One of our favorite spring products, the Easy Turn Coupe was featured on NBC as a spring PAL (Play on Words) Award Winner. Creator of PAL, Sherry Artemenko, speech language pathologist, writer, and toy consultant recognizes toys for their quality, design, and play value. Toys that receive the PAL award spark creative play within children, which is essential for their development.
Here at Step2, we pride ourselves in manufacturing quality toys that will receive recognition based on their durability, creative play value, and fun designs. Over the years, many of our great products have received numerous awards. When choosing a toy for your little one, it is important to find out which toys have won different awards.
Some of the awards that you will find when searching through the quality products are:
Top Pick, Today’s Parent Magazine: Today’s Parent Magazine comes out with a list of top picks for toddler toys during the holidays to make shopping easier for parents! The Creative Projects Table and Easy Steer Sportster received this award.
AblePlay Award: AblePlay is a website that provides information about toys for children with special needs. The website was created so that consumers can make the best decisions about toys to purchase for children with special needs. The way toys are chosen to be on the website is through a toy rating system. The rating system that AblePlay goes by focuses on cognitive, sensory, communications, and physical abilities of children. Products are rated on a scale from 1-5 based on these categories. The Deluxe Canyon Road Train & Track Table, Fun Flow Play Sink, Sand & Water Transportation Station, and WaterWheel Play Table have received this award.
10 Best Active Products and 100 Best Children’s Products, Dr. Toy: Dr. Toy, Stevanne Auerbach, PhD, is an expert on children’s toys. She gives a unique and original review of each child’s product she assesses. Many parents, teachers, and toy consumers refer to Dr. Toy’s advice and guidance when it comes to making a selection for a toy. The Puppet Theater has won both of these this award.
Best New Outdoor Toy, 2009, UK Toy Fair: This fair is the only event dedicated to toy, game, and hobby exhibitions in the UK. The Skyward Summit has won this award.
T.O.Y. (Toy of the Year) Award, Family Fun Magazine: FamilyFun recruits dozens of families to test more than 250 play toys. Based on their feedback of the products, there are ten winners chosen each year along with twenty other toys that deserve honorable mention! The Real Projects Workshop, 50’s Diner, and Extreme Coaster have received this award.
All-Star Holiday Toys, Toy Wishes Magazine: This award is presented in December and the products are chosen through online voting. This program honors the favorite toys of the year. The 50’s Diner has won this award.
2012 has been a year of success for Step2 products. We are grateful for our loyal customers who help us to thrive and continue to create innovative toys for toddlers. In 2012 were many awards won by our new products that came out in the spring and fall. Let’s take a look at the winning toys:
My Clubhouse: This realistic wooden-looking clubhouse is a child’s dream come true! PAL (Play on Words) awarded My Clubhouse with their PAL Award in 2012. It is award given to toys based on products that encourage language, spark fun, and invite creative play. My clubhouse has plenty of features such as a peephole, chalkboard, picnic table, and secret hiding compartment.
Easy Steer Sportster: The perfect modern ride-on with 360 degree steering. The Easy Steer Sportster was award the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval. This is an independent program that involves testing of parent/child products in the market. The testing goes on for an eight week period and is conducted by volunteers consisting of parents, children, and educators. The volunteers judge the quality of the toys and reaction children have to the products.
In addition, the Easy Steer Sportster also received the Award of Excellence from The Noise on Toys. Toys are tested and evaluated by families for two months. Testers are given a journal to document the initial reaction and satisfaction of the toy and continue to take notes on the long term reaction. The Easy Steer Sportster is unique for its whisper wheels which provide a smooth ride, cup holder for parents near the handle, and the handle folds under for easy storage.
Fort Slide-Away: This fun and multi-function slide was award the PAL Award. The fort attached to the slide is a great hiding and hang out area for kids. Parents can still see into the fort through the mesh. This way they can keep tabs on their little ones.
My Own Laundry: The pretend washer and accessories are perfect for kids that want to imitate their parents. Because of this, it was award the PAL Award. The My Own Laundry helps children to use their imaginations and pretend they are washing clothes, ironing, and hanging them. The accessories such at the hangers, iron, and spray bottle help the washer to come alive even more.
Big Splash Waterpark: Staying cool and entertained during the summer is easy when kids when the Big Splash Waterpark. Between easy assembly and tons of enjoyable features including, a waterslide, waterwheel, multi-level pool, two swimmers, and a diving board- the fun never ends. For these reasons, the Big Splash Waterpark received the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval.
