Pleasing the Outer Child: Preschool Toys Everybody will Love
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July 2003 | Vol. II - No. 7

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Pleasing the Outer Child: Preschool Toys Everybody will Love

It used to be that a cardboard box, some pots and pans or an opportune rain puddle would placate even the most active preschooler. Things are different now, little ones are much more sophisticated and toymakers have taken into consideration the shrinking attention span of parents when they consider preschool products.


Puppy Tunes

Tinkle Crinkle Rattle and Squeak Washable Plush Caterpillar

Mommy and Me’s Knee Pony

Shake a Leg…

. . . or give a squeeze to Learning Curve Toys’ Lamaze Puppy Tunes (ToyDirectory) ($19.95) and hear the sweet sound of different notes (instead of whining). Puppy Tunes comes with a mini-songbook and attaches neatly to the stroller. Everyone will fall in love with Gund’s 73” Tinkle Crinkle Rattle and Squeak Washable Plush Caterpillar ($99.99) It features sound effects. Those who are mastering the art of sitting up will soon be ready to “Trot, Trot to Boston” on Mommy and Me’s Knee Pony ($9.99). With bells and squeaks for added fun, it’s sure to become a classic. And of course, bigger is always better, especially when it’s Manhattan Toys’ 44” Royal Renaissance Cordelia ($295.00) -- an irresistible ultra-soft green velour dragon, all set to become anyone’s favorite playtime pal.


Chicco USA’s Carrot Slide

Flip and Play Activity Table

Viewmaster Projector and Telescope

Boredom Busters

Little ones will do the bunny hop when they see Chicco USA’s Carrot Slide (ToyDirectory) ($59.95), perfect for ages 2-5. Also from Chicco is the 13.5” x 13.5” Flip and Play Activity Table ($29.99) with blocks that keep ages 1-3 well-occupied (at least until supper's ready) Brio’s Sand Mill and Truck Set (ToyDirectory) ($15.99) may seem the epitome of simplicity (age 1+), but it is actually a versatile diversion, either in-or out-of-doors. The Viewmaster Projector and Telescope ($20.00) from Fisher-Price is sure to please both parents and budding scientists ages 3 and up. With a working 17.5x wide-view telescope, it easily converts into a projector for Viewmaster reels -- great for play both day and night. But for fast-moving fun, nothing can beat the lime green, 6-volt, rechargeable New Beetle from Fisher-Price ($149.99). It travels a respectable 2.5 miles per hour with single pedal propulsion and has doors that open and power-lock brakes. Instant entertainment for everyone!



Sand Mill and Truck Set

New Beetle

 

Writer's Bio: Karen Mendez Smith has been involved in children's media for over twenty years as a literary agent, writer, and creator of animated television and film. Co-founder of Satori Organics and M/Path Press, she is a parent to eight children and five incredible grandchildren (and counting).

TOP 10 INFANT TOYS RANKED ON DOLLARS APRIL, 2003

1

WINNIE-THE-POOH MAGIC RATTLE POOH

2

STRIDE TO RIDE WALKER

3

PULL UP BALL BLAST
For the rest of the Top 10, click here

 


   





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