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Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Dolls and Huggables

 

 
2013 Awards
North American Bear, Dolly Pockets Red Riding Hood
(North American Bear Co. $24.99 Score:)

A 14-inch rag doll that comes with three finger puppets (Granny, the big bad wolf and the woodsman) Little Red is ready to act out her story or play an all new one. Her red cape and polka-dotted dress are on to stay and her fabric hairs is permanently in place, too. A good choice for preschoolers to engourage retelling familiar stories. Also see Dolly Pockets Cinderella and Goldilocks and the three Bears. 3 & up.

SNAP: Telling stories without a book in hand, can bring a story to life and encourage children to participate in the telling. This kind of doll with finger puppets is a great prop for doing that kind of story telling and maybe even getting little listeners to turn into little story tellers. Before a repetative line...pause and say and 'what did the big bad wolf say then?'

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Barbie Mars Explorer, Career of the Year 2013
(Mattel $12.99 Score:)

"She's out of this world!" That's what our tester said about the striking new Mars Explorer Barbie. Created in collaboration with NASA, she comes dressed in a sleek white space suit with hot pink bands. Her pink helmet is removable, as are her space boots and oxygen tank. As you would expect, Barbie is bringing her signature pink to the red planet. Winner of the Career of the Year, 2013, Barbie is once again showing girls that they can reach for the stars with jobs that involve science and exploration. Barbie Mars Explorer is available both as African American or Caucasian versions and commemorates the First anniversary of NASA's Curiosity Rover landing on Mars. We like the science factoids on the box and the image of the Curiosity Rover behind Barbie.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Fur Real Friends Sweet Blossom Pony Snuggimal
(Hasbro $16.99 Score:)

Small enough to fit into standard block construction sites, this spotted pony walks with lively steps when you push her on the back. Sweet blossom is just one of a new group of plush figures. Sweet bloosom is cuter in person than the photo. These are mini-versions of the original Fur Real Friends that started out as child-size ride-ons. 4 & up

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Groovy Girls Soccerific Set
(Manhattan Toy $13 Score:)

Groovy Girls have their own outfit for playing soccer: set includes soft soccer ball, fabric shin guards with ribbon straps that feature Velcro-like closures. 3 & up

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Groovy Girls Yogalicious Wear
(Manhattan Toy $13 Score:)

Your Groovy Girl is ready for Yoga class. Her set includes purple and green sweat pants, a hooded sweatshirt, a felt yoga mat with green and purple patterns.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Groovy Girls Coolicious Closet
(Manhattan Toy $25 Score:)

For easy storage with take-along handle, this closet holds two Groovy Girls. Made of sturdy board stock, the closet has a hanging rack with six hangers, a drawer that opens for storing small accessories, and a secure clasp when play is done. 3 & up

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Groovy Girls Wheelin in Style
(Manhattan Toy $40 Score:)

Two Groovy Girls can get about in this cool coupe. It comes with Velcro seatbelts for safety and plastic wheels that really roll. FYI, this season there is also a Victorian shaped bathtub with towel and bathbrush that may appeal to some, though it does not hold water. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Baby Abuelito Pancho
(Kids Preferred $27.99 Score:)

First let us say, this looks like few Grandpas of the past fifty years that we have known. Even Great Grandpas of today do not look like this steroptyical. That said, this is a cuddly fabric doll that sings four charming folk songs in Spanish with a squeeze of his hand. He is more photogenic, than the matching Abuelita doll, so don't be put off.  He's adorable in person, has a great singing voice, and his huggability factor is a 10! 2 & up.

 

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Baby Abuelita Rosa
(Kids Preferred $21.99 Score:)

First let us say, this looks like no Grandma of the past fifty years that we have known. Even Great Grandmas of today do not look like this steroptyical granny. That said, this is a cuddly fabric doll that sings six charming folk songs in Spanish, with a squeeze of her hand. She is not too photogenic, so don't be put off. She is much sweeter in person and her huggability factor is a 10! Her singing is perfect!

 

 

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
North American Bear Dolly Pockets Wizard of Oz
(North American Bear Co. $24.99 Score:)

Dressed in a blue checked dress with three pockets that hold the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow finger puppets, an all fabric Dorothy is ready for acting out the whole classic story. Dorothy has long brown pigtails tied up in two bunches with red ribbons. Her features are stitched on and her dress is sewn on. A good choice for language development and recalling the sequence of the story from beginning to end. Try sharing the story telling to begin with.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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