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Age: Toddlers
Categories: Pretend Play

 


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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.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: .

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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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2007 Award
Grand Walk In Kitchen
(Step 2 $259.99 Score:) This kitchen is so big it can double as a playhouse for several kids together. There’s a place to cook, wash dishes, sit down for a snack-whatever! It has “granite” countertops, a sink with swivel faucet and push buttons, “stainless steel” appliances, a phone, and a huge accessory set. It has a “hardwood” floor, just like the most up to date luxury kitchens. Throw a sheet over the top and it will be a tent. Editor's Note: Please note that this toy comes with lots of small plastic food. While it may stick out of a choke tube, many of the pieces are still very small. We recommend putting most of the food away if your child is under three or if your child still mouths his toys. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2008 Award
Laugh and Learn Learning Kitchen
(Fisher-Price $64.99 Score:) Really more of an activity center for toddlers, this plastic kitchen has a small refrigerator on one side (with shape-sorter function) and a sink/stove/oven combo on the other side. They are connected with an arch that has "educational" songs and music. Older babies and young toddlers will enjoy going through the archway, playing with the ball drop, and cooking up something special. While we could do without the lessons about the alphabet and opposites, our testers enjoyed making things happen. Still top rated, Laugh and Learn Learning Home ($70). 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 features. A great first birthday gift to enjoy throughout this year and probably the next. They say 6 months to 3. We’d say one and up would be a better bet. RECALL INFO: This toy was voluntarily recalled in 2007 due to a small parts problem from the faucet or the clock hands can detach and pose a choking hazard. The CPSC reports that "consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact Fisher-Price for a free repair kit." Call Fisher Price at (888) 812-7187 or visit www.service.mattel.com.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Awards
Step2 50s Diner
(Step 2 $149.99 Score:)

Kudos to Step2 for coming up with a really fun, gender-free play setting. Our preschool and toddler siblings enjoyed playing diner (the older sister was running the place, of course!). On one side you have all the kitchen equipment of a traditional toy kitchen (sink, frig and oven) with the bonus of a grill top! The other side has a place for two customers to sit at the “booth”, complete with tabletop jukebox that plays a few tunes from the era, and a bell when you need service (our testers thought the bell could be louder). Diner also comes with coffee pot, dishes, silverware, and play food (our testers were big fans of the ice cream cones).

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, Early School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Award
Tonka Li l Gas Pump
(Hasbro $19.99 Score:)

This gas pump just proves how fast things move in Toyland…with a pump that now offers regular gasoline or ethanol! Yes, there are flip down symbols and one has an image of corn as a choice. Despite the green message, it might be interesting to see if any dramatic play reflects the kind of heated reactions parents are having these days at the gas pump. Just what will kids be saying as they pretend to fill up their Tonka trucks? Comes with shape sorting blocks, buttons to push, and some up to date choices as to fuel choices.

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: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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