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Product Type: Toys
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Dress-up Clothes and Costumes

 

 
2014 Awards
Felt Crown Set, Ballet
(Mudpuppy Press $19.99 Score:)

Cleverly designed for versatility, this premade felt crown with a Velcro closing to adjust head sizes, comes with an assortment of stick on badges that can be added to the frame of the crown. Done in pink, lavender, purple, gold and white, this is a nice accessory for a ballet themed birthday or other special occasions. It will be enjoyed for other games of pretend by dancing princesses. The company makes several other crowns including a less gender specific birthday crown for boys and girls and a wonderful Pirate crown for dramatic play...yo ho ho!

SNAP:  More than a prop for pretend, this is also a toy that can be useful for refining fine motor skills and giving children with physical challenges a sense of empowerment...they can design something to wear thanks to the velcro pieces that can be lifted and rearranged.

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

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2011 Award
Manhattan Toy Lana Ladybug Costume
(Manhattan Toy $42 Score:)

We wrote about the Lana Ladybug doll last season and now there's an adorable dress up costume for girls to wear. Done in red and black satin, trimmed in white and black polka dots, this costume has a pair of red satin trimmed wings and a headband with pompom feelers. Sure to create a buzz for Halloween or any dress up event.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Groovy Girls Fayla Fairy Costume
(Manhattan Toy $40 Score:)

Make way for the grooviest fairy in town! Fayla's outfit is done in tangerine satin, melon stretchy back, and lettuce green straps. It includes pink iridescent sequins and fuchsia satin petals on the skirt. Fayla's gossamer wings are trimmed with fuchsia and green and attach with elastic arm bands. Little dancers and pretenders will love the green net flounce at the bottom of the skirt and the fuchsia net and silky under-layers of this luxurious costume. By the way, there is a matching doll that is sold separately. 3 & up. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Groovy Girls Maddie Mermaid Costume
(Manhattan Toy $40 Score:)

What do mermaids wear for Halloween or other big dress up events? How about a scrumptious purple jersey bodice trimmed with a shirred metallic band and sequins on top of a teal blue velvet skirt. Best of all the cutaway skirt trails in the back with a teal blue metallic mermaid's tail. Note, the skirt is cut very high in front and for comfort's sake, you will probably need a pair of tights to cover up bare legs. This will make a very special costume for Halloween or other events where a mermaid might be invited. Trimmed with a purple ruffle on the skirt, a teal fringe at the waist and teal puffed sleeves, this is a very special outfit that even includes a shell shaped lavender metallic pocketbook trimmed with sequins and a handle of pale blue pearls. 3 & up.
The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Acting Out Swan Lake Musical Skirt
( $40 Score:)

Like this company's many other musical skirts, tutus, and dance dresses, this pretty pink and white tulle tutu with pink satin bow at the waist, has a magical music box tucked into a hidden pocket. Turn the switch to "on" and your little ballerina can dance to the familiar music of Tchaikovsky's beautiful Swan Lake. The music is motion activated, so it will play continuously while the child is dancing. It turns off when the little Swan takes a break. Note: To conserve batteries turn the switch to "off" during rehearsal time or when the Swan becomes a Sugar Plum fairy. This is the newest addition to an award winning collection of dancing skirts that include the Nutcracker, Can-Can, Polka and others. The skirt with elastic waistband fits sized 3-6x. A sure fire hit!

Acting Out also makes full tutus with attached top; however, the elasticized skirts will fit for a longer time without being outgrown.   The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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Elmo's Tickle Hands
(Fisher-Price $30 Score:)

This is a truly silly novelty item. We suspect there will be a lot of little kids running around with these two red fuzzy gloves that giggle and vibrate. They may actually get kids to get up and dance or at least chase after others. So, they will score as toys for physical active play--sort of. In the imagination department, not so much. Big and little hands without animated gloves should still do the trick in the tickle department. These are likely to have novelty appeal for a very short time. Oh, well, after the novelty wear off, maybe you can get your little one to help around the house; they would be good for dusting…not just dust collectors. They say 18 months – 4 years. We think grown-ups are going to like these best.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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