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Learn Through Music System
(Fisher-Price $29.97 Score:) We had great hopes for this interactive toy that features learning familiar concepts with well known characters (Blue, Barney, Dora, Elmo), a moving screen and touch screen technology. Sounds like everything you'd want in an electronic toy for older tots and preschoolers - not 18 mos., though. But it's not just the age label that is off. While our testers liked pushing the buttons, we found the content confusing.  On the Blue's Clue color concept game, the "blue" page had way too much purple on it.  The "red" page has more orange than red to add to the confusion. The lights that go off whenever a new color is announced are always "yellowish/orange".  If your child already knows his concepts, this might be a fun interactive toy but it will be likely to confuse kids still working on gaining an understanding of these concepts. Using paints would work a lot better and especially in the mixing color department-hands on experience with food coloring or paint will make the whole concept a lot clearer than words can do!

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Bitty Baby Double Stroller
(Pleasant Company $48 Score:) With so many real double stroller around, it seemed only right that there should be a version for dolls. Designed to go with the American Girl's Bitty Baby collection which offers a wide range of multi-ethnic dolls. There is also a twins collection (unfortunately only available in fair skin). The stroller does collapse for storage purposes.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Musical Ferris Wheel
(KNEX $49.99 Score:)

This product has been DISCONTINUED. Our 11-year old female tester raved about this ferris wheel that plays music as it spins. It took her a good part of a Saturday morning to finish. She found the directions to be clear and was even thinking about taking it apart to try the other two models you can build with the same pieces. The ferris wheel is a satisfying 3 feet tall when fully built. As with all building kits, if you have a beginner, this is not the place to start! However, this would be a fun parent child project for a cold winter's day.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2006 Award
LeapFrog Leapster L MAX
(LeapFrog $79.99 Score:)

We told you about the Leapster way back in 2006. It's still a great travel toy, plus a simple cable connection that will put Leapster games on your TV screen, so it can be used either way. Now it's a good take-along that can also be plugged in at Grandma's. Without the usual frenetic pace, these games respond to your child and are more than zap and blast games. If you have been looking for a hand held game machine that's more appropriate than Gameboy for the youngest player look no further. Billed as a learning machine it’s a lot more playful than most. The games and skills are well targeted to older preschoolers and early school age kids. It has a larger screen and games that can be played at three levels of difficulty. There are math, phonics, reading and spelling games and an art program that takes some help to learn how to use. We really liked the Letters on the Loose cartridge but we'd skip the Batman cartridge (too scary looking for the age group). The Spiderman cartridge is recommended and has a softer edge to it than Batman. This is a little heavy for hand held operation, but not too big for a lap or table top. The stylus is easy to use and the screen responds well. Software cartridges are available for pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st Grade. 4-8. Among our favorite games, Letterpillar, and Cosmic Math with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. 4–8. PLATINUM AWARD ’06. (800) 701-5327. 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: 2006. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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LittleTouch Leap Pad
(LeapFrog $34.99 Score:) As electronic readers go this one is a breakthrough product that actually uses real picture books on their talking platform-granted so far there are just a few titles but the manufacturer promises more. “Guess How Much I Love You” ($14.99) one of our award winners has been adapted to the talking machine with add-on activities that will entertain and delight young listeners. Many of the other titles are “knowing & naming” books, All this would be fun for toddlers and parent to explore together. However, our testers noted, as we did that you need a BIG touch to activate the story. One needs to use a fair amount of pressure, so this may require more parental involvement. We think that’s a plus when you are dealing with toddlers- but probably needs some fine tuning by the manufacturer. Others have also complained about the on off switch being too easy for tots to find and use! We think all these problems will be reworked soon. Will this replace a book for tots to taste, toss, and explore without sounds? Not at all. Nor will it replace a warm lap and a book in hand. But as a first electronic reader- it’s a brave new world choice. They say 6 months & up--we’d say more like 18 months.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: .

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Opposites Puzzle
(Mudpuppy Press $ Score:) An innovative 9-piece cardboard puzzle that is 2 sided. Put together a city scene on one side and a country scene on the other. The pieces are big and chunky and the boarder design on each pice cues which scene you are working on. There's a city scene with a taxi on one-side and farm animals on the other. Too bad they labeled this for 2 & up. This would have been an award winner for preschoolers, but not 2 year olds! A fine choice for experienced puzzle players of 3 and 4. Ditto the new Dinosaur puzzle with a play scene and dinosaurs that can be put together and used as actioon figures for dramatic play. Ahain the age label is off...says 4 & up...we don't think 4's can do this and the information on the flip side of the puzzle is worthy of 5's and 6's...not a preschool choice.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: .

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2004 Awards
Language Littles Dolls
(Language Littles $39.99 Score:) These 16 " soft rag dolls with yarn hair are pretty pricey, but huggable and have sound chips in their hands. Give one hand a squeeze and it says several phrases in two languages, squeeze the other hand and it counts in the Spanish, Italian, French or Chinese-depending on which doll you bring home. Will it make your child bi-lingual-not really, but it is a small nod in that direction and just might prompt further interest. Also available in child size dolls sans soundchips and only $50 for an oversized playmate that can wear you child's clothes and will say whatever she imagines it says ...in any language!

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Awards
Crayon Sticks
(Elmer's $2.99 Score:) These oversized crayons are softer than most and will be easier to grasp. These are fine for encouraging big sweeping arm motion and tracing or free-form drawing. (888) 435-6377. SNAP AWARD: ACTIVITY: Use these on big shhets of paper on the floor, a table or easel. For developing eye hand these give juicy results- something like thick colored markers, but greasy. They may smudge some so, a shirt to cover up clothes may save some trouble.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
I Spy Bingo
(Briarpatch $15.99 Score:) Fans of the I Spy series will enjoy revisiting the graphics that are used in this straightfoward Bingo game. Players get Bingo by finding either the letter or one of the objects pn the draw card. There are two sides of the Bingo boards(one is in alphabetical order, making it easier ro find matches). They say 4 & up,we'd say more like 5. (800)232-7427.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2005 Awards
Puzzle Totes
(Lauri $8.99 Score:) Our testers enjoyed playing with this collection of puzzles from Lauri, well known for their textured crepe rubber puzzles. Rather than having the traditional tray, these double-thick seven- or eight-piece puzzles have a handle just right for travel and carrying about. Two-toned pieces are able to stand up for dramatic play. Four versions: Marine Life, Earthmovers, Dinosaurs, and, new for this year Big Shapes. Older 2s will be able to manipulate these whole-piece puzzles that 3s and 4s will continue to enjoy. (800) 451-0520.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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