Special Needs Award Winners 2011
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Posted: 2012-08-13 07:38:37 By: Joanne Oppenheim

 

Well-chosen toys play to your child's strengths--not his disability. So for a child with visual challenges, we look for products that play on a child's listening and tactile senses. Similarly, for the child with hearing challenges, we look for toys that use his visual and tactile senses. We know that there are other toys on our other lists that will also be of interest.

These are the 2011 SNAP Award winners.

 

 

  
2007 Awards
Manhattan Toy Infant Stim-Mobile
(Manhattan Toy $24.99 Score: )

High contrast black and white graphics are now combined with bold colors so the mobile can be changed as baby grows. Designed with out music or motor, this versatile mobile is nevertheless more visually stimulating than most. The images are displayed so that the newborn looking up sees the whole graphic rather than just a sideways glance. It's design is based on research that indicates that newborns see black and white high contrast most easily during the first weeks of life. Babies are also visually attracted to images of a face, simple bulls-eye graphics and other bold patterns.
       Another plus is the ability to change the view. Like all of us, infants stop noticing things that are constantly in sight. Since you can change the position of the graphics, this is a more interesting mobile. Without a motor to make it turn, this is activated by baby's own motions as she moves her arms and legs. This mobile has no music, but you can add that with a stand alone musical toy.
      Based on the original all black and white Stimobile by Wimmer Ferguson, this is a classic.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 


 

 

 
2011 Awards
Sassy Rock and Roll Developmental Gym
(Sassy $49.99 Score: )

This rock and roll theme translates into a pleasingly bright mat that is done in a variety of interesting fabrics and textures.  The archs are easy to put together and there are several adjustable and removable rattles that hang down for your baby to gaze at in the beginning.  Our favorite is the rattle that sounds like an old-fashion chime.  Eventually your baby will be able to bat at them.  It comes with a mirror that you can place at the bottom of one of the arcs--this is ideal for tummy time play. There is also a mirror that you can put above the baby. There is electronic music...not our all time favorite but you don't have to use it.  Our parents also liked that the mat was light and easy to carry. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements.   We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

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

 


 

 

 
2011 Awards
Sassy Sensory Ball Set
(Sassy $9.99 Score: ) Looking for something to play with your sitting up baby? One ball has interesting fabric textures to touch (and taste), another has another smaller jingle ball safely enclosed - with slates so that babies can pick it up and turn it, and the last ball has bumps all over it--also interesting to explore. This set can be used in so many ways! You can use them for first games of roly poly. You can also play peek-a-boo games by placing one of the balls under a blanket and then watch as your baby pulls it off! Balls are also great ways of encouraging babies to crawl!! For more activities take a look at our book Read It! Play It! with Babies and Toddlers. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements.We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

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

 


 

 

 
2011 Awards
Sassy Wonder Wheel
(Sassy  $8.99 Score: )

This has become our new favorite highchair toy!  The wonder wheel moves with ease when your sitting up baby or toddler touches it.  Our testers loved putting it in motion and watching the little beads inside cascade.  The beads are safely enclosed and make a pleasing (but not overly loud or annoying sound) as they spin.  A perfect example of a toy being right on the mark in terms of developmental appropriateness and design without a lot of costly and unnecessary bells and whistles!  The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements.  We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

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

 


 

 

 
2011 Awards
Kids Preferred Diva Blanky
(Kids Preferred $16 Score: )

Hot pink satin on one side and velour prints on the other side, this 12"X 12" blanky has textures to explore and some crinkle sounds. There are satin knotties, ribbons tabes, plush loop, felt tabs and a crinkly shimmery silver ruffle. This is an eye catching lovie that babies may find both stimulating to explore and comforting to hold.

 

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2011.

 


 

 

 
2011 Awards
Kids Preferred Diva Chime Ball
(Kids Preferred $16 Score: )

A marvelous Diva fabric 8" chime ball with a jolly jingle safe inside and plenty of surface textures to explore. There are colorful satin knotties, textured loop to hold, a crinkle velour patch, ribbon tabs and furry no-shed fringe. Each segment of the ball has a different fabric--high contrast black and white, velour with stars and another with hot pink splotches, silvery dots, and corded lavender velour.A perfect toy for first social games. Rolling the ball back and forth or crawling after it.

