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Age: Preschoolers

 


2005 Award
Lila
(Corolle $55 Score:) If you’re looking for a big, beautiful, soft, sweet-smelling bald baby doll, look no further. This 17" baby cries, laughs, and babbles without being overly loud or intrusive. A perfect armful for pretend play. (800) 668-4846.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Topsy Turvy Dolls
(North American Bear Co. $25 Score:)

These very old-fashioned fabric dolls retain their charm. Cinderella in rags flips into her ball gown. Also special: Little Red Riding Hood; Dorothy flips to Toto on the Yellow Brick Road; and Snow White flips into the evil Stepmother.New for 2006, Fancy Prancy Princess Topsy Turvy Dusk to Dawn reverses from purple to a fuchsia gown. Magical! (800) 682-3427.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2005 Award
Corolle Emma Drink and Wet Doll
(Corolle $64.99 Score:)

We had a lot of inquiries this year about the best drink-and-wet doll. There are many choices! The prettiest of the bunch are from Corolle. Select either Emma or Paul, both anatomically correct 14" dolls with all-vinyl tubbable bodies. Comes with potty, bottle, and diaper for pretend play. 

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2005 Awards
Potty Elmo
(Fisher-Price $19 Score:) In the novelty doll category, Potty Elmo is amazing. Give Elmo his sippy cup and you’ll hear him drink; if you don’t get him to the potty, he says, "Oops, Elmo didn’t get to the potty. Accidents happen," and if he makes it, "Elmo can do it and so can you!" One of the best and most polite interactive dolls we’ve ever tested. We pass on Zapf Creations’ Baby Born ($39.99) who got low marks from our testers because they had difficulty getting the pretend poop out (no joke).

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Ryan's Room Adventures Ahoy
(Small World Toys $99.99 Score:) Yahoo! Get ready for imagination to set sail with Captain Hook and two of his mates aboard this magnificent wooden ship with working sails, rigging, hatches, anchor, crow’s nest, and even a plank to walk! A stunning gift for years of dramatic play. 34" W x 24" H. Add-on sets with more figures available.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Deluxe Tumble Treehouse and Skycoaster
(Maxim Enterprise $99 Score:) Hands down one of the most memorable toys your child will play with! With pulleys and stairways, this furnished treehouse has lots of pretend power and action. A Sky Coaster can be added for vehicles ($30). A gender-free setting that will mix well with block structures. An outstanding value! 4–8. (888) 266-2946.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Wooden Zoo Set
(Brio $129 Score:) Here’s a good 35-piece starter set with plenty of pretend play built in. Comes with an assortment of animals, special transport cars, and a zoo building. Be forewarned, the pieces in this set are small and not for kids under 3 or for kids who like to mouth their toys. (888) 274-6869.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Collapsing Bridge
(Brio $20 Score:) Oh, no! The bridge has given way! Most likely your kids already play this game but now, with a press of a button, the bridge really does collapse. Great for suspenseful train rides. (888) 274-6869.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2006 Award
Alphabet Boat Puzzle
(Infantino $12.99 Score:) Each boat being pulled by the Coast Guard boat has a letter in upper- and lowercase painted on the side and an object that starts with the sound of the letter. This 27-piece floor puzzle is more than five feet long when put together. The illustrations are clear and for the most part, familiar items that children can identify and associate with the objects initial sounds. Adding to the fun, there are holographic inserts that give the images a little motion. This is not as big and zippy as the old Frank Shaffer Alphabet Train puzzle. That said, kids who are working on letter sequence and letter sounds will probably like this fleet of boats. Also new, I Spy My House Puzzle ($12.99) with objects in the frame to "spy" in the puzzle, and Town Heroes Puzzle ($12.99). New for 2006, When I Grow Up ALphabet Puzzle with an interesting circular shape featuring such up to date jobs as Yoga Teacher. (800) 840-4916

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2006.

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2005 Award
IQ Preschool It Takes All Sorts
(Small World Toys $15 Score:) Each shape has one, two, three, or four holes to fit on the wooden dowels of the puzzle board. For beginners, this is not as simple as it looks. There are two attributes here: shape and number. This calls for dexterity and counting. They say 2, we’d say late 2s and 3s. Also top rated, Make-A-Shape Puzzle Board ($14) introduces fractions with a circle cut in thirds, a square in quarters, a triangle in halves, and a whole rectangle. Obviously, using these terms with sandwiches, fruit, and other everyday objects will teach the same concepts. 2 1/2 & up. (800) 421-4153.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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