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Top Picks For Toys

Marianne Szymanski, the publisher of Toy Tips and Parenting Hints magazine, dropped by The Early Show to share her picks for toys this holiday season.

She also is the founder and president of Toy Tips Institute which has tested 35,000 products over the past 15 years. Research is conducted by a team of psychologists, educators, child-care and health professionals. Toy manufacturers have never paid a fee to submit a product for review, nor paid for advertising on the web site or in this new magazine.

See www.toytips.com for more information.

Here are the toys that were featured on The Early Show:

FOR TODDLERS:

Classic Pedal Cars by C&N Reproductions Inc.: Ride-on toys foster gross motor body movement and imaginative pretend play. This steel 55 Classic American pedal car is for indoor or outdoor use depending on how much room a child has to use.

Ages 2 and over
Price: $229

Tip: Keep this as a keepsake for family generations. Once a child outgrows for play, it still makes for nice room decor even as a gift for any classic car collector.

TOY TIPS RATING: A

FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS

Little Mommy "Play All Day" Doll by Mattel: This play doll is designed as a traditional role-play doll. Imaginative play promotes care giving including feeding, sleeping and toileting.

Ages 3 and over
Price: $34.99

Tip: Use this doll for playing "house" or give to a new sibling to take care of while you attend to your newborn.

TOY TIPS RATING: B+

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Checkers & Tic-Tac-Toe Set by USAopoly: This Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer theme Checkers and Tic-Tac-Toe set features 4 snap-on snow globes for "crowing" and 24 light blue & dark blue Checker pieces decorated with recognizable characters.

Ages 5 and over
Price: $14.95

Tip: Include this as part of your holiday decorations and make it a tradition for your family to play each Christmas Eve.

TOY TIPS RATING: B+

FOR SCHOOL AGE

Emily Girl and Book by American Doll
Emily Bennett is the newest doll to the American Girl Collection. She is English and is a "friend" of Molly McIntire.

Ages 8 and over
Price: $87

TOY TIPS RATING: B+

Games To Go by Alex:
This is a portable 36-inch-square game book that is portable. Six indoor and outdoor games for two to four players are held inside the book, with zippered sides and handle.

Ages 5 and over
Price: $29.99

Tip: Ideal as a classroom toy to be used for free play or as a tool for teaching self-challenge or competitive play.

TOY TIPS RATING: A

Spy Video Car by Wild Planet: This remote controlled car has the added feature of a miniature infrared video camera mounted securely on its roof. The video camera transmits images over a range of nearly 75 feet with little loss of signal.

Ages 9 and over
Price: $99 to $159

TOY TIPS RATING: B+

FOR FAMILY ACTIVITY

Techball R/C Vertical Pinball Machine by One Step AheadThis pinball machine operates with a wireless remote control and works up to 30 feet away. Game play promotes visual stimulation, thinking skills, fine motor skills, concentration, hand-eye coordination and patience.

Ages 5 and over
Price: $99.95

TOY TIPS RATING: A

Vertical Vengeance by K'nex: This complex construction results in a 5 foot roller coaster complete with sound effects that include screams as the coaster car drops vertically. Once assembled, this sturdy coaster encourages role playing and, during its construction, reinforces visual-spatial skills.

Ages 9 and over
Price: $59.99

Tip: Build as a family. Kids could use the help depending on their skill level.

TOY TIPS RATING: B+