Once again, an updated version of a classic. This newest version has new graphics and is slightly smaller and lighter for little ones to hold and explore. There's a chime inside the cube that makes a quiet sound as baby investigates the many patterns and differing textures on the four grabbers. A black-and-white graphic lifts to reveal a peek-a-boo mirror. There's a lot here for sensory feedback and two-handed play.
SNAP INFO: Big easy to grab handles with different textures makes this a good choice for tots to investigate. There's a jingle sound inside as well as interesting patterns to look at on each side of the cube. Activity: Encourage baby to grab a handle and play tugging games. But, remember, let the wookie win!
Age: Infants. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
Babies can explore the interesting textures and sounds of a rattling star fish, a crinkly crab, a jingly fish, and a squeaky crab. All come in a fabric fish bowl with clear vinyl sides for filling and dumping. EDITORS' NOTE: This toy has been slightly downsized since we first reviewed it. The product is now trimmed in yellow, not blue.
SNAP INFO: There's an assortment of textures and sounds built into the rattling star fish, crinkly crab, jingly fish, and squeaky crab. The clear vinyl sides of the fabric fishbowl make it easy to see what's inside and the big opening make for good filling and dumping games. ACTIVITY: Use the fishbowl for other fill and dump games. A bunch of colored socks will fit in easily and be fun to pull out one by one. Put several little toys inside and count them one by one as your tot pulls them out. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.
Age: Infants. Award Year: 2000. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
Age: Infants. Award Year: 1995.
Age: Infants. Award Year: .
Technically this is a shape-sorter, but the 10 blocks will be used to fill, spill and throw long before the baby can fit them into the three-place shape-sorter lid of the container. Put the lid away for now. A no gimmick classic that is neither complicated nor expensive. We much preferred this toy when it only had three shapes (circle, square and triangle)--the addition of the other shapes and more openings makes this less elegant and user friendly...but still a good basic toy.
Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 1995. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.
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.
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.
Age: Infants. Award Year: 1997.
A spinning mirror and large beads invite baby to use two hands and individual fingers to activate this handsome rolling rattle. Also top rated: Tolo Acitvity cube, Roller Ball or Gripper Rattle, all beautifully crafted in sturdy primary-colored plastic with interesting action for baby to manipulate.
Age: Infants. Award Year: 2002.
Age: Infants,Toddlers. Award Year: 2002.
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