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

 


2010 Award
Little Tikes Pirate Water Table
(Little Tikes $99 Score:)

We just received a terrific review of this outdoor toy. It's like a water table with a theme that is bound to appeal to kids who like playing pirates. Before we get to the raves, let us say up front, you need a power drill to put this together. Apparently, this was not a problem to our test family...their mom wrote: "Putting together the water table was a breeze! There are only 10 screws -  took me about 15 minutes total to put together (reading instructions included). The only part that was tough was the stopper. I couldn't get it through the hole. My husband had a hard time, but did get it through! My boys loved it! My three year old just kept saying "this is so cool!"  The fountain in the middle was a big hit! I also like that the pump automatically shuts off after a couple minutes--The button is very easy to operate on the pump! Both my 23 month old and 3 and half year old had no trouble with it! They loved all of the characters that came with it and enjoyed putting them in the boats and having them go down the slide. It has kept them entertained for about an hour straight each time, and they don't want to come in when it's time. It's a great toy for them to just explore and use their imaginations without any parent involvement. They enjoyed just standing there and doing their own thing. (Which is very nice!) It was also a good cause/effect lesson with the water fountain. My older child wanted to know what made the things spin on the sides. I always like the unexpected teachable moments! The only negative I had was the water gun part. The button was very hard to push for my kids. They don't yet have the motor skills to support it underneath with one finger and push the button with the other. They would just end up pushing on it and popping it out of place. Eventually, it just got ignored with all of the other fun things to play with on the table. Clean-up was very easy! Just pop the plug out and empty! Overall, this toy was a big hit at our house!" Sounds like a winner to us. 24 months & 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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2010 Award
Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar Wooden Pull Along
(Kids Preferred $17.99 Score:)

A charming wooden pull toy for toddlers that rolls right out of Eric Carle's classic picture book. It has a wiggly motion as it moves along. With its bright red head with purple felt feelers and a multi-colored green body, this Very Hungry Caterpillar pull along toy has a short pull for safety sake. We know that longer pulls look more traditional and meet current safety codes if they do not have a bead on the end. However, toddlers and preschoolers often do the unexpected and long strings on heavy toys still can present a hazard. This little pull toy is designed right for the very young. 12 months & 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. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
YBike
(National Sporting Goods $79.99 Score:)

This low to the ground plastic ride-on has a very modern look. It has one fat wheel at the front and two fat wheels at the back, making it almost like a two-wheeler, but less tippy. This bike is easy for kids to get on and off, but what we really love about the YBIKE is the stability. The majority of ride-ons, including most traditional tricycles, tend to be tippy on the front wheel. The YBike seat is further back so the center of gravity is held down by your child's weight and when they turn - they can do so without falling over...most of the time.

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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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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