) 836-7025.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Musical Friends and Fairies of the Field
(eeBoo $14 Score:) Musical Friends and Fairies of the Field are beautifully illustrated sturdy cards that kids will love to work on. Marked 3 & up, but will be most enjoyed by 4s. (212) 222-0823. Lacing & Tracing Tools (Lauri $6.99 ) is made of sturdy chipboard punched with holes that kids "sew" with colorful laces. Also recommended, Lace & Link Numbers ($14.99), crepe 4" rubber numerals that reinforce shapes in a tactile way. 4 & up. (800) 451-0520.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Hook, Line & Sprinkler
(Little Tikes $13 Score:) Nemo-esque fish spin around a little starfish. Can be used in a stationary position for younger children. Turn the starfish, and now the sprinkler will spin and shoot water in different directions. Also new but disappointing, the Ultimate Beach Ball Sprinkler ($13 ). Once you hook the ball up to the hose, you can’t really kick it around. Testers gave this a thumbs down. (800) 321-0183.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
2 in 1 Hitting Trainer Hit-a-Way Jr.
(Coop Kids $29.99 Score:) Our baseball players-in-training can work on their swing with the well-designed low-tech hitting machine. The ball is tethered so that you don’t have to run after every hit. Be sure to load the base with water for added stability. (760) 931-5733. For a T-ball that also converts into a battery-operated hitting machine, our testers gave high marks to the new Triple Hit Baseball (Fisher-Price $25). (800) 432-5437.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Super Sounds Soccer
(Fisher-Price $29.99 Score:) Young soccer players will enjoy hitting the inflatable ball into the goal (approximately 2' tall x 31?2' wide). You can adjust the target that yells "goal" when hit! Our experienced builder parent said this was a little tricky to put together. (800) 432-5437.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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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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2005 Award
Play-Doh Fuzzy Friends Farm
(Hasbro $9.99 Score:) Play-Doh is one of those products you either love or hate as a parent. We are long-time fans—the product can be used to build hand strength, and small pretend settings like this new farm are fun for pretend play as well. Classic Play-Doh ($2 & up ) without the doodads is still our favorite since it is the most open-ended. Remember, this self-hardening dough dries out if left uncovered. 3 & up. (800) 327-8264.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Tiny 'n Tuff Fast Tracks
(Mega Bloks $29.99 Score:) A big cleverly designed container that doubles for storage as well as play is chock full of ramps and blocks for making a variety of super roadways that can cascade from the lid with built-in sound effects. Comes with two vehicles and highway signs. You’ll need to build it for 2’s but even 3’s will need help getting the ramp-ways built. Their Tuff ‘n Tiny Garage ($19.99 3.5) would have been a gold winner, too, but it is labeled for 1 & up. This is a toddler/preschool toy well beyond a one year old. The garage has built-in sound effects that won’t drive you to drink. It’s a colorful play setting with a working elevator, gas pumps, car wash, and ramps that attach in multiple ways. Comes with one vehicle but will accommodate many others. This can be a free standing or become part of the more complex roadway of the Tiny ‘n Tuff Fast Tracks set. Two and a half and up. (800) 465-6342

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Awards
My Pirate Ship
(Mega Bloks $29.99 Score:) This is a play theme preschoolers often enjoy. Here the play pieces are big enough for small hands to enjoy safely. The ship has sound effects, a crew of two pirates, a monkey, a parrot and a mermaid. They say 1 & up- we’d say more like 2 and a half to three. This would have been a gold winner except for the misleading age label. (800) 465-6342

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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