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2015 Award
Kids Preferred Guess How Much I Love you Activity Toy
(Kids Preferred $20 Score:)

Hang this silky soft bunny on the stroller for gazing and enjoy as a lap toy to explore with your baby. Also sweet, a Guess How Much I Love You Shape Book ($12) its a bunny with a small fabric book attached. Of course, baby is not really interested in shapes but the fabric pages are soft to the touch and make fun crinkle sounds.

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

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2015 Award
Creativity for Kids Flower Crowns
(Creativity for Kids $14.99 Score:)

Our tester loved this charming hair accessory kit for making four delicate paper flower wreaths. It comes with four adjustable covered wires that can be fastened to fit individual head sizes. Wrap a fabric leaf garland as a base and then add bunches of berries, and beautifully finished paper flowers. Want a little glitter? Easy-peasy, dab on the gold glitter accent paint. 7 & up.

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

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2015 Award
Learning Resources High Seas Addventure
(Learning Resources $19.99 Score:)

Players are racing to het to the treasure chest in the middle of the high seas. But, they only get to go forward when they are the first to combine two cards that add up to ten. And watch out! There are shark and octopus cards that will change you luck. A fun way to reinforce addition concepts and facts of ten. We think you could adapt this game for other facts by removing the 10 cards and do facts of 9. A good first/second grade game for getting up speed. 5 & up.

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

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2015 Award
Learning Resources Picnic Party Game
(Learning Resources $19.99 Score:)

Get your ant marching to the picnic basket. Players race to be first to get there by taking a slide on the banana, across a watermelon wedge, a corn cob, or over a fork in the road. Like a game of War, player turn cards over at the same time and the high card gets to move. A fun game for reinforcing more and less and one to one counting as kids move along the path. For older players the game is played by subtracting the two numbers drawn and the one with the higher number gets to move the number of spaces in the 'remainder.' So, if you have a '10' and I have a '3' you get to move '7' spaces. This is a game that can grow with your child's skills. Marked 4 & up, we think even the easy game will be a better bet for 5's and the subtraction game is better for 6 and 7 year olds.

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

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2015 Award
Poof Sidewalk Chalk Ultimate Mandala Stencil Kit
(Alex $31.99 Score:)

This really is the ultimate sidewalk chalk set with 36 colorful chalks that should provide a summer full of fun. For those who like their hands clean and their chalk whole, there are 5 chalk holders and two giant stencils for tracing the parts of the mandala design. These chalks come shaped with writing tips and lots of colorful choices for making a unique mandala or whatever else their creative hands prefer. Alex sells these chalks in smaller packs without the stencils, but this is an interesting way to introduce kids to an art form from another culture. We suggest you hold back with some of the chalk instead of opening the entire supply all at once. Good fun for a family reunion party to keep the kids busy. They could use the chalk for hopscotch or an art show in the driveway, as well. Marked 5 & 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
Alex Painter's Tool Box
(Alex $40.99 Score:)

For older kids here is box chock full of new materials to explore. There is a tray of a dozen watercolor tubes and another with a dozen acrylic paints. It comes with four paint brushes, 2 pencils, 2 palette knives, painting boards, a small watercolor pad, a collapsible water bucket, sharpener, eraser and all stored in a sturdy tool box for safe keeping. This is for painters 8 up.

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

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2015 Award
Begin Again Dinosaur A to Z Puzzle
(Begin Again $30 Score:)

A colorful alphabet puzzle for dinohaulics. This wooden dino comes in a wooden tray for safekeeping and fits together in alphabetical order. Build it with upper case letters on one side or do it again with upper case letters. It is not easy, but it is rewarding. When it is all put together it can be stood up, too. Marked for 5 & up. We think even 6 and 7 year olds will like this, especially if they love dinosaurs.

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

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2015 Awards
New Sprouts Reel It!
(Learning Resources $24.99 Score:)

Pretend fishing for your toddler's bathtub. A small green pail holds the fish that get caught on the little fisherman's fishing pole. There is no line to reel in and out, but there's a pretend reel that makes a good sound. Chances are the loop on the fish will be hooked with a two handed operation, but the fun of pretending is there and even that kind of two handed action helps develop eye hand coordination along with the imagination. Marked 2 & up; we think threes will like it more.

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

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2015 Award
Faber Castell Paint with Marbles
(Faber castell $29.99 Score:)

A fun way to experiment with paints using marbles that twist and turn in the paint as they roll over the paper in the "magic" box tray. It's an opportunity to be inventive rather than having to make representative art. The kit comes with 10 shatterproof marbles, five tubes of washable paint, 20 pieces of paper, 3 reusable plastic stencils, clever spoons for picking up the marbles for those who hate to get their fingers dirty and a washable tray to use while making the art. Our tester liked the two textured brushes that make designs on the paper and foam frames and hanging tabs for displaying her artistic creations. 

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

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2015 Awards
Creativity for Kids Macrame Terrarium
(Creativity for Kids $23.99 Score:)

A little bit of crafty action combines with science in this winning kit. It comes with all the ingredients to make the macramé sling that will hold the plastic terrariaum and all the decorative stones, potting mix, sand, and quick-to-sprout chia and wheat grass seeds. Before long a little garden will be sprouting where young gardeners can add the decorative little mushroom and deer. Clear directions are included. A great STEM product for future botanists with an artistic twist.

 

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

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