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Product Type: Toys
Age: Toddlers

 


2004 Awards
My Playhouse/Theatre
(Alex $200 Score:) Here is imagination central! A giant combo playhouse, puppet stage, and store. Sure to be the focal point of any playroom, this sturdy wood-and-laminated play center is done in Maisy-like primary stripes and dots. It has a shelf for a puppet stage, side-window “ticket” office, front and back curtains, and a working door. The new version is slightly larger, with fabric sides, but is still very sturdy. 3 & up. PLATINUM AWARD ’00.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2000 Awards
Double Easel
(Little Tikes $50 Score:)

This bright red easel has a chalkboard on one side and a large clip that holds a pad of 17" x 20" paper.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2000. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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Awards
Play-Doh
(Hasbro $2 Score:) Classic Play-Doh is still a favorite. Doh should be used with supervision in a place established for messy play. We prefer the dough without the doodads, since most of the kits are less open-ended, and tough to do. This self-hardening dough dries out if left uncovered.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: .

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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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2002 Award
Little People Rumblin' Grumblin' Dump Truck
(Fisher-Price $19.95 Score:) Active toddlers will love the start and stop action of this motorized truck with headlights, moving eyes, and rumbling' sounds. 18 months and up. Still top-rated, Little People Adventure Airlines ($14.99), a jumbo plane with handle to lift it off the ground.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2002.

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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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Awards
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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