NAPPA 2005: Toys for Infants and Toddlers
By Ellen Metrick

Nappa Gold Winners
There's no doubt about it, kids love toys and play is a great way for children to learn new skills and to express themselves. This year's Gold Award-winning toys are sure to provide endless hours of fun while stimulating children and giving them a sense of mastery. Better yet, many of these toys will appeal to adults as well as kids, so join in the fun and enrich your child's playtime!

Gold Award Winners

Bathtime Kitchen Sink; $16.99; Sassy Inc; for ages 9 months and up. This floating mesh sink with nozzle, squirt bottle, scrubber, scooping toys and strainer activities brings imaginative kitchen play to the tub.
Lamaze Chime Garden; $24.99; RC2 Corp; for ages 6 months and up. This musical bouquet invites children to press a flower to play single notes, part of a song or the entire song. All three modes of touch trigger rhythmic lights that flash to the music, while textured petals beckon little fingers to explore.
Night Light Soother; $29.99; Chicco USA; for newborns and up. Soothing classical music, nature sounds, new age melodies or a caregiver's recorded voice accompany a large night light with softly lit, changing colors. The lights and music are activated by the child's touch or vocal play.
Radio Flyer Classic Rock & Bounce Pony; $69.99; Radio Flyer; for ages 9 months and up. This rocking, ride-on molded plastic horse has a removable, washable cloth cover. Patented "Rubber Bounce Suspension" provides a smoother, quieter and safer experience than traditional spring-based construction. The base is gently curved for subtle rocking, and a removable plastic support ring can support children who have not yet mastered balancing.

Honors Award Winners

SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Doucette Cherry, Corolle; $24.95;; for ages 18 months and up. This soft-bodied doll has a molded head, easily removable clothing and stunning, shiny realistic black hair. Sure to provide endless opportunities for dressing and grooming.


SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Fishy Fascination Station
, Sassy Inc.; $6.99;; for ages 6 months and up. Keep Baby’s mind and hands busy with this handheld spinning activity toy that includes a detachable suction-cup base.


SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Pelican Net & Friends, Sassy Inc.; $6.99;; ages 9 months and up. Handheld Pelican’s large mouth opens to gobble up three aquatic friends; each with its own water activity: scoop, squirt and strain.


SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Radio Flyer Twist Trike, Radio Flyer; $60;; for ages 2 and up. This molded plastic trike easily converts with a push of a button to a low-rider “chopper.”


Thomas® Load and Carry Set, LEGO Systems Inc.; $29.99;; for ages 2 and up. Simple to construct and play, this Thomas® train set includes pictorial instructions and Duplo® blocks.


Tumble Time Tigger, Fisher-Price; $34.99;; for ages 18 months and up. Sound-activated Tigger creates his own rap song while he tumbles and does handstands and cartwheels.


Zolo Beanstax, Kushies Baby; $36;; for ages 1 and up. Whimsical beanbags can simply be stacked or used to create goofy characters.


Zolo Boa, Kushies Baby; $40;; for ages 6 months and up. Each plush stacking ring has bold, well-defined textures, patterns and fringe. When squeezed, an animal sound emanates from within.


Zolo Linko, Kushies Baby; $32;; for newborns and up. Whimsical alien-like creatures connect with textured, artistic links in bold colors and patterns for babies to play with and teeth on.

Return to NAPPA 2005 Award Winners: Toys to see winning toys for other age groups.