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SEAL OF APPROVAL WINNER

Holiday 2021

Sort & Recycle Ride-On Truck

Looking for fun ways to teach your little ones about recycling? Look no further! The Sort & Recycle Ride-On Truck by Vtech is a must-have for your child’s collection. Unpacking the toy is a breeze and can quickly be done in front of an impatient child who is ready to play! With just a few twist ties, and the application of a few decals, the truck is ready to go, and it comes with batteries already inside (always a win with our parent testers). Then, the magic happens – independent play. Children instantly engage with this toy, seeming to “get it” right away, all independently. Learning occurs through interactive buttons that teach them which objects can be recycled and the various colored and shaped blocks that fit into the appropriate openings in the side of the truck, which help with their shape/color recognition. Parents loved how their kids would get excited about recycling and the environment. They are also practicing fine motor skills as they sort the shapes into the smart sorting bins. Kids learn about recycling objects by color and material. They learn how to reuse objects based on their materials, and they can quiz themselves to reinforce what they are learning about reducing, reusing, and recycling. But the fun doesn’t stop there. They can also ride it! With a sturdy seat as well as a handlebar for them to hold, The Sort & Recycle Ride-On Truck encourages kids to ride around as they operate the front bucket to pick up and dump the blocks into the truck. Older children loved creating a “route” to follow for their pick-ups. The experience allows kids to exercise both their brains and their bodies. Finally, it stores easily, with all blocks fitting inside. A neat toy, what more can you ask for?

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Recommended Age: 18 months to 4
Price: $ 47.99

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Parents and children, experience and review submitted products and services either already released or coming to market.

Participants fill out questionnaires for each product or service they test. They score based on 13 levels of criteria including quality, appeal, design, price, packaging, directions, desirability, stimulation, replay factor and more. Results are based on both statistical averaging and comments received by testers.

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