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Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Wheel Toys

 


2013 Award
First Bike
(FirstBike $159 Score:)

There are several models of this training bike. If they are going to ride in urban areas with concrete, stone or packed dirt you want the "street" model with air tires. For mostly grass, gravel amd loose dirt you'll want the "Cross" model. Both come in a variety of colors and with air tires and a hand brake. Our tester family loved how easily their four-year old twins learned to balance on this. The only problem they had was in sharing one bike without fighting over turns. Their review indicates that they wish their five-year old daughter had learned on a balance bike rather than with training wheels. In fact, they plan to ditch the traditional bike and start over with a balance bike for her. They found it easy to assemble, light weight and ideal for gliding and gaining confidence. In their mom's words: "Such a smarter concept which teaches the kids to ride so much more quickly."

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Mega Bloks John Deere Garden Cart Play Set
(Mega Blox $45 Score:)

For your youngest garden assistant, here's small wagon with plastic garden tools and a few mega bloks. This is more of a pretend toy for outdoor carting fun and comes in the traditional John Deere green and yellow colors. Or use it indoors for storing blocks that can be built up on the handle, which serves as a base. Also fun in this line, a Mega Bloks Dump Truck that will work in the sand box or at the beach. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013.

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2010 Award
Kazam Balance Bike
(Kazam Bikes $99.95 Score:)

We have to own up to the fact that we were pretty suspect of these pedal-less bikes. One of our big messages to parents is not to rush kids.  But then we started watching kids on these small bikes and we realized that we had to take another look. So we had them tested and tested...and the reviews were very favorable. The pedal-less category is getting competitive. Our testers (ranged in age from 3 to 5 1/2) liked the adjustable seat on the KaZAM - a big selling point for parents looking for equipment that can grow with their kids and be shared by siblings.  (In comparison, the very attractive wood Skutt does not have this feature). Our testers did have some trouble with the directions, but it did not impact their overall favorable review of the bike. Our kid testers also liked the "grown up" look of these bikes...there is a blue and red version. 

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

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

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