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Big Hugs Elmo

Big Hugs Elmo

Fall 2013 Toys
Ages: 1 - 4 yrs.
Manufacturer: Hasbro, Inc.
Price: $59.99

Full disclosure. We're not sure whose hearts Elmo melted first - the parents' or the children's. Elmo's responses to being hugged, "Hug me more" and "Not so tight," made children laugh, and parents spawn a teary smile. The nap time mode is as comforting as it is clever.

Whether upright, upside down or even laying down, Big Hugs Elmo has something to say. Activities include ABCs, numbers, shapes, colors and let's pretend. Some of our youngest testers were content to sit and snuggle with Elmo. Beginning around 2 ½, youngsters let Elmo watch while they painted, and included Elmo in imaginary play, mealtime and bedtime.

Parents should note that though he looks like a stuffed animal, Big Hugs Elmo has a very hard torso, so throwing him at little brothers or sisters is a no no. The sensors can be activated easily, so remember to turn him off before turning out the lights.

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