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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Pretend Play

 


2010 Award
eeboo Finn & Maeve Paper Dolls
(Lizzy Rockwell, eeBoo $15 Score:)

Newest in this company’s paper doll collection, Finn & Maeve are boy and girl characters designed by children’s book illustrator, Lizzy Rockwell. There are three other characters; a witch, a wily fox and a fancy cat that looks a lot like Puss in Boots. The main characters come with stands and there are several other stick-on players such as a leprechaun, a fairy, a fire breathing dragon and a frog with a crown. Rockwell has created 2 sheets of charming stick-on medieval style outfits fit for a knight or King not to mention the court dresses for the Princess. All of this can be played against a two sided stand-up cardboard setting that feature a castle on one side and a storybook cottage on the other. Ideal for dramatic play that develops imagination and language.  The whole set stores in a slim cardboard box with carry along handle for going visiting.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Super Star Theater
(Lisa LeLeu $179.99 Score:)

Our testers raved about this theater that they used both as a puppet stage or as a backdrop for their own plays.   They made an evening out of it by working on their performance, selling tickets and entertaining their parents! You need a certain amount of space for this structure that's 29" x 57" x 60".   It's made of fabric (polyester) that is connected with fiberglass rods.  Our testers noted that they thought the white board marquee, show time clock and place for placing photos of the performers was really fun. The company points out though that when you roll it up--it becomes a much smaller 23" x 14" x 5". If you have kids who love performing, costumes, and pretending with their whole bodies--this is a great investment. 

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

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Monty Rex
(Playskool $70 Score:)

Despite his big teeth and ferocious roar, this fabric-covered dino made a huge hit with our preschool testers. Monty works by patting one of his touch points that will activate walking, roaring, chomping, etc. He not only roars, he sniffs and sneezes as he moves his head from side to side. He's one of those toys that may thrill or terrify...so you'll have to decide if this type of safe scare is right on target for your child--or whether this toy will end up at the back of some closet. Marked 3 & up, we think older kids will be more apt to enjoy this.

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

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2001 Awards
Small Miracle Let's Dress Up Costumes
(Small Miracles $ Score:)

Well known for their fantasy "pink" costumes,  Small Miracles has ventured into more gender-free choices including: astronaut, firefighter, postal worker and wizard. We especially like the terrific Safari hat and vest.

Also look at Kid Galaxy's Just Pretend Role Play Costumes (Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2001) for other quality gender-free costume selections.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2001. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2001 Award
Very Busy Cook & Baker Sets
(Alex $30 Score:) Young chefs will love these realistic child-sized baking pans, metal pots, colander, ladle, wooden spoon, and chef's hat! Unlike some metal utensils these are beautifully finished with rolled edges. Will appeal to both boys and girls. Unfortunately, there is only a girl on the box. 4 & up. New for 2002, a smaller Compleater Cook Set($20) wiih eight pieces.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2000 Awards
Pretend & Play Teaching Telephone
(Learning Resources $39.95 Score:) You can program in any phone number and leave a message. When your child calls that number they hear your message. A great way to teach important phone numbers and the concept of 911. Even the concept of taking messages is built into the pretend. 4 & up. PLATINUM AWARD '00. SNAP INFO: For learning functional use of a phone, important numbers, and the concept of 911, this is a gem! Even the concept of taking messages is built into the play. You can program in any phone number and leave a message. When your child calls that number she hears your message.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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Awards
Emergency Rescue Squad Puppets
(Learning Resources $19.95 Score:) Multicultural worker puppets include a doctor, paramedic, police officer, and firefighter. They have vinyl heads and cloth bodies and are ready for dramatic play. The same company makes multicultural families. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: .

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2011 Award
Playmobil Grand Mansion
(Playmobil $139.99 Score:)

We got an email from our nine year old tester about this multi-level mansion.  She put the mansion together with her mom - and she really wanted me to know that she loved all the details included (Playmobil's signature) and would highly recommend it to other kids.  Her mom wanted to let us know that putting this together took longer than she anticipated (also true of Playmobil).  Most of our testers over the years comment that the instructions could be a bit clearer- but they always come back to the level of detail. While this is marked for kids 4 & up, you should know that the construction of the dollhouse is really a parent/child project.  Putting it together is part of the fun. Kids need fine motor dexterity to put the little pieces together and to truly enjoy this toy. This is not a dollhouse for preschoolers. 

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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Award
Stethoscope
(Constructive Playthings $7.95 Score:) For young doctors in training- here's a working stethoscope. Many of the kits say they have working scopes-this one really does work.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: .

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2003 Award
Small Miracles Lets Pretend Careers Costumes
(RC2 Learning Curve $35 Score:) Handsome enough to wear as real clothes, this collection includes: Firefighter's jacket, hat, and pretend extinguisher; Construction worker's vest, hard hat, flag, and tools; Police Officer's blue jacket, hat, police radio, whistle, and tickets (ouch!); and Chef's and Train Engineer's outfits. Platinum Award '02. New for 2003, Race Car Driver, Cowboy & Cowgirl, & Storybook Princess. This company also makes wonderful Tutus ($15 & up) and Capes for Kings, Knights, and Wizards. Platinum Award '01. 3–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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