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Product Type: Toys
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Active Physical Play

 

 
2001 Awards
Wiggly Worm Tunnel
(Playhut $25 Score:)

Imagine the fun of crawling through a 5' long Wiggly Worm Tunnel with lots of legs, a happy face, and feelers on top! Good for physical as well as imaginative play.  Marked 3 & up.

SNAP INFO: Kids use big motor skills as they crawl through a 5" long Wiggly Worm tunnel with lots of legs, a happy face, and feelers on top. This folds up and stores when not in use. ACTIVITY: Put a surprise at the far end of the tunnel to motivate reluctant crawlers. For more experienced crawlers play a game by having tots push a bal through the tunnel.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2001 Awards
Tikes Patrol Police Car
(Little Tikes $44.95 Score:)

Kids will get great pretend mileage from this blue squad car with an electronic microphone that has seven different emergency siren sounds (that are mercifully quiet). Runs on foot power for developing muscles and has a working steering wheel and emergency "lights" on the roof . Big 2s–5.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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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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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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Awards
Push/Pull Wagon
(Radio Flyer $60 Score:) Bigger than the classic red wagon, this plastic update has higher sides, a well, and a stout handle for pushing or pulling kids or cargo. This and the BLUE CHIP classic version are ideal for carting plants, tools, imaginary playmates—you name it.

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

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1998 Awards
Fun Gripper Balls
(Saturnian $9.95 Score:) Designed for beginners, these balls are covered with nylon and no slip grips. There's a lightweight bat and baseball, football, soccer, or volleyball. These are a good choice since they are lightweight and non-threatening to inexperienced players. 4 & up. SNAP INFO: Getting the hang on catching and throwing can be tough. These nylon fabric covered balls can be a help with their nonslip grips. There's a lightweight bat and baseball, football, soccer, or volleyball. These are a good choice since they are lightweight and non-threatening to inexperienced players. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1998.

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2000 Awards
School Bus
(Playhut $29.99 Score:) Here's a new twist on play tents. Choose School Bus, Ice Cream Truck, Space Shuttle, or Fire Engine (app. 28" L x 55"W x 36"H). Kids love enclosed spaces where they feel big and imagination takes off. A bit more literal than a tent made of a blanket, but either makes a great rainy day prop for pretending. We wish the ice cream truck were a little less pink and lavender. 3 and up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2000.

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2006 Awards
Gertie Balls
(Small World Toys $8 Score:)

Preschoolers need soft, lightweight, easy-to-catch balls that will not bend back a finger or hurt when they hit. Gertie Balls are gummy and soft enough for kids who may be scared of big heavy balls coming toward them. Also fun, Supersized Gertie Balls ($13), really oversized and great fun for this age group and next.  There's also a super cool Magic Gertie Ball that changes color with hot and cold water. 3 & up. 

SNAP INFO: These colorful balls are soft and slightly sticky to the touch, making them easier to catch and hold onto. They come in a variety of sizes and with different textures. Testers especially liked the knobby one which gave kids an extra way to grip and hold. These are not for toddlers because the air tube can come out and could pose a choking hazard. ACTIVITY: Getting control takes practice. Hang a big hoopla hoop from a tree branch and try to get the ball through the hoop.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2006. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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1998 Awards
Rainbow Play Systems
(Rainbow Play Systems $1100 Score:) Steel parts are vinyl dipped, the wood is chemical free, built of redwood and cedar. This is the Cadillac of gym sets. You'll need to buy a toddler swing for the under three set. Also, avoid tall climber attachments with toddlers and young preschoolers who may climb higher without understanding how to get down. Also, avoid frames with climbers that run across the top of the swings.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1998.

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Awards
Tuggy Sandbox & Splasher
(Step 2 $100 Score:)

There's room for several kids to play side by side and together in this tugboat shaped sandbox. Of course, this takes lots of sand but there's built-in pretend power with a captain's wheel for steering the jolly boat anywhere! They say this converts to a wading pool, but hardly something you can fill and dump with ease. 2 & up.

THIS PRODUCT HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED AND PARTS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE!

TOO BAD.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: .

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