Creative Cooks Kitchen: With a large design, bright colors, and realistic accessories, it is no surprise why children and parents alike enjoy the Creative Cooks Kitchen. It received the Noise on Toys Gold Choice Award. The Gold and Platinum Awards are very special because only 1 in 10 toys merit these awards. Only 8% of toys on The Noise on Toys receives gold.
All Around Wagon: With silent wheels, plenty of room, seats flip into flat bed, seat or table, and six cup and snack holders make the
In addition to receiving this prestigious award, the All Around Wagon also received the PAL Award.
All Around Easel for Two: This easel is educational, artistic, and hours of fun for children. The All Around Easel for Two inspires creativity in kids. The All Around Easel for Two won the Award of Excellence from The Noise on Toys. Parents and children that tested the easel appreciated that many children could play with the toy at the same time.
We are honored by these awards and want to send a special thank you to The Noise on Toys, Play on Words, and the National Parenting Center.
Stay tuned for new Spring 2013 products hitting the shelves soon!
Holiday shopping can stressful and tedious. There are so many gift options to choose from! It is nice to have some suggestions, especially from the trusted source of Parent’s Magazine. Parent’s Magazine is a helpful magazine to parents that features toys, arts, crafts, and healthy living. Featured in the November issue of Parent’s Magazine was a Step2 toy and an Infantino toy. These toys made the “Toys Worth The Dough” list. “Toys Worth the Dough” is a holiday gift guide which features the most popular toys of 2012.
Vertical writing easel makes developing proper writing skills fun! The All Around Easel for Two has vertical writing surfaces that encourage development of proper writing skills and creativity too. It features a chalk board on one side and a magnetized dry erase board on the other. In addition, it includes a clip to secure artwork, two removable and easy to clean storage bins and a 94 piece foam magnet letter & symbol kit!
The Pop & Swap Gym is a deluxe activity gym like no other. With customizable features and an interchangeable activity pod system, this toy is like a gazillion toys in one! It offers four different ways to play and allow you to pop, swap, mix and match for endless themes and fun. The Pop & Swap Gym is a removable activity center allows for four different ways to play – Infant Gym, Sit & Play, Crib Activity and Tummy Time. It is double-sided with interchangeable graphic cards. Also, it has 3 swappable Pop & Play™ Activity Pods and 3 plush toys encourage reaching & grabbing.
Check out the actual magazine clippings below:
Do you think the All Around Easel for Two and Pop & Swamp Gym are toys worth the dough?
Time to Play has nominated the All Around Easel for Two and the Creative Cooks Kitchen for their 2012 People’s Play Awards. Time to Play travels the world discovering the newest toys, video games and entertainment products. Each year, Time to Play has the People’s Play Awards where consumers select the toys and games that their families are would enjoy receiving for the holidays. The Time to Play editorial team reviews and selects the nominees for each category. There are twenty product categories.
Both the All Around Easel for Two and Creative Cooks Kitchen came out fall 2012. In addition, the Creative Cooks Kitchen was already featured in a review at TimetoPlayMag.com. These products feature role play and creative play which is essential for a little one’s development.
Here are the awesome features of the All Around Easel for Two:
Vertical writing surfaces encourage development of proper writing skills and creativity too!
Features a chalk board on one side and a magnetized dry erase board on the other
Includes a clip to secure artwork, two removable and easy to clean storage bins and a 94 piece foam magnet letter & symbol kit
The Toy Insider has awarded Step2’s Tropical Island Resort as one of the “elite group of toys profiled in their 2012 Toy Insider Spring & Summer Hot Toys list.” The Toy Insider helps parents and gift givers make the best choices when it comes to purchasing toys for children. This is the first time there has been a list dedicated to the Summer & Spring toys although The Toy Insider is in its seventh year. The Tropical Island Resort and other toys featured on the list were reviewed by experts for creativity and quality, which is what Step2 thrives on.
The Tropical Island Resort provides children with hours of water fun. There is a diving board for toys (14 piece accessory set included), water wheel carousel, and a geyser to pump for water flow. In addition, it is designed to hold 40” Umbrella (sold separately) that can protect children from the harmful rays of the sun!
We are proud to have received this certificate from The Toy Insider: