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Age: Toddlers

 

 
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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2009 Awards
Happy Moments Busybuds Frog
(Gund $23 Score:)

Toddlers will have no trouble bonding with this long legged green and yellow frog. He's 19" long with slender easy to grab arms, legs and tail. Fabric is bright yellow and green fleece with knit legs and hands. In the same Happy Moments line consider two other good choices. There is an adorable Busybuds Monkey, a long legged red, tan and blue monkey 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. Award Year: 2009.

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

A bright yellow fleecy giraffe with blue mane, blue muzzle, and pink and green striped hooves. Its chunky legs don’t stand, but they spread and allow Busybuds Giraffe to sit flat. Smaller in scale than the Busybuds Frog or Monkey. Totally huggable and big enough to please toddlers who like their stuffed animals big but not heavy.

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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2009 Award
Kid Galaxy My First RC Go Go Train
(Kid Galaxy $22 Score:)

What could be better than a bright red locomotive engine that kids can control with ease? Newest of the My First remote control vehicles with simple controller that are easy enough for young preschoolers to operate. Push the top button and the Red Engine goes forward. Push the bottom button and it goes left. This has a whistle sound and plenty of play that involves locomotion of toy and child! A developmental match for on-the-go tots and their love of transportation toys, active play, and early pretend. 2 ½ & 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: 2009.

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2008 Awards
Playskool Clipo Creativity Table
(Hasbro $29.99 Score:)

Twenty-five pieces of bristle like plastic blocks can be stacked on the clever storage table or used for stand-alone construction play. The neat little table has non-specific shape sorter style slots for dropping blocks into the hollow leg buckets on either side of the table. Best of all, a small turntable can be switched on with a push of a big orange button to set some of the blocks in motion. There are also smaller sets of Clipo that make nice additions: There are two buckets: Figure Set ($19.99) and Vehicle Bucket ($19.99) and still smaller basic sets ($5.99 to 14.99). 18 months & up.

We have not yet received a signed verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab. SNAP ACTIVITIES:There are no right or wrong ways to build with these bristle like blocks that fit into the little table top desk. There a small turntable that is easy to turn on with a push of a big orange button that will send the blocks turning round and round. How many blocks can they put on the turntable before the blocks fall off? You can use the playing pieces for simple counting. Are there more yellow or blue? More red than green? All of these comparisons are fun ways to engage them with color concepts and simple counting. This is an excellent open ended toy that will help develop dexterity as well as visual discrimination.

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

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