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Product Type: Toys
Age: Toddlers
Categories: Pretend Play

 

 
2010 Awards
Leap Frog Cook & Play Potsy
(LeapFrog $21.99 Score:)

What a clever way to combine pretend play with a favorite toddler mode - a fill and dump game. A talking pot that speaks when you put its lid on and off. Sometimes it says "on" or "off" or switches to "closed" or "open." Toss the toy veggies into the pot and use the big grey spoon and it adds stirring and mixing sounds along with little factoids about the foods. Switch on the color and counting mode and the pot sings little songs that count to five and name the colors of the veggies. This is not one of those rigid counting toys. It's more about pretend with some info and action dropped into the mix. Potsy is totally on the mark and appropriate for toddlers. 12 months & up.


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

SNAP: Use this put and take toy for reinforcing color concepts as well as developing motor skills. This is a satisfying toy on several levels. It is easy to "make things happen" and predict outcomes as the lid is put on and off. It's also a fun toy for reinforcing color concept, knowing an naming skills and playing games of pretend.

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

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Little Peoples Wheelies Stand 'n Play Rampway RECALLED
(Fisher-Price $40 Score:)

THIS PRODUCT HAS BEEN RECALLED. If you have purchased this toy, please read the CPSC recall alert.   Below was our original review. This toy was slated to be a Platinum Award winner. The company had signed our safety verification form indicating that the toy exceeded current safety standards.  The CPSC reports that the hazard is  "The wheels on the purple and the green cars can come off, posing a choking hazard to young children." The remedy: "Consumers should immediately take the affected purple and the green cars away from children and contact Fisher-Price for free replacement cars." Contact info: "For additional information, contact Fisher-Price at (800) 432-5437 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.service.mattel.com"

Wow! Toddlers are going to love towering over this two feet tall roadway. This not-so miniature setting can be enjoyed from either side, as tots put the two little cars on the ramps and watch them zoom down. It can also be enjoyed by more than one child at a time. There is a mechanic's lift that makes a wonderful ratchet sound as the vehicles go up. There's also a place to fill 'er up, a sign that spins as the Wheelie vehicle drive down, down, down and lights and sounds as the vehicles go down the spiral ramps. This is the kind of toy that toddlers and young preschoolers enjoy with plenty of repetition and no complications. It's fun for beginning pretend play, cause and effect, and the thrill of making things happen. Be forewarned, this takes some time to assemble. Like so many toys this season, this does not come out of the box ready for play. 18 months & up.

SNAP:  This kind of rampway helps toddlers with tracking as they follow the moving vehicle spin down the ramps. Larger than most, the rampway is uncomplicated and gives opportunities to make things happen. Repetition is the name of the game and that can be very satisfying and reassuring. Since this is kind of tippable, you may want to adapt this by taping it down to the floor or table. Also, look for other balls and vehicles that can scoot down the ramps. Which goes fastest? The purple car or the green one? For older kids, tape the toy down to a table that is the right height for the action. This is one of those easy to use toys that does not look babyish.

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

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2010 Award
Alex Call My Cell Phone
(Alex $15.99 Score:)

Unlike so many toy phones with sound, this one is not overly loud and even has a high and low volume control. It's bigger than your average cell, but it has a keyboard with numbered buttons that activate speaking and music and a light on the  "camera" screen. 12 months and 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: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Step 2 Cafe Barista
(Step 2 $29.95 Score:)

Push the button to grind the coffee beans, turn the brewing handle, and top it off with frothing sounds. This play station is full of action for young sophisticates who frequent coffee bars. It's also rather contradictory. On the one hand, it is a very literal kind of play prop, imitating the real thing. On the other hand, the cups have holes in them so you cannot use any fluids in them.  Old fashioned tea sets used to be solid enough so that you could pour water ( or even milk!) from the tea pot into the play cups.  In this new world, toy teapots and cups have holes for safety, so that they will not fit over mouth and nose. We applaud the designers' concern for safety-but it does seem too bad that they didn't make the cups larger or smaller so that they could function. Marked 2 & up. We think this is a better choice for preschoolers. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

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

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Sassy Phone of My Own
(Sassy $5.95 Score:)

