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Golden Apple Awards 2010 (ages 3-5)

Designed for the youngest learners, these toys are anything but basic.

By GreatSchools Staff

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Automoblox Minis

Ages 3-5, $30 (for a three-pack, individual cars $10-$14)

Made of sturdy beech wood and plastic, these colorful, snap-together toy cars are designed with kids' development in mind. Children can flex those gross and fine motor muscles while boosting their problem-solving skills by taking apart the Automoblox Minis and reassembling the pieces to create many new combinations. Even the red, green, and blue wheels snap off, though they might be prone to getting lost. While Automoblox fall on the expensive side of toy cars, they're built to last — and promote learning.

Bottom line: These high-quality toy cars will help kids' brains go vroom.