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2009 Award
Mary Meyer Charlie Choo Choo Squeezy Toy
(Mary Meyer $6 Score:)

A jolly little Bear sits on top of this squeezy that squeaks when squeezed. Good for tracking games with new babies. It will take time before they can make it squeak on their own. This 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 Award
Charlie Choo Choo Baby Blanket
(Mary Meyer $16 Score:)

Here’s pleasing little toy that may become a lovie. It’s a little blue bear attached to a small blankie with satin binding for fingering and red plaid pattern for eye appeal. A good choice for a baby shower gift.

This 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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Plan Toys Push-Along Duck
(Plan Toys $35 Score:)

This all rubberwood push toy has a cute little duck that walks along with flip flop orange webbed feet. It makes an amusing quacking sound as it goes along. For a less noisy variation there’s a blue Push-Along Elephant ($35) that is slightly less noisy and a little harder to push. Though this is a pricey toy, it’s a classic toy that will appeal to toddlers. Once they are up on their feet and walking they enjoy anything that moves along with them and their active independent life style. 19 months & up.  The lower score reflects that there was some difficulty for many of testers to push these two with ease.  The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2009.

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2009 Award
Plan Toys Kitchen Center
(Plan Toys $250 Score:)

This goes together in a jiffy and is well built of chemical free rubberwood. This is a classic combo kitchen with a stove and oven on one side and a sink with removable basin and storage on the other side. Finished in peach and natural wood, it is scaled down enough for an apartment with tight quarters. There are other appliances in this line, but this is the most versatile. 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. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Plan Toys Eco Town
(Plan Toys $150 Score:)

Let's just say from the start, this is an expensive product--but it is very special and will work well with other settings from this company.  This new miniature setting includes a small house, a little train station, an eco charging station (yes, not necessarily for gas), street accessories, and a play mat. This eco town has solar panels, wind mill, and runs on eco renewable energy. You can add more vehicles and other settings to this basic eco-city. 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 Award
Plan Toys Green Dollhouse with Furniture
(Plan Toys $199 Score:)

A five room eco friendly doll house that is not only made of chemical free rubberwood, it is a model for our homes of the future. It comes with furniture AND a wind turbine and solar panel for generating energy. It has a recycling bins, a rain barrel for collecting rain, an electric inverter, and a blind that adjusts the sun and air. The small bushes are made of green pom-pom and the furniture has small cushions for decorating. Best of all, from a play standpoint, it's easy to get your hands into from many angles. This means that several children can play at one time. This is a pricey toy, but one that will stand up over time. If you are interested in a wooden dollhouse, check out the company's A-Frame doll house, as well. 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 Award
Too Many Monkeys
(Gamewright $11 Score:)

Our testers loved that they were playing this game within minutes of reading the directions! Primo the Monkey would like to sleep but there are other monkeys, elephants and giraffes that are keeping him awake. The winner is the one that gets Primo sleeping all by himself. That's the storyline...the game play is a series of fast-paced rounds where you are trying to get your monkey cards in order (from one to six)...if you win the round, you get to have fewer cards...until you have only one monkey. But if you get a giraffe or elephant--you skip your turn--there are also wild cards that our players loved getting! You can play this game with 2-6 players--more fun with at least three players. 6 & 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
Elia Mini Chair
(Elia Fun $29.99 Score:)

We've seen a lot of cardboard furniture in the past, but we were attracted to this chair (designed by an architect). They have a very modern clean look and our testers loved that they can hold up to 200 pounds! Our testers had their older siblings take a seat - putting the chair through its paces. This completely recyclable project also got high marks for being reversible so that there were two decorating opportunities. You can use the included big stickers (think Marimekko inspired)...or you can use your own materials to decorate. Lots of fun...a table is in the works.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2009.

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2009 Award
Chickyboom
(Blue Orange Games $22 Score:)

You start with a bunch of wooden hens (enjoyably purple), bales of hay and wagon wheels - all sitting on a perch. The object is to remove pieces without making everything fall over. The hens, hay and wheels all have different values. The player with the highest number value at the end of the round (when things fall off) wins. Fast paced, easy to learn...a hit with our testers. Requires, dexterity, adding skills, and a sense of humor!  They say 4 and up, we'd say even more fun for the 6 year old crowd.

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 Award
Yamslam
(Blue Orange Games $19.99 Score:)

If you love dice games and math games, Yamslam will be right up your alley. You're rolling the dice in order to collect the corresponding chips before your oppponents do. You roll in the tin container...that looks like it's a travel game for the Ocean Eleven crowd. The Vegas/poker style look of this one attracted some of our older testers. A good game for building math skills.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

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

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