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Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Pretend Play

 


2010 Award
LEGO STAR WARS Storage Toy Case Battle Bridge
(Neat-Oh $16.99 Score:)

If you have a LEGO STAR WARS fan in your family, this storage kit will be a hit. The unit zips open with a battle bridge motif. It will hold 500 LEGO bricks and because it really closes up, this is a good way to storage and transport your child's collection. There is a handle on the top for easy carrying. There is also a slightly smaller TIE FIGHTER storage case that also unfolds for dramatic play.  Both may help "clean up" go a little smoother! May the force be with you!

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

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Animal Planet Animotion Rattle Snake
(Jay at Play $24.99 Score:)

If you have a child that wants a real snake but you're not ready, take a look at this 40 inch animotion snake. The snake moves a bit (he won't slither around the house though) and his eyes light up red.  Could this toy be used to scare unsuspecting family members...you betcha!

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: . Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Natural History Museum RC Tarantula
(Wild Creations $28.99 Score:)

This sure looks like the real thing! A life size tarantula with velvety flocking and creepy legs that is sure to scare the family kitten, puppy or little sister. It's easy to operate with a two button RC control that moves the bug with high-speed precision. It can move in every direction and even spin on its eight furry, independently moving legs! It's a model of a large Goliath Bird Eating Tarantula that measures at its widest span an amazing 6 inches! 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010.

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2010 Awards
Wonder World Eco House
(Wonderworld $140 Score:)

A small eco friendly rubberwood wooden dollhouse powered by a windmill and solar panel. Comes with three family figures, that have yarn hair and as one tester put it, "They look like they were at Woodstock." It also has recycling containers, a water barrel, furniture and a two wheeled vehicle (we can't say what it runs on.) This is a much younger and less detailed setting than the Eco House from Plan toys. Two storey wooden playhouse comes with kitchen set, bedroom set, three wooden dolls and bathroom set
It's not just gender free it's one that boys as well as girls will like.


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 easier to get into than many doll houses because if is so open. It is also uncomplicated, though it has all the features a house should have. This is one of those rare gender free houses that can be used for dramatic play. It not only builds imagination, it can be useful in developing language skills.

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

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2010 Award
I'm a Little Tea Pot Musical Tea Set
(Schylling $22.99 Score:)

Pure novelty!  A 15 piece tin tea set that comes with a wind-up tea pot.  Wind it up and then pour--it plays "I'm a Little Tea Pot".  The set comes with the tea pot, four plates, four cups and saucers and a tray--just right for pretend tea parties.  No batteries are required to get the tea pot to play-it just winds up like a music box.  Very sweet.  Warning: this set does have small parts and should not be given to smaller children. 8 & up. If Olivia is a favorite, the company makes a pink and red set with a tea pot that plays the theme song from Olivia's TV show and features her face on the cups and pot.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Plan Toys Planimal Australia Series
(Plan Toys $30 Score:)

One of new series of articulated wooden animals that are perfect for block settings or pretend play. The four animals featured in the Australia set are a kangaroo with baby in her pouch, a koala, wombat and emu. The set comes with cardboard habitat that they can be displayed on. The back of the display has factoids about the habitat and each of the creatures. These are handsome little figures that are smooth to the touch and articulated so that they can stand, sit, or lie down. Even their heads can be moved to look down or upward. The emu with it's long neck is wonderfully articulated, though not always steady on its feet. A nice blend of pretend and science. 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, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Plan Toys Planimal Africa Series
(Plan Toys $30 Score:)

One of new series of articulated wooden animals. These are perfect for block settings and pretend play. The three animals featured in the African set are a giraffe, lion, gorilla. The set comes with cardboard habitat that the figures can be displayed on. The back of the display has factoids about the habitat and each of the creatures. These are handsome little figures that are smooth to the touch and articulated so that they can stand, sit, or lie down. Even their heads can be moved to look down or upward. In this set the giraffe's neck is articulated to move in many ways. A nice blend of pretend and science. 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, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Plan Toys Planimal Polar Series
(Plan Toys $30 Score:)

One of new series of articulated wooden animals. These are perfect for block settings and pretend play. The four animals featured in the Polar set are a polar bear, arctic fox, penguin, and harp seal. Unfortunately, they have mixed the creatures of North and South Polar regions in one set. Though the setting may look similar, the penguin is not found where the Polar bear lives...so use this as a teaching opportunity. The set comes with cardboard habitat that the figures can be displayed on. The back of the display has factoids about the habitat and each of the creatures. These are handsome little figures that are smooth to the touch and articulated so that they can stand, sit, or lie down. Even their heads can be moved to look down or upward. In this set the polar bear's head is articulated to move upright or down for hunting. A nice blend of pretend and science. 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, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Plan Toys Planimal Asia Series
(Plan Toys $30 Score:)

One of new series of articulated wooden animals. These are perfect for block settings and pretend play. The three animals featured in the Asia set are a panda, tiger, and an elephant. The set comes with cardboard habitat that the figures can be displayed on. The back of the display has factoids about the habitat and each of the creatures. These are handsome little figures that are smooth to the touch and articulated so that they can stand, sit, or lie down. Even their heads can be moved to look down or upward. In this set the elephant's trunk is articulated to move in many ways. A nice blend of pretend and science. 3 & up. Other sets include: Australia , Africa and Polar. 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: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Star Wars Imperial AT-AT
(Hasbro $119.99 Score:)

The ultimate Star Wars play setting.  Our testers were all clamoring to get this one out of the box.  It's over two feet tall, comes with electronic sounds, phrases and lights. The backend opens to make space for the Speeder Bike (included). Comes with one storm trooper that can repel off the top of the AT-AT to the bottom.  The sides also open as does the front end - so there are plenty of play opportunities for making things happen. It does have projectiles (against our policy) but they do aim downward so we are making an exception here.  Let's face it the whole All Terrain Armored Transport theme doesn't exactly fit in our "no aggressive or violent" toys-- but it's fantasy and hey, its Star Wars. While some of us thought it would be better if it actually walked like it does in the movie, others quickly (and quite loudly) expressed their view that this toy was "awesome" just as it is!  If you are looking for a big ticket present for the Star Wars fan in your life, look no further.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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