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Age: Toddlers

 

 
2007 Awards
Flatopotamus
(North American Bear Co. $17 Score:)

These floppy, understuffed, under-structured huggables are oversized and totally appealing to toddlers who like their toys big! We’ve seen the hippo and bear before, but the lime green frog and pink elephant are new and very cute. These are 25" or 15" but light enough for toddlers to handle with ease. Or for another big armful to love, choose the velvety 22" Creeper Sleeper Dog ($17 ) in blue polka-dot jammies, or Cat with pink, with stitched details and nonremovable PJs. (800) 682-3427.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Award
Smushy Elephant
(North American Bear Co. $25 Score:)

You’ve heard of the three bears? How about three adorable pachyderms? In creamy white with pink or blue satin ribbons or powder blue, these fuzz-free huggables have high and low plush, turned up trunks, and floppy ears, and come in a 25", 17", or 11" cuddly soft armful. Very lovable! (800) 682-3427.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Awards
Zoom Around Garage
(International Playthings $59.95 Score:)

Our 21⁄2 year old tester loved the levels of this multilevel garage and the elevator - his mom loved that the set comes with four cars (easier to share that way!) The chunky plastic cars can ride up the elevator and roll down the chutes and ramps with sound effects and flashing lights (not too loud). A fun setting for dramatic play. Cars can be played with separately or linked together with magnetic connectors. They say 1 & up - we'd say more like 18 mos. & up. (800) 445-8347.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Awards
Little People Lil' Movers School Bus
(Fisher-Price $16.99 Score:) Push down on the school bus driver and the lights flash, horn beeps, and music plays on this big yellow school bus. Kids can be loaded through the side door or the open roof. Bus includes a wheelchair but no ramp for getting it on and off. They say 1 & up. We’d say more like 18 months & up. Still fun, Little People Cement Mixer Truck (800) 432-5437. SNAP: We like the fact that this school bus includes a wheel chair for one of the Little People. This is a terrific toy for dramatic play. Loading the passengers on and off allows you to use location words and position words in a concrete way that makes abstract concepts more meaningful.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Jumbo Jungle Animals
(Learning Resources $29.95 Score:) Perfect props for pretend, a set of five jungle animals—a 13" giraffe, an elephant, a lion, a tiger, and a gorilla. Handsomely finished with realistic colors. Little hands will find lots of ways to use these with and without blocks. 2 & up. Still top rated, Jumbo Farm Animals ($22.95 41?2) Seven farm animals, a horse, cow, pig, goat, sheep, goose, and rooster sized proportionately to each other. 3 & up. (800) 222-3909.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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Lamaze Balancing Bug Stacker
(Learning Curve International $14.95 Score:) Five chunky bugs and a snail can be stacked one on top of another or explored one at a time. Our 8 month old tester thought they were best for teething and tossing. Each has eyes, colorful patterns and chewable wings, legs, or feelers. With magnets safely enclosed in the body of each, these are safe for mouthing and fun for little hands to explore. Add a box or bowl and they will be fun for filling and spilling. Marked 6 months & up, but will be enjoyed most when your baby is able to grasp and release--usually comes a little further down the road. 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: 2007.

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2008 Award
Lamaze Chime Garden
(Learning Curve International $24.99 Score:) Our eight-month old tester enjoyed tapping the flowers on this colorful floor toy. Talk about making things happen, his touch set off a not-too-loud chime and a light, as well. This is scaled just right for the sitting up baby. Flick a switch and instead of single sounds each flower will play a familiar song. An attractive musical toy that gives baby a sense of empowerment and a beginning grasp of cause and effect. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. A sample of this toy was tested in an independent lab and determined to be lead free.

Age: Infants,Toddlers. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Madeline Cloth Doll
(Alexander Doll Company $69.00 Score:)

Here she is in her blue coat, plaid dress and yellow hat on her red yarn hair, an oversized 29” tall, all fabric, with stitched features. Her coat and dress come off, but the rest of her clothing is not. This is safe enough for toddlers but appealing to preschoolers who will know Madeline’s stories from books and videos.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Award
Walker to Wagon
(Fisher-Price $24.99 Score:) A step past the cruising stage, toddlers often like to hold on to some thing as they become independent walkers. This is not a weighted wagon, so it is not for tots who are still unsteady on their feet. It has some spinning beads, a clicking dial, and other activity toys to manipulate, including a shape sorter, for sit-down fun. This colorful get-about toy converts to a pull wagon, but will probably have the most use as a pusher. They say 9 months, we'd say more like 12-16 months & up.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Grand Walk In Kitchen
(Step 2 $259.99 Score:) This kitchen is so big it can double as a playhouse for several kids together. There’s a place to cook, wash dishes, sit down for a snack-whatever! It has “granite” countertops, a sink with swivel faucet and push buttons, “stainless steel” appliances, a phone, and a huge accessory set. It has a “hardwood” floor, just like the most up to date luxury kitchens. Throw a sheet over the top and it will be a tent. Editor's Note: Please note that this toy comes with lots of small plastic food. While it may stick out of a choke tube, many of the pieces are still very small. We recommend putting most of the food away if your child is under three or if your child still mouths his toys. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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