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Age: Toddlers

 

 
2014 Awards
Green Toys Submarine
(Green Toys $14.99 Score:)

Kids are going to love this fish-shaped submarine that not only floats, it can fill up with water (thorough the mouth and portholes to be submerged. Lift it, let it spill and spout and it floats again! Perfect for tub-time and pool. There are no small parts so this is fun for toddlers and preschool play. Made of 100% recycled plastic this is also dishwasher cleanable. It comes with a book that is mostly forgettable for the very young, but that said, this is a wonderful water toy! 12 months and up, up, up.

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

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2014 Award
Green Toys Seacopter
(Green Toys $19.99 Score:)

With two spinning rotors-one on top and one on the tail, this bright orange and blue Seacopter has pontoons for floating on the water. A teddy bear pilot is in the forward position. Good fun for dramatic play in the tub, pool or on dry land. Made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic products that are tested for safety. There is also a regular helicopter (16.99) in the line sans water pontoons for dry land only. This Seacopter is more unusual and versatile. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Awards
Mudpuppy Eric Carle Brown Bear Puzzle Wheel
(Mudpuppy Press $15.99 Score:)

Designed for the toddler beginning puzzle player. These two-sided puzzles have a center wheel that the other pieces fit around. One side of the puzzle is pure color matching. The reverse has patterns to match as well as characters from the Eric Carle books to know and name. There is a Very Hungry Caterpillar puzzle as well as this charming Brown Bear puzzle. The pieces are stored in a handsome round box. Ages 2 & up.

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

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2014 Awards
Little People City Skyway
(Fisher-Price $39.99 Score:)

It is a race to the surprise finish to discover where the winner is going to exit from this mighty three-foot skyway. Will it come out of the side exits or jump off a ramp. It is different every time. Besides, kids can flip the switches and to change the cars path. No batteries are needed to make the two little vehicles zip and zoom down the ramps. The set up also includes a working crane, gas pump, traffic signals, parking meter, and a gate that opens and closes. All great ingredients for early dramatic play. This is a really big piece of plastic that will be a wow-eee gift for toddlers who love playing the same game again and again. It may be a stretch for small toddlers to reach the top, but most twos will enjoy taking charge of the action. It is definitely big enough for two kids to enjoy together...think twins. Marked 18 months to 5 years. We think twos and threes are the right age for this.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Award
Jumbo Forest Friends Puzzle
(Mudpuppy Press $14.95 Score:)

It's autumn in the forest and the animals are all out under the colorful trees. This jumbo floor puzzle has 25 big pieces that beginners can handle. When put together it is a big 22 by 22 inch square. Also fun, their Jumbo Pirate Puzzle, though this one is older in look and subject. They say 2 & up; we think twos are not ready for this many pieces. It will be enjoyed by  older 3-4's more.

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

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2014 Awards
Shake It Up Duo
(HaPe $12.99 Score:)

Two wooden shakers with a gentle quiet sound that are easy to live with for adults as well as kids. These unusual shapes for maracas are easier for young kids to grasp and hold onto while they keep the beat to music you put on for them to respond to.

SNAP: Unlike regular marachas which may be harder to grasp these wooden shakers have handles that may be easier to grasp. They also have a less strident sound. making them easier for sound sensitive kids to tolerate and even enjoy.

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

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2014 Award
Best Bugs Magnetic Maze
(HaPe $24.99 Score:)

An old fashioned game for solo play. Older toddlers like being able to manipulate tiny beads that are safely under a see-through cover. There is no right or wrong way to play with this square board. Older players may like to try and get all the beads of the same color into the home of that matching bug's maze. Doing so will take patience and some skill. 2 & up.

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

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2014 Awards
Bunnies by the Bay Peanut and Wee Peanut Elephants
(Bunnies By the Bay $25 Score:)

A super sweet 13-inch huggable elephant, called Peanut, with embroidered face, a sideways trunk, and curly tail. It has satin lined ears and is available in pink or blue. Slightly under-stuffed, making it easy for tots to grab. Also available in pink or blue, a Wee Sized Peanuts($15) that is a pudgy but adorable 7-inches.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Award
Blue-Box Speedy’s Magical Shell
(Blue Box $15 Score:)

Part pull toy, part hammer toy, part drum, this bright yellow snail turns the drum shell as it rolls along. Take the rum off of Speedy’s back and take the feelers out of the top of his head and you have a drumstick to beat on the see-thru drum head or open the side of the drum to get the three balls out. Now close the drum and hammer the balls back into the drum. Since the balls and round openings are color coded to match, you can build language and early color concepts as well as matching. For such a small toy this is one versatile plaything that is age appropriate and not a major investment. On the mark for 12 months and up.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Awards
Let's Imagine Elmo
(Playskool $35 Score:)

A new interactive Elmo changes from Prince to Cowboy to Pirate, with a change of hats. Kids can count to 20 with him and he'll sing a reward song; they can play a version of Simon Says--only here the game is Prince Elmo Says; they can squeeze Elmo's tummy and he'll play a Sounds of the Sea Game. As always, Elmo is a novelty toy that may be a wow-ee kind of toy out of the box, but will probably hold interest for a limited time. Since he is electronic, this is not a cuddly Elmo. That said, it is likely to be highly desired and heavily promoted on TV. 2-4.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2014.

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