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2000 Awards
Little People Dump Truck and Bulldozer
(Fisher-Price $9.99 Score:) These are small-scaled working vehicles that come with Little People play figures to load and unload. Though they have working parts they are not too complex for young toddlers to handle with ease. Made of rugged plastic these are fine for sand play or indoor dramatic play. Both are lightweight enough to take along to the park or beach.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2000.

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1998 Awards
Loader /Dump Truck
(Little Tikes $12 Score:) Scaled down and light-weight, these are perfect to take to the park, beach or sandbox. Made of rugged plastic these have smooth edges and won't rust if left out in the sand. Perfect for filling and dumping and vroom! vroom! games.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 1998.

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Awards
Tuggy Sandbox & Splasher
(Step 2 $100 Score:)

There's room for several kids to play side by side and together in this tugboat shaped sandbox. Of course, this takes lots of sand but there's built-in pretend power with a captain's wheel for steering the jolly boat anywhere! They say this converts to a wading pool, but hardly something you can fill and dump with ease. 2 & up.

THIS PRODUCT HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED AND PARTS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE!

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Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: .

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1998 Awards
Rainbow Play Systems
(Rainbow Play Systems $1100 Score:) Steel parts are vinyl dipped, the wood is chemical free, built of redwood and cedar. This is the Cadillac of gym sets. You'll need to buy a toddler swing for the under three set. Also, avoid tall climber attachments with toddlers and young preschoolers who may climb higher without understanding how to get down. Also, avoid frames with climbers that run across the top of the swings.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1998.

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1999 Award
Create Your Own Scrapbook
(Creativity for Kids $20 Score:) Kids are great collectors, and having a scrapbook is one way to get their collectibles organized. Kit includes a notebook, markers, stickers, paper, glue, color foam pieces, plastic sleeves, and ideas. 6 and up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 1999.

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1995 Award
Silk Painting Art Kit
(Alex $25 Score:) Kids can transform two 9" x 45" pure silk scarves with special dyes, bamboo brush and salts for sealing in truly delicate designs. This makes a nice gift for a friend or relative with all the fun of making it by the giver. Adult supervision required for this somewhat messy project. We suggest doing it outdoors.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 1995.

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2001 Awards
Fruit, Farm & Pet Puzzibilities
(Small World Toys $8 Score:)

Toddlers can fit together these splinter-free, giant, peg-handled whole piece puzzles together. Lift the fish and there's a matching fish below. Each puzzle has three distinctive pieces to know, name, and match. Learning to rotate the whole piece into the slot is no small task.

SNAP INFO: Developing the dexterity to fit these whole piece puzzles into the slots takes practice. The big knob handles are certainly a help! Toys like these also help kids develop language if you ham it up a bit! Knowing and naming the familiar objects in these puzzles gives you plenty of opportunities to talk about the animals or food pictured. ACTIVITY: Use sound or color cues for an animal as your tot tries to figure out which one you are thinking of.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2001. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Awards
Tolo Gripper Rattle
(Reeves International $10 Score:)

We're delighted that this previous Platinum Award winning toy is back in the market. What we wrote in 2000: This rollable rattle has four easy to grip handles and an hour glass shape inside with tiny balls that roll from side to side with a sound that is interesting without a jarring startle. This is a good one for two handed play as well as crawling go get it games.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2011.

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2009 Awards
Ring Rattle
(Sassy $7.95 Score:)

Refreshed in new colors, this remains a good choice for sitting up babies. They will be able to pass this from hand to hand and investigate the colors, sounds and textures of the rattle rings on the bigger ring. Texture on the big ring and beads that roll in the see through plastic add visual interest as well as interesting feel and sound. 


SNAP INFO: There's so much to interest the senses in this colorful rattle/teether. Talk about the colors and sounds and feel as you use the rattle and baby examines it. Clip this to car seat with a few links so tots can pull it to them.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2009.

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1997 Awards
Hot Potato Game
(Parker Brothers $14.99 Score:) Squeeze this soft electronic musical talking spud to turn on his sound. Pass him around fast! If you are holding him when he yells "Yahoo!" you take a hot card. Three cards and you're out. A fast, fun game for two or more players. May be hard for preschoolers to deal with-especially the hot cards. SNAP INFO: Squeeze this soft electronic musical talking spud to turn on his sound. Pass him around fast! If you're holding him when he yells "Yahoo!" you take a hot card. Three cards and you're out. A fast, fun game for two or more players. May be hard for preschoolers to deal with-especially the hot cards.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1997.

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