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Shop'n Cart by INTERNATIONAL PLAYTHINGS LLC
Shop'n Cart by INTERNATIONAL PLAYTHINGS LLC

This clever and complete shopping cart enhances pretend play with over 55 pieces that include play food, packages, and cans. The removable basket stores underneath. Shopping cart has a place for your child’s favorite doll or stuffed animal—and can be used with or without this feature. Also included is assorted play money to expand the play value. Caster wheels allow for easy turning. This cart is easy to assemble—no tools required. Will provide your young shopper with plenty of active pretend play and lots of assistance when you go grocery shopping.
Awards: Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products - 2010 10/11/2010 (Price: $34.99)

Alice in Wonderland Character Tutu by SPICE COSTUME DESIGN
Alice in Wonderland Character Tutu by SPICE COSTUME DESIGN

This adorable Alice in Wonderland Tutu features a fluffy royal and light blue tutu, embellished satin aporn with harlequin trim and glimmering red sequence heart. Also includes satin hairbow. S/M - Girl's 3-6, M/L - Girl's 6-12. Costume comes wrapped in package with hanger for display. 10/8/2010 (Price: $13.50) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Wooden Workbench by MELISSA & DOUG
Wooden Workbench by MELISSA & DOUG

This dramatic play wooden workbench is designed to be the right size for young children, right down to the nuts and bolts. The set includes a functioning vise, a tool rack, wooden tools, hardware and a storage shelf. A booklet with creative play ideas is included.
— In a February 2012 survey about wooden toys, Mike DiAndrea, manager of Hardware Toys in Paoli, Pa., told TDmonthly that they sell six of this item each month. (Watch the Wooden Workbench Video Watch Video) 9/27/2010 (Price: $99.99)

CSI Jr. Investigator Kit by BOWEN HILL
CSI Jr. Investigator Kit by BOWEN HILL

Little sleuths can fingerprint suspects, collect evidence and record findings with this "CSI"-themed kit. The set includes a field case, mini microscope, stamp pad, replacement ink, fingerprinting powders, fingerprinting brush, fingerprint lifters, plastic gloves, tweezers, magnifying glass, crime scene tape, goggles, string, L-shaped ruler, evidence bags and tags, slides, evidence markers, alternative light source, evidence logs, test tubes, stencil, plaster frame, crime scene journals, activity book, evidence, book of charts, fingerprint cards and situation cards. 9/23/2010 (Price: $34.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

MOBI TykeLight GloMate Jr. by MOBI Technologies, Inc.
MOBI TykeLight GloMate Jr. by MOBI Technologies, Inc.

Like its parent unit the GloMate PLUS, the GloMate Jr. uses LED Technology to illuminate in blue, green, red and rainbow hues. It is completely portable and operates on 3 AAA batteries. The GloMate Jr. is designed to last over 80 hours on fresh batteries, and can be used for for home, travel and even camping. "The ease of portability with great features puts the GloMate Jr. in a class of its own," MOBI Technologies National Sales Manager Andrew Buckband told TDmonthly. 9/23/2010 (Price: $9.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

MOBI TykeLight GloMate PLUS by MOBI Technologies, Inc.
MOBI TykeLight GloMate PLUS by MOBI Technologies, Inc.

The GloMate PLUS is a portable, rechargeable play and night light designed to fit perfectly into a child's hand. The built-in lithium-ion battery lasts over 10 hours on a single charge. The base features an LED ring that lights when charging and makes the it easy to find in total darkness. The GloMate PLUS lights up in blue, green, red or a rainbow mode that cycles through all of the colors. "The GloMate PLUS is designed as the perfect play friend. The multi-color LEDs make any child's adventure a colorful one," MOBI Technologies National Sales Manager Andrew Buckband told TDmonthly. 9/23/2010 (Price: $19.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Starletta Girl Size Dress-Up by MANHATTAN TOY
Starletta Girl Size Dress-Up by MANHATTAN TOY

