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2006 Awards
Handle Haulers
(Little Tikes $9.99 Score:) Unfortunately most of this line is, in our opinion, mislabeled 12 months & up. For young toddlers, these are not stable enough to keep from flying into the child’s face if he leans on the back or front of the handle for balance. The low rating reflects this age label problem. (The Thomas version is marked 18 mos. and up.) For twos and up, however, these are uncomplicated props for beginning pretend play.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Press N Go Inchworm
(International Playthings $12 Score:)

You can simply push this happy looking Inchworm back and forth or press down on its back and it zooms forward. There are little beads inside the domed wheels. A terrific toy that older siblings will love to demo for their little brother or sister.

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: 2006. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Corolle Navy Blue & Pink Carriage
(Corolle $139.99 Score:)

A carriage/stroller for all seasons! This big-ticket doll accessory converts from carriage for “newborn” baby to sit-up stroller and lift-out baby carrier. It has a second mesh carrier at the bottom for a possible second baby or supplies for the doll who has everything! Done in classic navy blue and lined in pink with big white wheels, this is one of those toys that can become a pass along treasure for all the little caregivers in the family.  The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

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

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2006 Award
Laugh and Learn Learning Home
(Fisher-Price $70 Score:) For the get-about toddler, this “little house” is just the right size for active play and making things happen. It has a door that opens and shuts and is big enough to crawl through, lights that turn off and on, doorbell that rings, ball drop, and shape sorter, among other interesting activities. A great first birthday gift to enjoy throughout this year and probably next. It is a big toy, but if you have the room, it’s a good choice for solo or two-tot play! They say 6 months to 3. We’d say one and up would be a better bet. (800) 432-5437.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Awards
Neurosmith Music Blocks
(Small World Toys $45 Score:) Welcome back! This Platinum Award winner was gone for a few years. It returns with five colored plastic blocks, each side making a different sound. Match the shapes on the blocks or play them in random order—there’s no right or wrong way. The “composer” allows you to record and play back your composition. Comes with one jazz cartridge; we’d suggest bringing home the classical cartridge ($15), too. (800) 421-4153. SNAP Activity: This is a great product for developing shape matching concepts as well as dexterity. Play a game of putting up all the triangles and play them...next try all the circles. Or how about making a pattern as in circle, square,cirle, etc. A satisfying toy for making things happen. Sound quality is also a major plus when it's a toy you are going to hear again and again.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Sassy Spout Guard and Toy Organizer
(Sassy $8.99 Score:) More like a good piece of equipment than a toy, this happy-faced frog goes over the faucet to protect active toddlers from bumping into metal spout. It comes with a suction-cupped frog with net holder for all those tub toys that make happier tub time for toddlers.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2006.

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Bathketball
(Little Tikes $18 Score:) Suction cups hold the hoop securely to the side of the tub. This comes with three squirty balls. The bottom of the net cinches shut for storage. If you are worried about squirty toys in the tub harboring bacteria, pass on this one. We passed on the Little Tikes Bathtime Band ($14.99 ) This requires 3 AA batteries. Add water to each of the instruments and they play Calypso music. We do not like the idea of battery-operated toys for the tub. Their new Bathtime Toy Waterfall () also did not work well. (800) 321-0183.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Magnatudes
(Gund $7.5 Score:) Put a few of these soft critters onto the car seat. Attach them by their embedded-magnet hands or feet; your toddler will have fun getting them off and then discovering how their hands and feet attract and repel. Soft, small, and totally ready for imaginative play. These will be enjoyed by preschoolers as well as toddlers who love this small size monkey, bear, or pig that will fit so well in little hands. (800) 448-4863.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Awards
My First Stove
(Alex $19.99 Score:)

This mini kitchen (12" x 11" x 11") fits on a table top; ideal for tight spaces. A painted wooden stovetop with colorful knobs and drawer that opens to store utensils.  We like the gender free color scheme. Don’t be fooled by the picture on the box—no pots or dishes in the package! 3 & up. 


SNAP: This will sit on a wheel chair table or fit on a table top, as will the sink. Velcro strips added to the bottom and table surface will keep this from flying.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2006. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2006 Awards
Check-up Time Elmo
(Fisher-Price $19.99 Score:) A great prop for getting kids ready for a visit to the doctor. Comes with stethoscope, thermometer, sounds, a song, and a book. Also, techno-savvy tots can have a programmable Knows Your Name Elmo or Winnie the Pooh ($39.99 each). Not ready for testing, but they promise to know your child’s name, favorite food, birthday, and friend’s names. (Not sure why, but this seemed a little creepy to one of us.) These are all marked 18 mos. & up, but a better choice for 3 & up. (800) 432-5437.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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