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NAPPA 2004: Toys for Infants and Toddlers
Gold Award Winners
Laugh & Learn Home, Fisher-Price; $59.99; www.fisher-price.com. What better way to learn than at "home"? This upright threshold of a house includes electronic buttons and manipulatives that will teach cause and effect to even the youngest of players. Toddlers can begin to understand opposites as they tirelessly open and close the door, turn on and off the light, and push the window up and down. Clearly spoken words and a wide variety of music accompany two modes of electronic play.
Play Along With Me!, Nurture Basics; $169.95; www.nurturebasics.com. This comprehensive developmental learning program gives caregivers tools to assist in a child's cognitive, motor, social and language development, and promotes activities that can strengthen the bond between caregiver and child. But it's really a kit for fun interaction! It includes 42 toy components - such as blocks, stacking cups, toy animals, an inflatable ball, finger puppets, plastic fruits and vegetables, a washing mitt, musical maracas - as well as DVDs and CDs designed to provide step-by-step cues for caregivers. Parents can easily share this packable and portable set with babysitters, grandparents and other caregivers.
Honors Award Winners
ABC Box, Discovery Toys; $19.99; www.discoverytoysinc.com; for ages 1 and up. Twenty-six stackable board books, each highlighting one uppercase and lowercase letter, all contained in a storage cube.
Balli Belly Jacky, Paka Preschool Products Ltd.; $46; www.pakapreschool.com; for newborns and up. Toss the textured balls into one of the three holes on the soft velour clown. Can be attached to a crib.