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Age: Toddlers
Categories: Manipulatives

 


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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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2002 Award
Mother Goose Nesting Blocks
(Chronicle $19.95 Score:) A charming, well-constructed set of cardboard nesting blocks featuring Sylvia Long's award-winning illustrations. At first toddlers will enjoy knocking down your towers but before long they will delight in creating their own and knocking them down again and again! We recommend you bring home Sylvia Long's Mother Goose book as well.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Mama Do You Love Me? Nesting Blocks
(Chronicle $19.99 Score:) Fans of the book, Mama, Do You Love Me? will love this set of 10 nesting blocks that have the words from the book on one side. Each block calls out the specials words used in Barbara M. Joosse's text. While it's a stretch to say that toddlers need to know that umiak is a type of boat, the blocks each have a numeral on one side. Barbara Lavallee's wonderful illustrations are faithfully reproduced. If you have a toddler, know a toddler this book is a must-read! The blocks would be a fun way of extending the experience.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2002.

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2003 Awards
Marble Train
(Kidstation $44 Score:) Testers couldn't keep their fingers off this old-fashioned looking wooden 24" x 11" maze that is loaded with giant marbles that roll, but can't come out. The object is to move them through the gates, curves, and swirls. This calls for individuating the pointer finger from others. Toddlers will return to this one again and again. SNAP Activity: This is safe enough even for tots who are still mouthing their toys. Yet the opportunity to make something happen while using individual fingers was very satisfying. You may want to sing a little tune as you introduce this game. Try "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush" or any other tune that suits your fancy. Instead of "Row Row, Row Your Boat" - how about push, push push the marble push it round and round......:

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2003.

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