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Age: Preschoolers

 


2004 Award
Super Size Bubble Wand
(Little Kids $7.99 Score:) Bubbles are always a big hit with kids (and adults) of all ages. Whether you're two and chasing after them or 12 and making four foot bubbles, this is a crowd pleaser. This kit comes with a oversized foldable purple wand that has rainbow colored plastic links around a nylon rope. The company says the rope is the secret to the success of the bubbles because the fabric of the rope absorbs more bubble solution. Whatever the explanation, we found it was relatively easy to use after some experimenting. Also comes with a small bottle of concentrated bubble solution that you need to mix with warm water before you start. The bottle says you should let the solution set for 24 hours but we tested it and it really worked well right away. Concentrate will make 16 ozs. of solution. We found that the bubbles were not as juicy and as easy to make with premade solution.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2009 Award
Corolle Red and Fuchsia Baby Sling
(Corolle $30 Score:)

Taking baby along on vacation or overnight to Grandma’s is so much more fun with this Baby slig that fits your favorite 14-17” baby doll. Easy to strap on small shoulders and ready for hours of on-the- road pretend play.  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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2004 Award
Let's Pretend Careers
(Small Miracles $29.99 Score:) Handsome enough to wear as real clothes, the newest items in the career line are an Astronaut (4 1⁄2), and an ER Worker (4 1⁄2) with green scrubs, stethoscope, and other tools. Forget the stereotypical Teacher (2) costume with black glasses and old-fashioned red smock with white lace. Still top rated, Chef (with coat, hat, and tools); in the fantasy line, a Pirate (outfit comes with a felt hat). Past winners include: Doctor, Pilot, Equestrian, Firefighter, Construction Worker, and Police. PLATINUM AWARDS ’02 & ’04. 3–8. (888) 281-1798.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Ryans Room Majestic Castle
(Small World Toys $100 Score:) A truly majestic wooden castle, 20" X 20", with working drawbridge, movable staircases, four towers, and walls that can be arranged in different configurations. Comes with four knights and a horse. Additional figures such as king, queen, jester, wizard, jousting knights, and dragon are available. Easy to assemble, this play setting might become an heirloom. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Sky Train Set
(Brio $50 Score:) 24- piece set comes with two trains that run on elevated track with gondola-like wagons suspended beneath. Shouldn’t replace a basic set, but the movement and height will impress train aficionados big time. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Scream Machine Jr.
(Razor $99 Score:) Remember your classic Big Wheels? Here’s the updated version of that low-to-the-ground pedal toy. This year’s new junior model is smaller, but just as much fun as last year’s gleaming chrome version. We’d add a flag so vehicles can see riders low to the ground! 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Super Art Table
(Alex $159.99 Score:) These convenient pieces of basic gear will be used for artwork, puzzles, tea parties, and even lunch. You’ll find many choices in both plastic and wood. This is a decorating choice as well as a functional one. The Super Art Table from Alex is an oval table outfitted with a roll of paper for painting, a chalkboard center, and wells for supplies, and comes with two long stools. For a smaller round table with the same style, consider My First Table (Alex $100). 3 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2003 Awards
Audubon Birds
(Wild Republic $6.95 Score:) Young bird lovers and watchers may really enjoy collecting these plush birds, each has a sound chip with that particular species song. Newest in the line this year is the Sissor-tailed Flycatcher. As collectables go these have a touch of magic as well as science built into the novelty. Makes a good stocking stuffer-along with a bird book or how about a bird house that they can build.

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

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2004 Awards
Design & Drill Activity Center
(Educational Insights $39.95 Score:) Here’s a new spin on a pretend drill and colorful pegs for making parquetry-like patterns on a big pegboard. Several bits fit into the battery operated "drill" that works in forward and reverse. Bits can also be placed in a hand powered screwdriver handle when the batteries go dry. Both girls and boys liked experimenting by making open-ended original designs before they moved on to replicating the patterns. They say 3 & up, we’d say more like 4–7. ACTIVITY: Give kids a few dots to experiment with making open-ended designs before moving on to the patterns. Use these to work on counting and color names. Did you use more red or blue pegs? Can you make anall red row? How many yellow did you use. Can you make a pattern...red, red, yellow, red, red,... What comes next? 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: 2004.

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2015 Awards
eeBoo Pin the Tail on the Donkey
(eeBoo $12 Score:)

We've told you about this party set before. Now it's been re-done in a smaller and easier to store package that will take up less room. It still has the same cloth blindfold, 32 removable stickers, and a charming donkey with baskets of flowers and happily  printed on a sturdy reusable poster with two sets of self-adhesive tails—no tacks needed!  A good party prop for several years of play. 

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: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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