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2015 Awards
Hape Knob Puzzles
(HaPe $14 Score:)

With easy-to-grab wooden knobs and there are lots of familiar animal puzzles  from Hape that feature zoo and farm animals. These are great choices for beginning puzzlers. Bright graphics and smooth pieces make this a good choice for older 2's and 3's. Challenges their visual skills as well as dexterity and the ability to turn the objects to fit into the wooden board. Also a good choice, for older 3's and 4's, the Geometric Shapes Knob Puzzle, with 11 colorful shapes; circle, square, rectangle, triangle, oval, diamond, and more. 

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

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2015 Awards
Hape Vehicles Knob Puzzle
(Hape $14 Score:)

With easy to grab wooden knobs and lots of vehicles to talk about, this is a great choice for beginning puzzlers. Bright graphics and smooth pieces make this a god choice for older 2 year olds. Challenges their visual skills as well as dexterity and the ability to turn the objects to fit into the wooden board. 2 & up.

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

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2015 Awards
Learning Resources Gears Build & Bloom Building Set
(Learning Resources $39.99 Score:)

Gears, Gears, Gears have always been a favorite of our testers. This new set, is clearly designed to appeal to girls with flowers and butterflies and bugs added to the basic gears. Done in bright pinks, greens, blues and oranges, the green base serves as the garden where the gears, bugs and butterflies can spin. A 116 piece set of gears comes with colorful stickers. An early science toy that invites kids to build basic machines by meshing the gears into continuous action. Problem solving and dexterity are built into the fun. 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
Kaloo Petite Rose Bear Doll
(Janod $29.9 Score:)

An11-inch huggable that is just the right size for a first doll. Not too big, not too small, but just right with easy to grab legs and arms, a non-removable pink print dress, stitched features, and a bean-bag bottom so it can sit. She comes with her own tote bag for going out and about. 10 months and up.

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

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2015 Award
Kaloo Petite Rose Maxi Doll
(Janod $60 Score:)

A very huggable 21 inch big bunny. In spite of her name, Rose is not so petite! She comes dressed in a stitched on pink print dress with removable navy blue bloomers. With her long legs arms and floopy ears she is one big huggable, but lightweight enough to give toddlers the armful they love without too much heft. She's pricey, but beautifully soft and finished in velvety velour like plush and comes with her own toteable canvas bag for trips away from home.

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

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2015 Awards
Calico Critters Chocolate Labrador Family
(International Playthings $24.99 Score:)

Newest of the posable families this year, four Chocolate Labrador Pooches; a Mama, Papa and brother and sister. Also cute, a family of four Cuddle Bears. These critters are pricey but good for dollhouse as well as their own settings. Look for the new Calico Critters Van, new for this holiday season. It's big enought to hold a family of seven! 3 & up.

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

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2015 Award
Hape Dynamo Dominoes
(Hape $39.99 Score:)

There is no one right way to build with the 100 colorful dominioes. Stand them on end and place the bridges, bells, rails and other tricks in their path. Give on a tap and watch the whole parade go tumbling down. An open-ended toy that probably will need parent-child building for starters. Predicting outcomes calls for some strategies that will come with experience. Develops problem solving skills as well as dexterity; most of all a fun kind of building designed to fall down! Marked 3 and up, but using it for this kind of building will be more like a late 4-5 year old trick.

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 Awards
Hape Color Croquet
(Hape $34.99 Score:)

Two smooth wooden mallets, a blue and red ball, and four sleek hoops for playing a junior version of a classic game. A great way to learn about turn taking, developing motor skills, and simple counting. Use this indoors on a rainy day or outdoors. Active fun for beginning game players. 3 & up

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

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2015 Awards
Kaloo Animal Squeakers
(janod $12 Score:)

These fabric squeakers are fun for little tracking games. Hold one in baby's sight line and move it gradually to one side and then another, far enough away so baby can focus and follow. Their big stitched on eyes will hold baby's interest as will their colorful patterns and gentle squeaking sound. Before long baby will be reaching out to take hold of them and happily they are soft and safe enough for baby to explore. For such small toys they each have interesting textures and patterns to satisfy sensory learning.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2015.

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