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Product Type: Toys
Age: Toddlers
Categories: Pretend Play

 

 
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 clickable head, arms and legs; 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.

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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2014 Awards
Janod Framboisine Doll's Pram
(Janod $74 Score:)

Scaled for an older toddler and small preschooler, this colorful doll pram is perfect for pushing dolls, teddy bears about for dramatic play. It is not weighted, so it is meant for two's who are steady on their feet. It is not a walker for toddlers who are still holding on for security. Pricey, but one of those lovely toys that can be used and passed along to younger sibs or cousins.   Bright pink with polka-dots, this is a pretty gender specific toy.

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

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2014 Awards
New Sprouts Shop It!
(Learning Resources $24.95 Score:)

For little pretenders, shopping is good fun and this hand held market basket comes with fruits, veggies, two plastic cans and two boxes and a scanner that beeps. Fun for playing store. Add some real food packages or light boxes. Since the scanner will beep on anything you can expand the props with ease.


Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2014.

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Awards
Earlyears Baby Driver
(International Playthings $12.95 Score:)

Of course, every baby likes to be in the driver's seat and run the show. Here is a toy that makes that dream a reality. A small steering wheel makes a rachet sound as it is turned. It has a knob with gearshift that takes on three different position, plus a clicking direction signal, a quiet beep-beep horn, and a view of other cars on the road when the wheel is turned. Best of all, this attaches to a tabletop or high chair tray with a heavy duty suction cup. 6 months & up.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: .

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2013 Awards
Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car
(Fisher-Price $60 Score:)

You know how car salesmen tell you the car they are selling is fully loaded? That would be a good description of this red activity center that is shaped like a car. It has wheels but does not move around. It's designed for sitting up, crawling, and even toddlers who are cruising. There's a dashboard with steering wheel, lights, and buttons to activate--always a favorite of toddlers. The back wheels spin and one side door opens and closes so tots can go in and out. There is a shape sorter on one side and a ball run on the other, a windshield wiper that talks about the weather. All the pieces are sized up for young players. This toy takes some time to put together with screws and stickers. It says 6 months to 36 but we think this will be used most by babies who are crawling, cruising and beginning walkers. Lots of ways for them to make things happen and for early games of pretending.

SNAP: There's still plenty to do even though the wheels of this sporty red car do not move the vehicle about.  A good choice for a child who is ready for pretend without the need for pedals or foot power. Think of it as a pretend setting with so many ways of making things happen.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Step 2 Creative Cooks Kitchen
(Step 2 $190 Score:)

Our two-year old tester loves having a kitchen of his own and his mom loves the fact that it is big enough for more than one child. He's also a tall two and this play setting "fits" him with ease. Offering his mom coffee from the coffee pot, talking on the phone, using the condiment bottles and opening and closing the window shutters are some of his favorite features. His mom says she has pushed this away from the wall so that he can get behind the windows and use it for taking orders--although she wished the backside was more finished for two-sided play. That said, she is happy with the many ways it is being used and said she would recommend it to others. Designed in bright gender-free colors, this is currently only available at Toys R us.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013.

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