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

 


 

 

 
2011 Awards
Eric Carle Developmental Duck with Sound
(Kids Preferred $18 Score: )

Hang this bright yellow duck up for baby to gaze at. For tracking games you can get baby's attention with a push on Ducks belly--that sets off a series of quacks. Though the quacking sounds may be a little startling for very young babies it will amuse older babies and even encourage some to reach out to try. With its stitched features and bright orange beak and feet, Duck has other eye catching features. It's chest is covered with orangey patterned fabric that looks like Eric Carle's art work, as does the little dangly fish, and underside of the duck with multicolored dots. Once baby is into the teething stage there are gum-pleasing wings and a textured ring that will be soothing. Duck also has a small reflective mirror with small satin ribbons to finger. In short, this is a toy for all the senses. Infants and up. Surface washable only. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

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

 


 

 


2011 Award
Kids Preferred Cute as a Button Chime Ball
(Kids Preferred $16 Score: )

A marvelous Cute As a Button fabric 8" chime ball with a jolly jingle safe inside and plenty of surface textures to explore. There are colorful satin knotties, textured loop to hold, a crinkle velour patch, ribbon tabs and felt fringe. Each segment of the ball has a different fabric - printed velour with stripes and another with dots, another with cotton knit stripes and others with corded and dotted velour.

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

 


 

 

 
2011 Awards
Classic Pooh Piglet Comfort Cuddly
(Kids Preferred $15 Score: )

We liked the sweet pink Piglet and Tigger best of the four comfort Cuddly dolls in this collection of classic lovies. That said, Pooh and Eeyore are also sweet and interesting to the touch. They have no stuffing and are designed for clutching and feeling with tiny fingers. Their corduroy tummies, stitched features, cottony ears and velvety bodies make them a good choice for babies who are learning about the world of things through their senses. Infants 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: Infants. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 


 

 

 
2011 Awards
WaterBlocks
(Just Think Toys $$19.99 Score: )

If you're looking for a great tub toy that will make your reluctant bather eager about getting clean, we'd suggest a set of WaterBlocks.  We have had to pass on most of the tub toys out there because of the squeakers in many sets that from our point of view pose a safety problem from their possible retention of old bath water.  So we were particularly delighted to see these new blocks.  We love that they float, stick to the side of the tub or on the wall.  The Super Set comes with pieces so that you build a ball run (how cool is that!?) and the Coast Guard Set comes with a helicopter.  Lots of opportunities here for open-ended play that encourage both exploring the shapes and for building pretend settings!  All making bath time part of the fun of the day--rather than something to just get through.

SNAP: Both sets give you plenty of opportunities to talk about the colors and shapes. Play a game of stacking.  How many pieces can you stack before they fall over?  The open-ended quality of these chunky, easy-to-grasp pieces make these a good choice for developing eye-hand coordination and dexerity.

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

 


 

 

 
2011 Awards
CitiBlocs Little Builders Rattle Blocks
(Citiblocs $35 Score: )

22 wooden blocks with rattle sounds inside, colorful rooftops, and staircases are designed for beginning builders. These are chunkier than the classic Citiblocs. These smoothly finished blocks play to sensory feedback for little hands and ears. Stack them up high or line them up sideways. There is no right or wrong way to enjoy these. After they have played with the blocks for awhile, kids may like using the colored graphics to match up buildings of one color or set them up in patterns. Younger toddlers will like building them up and knocking them down with a big kaboom! 2 and up. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

SNAP Activities: These blocks are chunkier and somewhat easier to grasp. They are also a bit more literal with premade roof tops and colored strips. They should be enjoyed independently, but you can aslo use them to reinfoce color words and sorting skills. Build an all red striped building or talk about the colors of the roof tops. Help build two buildings that are the same height. Talk about building by adding one more and one less. These concepts are basic to math, but they are best learned in concrete ways that build understanding.

