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Product Type: Toys
Age: Infants
Categories: The Vertical Infant
Subcategories: Floor Toys: Toys for Making Things Happen

 

Crayola TaDoodles Drop & See
(Crayola $19.99 Score:) Unlike most ball drop toys that run from top to bottom, the ball in this run travels one level at a time. This is a good idea in designing toys for babies. Too many are frenetic and go so fast it is hard for babies to see any cause and effect. Here there are three levels and baby needs to activate the ball to move along at each level with a push of a lever. In a sense, this should make it easier to track visually and puts baby in charge of making the action happen. Each lever activates a sound and motion. Unfortunately, the idea and design did not work as we hoped it would. Several testers reported that the levers were just too hard for even 18 month old babies to activate and that the toy fell over a lot, making it more frustrating than fun for younger kids. The question is--will it hold the interest of older kids. We don’t think so. We really liked the idea of this toy and that it has a volume control and the tower on the side that stores the three balls. The color walls effect color changes, but we doubt babies will see these or understand anything about color mixing. Take 3AA batteries. 9 months & up.

Age: Infants,Toddlers. Award Year: .

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2009 Award
Alex Jr Prickly Play Porcupine
(Alex $29.99 Score:)

A visually stimulating floor toy for sitting up babies. Along its velour striped back there are cone shaped points with interesting patterns and textures for little hands to explore. The porcupine's face with pink nose and stitched features has a squeaker inside...that will need to be activated by an adult. Turn it over and surprise...there’s a peek a boo mirror that baby can see his own image! The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

 

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2005 Award
Swirlin' Saucer
(Fisher-Price $12.95 Score:) Our seven month old tester loved picking up the over-sized plastic balls and dropping them in the saucer. You can turn on the toy base so that the saucer shakes and makes noise as the balls drop. When you first introduce the toy we recommend starting with the sound and motion off. A pleasingly easy to activate first floor toy.

Age: Infants,Toddlers. Award Year: 2005.

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2006 Award
Earlyears Click N Spin Highchair Flower
(International Playthings $15.99 Score:) This colorful flower suctions to the high chair tray. Petals have spinners, a mirror, textures, patterns, and sounds for sitting-up baby to activate. (800) 445-8347.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2006.

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Learning Pots & Pans
(Fisher-Price $17.97 Score:) On the plus side, these pots have encased beads that are fun to move about, but the toy requires the pots to be stacked in one correct order (way too hard for babies and young toddlers). There’s a shape sorter in the lid and music in the base. This is one of those toys with the alphabet song and counting that’s marked for 6–36 months. In the end, this set tries to do too much and fails. (800) 432-5437.

Age: Infants,Toddlers. Award Year: 2006.

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2007 Awards
Amazing Baby Developmental Duck
(Kids Preferred $12 Score:) For starters, use this as a dangly gazing toy to hang in baby carrier. Pull down and the duck jiggles, press and it squeaks. Older babies will like chomping on duck’s chewy teether “feet” that slide back and forth in its vibrantly patterned body with licks of black and white stripes. Also fun, Developmental Butterfly ($12); lots for eyes and hands to explore on this gaily patterned butterfly with crinkle-sounds wings, squeaky body, and many textures. A good take-along stroller toy. (866) 763-8869.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2007.

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