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2015 Award
Mudpuppy Feathery Friends Cardboard Tube Craft Kit
(Mudpuppy Press $19.99 Score:)

An interesting way to introduce kids to the craft of using cardboard tubes and turning them into imaginative peacocks, owls and other feathery friends. The kit comes with material for making cardboard roller bases, though kids will soon see the fun of using tubes found from toilet paper rollers and paper towels. Recycling is a big idea they can take away from this craft kit. But for immediate fun the 80+ pieces includes felt sheets, patterned papers, feathers, goggly eyes and self stick cardboard tubes all ready for designing. The kit does not include glue or scissors, but it's a safe bet you have both and probably better than the kind of scissors and glue that often comes in kits.  Younger crafters will probably need your help with cutting the felt. The company also makes a tubes kit for making monsters (the kind and size kids can handle.) 6 & up.

 

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

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2015 Award
Corolle Mademoiselle Coquette Redhead
(Corolle $84 Score:)

A fashionable 14-inch doll with big brown eyes, long red hair with bangs, and freckles. She wears a purple velvet skirt and matching headband with a metallic blue sweater with white Peter Pan collar. Her silvery stockings and purple slippers are trimmed with blue bows. 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
Mudpuppy On the Road 63 Piece Puzzle
(Mudpuppy Press $12.99 Score:)

Kids love vehicles and this roadway scene is bound to attract their attention. Fitting the vehicles together will make the 63-piece challenge somewhat easier, as will the skyline pieces that will probably make this easier to build from the top down. Marked for 4 & up and may be better choice for slightly older kids or with lots of help for younger children.

 

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

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2015 Award
Sam, Your 1960s Girl
(A Girl for All Time $109.99 Score:)

Sam, a fashion plate of the 1960s is the newest of the historic dolls in the A Girl for All Time Collection. A 16-inch beauty, Sam wears a stylish denim mini dress with a bold yellow vinyl flower and cuffs with matching yellow shoes that stand out against her orange tights. Her dark hair and eyes are a perfect foil for her bright orange mod hair band. Like others in the collection she comes with her own book that captures the decade and gives young readers a bit of the colorful madness of the 1960s. Sam's story is rather elaborate; she is Parisian with an obsession with fashion who is about to visit London's famous Carnaby Street where the Beatles shopped and then she's off to visit her uncle in Greenwich Village.  

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

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2015 Award
Corolle Miss Fresh Riviera & Blanket
(Corolle $42 Score:)

Babi Corolle Miss Fresh Riviera (9.5 inches) comes with her own little matching blanket. She has an easy to grasp soft fabric body with sewn-on clothes and a vinyl face. She has a delicate vanilla scent and is machine washable.

 

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

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2015 Award
Corolle Elf Fresh Riviera
(Corolle $24 Score:)

Just 9.5 inches, Babi Corolle Elf Fresh Riviera is dressed this year in a yellow dress and wears a jester-like green hat. Soft and easy to grasp she is an all fabric doll with a quiet jingle sound inside when you shake her. Her vinyl face has big brown eyes and she is has a light vanilla scent. Or consider the Elf Grenadine's Heart, the same doll with lavender dress and hot pink elf hat and shoes.

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

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2015 Awards
Corolle Babipouce Fresh Riviera
(Corolle $38 Score:)

Corolle's line of Babipouce dolls fill the bill as a great place to start in doll land. With an 11-inch pillow-soft fabric, huggable body and soft vinyl face (with painted featured), this is a safe choice for older babies and toddlers. Delicately scented with vanilla, the sewn on clothes stay where they belong and the doll is machine washable. This year's version has a yellow hat and rompers with a flowery blouse with pink and yellow flowers and aqua trim. If you want a more gender specific version, consider last year's blue romper and coordinating velour hat.

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

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2015 Award
Creativity for Kids Twine Design
(Creativity for Kids $14.99 Score:)

These are like Mexican folk art we used to make with wool and twigs tied together. Instead of twigs, this kit comes with cardboard bases, 32 yards of brightly colored embroidery floss, feathers, adhesive rhinestones, velvet stickers, glue, necklace cords, earring findings, and jump rings on which to put your unique weavings. This will keep hands busy and challenged as kids learn the multiple ways to weave from the instructions. A fun way into an old craft with wearable end products. 8 & up

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

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2015 Award
Mudpuppy Ballerinas 63 Piece Puzzle
(Mudpuppy Press $12.99 Score:)

Every aspiring little ballerina will love the charming picture of five ballerinas dancing against a background of flowers. Fitting the ballerinas together will make the 63-piece challenge somewhat easier, as the tutus, and the blue above and pink below will provide helpful clues. That said, this is marked for 4 & up and will probably be better for slightly older kids or with some help the first time through for younger girls.

 

 

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

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2015 Award
Crayola Star Wars Light-Up Tracing Pad
(Crayola $29.99 Score:)

For kids of a certain age, when drawing skills are not as perfect as they would wish and they prize realistic images, this kind of drawing pad can be a satisfying, if not very creative way to get results. Though we generally do not recommend tracing kits, this one is going to give them the pay offs they are looking for. The light-up LED pad comes with three Star Wars Transparency sheets, 10 sheets of images to trace with favorite Star Wars characters, ships, shields, plus 10 blank sheets, six colored pencils, six gel fx markers and a graphite pencil. You can get more images online at crayola.com/tracing. Though it is a tracing kit it does involve staying with a task, working with pencil and paper, fine motor skills and bringing their own imagination to retelling or extending a well loved story. 3 AA batteries are needed and not included in the package. Marked for 6 & up, we think kids of 8 and 9 will like this even more.

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

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