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2000 Awards
Pretend & Play Teaching Telephone
(Learning Resources $39.95 Score:) You can program in any phone number and leave a message. When your child calls that number they hear your message. A great way to teach important phone numbers and the concept of 911. Even the concept of taking messages is built into the pretend. 4 & up. PLATINUM AWARD '00. SNAP INFO: For learning functional use of a phone, important numbers, and the concept of 911, this is a gem! Even the concept of taking messages is built into the play. You can program in any phone number and leave a message. When your child calls that number she hears your message.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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2001 Award
Lacing Puppets
(Lauri $9 Score:) Choose from a variety of precut felt puppet sets with different themes (bunnies, bugs, Cinderella) that kids lace together and then use to tell their own stories. Kits come with yarn and big plastic needle for sewing which develops fine motor skills kids need for writing. Newest additions to the lacing puppets includes holiday themes such as a witch.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2000 Award
Construction Helmet
(Small World Toys $8 Score:) Dress up clothes are always a favorite. Some can come from the closet. More specific ones can be made or bought. Testers liked this yellow hard hat that comes with a built-in light.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2000.

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2001 Award
Very Busy Cook & Baker Sets
(Alex $30 Score:) Young chefs will love these realistic child-sized baking pans, metal pots, colander, ladle, wooden spoon, and chef's hat! Unlike some metal utensils these are beautifully finished with rolled edges. Will appeal to both boys and girls. Unfortunately, there is only a girl on the box. 4 & up. New for 2002, a smaller Compleater Cook Set($20) wiih eight pieces.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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1995 Awards
Push Cart
(Galt $89.95 Score:)

This updated classic wooden cart is pricier than any of its plastic counterparts but can be passed down to younger siblings! Very stable push along for early walkers and a perfect first wagon for carting treasures.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 1995. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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1995 Awards
Cozy Coupe
(Little Tikes $49.99 Score:)

The ultimate classic ride-in toy comes with a fun "ignition switch". We love that the front wheels really turn so that kids can steer in any direction. Many wheel toys have surprisingly lost that feature. Happily it's also done in gender free colors so that it can be enjoyed by everyone. More recently the company produced a pink vehicle for those that need their vehicle genderized. We [refer the yellow and red vehicle that can be passed along from brothers to sisters and between cousins of both genders.  

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 1995. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2000 Award
Push & Ride Racer
(Little Tikes $20 Score:)

The Push & Ride line no longer comes with steering ability, which had always set them apart. That said, it's still a good choice, but have your child test-drive it for size. Testers with shorter legs found it hard to get on and off. 1 & up. The Load & Ride Dump Truck ($35) has a working steering wheel and dump action for pretend construction play. 18 mos. & up.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2000. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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Mozart's Magic Cube
(em-bry-on-ics $34.99 Score:) Too bad they forgot the volume control on this musical block. Babies are supposed to press the sides of the block to hear a French horn, flute, violin, piano or the whole orchestra. This is cheaper than Neurosmith's Platinum Award winning Musical Blocks but the latter are far more versatile, playing many kinds of music and have sound quality that is worth the price. These are a pale imitation.

Age: Infants. Award Year: .

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Music & Lights Sit 'n Spin
(Playskool $19.99 Score:) They added lights and sounds to this classic toy and these electronic extras are anything but a plus. It's loud and totally annoying. But according to one tester the sounds and lights didn't hold up anyway. Another example of less was more. Nor do we think 18 months an ideal age for this kind of toy.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: .

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2000 Awards
Music Blocks
(Small world toys $69.95 Score:)

A new addition to our Blue Chip Award list. Remains one of our favorite toys, ever.  Here's what we wrote in 2000: One of the most innovative toys of the year! We were skeptical about such an expensive musical toy for kids-that was, until we played it! Imagine five colored plastic blocks each side with a geometric shape and representing a different sound. Match the shapes or play them in random order -there's no right or wrong way. Push on the blocks to play musical phrases! What sets this toy apart is the quality of the sound: woodwinds, trumpets, percussion. Comes with "Mozart's Night Music" cartridge. Bring home the "Rhythms of the World" cartridge right away. The new Disney music cartridges are not recommended since they produce a disconcerting disconnected effect so that songs do not make sense. We also found that the new Discovery Block, a big fabric block with peek-a-boo surprises was overly loud, frenetic, and too didactic. Teaching concepts such as "hexagon" to toddlers who are just learning to speak seems out of sync and not especially playful! 2 & up.

snap info: Want a rewarding tool for developing matching skills? Color concepts? Cause and effect? It's all here, plus great sound quality! Players touch blocks to activate a musical phrase or rhythm. Shapes on the blocks determine what instrument you'll hear. It's fun to mix up the shapes on the blocks for a variety of sounds. Kids with visual disabilities can "read" raised symbols on the blocks. Pricey but one of the most innovative toys we've found for kids with or without disabilities. New for 2000, update with extra cartridges ($19.99 each) of Bach, Jazz or Rhythms; a Cyber Cartridge ($49.99) downloads music from the internet.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2000. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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