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2004 Award
Radio Flyer Classic Walker Wagon
(Radio Flyer $70 Score:) This updated version is heavier and slower moving than the original, better suited for new walkers to hold on to. Makes a quiet clicking sound as it moves about. At Press time, July 2005, the clickers on models sold from 8/03 to 5/05 were RECALLED. Replacement clickers are available from the company.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Wide Tracker Activity Walker
(Little Tikes $19.99 Score:) Testers gave high marks to Little Tikes’ Wide Tracker Activity Walker has a wider opening in the back so kids are less likely to trip themselves on the wheels! This isn't weighted, the way walkers used to be made, so it's not for tots to pull up on.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Musical Activity Walker
(Fisher-Price $19.99 Score:) This updated classic now has some musical features and seems to roll more slowly than most. Folds for sit-down play with dials and clackers to spin. 9 mos. & up.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2004.

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Discovery Ball
(LeapFrog $19.99 Score:) Our testers did love spinning the ball and hearing the music while the ball was in its cradle. It is really a cause-and-effect toy. However, this heavy plastic ball should not replace having a soft fabric ball for games of roly poly. While the music is pleasant, we take issue with the focus on teaching babies the ABCs.

Age: Infants. Award Year: .

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2004 Awards
Melody & Motion Activity Toy
(Baby Einstein $9.99 Score:) Our tester loved batting at this rolling musical toy and making the paddle wheel spin, or crawling after it as it rolled and played “Für Elise.” Unlike some of the other musicals in this line, the music is slow and calming—not frenetic. Winding it up calls for adult help, but this is a good choice to motivate baby to get moving. 6 mos. & up. SNAP: Winding it up calls for adult help, but this is a good choice to motivate baby’s to get moving. Play a simple I'll roll it to you -you roll it to me game with this toy. (800) 793-1454.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Tolo First Friends Carousel
(Reeves International $20 Score:)

So happy that this wonderful toy is back in the market! A former Platinum Award winner, it's now on our Blue Chip Award List. What we wrote in 2002: Finding easy-to-activate toys is key for young babies who are just learning the power of making something happen. Tolo First Friends Carousel comes with a big knob to make the little people spin inside a see-through dome.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2004. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2004 Awards
Roll & Rhyme Melody Block
(LeapFrog $19.99 Score:) Turn this big fabric block and it either plays music or says a rhyme about the animal featured on the topmost face. The block includes a small mirror, peek-a-boo leaves that open to reveal a parrot, a polar bear that slides on the snow, a fox that pops in and out of its den, and a lion with a satiny mane. Fun for rolling as well as exploring its textures and sounds. They say birth & up, we’d say more like 6 mos. & up. SNAP: Pleasingly easy to activate. Use this for a sing along or talking moment..naming the illustrations on the block or immitating the sounds.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Developlay Activity Center
(Tiny Love $44.95 Score:)

Sadly, this product has been discontinued. A two-sided activity center loaded with interesting challenges for the senses. A polka-dotted spinner reflects in a mirror; music plays with a press of the happy face; pull a ring to make a "hammer" rise and fall. Flip it over for musical buttons, knobs to turn, a gentle pop-up, and gears that spin. 9 mos. & up.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2004.

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2003 Award
Discover & Play Color Blocks
(Baby Einstein $12.99 Score:)

We like the new Discover & Play Color Blocks that have interesting textures on each side. One block makes a quacking sound that your baby will enjoy hearing long before she'll be able to make it happen. These are fun for stacking and knocking down. Editor's Note: Unfortunately, these blocks are no longer available.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2003.

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2004 Award
Tolo First Friends Rocker
(Reeves International $10 Score:)

Just a swipe of the hand makes the beads roll and two little figures spin as it rocks. Interesting for gazing at, but even better for two-handed play. Also top rated: Twist & Turn, Play Triangle Activity Cube, or Gripper Rattle, all beautifully crafted in sturdy primary-colored plastic with interesting action for baby to manipulate.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2004.

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