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Product Type: Toys
Age: Preschoolers

 


2014 Award
KaZam Balance Bike v2e
(KaZam Bikes $59.95 Score:)


We told you about the classic KaZam balance bike last year and now our tester, who loved the original, likes the newer model even more. Like the original, kids can sit, walk, glide, coast and balance, but this is lighter than the original and has tires that are like the ones of baby strollers. It also has a new and improved frame and ergonomic footrest. Comes in a wide variety of colors.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Hot Wheels Spin King
(Toy State $14.99 Score:)

A showy present, this blue racer is not only motorized to rev up and roll, it lights up and even plays some music. A great novelty toy that is sure to please any 3 & up on your list. May not go the distance and requires three AA batteries, but if you shop you will find it for even less than the sticker price and appreciate it for the short term novelty fun it provides.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
Alilo G6 Cute Rabbit Player Children's English Song & Story Player Machine
(Alilo $49.99 Score:)

An awesome bunny (available in pink or blue, that is a combination night light, music player, story teller, recorder and customizable player that you can start using with infants and well beyond. The pre-recorded music, both songs an just instrumental, is pleasant and not the typical tinny electronic stuff. Push the light switch and bunny's ears light up and change color slowly and without big brightness. It comes with 20 nursery rhymes and stories that preschoolers will enjoy and you can customize it and add your own stories and music. The plastic body is made tough and the battery is rechargable. You can lock the settings and oh, yes, the volume control(built into the tail) is easy to adjust and has some real range, not just high and low. It comes loaded with a micro SD card slot and mini USB port to update content. One of the most innovative toys we received late this holiday season. Marked 12 months and up, though we think the music on a table in an infants's room would be fine. It's not a toy you would give a 12 month old to handle either. For the very young, this is a listening or watching toy. Preschoolers are the ones who will want to learn how to push the buttons.

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Lottie, Autumn Leaves
(Lottie $19.99 Score:)

One of a charming collection of 7" girl dolls that are not fashion icons, wear no make-up and can stand on their two small feet. Autumn Leaves Lottie is dressed in striped tights, stout boots, and a pink felted coat. She has bendable arms and legs and is ready for outdoor fun. Her buddy Kite Flyer Finn, is a boy doll who comes ready for outdoors, as well. Also see the fancy Snow Queen Lottie. These are affordable dolls designed for pretend play that will appeal to 3-9's.  

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
LeapFrog LeapTV
(LeapFrog $149 Score:)

Designed for younger player, 3-8, this is like the Wii for wee folks with a console, camera and controller that you hook up to your TV. These are largely games that will get kids off the couch and playing active physical games that are non-violent and have some educational content that parents can choose to fit their kids' ages and stages. Kids play by moving their bodies, using the controller that is designed for child size hands. They can use the controller two-handed play as with a joystick and buttons or change the handle into pointer mode and swing it like a wand. One of our test families liked the fact that they had access to LeapFrog's giant library of educational games. They did have some challenges in getting the children of different heights onto the screen at the same time.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
eeBoo 9 Piece Puzzles, A Nice Snowy Day
(eeBoo $8 Score:)

One of four nine-piece puzzles with delightful illustrations by Kevin Hawkes. Good sized cardboard pieces fit into the sturdy frames and each piece of the frame has a connecting clue that will help kids get it together. We love the dapper fox ice skating in this winter scene with his forest friends skiing and skating along the edges. Also special in the series, A Great Hot Day with a dog splashing in the water; a springtime Planting Time scene with Bear, Pig, Rabbit and Goose gardening; and a fall scene called First Day of School. Choose any of the above or all four for 3's and up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Awards
eeBoo Lacing Cards Friendly Animals
(eeBoo $14.99 Score:)

With adorable illustrations by Melissa Sweet, these five sturdy lacing cards are a classic for early school age kids. Holding the slender lace and putting it through the holes punched in the cards may seem a simple task, but for young children it is an excellent way to develop sequencing skills and the fine motor dexterity in small fingers and hand. A playful way to build the small muscles of fingers and hands--the same ones needed for pencil and paper tasks. 5 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
Go! Go! Sports Girls Read & Play Doll & Book
(Dream Big Toy Co. $19 Score:)

We've told you about Go! Go! Sports Girls dolls before, soft fabric dolls that promote a positive image of girls as active players. Now, the sporty dolls are each being sold with a book that adds another dimension to their learning value along with information about their sport. Each doll and book set also comes with sporting equipment, a backpack and towel. Choose the one (or ones) that mirror your child’s sport interests. Consider Cassie and her Soccer Story, Maya, a gymnast, M.C. a dancer, Suzi, a swimmer, Ella, a runner, and Roxy, a cheerleader. 3 & up

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Diggin Circus Balancing Shapes
(Diggin $20.99 Score:)

Players will need a sense of humor as thy try to balance the playing pieces on the blue elephant. Take turns tossing the die to determine what shape stalk you are to put on the elephant. The wooden stalks are cut in square, semi-circle, triangular, and circles. But the pieces are long, so they give a new twist to the concepts of shape. There will be lots of rounds and plenty of laughter, we hope as everyone learns to stack their playing pieces with great care. It is a little trickier to balance these slender pieces than the classic pieces of Mr. Blockhead. They say 3 & up, but we think this is going to call for more dexterity. A better choice for older 4's and 5's.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
Melissa & Doug Mega Race Car Carrier
(Melissa & Doug $29.99 Score:)

Hours of play possibilities will take off with this wonderful wooden car carrier that is loaded with six race cars. The blue truck cab attaches to the two-level carrier that opens into one long rampway. There are grooves on the carrier to hold the vehicles in place. Kids will like loading and unloading the race cars and having races with the vehicles. Want to add some math? The vehicles are numbered, so load them up from 1-6. This is one of those toys that will be used with blocks or solo. 3 & up

SNAP GAME: A playful way to reinforce colors and counting, recognizing numerals, putting things in number order. Play a what's missing game: Line up three cars in numerical order with one car missing. Can your player name the missing car? Find the missing car?

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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