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2009 Award
Kids Preferred Peter Rabbit Waggies Musical
(Kids Preferred $24.99 Score:)

Peter Rabbit is all done up in his blue jacket with textured velour and stitched brass buttons, his long ears sit above a face done with stitched features and he's clutching a bright orange carrot. Wind him up and he plays Brahms Lullaby while his head moves slowly. Put him on his tummy for best balance and easier to see motion. Also available a Mama Rabbit sans music. She's more of a collector's item. Peter also comes as a hand puppet that is ideal for tracking games and for older sibs to use with baby.

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

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2009 Award
Kids Preferred Peter and Jemima Rattles
(Kids Preferred $7.99 Score:)

Perfect for tracking and for little hands to clutch later, these soft rattles have a quiet sound, a lovely feel, and a lovable look. Features are stitched for safety and they have interesting textures. The velour covering is has both a smooth and waffled textured and trims of cotton knit. Designed for infants, these will be a hit with older siblings who know the stories of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle Duck.

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

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2009 Award
Kids Preferred Peter Rabbit Hand Puppet
(Kids Preferred $15 Score:)

A silky plush Peter Rabbit with velour blue jacket with stitched gold buttons and safe stitched features. Soft enough to be a huggable, this has the added value of being a hand puppet that older sibs and parents can use for peek-a-boo games with baby or telling a story. From tracking to story telling, this is a great toy for interacting, language development and pretend play. All ages.

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

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2009 Award
Lamaze Stack, Roll and Crawl Ball
(Learning Curve International $20 Score:) A stack of rings fit onto a straight post, so there is no size order for fitting them on. However, to put the ball together, they will need to be in order. That said, this is a toy that can be enjoyed long before babies can put it together or take it apart. It’s a colorful ball with beads rolling around the top, that you can spin or roll back and forth with baby. Taking it apart will come before they can fit it back together…in order or otherwise. So, this is a versatile plaything that won’t roll too far away from beginning players, can encourage social behaviors, crawling and eventually eye hand coordination. 6 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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2009 Award
Les Deglingos
(All New Materials $40 Score:)

An all new look in huggables, the Deglingos are made of patterned cotton knits, wide ribbed corduroy, fuzzy plush, and felt trims. The collection includes a rabbit, hound dog, cat, hedgehog, rat, cow, and sheep. They have a zany look that is likely to appeal to 'tweens as much as younger kids. 3 & up.

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

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2009 Award
Money Monster Banks
(Creativity for Kids $19.99 Score:)

Two ceramic monster banks come with acrylic and puff paint, paint and sponge brushes, adhesive dots, wiggly eyes, fun fur hair and ideas for decorating. The big bank has a big enough mouth to "eat" bills while the smaller one has an opening for coins. Both have removable plugs that allow kids to get to their savings without breaking the bank. You'll find the acrylic paint needs two coats for good coverage. 8 & 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: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Kid Galaxy Movin' Motors
(Kid Galaxy $35 Score:)

Our testers love the clever motorized “robot” that you plug into the body of these construction trucks to make them go forward. Turn the motor around and it powers the dump bed of the Dump ‘N’ Drive Dump Truck or the Pick ‘N’ Plow Backhoe with a digger and claw on the back. These two work better than the Lift ‘N’ Load Bulldozer. These have a whimsical look as the motors have see-through sides that allow you to see the working fans and pistons. Easy enough for pre-schoolers to operate. One tester needed some help learning to load the motor into the right slots. These take 4 AA batteries. 3 & up. 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: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Awards
Discovery Deglingos Cat
(All New materials $35 Score:)

A whimsical looking cat with blue eyes and red snout is made of wide wale orange corduroy head and calico legs with squeakers inside. This is an unusual toy with crinkle sound and see-through teething ring and best of all, give the knotted tail a pull and it vibrates. Like other toys in the line, this has the look of a folk art toy. 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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2009 Awards
Discovery Deglingos Cow Rattle
(All New materials $18 Score:)

A quiet rattle made of soft wide wale corduroy with pink udders along the bottom of the ring and a cow's head at the top. Like other toys in this companies line, it looks like a witty toy from a folk art line. 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.

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2009 Awards
Playskool Wheel Pals Train Station
(Hasbro $24.95 Score:)

Like a ball roll, this uncomplicated purple and blue upright “railway” has a twisting orange track that is similar to the ramp on a toy garage. Put the red and blue train engines on top, push the engine or the red railroad crossing sign blinks its light as down, down, down, the little engines roll with a “toot toot!” There’s a “chugga chugga” sound of a train-on-tracks as it comes through the green gate. Repetitive action will appeal to toddlers. Preschoolers may use this setting with their building blocks. Takes 2 “AA” batteries. 18 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 IDEAS: Although this is labeled for toddlers, there is nothing babyish looking about this toy. It lends itself to lots of cause and effect action as well as repetition. Watching the little vehicles race down the track also involves visual tracking.

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

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