Ten Dollars & Under
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Posted: 2012-11-19 09:20:37 By:




2012 Awards
Sassy My First Rattles
(Sassy $5.99 Score: )

Choose a predominantly hot pink or blue set of ring or dumbbell rattles. These are classic rattles that have been updated many times, but the basic shapes are exactly on the mark for baby. There are patterns for visual stimulation, textures to interest little hands, and quiet rattle sounds that are not too loud. In other words, this is just right.

SNAP: Use these colorful rattles for tracking games and early interactions. At first you will do all the actions to get a reaction. These are easy to grab and fit well in little hands when your child is ready to reach out and take hold of things.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.




2012 Awards
Creeper Sleeper Cozy
(North American Bear Co. $10 Score: )

We love the many various forms of these cozy toys. Easy to grasp, soft and comforting. Look for the new Cozy sets that are coming soon with  two super soft cozy dolls in a pack($20). That way, if one goes missing you have a replacement. Choose from the Bunny, Cat, or Dog Cozy. These are the kind of unstuffed easy-to-clutch “lovies” that babies often find a great comfort to hold as they make the transition to sleep.

SNAP: Comfort toys need to be easy to wash and to hold. These soft bodies dolls are easier for children with physical challenges to grasp.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.




2012 Awards
eeBoo Carnival Glitter Glue
(eeBoo $5 Score: )

Who can resist the thrill of a fresh pack of glitter glue? Use them for drawing, decorating cards or packages, add it to gift tags. eeBoo has several mixed sets with narrow tips that allow you to draw with some accuracy. Each set comes with four glue sticks of related hues.  They do look a bit like candy sticks and choosing the colors you may be hard to do...they all look so tempting to kids who like crafts.

SNAP: An appealing way to get kids to develop hand strength. Cover up the work space, cover up the cloths and let the fun begin. Allow kids to explore in an open-ended way for starters. Then, print your child's name on a big piece of paper and have her trace the lines to make a name sign.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012.




2012 Award
Make-a-Mask Princesses
(Mudpuppy Press $10 Score: )

What with all the news of the Queen's Jubilee and the age-old allure of playing Princess, this tablet with 20 Princess masks comes ready to color and wear. There are four different tiaras and elastics for attaching the masks. These would be fun for a royal party or play date. Mudpuppy has also done tablets with other themes: jungle animals, farm animals, monsters, superheroes and butterflies.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012.




2012 Award
Rapid Reflex Game
(Fat Brain Toys $8.99 Score: )

Learning right from left is not an automatic. It is one of those concepts mastered over time. Should you want to speed up the process, this is an entertaining game that just might help. There are 32 reflex cards in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, brown, pink, and white with a bolt of lightening on each and 80 action cards-10 of each color with an object and hand direction–left or right. Listen up! How quickly can you slap the right color card with the correct hand? Players try to collect one of each color of the reflex cards. Players race to be the first to slap the one of the reflex cards using the proper hand-left or right. This all sounds more complicated than it is in reality. It's a fun game for kids who are close in age. Very young sibs will have trouble keeping up. It is properly marked for 3-4 players ages 6 and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012.


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