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

 






 

 

 
2011 Awards
Pacific Play Tents Very Hungry Caterpillar Tunnel
(Pacific Play Tents $49.95 Score: )

Our preschool testers enjoyed going through this six foot tunnel. Some of our parents thought that the joints could have been more padded--but our kid testers didn't seem to mind. This tunnel works with the company's tents in their Eric Carle Very Hungry Caterpillar series.  The tunnel has a mesh top so that you can watch your child work their way through -- also a plus for a younger child who may otherwise be tentative about going through a solid enclosed tunnel.  We also liked how easily the tunnel folds up  -- making this a great choice for smaller play spaces.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements.  We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

SNAP: This is a good choice for developing gross motor skills. It's a real challenge but offers an open mesh view that makes it more kid friendly.

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

 


 

 

 
2011 Awards
Pacific Play Tents Very Hungry Caterpillar Tent
(Pacific Play Tents $49.95 Score: )

Young children LOVE having spaces that are scaled to their size.  Fans of Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar will especially enjoy this small pop up tent (42" high) that's just right for pretend play, being cozy, reading a book, etc. The tent is made with washable nylon that features art from the best-selling book.  We paired it with the company's Tunnel ($49)  for added active play!  Our parent testers liked that there was a mesh see-through window so that they could peek in from above--and as an added plus-it does let the air in.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements.  We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

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

 


 

 

 
2011 Awards
Twist & Turn Ring Toss
(International Playthings $29.99 Score: )

In every sense, this is a ring toss game with several new twists. First of all the posts turn at two different speeds when the switch is on. They also move to two different musical tunes. Best of all the set-up can be varied. You can arrange the posts in a straight line or as they are pictured here in a more traditional configuration. For those who prefer, the sound can be turned off and the posts will not move. A fun active toy for indoor play. 3 & up, up, up.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements.  We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

SNAP: Getting kids involved in active play will be a lot easier with this fresh looking game. Use this game for score keeping if your child is working on numbers or turn taking if that is an issue.

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

 


 

 

 
2011 Awards
My First Dress-Up Play Set
(Creativity for Kids $21.99 Score: )

If you're looking for an activity set that will keep your older three and four year old engrossed, take a look at this set. At first we thought this was just a coloring set, but it really is much more. It comes with both a boy and girl figure (both made of sturdy stock).  The set comes with a variety of preprinted outfits (swimsuits, party gear, priates, baseball, princess, etc.).  The various aspects of these outfits (also done in sturdy stock) can be attached by velcro. The box opens up to an background for the dolls. Our tester also loved that there were also outfits to be "colored" in with the dual tip Faber-Castell markers.  In otherwords, there is lots to do here--and at the end of the day you have a pretend setting and two characters.  Similar to old-fashioned paper dolls, but so much more durable and age appropriate to the 3 & up crowd. Fun!

A perfect toy for working on knowing and naming parts of the body, clothing and activities. Take out some clothes for one of the dolls and ask your child to pick what piece of clothing they want to use first. You can reinforce and discuss their selections.  "Great, so the hat goes?...."  "What else does the boy need?", etc.

The premade clothes attach with Velcro - giving this activity kit a more satisfying finished look for kids who may not be able to draw. There are clothing pieces that can be colored in.  They have a pre-printed design on each of them- again giving kids a finished product they may not otherwise be able to achieve.

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

 


 

 

 
2011 Awards
eeBoo Preschool Numbers
(eeBoo $17.50 Score: )

A fun way to reinforce number concepts and simple counting with a set of twelve puzzles. The pieces are color coded to fit together. The numeral is printed on one puzzle piece that matched up with a set of objects pictured in that color. The pieces are big and chunky enough for preschoolers to handle with ease. The objects are familiar and therefore easy enough for beginners to know and name. 3 & up.
The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements.  We did not independently test this toy in a lab.


