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200 Awards
Rollipop Toddler Starter and Advanced Sets
(Edushape $19.95 Score:) These are among our favorite toddler toys. Toddlers love to drop the oversized colorful plastic balls into the starter set (a tower) and track them as they go down. The balls also travel slowly down the advance set (a bridge) making it an ideal toy for developing visual tracking. 18 mos & 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: 200.

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2004 Award
eeBoo Travel Bingo
(eeBoo $10 Score:)

Traveling with your kids can be a challenge - especially after the excitement of being on the go wanes (that usually gets you about a good ten minutes in the car!) .An old-fashioned game that still helps pass the time while you're on the road with your kids. Comes with four bingo pads and four pencils. Objects to look for include stop signs, bikes, flags, cows, railroad crossing signs, etc. 4 & up.

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: 2004. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2003 Awards
Audubon Birds
(Wild Republic $6.95 Score:) Young bird lovers and watchers may really enjoy collecting these plush birds, each has a sound chip with that particular species song. Newest in the line this year is the Sissor-tailed Flycatcher. As collectables go these have a touch of magic as well as science built into the novelty. Makes a good stocking stuffer-along with a bird book or how about a bird house that they can build.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2004 Awards
Design & Drill Activity Center
(Educational Insights $39.95 Score:) Here’s a new spin on a pretend drill and colorful pegs for making parquetry-like patterns on a big pegboard. Several bits fit into the battery operated "drill" that works in forward and reverse. Bits can also be placed in a hand powered screwdriver handle when the batteries go dry. Both girls and boys liked experimenting by making open-ended original designs before they moved on to replicating the patterns. They say 3 & up, we’d say more like 4–7. ACTIVITY: Give kids a few dots to experiment with making open-ended designs before moving on to the patterns. Use these to work on counting and color names. Did you use more red or blue pegs? Can you make anall red row? How many yellow did you use. Can you make a pattern...red, red, yellow, red, red,... What comes next? 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: 2004.

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2015 Awards
eeBoo Pin the Tail on the Donkey
(eeBoo $12 Score:)

We've told you about this party set before. Now it's been re-done in a smaller and easier to store package that will take up less room. It still has the same cloth blindfold, 32 removable stickers, and a charming donkey with baskets of flowers and happily  printed on a sturdy reusable poster with two sets of self-adhesive tails—no tacks needed!  A good party prop for several years of play. 

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: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2004 Award
Guess How Much I Love You Puzzle
(Mudpuppy Press $15 Score:) This company continues to make marvelous puzzles from picture-book art. This is a big (2' x 3') 24-piece puzzle from one of our favorites. Also in this size, Caillou. The company also makes smaller 36-piece puzzles which are more appropriate for next age group. Top rated: Olivia, Curious George, and Where the Wild Things Are. 4 & up. (212) 354-8840.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2004.

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Awards
eeBoo Children of the World Lacing Cards
(eeBoo $4.95 Score:)

Kids dive right into lacing activities without knowing they’re a great way to develop the fine-motor skills they’ll need for writing. While stringing beads, they can also sort by color and make patterns, learning to see likenesses and differences. Our favorites: Children of the World and Fairies of the Field (eeBoo $14.95 each ) Beautifully illustrated sturdy cards that kids will love to work on. 4 & up.  Lacing & Tracing Tools (Lauri $6.99 ) is made of sturdy chipboard punched with holes that kids "sew" with colorful laces. Also recommended, Lace & Link Numbers ($14.99 ),  crepe 4" rubber numerals that reinforce shapes in a tactile way. 4 & up. 

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

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2004 Award
Bebe Do Doll
(Corolle $74 Score:)

Bebe Do is a 14" drink-and-wet, all-vinyl bath doll with potty, bottle, and diaper. Still top rated, Les Minis Calins BLUE CHIP , sweet 8" soft-bodied dolls which also come in Asian and African American versions. Also, still great for preschoolers, Poupette. This collection of six multicultural dolls is right on target for threes and fours. Each has a reversible dress with Velcro fasteners. These would have been PLATINUM winners, but they're marked 18 mos. (800)

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2004.

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2005 Award
Happy Hands Hog and Wolf Puppets
(Mary Meyer $15 Score:) Just right for a lively telling of the Three Pigs, bring home these 13" full-body hand puppets. The pig is very cheerful and the wolf is not too scary! Made with a nubby finish, these are pleasing to use and will be enjoyed by the next age group as well. The Happy Lion and new Happy Tiger and Dino are also charming. (800) 451-4387.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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Remote Control Bridge
(Brio $50 Score:) The 25" bridge is controlled by an infrared light. It also has lights and warning bells when the bridge goes up. Looked promising but wasn’t ready for testing. Still top rated, last year’s Remote Control Action Train (Brio $50 ), a sleek white train—very European looking, with lights at the front. (888) 274-6869.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: .

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