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Age: Preschoolers
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2013 Award
Dino Construction Spike, Ankylosaurus Steam Roller
(Educational Insights $39.99 Score:)

Construction trucks and dinosaurs--what a winning combination! This is one of a collection of dino trucks, made without metal or electronic parts so it will work in the sandbox, at the beach, in snow, or indoors with blocks. Spike, Ankylosaurus the Steam Roller, moves on big tough rollers, has a moving studded tail that is segmented, a body that pivots, a swiveling head, and jaws that snap! It needs no batteries. Also fun, T-Top the Bulldozer, Boom Brachiosaurus Backhoe, and Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader. 3 & up.

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

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2013 Award
Dino Construction Boom Brachiosaurus Backhoe
(Educational Insights $39.99 Score:)

Construction trucks and dinosaurs--what a winning combination! This is one of a collection of dino trucks, made without metal parts so it will work in the sandbox, at the beach or indoors with blocks. Boom Brachiosaurus Backhoe has a telescoping neck and scooping tail. It has a cab that rotates 360 degrees. A long neck and movable jaw are ready to scoop up sand, snow, Lego bricks, or whatever gets in its path. With read rollers, it leaves dino footprints in the sand and needs no batteries. Also fun, T-Top the Bulldozer, Spike the Ankylosaurus Steam Roller, and Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader. 3 & up.

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

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2013 Award
Dino Construction T-Top Bulldozer
(Educational Insights $39.99 Score:)

Construction trucks and dinosaurs--what a winning combination! This is one of a collection of dino trucks, made without metal parts, so it will work in the sandbox, at the beach, in snow drifts, or indoors with blocks. T-Top is a triceratops bulldozer with a segmented tail with posable joints; a steering wheel in in the cab; a push-blade head and movable jaw. It leaves dino footprints in the sand and needs no batteries. Also fun, Boom, Brachiosaurus Backhoe, Spike, the Ankylosaurus Steam Roller, and Wrecker, the T-Rex Skid Loader. 3 & up.

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

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2013 Awards
Tegu Hatch Magnetic Wooden Car
(Tegu $38 Score:)

A fifteen-piece set of magnetic wooden blocks that includes four working wheels. Although there are pictures on the box, with the sleek look of a classic Lincoln Continental, this is a pretty open-ended construction toy that give kids hands-on experience with the opposite poles on magnets and allow kids to make unique vehicles that they can play with. There is another 15-piece vehicle, a red racing car, called the Dart. Marked 3 and up, we think this will be a better choice for slightly older builders. Beginners will have more success with the company's five-piece Riley Roadster or Maddy Micro.

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

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2013 Awards
Tegu Riley Roadster
(Tegu $22 Score:)

A low slung wooden race car body has magnets inside and four magnetic wheels to attach with ease. This five-piece set is easy enough for threes to put together and take apart with a sense of building their own working vehicle. There is another five-piece car in the line, the Maddy Micro with a taller body. Either of these is less challenging than the 15-piece Dart or Hatch that are a lot trickier to put together.

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

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2013 Award
Plan Toys School Bus
(Plan Toys $39.99 Score:)

If you don't want a plastic school bus, this smooth wooden bus is stained in yellow with black trim, with white painted windows and door and an open roof. It comes with a driver and one student, both of whom can sit and stand. Unlike typical plastic school bus toys, this is scaled well to fit into block constructions and leaves a lot for kids to imagine. There is room for more passengers and lots of dramatic play. 3 & up.

 

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

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2012 Award
Monster Treds
(Ertl $19.99 Score:)

Well known for their models of farm equipment, this year’s big combine is 9 inches X 7 inches and has taken on a slightly jazzier look and sound. Done in the Ertl classic green with yellow trim, the new look includes super bouncy rubbery tires, and a shaking action with engine start up sounds and more. A smaller Monster Tred Tractor comes with big tires, plus lights and sounds. Both a fun choice for pretend play. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2012.

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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
Imaginetics Race Day
(International Playthings $7.99 Score:)

A magnetic board with a race track graphic and lots of colorful cars to move around the track. A 16-piece set that invites imaginative play, story telling, and quiet time. Take it along on your next trip to a waiting room or for making time fly as you travel.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. 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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