A flip-style cell phone for baby has a high contrast black and white chewing ring with four colorful rings on it.  Designed in bold royal blue, the inside has four colorful buttons that activate a quiet bell and a receptionist who greets you in both English and Spanish. One button say hello, another says good-bye and another asks, "What is you name?" A little phone like this is the first in a long line off.  Marked 6 month and up, this is a good early prop for pretend. Not all phones are alike. Many are too loud and therefore dangerous for baby's health.   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. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Awards
LeapFrog Counting Candles
(LeapFrog $15.99 Score:)

Who doesn't love a birthday cake and candles? Imagine, now you can have a pretend birthday any day you like. Designed so that it counts as you push the button to light 1-2-3-4-5 candles, this clever little cake teaches one to one relationships in counting. It also sings the birthday song AND best of all tricks--when it says...now blow out the candles...hold on to your hat! The candles go out! Magic! These are several other songs built into the pay, but it's the candles that will win the day! Tell the teddy bears and dolls to get ready. They can count on many pretend parties with this one! They say 1 & up. We'd say 2's and up will like this best! The company tells us that this toy is exclusive to Toys R Us until the beginning of 2010.

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

SNAP IDEAS: Counting to five is not just a rote game here. You actually must touch each candle to make it light, so there is one to one relationship here that is reinforced. We found children and adults were totally amazed with the magic of being able to blow out the candles. Kids also love the idea of being able to celebrate birthdays any day of the week. How about a teddy bear's birthday?

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2009.

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2009 Awards
Little People Happy Sounds Home
(Fisher-Price $45 Score:)

Small settings are ideal for early imaginative play and a dollhouse has always been a hit for beginning pretend. This is an update of a classic with some really neat features. There's a doorbell at the working front door, a laundry with a 'swish-bzzz' sound, a 'whoosh' when the toilet is flushed, a 'brrring!' from the phone, and a  'Splish, splash' when baby is in bathtub. It comes with 3 chunky figures, and plenty of furniture for moving about.  There is a lot of cause and effect here as will as fine motor tuning needed for opening and closing doors. Best of all this is a safe and sturdy setting for early pretend play that develops language and the satisfaction of being in charge. They say 1-4, we'd say 2-4 is more like the right number.

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

SNAP IDEAS: Along with the pretend play and fine motor skills needed, this is a great toy for developing language. Knowing and naming the pieces of furniture and the rooms they go into is just part of the built-in vocabulary. Add the concept words that talk about position as in upstairs, down stairs, inside and outside. You can also play an I Spy game, encouraging children to find something you are thinking of with some hints that you offer. Keep the clues simple to build a sense of success. "I spy with my little eye something you sleep on." In time your little player may give you some riddles to solve.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Step 2 Pastry Chef
(Step 2 $24.99 Score:)

If your little one has seen you or the baker in your family use a pastry bag to decorate cakes and cupcakes, she’ll probably love this unusual pretend pastry bag, cake stand and cupcakes that can be stacked in dozens of combinations. We usually steer clear of pretend sweets and fake food, but cupcakes are so ‘big’ they certainly reflect a trend that preschoolers have to notice. We think the turntable cake stand will have lots of use in play kitchens and even for serving up the real things. In fact, we suggest you do exactly that. Mix up a simple cupcake batter with your junior chef and decorate them with or without a fancy pastry bag. Real cooking is a wonderful way to introduce kids to the science and joys of cooking. The pretend Pastry Chef is marked 2 & up. We think preschoolers will like it even more. 

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

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2009.

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2009 Award
Infantino Flip and Peek Phone
(Step 2 $5.99 Score:)

This little grey phone looks so much like the real thing it is sure to make a hit. It flips open and when you push the buttons it has ringing sounds and even some voices that say hello in English and Spanish! There’s a little mirror inside for peek-a-boo sightings. Unlike so many toy phones this one is not too loud, but feels and looks real as can be!  They say 3 months and up, we say more like 9 months & up.

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. Award Year: 2009.

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Awards
Ring'n Rattle Phone
(Fisher-Price $12.99 Score:) This phone not only rings but rattles and shakes when tots hit the big red button. Takes 2 AA batteries. This will either delight your tot or send him in the other direction. Try before you buy! SNAP INFO: Imagine a phone that shakes and rattles when kids hit the big red button. For some kids the action will be amusing and for others alarming. Try before you buy!

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: .

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