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Age: Toddlers
Categories: Active Physical Play

 


2010 Award
Ride-On Fire Engine
(Wonderworld $99 Score:)

This all wooden ride-on toy has a very retro feel that appealed to both our parents and kid testers. The vehicle is easy to swing a leg over. Many ride-ons have back pieces that make getting on tricky for kids. Toddlers will love the secret compartment under the seat for stowing away treasures. Pricer than most plastic counterparts, this is the type of toy that will be passed down between family and friends. We also gave this vehicle high marks since the front wheels actually turn. You wouldn't think this is a big deal but it's one of our pet peeves - most vehicles for this age group no longer have moving front wheels - so if kids want to change directions they have stand up and pick up the vehicle.

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

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

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2010 Award
Tickly Toy Zebra Activity Ball
(North American Bear Co. $20 Score:)

A jolly looking fabric ball with two zebra striped soft plush handles on either side that baby can grab and shake. There are little ribbons on top and bottom that will also interest little hands. The rattle inside is very quiet, but the patterns on the ball are lively stripes, polka-dots and animals. A good choice for sitting up and crawling babies.

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

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

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2009 Award
Radio Flyer Ultimate Comfort Wagon
(Radio Flyer $169.99 Score:)

If you were looking for the Lexus of wagons, look no further than the new Radio Flyer Ultimate Family Wagon.  Our testers liked all the tricked out features of this wagon that is designed to provide the ultimate ride to your kids.  It comes with seating for adjustable seating for two, places for their drinks, seatbelts (a really important safety feature), a place for your drinks as well (on the outside) and a UV cover that can be removed if full sun is preferred. What's also pretty neat--if you have one child, the other seat back can pull down so that they have a surface (for drawing or using as a table for a snack). 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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2009 Awards
Kids II Bright Starts Bees & Blooms Balls
(Kids II $12.99 Score:)

A set of three fabric balls that crinkle, rattle and jingle. Use them for tracking, rolling, and swiping at. Lightweight enough for safety and squishy soft enough for little fists to grab.  Covered in patterned knit fabrics of pink and chartreuse they have plenty of eye appeal that leads to active play. There are short ribbons and loops for little fingers to explore or use a plastic ring to attach one to a car seat for little hands to bat at. This trio of balls makes a lovely shower gift that will get lots of playtime use. Newborn & up. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

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

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2009 Award
Earlyears Taggies Rocker
(International Playthings $120 Score:)

Scaled for tots, here’s a giraffe with colorful spots and taggie mane all stitched to an orange and yellow soft ride-on rocker. It has hot pink licks on the crinkle ears and a happy smile of safe-stitched features. This is one friendly looking ride-on. O.K., the neck is not long like a giraffe—call it a pony. Toddlers will not care. It’s soft and low to the ground for easy on and off. Built with a mild rocking motion for kids who are steady on their feet. Ones will need help to get on and holding while they go. Older toddlers will love the gentle motion and take charge action of this cute critter, whatever you call it.
        The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

 

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

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2001 Awards
Naturally Playful Clubhouse Climber
(Step 2 $500 Score:)

The Naturally Playful Clubhouse Climber is an update of the Platinum Award winning Bridge & Tunnel Clubhouse Climber. The only significant change is color--now done in the more muted colors of the naturally playful line. It remains a great combo gym and playhouse for older toddlers and preschoolers. Comes with two towers, a slide, and connecting bridge our testers loved. One tower is outfitted with pretend props and a table and chairs.

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

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2000 Award
Push & Ride Racer
(Little Tikes $20 Score:)

The Push & Ride line no longer comes with steering ability, which had always set them apart. That said, it's still a good choice, but have your child test-drive it for size. Testers with shorter legs found it hard to get on and off. 1 & up. The Load & Ride Dump Truck ($35) has a working steering wheel and dump action for pretend construction play. 18 mos. & up.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2000. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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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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1995 Awards
Push Cart
(Galt $89.95 Score:)

This updated classic wooden cart is pricier than any of its plastic counterparts but can be passed down to younger siblings! Very stable push along for early walkers and a perfect first wagon for carting treasures.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 1995. 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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