SNAP: Play a clapping game. Put several number cards on the table. Tell the child to listen carefully. Now clap the same number of times as one of the numerals on the table. Encourage the child to count out loud at first and find the numeral that matches. As the counting and matching skills grow, have the child count silently. Want to make it more challenging? Turn the card face down and have the child turn over the numeral that matches your claps.

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

 


 

 


2011 Award
eeBoo Preschool Colors
(eeBoo $17.99 Score: )

A fun way to reinforce color concepts and words with a set of twelve puzzles. The pieces are color coded to fit together. The color word is printed on one puzzle piece that matched up with an object pictured in that color. The pieces are big and chunky enough for preschoolers to handle with ease. The objects are familiar and therefore easy enough for beginners to know and name. 3 & up.
The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

SNAP: Play a color detective game by searching for things of one color in a magazine. Put out one of the puzzle sets. Have child cut out all things she can find in that magazine that are the same color as the puzzle piece you selected. Kids can make a color book with the objects found. Label the objects for kids who are learning to read. You'll need scissors, glue, blank paper book and magazine. Declare this day as "red" day - and eat foods that are that color. On another day do green foods.

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

 



 

 

 
2011 Awards
Guidecraft 3-D Feel & Find World Icons
(Guidecraft $30 Score: )

Children love multiple piece games and this has 20 playing boards and 20 matching shapes. This will give kids a chance to name and know the shapes they are going to use. Once they can identify the puzzle pieces (a moon, rabbit, fish, leaf, bird, person, etc. you can use this for a more challenging game. Put several tiles on the table. Have children take turns reaching into the bag to find the shape that matches the tiles in front of them. This is a good game for solo play or with friends and family. It comes with a small activity booklet with good ideas for introducing the colors and concepts. The set comes in a drawstring canvas bag for gameplay and storage.

SNAP: This kind of game that gives children a chance to hone their sense of touch. For kids with visual disabilities, this plays on an important skill they need to develop. For starters put most of the playing pieces away. Take time to develop the names of the items and play some initial games with a few puzzles. Gradually add more as they gain mastery of the first ones.

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

 



 

 

 
2011 Awards
LeapFrog Peek-A-Shoe Talking Octopus
(LeapFrog $30 Score: )

Ever thought of playing three card Monty with your baby? Well, that's sort of what the Peek-a-Shoe Talking Octopus does. It comes with four balls that slide down one of two chutes and asks baby to find where the ball has landed. Is it behind the red shoe, the blue shoe, or the green, orange, or yellow shoe? Baby lifts a shoe and the octopus reinforces the color name of the shoe lifted. There is also a  number mode and the shoes are marked with the numerals from 1-5. This is more of a toodler toy in the concept department, however, for kids young enough for this peek-a-boo toy, we'd say the cause and effect action will be rewarding.  Number recognition and color words are not top priority for the sitting-up baby who will chiefly like the repetition and peek-a-boo fun. With time, the simple color and counting concepts will interest toddlers as they grow into the next level. 9-36 months.

SNAP: A useful toy for reinforcing color names and numerals. There is no real counting involved here, but you can do that with this little game: Tell your child no peeking. Now, put a treat such as a cracker or small pretzel under the shoe with a three on it. Say to the child: Listen. I will clap to tell you where the treat is. Now you clap three times. Does the child lift shoe 3? Make a fuss if the child opens the 3 shoe and gets the treat. If need be, repeat the clapping and have the child count out loud as you do so.

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

 



 

 

 
2011 Awards
Rubbabu Big Train with People
(Rubbabu $59.99 Score: )

Toddlers are going to love loading and unloading the passengers on this colorful oversized train. The bright red engine and three blue cars attach with magnets that are buried safely inside the train. This is designed for tots who are not yet ready for more detailed wooden trains with small pieces that demand more dexterity. It is a bit pricey, but a versatile toy that does not need tracks to run on.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2011.

