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Product Type: Toys
Age: Toddlers

 

 
2008 Awards
Step2 Canopy Wagon
(Step 2 $99.99 Score:) Our 2 and 3 year old testers loved going for a ride in this new wagon that comes with a removable plastic canopy cover. Kids tend to love covers since it makes a smaller cozy space - that's just for them. Parents like them since they keep the sun out. Note--this wagon does not have a door. Our testing family did not miss the door option and indicated that the kids had no trouble getting out of the wagon. Comes with seatbelts--a nice added safety feature. There are also deep well holes (also a plus) and two cup holders. 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. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Awards
Rolliphant Slides
(Edushape $23.99 Score:) If you've read our reviews long enough over the years, you'd know that we love tracking ball runs and we also like bath toys. So here's a really amazing toy in our book-- a ball run designed for the bath. Three elephant heads have trunks that connect to each other. The over sized balls travel slowly (a plus) out of the elephants' mouths and down their trunks. Comes with three balls. One has a spinner in the middle of it-- really neat. Ok, we admit it, we're toy geeks. 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. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Awards
Alex Jr Round the Farm Ball
(Alex $24.99 Score:)

One of the most adorable products that has come in for review all year! The soft fabric ball has four different animal faces. Each has their own set of ears that protrude from the ball and have a sound effect appropriate for the related animal. (The frog ribbits, the cat meows, the pig oinks, and the dog woofs.) There is also a small finger hole that our baby testers thought was great fun. On the other hand, we had mixed reviews on the Alex Jr. Busy Bee Discovery Flower. This floor activity toy has lots of things to explore but the electronic version of It's a Small World was just too tinny for our taste.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Awards
Lamaze Trotter the Pony
(Learning Curve International $18 Score:)

Here's a horse to bet on as a winner! It combines so many features that are sure to please the toddler in your life. It's a bright red horse with yellow muzzle and colorfully patterned legs. Small brightly colored satin ribbons are used to create a mane and trip for his legs. Trotter not only has big cloppy hooves trimmed with ribbons, he comes with built- in sound effects. He whinnies and hooves clop, clop as he is moved. Stand him still and no sounds emanate from his being. Forget all your preconceived notions about fabric toys. Fun for playing with baby and for growing independent play patterns for older tots.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab. SNAP ACTIVITIES: Making things happen can be challenging, but not with this jolly little horse that makes a clop, clop sound as well as a whinnying sound as it is moved. This is a pretty magical animal, made of bright red plush with multicolored ribbon mane that kids will like to touch, For silly fun run this horsie up and down the child’s tummy as it goes clip clop.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Awards
Lamaze Pond Stackers
(Learning Curve International $14.99 Score:)

Six colorful magnetic stackers in the shapes of pond critters. Their magnets are totally inside the play pieces for safe keeping and they “adjust” so that when north and north meet one magically turns inside, so that the play pieces connect. These critters fit into small hands and have chewy wings and tails for teething. Good for developing color concept language. 6 months & up.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab. SNAP ACTIVITY: Designed with the magnets inside for safe keeping, these little pond critters fit into a hand easily and allow children to develop their grasping and letting go skills. Best of all the magnets help the critters connect. How high can you stack these magnetic critters. As you use these with your child, reinforce color concepts by referring to the blue bird, the orange fish, the green frog.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Award
Alex Jr Fuzzy Friends
(Alex $14.99 Score:)

Adorable soft velour huggables in bright colorful patters with interesting contrasting textures. Choose from Pinky Pig in pink and red velour with teal blue feet and curly tail. It has terry patches on snout and tummy. Or give a hug to Lemon Lion, all striped with orange and yellow body, teal mane and happy face or Freckles Frog striped in green with polka dot bib, blue face and big eyes!

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Awards
Alex Jr. Busy Ball
(Alex $8.99 Score:) Smaller than some fabric balls, such as the big Taggie Ball, but this one is appealing to the touch with velour brightly patterned fabric and grabbie knots that are designed for little hands. Has a jingly sound for roly-poly games. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Infants,Toddlers. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Awards
Alex Jr. Cuddly Kids
(Alex $15.99 Score:)

Cute huggable dolls with stand up Velour hair, clear happy features, and patterns in bright colors. There’s a boyish doll in blue striped pants and a girlish one in pink plaid dress. The clothes are part of the body and are not removable. All features are stitched on, so this is safe enough for little ones. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Award
Peter Rabbit
(Kids Preferred $30 Score:)

A super soft 15" Peter Rabbit in non-removable blue jacket with gold stitched buttons or a smaller 11" Cotton Tail ($18 ) with a pink cape that does not come off; both done in organic cotton and oh, so green! Peter has all the details-but is softer and more floppy than many storybook dolls that are often more for display than play. Those who know the books will enjoy these.

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. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Awards
Happy Moments Busybuds Monkey
(Gund $23 Score:)

Toddlers will have no trouble bonding with this long legged red and tan monkey. Busybuds Monkey is 19” long with slender easy to grab arms, legs and tail. Fabric is bright red fleece with knit legs and hands. In the same Happy Moments line consider two other good choices. There is an adorable Busybuds Frog, a long legged green and yellow frog as well as a cute Busybuds Chick in yellow and melon with striped leg and floppy wings. These whimsical dolls have full bottoms so they can sit, but they are each a perfect armful for toddlers who love dolls that are extra big without being too heavy to tote about. 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, Preschool. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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