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Age: Early Elementary School Years
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2015 Award
Gamewright Outfoxed!
(Gamewright $17.99 Score:)

Our testers liked working together to catch the critter that stole Mrs. Plumpertís pot pie. Gathering clues as they moved around the board, they used the clue detector to eliminate possible thieves in this coperative game. It does call for an elaborate set up, but once the game begins itís anybodyís guess who done it! But work fast before the culprit escapes and you and your pals are outfoxed! Game play is about 15 minutes. For 2-4 players ages 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Awards
Blue Orange Ring It!
(Blue Orange Games $10 Score:)

A fast paced game with round cards to flip and match by color or number. Be the first to see a match, hit the bell (that comes with the game) and clap! Winners ring and clap their way to victory! A fun family game, unless the grown ups get too intense about being first. You have to let the wookie win some! A lot of laughs and fun for 5 and up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
Spin Master Quick Cups
(Spin Master $19.99 Score:)

This is a matching and stacking game. Each player has a set of five cups in five colors. Players take turns turning over a picture card at the start of each round. Now all players race to be the first to put their set of colored cups in the same order as shown on the card. As soon as you have matched the card, you must ring the bell to win the round and the card. Winner is the one with the most cards. A lively game that requires visual skills, sequencing, dexterity and speed. Comes with 30 small cups, a bell and picture cards. 6 & up

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
Gamewright Flashlights & Fireflies
(Gamewright $15.99 Score:)

Imagine playing around with fireflies in the middle of winter or a sunny afternoon. True it will call for some imagination, as does this game in which players catch fireflies to power their flashlights. But watch out! There are bats, raccoons and other creatures of the night that might get in your way. It's of game of visual discrimination, deduction and pretend. First one to reach home wins. Our test family gave this high grades. Maybe no substitute for catching the real thing--but fun, nevertheless. Playtime is 20 minutes for 2-5 players. 6 & up.

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

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2015 Award
Peaceable Kingdom Dinosaur Escape Game
(Peaceable Kingdom $17.99 Score:)

Dinosaurs are everywhere this season, thanks to the new Jurassic Park movie. For younger dino fans, this Dinosaur Escape game is a more age appropriate entertainment. In this cooperative game players work together to help the dinosaur escape to Dinosaur Island before the volcano can erupt. Each player has a dinosaur playing piece, a mover. It's a game that involves counting, memory and turn taking to find a dinosaur behind a fern in the same habitat as the dinosaur you are moving. If you roll a T-Rex, watch out! All dinosaurs in play must move back to a start space. If you roll a volcano you place one piece of the volcano in the stand. The object is to find all three lost dinosaur tokens before the fifth and final piece of the volcano is built. Each round takes about 10 minutes. For 2-4 players ages 4 & up.

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

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2015 Award
eeBoo Trucks and a Bus Matching Game
(eeBoo $16 Score:)

A concentration matching game with more playful pieces than usual. Turn over all the trucks and the school bus and they all look alike. Now kids take turns flipping two at a time looking to make a match. There are 12 pairs to match with graphics that are colorful and feature distinctive animals and products that kids will enjoy naming. There's a robot supply truck, air mail with a bird carrier, fresh fish, ice cream, tiger cakes, and lots more.  They say 3 and up...we think older 4 and 5 year olds will have more fun with this.

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

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2015 Awards
Learning Resources Take 10 Color Bug Catchers
(Learning Resources $14.98 Score:)

Roll the color and number dice and pick up the number of bugs in the right color as the dice say. Players use the special grabbers to pick up their bugs. The player with the most bugs wins. A good choice for reinforcing counting and colors along with fine motor skills. Quick fun for beginners who are learning about turn taking and winning and losing. They will also like using the bugs for color sorting, counting and their own games. Try using them for learning about patterns: put down a line of bugs in a simple pattern such as purple, yellow, purple, yellow, purple...what will come next. Once they get the idea, make the patterns more complex. Yellow, yellow, blue, yellow, yellow, blue...what will come next? Showing them new and creative ways to use toys will inspire them to create their own original games. 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
Blue Orange Thumbs Up Game
(Blue Orange Games $14.95 Score:)

Quick rounds make this a fun game for early school age kids. Players all get colorful rings that will fit on their thumbs. They take turns flipping a card that tells all players what order they are to put the colored rings on their thumbs. First person to get the rings on in order calls THUMBS UP! an wins the round. Calls for visual discrimination, dexterity and speed. Comes with 50 challenge cards and 48 rings. Fun for 2-6 players. 6 & up.

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

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2015 Award
Dash Hounds Game
(International Playthings $14.95 Score:)

As your dog races across the board chances are its front paws will land on a color that corresponds to another player's dog and you will have to add another length to your pooch. The bigger your dog gets the harder it will be to get across the finish line. But not to worry; everyone's dogs will be growing. This is a fun game for older preschoolers and early school aged players. Easy rules to remember, color concepts and simple counting with novel game play. 4 & up

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

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2015 Awards
Mindware Memory Mix Up
(MindWare $20.00 Score:)

A cleverly designed see-through paddle is used for this memory game. Slip 4-5 images into the paddle and show it to players. Shake it up and turn it over allowing one coin shaped token to come out. Now show the remaining items to players. Who knows which token is gone? Player that guesses it first keeps the token. Winner is the one with the most tokens. It comes with 100 playing tokens that also develop vocabulary as well as visual memory. Adapt the play to fit the age of your players and the number of images you use at one time. They say 3 & up, we'd say more like 4-5 year olds. Gradually increase the number of items shown as kids become more familiar with the game.

SNAP: Start with naming the items, select just a few and make them familiar items. Put fewer items in the arm of the paddle when you introduce the game. The object is to build success and language. Gradually add pieces as the game becomes familiar and they feel more at home with the game.

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

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