GOLD SEAL AWARD: TODDLERS

September 30, 2019

(Sassy $9.99)

We showed you this toy as part of a set. It's also available as a stand alone and good fun for under ten dollars. This is one bath toy that can double as a tabletop toy, as well. With a sturdy suction cup it attaches to tub or table and a swipe of a hand sends the many little colorful cups spinning. Standing in the tub, water will help power the motion and spill as the cups reach the top. Standing on a table, the...

July 31, 2019

(Green Toys $19.99)

For beach, pool or bathtub, this set of water toys will keep little scientists exploring the nature of water and sand with the starfish, scallop, abalone, snail, squid and jellyfish in this clever set of sprinklers that turn and shells shapes that can dig. It even comes with a seaweed patterned carrier with sprinkle opening at the bottom and hold all the pieces when play is done. Take it to the beach now and...

July 31, 2019

(Cuddle + Kind $ 60 each for 13” or $80 for 20” size )

Once again, we applaud the charming dolls handcrafted by talented women in Peru, who make their living with these lovable creations. This year’s beauties are once again winning choices for gift giving. It will be hard to choose just one favorite; each is special in its own way.

Good luck choosing between Violet and Elliot Fawn. Like all fawns they have still got their white...

July 31, 2019

(Green Toys $24.99)

Lightweight enough for a toddler to pull around, this little red wagon has a stout rope handle and just enough space for hauling blocks, dolls or other treasures. With their hard won locomotive skills, toddlers love dragging their toys from one room to another. Elmo’s face is on the hub caps and on the sides of this low to the ground wagon. Made of 100% recycled plastic and printed with soy inks, you can fee...

July 31, 2019

(Steiff $39.99)

His name may be Jimmy, but to us, he looks a lot like the real Pooh Bear! He has a lovely sweet face and a honey-colored textured coat that’s deliciously silky to the touch. His floppy arms are under-stuffed and easy to hold. With a weighted bottom, this bear can sit up well for a tea party, on a lap or lie down for a nap, when needed. A big 16 inches of huggable! Also available in 12” size ($28.95)

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July 21, 2019

(LeapFrog $29.99)

A toddler activity center with a play kitchen theme. It has buttons to push and handles to press to make things happen. It works without sounds, but toddlers will enjoy the feedback they get when they put toy dishes in the dishwasher and the door says open and close. The sink handle makes fake water spin, the soap dispenser makes a spritz sound and counts with every push. The toy dishes fit into size and color...

July 21, 2019

(WowWee $29.99)

If you’re in the toddler zone, you almost assuredly know this the Baby Shark Song this smiley shark is singing. Soon to be a TV star, Baby Shark is the Barney of its day. Funny how toddlers bring no fears to toothy creatures when they are wrapped up in colorful plush with a song to share. Toddlers will like singing along and dancing with this very friendly bright yellow shark. They can activate it by touching it...

July 19, 2019

(Corolle $29.99

Dolly's sick? Call the doctor! This little doctor makes house calls. Forget the black bag. She keeps everything in a very sweet pink and white printed bag. There’s a heart shaped pink and white stethoscope that has heartbeat sound effects, a blood pressure meter, thermometer, otoscope (for checking earaches), a syringe, a dropper bottle, even a little cast, if baby has a break. Classic play for nurturing and try...

July 18, 2019

(Hape $17.99)

Hit the lever and boom! The yellow wooden ball races up, hits a bell and runs back down. Young toddlers will like the repetitive action of this and get a sense of mastery as they make it happen again and again. It’s not a toy that will hold them for long—few toys do that for toddlers. But it is one they will like returning to from time to time. After that you can put it on your desk and hit the lever whenever the...

July 2, 2019

(Hape $19.99)

Three musical instruments that toddlers will enjoy as they shake rattle and dance along. Finished in smooth wood and not loud enough to make you cringe. There’s a maraca, a clapper and a tambourine with a see-thru drum head to tap. Marked 1 and up, but this is more like an 18 month-2year old toy.

SNAP: A fun way to engage kids with rhythm and music. These three instruments each have a distinctive sound. 

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