 


 

 

 
2011 Awards
Early Years Busy Ball Drop
(International Playthings $15.99 Score: )

Use the big yellow base and then stack these round chute pieces in almost any order. Baby will be ready for making things happen. Put one of the three see-through balls on top and watch it whirl round and round till it reaches the bottom. This ball drop stacks up over 12 " tall and has balls with colorful beads inside.   It is a basic for learning about cause and effect. Babies and toddlers love the repetitive action here and the sounds of the balls dropping. Chances are you will need to do the stacking at first, but you can depend upon their unstacking it.   Most of all tots love the repetition of making that ball roll down every time!   9 months & up.  The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements.  We did not independently test this toy in a lab. 

NOTE OF CAUTION: We note that some online stores are shipping a knock-off that looks similar but is not the toy we tested or recommended.

SNAP: Sing a little song as you play with this ball drop classic. Try it to Wheels on the Bus..."See the balls go round and round, round and round, round and round. See the balls go round and round all though the day." Now switch to " See the balls go down, down, down, down, down, down,etc. Make up other verses about the sound of the balls going plunk, plunk, plunk.

To reinforce color concepts sing about the color of the ball that is in action.

These kinds of made-up songs reinforce concepts such as color, action words,and sensory language in meaningful ways that are more memorable. It's not a quiz game, but a playful way to use language and interact together.

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

 


 

 

 
2011 Awards
Crocodile Hop Floor Game
(Learning Resources $34.99 Score: )

Roll out the 100" long mat and take a look at all the colors, shapes, numbers and other places to land on as this active game is played. Kids take turns tossing an inflated cube and move their playing piece according to the color, shape or numeral they toss. The object is to be the first to get to the other side of the mat but watch out for crocodiles along the way - or you may have to go back to the starting line! This is a fun game for outdoors or in and it reinforces color, shapes, numbers and turn taking skills in an active and non workbook way of learning. 3 & up.

FUn for multiple players, this games works on several attributes at a time. You may want to stick to finding colors only or numbers only for beginners who find multiple attributes too confusing.

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

 


 

 

 
2011 Awards
Kid O Cutting Fruit Learning Fractions
(Kid O $21 Score: )

A small cloth shopping bag comes loaded with an orange that cuts into halves, a pear in thirds, and an apple in quarters. Made of sleek bright plastic, the set includes a special knife that is not sharp, but will cut the sections apart. The pieces are internally magnetized - so there are no safety issues with magnets coming out. These playing pieces are going to be used first and foremost for pretend play. Using a knife is one of those "grown-up" things kids cannot do in reality, so this adds to the play appeal. It is also a hands-on way for kids to explore fractions and give meaning to the concepts of half, thirds, quarters.

SNAP Activity:
Learning how to handle a knife begins with this kind of safe play. This cut-up fruit set is one of those toys that gives children a chance to try on real tools without the danger of a real blade. It's also a good opportunity to use the language of fractions, giving meaning to the concepts in a concreate way. To extend this experience, use the fraction words when you are making a sandwich and cut it into halves or quarters. Use the word quarters as you cut a slice of cheese in four andplace them on four small crakers. For more practice with knives, have kids use a butter spreader to cut up a banana or to spread jam on crackers. Trying on more grown up skills with safe tools is a satisfying way to build confidence and competence.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011.

 



 

 

 
2011 Awards
Funny Faces Game
(International Playthings $14.99 Score: )

Our testing family had great fun making funny faces at each other. Actually one player has to try and make a face that matches one of the faces on the game board. The other players have to guess which face it is that he is making. It's easy but fun and comes with 60 face cards, 30 face tiles and four game tokens. This is an entertaining game that also puts kids in touch with "reading" people's expressions and thinking about their own.  The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements.  We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

SNAP: Add a mirror to this game so kids can see for themselves how their face looks while they are trying to copy the face on the game board.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 



 

 

  
2011 Awards
Cabbage Patch Preppy Boy
(Jakks Pacific $34.99 Score: )

Boy dolls are still not too abundant, yet boys and girls both like having boy dolls. This classic Cabbage Patch doll has a soft huggable body and is dressed with khaki chinos a striped buttoned shirt. He has big blue eyes and a pair of dark framed glasses. The glasses, a small extra, just might be a great hit for kids who are also wearing glasses. This is one of a collection of 14" newly refreshed Cabbage Patch dolls.

