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Product Type: Toys
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Vehicles

 


2010 Award
Fisher-Price Steel Force Front Loader
(Fisher-Price $27.99 Score:)

A hefty front loader with working parts that will lift sand, or blocks and dump them wherever your construction worker steers it. This is a 15 inch truck that looks big but is not as heavy as your old Tonka trucks used to be. The painted metal trim is encased in plastic and sealed so there are no sharp edges and it should not rust. Also see the Steel Force Dump Truck. For smaller vehicles to take to beach or sandbox, see the Mini Front Loader and Mini Digger with treads from the same Steel Force line. ($16.99 each). 3 & up. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Fisher-Price Steel Force Dump Truck
(Kid Galaxy $27.99 Score:)

A hefty working 15-inch plastic and steel trimmed dump truck that is light enough for kids to handle. The big wheels will ride through sand and mud and do a good day's work in sandbox or inside for dramatic play, loading and dumping with ease. The painted metal trim is encased in plastic and sealed so there are no sharp edges and it should not rust. 3 & up.

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

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Little Universe Press 'N Go Ice Cream Truck
(Kid Galaxy $29.95 Score:)

Just in time for hot summer days, a jolly ice cream truck with that happy Good Humor-like sounds that say--come out and buy your ice cream! It has a soft body side and six big buttons on top to make it go forward, back, sideways over bumps, and to sound the call. The big buttons make it easy to activate and it goes slowly enough for crawling tots to chase. It's marked 12 months & up…we'd say it's more like a toy for 2's and up.
The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Green Toys Dump Truck
(Green Toys $24.99 Score:)

Our testers really loved playing with this red and yellow dump truck that's made of 100% recycled milk jugs.  Parents also gave high marks to the all green recycled packaging as well. It's a good choice for indoor play or the sandbox. They also have a sturdy Recycling Truck that our testers also enjoyed.

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

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2009 Award
Doodle Track Cars
(Day Dream Toy Company $15 Score:)

Wait till you try these amazing little vehicles that will follow any dark line you draw! These Doodle-Track vehicles are truly magical! Bring home a blue or red sports car. Small enough to fit in your hand, yet these are loaded with play power. Each vehicle comes with it's own set of colorful stickers, a thick black marker and a small pre-drawn track. The little vehicles have an optical sensor that will follow lines drawn by a thick washable marker or crayon. The company also plans to make tracks with signs and seasonal decorative themes available on line that kids can download and print out at www.doodletrackcar.com.  This is a wonderfully open-ended toy that allows kids to dream up new ways of playing. Add original tracks into block settings or create your own raceway for multiple Doodle-Track vehicles to run. This comes under the heading of many good things come in small packages! Requires 2 AAA batteries. Marked 4 & up.   We think this will be enjoyed by older kids as well...not to mention their parents.    The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

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

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2009 Awards
Shake 'N Go Extreme Speedway
(Fisher-Price $65 Score:)

We've told you about these Shake 'N Go cars before. To charge them up you have to shake them and off they go.  You get two cars in this new Extreme Speedway set that is packaged with a marvelous set of tracks with a goodly supply of pieces that can be set up in six or more formations. Unlike last season's track, which could only work as a circle, this is far more open-ended. Kids can construct a loop with figure eight track, an oval within an oval, a circle within a circle or many other choices.  Follow the patterns shown or create your own. There are so many ways to use the Easy Track Changeup. The set includes a ramp and barrels for doing tricks. A memorable gift! 

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

SNAP IDEAS: Making the track fit together is pretty open ended now and the pieces are big and easy to put in vrious formations.  But the best parts of this toy are the cars themselves. In fact, you can buy the cars separately. There is no remote controller to make them go. You need to shake the cars and count to ten and va-va-va- voom off they go! There's plenty of built in practice since you ned to count and shake them everytime. What a fun payoff for counting!

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

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2009 Award
Thomas and Friends Wooden Talking Great Discovery Set
(Learning Curve International $179.99 Score:)

Happily Thomas and Friends are back! After all of the lead issues, it's nice to see that the company has regrouped and come out with something that will attract train fans! Push one of the special trains through the station and Sir Topham Hatt will great the trains. While we were originally concerned that this additional of technology would overtake the experience, it really enhances the play possibilities. We also LOVE that there is a volume setting since the out of the box setting is really loud. If you already have a lot of trains, you can also just bring home the Stop and Greet Station ($69.99) or the new Cranky the Crane ($69.99) and the new talking trains ($14.99 each). It's all really pricey but very innovative and special.

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

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

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2009 Award
Tonka Racin' Fleet
(Hasbro $7.99 Score:)

Five little rubbery vehicles with faces on the front are a good fit for toddlers small hands. These can be used flat out on the floor or with the Tonka Fold ‘n Go Garage or the Round About Railway. A fleet of rescue trucks can be added to the action. These are designed for the youngest players. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab. 12 months & up.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2009.

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2009 Awards
Sprig Eco-Trucks
(Sprig $14.99 Score:)

Choose from a loader, dump truck or an excavator, ready for serious action in the playground sandbox or at the beach (they also function with snow). These construction trucks have working parts, are paint-free, and lightweight enough to take along with ease. Our tester, liked how easily they could be carried up and down steps for use indoors and out. Made from recycled milk jugs and sawdust, this company has focused on eco-centric toys from the start. 3 & up. 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: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Awards
Kid Galaxy Press n Gogo School Bus or Fire Engine
(Kid Galaxy $30 Score:)

Instead of a remote, these two soft bodied vehicles are activated with big buttons on top. One activates the horn or siren, another moves the vehicle forward and another backwards. Two other buttons move the chassis from left to right or right to left.  A lot of actions for toddlers to remember. But there will be plenty of trial and error and easy to activate motion. A better choice for 3's & up.
The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

 

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

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