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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Active Physical Play

 

 
2001 Awards
Razor Scooter
(Razor Scooter $99 Score:)

Since we first reviewed the Razor Scooter in 2001, it has become the granddaddy of them all. When they first arrived on the scene, it was hard to walk around the streets of our Greenwich Village office without seeing dozens of kids on them (or parents carrying them to their kids for pick up!)  They have maintained their apply with kids as one the experiences of childhood. Here in New York City--they have replaced the "first bike" as the main mode of childhood transportation. We are always amazed by the really little kids that have mastered the scooter! 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2001. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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SkyCenter Playhouse Climber and Swing Extension
(Little Tikes $650 Score:) This gym has an attachable metal swing set extension that also needs to be anchored with concrete for stability.

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

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Brio Waterway
(Brio $40 Score:) Learn how locks lift ships with this wet and entertaining hands-on waterway. We've seen waterways before, but this system goes together with greater ease and no leaks. New for 2001 (and very pricey), Waterway Waterslide set ($90), designed for younger kids, was not ready for testing. Adult help needed.

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

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Grow to Pro Golf Set
(Fisher-Price $19.99 Score:) If playing golf is big in your family, your preschooler will no doubt want to try it, too. Here's the perfect set to start-comes in new colors with two clubs, and a rolling case that also holds and dispenses the golf balls.

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

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1995 Awards
Little Tikes Playground
(Little Tikes $480 Score:) This top-of-the-line climber is part playhouse, part climber. It does not provide the kind of big-muscle climbing, dangling, and jumping that classic monkey bars do, but kids had no complaints. They loved the multiple play areas with mini-tunnel, slides, and platforms for imaginative play. Expensive but a solid investment.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1995.

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2004 Awards
My Playhouse/Theatre
(Alex $200 Score:) Here is imagination central! A giant combo playhouse, puppet stage, and store. Sure to be the focal point of any playroom, this sturdy wood-and-laminated play center is done in Maisy-like primary stripes and dots. It has a shelf for a puppet stage, side-window “ticket” office, front and back curtains, and a working door. The new version is slightly larger, with fabric sides, but is still very sturdy. 3 & up. PLATINUM AWARD ’00.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2002 Awards
Magical Color Changing Gertie Balls
(Small World Toys $6 Score:) These gummy inflatable balls are soft enough for kids who may be scared of big heavy balls coming toward them. We particularly like the new-for- magical color-changing Gertie. Put in a cold place, it turns pink; toss it and your handprints show up in blue! SNAP ACTIVITY: Start out with a cold ball and count how many catches back and forth it takes to turn the ball to another color. An active counting game.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2003 Awards
Crayon Balance Beam
(Artistic Coverings $199 Score:) A pricey but neat piece of equipment that will be a hit with preschoolers and early school-aged kids who love the challenge of walking on a beam (with the safety of knowing that you're only inches off the ground). The crayon is 6' long and 10" wide with a 4" beam surface.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2009 Award
Razor RipRider 360
(Razor $99 Score:)

The RipRider 360 Caster Trike is the update of the original Razor Scream Machine that we really loved in 2003. It has smaller caster wheels than the Scream Machine. But the fun remains the same. Like the Big Wheels we had as kids, this is low to the ground trike-like bike is great fun designed for kids 4 & up. We'd add a flag so vehicles can see riders low to the ground! Be forewarned: this does take some skill in putting it together. 4–8.

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

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2003 Award
Flying Turtle
(Mason Company $69.95 Score:) Low to the ground, this seat on skate wheels zips along on any smooth surface by twisting the handlebars from side to side. No pedals, no batteries, no motor! This is kid powered and fun for kids up to 150 pounds. One test family keeps this indoors and claims that all visiting kids from 4-12 enjoy it! (800) 821-4141.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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