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Age: Toddlers

 

 
2015 Awards
Mirari Pop Pop Piano
(Patch Products $27.99 Score:)

We ran into this at the Museum of Modern Art and had to wait a long while for a turn. Kids of all ages were drawn to this tot-sized keyboard with a see-through dome where music making also sets the colorful plastic stars in action. Pop, pop is right. Hit the keys and the stars pop up and jump from one cylinder to another. There are two sound modes, one musical the other funny sound effects; both pleasant enough. Older players may try to play tunes or get the colors into the matching cylinder; for babies this is more of an instant gratification toy that empowers their sense of being able to make things happen. Marked for 1 and up, we'd say this will be enjoyed even by sitting up babies who are gaining control of their hand movements.

 

SNAP: The sounds and sights of this little keyboard will lend motivation for using eye hand skills that are rewarding with payoffs they can see and hear. Kids can activate this with a swipe of a hand or with more regned finger movements. You may need to velcro this down to a table top so it does not move around.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Awards
Kid O Wobbles
(Kid O $8.99 Score:)

These colorful Wobbles are weighted at the bottom so they move easily, but not too far, with a swipe of the hand and then bounce back up. For sitting up babies they are a hands-on exercise in cause and effect. Choose fox, owl, or raccoon or all three. Wobbles are just the right size for small hands to hold and for toddlers, who like to take small playthings along. Done in bright slick plastic they are totally easy to grasp, attractive and also fun for playing the "stupid parent game" in which baby drops it from high chair and parent picks it up...again and again.  Cause and effect for grown ups learning about who is in charge. They say 1 & up; we'd say 6 month and up, up, up.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Corolle Mon Premier Baby Cradle
(Corolle $58 Score:)

Just the right size for the Calin or Bébé Bath baby doll or any 12-inch baby doll. This charming cradle includes a mattress and blanket with an adorable bunny print. A wonderful prop for pretend play. Marked for 2 & up, but we think this is a good choice for older twos or threes. Young toddlers are apt to try climbing in.

 

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Corolle Mon Premier Bebe Calin Christmas Tales
(Corolle $42 Score:)

Just the right size for toddlers, a 12-inch baby doll with a soft beanbag body and soft vinyl arms, legs and head. She has brown sleeping eyes and a light vanilla scent. She's dressed in a sweet off-white dress with silvery snowflakes and wears a silvery metallic knit sweater and pink headband.  

 

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Awards
Mudpuppy Dog Days Jumbo Puzzle
(Mudpuppy Press $14.99 Score:)

A jumbo floor puzzle with 25 big pieces and a clear picture of dogs in the park. Lots of dogs! This will appeal to kids who love pooches. It's a lively scene with lots to talk about once it is complete. It's marked for 2 and up. Although there are no small parts to choke on, we think this is not something most young twos are ready to do. That said, it's a great puzzle to introduce to older twos and threes who are ready to move on from simpler puzzles. For beginners, work along with them, giving them help with building the frames and looking at the box to find the pieces that obviously go together.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
Corolle Miss Fresh Riviera & Blanket
(Corolle $42 Score:)

Babi Corolle Miss Fresh Riviera (9.5 inches) comes with her own little matching blanket. She has an easy to grasp soft fabric body with sewn-on clothes and a vinyl face. She has a delicate vanilla scent and is machine washable.

 

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Corolle Elf Fresh Riviera
(Corolle $24 Score:)

Just 9.5 inches, Babi Corolle Elf Fresh Riviera is dressed this year in a yellow dress and wears a jester-like green hat. Soft and easy to grasp she is an all fabric doll with a quiet jingle sound inside when you shake her. Her vinyl face has big brown eyes and she is has a light vanilla scent. Or consider the Elf Grenadine's Heart, the same doll with lavender dress and hot pink elf hat and shoes.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Awards
Corolle Babipouce Fresh Riviera
(Corolle $38 Score:)

Corolle's line of Babipouce dolls fill the bill as a great place to start in doll land. With an 11-inch pillow-soft fabric, huggable body and soft vinyl face (with painted featured), this is a safe choice for older babies and toddlers. Delicately scented with vanilla, the sewn on clothes stay where they belong and the doll is machine washable. This year's version has a yellow hat and rompers with a flowery blouse with pink and yellow flowers and aqua trim. If you want a more gender specific version, consider last year's blue romper and coordinating velour hat.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Mon Premier Bebe Calin Ballerina
(Corolle $39.99 Score:)

A darling Calin 12-inch bald baby doll, done up in a ballerina tutu and headband. 

She has a a soft beanbag body, lightly scented with vanilla, and vinyl skin with open and close eyes. Calin is light enough to cuddle and her one-piece clothes are easy on and off. Her tights and pink ballet slippers may require adult help to redo.  Marked 18 months and up, we think this particular Calin is more appropriate for older twos and up.

 

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Awards
Fisher Price Hippo
(Fisher-Price $14.99 Score:)

There are extras for the Little People's Big Animal Zoo. Our testers like the Hippo with snorting sounds and moving mouth. Too bad more of them do not come with the zoo! Also see the tall giraffe with a neck that bends and makes a funny sound plus a zoo keeper with food. Wait! You say a giraffe doesn't make sounds? You are right. When this giraffe is loaded with batteries what you hear are a giraffe making drinking sounds. Marked 1-5, we think this is a better choice for 2-4.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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