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2005 Awards
Musical Stack & Play
(Tiny Love $19.95 Score:) This cleverly designed elephant stacking toy has a place for dropping balls in its top. The balls come out at the base with some fanfare (lights/sound) but nothing over the top. Our testers also liked the soft fabric rings for stacking but really spent most of the time playing with the plastic balls. Marked 6 mos. & up, but will be most enjoyed by 1s and up.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Little Tikes Climb and Slide Castle
(Little Tikes $74.99 Score:) Designed for toddlers, this mini-castle-style climber has a low slide and steering wheel on top for dramatic play. It's 43" high. They say one and up; we'd say more like steady-on-their-feet toddlers—who are rarely younger than 18–24 mos. Requires supervision.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Retro Rocket
(Radio Flyer $69.95 Score:) Our fifteen-month-old testers loved the push-button sound effects, lights, and vibrating motion on this low-to-the-ground ride-on. This vehicle is less wide and lighter than Radio Flyer’s Red Roadster, and easier for tots to get on and off of.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Push Around Buggy SAFETY RECALL
(Step 2 $40 Score:)

NOTE: This toy and the Whisper Buggy are subject to a safety recall from the CPSC (May 12, 2010). To read the release, click here,  and to arrange for a free repair kit from Step 2 call (866) 860-1887 or visit www.step2.com.  

Little toddlers can get into this vehicle without climbing. It is not a toy for them to run with foot power, it is more like a stroller for giving your tot a ride. It has a seat belt, push bar, and a storage compartment up front for treasures. Tested far better than Step 2's other ride-ons such as the Basket Ride-On ($21.99), a low-to-the-ground red three-wheeler with a big yellow basket for treasures. Testers found its lack of steering a drawback. Step 2's red Motorcycle ($21.99) was not balanced enough for toddlers and the small red Classy Cruiser ($34.99) was too difficult for young riders to get in and out of—and too small for older riders. None have steering.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Road Trip Activity Journal
(Mudpuppy Press $10 Score:) There's lots to keep a tween busy with this clever activity journal that has a place for addresses, bingo, lots of other games, and space to write and draw as they travel. 9 & up. Still top rated, Totable Journals ($10) These 144-page journals come with a handle, stickers, and an assortment of lined, graph, and blank pages for kids to keep track of their adventures. 7 & up.

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

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2005 Award
Box of Rocks
(GeoCentral $21.99 Score:)

If you have a young rock hound in the family, this box with 16 specimens and an informative booklet will be a hit and may inspire further discoveries. Activity Rocks ($5.25 ) has four specimens—including one that floats!

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2005. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2005 Award
Trikke 5
(Trikke Tech $139 Score:) Our testers wrote: "A HUGE HIT! The kids love this! It works well, and looks super cool, too. It operates much like the flying turtle." Designed for kids 7–11 with a maximum rider weight of 150 lbs., the three-wheeled scooter will go where the rider leans. The company sells bigger models for teens and grown-ups but we did not test them. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Jump N Splash
(Wham-O $12.99 Score:) Imagine a jump rope made out of water—that’s what you have with this latest water toy. Adjustable to different heights with single and double-dutch play possible. 6 & up. (800) 247-6570. Our testers also loved Dunk Seat (Wild Planet $19.99 )—when you hit the target, the person on the seat gets sprayed with water (the actual seat does not dunk). (800) 247-6570.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Jelly Flyer Night Flyer
(Noodle Head $10 Score:) Bringing along an active toy is important for those long road trips when kids need to get out of the car and stretch their legs. The Jelly Flyer is made of a soft material so it won't hurt like a traditional Frisbee. We liked the Night Flyer, which glows in the dark.

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

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ESPN Game Station
(Fisher-Price $179 Score:) We worry when a toy comes with a warning not to return the toy to the store, but to call the help line. The thick instruction book and three hours of assembly are ridiculous for a $179 toy. Proceed at your own risk with this 6-in-1 play center for soccer, basketball, golf, hockey, football, and baseball games. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: .

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