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Product Type: Toys
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Pretend Play

 


2011 Award
Educo Discovery Spaceship and Lift Off Rocket
(HaPe $120 Score:)

An imaginative spaceship playhouse. Of course, with the space programs going in a different direction, imaginative play may be all earthlings can do these days. This four story setting has an elevator in the center and lots of play figures, a medical area, treadmill, computer stations, vehicles, and solar panels. It's more sci-fi than science since they included aliens with the astronauts. We think space minded parents will have to give kids some back stories to play with this mini setting that would have been their dream toy in the heyday of NASA. It's almost like looking at Back to the Future. 

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Prehistoric Anamalz
(Anamalz $12.95 Score:) Choose from this collection of six dinosaurs; triceratops, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus,Torosaurus, Brontosaurus, and Parasaurolophus. They are handcrafted wooden toys with fabric covered flexible necks, and wooden feet that can be posed for action or give them balance for standing in place. These are finished in natural wood grain with licks of color. Ideal as props for blocks or play with them on the Playmat ($39.95) that is covered with green, blue and brown velour to represent grass, water, and dirt field. The water has fabric rocks that animals can cross and small wooden fish that are under see-through fabric. At the end of the day the playmat turns inside out and becomes a storage holder for all the animals. Also available in this collection, Orange, Apple and Wild Trees ($16.95 each) 6 inches tall. Also see: Farm and Wild AnamalZ ( $8.95 each.) Made in Australia, these are charming collectibles that will have a busy life as kids build block settings of farms, zoos, and prehistoric sites. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Educo Modern Family
(HaPe $19.99 Score:)

A seven-piece set of dollhouse sized play figures. Dressed in soft fabric clothes and yarn hair, these little figures are bendable and can actually stand on their own feet (not the baby, of course.) There are mom and dad, gram and gramps, brother and sister and baby. Perfect props for dramatic play in doll houses or block props. Sets are available in both African American and Caucasian finish. 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Awards
Pita Pocket Lunch
(Hape $14.99 Score:)

For pretend time lunches, how about something healthy? So many pretend toy are about hot dogs, cupcakes and ice cream. Here is a new look. A felt pita bread in two halves with a pocket ready to fill with felt lettuce and Swiss cheese and wooden pepper, onions, pickle, and tomato slices. These are great as props for dramatic play. They are also good for knowing and naming as well as simple sorting. Pita Lunch Color Game for Two: Each player gets a half a pita. The object is to get one piece of each kind of food in your pita pocket. Make a color die with a small block and put green marker on two faces of the cube, put red marker on two others, yellow on one face and purple on another. Now players take turns rolling the die. They can take a piece of food that matches the color thrown. The first to get one of each color wins. Follow up with some real pita sandwiches for a snack or lunch--that will probably cost less than the toy.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Kidoozie Little Roadster Steering Wheel
(International Playthings $28 Score:)

We had a toddler visitor who would not let go of this interactive steering wheel. He went all the way home to France with it and his mom reports it is still his favorite! We know steering wheel toys have always been a hit with toddlers. But this one is going to get more mileage than most. It's a big blue wheel with a broad green base that keeps it stabile on the table or floor. But that is just the practical part. This electronic steering wheel has icons on the buttons that kids may begin to "read" when they want to toot the horn, call for and emergency truck, or "listen" to the radio. As they steer side to side the blinker arrows light up.

It has a shift button; shift into Drive to activate the screen as they steer. Put it in Reverse and hear the back up signal sound. There is a turn on button that starts the engine and brake sounds when the car is put in Neutral. All those special effects are sure to be used hit and miss at first, but more purposefully as they get to find their way around on imaginary trips. Marked 12 months and up. We think slightly older kids will find many ways to use this for their pretend play.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Wild Anamalz
(Anamalz $8.95 Score:)

