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Age: Preschoolers

 


2008 Award
Ryan's Room Home Sweet Home Dollhouse
(Small World Toys $139 Score:)

Painted pink with yellow trim, this three-stories-high house has two staircases and lots of room for pretend play. It has a more traditional look of a colonial house with shutters and front door. Access is only from the rear. It comes furnished with bedroom, kitchen and bathroom furniture. For a less expensive house on a smaller scale, testers liked the A-frame Ryan's Room Home Again, Home Again that comes without furniture.  Also special, a three story unfurnished dollhouse Home Is Where the Heart Is ($130) that is opened front, back and from the top for easy side by side play by several children.  This company makes multicultural families and interesting furniture collections, including Livin'It Up ($15), a 9-piece set with chairs, lamp, and a flatscreen TV, of course. Also an unusual, the Fluff'n'Fold Laundry Room.

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

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2008 Award
Cat In the Hat I Can Do That Game
(I Can Do That Games $19.99 Score:)

The Cat in the Hat wants to see what players can do. Players flip three cards over and then try to do what the cards say, using the playing pieces provided? For example, can you jump up and down while holding a fish under your chin? There's reading, memory, action, and lots of fun built into this entertaining game for kids 4–8. Also fun, You to the Rescue! Game ($19.99). As in a scavenger hunt, you hide tiny Who cards around the house. Players race against a timer, wearing a Horton hat with Velcro trunk, to find missing Whos. The one who rescues the most Whos wins. 4–8.

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

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2008 Awards
eeBoo Preschool Lotto Game
(eeBoo $14.95 Score:)

Simple matching game with 6 playing boards, 36 clear, easy to identify and match pictures and just right for developing visual and language skills. Also easy quick rounds make this a good way to help beginners with taking turns. Pieces are chunky enough for little fingers to pick up. Illustrations are by Brandon Reese.

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

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2008 Awards
eeBoo Preschool Numbers Memory Game
(eeBoo $12.95 Score:)

Two sets of thick cardboard number cards to match by color, image, and numbers in this 1-10 matching game. Aside from the concentration game, played with these good-sized cards, there is a lot to talk about and count on each of the cards. 3 & up. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2008.

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2009 Award
eeBoo Preschool Color Memory Game
(eeBoo $12.95 Score:)

Lovely big biscuit size playing pieces are just right for this concentration style color matching game with 20 scallop edged cards and 10 sets of colors. Not too many cards for beginners. A good way to reinforce color names and turn taking. The latter may be harder to learn thatn the color names. 3 & up.

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

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

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2009 Award
Step2 Neighborhood Fun Center
(Step 2 $279.99 Score:)

We really liked the concept of this playhouse that combines active play with a setting for pretend. One side has a slide just right for steady on their feet toddlers and preschoolers. Another side has an activity wall- complete with a ring toss, crawl through door and hoop/loop ball target (comes with balls for tossing). The third side has a place for real or pretend snacks (there's a small table and two attached seats). The fourth side has a door and pass through window. If you don't have room for both a playhouse and a slide--this certainly will fill the bill.

The company has submitted our safety verification form. Note, we did not test this independently in a lab.

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

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2008 Award
Horton Hears a Who You to the Rescue Game
(I Can Do That Games $19.99 Score:)

With the recent release of the movie, this game based on Horton Hears a Who! is sure to be a hit. As in a scavenger hunt, you hide tiny Who cards around the house. Players race against a timer, wearing a Horton hat with Velcro trunk, to find missing Whos. The one who rescue the most Whos wins. Great fun!

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

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2009 Award
Lego Road Construction Set
(Lego Systems, Inc. $19.99 Score:)

Kids who are fascinated with vehicles will be able to build more than three chunky wheeled trucks—a steam roller, earth mover with lift, and dump truck. Therr sets of instructions includes 15 different building ideas...not to mention the ones young builders will come up with on their own. A great gift for under $20. Says 4 & up. We think 4’s will need assistance. Good for dramatic play and as props for block buildings.

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
eeboo Pin a Parrot on a Pirate
(eeBoo $9.99 Score:)

Ahoy, Mate! Forget about that old donkey tail game.  If you are having a crew of pirates to celebrate a birthday, here's the game complete with bandanna to cover those eyes and precut parrots. Sticker parrots are sure to end up on the friendly pirate's nose, toes, or telescope. A reusable game for play dates or other pirate events. 4 & up. 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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2008 Awards
Step2 Canopy Wagon
(Step 2 $99.99 Score:) Our 2 and 3 year old testers loved going for a ride in this new wagon that comes with a removable plastic canopy cover. Kids tend to love covers since it makes a smaller cozy space - that's just for them. Parents like them since they keep the sun out. Note--this wagon does not have a door. Our testing family did not miss the door option and indicated that the kids had no trouble getting out of the wagon. Comes with seatbelts--a nice added safety feature. There are also deep well holes (also a plus) and two cup holders. 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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