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Product Type: Toys
Age: Preschoolers
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 Award
Hape Ice Cream Emporium
(HaPe $149 Score:)

Our testers live in sunny California, so this is an outdoor/indoor year round pretend prop for them. A handsome ice cream cart with blue and white awning that is easy to move about. Young entrepreneurs can open the collapsible side table for serving customers. Our older tester loves to write the flavors of the day on the chalk-board front, along with her name. Her dad found it easy to assemble in about thirty minutes and sturdy, as well. It's a big but versatile prop that will be used over the long haul, not just for ice cream, but perhaps a lemonade stand, bookmobile, fruit stand, whatever creative players dream up. 3 & up

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. 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
eeBoo Back to School Magnetic Playboard
(eeBoo $15 Score:)

A new version of the 'make me a story' collection that may be very helpful for kids with back to school jitters. It's metal playboard with a school setting provides the background for a classroom full of playful creatures and their wise old owl teacher. The magnetic backing on the playing pieces can be moved about as kids make up their own stories using the characters created by illustrator, Kevin Hawkes. A good prop for dramatic play or talking through typical angst over the opening of school and new situations. This is not for kids who still mouth their toys. The playing pieces are large and reasonably easy to move about. Good for story telling, listening, and pretend play.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
Fisher-Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex
(Fisher-Price $99.99 Score:)

For dino-haulics of a certain age, this Ultra T-Rex will be a heavily promoted and therefore a heavily desired holiday gift. This is no toy for the timid. It walks, it stomps, it roars and goes from crouching to standing at full height—2 ½ feet tall! But that's not all; it opens its toothy jaws and closes them with chomping sounds. Sound and motion are blended with lights on its spikes and eyes that will scare off any little sisters or brothers. T-Rex can even fire boulders from its chest and claws (they do not go far; they sort of fall to the ground so they are not a safety problem as so many projectile toys can be.) Okay, it's true, this is a novelty toy that will probably gather dust before long, and end up in the landfill; that said, we have to admit, dino lovers are going to be wowed by this gy-normous motorized plastic-saurus. It will come to life with 4 AA batteries. Marked 36 months to 8 years. We say 5-7 is probably prime time for this one.  

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. 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 Award
Jurassic World Heroes Dilophosaurus
(Hasbro $14.99 Score:)

Kids will no doubt love the sounds and lights as they press the tail of this fierce blue and orange trimmed Dilophosaurus. His jaw opens and his claws move as he roars. Small enough to use with building blocks; scary enough to add drama to pretend stories of prehistoric dimensions. If you need a lot of birthday gifts that will not break the bank, this is a likely pleaser.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
Jurassic Park Tyrannosaurus Rex
(Hasbro $29.99 Score:)

Lights, sounds and a T-Rex that not only roars, you can hear it chew and swallow. This is one of the biggies in the Jurassic line-up, a giant green T-Rex with eyes that flash, spikes on its back, and a mouth full of teeth. Tip him forward and his jaw closes with a snap and the sounds of chewing and swallowing begins. Ferocious, and how! Being from the movies he comes with a handler who is small but tough and has his own leg gripper for grabbing T-Rex from behind. If you prefer a less noisy version, consider the brownish Tyrannosaurus Rex with a snapping jaw but no sounds or lights.

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

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2015 Award
Hasbro Jurassic World Heroes Indominus Rex
(Hasbro $34.99 Score:)

Lights, sounds and a T-Rex that not only roars, she changes skin color on her thorny grey back when she eats. Even more frightening, you can hear her chomp, chew and swallow. This is the biggie in the Jurassic line-up, a giant grey T-Rex with eyes that flash, spikes all over, and a mouth full of teeth.  Super Ferocious, and how! Maybe a bit over the top for some preschoolers who have not sorted out real and make believe. Marked 4 and up.

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

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