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Age: Toddlers
Categories: Manipulatives

 


2010 Award
Alex Baby Builder
(Alex $24 Score:)

This set of 26 big shapes will be your baby's first "building" set. With 8 different shapes in 6 bright colors these will be used for filling and dumping out of the see through container. They will be chewed, passed from hand to hand and eventually they will be connected. Some can be snapped together, others fit with a slide or a twist. Pulling them apart is as much fun as getting them together and easier, too. Babies love these multiple pieces that are fun to scatter but a little less fun to put away. They say 6 months, we'd say more like 9 months and up, up, up.


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

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2010 Awards
Alex Match & Stack
(Alex $16.99 Score:)

Ten colorful blocks that fit into each other or can be stacked. Graphics on one side of the blocks feature the head and body of a lion, the head, middle and bottom of a giraffe, and the head and body of a zany looking zebra. Another side of the blocks can be stacked to make a giant stem of a flower. Still another side has silly looking monsters or numerals with matching objects from 1 to 10. Use them for stacking and knocking down with the youngest players. Usee them for learning about size order and nesting with older toddlers. Fun for language, part/whole games and simple counting. A lot of play possibilities here for toddlers and preschoolers. 2 & up
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Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Lauri Tall-Stacker Mighty Monkey Peg & Pegboard Set
(Lauri $20 Score:)

A crepe rubber pegboard comes with 25 mighty monkeys to stack, balance and count. They are fun as a manipulative toy for older toddlers to stack and balance. How high a stack can you make? How wide can you make them? Use them for naming colors, making patterns and for developing fine motor skills. The set comes with an activity guide that includes ideas for color matching, counting, and early math. However, start your toddler with this set as an open-ended toy that can be used in multiple ways. Toddlers will simply like having so many pieces to fill and spill out of the box or to line up or stack. Save some of the suggested games for older preschoolers. 2 & up.

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

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2010 Award
Playskool Activity Tower
(Hasbro $14.99 Score:)

Playskool has given a new look to a set of stacking and nesting blocks. The base block has a dial that ratchets when turned, beads that rattle, a small mirror and twirling face dial, a sliding door and a grab-on handle. Fit all the other blocks inside the biggest one or stack the others four in a size order tower. The top block has a face and squeaks when it is pushed down. There are raised numerals as well as raised shapes that match the numeral on each block for simple counting. A good toy for exploring size order, stacking, nesting and beginning math concepts. Marked for babies over nine months, but will be a better bet for 12 months & up.

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

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2010 Award
Tickly Toy Zebra Soft Block Set
(North American Bear Co. $28 Score:)

Three fabric blocks, one with a rattle, another with a crinkle and a 3rd with a squeaker. The faces on each cube have black and white high contrast or bold graphics in cream, red or green and black. There are faces, that always catch babys attention as well as interesting patterns. Each block also has black and white plush textured zebra patterns. There is a see through window for putting a photo inside as well as tabs to grab. Stack 'em, knock 'em down and put them on your head. These are good toys for interacting with sitting up babies. 7 months & up.

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

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2009 Awards
Stack 'n Surprise Count 'n Build Snail Pail
(Fisher-Price $22.94 Score:)

Ten colorful Stack 'n Surprise Blocks come in a clever 'pail' the most open-ended playset of this award winning line. Although they call it a count 'n build toy, for starters babies are going to use it for fill and dump games. Babies will like the sound of the plastic blocks thrown into the see through pail. The carry handle and lids of the container are building platforms where blocks can be stacked. Each has a pop up action that reveals a little face and one-with a snail head has a squeaker. Use this toy for building language concepts as well. Talk about the colors, about adding one more, about the making the stack taller, about covering all the pegs on the lid, and you can even count them. There are numerals impressed on the blocks, so older sibs may like putting them in numerical order. In the same line, look for the Peek-a-boo Choo-Choo, Blockity Pop Caterpillar, Dump Truck, and the Stack n Surprise Blocks Songs n Smiles Sillytown. They say 6-36 months. Wed say more like 9 months & up.  

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

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Playskool Blocksters Block Spot
(Hasbro $22.99 Score:)

We were disappointed with this attractive looking set of nine colorful blocks. Handsomely designed to fit into a big yellow carrying case (that acts like a shape sorter), we found the case way too hard for kids to open or close. The round, square and triangular blocks are, at first glance, colorful and tempting. But they turn out to be far too big for the little hands they are meant for and several have no sound or action at all.  Though all of them have a face, the other features are disconnected graphics. This was a missed opportunity to do some mix and matching with front and back end of creatures that could have been paired. One round block has a dial too stiff to move well for the clicking reward. We liked the one with the mirror and one with a roller.  But the cow block with udders that are supposed to squeak are too hard for little hands to activate.  The other blocks have nothing or just a little rattle sound inside. All in all, this is one of those toys that 'could of-should of' been better executed. 

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

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2009 Awards
Playskool Clipo Hippo
(Hasbro $23 Score:)

Newest addition to the award winning Clipo line, this happy looking hippo lends it's broad back as a building platform for the 20 colorful britle like blocks. They can be stacked or attached to the colorful wheels, as well. Best of all, it's a fun fill and dump toy that you can fill be "feeding" the hippo's open mouth. Toddlers will also love wheeling this Clipo critter around from place to place on it's chunky wheels.

Look also at last year's Platinum winning Clipo Creativity Table with a motorized tabletop for building. There are also smaller sets of Clippo that make nice additions: There are two buckets: Figure Set ($19.99) and Vehicle Bucket ($19.99) and still smaller basic sets ($5.99 to 14.99). 18 months & up.

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

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2009 Awards
eeBoo Wildlife Tot Tower
(eeBoo $22 Score:)

Ten handsome nesting blocks are illustrated with classic looking wildlife creatures and numbers by artist Kevin Hawkes. Knowing and naming all these creatures will be beyond most toddlers and preschoolers who are likely to get this set. Yet, there’s something to be said for stretching the vocabulary beyond the usual farm and zoo animals. We might have found something less esoteric than an ibex, but iguana or inchworm might have been as far out as the very handsome ibex. For starters these will be fun to put in size order and knock them down. This is just one of the many handsome Tot Towers from this maker. 2 & up.
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Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2009.

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2009 Awards
Jumbo Bunnies
(International Playthings $12.99 Score:)

These colorful bunnies have been hard to find for a while. This is an old favorite toy for filling and dumping, banging together and eventually connecting in long rows or other funny stacks. They are easy to grab hold of and put together or pull apart. The nine-piece set has six bunnies in six colors and three connectors. 1 & up.
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Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2009.

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