- This year, winning toys combine quality with affordability -
Each year, certain toys are so outstanding that they win numerous awards from independent testing organizations. With awards as a guideline, you can improve the odds that the toys you buy are what your kids want, and what parents can feel confident about purchasing.
An added plus for these harsh economic times, when the right choice and the right price are more important than ever: Almost all of these award-winning toys are
The following toys have been awarded some of the industry's top honors for their creative, fun and educational value.
Critter Conga (Parents(R) Magazine) Winner: BabyZone Amazing Toy Award, Dr. Toy Put on your dancing shoes and prepare to embark on a wonder-filled musical safari with the colorful, creative and creature-filled Critter Conga percussion set. Up-and-coming musicians and pint-sized animal lovers alike will eagerly pounce on the impressive black-spotted orange Leopard Conga Drum, whose friendly expression invites little ones to remove its functional Tambourine Lid to discover the African animals within. 18 months +. $20 Hannah Montana Glitter Studio (Elmer's) Winner: Dr. Toy - Creativity and Art This jam-packed set includes Shimmer & Shine Art Glazes, Paper Stencils, Stickers, Markers, Jewels, Message Cards, Art Pad, Glitter Pens and Watercolor Tray with Brush. With over 100 pieces, young fans can spend hours creating their very own Hannah-themed stationery. 6 years +. $14.99 Thrill Rides SawBlade (K'NEX) Winner: iParenting Outstanding Products, Parent's Choice Foundation, and National Parenting Center Seal of Approval Hold on tight! The incredible two-sided SawBlade Thrill Ride features motorized dual-spinning wheels to give its eight passengers a ride they will never forget. Standing over four feet tall, the SawBlade Thrill Ride provides a challenging building experience. 9 years +. $59.99 Sour Candy Factory (Elmer's) Winner: Kaboose.com Amazing Toy Award What child doesn't love sour candy? This lip-puckering kit lets kids test their sour threshold, create their own lollipops, sour powder, liquid candy and hard candy, and is filled with lots of educational activities having to do with all things sour. 8 years +. $19.99 Sesame Street Abby Cadabby Building Set (K'NEX) Winner: NAPPA, Parents Magazine Best Toys Pre-school girls everywhere will be tickled pink at the Sesame Street(R) Abby Cadabby 30-piece building set. This cute set is filled with everything needed to create Sesame Street's(R) newest Muppet and fairy-in-training, from a tulle skirt and pink fairy wings to a flowery wand and perky pigtails. The set also includes a bright orange pumpkin -- perhaps the product of one of Abby's still-to-be-perfected spells! The set includes fun, interactive parent/child activity sheets. Preschoolers. $14.99
SOURCE Child's Play Communications