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Age: Preschoolers
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2015 Award
Fisher-Price Thomas and Friends Musical Melody Tracks Set
(Fisher-Price $160 Score:)

Such a great wooden train set with action easy enough for young preschoolers to do. This is a show-stopper, with a water wheel that spins and loads cargo onto passing trains and a bridge that plays music as Thomas and Friends roll over the bridge and around the curve. It says the tune is their theme song, but we didn't hear it really; the sound is just low key and pleasing. We really like that this is a kid-activated toy, no need for lights or big tricks. It is a pricey set but comes with several major accessories and plenty of track. Along with Thomas and a flatbed carrier, the set includes a waterwheel cargo loader, the musical bridge, one ascending up hill track, 10 curves, 4 long tracks, two stone wall tracks, a bumpy track and one with pegs to grip the waterwheel. The tracks are compatible with older sets and can be added to existing sets or laid out in a variety of ways. Best of all, there is no absolute right and wrong way to use this set. Ideal for 3 & up.

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

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2015 Award
Fisher-Price Pirate's Cove Discovery Set
(Fisher-Price $150 Score:)

Kids can play with this train set without knowing the big backstory, but it just might add drama for some kids to share the story or watch the DVD that goes with it. Thomas is carrying TNT to the demolition crew working on a new branch line when the ground begins shaking under his wheels. Press the TNT plunger and WHOOSH! Tracks drop and poor Thomas falls as a pirate ship rolls out. Now Thomas must find the treasure without plunging into the Harbor. There is a drawbridge to let ships pass. This big set includes Thomas, cargo car, treasure cargo, a free-wheeling pirate ship vehicle, multiple track pieces, rock that hides the treasure, pirate ship launch ramp, bridge turn, museum, cargo bin, two large hill pieces with mechanism, two small hill pieces with draw bridge and the pirate ship launching bay. This is marked for 3 & up, but clearly it is a theme and story line better for older preschoolers.

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

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2015 Award
Janod Construction Site Truck
(Janod $39.99 Score:)

Beautifully crafted in wood with bright yellow/orange truck comes with a detachable flatbed with a ramp and carries a bulldozer and excavator, both with moving arms to add to the dramatic play. A good choice for block building toddlers and preschoolers. 2-6.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
Tomy Monster Treads Lightning Wheels
(TOMY $39.95 Score:)

These scale replicas of John Deere farm vehicles are free rolling with the added attraction of wheels that light up when they roll. They have an on/off switch to conserve the 3 AAA batteries; but the light-night wheels are exactly what makes these Monster Treads stand out. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Awards
Janod Story 4 Cars Transporter Lorry
(Janod $39.99 Score:)

On their way to the Gran Prix this handsome lorry carries four numbered racing cars ready for action. The trailer holds two cars on each level and has a lever that releases the cars on the upper level onto a ramp at the back. The Trailer detaches from the truck and it is all kid-powered. No lights or sounds but plenty of action that kids will provide. A great gift for older toddlers and young preschoolers to use as is or with their blocks. Beautifully finished with lots of color and trims. 2-5

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

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2015 Awards
Dino Construction Company Rocko Styracosaurus Truck
(Educational Insights $16.99 Score:)

For dinohaulics, these small dino-shaped trucks are sure to find a place in the sandbox. Rocko is a dump truck that has a head that can shovel and a working backend for loading and dumping sand or whatever. This comes with a small construction figure that will fit in the cab. But be careful since it is small enough to fit in a mouth, too. In new line, there is also Snap, a velocirartor forklift and Helix, the stegosaurus cement mixer. These new trucks are considerably smaller (and less costly) than the original dinosaur trucks that our testers loved last year. You might want to have a look at Dino Construction T-Top Bulldozer and others bigger trucks in that line. ($39.99) 3 & up.

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

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2014 Awards
Road Rippers Piston Thumper Ford Raptor
(Toy State $19.99 Score:)

For noisy toy fans, this will do it, big time. The F-150 SVT Raptor has lights and lots of roaring beeping and thumping sounds that will delight kids until someone yells--turn that #*@#& off! That said, it's a showy gift for the price and you can always let the batteries go dead and still have a powerful looking SVT for dramatic play. Takes 3 AA batteries.

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

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2014 Award
Hot Wheels Spin King
(Toy State $14.99 Score:)

A showy present, this blue racer is not only motorized to rev up and roll, it lights up and even plays some music. A great novelty toy that is sure to please any 3 & up on your list. May not go the distance and requires three AA batteries, but if you shop you will find it for even less than the sticker price and appreciate it for the short term novelty fun it provides.

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

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2014 Awards
Melissa & Doug Mega Race Car Carrier
(Melissa & Doug $29.99 Score:)

Hours of play possibilities will take off with this wonderful wooden car carrier that is loaded with six race cars. The blue truck cab attaches to the two-level carrier that opens into one long rampway. There are grooves on the carrier to hold the vehicles in place. Kids will like loading and unloading the race cars and having races with the vehicles. Want to add some math? The vehicles are numbered, so load them up from 1-6. This is one of those toys that will be used with blocks or solo. 3 & up

SNAP GAME: A playful way to reinforce colors and counting, recognizing numerals, putting things in number order. Play a what's missing game: Line up three cars in numerical order with one car missing. Can your player name the missing car? Find the missing car?

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

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2014 Award
Disney Planes Fire Rescue Attack Launcher
(Disney $19.99 Score:)

Ready, aim, fire! Three light-weight foam planes can be launched 15 feet with this squeeze trigger toy. It has lights and sound when the red tab on back of the launcher is pulled back. Aside from pulling the trigger, this is a toy that will get them up and running about to pick up the planes when they land. Not exactly big physical play, but more active than most. They say 3 & up, we'd say more like older 4's and up and those that have the judgment not to aim it at your favorite vase. Itís not like a dart or heavy projectile, but although the planes are lightweight, this is a toy that will need supervision.

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

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