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Age: Toddlers

 


2014 Award
Seek-a-Boo Game
(MindWare $19.99 Score:)

One of the most age appropriate games for older toddlers and younger preschoolers. The game can be scaled down for the youngest players by using fewer sets of matching images. There are six categories: food, toys, clothing, things found outdoors, animals and colors/shapes. For each category there are large circles with clear photos of each image- these are called the "Seek Me" cards. You place those on the floor. Now you select from the matching "Find Me" cards. Ask your child to find the image on the find me card.  You play until you have found all the matches. While this may seem very basic, it's just right for older toddlers and young preschoolers as a way of developing their vocabulary.  You can add more categories for older players. Bravo to Mindware for making a game on target for this age group!

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
The Little Yoga Mat
(The Little Yoga Mat $29.95 Score:)

If your little one would like to be with you while you're doing your yoga, here's a little mat (36" x 14") designed for toddlers and younger preschoolers. Comes in both a SUN and LOTUS design. Material  is biodegradable, recyclable, lead, PVC and allergen free.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Fisher Price Roller Blocks Play Wall
(Fisher-Price $34.99 Score:)

A play wall intended for the vertical baby/young toddler crowd. The two-sided plastic wall comes with four blocks to use on either side of the toy. One side has three ramps and the other side has knobs - each offer a different experience for dropping the blocks. Normally this type of toy would come with balls rather than squares and would have worked better.  Of added interest, each of the cubes come with balls encased that will spin.   

 

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Award
Janod Duck Family
(Janod $24.99 Score:)

Unlike many of the wooden toys we've received this year, this stackable duck family  has a beautiful feel and quality to it. The pieces are pleasing to hold. There's lots to talk about as you play with this set with your toddler. The pieces are both color-coded and have numbers on them (something that your toddler does not need to focus on)...rather with younger toddlers talk about the colors, concepts like one more, taking one off, etc.

Taking the pieces on and off requires a great deal of dexerity. Depending on when you buy this toy, you may find that your toddler is more interested in filling and dumping the pieces into the box. Not to worry, pull the toy out again in a few weeks and you'll see how differently your child plays with this type of toy as they approach 18 months.  While there are color "stories" here - we like the fact that there is no right or wrong way to play with the pieces on the four separate posts.  Don't be restrained by the numbers.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Kaloo Perle Medium Chubby Rabbit
(Janod $29.99 Score:)

It's hard to pick which of these sweet rabbits and bears is cuter. We love the quality of the plush, the design (each wears an inviting smile) -- and they come in a round sturdy box that gives a nod to the level of the line. So pick your favorite...there are baby blue and pink versions as well as a cheerful colors line.  All come in small, medium and large choices. Each would make lovely baby shower or first birthday presents.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Kaloo Colors Doudou Rabbit Musical
(Janod $34.99 Score:)

While most of the Kaloo line will make perfect baby shower presents, we love this soft huggable rabbit as a first birthday present. Young toddlers will love the easy-to-grasp orange arms, blue legs and multi-colored ears - all done in super delicious plush. There's a little owl that hangs from the "scarf" around his neck. You can pull this to activate the music. There is a tie on the back so that you can attach the rabbit to a crib or stroller but we really see this as a first huggable toy that will get lots of hugs! Comes in a lovely gift box.  

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Kaloo Plume Small Rabbit
(Janod $39.99 Score:)

Everyone that picks up this super sweet rabbit with a squishy velour belly makes an "ahhhhh" sound! The long   easy-to-grasp ears and the all stitched features  make this an  ideal choice  for  older babies and toddlers. Comes in green, pink, and blue. Designed in France we are delighted that they are machine washable! Each of the Kaloo dolls comes in a lovely gift box making this a perfect shower or first birthday present.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Kaloo Doudou Knots Rabbit Blue
(Janod $24.99 Score:)

If you looked up delicious, you should find a picture of this new collection from Kaloo. Super soft velour makes you want to handle this small blankie (under 8")  that has a rabbit head at the top and knots at each corner. This collection is designed in France and is smartly machine washable. A perfect shower gift!

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Quercetti Daisy Shape Sorter
(International Playthings $37 Score:)

Finding age appropriate toys for young toddlers can be challenging. They're no longer infants and have outgrown many of their toys -- but not quite ready for most manipulative toys geared towards older toddlers and preschoolers.  The new Daisy Shape Sorter hits the sweet spot for young toddlers (1-2). The big flower-shaped container comes with a top that has seven different shapes for sorting. Now for one year olds you can also just use this as a fill and dump toy by taking the top off. Soon enough your toddler will be able to do the shape sorting aspect of this toy. We love that the openings give color cues by matching the color on the shape pieces. Comes with 14 pieces for sorting, filling and dumping. A great parent-child toy to explore together.

 

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
Kidoozie Stack n Sort
(International Playthings $19.99 Score:)

So many ways to play with this 12-piece stack and nesting set with shape-sorter lid. All the pieces fit in the big bucket for storage. Turn the bucket over and kids can stack the colorful cups to make a tower two and a half feet tall as they discover size order. Knock them down and fir them one by one back into the big pail--another way of discovering size order. Forget about nesting or stacking, put the lid on the pail and use it for sorting shapes that will go ker-plunk into the geometric shaped openings in the lid. But that is not all. Every one of the cups and the pail has holes for safety's sake, but that makes them fun for sprinkling effects in the tub or on the beach. Kids will need adults to introduce this versatile toy.  A good choice for introducing size order, counting, color concepts, positions words, and color concepts, too.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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