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Product Type: Toys
Age: Toddlers
Categories: Pretend Play

 


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 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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2015 Awards
Fisher Price Little People Big Animal Zoo
(Fisher-Price $39.90 Score:)

A new zoo setting with a big elephant that trumpets when you pull its tail, has a tiny mouse on its back and a trunk that moves and makes music. The setting itself has a swing and slide for the monkey and a teeter totter in the treetops. There are balls that can be used as a run and it comes with two Little People, and a zookeeper. This is a large plastic setting for pretend play. Our test family has three under the age of 5 and they reportedly go back to this toy daily. They especially like making the elephant do its tricks and they like the extra animals as much as the big setting. Unlike earlier Little People zoo, farm, and house settings, the structure here is minimalistic, though it has some mechanical novelty. The elephant is the star here. See the noise making Giraffe and the Hippo, each sold separately. Marked 1-5 years; we think 2-4 is more on the mark.

SNAP: A fun setting for making things happen. Learning how to activate the various parts of the action will be rewarding while honing fine motor skills. Also a good choice for action words, knowing and naming animals and pretend play.

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

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2015 Awards
Little People Big Animal Zoo
(Fisher-Price $39.99 Score:)

Great fun from the Little People gang! This new zoo comes with an over-sized Elephant that makes sounds and is articulated. Everyone wanted a turn playing with the elephant. The interactive setting has a monkey that swings back and forth on the tree top. Elephant can make food roll down the slide into the feeding pit. It comes with a Zookeeper and Mia. We'd recommend bringing home some of the add-on animals (Our testers particularly liked the giraffe and hippo sets.) Lots of pretend possibilities with this mini-playsetting. Our test family, with mixed ages from infant to preschool, has had this for several weeks and it's still a favorite; one that they return to daily.  Marked 1 & up but will be enjoyed best by older toddlers and young preschoolers.

 

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

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2015 Awards
Manhattan Toy Baby Stella Time To Sleep Cradle
(Manhattan Toy $40 Score:)

A white wooden cradle that is easy to assemble and made to measure for a Baby Stella doll or other smallish dolls and stuffed animals. It comes with a small pillow and bedding for tucking Stella in for  naptime. A good choice for gifting new big sisters and nurturing dramatic play. NOTE: the doll is not included!

 

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

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2015 Awards
ELC Frankie Frog and his Flying Machine
(International Playthings $29.99 Score:)

Twist the propeller and this jolly plane will roll along with Frankie Frog at the controls. Unlike a plane for older children, this one goes slowly enough for toddlers to play with safely. The propeller makes a nice ratchety sound when it is wound up. Freddy has movable head, arms and legs that make a pleasing clickable sound; he can stand or sit and wears a sporty pair of yellow goggles. Like other vehicles and figures in this collection, they have a nice feel and heft. Not too big and not too small for beginning pretend play. A special toy for 12-36 months, but will be most enjoyed by younger toddlers.

 

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

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2015 Awards
ELC Monty Monkey and his Motor Car
(International Playthings $19.99 Score:)

Perfect for active toddlers playing style. Monty is one of a new collection of rolling vehicles with animal passengers. Monty has moveable clicking head, arms, and legs; he can sit or stand on his big enough feet. The vehicle is child powered and finished in blue with white tires trimmed in red, headlights with eyes and bright licks of yellow on the hood. The toys in this line have a nice heft to them and fit in small hands without being too small or fragile. A nice first birthday gift. Also see Frankie Frog and his Flying Machine. 12 months and up

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

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2015 Award
ELC Max Mouse and his Scooter
(International Playthings $28 Score:)

Max is ready for the road on his red motor scooter with a side seat for a passenger. A kid-powered scooter that kids will push around as they supply the sound effects and drama. Max has movable clickable head, arms and legs; he can stand or sit. A fun toy for active dramatic play for beginners. Also see Frankie Frog and his Flying Machine. 12 months and up.

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

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2014 Awards
Little Tikes Ultimate Cook Kitchen
(Little Tikes $150 Score:)

Our test family gave this kitchen setting very high grades. Our three-year old tester's mom tells us "he is having a ball with it..." He loves every detail of this kitchen and especially likes to make them Cappuccino and asking them if "we need some coffee?" She likes the fact that it went together easily and is also being enjoyed for pretend play by his six and seven-year old siblings. Although some of the hanging pieces do not stay in place, they had no complaints. It has been used daily since it arrived and as our tester's mom wrote, she is impressed with the durability of Little Tikes products... "if three boys can't destroy it, it has to be made well." We like the fact that his kitchen is not gender specific and will be enjoyed for years of dramatic play by boys and girls. 2 +

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. Unlike similar looking roadways for toddlers, you can turn off the sounds and still play with this. Marked 18 months to 5 years. We think twos and threes are the right age for this.

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

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