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Prime Picks For Preschoolers

All this week The Early Show is helping consumers with their holiday toy shopping as we unveil the results of this year's exclusive CBS Toy Test.

CBS News Consumer Correspondent Herb Weisbaum gives the winners in the preschool category.


There's a new Play-Doh Seaside Playworld that comes with everything you'll need, including cans of the new sea-fresh scent Play-Doh. Some of it feels like sand; some feels wet.

Hasbro makes the Play-Doh Seaside Playworld, which sells for about $15.

This year an old favorite, the Loving Family Dollhouse, gets redecorated. The playhouse is spacious, stylish and more realistic than ever. The stairs flip up and down, making it easier to get to all three floors. Parents will undoubtedly like this: When playtime's over, the entire dollhouse folds up for easy storage.

The Loving Family Dollhouse, from Fisher-Price, is available for about $50.

Here's the latest addition to the Fisher-Price Power Wheels line: the Jeep Aftershock. It looks like a real jeep, scaled down to kid size. The Aftershock can go as fast as 5 miles an hour forward and 2.5 miles per hour in reverse.

The Jeep Aftershock comes with a 12-volt rechargeable battery and runs about $300.

With Scannin' Talkin' Checkout Center, a conveyor belt moves things toward a scanner where an electronic voice announces a random price as the groceries fly by. There's even a pretend scale.

Fisher-Price makes The Scannin' Talkin' Checkout Center, selling for about $28.

But the top spot in the CBS Toy Test in the preschool category went to the Scan N Count Cash register.

Teachers said the kids just loved to ring up the prices using the handheld scanner. They liked the noise. They liked the beeping. By the way, the scanner really works! It reads the special bar codes on the products and displays the price on the register – all in a $20 toy!

The Electronic Scan N Count Cash Register is from Blue Box Toys.

The next report will disclose the winners in the school-age category.