Choose from this wonderful collection of Wild Anamalz; Baboon, Buffalo, Moose, Polar Bear, Bear, Crocodile, Giraffe, elephant and others. They are handcrafted wooden toys with fabric covered flexible necks, and wooden feet that can be posed for action or give them balance for standing in place. These are finished in natural wood grain with licks of color. Ideal as props for blocks or play with them on the Playmat ($39.95) that is covered with green, blue and brown velour to represent grass, water, and dirt field. The water has fabric rocks that animals can cross and small wooden fish that are under see-through fabric. At the end of the day the playmat turns inside out and becomes a storage holder for all the animals. Also available in this collection, Orange, Apple and Wild Trees ($16.95 each) 6 inches tall. Also see: Prehistoric Anamalz: Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus, Torosaurus, Brontosaurus, and Parasaurolophus ($12.95 each) and Farm Anamalz ($8.95 each) Made in Australia, these are charming collectibles that will have a busy life as kids build block settings of farms, zoos, and prehistoric sites.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Farm Anamalz
(Anamalz $8.95 Score:)

Choose from this wonderful collection of Farm Anamalz; Bull, Cow, Horse, Pig, Sheep, Black Ram, Donkey Goat and reindeer.They are handcrafted wooden toys with fabric covered flexible necks, and wooden feet that can be posed for action or give them balance for standing in place. These are finished in natural wood grain with licks of color. Anamalz are deal as props for blocks or play with them on the Playmat ($39.95) that is covered with green, blue and brown velour to represent grass, water, and dirt field. The water has fabric rocks that animals can cross and small wooden fish that are under see-through fabric. At the end of the day the playmat turns inside out and becomes a storage holder for all the animals. Also available in the collection, Orange, Apple and Wild Trees ($16.95 each) 6 inches tall. Also see: Prehistoric Anamalz: Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus, Torosaurus, Brontosaurus, and Parasaurolophus ($12.95 each) and Wild Anamalz ($8.95 each) Made in Australia, these are charming collectibles that will have a busy life as kids build block settings of farms, zoos, and prehistoric sites. 

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Play-Doh Cookie Monster's Letter Lunch
(Hasbro $19.99 Score:)

Cookie Monster is all set to gobble up lunch, but first your preschooler has to make it with Play Doh. There are four small containers plus a pot full of alphabet molds as well as molds for making fruits and veggies! Yes! Cookie is eating healthy food these days. Drop the food into his mouth and it can be recycled by reaching into the opening on the backside. No, he does not poop. The play-doh pieces are just there, although we do think some kids will see the alimentary connection. Cookie also has a fork and spoon for stirring and eating. Happily there are no batteries or sound effects--they leave that to the kids. Also, food connections are built into the Play-Doh Twirl 'n Top Pizza Shop (3 balls). One five-year-old tester had trouble making the twirler move and his mom doubted any 3-year-old could work it. It comes with an oven, play-doh extruder that grates pretend cheese, and molds for making pizza toppings. We decided to pass on this one. Frankly, we'd rather get some real dough and have kids help with making the real thing that they can eat for lunch.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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Thomas & Friends Cranky & Flynn Save the Day
(Fisher-Price $80 Score:)

An elaborate play set with a huge crane that is operated by remote control. This is another setting that connects to the many other track sets in the Thomas & Friends line. Although the crane will lift the cargo box, the hook needs to be put in place manually. It's the type of big toy that is apt to be a WOW kind of present, but only for a short period of time.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Thomas & Friends Take-n-Play Rumbling Gold Mine Run
(Fisher-Price $45 Score:)

The Sodor Mining Company play setting has a see-through window into the mine. Push the tower and the gold nuggets inside "rumble" and tumble. It has no electronic lights or sounds other than plastic nuggets that rattle some. Put Thomas on top of the track and he races down past an exploding mine shaft. This is a pretty limited pricey play setting with a single cast iron engine that can simply go down the ramp and then needs to be pushed back up. The set includes track to connect to other Take and Play sets. Be forewarned: The tracks in these sets are not compatible with other Thomas playsets. We think that is unfortunate. However, on its own, this is a fun set for beginners that requires no building or connecting. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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