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Product Type: Toys
Age: Toddlers
Categories: Active Physical Play

 


2011 Award
Kids Preferred Cute as a Button Chime Ball
(Kids Preferred $16 Score:)

A marvelous Cute As a Button fabric 8" chime ball with a jolly jingle safe inside and plenty of surface textures to explore. There are colorful satin knotties, textured loop to hold, a crinkle velour patch, ribbon tabs and felt fringe. Each segment of the ball has a different fabric - printed velour with stripes and another with dots, another with cotton knit stripes and others with corded and dotted velour.

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

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2011 Award
Step 2 Push Around Taxi
(Step 2 $49.99 Score:)

Our tester took this to a NYC park for a spin...and it was a huge hit with everyone on the playground. The Taxi is the latest in Step 2's Push Along line that allows your child to enjoy a ride (while their feet are off the ground). Our latest toddler tester loves her drink holder. Our parent testers appreciate the seat belt for younger toddlers and the sturdiness of the design. A great way to get your toddler from point A to point B before they're ready to cycle themselves there.

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

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2011 Award
Educo Butterfly Garden Push Toy
(HaPe $24 Score:)

Scaled just right for beginning walkers, this jolly push toy has a big multi-colored flower that turns and three butterflies that twirl above as it is pushed forward. The flower sits on bright green wheels and has a green handle. Holding something in their hand as they walk seems to help some beginning walkers with their balance. It's a way of holding on while letting go. This is not a weighted toy to hold them up. They need to be able to walk without it, but it is a fun toy to match their new-found walking abilities. 


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

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

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2011 Award
Educo Butterfly Push Pal
(HaPe $22 Score:)

Scaled just right for beginning walkers, this jolly push toy has a happy looking butterfly that rides on big red wheels and has multi-colored wings that flap as it is pushed forward. Holding something in their hand as they walk seems to help some beginning walkers with their balance. It's a way of holding on while letting go. This is not a weighted toy to hold them up. They need to be able to walk without it; but it is a fun toy for their new-found walking abilities.


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

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

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2011 Award
Beastie Balls
(Rich Frog $8.99 Score:)

Covered in a soft terry cloth like material, these colorful fabric balls have stitched on features and knotties that baby can grab and probably chew on. There are lots of zany looking choices in many color combinations and in two sizes. One is a little bigger than a baseball the other is slightly bigger than a softball. All are soft, washable and have a nice rattle sound. Use them with infants for tracking. The bold black and white eyes will catch their attention--and the sound will not startle. Older infants will like crawling after them and for early social games of roly-poly. Preschoolers will find these easy and soft enough for learning to catch and throw. All Ages.

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

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2011 Award
Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar Rocker
(Kids Preferred $125 Score:)

What toddler wouldn't love to have this great big beautiful 25-inch fabric Very Hungry Caterpillar rocker of his or her very own? Straight out of the picture book by the same name, this wonderful ride-on has fabric segments that are softly padded for comfortable sitting and each segment is covered with fabric that is designed to look just like Eric Carle's artwork. The face with it's big eyes, and feelers make it look like the caterpillar stepped out of the pages that have pleased toddlers for several generations. Be sure to bring home the book if you do not have it already. It is a classic! This is low to the ground and designed for toddlers and small preschoolers from 2 & up.  The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

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

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2011 Award
Little Tikes 2 in 1 Garden Cart and Wheelbarrow
(Little Tikes $39.99 Score:)

Just right for your little gardener who will love having his own tools and easy to push wheelbarrow to assist with the family gardening! The wheelbarrow was slightly challenging for our builders to put together. It would have been easier if they had had a power drill or power screwdriver for the task. We've found that many of the plastic toys for the past few seasons require more assembly than before. That said,
this wheelbarrow offers lots of pretend power once it's put together. Comes with two pretend potted plants. Our testers especially loved that it had a working water sprayer (easy to fill up). There is a
removable striped canopy for shade protection.   Great fun for outdoor play. 2 & up.

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

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2011 Award
YBIKE PEWI
(National Sporting Goods $60 Score:)

One of our pet peeves at the moment is that most ride-on vehicles do not have the ability to move from side to side. Steering has gone out the window. So we were particularly thrilled with the PEWI - it has caster wheels - allowing your child to move freely in any direction.  Our two year old testers gave positive feedback.  Our three year old tester found that her legs were too long for this one.  (We should note that this toy is also marketed as a push toy for toddlers.  Since it has casters that move freely, this can only be used with toddlers who are completely steady on their feet. It will not work as a "walker" for wobbly, just learning how to walk tots.)  The manufacturer's age range is from 12 months to 36 months (maximum weight of 44 pounds)...but we'd really suggest this is more for true walkers.  Comes in blue, pink and red...we'd always go for the red.

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

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

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2011 Award
Manhattan Toy Classic & Modern Rock With Me Puppy
(Manhattan Toy $130 Score:)

Low to the ground this tan and black spotted puppy is covered with velvety velour like fabric that is smooth and silky to the touch. It has colorful yellow and orange stripe trim, a yellow tail and big black snout. He has a friendly face with big stitched on eyes and floppy ears with crinkle inside. The solid base will give a steady smooth ride for beginners. Rock With Me Puppy will decorate the nursery and is sure to become a favorite playtime pet that tots will enjoy talking to, petting, hugging, and eventually riding.

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

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2010 Awards
Rubbabu Funky Ball Assortment
(Rubbabu $6 Score:)

These balls come in many colors and interesting shapes. Some like the Crater ball has finger holds while the Bubble ball has bumps. You might also like the Fashion balls with swirling indents that make them easier to grasp. Or look for the ones with alphabet letters, geometric shapes, or numerals molded into their surfaces. These come in many primary bold colors and they are rubbery with soft flocking. Babies will like them for roly poly social games; toddlers will like chasing them and they are soft enough so that preschoolers will like bouncing and trying to catch them. They are the size of a softball and make a nice impulse toy that leads to active play. All ages.
The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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