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Age: Preschoolers

 


2015 Award
Educational Insights Design & Drill Flower Power Studio
(Educational Insights $32.99 Score:)

What every girl needs! A power drill that has two bits and 60 colorful bolts to screw in and out of the flower shaped platform. Cleverly designed, the platform doubles as a carrying case to store the drill, design pieces, and bolts. Great for developing eye-hand coordination, making and seeing patterns, color concepts, counting and pretend fun. The drill requires 3 AA batteries that are not included. Most drill toys of this kind are gender specific for boys, so this is something of a breakthrough. The company also makes a hand operated bolt set for girls that is not powered by batteries called Dazzling Creations, that demands more action in the hands. The bolts get fitted into a crown, a ball gown, a castle and a horses head, pretty stereotyped choices, but probably fun for some girls, but we prefer the open-ended appeal of the Flower Power Studio. For both boys and girls be sure to look at this company's Bright Works version with power drill and light-up platform. Marked 3 & up, but may be better for upper ranges of preschool.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Geosafari Jr. Sneak and Peek Periscope
(Educational Insights $19.95 Score:)

Peek around corners, from behind rocks or trees; this 14" periscope is good fun for pretend play and young scientists who want to watch creatures without being seen. It has a wide viewer so kids can use both eyes. The two easy to grasp handles are designed for small hands. One has a switch so kids can use the LED light for nighttime explorations. Takes 2 AAA batteries, not included. Though it's marked 4 and up, we think early school years kids will like this best. 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
Geosafari Jr. Bugopticals
(Educational Insights $12.95 Score:)

A handheld dragonfly has six wings with lenses that invite all kinds of exploration. Each of three wings have a primary color lens that can be overlapped to create secondary colors. Two of the lenses have magnifiers; one is 2X the other 5X, perfect for exploring bark, leaves, bugs, or indoor surfaces and letters. Or overlap the two and get another enlarged view of the world. A sixth lens is faceted like an insect's eye, so they can see how the world looks from a bug's eye view. 3 & up

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Educational Insights Crazy Cereal Electronic Game
(Educational Insights $24.99 Score:)

Dig into the fun with two electronic spoons that change colors as you play. The object is to pick up cereal pieces from the big bowl that match your spoon's color of the moment. With luck your spoon will start flashing and you get to pick up even more pieces to put in your own bowl. The one with the most cereal wins. A fun family game with kids who are old enough to understand the colorful plastic cereal pieces are not for eating. This is about color matching, dexterity and counting to see who wins. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
Buddy Ball
(Maxland Toys $29.99 Score:)

Is it a ball? Is it a bear? It's a fabric ball with a big zipper. Open the zipper and abra-ka-dabra a velvety soft teddy bear emerges! Zip up its back and it's an all new play mode. So, this is a two-in-one winner. Fabric ball and plush bear all rolled up in one. They come with textured or traditional plush in tan, dark brown and off white. All very huggable or tossable. 3 & up  www.buddyballs.com

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Awards
Llama Llama Red Pajama Doll
(Merry Maker $17.99 Score:)

Fans of Llama Llama Red Pajama picture book will feel less lonely when they have their own huggable Llama who is ready for bed in red pajamas. Based on the well-loved book by Anna Dewdney, this makes a nice gift for 3's & up. If you don't have the book, be sure to bring home a copy from the library or the bookstore.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Awards
Kids Preferred Eric Carle Critter Keeper
(Kids Preferred $14 Score:)

Just in time for spring time bug hunts in the park or yard. Shaped like the Very Hungry Caterpillar, this critter keeper has a fabric handle and screened sides and a slightly magnified door that slides open and shut. Perfect for close up observations of creepy crawly specimens that can then be returned to their natural habitat. 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
eeBoo A Lovely Day Panoramic Puzzle
(eeBoo $12.99 Score:)

Skating foxes, fishing turtles, picnicking bears and bunnies, bike riding mice are just some of the creatures on this action filled 3-foot long panoramic puzzle. Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes this is a charmer with 36 big pieces. A nice birthday party gift. Also charming for a wintry scene, be sure to see A Snow Party panoramic puzzle. 3 & up

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
Neat Oh Dinosaur Brings Along Backpack
(Neat-Oh $19.99 Score:)

This is for the youngest dinohaulic, the one who likes to take his dinos along. The small green vinyl backpack opens to reveal a world where dinos can roam on a small playmat.  It comes with one T-rex figure. 3 & up

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
eeBoo Dinosaurs at Leisure Panoramic Puzzle
(eeBoo $12.99 Score:)

A band of dinosaurs are playing all kinds of ball games while others are playing fiddles, harps, and electric guitar on this action filled 3-foot long panoramic puzzle. Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes this is a winner with 36 big pieces. There's a lot to talk about and even spin some stories once the pieces are all in place. In a season when dinosaurs are big, this is going to be a wow-ee choice and a perfect birthday party gift. 3 & up

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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