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Age: Toddlers

 

Mega Bloks Scooping Wagon
(Fisher-Price $34.99 Score:)

Loaded with twenty big mega bloks, this tot-sized red wagon has a big easy grip blue handle with a buildable section. Toddlers can wheel their blocks from one place to another and enjoy filling and spilling them, often as much as building with them. This little wagon has a scoop at the bottom BUT it only sort of works sometimes, and not very well. You have to push the wagon rather than pull it over the blocks. But it does seems more intuitive to pick up by pulling the wagon. That said, this is a big toy keyed into toddlers love of locomotion; their own and anything with wheels. Marked 12 months to 5 years, we would say-- a good choice for steady on their feet toddlers 18 months and up. Not likely to be of interest past 3. Award pending testing

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

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V Tech Sit-to-Stand Ultimate Alphabet Train
(V Tech $51.99 Score:)

Toddlers are all about mobility! This multi-part vehicle is designed to be both a ride-on and a push toy. It comes fully loaded with lots of bells and whistles to push. Thankfully there is a volume control and kids can also ride the train with no sound. We do like the choo choo sound effect! While we question the need to drill toddlers on the alphabet, they will like the cause and effect they can activate as they push the buttons, making things happen. Most of all, we think they will love the fun feature of droppping the alphabet blocks into the front engine and seeing them spit out into the back compartment. Just the kind of magical repetitive action that toddlers love. Pending Review. 1 & up.

Age: Toddlers. 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 bring 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
North American Bear Little Princess Fairy
(North American Bear Co. $25 Score:)

A sweet first doll for that one-year old birthday. She's dressed in a non-removable pink and green velour dress with giant scallops on the hem and lined in light pink satin. Her little green shoes do not come off, but they do point up at the tips as any fairy dolls shoes should do. This Little Princess has pink wings and long, long pigtails of velour that are topped off with fuchsia bows that are stitched on so they will stay tied.

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 dollsl and stuffed animals. It comes with a small pillow and bedding for tucking Stella in for  naptime. A good choice for beginning dramatic play. NOTE: the doll is not included!

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Awards
Manhattan Toy Lovelies Jumbo Riley Rabbit
(Manhattan Toy $90 Score:)

Riley is a giant squishy-soft-marshmallow-of-a-rabbit, done in heavenly silky plush with gynormous floppy ears. He will be a major attraction in any room and a faithful companion to the lucky child who has him to have and to hold. A showy gift for new babies, but a play toy for older toddlers to lug around and cuddle up to. Preschoolers will find an agreeable playmate that does what he's told.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Awards
Manhattan Toy Lovelies Bailey Bunny
(Manhattan Toy $12 Score:)

Silky soft to the touch this blue bunny with long floppy ears, jet black eyes and velvety snout can sit up, withstand a million snuggles and listen to whatever your toddler has to tell him. A lovable huggable comes in two sizes for a ten-inch armful of charm or a five-inch handful. Both have weighted stuffed bottoms and round furry tails.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
North American Little Princess Mermaid
(North American Bear Co. $25 Score:)

This has to be one of the sweetest mermaids ever. She is made of silky colorful velour with a ruffle of satin around her middle and tiny fuchsia bows in her long, long, velour pigtails. Safe enough for all ages, she has stitched features. Her shape simply lends itself to being a lovable huggable to embrace and her fish tail is just large enough to be a cozy at naptime. A sweet doll for toddlers to embrace as their special comfort toy.

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

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2015 Awards
Manhattan Toy Lovies Payton Puppy
(Manhattan Toy $12 Score:)

You can find this adorable black and white pooch in three sizes, each with a slightly crooked face and angular ears that stand up and make him all the more appealing. He's done in silky plush, has pellets inside so he can sit on his lightly weighted bottom. We have the 5.5 handful and the one marked large. Either will be a perfect huggable to take wherever your toddler is off to. This is one of those classics that both boys and girls like to take wherever they go.  They have no agenda or tricks. Like a good old teddy bear or floppy bunny, Payton Puppy will listen to whatever a child has to say and do whatever he's told. He'll be completely loving with no questions as to who is the boss.

Age: Toddlers, 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 Boy Doll
(Manhattan Toy $35 Score:)

Baby Stella Boy is the same adorable boy baby we told you about in 2012. The only thing new about him is the packaging. That said, he's still a good choice. In his deep aqua blue and white one-sie with licks of bright yellow and a dinosaur, this all fabric huggable with stitched features and a tuft of yellow fabric hair on top, is a sweet first birthday gift. Like all Baby Stella dolls he comes with a pacifier that has a magnet sewn inside so it sticks on with little effort and no danger. He's part of a line of adorable first dolls. This boy doll would make a good big brother doll for young big brothers. This season there is also a Sweet Dreams Stella ($45) in Lavender print pajamas. Ready for bed, this doll has a big fabric bottle and a small cuddly lamb in her arms. She has a matching Bunkie with a magnet sewn inside and unlike others, this one is scented with lavender, which may be pleasant, but we usually avoid scented toys since they can tick of allergies for some. 12 months and up.

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

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