A stuffed animal, riding toy and pillow in one. The dinosaur Pillow Racer is great for scooting around indoors, and is a perfect companion for looking at a book or watching TV. Kids can sit on it, lay on it, ride on it. The wheels and bottom half detach, leaving a soft plush dino behind. Launch date: 2012.
Little Tikes Jump N Slide Inflatable Bouncer is an inflatable gym with tall protective walls that surround a large jumping area, including a big slide with side rails. Two mesh doors feature hook-and-loop closures to protect children, and allow parents to watch the fun. Stakes anchor the bouncer firmly in place, while a heavy-duty blower provides continuous airflow. The Little Tikes Jump N' Slide Bouncer is built of puncture-resistant material. It also features two mesh pockets on the side to hold shoes or water bottles. The Little Tikes Jump N' Slide Bouncer includes stakes, heavy-duty blower, repair kit and storage bag.
The Anchors Away Pirate Ship is made of durable plastic construction and features two fun characters, a squirting shark and a constant running water fountain. Kids can keep the water moving by pumping or pouring the water into the crows nest; the spinners cause a current in the ship which moves floating objects around. Kids can aim and squirt water from the water cannon to see the steering wheel spin, and the anchor raises and lowers by cranking the handle. — As of 6/6/2011 this product had 3.2 out of 5 stars from 39 reviews on Amazon.com. Pros: Interactive; keeps kids engaged. Cons: Numerous reports of the plank and the cannon squirter breaking; expensive; water flow in fountain isn't strong enough to make the wheels spin smoothly.
This water table helps children develop "put and take" and early motor skills. They can: drop balls down spiral, watching them go round and round and down into the lazy river; turn the Ferris wheel to scoop up and drops off balls; fill the cup and pour into the funnel to power twin water wheels; and turn the spinner that powers the "lazy river." — As of 05/24/2011 this product had 4.6 out of 5 stars from 7 reviews on Amazon.com. Cons: Assembly is somewhat difficult; one customer received a box with missing pieces, but the company replaced them when she called. — In a May 2012 survey, Barbara Fineblum, owner of Barstons Child's Play in Baltimore, Md., told TDmonthly that they "just sell Little Tikes" in the furniture/play house category.
Beginning T-ball set includes an easy-to-use oversize bat, 2 oversize baseballs and Tee. Adjustable height “T” adapts to a child’s developing skills. Special “hang-on-the-wall” design for easy small-space storage. Helps improve batting skills, motor skills and coordination. —As of 05/12/2011 this product was #1 in the Toy Sports category on Amazon.com and had 4.5 out of 5 stars from 50 reviews. Cons: One reviewer said that though the minimum age is listed at 2 years, her two year old had trouble with it; the base isn't very heavy so on the grass it's not very steady; the height only adjusts by about an inch.
The Little Tikes 3-in-1 Trike grows with little ones as they become bigger and better riders. This trike offers 3 configurations to meet a child's needs: parent push, parent guided and kid powered. The seat can be adjusted to 4 different positions to fit almost any size child, while the shade canopy adjusts to any angle or can be removed depending on preference. The push handle allows parents to control direction with 1 hand as they help little ones become comfortable with riding. As children becomes more familiar with the trike, the push handle and the footrests can be detached for independence. Made with durable plastic and metal, this trike features quiet-ride tires, non-slip pedals, a 5-point seat belt harness and protective bar for lasting strength and safety. The extra large storage bucket with dumping feature and convenient beverage holder deliver even more fun for a kid on the go.
Here's a water table with a theme that is bound to appeal to kids who like playing pirates. One mom from toyportfolio.com said: "The fountain in the middle was a big hit! I also like that the pump automatically shuts off after a couple minutes--The button is very easy to operate on the pump. Both my 23 month old and 3 and half year old had no trouble with it! They loved all of the characters that came with it and enjoyed putting them in the boats and having them go down the slide. Clean-up was very easy! Just pop the plug out and empty." Awards: Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Toy Award, Gold Seal, 2010.
The Little Tikes Cozy Coupe features a removable floor and handle on the back for parent-controlled push rides, and comes with a high seat back and storage in the rear, plus a driver's door that opens and closes. This ride-on features an updated look to celebrate the Cozy Coupe's 30th anniversary. — As of 9.13.2010, this product had 4.75 out of 5 stars from 220 reviews on Walmart.com and was listed as a top-rated toddler toy. PROS: Entertaining. CONS: Can be difficult to assemble.
Kids can climb the wide platforms of this easy-to-climb, indoor-outdoor play gym to arrive at its gently sloping slide. The secret play area under the platform is designed for hide and seek or clubhouse games. — As of 8.16.10, this product had 4 out of 5 stars from 67 reviews on ToysRUs.com and was listed No. 45 in best-selling toys and games. PROS: Sturdy and weather resistant, entertaining, easy to assemble.
