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

 


2011 Award
Little Tikes 2 in 1 Garden Cart and Wheelbarrow
(Little Tikes $39.99 Score:)

Just right for your little gardener who will love having his own tools and easy to push wheelbarrow to assist with the family gardening! The wheelbarrow was slightly challenging for our builders to put together. It would have been easier if they had had a power drill or power screwdriver for the task. We've found that many of the plastic toys for the past few seasons require more assembly than before. That said,
this wheelbarrow offers lots of pretend power once it's put together. Comes with two pretend potted plants. Our testers especially loved that it had a working water sprayer (easy to fill up). There is a
removable striped canopy for shade protection.   Great fun for outdoor play. 2 & up.

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

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2011 Award
YBIKE PEWI
(National Sporting Goods $60 Score:)

One of our pet peeves at the moment is that most ride-on vehicles do not have the ability to move from side to side. Steering has gone out the window. So we were particularly thrilled with the PEWI - it has caster wheels - allowing your child to move freely in any direction.  Our two year old testers gave positive feedback.  Our three year old tester found that her legs were too long for this one.  (We should note that this toy is also marketed as a push toy for toddlers.  Since it has casters that move freely, this can only be used with toddlers who are completely steady on their feet. It will not work as a "walker" for wobbly, just learning how to walk tots.)  The manufacturer's age range is from 12 months to 36 months (maximum weight of 44 pounds)...but we'd really suggest this is more for true walkers.  Comes in blue, pink and red...we'd always go for the red.

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: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Manhattan Toy Classic & Modern Rock With Me Puppy
(Manhattan Toy $130 Score:)

Low to the ground this tan and black spotted puppy is covered with velvety velour like fabric that is smooth and silky to the touch. It has colorful yellow and orange stripe trim, a yellow tail and big black snout. He has a friendly face with big stitched on eyes and floppy ears with crinkle inside. The solid base will give a steady smooth ride for beginners. Rock With Me Puppy will decorate the nursery and is sure to become a favorite playtime pet that tots will enjoy talking to, petting, hugging, and eventually riding.

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

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2010 Awards
Rubbabu Funky Ball Assortment
(Rubbabu $6 Score:)

These balls come in many colors and interesting shapes. Some like the Crater ball has finger holds while the Bubble ball has bumps. You might also like the Fashion balls with swirling indents that make them easier to grasp. Or look for the ones with alphabet letters, geometric shapes, or numerals molded into their surfaces. These come in many primary bold colors and they are rubbery with soft flocking. Babies will like them for roly poly social games; toddlers will like chasing them and they are soft enough so that preschoolers will like bouncing and trying to catch them. They are the size of a softball and make a nice impulse toy that leads to active play. All ages.
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, Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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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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