Muffy fans will adore the new trunk with built in bunk beds ($90) for playing and storing two dolls and accessories. Pricey but very special! PLATINUM AWARD '99. We think this Muffy Bear dressed in a rabbit costume is a winner ($60) although pretty pricey. Check out some of the simpler versions of Muffy. Testers also liked the Hoppy Starter Set, a good place to begin at a great price. Also, Muffy Stuff ($20), a soft carry case for traveling bears. 6 & up.
Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 1999. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
This continues to be a BLUE CHIP collection of soft 13" multi-ethnic dolls with stitched features, yarn hair, and groovy clothes. Happily, there is a boy doll in this line. Still the superlative gift, consider Supersize Yvette or Gwen ($50 each 5), a 40" child-sized fabric doll that’s like a pretend play pal. We found the new Groovy Girls’ PetRageous ($16.99) disappointing. If you didn’t see the hangtags you wouldn’t know they were from the same folks—they lack the wonderful design quality and spirit of the dolls. 3 & up.
Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
This bright yellow cart with baby seat is more gender free than most doll carriers. Lends itself to more open-ended pretend shopping and simply carting treasures about games. Room for a doll or teddy bear simply makes it more like the real thing.
SNAP INFO: Solidly built for lots of pretend, this shopping cart has a seat for doll or teddy when kids need a shopping spree play time.
Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 1995. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
15" soft-bodied Bitty Baby dolls with vinyl heads, arms and legs have been updated to allow for more options to customize. You have a choice of 11 dolls with differnt hair, skin and eye color combintions. Each doll arrives in a signature sleeper and a Bitty Baby & Me picture book. The updated doll now has a hairline brought forward and eyebrows for a more realistic look. The upper body was also redesigned with arms brought forward -- for better huggability. Beautiful clothes and furniture accessories available. We also recommend the Bitty Baby Twins (boy and girl toddler dolls $115). As always there are extra outfits for the baby and matching clothes for the child.
Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.
Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: .
This collection is now celebrating its tenth anniversary and is still a huge hit with our testers. You won't know which to pick from this group of 8" blond, brunette, Asian, and African American dolls. Each comes with a stylish outfit and with plenty of long hair for brushing. New for 2012, an adorable brunette with a pink hair band and floral dress.
Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.
As princesses go, you won't find any as pretty as these charming old-fashioned flip dolls with a fair-haired princess at one end and a brunette (with a darker skin tone) at the other. Both wear crowns, of course! A very old-fashioned doll that transforms with imagination (not batteries). Equally special, Fancy Prancy Princesses ($14 each ). Pick a 9" princess wearing taffeta gowns with sparkling stardust safely stitched under a layer of netting. Each has a small gold crown and velboa hair.
Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2003. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2003.
Taking baby along on vacation or overnight to Grandma’s is so much more fun with this Baby slig that fits your favorite 14-17” baby doll. Easy to strap on small shoulders and ready for hours of on-the- road pretend play. 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: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
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