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Product Type: Toys
Age: Toddlers
Categories: Vehicles

 


2013 Award
Kidoozie Zig Zag Speedsters
(International Playthings $39.99 Score:)

Fun for making things happen - big time! Put the little racing cars in the elevator and push them to the top. Now push the elevator button and varoom! Watch the chunky cars zoom down the ramps and pop out of the roadway. Like a ball run with cars instead of balls, this is one of those toys toddlers love. They like the repetitive action and the powerful joy of being in control as they make things happen again and again. 18 months & up

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

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Mega Bloks Dump Truck
(Mega Blox $31 Score:)

A light and easy to take along plastic dump truck that has a working dumper and big plastic wheels that will work well on the beach or in the park. It comes with a few blocks and a construction worker. Good choice for pretend play. Also available in a bright blue and yellow version. They say 1-5, we'd say more like 2 & up.

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

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2013 Award
Manhattan Toys Little Racers
(Manhattan Toys $4.99 Score:)

Choose from four distinctive little racers or collect them all in their jolly two tone colors and sleek styles. With pull-back action these little vehicles scoot across the floor. They are made of smooth plastic with chubby wheels and patterned hubcaps. Nothing complicated here. Easy enough for toddlers to use with delight. 1 and up.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2013.

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2012 Awards
Fisher Price Little People Wheelies Loops 'n Swoops Amusement Park
(Fisher-Price $44.99 Score:)

Toddlers will like the repeat action of this two foot tall runway. It comes with two little vehicles that will twist and turn on the ramp way or zip down the slide into a 360 degree loop. At the end of the ramp it plays a sound effect salute. This is a big, big piece of plastic that will make a really big show for gift giving and will probably give your toddler play value for a while. We tested it with balls from other ball runs and found it works well that way too. If you leave the batteries out, it will still work perfectly well and be less intrusive in a small space if you are annoyed with repeated sound effects.

SNAP: A good choice for developing visual tracking and sense of making things happen with independence. Concrete experiences help to develop color concepts and position words such as top and bottom, down and up, high and low, in and out. 

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Awards
Hape Little School Bus
(HaPe $10 Score:)

Beep, beep! A little wooden yellow school bus with finger holes for easy grasping. It has no sounds, except the sounds you and your little one provide. Scaled for early games of pretend, this is a good choice for crawling babies 10 months & up.

SNAP: The finger holes on this little vehicle makes it easier for grasping than others. 

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Kid O Plane
(Kid O $19 Score:)

Pick your favorite color or buy the fleet - blue, red or green. These chunky 8" X 9" planes are uncomplicated enough for toddlers to scoot around with on their knees or lift in flight. The appealing planes roll smoothly and have propellers that turn only if your toddler makes it happen. Fun for crawlers as well as beginning walkers as they begin to enjoy early pretend play. 1 & up.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2012.

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2012 Award
Kid O Tugboat
(Kid O $16.95 Score:)

Smooth and sleek, these chubby tugboats comes in red, green or blue and each has a life buoy that can fit on the boat or float beside it. There's nothing complicated here. Ideal for tubtime fun. Solidly built, they will not take on dirty bathwater. Choose your favorite color - red, green or blue or buy a fleet. 1 & up.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Awards
Playskool Sesame Street School Bus
(Hasbro $14.99 Score:)

Seems the school bus has shrunk a little, but it's still one of those perennial favorites. This season it has been updated for the Sesame Street gang. But it only comes with two characters, Count Von Count is the driver and Elmo is there with his backpack. If you want more passengers, that will be extra, please. It can hold three figures and since loading and unloading passengers is so much a part of the fun, we suggest you bring them home with the bus. Passengers can get on through the door or the open roof top. To open the door, press the purple button on the hood. No batteries needed for this roll and play vehicle. They say 18 months & up, we think it will be enjoyed more by 2's and up. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

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

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2011 Award
Little People Wheelies Zig the Big Rig
(Fisher-Price $29.99 Score:)

Zig is a true toddler vehicle. It does more than just roll about and yet it's not too complicated for toddlers to  operate. Zig is a particularly friendly truck--he talks, makes some sounds and his face moves when activated (but not in a creepy way).  What our testers loved about it was the way the side of the truck opens and launches the little Wheelie car that comes with Zig. (You can buy more Wheelies separately). This motion is easy to activate- and is just right for toddlers who love making things happen again and again. Zig is chunky and moves around under your child's power (we like that aspect of it as well).  A sturdy choice for toddlers that has just the right amount of bells and whistles.

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

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2011 Award
Kid O Tip Truck
(Kid O $15 Score:)

Designed for toddlers, this sleek plastic Tip Truck is easy to gasp and roll. It has a working hinged bed that younger kids will probably not figure out or be able to use. That said, it's a handsome truck for beginners. Available in red, blue and green. Also from the same company, see the Kid O Car, a perfect first car for active play and pretend.

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

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