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Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Pretend Play

 

Make Your Own Twinkly Tiaras
(Klutz $12.95 Score:) There are three pre-cut foil-on-cardboard tiaras ready to be decorated with glue on gemstones and sequins. The book also includes some tiaras for dolls. A good choice for a playdate, teaparty or quiet time. Finished tiaras are ready for pretend play. Theys ay 4, we’d saw more like a task for 5’s & up.

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

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2006 Award
Little Pretenders
(Chenille Kraft Co. $24.99 Score:) A new line of costumes made of wipe-able vinyl provides the most affordable choice. Each theme comes with accessories (stethoscopes, extinguishers, etc.) and appropriate headgear. Other costumes include Veterinarian, Hair Dresser (the pretend blow dryer makes a great sound), and Doctor. 3 & up. (800) 621-1261.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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Super Star Sing-Along Vanity
(Little Tikes $47 Score:) “Mirror, mirror on the vanity, will I be part of the future American Idol insanity?” We’re not big on vanities that come loaded with a karaoke mirror, a wireless microphone (the hairbrush) . . . and an applause button (honest!). Not available for testing. 3 & up. (800) 321-0183.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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Twin Time Dollhouse
(Fisher-Price $69.95 Score:) This big eight-room house has a patio, garage, a mom and dad and twins, plus 10 pieces of furniture and accessories. It opens to a spacious setting that folds up after playtime is done. The color scheme screams plastic, but a good value for the price. 3 & up. (800) 432-5437.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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2007 Awards
Inside Outside Cook 'n Grill Kitchen
(Little Tikes $149 Score:) Both Little Tikes and Step 2 get high marks this year for gender-free pretend cooking sets with an outdoor twist. The Inside Outside Cook n Grill Kitchen (Little Tikes $149 ) is a combo unit right on the mark for “pretend” cooking with a kitchen on one side and an outdoor grill on the other. (800) 321-0183. With an even more outdoor feel, Bistro Grille (Step 2 $99.99 ) comes with a cook surface, counter, and stool. While we like the design of the Bistro very much, the lower rating reflects the plastic hot dogs that are unnecessarily small and should be removed for kids who still mouth their toys. (800) 347-8372. For more kitchens, see Toddlers chapter.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Pretend & Play Office
(Learning Resources $29.99 Score:) A briefcase loaded with 75 items is full of props for playing office. Few of the props are electronic except for the calculator and cell phone. Kit includes a kid’s checkbook, blank calendar, wipe-off chart, and very skinny laptop (just a piece of cardboard that opens like a book cover with screen and keyboard printed). 3 & up. (800) 222-3909.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Mega T-Rex
(Fisher-Price $30 Score:) Two colorful articulated dinosaurs with eyes that light up, tails that move, necks that turn, and mouths that open, came roaring into the office as we went to press. To many a young dino lover, T-Rex will be a dream come true; for others, a true nightmare. 4 & up. (800) 432-5437.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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