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2016 Parents' Choice Award Winners

Bringing family together is Step2’s mission and we achieve this by producing durable products that inspire young minds to play creatively. Step2 toys provide little ones with endless hours of play that foster fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and fun!

We are honored to be included on the list of winners for the 2016 Parents’ Choice® Awards! Parent’s Choice® was established in 1978 and is dedicated to helping parents and caregivers make informed decisions about products their kids use on a daily basis. We take pride in manufacturing the best kids ride-ons, pretend play products, and so much more.

Anniversary Up & Down Roller Coasteranniv

  • Recipient of The Parent’ Choice Recommended Seal
  • Maximum thrills are achieved with this indoor/outdoor coaster
  • ATV-style coaster car features a high back, handrail, and foot rests for a secure ride
  • Coaster ramp features molded-in, recessed wheel wells to keep the coaster car steady
  • Dual non-slip steps lock securely into 3-piece track for easy access to the coaster car
  • Over 10 feet of up and down coaster riding fun

Why it won:

“In addition to the fun, the riders improved their gross motor, coordination and balance skills. They learned about teamwork and played creatively. We words new words: thrill, groove, vehicle, inspector, mechanic, reverse and backwards, and additional ways to play were easy to come by. We made flags and cheered for friends, marked the blacktop with chalk where the car stopped and we measured and compared who went farthest. The children pretended they were mechanics and fixed the car, and then drove to the store and home to make dinner.”

Crabbie Sand Table


  • Recipient of The Parent’ Choice Approved Seal
  • Little ones love sculpting and building sand castles in the Crabbie Sand Table!
  • Sand table holds up to 25lbs of sand (not included)
  • Removable shell lid helps keep sand clean and dry
  • 4-piece accessory set included

Why it won:

“We’ve had beginning science lessons (discovering what amounts various size containers hold; how much the containers weighed when full or empty) and number lessons (sorting and counting the objects in the sand). We sharpened observation skills by playing Search and Find games in the sand. We talked and played, with the cups and shovels included, replaced the sand with water and added some tub toys. When it was empty, we used it as a bean bag toss. Needless to say, we’ve been having fun.”

Hot WheelsTM Extreme Thrill CoasterHW

  • Recipient of The Parent’ Choice Recommended Seal
  • Fun is packed into this kid sized Hot Wheels car
  • 14 feet of track for enjoyment by all thrill seekers
  • Coaster car includes hand-grips, footrests, and a high seat back
  • Non-slip step ramp to platform will enhance gross motor skills
  • Durable poly construction will last for years to come, definitely one of our best ride on toys!

Why it won:

“From the teachable moment perspective, parents and young children can talk about the parts of a car and speed (both that of the toy car going down the ramp and various speeds of real cars on the street and highway). They can observe actual speed limit signs while walking or riding in mom or dad’s car, then make speed limit signs for the play area (hmm – good chance to sharpen those observation & fine motor skills!). Older siblings can join in the fun and enjoy helping the adults assemble the structure (as was the case for us) and a wonderful opportunity for problem solving, following directions, learning about tools, and a lot about mom or dad’s patience and determination.”

Spill & Splash Seaway Water TableSpill

  • Recipient of the Parents’ Choice Recommended Seal
  • Kids will have a blast sending the swimmers diving with the springboard or creating a cascading waterfall on this multi-level sensory play table. It’s the perfect backyard toy for multiple children to splish and splash around in as they enhance their fine motor skills
  • 11-piece accessory set and umbrella included

Why it won:

“This cheerfully-colored, two-level water table, is well-made, quick and easy to assemble, accommodates several children and offers many ways to play and learn. ”

Parents Choice Awards - Step2 Winners

We would like to thank Parents’ Choice® for selecting us as recipients of their prestigious awards! For a full list of Step2 toys that have won this award, visit The Step2 Company Parents’ Choice Award® Winners page.

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