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Product Type: Toys
Age: Toddlers
Categories: Pretend Play

 


2009 Award
Step 2 Pastry Chef
(Step 2 $24.99 Score:)

If your little one has seen you or the baker in your family use a pastry bag to decorate cakes and cupcakes, she’ll probably love this unusual pretend pastry bag, cake stand and cupcakes that can be stacked in dozens of combinations. We usually steer clear of pretend sweets and fake food, but cupcakes are so ‘big’ they certainly reflect a trend that preschoolers have to notice. We think the turntable cake stand will have lots of use in play kitchens and even for serving up the real things. In fact, we suggest you do exactly that. Mix up a simple cupcake batter with your junior chef and decorate them with or without a fancy pastry bag. Real cooking is a wonderful way to introduce kids to the science and joys of cooking. The pretend Pastry Chef is marked 2 & up. We think preschoolers will like it even more. 

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Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2009.

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2009 Award
Infantino Flip and Peek Phone
(Step 2 $5.99 Score:)

This little grey phone looks so much like the real thing it is sure to make a hit. It flips open and when you push the buttons it has ringing sounds and even some voices that say hello in English and Spanish! There’s a little mirror inside for peek-a-boo sightings. Unlike so many toy phones this one is not too loud, but feels and looks real as can be!  They say 3 months and up, we say more like 9 months & up.

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Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2009.

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Ring'n Rattle Phone
(Fisher-Price $12.99 Score:) This phone not only rings but rattles and shakes when tots hit the big red button. Takes 2 AA batteries. This will either delight your tot or send him in the other direction. Try before you buy! SNAP INFO: Imagine a phone that shakes and rattles when kids hit the big red button. For some kids the action will be amusing and for others alarming. Try before you buy!

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Little Helper's Dining Room & Pots and Pans
(Step 2 $10 Score:) Gender free cooking sets are not easy to find. This one is bright and sturdy and comes in white, red, and yellow. A 22-piece set comes with dishes, pots, and utensils.

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Grand Kitchen
(Step 2 $150 Score:) Yellow with licks of pink this is the largest kitchen yet, with doors that open and a pass-through window. For more gender-free choices, look at: Step 2's Homestyle Kitchen ($100) with a drop down table

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: .

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2002 Award
Musical Tea Set
(Fisher-Price $12.99 Score:) Our testers enjoyed the novelty of this play set. When you pour, you hear different electronic sounds. While parents noted, the "electronic" quality of the sounds, the kids really enjoyed making it happen. We'd still recommend a basic set where kids make their own sound effects.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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Little Doctor Kit
(International Playthings $18.99 Score:) A new kit with some high-tech sizzle: a stethoscope with heartbeat and coughing sounds, a squeaking syringe, a blood pressure gauge with moving dial, and other chunky tools in a small case. Like other kits we tested this is also hard for kids to reload once they take the pieces out. 2 and up.

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2006 Award
Life Style Dream Kitchen
(Step 2 $149.99 Score:) This combo kitchen with stove, oven, microwave, fridge, and phone (electronic) is 351?2" long and is designed for the toddler who needs the dream kitchen (in plastic, of course). This one comes with wainscoting, crown molding, and simulated granite! For an even bigger version, there's the Lifestyle Deluxe Kitchen($219.99 / 49" wide). New for ‘06 , Lifestyle Designer Kitchen ($99/ 4), a smaller scaled kitchen with “stainless” steel fridge and oven, copper-look hood. Has three electronic features: stovetop, light, and phone. !

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Laugh and Learn Learning Home
(Fisher-Price $70 Score:) For the get-about toddler, this “little house” is just the right size for active play and making things happen. It has a door that opens and shuts and is big enough to crawl through, lights that turn off and on, doorbell that rings, ball drop, and shape sorter, among other interesting activities. A great first birthday gift to enjoy throughout this year and probably next. It is a big toy, but if you have the room, it’s a good choice for solo or two-tot play! They say 6 months to 3. We’d say one and up would be a better bet. (800) 432-5437.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2006.

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2007 Awards
Zoom Around Garage
(International Playthings $59.95 Score:)

Our 21⁄2 year old tester loved the levels of this multilevel garage and the elevator - his mom loved that the set comes with four cars (easier to share that way!) The chunky plastic cars can ride up the elevator and roll down the chutes and ramps with sound effects and flashing lights (not too loud). A fun setting for dramatic play. Cars can be played with separately or linked together with magnetic connectors. They say 1 & up - we'd say more like 18 mos. & up. (800) 445-8347.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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