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Infants & Toddlers

 

 

 
2013 Awards
Janod Barnyard Dominoes
(Janod $24.99 Score: )

Cows, ducks, hens, tractors and farmer's hat and boots are easy to match on these wooden dominos. Turn them over and play a traditional match the dots domino game. Finished in smooth natural wood these are basic gear that will be used for naming and knowing as well as for matching, stacking, or collapsing games. 28 pieces. 

SNAP: Introduce the playing pieces by finding all the cows as a first game, finding all the sheep as another game...etc. Playing a traditional game of dominoes can wait. Knowing and naming and matching builds the readiness for the old-fashioined game. These are nice for stacking and lining up, too.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013.

 


 

 


2013 Award
New Sprouts Cook It! My Very Own Chef Set
(Learning Resources $24.99 Score: )

Just right for twos, this new six piece chef set is ready for some pretend cooking fun!  Comes with a pan, a pot and lid, a slotted spoon, mixing spoon and bright orange colander. We're delighted with the gender-free color choices (purple, orange, green, teal and grey) - making this a set without any built-in agendas. Pieces are plastic and sturdy - and could also be used in the bathtub (especially the colander!).

 

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

Preschoolers

 

 


2013 Award
Bunnies by the Bay Wobbly Carmel
(Bunnies By the Bay $22 Score: )

Wobbly is a light carmel-colored bear with long legs, long arms and slightly distressed plush. He's skinnier in person than his picture appears. Has a velvety feel and stitched features, but is only surface washable.

 

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 


 

 


2013 Award
Calico Critters Ice Cream Truck
(International Playthings $35 Score: )

Get ready for soft ice cream and scoops of the regular kind, too. We don't see any good humor pops or fudgicals, but maybe they don't know about them at Cloverleaf Corners. Our brother/sister testers loved the working soft ice cream machine. They spent many happy hours puttiing the stickers on and playing to sell yummy treats once they got the shop all set up. Like other settings in this line the critters are not included, although they are shown on the packaging. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 


 

 


2013 Award
Play Like a Pro Basketball Hoop
(Little Tikes $72.99 Score: )

Basic gear for active play! This adjustable hoop (from 4 to 6feet) makes this a great choice for preschoolers and early school aged kids interested in learning how to shoot some hoops!  Light enough to make this a choice for inside or outside play.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

Early School Years

 

 


2013 Award
LEGO Kings Castle
(Lego Systems, Inc. $99.99 Score: )

We love that in the land of licensed lines, LEGO still makes an old-fashion Castle complete with draw bridge, towers, king's throne, collapsing wall, and most appealing to our testers a hidden escape door. Comes with seven mini figures including the King and the White Knight. The game play focuses on keeping the castle safe from the evil Dragon warriors. The build is done in sections -making the castle more manageable for younger builders. The castle is a great parent-child opportunity.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 


Later School Years

 

 

 
2011 Award
Monopoly
(Hasbro $$12.99 Score: )

With all of the new versions of Monopoly that come and go, we felt it was important to honor the original. In our opinion, most of the electronic versions take away the fun of monopoly. Where's the fun if you're not the banker and responsible for giving the right amount of money back on a  purchase?  The "electronic banker" removes all of those great math skills from the game play.  While it may take a bit longer to play, have your child be the banker.

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

 


 

 


2013 Award
Creativity for Kids The Complete Paper Jewelry Set
(Creativity for Kids $22.95 Score: )

Enough supplies for making over 200 paper beads! A splendid kit for learning the technique for making big and little paper beads with colorful patterned, solid colored papers. The kit includes two tools for making the beads, gel cord, paper flowers, seed beads, sequins, varnish, paint brush and stencils for making more bead papers. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

 

 
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