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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
Roominate Amusement Park
(Roominate $60 Score:)

Everything you need to build your own amusement park comes with this 282-piece set along with clear instructions for building a Ferris Wheel, a pirate ship that swings, a tea cup ride, concession stands, and more. The kit includes columns, wheels, axles, lights, wall panels, connectors, battery packs, screwdriver, stickers, a doll, a pet, and motor. It requires 6 AAA batteries, not included. The focus of Roominate sets is not just building but learning how to build circuits that will power the rides! The set can be made to work by remote control with what they call rPower (you control via your smartphone or tablet). rPower is sold separately. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
Zoomer Kitty, Midnight
(Zoomer $99 Score:)

It was love at first sight for our tester as Midnight, the magical kitty, showed off her tricks. MIdnight comes with a magic wand that will catch her attention when you wave it in front of her and she turns her head from side to side. Her eyes also change color while you play, her way of letting you know how shes feeling. Midnight has sensors in her head, cheeks and ears and will purr with pleasure, just like a real cat. Unlike the furry kind, she can sing, dance and do tricks on demand (she is less independent and purr-snickety than any real cat. She is also an allergy free pet. 5-10

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
Zoomer Chomplingz Tiger Tail
(Zoomer $39.99 Score:)

Tiger Tail is a less costly and a smaller dino than Zoomer Jester. That said, he is always ready for a bite. Try Hot Hands; put your hand in Tiger's mouth and pull it out before he can pull his teeth down on you.
Watch Tiger Tail try to catch his Dino Bone! He's motion activated or push his tail down and see him take off. This is a fun choice for 5-10's.

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
Zoomer Jester Dino
(zoomer $99 Score:)

This fierce looking dino moves fast on two wheels that scoot around and forward and back. All the while Jester makes scary motions and sounds with his head and tail. Its not that easy to control this fierce looking creature, but our tester thought it was fun trying. For a less pricy dino, check out the Chomplingz Tiger Tail Interactive (39.99) 5-10

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

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Step 2 Wonder Ball Fun House
(Step 2 $149.99 Score:)

Toddlers love settings that are built to their scale. Step 2's new Wonder House comes with a red half door to enter the small playspace. What's unique about this house is the ball drop design. The game play is to toss the balls onto the green roof of the house. They then trickle down the upright tubes on the corners and then down into the base. Out for testing! Award pending. Stay tuned!

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

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2015 Awards
Crayola Color Wonder Light-up Stamper
(Crayola $19.99 Score:)

Color Wonder has added a mess-free stamping set that will be satisfying for preschoolers. Kids put the stamper over the orange ink pad and the handle magically lights up orange! Stamp and you get an orange image. Hold it over the green ink pad and the handle will light up green. Now stamp it on the paper and you have a green image. Do the same with the purple ink pad. The kit comes with 12 pages of special paper for stamping. Three mini markers and 10 ocean-themed stamps. You simply change the images by slipping them on and off the stamper.  

SNAP: A playful way to get kids to build grasping and eye hand skills. The gripper on the stamper is pretty chunky, but it can be adapted with velcro applied to handle and to a glove, or enlarged by wrapping it with foam. Either way, the pay-off is pleasing for making designs on placemates, or wrapping paper for gifts. Encourage them to make patterns by demoing simple alternating colors.

They can use the stampers for making a counting book. Make up a pre-stapled booklet and write the numerals or number words from 1-5 or 1-10.  Have your child stamp the right number of fish (or other stamper) to go on each page.Kids love having books to "read" that they have made, especially if you put their name on the front cover.

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

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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 Awards
North American Bear Unicorn 11
(North American Bear Co. $25 Score:)

All done up with a bright pink body, red hooves, a big twisted orange unicorn, a multicolored mane, and ears lined with yellow this Sleepy Unicorn 11 is one of a series of huggables with a very long flat tail that will surely appeal as a cozy to hold on the way to dreamland. The overstuffed body is soft to the touch and light to carry, yet makes a perfect armful for older toddlers who like dolls that fill up their arms. There is a smaller five and a half variation of this doll, but we preferred the larger doll of this pair. 2 & up

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

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2015 Awards
Manhattan Toy Groovy Boy Asher
(Manhattan Toy $15 Score:)

We are always on the lookout for boy dolls and this a great example. Asher is wearing khaki shorts and a blue and white striped shirt with a skull and bones. He has brownish yarn hair and his clothes are removable. With stitch features, he's totally safe for younger players.

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

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