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Age: Early Elementary School Years
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2011 Award
North American Bear Nesting Puppets 3 Little Pigs
(North American Bear Co. $40 Score:)

What great gift idea! The mid-sized pig and littlest pig do nest inside of the biggest pig puppet. All are done up in pink velour. The big guy has 'I love bricks' embroidered on the front of his overalls. The middle one has 'I love sticks' on her overalls and the littlest one has 'I love straw' stitched on his. As for the bad wolf, he's a finger puppet stored in the big pig's pocket. This wonderful set is ideal for encouraging kids to retell a familiar story in their own words. In the recall department the embroidered images will help them retell the events. With so many puppets more than one player can take a role and help in the story telling. Just as they like rehearing a tale, they will enjoy retelling it with these props. Not only that, you can encourage them to tell the further adventures of these familiar characters. Being able to sequence the story and put it in their own words is an important pre-reading skill that develops language and recall. A good story needs a beginning, middle and end and this one has a strong storyline with room for all that huffing and puffing to make telling it good fun! Also available, a charming set with Goldilocks and the 3 Bears from the same maker. 4 & up.

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Manhattan Toy Koala Bear Puppet
(Manhattan Toy $22 Score:)

A full-bodied grey and white Koala Bear with furry white chest, long legs and paws with long (but soft felt) claws. The player's hand will fit inside the koala's body and small fingers may be able to move the arms and head for extra movement. Pair this with any other puppets or with the other new Wildlife puppet in the collection, a Lion.  Also special in this line, a Walrus puppet and a Raccoon.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011.

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2011 Award
Manhattan Toy Lion Puppet
(Manhattan Toy $22 Score:)

A full-bodied lion with mangy mane, long legs and padded paws. The player's hand will fit inside the lion's body and small fingers may be able to move the arms and head for extra movement. Pair this with any other puppets or with the other new Wildlife puppet in the collection, a gray and white Koala Bear. Also special in this line, a Walrus puppet and a Raccoon.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011.

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2011 Award
Manhattan Toy Peter Pteranodon Puppet
(Manhattan Toy $30 Score:)

Get ready for a whole lot of growling when this oversized soft puppet is unleashed for action. It has an orange ruff on its head, a bright red face with a green beak-like snout, a huge red mouth that opens to revel a long red tongue, but no teeth! He has big scary eyes half covered in the metallic gold and orange. Peter Pteranodon's chest is covered with the same metallic gold and down its back is a patch of leopard-like spots plus a pair of bright orange wings. Pair this with any other puppets or bring home the other colorful dinos in their line, such as Trip Triceratops or Dave Dimetrodon.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Manhattan Toy Dave Dimetrodon Puppet
(Manhattan Toy $30 Score:)

Get ready for a whole lot of growling when this oversized soft puppet is unleashed for action. It has a blue ruff on its head, a bright yellow face with green freckles and a huge red mouth that opens to revel a row of razor sharp teeth ( not really sharp--they just look that way.) He has big scary eyes half covered in the yellow face. Down his back is a mane of creamy long hair and a metallic chin and neck that will cover a good sized arm. Pair this with any other puppets or bring home the other colorful dinos in their line, such as Trip Triceratops or the fearsome Peter Pteranodon.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Manhattan Toy Trip Triceratops Puppet
(Manhattan Toy $30 Score:)

Get ready for a whole lot of growling when this oversized soft puppet is unleashed for action. It has three green horns, a metallic blue body that will cover a small arm, a dotted ruff on its head and big scary eyes half covered in the orange face. Most of all the mouth is easy to open and close with its big red interior and tons of teeth--the better to eat with, my dear! Pair this with any other puppets or bring home the other colorful dinos in their line, Dave Dimetrodon or the fearsome Peter Pteranodon

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011.

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2011 Award
Creativity for Little Kids Finger Puppet Theater
(Creativity for Kids $19.99 Score:)

Finger puppets are fun to use and great for on the go pretend play.  This activity set comes with six finger puppet forms (made of felt) and all ready to be decorated with smaller pre-cut pieces of felt, sequins and the all important wiggly eyes. What makes this accessible for older preschoolers is that the smaller pieces are self-adhesive- making this a project they can do, not just watch!  The craft glue is needed for attaching the pom-poms, the sequins, the flowers and the bows. The stage itself is not particularly sturdy-it's made of cardboard--but it's not the type of stage you'll have forever.  The set is more about making the puppets!

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Manhattan Wildlife Collection Warren Walrus Puppet
(Manhattan Toy $19.99 Score:)

I am the Walrus--CooCoo Kachoo! And what a walrus Warren is! He's all wrinkly and velvety dark brown with blue-grey mouth and two white tusks. The details on this big 13" puppet are marvelous. His eyes are set into the tan fabric with pockets of white lower eye lids that give him a special look. Above his mouth he has wonderful black whiskers and a dark black snout. A little hand will fit easily inside the whole body puppet with elongated body and flippers. This can be used for dramatic play and storytelling with or by kids 3-33 and up.
The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Manhattan Toy Dogzillies Hand Puppets
(Manhattan Toy $16 Score:)

It's a hard choice between Benny Bulldog, Larry Labrador and Harry Husky. The latter looks a bit like a wolf, that might be a plus when a villainous character is needed. These have arms that droop down, but only motion is in the pooches' mouths. These are good sized puppets with a very animated look when you move their snouts. 4 & up. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Awards
Jungle Snugglies Puppets: Louis Lion and Zeke Zebra
(Manhattan Toy $12 Score:)

This orange Louis Lion with brown felt mane and bright red nose is the cutest of the jungle group. All of them have ribbon tails of satin as well as stitched safe features. Most also have licks of satin trim as well as felt fringes for sensory feedback. There is a black and white zebra with black mane, an orange and black tiger, and a tan monkey with pink ears and muzzle. All of these are good tracking puppets for playing with babies as well as being small enough for young siblings to use with ease for playing with or with out the baby. We pass on the elephant and giraffe that have tufts of fuzz on their heads as these would not be good for babies who mouth things.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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