Girls can explore, play and help make the world a little better while looking just like their favorite Groovy Girl superhero! In Starletta fashion, the Starletta Dress Up comes with a matching cape and dress. 9/13/2010 (Price: $40.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Becca Butterfly Girl Size Dress-Up by MANHATTAN TOY
Becca Butterfly Girl Size Dress-Up by MANHATTAN TOY

This set gives girls wings of their own that match Groovy Girl Becca Butterfly. The dress-up includes Becca's dainty pink and yellow dress and shimmery wings. 9/13/2010 (Price: $40.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Baby Stella Cute Comfort Car Seat by MANHATTAN TOY
Baby Stella Cute Comfort Car Seat by MANHATTAN TOY

Girls can take Baby Stella or any of her friends with them wherever they go in the Cute Comfort Car Seat. Any of the Stella dolls will sit comfortably and safe on the go with this seat. The Cute Comfort Car Seat features pastel colored fabric and extensive detail. It can even be buckled into a car with the seat belt attachment loop. 9/13/2010 (Price: $50.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Warmly Wooly Winter Wear by MANHATTAN TOY
Warmly Wooly Winter Wear by MANHATTAN TOY

Girls can keep their Lilydoll snuggly, warm and stylish all winter long with the Warmly Wooly Winter Wear outfit. The outfit comes with a super soft red knit hat and a yellow winter coat with white fleece trim on the neckline. 9/13/2010 (Price: $50.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Giselle Puppet by MANHATTAN TOY
Giselle Puppet by MANHATTAN TOY

Giselle's intricate details are designed to fascinate listeners during storytime. Pretty in pink, Giselle features multiple patterned fabrics and textures and will fit all hands. 9/9/2010 (Price: $30.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Fan Stamp's Instant Press-On Face Paint Four Pack by FAN STAMP, LLC.
Fan Stamp's Instant Press-On Face Paint Four Pack by FAN STAMP, LLC.

These easy-to-apply designs transfer 100-percent hypoallergenic high-grade mineral makeup to skin in seconds and can be applied multiple times. The kit comes complete with four fantastic designs. No water is necessary and they easily wipe away, yet are water and sweat resistant. Simply place each stamp, press firmly over the image, then peel to instantly reveal an image of a favorite character and design. Awards: 2010 ASTRA Must See Item at International Toy Fair; 2010 National Parenting Center Seal of Approval 8/26/2010 (Price: $13.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Fan Stamp's Instant Press-On Face Paint Two Pack by FAN STAMP, LLC.
Fan Stamp's Instant Press-On Face Paint Two Pack by FAN STAMP, LLC.

These easy-to-apply designs transfer 100-percent hypoallergenic high-grade mineral makeup to skin in seconds and can be applied multiple times. The kit comes complete with two fantastic designs. No water is necessary and they easily wipe away, yet are water and sweat resistant. Simply place each stamp, press firmly over the image, then peel to instantly reveal an image of a favorite character and design. Awards: 2010 ASTRA Must See Item at International Toy Fair; 2010 National Parenting Center Seal of Approval 8/26/2010 (Price: $6.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

John Deere Real Sounds Lawnmower by LEARNING CURVE
John Deere Real Sounds Lawnmower by LEARNING CURVE

This realistic interactive lawnmower features mower, gas and oil sounds, as well as voice prompts to check oil and gas. It includes rotating grass clippings and a fold-down handle for storage, and requires two AA batteries.
As of August 25, 2010, this product had 3.5 out of 5 stars from 17 reviews on Amazon.com. PROS: Interactive and appeals to toddlers. CONS: Not very portable, and some parents complained the handle does not stay up. (Watch the John Deere Real Sounds Lawnmower Video Watch Video) 8/25/2010 (Price: $30.99)

Sag Harbor Tent by PACIFIC PLAY TENTS INC
Sag Harbor Tent by PACIFIC PLAY TENTS INC

Kids can play with all of their toys and stuffed animals with plenty of room left to move with this large tent. Because of the unique circular design, this large diameter tent can easily fit in one's house or be used outdoors. Easy to assemble and to clean. 8/19/2010 (Price: $99.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Fair Maiden Castle Tent by PACIFIC PLAY TENTS INC
Fair Maiden Castle Tent by PACIFIC PLAY TENTS INC

