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2007 Award
Smushy Elephant
(North American Bear Co. $25 Score:)

You’ve heard of the three bears? How about three adorable pachyderms? In creamy white with pink or blue satin ribbons or powder blue, these fuzz-free huggables have high and low plush, turned up trunks, and floppy ears, and come in a 25", 17", or 11" cuddly soft armful. Very lovable! (800) 682-3427.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Awards
Zoom Around Garage
(International Playthings $59.95 Score:)

Our 21⁄2 year old tester loved the levels of this multilevel garage and the elevator - his mom loved that the set comes with four cars (easier to share that way!) The chunky plastic cars can ride up the elevator and roll down the chutes and ramps with sound effects and flashing lights (not too loud). A fun setting for dramatic play. Cars can be played with separately or linked together with magnetic connectors. They say 1 & up - we'd say more like 18 mos. & up. (800) 445-8347.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Awards
Little People Lil' Movers School Bus
(Fisher-Price $16.99 Score:) Push down on the school bus driver and the lights flash, horn beeps, and music plays on this big yellow school bus. Kids can be loaded through the side door or the open roof. Bus includes a wheelchair but no ramp for getting it on and off. They say 1 & up. We’d say more like 18 months & up. Still fun, Little People Cement Mixer Truck (800) 432-5437. SNAP: We like the fact that this school bus includes a wheel chair for one of the Little People. This is a terrific toy for dramatic play. Loading the passengers on and off allows you to use location words and position words in a concrete way that makes abstract concepts more meaningful.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Get Real Gear
(Aeromaxtoys $49.95 Score:) We were impressed with this company’s themed jumpsuits: new for 2007, an astronaut’s white suit and an amazing helmet ($43.95 5) that comes with audio commands for a “lift off”—really for 4s and up. Past favorites: Jr. Air Force Pilot and Jr. Championship Racer. Come in sizes for kids 3–12. PLATINUM AWARD ’05. They have new gender-specific doctor outfits (not our speed). (877) 776-2291.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Bebe Do with Moses Basket
(Corolle $70 Score:) A very special-looking present that comes with a 14" baby doll in a charming pink fabric-lined carrying basket with quilt, toy bunny, bottle, and baby book! There is an African American Bebe Do version ($49.99) but unfortunately not with the basket. (800) 668-4846.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Corolle's Nursery
(Corolle $36 Score:) The perfect accessory for doll play. This nursery looks most like a portable crib done in pink and white. Comes with an activity arch with two dangling toys. Sure to be a pleaser, especially with a new doll inside!

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Awards
Center Stage Puppets
(Mary Meyer $13 Score:)

Just right for lively reenactments of your favorite stories. There’s a wide assortment of animals: bear, dog, frog, horse, monkey, lion, moose, and wolf! (800) 451-4387.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Jumbo Jungle Animals
(Learning Resources $29.95 Score:) Perfect props for pretend, a set of five jungle animals—a 13" giraffe, an elephant, a lion, a tiger, and a gorilla. Handsomely finished with realistic colors. Little hands will find lots of ways to use these with and without blocks. 2 & up. Still top rated, Jumbo Farm Animals ($22.95 41?2) Seven farm animals, a horse, cow, pig, goat, sheep, goose, and rooster sized proportionately to each other. 3 & up. (800) 222-3909.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Awards
Caterpillar Race
(Edushape $12.95 Score:) Two caterpillars are racing to the finish line. The way they get there is with a roll of the dice, players move the matching piece of the caterpillar’s body forward. Okay, so there are some body integrity issues here, but it’s really fun to play and a fresh new twist on color concepts! (800) 404-4744. 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: 2007.

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2007 Award
CooCoo the Rocking Clown
(Blue Orange Games $19.95 Score:)

CooCoo the Clown rocks on big green shoes as players take turns putting the “balls” on his arms and head. Watch out! Do not let them fall! There are lots of opportunities to win and lose this classic balancing game. 3 & up. Still top rated for kids working on counting skills, Zimbbos! ($19.95 41⁄2). Roll the die and stack the number of elephants shown. Can you do it without having the pyramid fall? Not exactly easy, but fun. 3–6. 


Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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