This pretend lawn mower features mechanical sounds that require no batteries. It comes with three yard tools and a removable gas can with lid, for "filling up" the mower. — As of 8.12.10, this product had 4 out of 5 stars from 20 reviews on ToysRUs.com and was listed No. 23 in best-selling toys and games. PROS: Sturdy, easy to assemble, attractive design.
Two balls on separate tracks race for the hole while two children frantically bounce and spin the Teeter Ball. The fulcrum is actually a bouncy platform that comes with an air pump. The Teeter Ball can be used indoors or outdoors.
This indoor/outdoor pony makes a galloping sound when its left ear is pressed and moves its legs and swings its tail as the rider bounces up and down. It includes brakes, has a 4' steering radius and requires three AA batteries (included). Weight limit is 160 lbs.
The play kitchen measures 46”L x 14”W x 42-1/2”H. It features interactive food technology that recognizes each food kids play with, a stovetop burner that responds with over 50 phrases in three languages (English, French and Spanish), a laundry center that folds up for storage and includes washer and dryer sounds and a light-up iron that makes hissing steam sounds, 21 fun accessories and a pretend microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator, double oven, stovetop and sink.
The 10-1/2” vehicle features a friendly face and pleasant personality to promote imaginative play and storytelling. Each vehicle features a soft-grip handle to make toting by little hands easy, a chunky, child-friendly design and a six-wheel base that provides stability during knee play.
The 7" Triceratops has a soft, vinyl body and wheels in his feet. He’s fully articulated and makes greeting and working sounds. The toy features removable dump bucket pivots, a spring-loaded lever for easy dumping, a posable caveman, a driver's seat and two boulders.
Kids capture the bad guy, throw him into the police wagon and then send him up the elevator to jail. However, the bad guy can escape through the floor or gate, setting off another wild chase. Additionally, inserting the Keyheads into the key slots on the vehicles will set off exciting action and electronic sounds. All Keyhead characters are interchangeable.
The 41” U.S.-made wagon features roomy seats with high backrests seat two children comfortably, built-in cup holders, plus a wet/dry storage area that can be used to haul snacks and beverages or keep toys, hats or gloves stashed out of the way and a handle that folds underneath for easy transport or storage This product is intended for children over the age of 18 months.
This updated version of the classic kid-powered car includes a high seat back and rear storage. The front wheels enable a small turning radius to make the car very easy to maneuver. The car’s additional features, such as a clicking key and a fully functional door and horn, increase its play value. This product is a Dr. Toy Spring 2007 Best Products Award winner. — For Gary Timmerding, manager of Johnny’s Toys in Covington, Ky., this item was the best-selling ride-on toy in his store. The store sells “probably ten a month,” Timmerding told TDmonthly. — “The longevity and durability of this product have allowed it to become one of the most recognizable on the market,” Little Tikes Inc. Public Relations Coordinator Reagan Holmes told TDmonthly. — The coupe is available in other versions as well, including Ride & Rescue and Princess.
Realistic design and styling bring imagination to life in this harbor town experience. The table comes fully equipped with a large interactive crane system and water motion control systems. The accessory set includes dump and semi trucks, ocean containers and bridges. The table also includes a large umbrella to protect it and little ones from the elements. This product received a Spring 2007 Parents’ Choice Award. Launch date: February 2007.
With seating for two, this wagon leaves plenty of space for pint-sized passengers to stretch out and get comfortable. A storage area allows for easy transportation of essentials — whether supplies for a picnic in the park or toys for a play date at the neighbor’s house. This versatile wagon comes fully loaded with flip-up seats, drink holders and safety seatbelts. And best of all, the Ride & Relax Wagon can be converted into a bench for a relaxing seat. It is suitable for ages 18 months and up. Launch date: January 2007.
This huge inflatable water slide and play area measures over 16’ x 16’ x 12’. The play set includes water cannons that can shoot water up to 20 feet in the air, a bouncy obstacle course, a turtle trampoline, a play tunnel and more. The tall, strong and inflatable walls preserve the yard by keeping the water inside the pool, while the heavy-duty blower maintains continuous airflow. "This is a mountain of fun for kids of all ages. It is durable and provides hours of entertainment," Reagan Holmes, Public Relations Coordinator at Little Tikes Inc., told TDmonthly. This product is a Spring 2007 Dr. Toy Best Product Award winner. Launch date: March 2007.
This compact corner kitchen encourages side-by-side pretend play. It includes a towel bar, towel, "granite" counter top and tiled back splash, faucet, oven, refrigerator, coffee pot and a bay window with a view. It comes with 18 accessories. It will be launched in August 2006.