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Product Type: Toys
Age: Toddlers
Categories: Manipulatives

 

  
2009 Awards
Quercetti Interlocking Star Shapes
(International Playthings $12 Score:)

Toddlers like toys with multiple pieces and these six colorful star shapes are challenging for little hands to put together and pull apart. There may be a short learning curve for the putting together action, but these big plastic pieces they have no right and wrong order. These not only help build motor skills, they can help knowing and naming color words and simple counting. 1 & up.
        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: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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Beads on Wire Toys
(Educo $16 Score:) This company makes beads on wire toys in many sizes and shapes. You have probably seen them in your pediatrician's office and toy shops. Children of mixed ages enjoy them simply as a manipulative or for open-ended pretend games. If the beads were loose, of course they would be a choking hazard. Yet toddlers love to handle the little beads and sliding them up and over. You'll find some platforms with suction cups that fit on a high chair- that will buy you some time. Or some that are lightweight enough for baby to pass from hand to hand. Big and pricey are the floor or table models with lots of beads and pathways. These abstract toys develop pretending, eye-hand, language, and counting skills.

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Plan Toy's Miracle Pounding
(Brio $26 Score:) An innovative crescent-shaped toy with balls instead of pegs. As one ball is hit another pops up. This is less easy to use than the typical hammer bench. Beautifully crafted of wood.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: .

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Lamaze Stacking Rings
(RC2 Learning Curve $19.99 Score:) Made of colorful patterned fabric these rings stack in any order. Classic stacking toys require the ability to see and arrange objects in size order-a skill that most toddlers do not have. Although such toys are often labeled 6 months & up, there's nothing wrong with your child-the problem is with the label! In fact, many pieces are sure to be lost before tots can put them together. Happily, there are more forgiving choices that introduce stacking without the need for size order. These toys are fun for toddlers to explore- just don't expect them to be expert stackers. As you play with your toddler, use color or size words to describe the pieces. Such concepts are learned with greater ease when they are part of everyday experiences. These are more appropriate for 1 & up.

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2001 Awards
Sparkling Symphony Stacker
(Fisher-Price $14.99 Score:) This high-tech stacker has star shaped rings and a post with twinkling lights and sounds as each ring is put on. Push the button on top and it plays a nursery tune. We could have done without the tunes and simply the cause and effect sounds when stars are put on the post. Takes 3 AAs. Classic stacking toys require the ability to see and arrange objects in size order-a skill that most toddlers do not have. Although such toys are often labeled 6 months & up, there's nothing wrong with your child-the problem is with the label! In fact, many pieces are sure to be lost before tots can put them together. Happily, there are more forgiving choices that introduce stacking without the need for size order. These toys are fun for toddlers to explore- just don't expect them to be expert stackers. As you play with your toddler, use color or size words to describe the pieces. Such concepts are learned with greater ease when they are part of everyday experiences. These are more appropriate for 1 & up.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2001.

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2002 Awards
eeBoo Tot Towers
(eeBoo $22 Score:)

Handsome sets of ten cardboard nesting blocks with familiar objects to know and name. There are several editions in this line: Read to Me,  Nursery Rhymes and new this year, Wildlife. At first your toddler will enjoy your stacking the blocks and knocking them down--eventually she'll be the one doing the building. Activity Tip: Put surprises under the boxes for your child to discover.  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: 2002. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2002 Award
Lamaze Octotunes
(Learning Curve International $29 Score:) A big velour octopus with stitched features and lug-along handle has eight colorful legs that squeak when they are squeezed. You can play a simple tune on them, but this is more a make-something-happen toy than a musical instrument. They say birth and up, we day better for 1 and up.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Tolo Musical Surprise Bear
(Reeves International $15 Score:)

Push the white button on the blue cube and it opens to reveal a yellow teddy bear spinning to the tune of "Old MacDonald." For extra visual interest, teddy is reflected in a curved mirror in the lid. Adults will need to wind it up, but this is a non-scary pop-up with music box rather than electronic sounds. 1 and up.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Tomy Ball Party Bounce
(International Playthings $29.99 Score:) Newest in what has been, hands down, one of the best toddler toys on the market. This year's entry is a tower with a platform from which balls bounce, land, and spin into another chute. Still wonderful: Roll Around Tower ($24.99) with colorful plastic balls that make a satisfying clacking sound as they roll. Toddlers love the repetitive action of these uncomplicated fill and spill toys. Also new and great fun, an electronic Playhouse & Buggy Ball Party ($29.99), a chunky house with chimney chute for balls, a pop-open door, and a little car that spins one ball. Sound effects are not overly loud and can be turned off entirely. An electronic version from Fisher-Price, Pull-Up Ball Blast ($19.99) does not work as well as Tomy's.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Tolo Shape Sorter Play Bench
(Reeves International $15 Score:)

Each of the pieces in this plastic hammer board is a distinctive shape and loaded with rattle sounds. Unlike pegs, the shapes can only fit in the matching slot, so this is a sort of a shape-sorter and hammer-toy combo. They say 12 months, we'd say more like 18-24 months.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2002. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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