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Product Type: Toys
Award: Platinum
Age: Toddlers
Review Year: 2011

 

 
2011 Awards
CitiBlocs Little Builders Rattle Blocks
(Citiblocs $35 Score:)

22 wooden blocks with rattle sounds inside, colorful rooftops, and staircases are designed for beginning builders. These are chunkier than the classic Citiblocs. These smoothly finished blocks play to sensory feedback for little hands and ears. Stack them up high or line them up sideways. There is no right or wrong way to enjoy these. After they have played with the blocks for awhile, kids may like using the colored graphics to match up buildings of one color or set them up in patterns. Younger toddlers will like building them up and knocking them down with a big kaboom! 2 and up. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

SNAP Activities: These blocks are chunkier and somewhat easier to grasp. They are also a bit more literal with premade roof tops and colored strips. They should be enjoyed independently, but you can aslo use them to reinfoce color words and sorting skills. Build an all red striped building or talk about the colors of the roof tops. Help build two buildings that are the same height. Talk about building by adding one more and one less. These concepts are basic to math, but they are best learned in concrete ways that build understanding.

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

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2011 Award
Kid O Go Car
(Kid O $10 Score:) Sleek with a smooth futuristic look, this shiny plastic car has built in handle that is just right for small toddler hands to grip. It's bigger than the miniature vehicles with dangerous small parts. A much better choice for younger kids who will love scooting this around chair legs, under tables and wherever else they go "driving." Available in red, green and aqua blue. Also nice, from the same company a red and white Tip Truck. 1 & up.
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