3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2011.

 


 

 

 
2011 Awards
Guidecraft Fraction Cups
(Guidecraft $25 Score: )

A hands-on way to learn about simple fractions. These natural wood cups hold the whole, halves, quarters and thirds. The solid wooden pieces are stained with eco-friendly colors that won't chip off. They come with an activity booklet for ideas to share. For younger players this is about eye hand coordination and developing fine motor skills. The math part is built into the discoveries children make as they manipulate the pieces. Marked 2 & up. We think it's a better bet for 3-4.

SNAP: Introduce one cup at a time. For a while use just two cups and gradually add the other sets. Once you start talking about fractions, reinforce the concepts when you servr a sandwich in halves one day, in quarters another day. Do the same when you are cutting a fruit. 

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

 


 

 

 
2011 Awards
Super Sorting Pie
(Learning Resources $27 Score: )

A pie full of 60 miniature fruits comes ready for a variety of learning and pretend games. There are two big tweezers for lifting and sorting and a divider inside the pie shell for sorting the fruits by color or type. The pieces of this toy can be used for sorting by various attributes, to reinforce color words as well as knowing and naming fruits. As kids begin to work at math skills the fruit counters are also useful for demonstrating or making concrete simple number facts. There is an activity guide included. This is more like math equipment used in schools, but may be useful for kids who need playful reinforcement of those basics.

NOTE: There are lots of small pieces in this collection and it should not be used with children who still mouth their toys. Marked 3& up.

SNAP: Sorting by attributes is more fun when there are lots of pieces to handle. Use the pieces in this set by talking about one attribute at a time. Avoid talking about multiple attributes until one attribute is firmly mastered. For example: put two colors out in a mixed up pile and help your child sort the two colors into two separate baskets or cups. At another, time sort by fruit types. Find all the bananas - whatever color they are. Beginners are not ready to sort by two or more attributes such as find all the bananas that are green. Holding onto the green idea or the banana search is enough for beginners. These fruit pieces are also useful counting games and showing kids what we mean by 2+ 3 or 5-3.

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

 


 

 

 
2012 Awards
Journey Girls Kelsey & Friends
(Toys R Us $32.99 Score: )

With her striking auburn hair and hazel eyes, our 2011 Platinum winner, Kelsey is one of a collection of multi-ethnic 18" dolls that will not break the bank. For 2012, new clothes have been added to the collection and her affordable wheel chair is still available. She's featured as the most fearless--a girl who likes to go climbing and hiking. Maybe that is why she arrived along with a wheel chair and crutches set ( sold separately $24.99) She wears sensible outdoor clothes, a fleecy zippered vest, insulated knit shirt, shorts, walking shoes and carries a rugged backpack. All the dolls in the collection have soft bodies, jointed shoulders and luxurious hair for styling. Dressed in sports clothes they are active girls ready to take adventurous journeys. Their eyes do not open and close and they are not very flexible. Kelsey sits in the wheel chair with her legs stiff in front of her. Her hips are not jointed, so she sits, but stiffly. That said, they are an affordable alternative to many very pricey 18" dolls. Tanya is African American and heading for New Orleans Jazz Festival. Meredith is a blonde beauty dreaming of skiing in the Alps. Callie is an Asian girl, who longs to go to London and Alana is a Latina heading for Rome.


The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

The wheel chair and crutches are listed and sold separately. Like the dolls, they are more affordable than most and well made.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012.

 


 

 

 
2011 Awards
Journey Girls Wheel Chair and Crutches
(Toys R Us $24.99 Score: )

Scaled for Kelsey and other 18" dolls in the Journey Girls collection, this is a terrific foldable wheel chair with fabric seat and a pair of crutches as well as a plaster foot cast, an arm cast, ice pack and an elastic bandage. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Although the Journey Girls line is all about travelling and experiencing different places and cultures around the world, this foldable wheel chair with crutches and other props happens to be priced right! For kids with physical challenges it will be a welcome accessory for their dolls and dramatic play.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2011.

 

 
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