Big enough to allow multiple children inside, kids can play with all of their toys and stuffed animals with plenty of room left to move. Because of the unique circular design, this large diameter tent can easily fit in one's house or be used outdoors. Easy to assemble and to clean. 8/19/2010 (Price: $99.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Baby Suite Deluxe Lil Nursery Tent w/ 1.5" Pad Blue / Green by PACIFIC PLAY TENTS INC
Baby Suite Deluxe Lil Nursery Tent w/ 1.5" Pad – Blue / Green by PACIFIC PLAY TENTS INC

This well-ventilated play tent for your child comes with 1½" removable soft pad w/ washable cover and completely washable polyethylene floor, which makes this tent a convenient shelter to change baby out of the sun. Two mesh side panels allow air to flow in. The mesh door secures with Velcro. Easy to set up and take down in minutes. 8/19/2010 (Price: $41.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Rumblin' Engine Lawn Mower by LITTLE TIKES INC.
Rumblin' Engine Lawn Mower by LITTLE TIKES INC.

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. 8/12/2010 (Price: $24.99)

Imaginext Space Shuttle Play Set by FISHER-PRICE INC.
Imaginext Space Shuttle Play Set by FISHER-PRICE INC.

With this play set, kids can pressa button for takeoff sounds and blinking lights, turn a figure to open doors, open the solar panels, activate the stairs or rotate the crane. The set includes a tower with elevator, a shuttle with crane, a moon vehicle, two figures, two helmets, a console and three AA alkaline batteries.
 — As of 8.12.10, this product had 5 out of 5 stars from two reviews on ToysRUs.com and was listed No. 17 in best-selling toys and games. PROS: Easy to assemble and use; well-made. 8/12/2010

Cook Together Kitchen by KIDKRAFT
Cook Together Kitchen by KIDKRAFT

This wooden kitchen set includes a refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, microwave and washing machine doors, all with doors that open and close. The sink is removable for easy cleaning. 8/11/2010 (Price: $267.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Personalize It Birthday Cake Set by KIDKRAFT
Personalize It Birthday Cake Set by KIDKRAFT

Kids can personalize this wooden cake with any name up to 12 characters. The set includes a serving tray, a serving knife, four slices of cake and four candles. 8/11/2010 (Price: $29.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Pink Vintage Kitchen by KIDKRAFT
Pink Vintage Kitchen by KIDKRAFT

This kitchen measures 35" x 35.7" x 11.7" and features sturdy wood construction with doors that open and close. It includes a storage area, ladle, pot, "cordless phone," sink and microwave. 8/11/2010 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Big Red Barn by SCHLEICH NORTH AMERICA, INC.
Big Red Barn by SCHLEICH NORTH AMERICA, INC.

A combination of quality wood and durable molded parts, this barn has a removable roof for easy access, two large sliding stall doors with stalls to keep farm and horse animals in. (Watch the Big Red Barn Video Watch Video) 8/10/2010 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Laugh and Learn Say Please Tea Set by FISHER-PRICE INC.
Laugh and Learn Say Please Tea Set by FISHER-PRICE INC.

This set includes a teapot, two pretty cups, three tasty treats and plenty of songs, sounds and fun phrases. It is designed to introduce children to pretend play while they learn about counting, shapes, opposites, manners and more. Open the lid for magical interaction and a peek-a-boo pal inside, or press the teabag to hear a song. Two AA batteries are required.
— As of 8.03.2010, this product had 5 out of 5 stars from 72 reviews on Amazon.com and was #47 in the top 100 best-selling toys and games. PROS: Cute, clean, educational and durable. CONS: Electronic component can include defects. 8/3/2010 (Price: $18.99)

Dragon by PLAYMOBIL INC.
Dragon by PLAYMOBIL INC.

This green dragon add-on has red eyes and claws and breathes "fire." The dragon can be used with Playmobil castle and Dragon Land sets.
— Ten percent of 40 retailers cited Playmobil as a best seller for boys in early summer 2010. 7/29/2010 (Price: $17.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

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