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Age: Preschoolers
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2015 Award
Peaceable Kingdom Dinosaur Escape Game
(Peaceable Kingdom $17.99 Score:)

Dinosaurs are everywhere this season, thanks to the new Jurassic Park movie. For younger dino fans, this Dinosaur Escape game is a more age appropriate entertainment. In this cooperative game players work together to help the dinosaur escape to Dinosaur Island before the volcano can erupt. Each player has a dinosaur playing piece, a mover. It's a game that involves counting, memory and turn taking to find a dinosaur behind a fern in the same habitat as the dinosaur you are moving. If you roll a T-Rex, watch out! All dinosaurs in play must move back to a start space. If you roll a volcano you place one piece of the volcano in the stand. The object is to find all three lost dinosaur tokens before the fifth and final piece of the volcano is built. Each round takes about 10 minutes. For 2-4 players ages 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
Disney Doc McStuffins Operation
(Hasbro $22 Score:)

A fitting new version of the classic game of Operation, but designed for younger players and fans of Doc McStuffins. It has easier to grab pieces and a bigger opening so little hands will have less trouble getting the game pieces out. Our tester thought the sound had been toned down and was less intrusive than in earlier Operation games. Comes with 10 cardboard bandages to cover the boo-boos. 4 & up

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

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2015 Award
eeBoo Trucks and a Bus Matching Game
(eeBoo $16 Score:)

A concentration matching game with more playful pieces than usual. Turn over all the trucks and the school bus and they all look alike. Now kids take turns flipping two at a time looking to make a match. There are 12 pairs to match with graphics that are colorful and feature distinctive animals and products that kids will enjoy naming. There's a robot supply truck, air mail with a bird carrier, fresh fish, ice cream, tiger cakes, and lots more.  They say 3 and up...we think older 4 and 5 year olds will have more fun with this.

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

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2015 Awards
Hape Shape and Shadow Matching
(HaPe $14.99 Score:)

Before they begin matching abstract symbols of letters and numbers, pre-readers learn about matching with picture images. With this set of colored images children look for the shadow images of the objects on their playing board. Use this to develop visual perception as well as knowing and naming the objects. Play it like a lotto game with two players or use it solo like a puzzle. 3 & up.

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

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2015 Awards
Learning Resources Take 10 Color Bug Catchers
(Learning Resources $14.98 Score:)

Roll the color and number dice and pick up the number of bugs in the right color as the dice say. Players use the special grabbers to pick up their bugs. The player with the most bugs wins. A good choice for reinforcing counting and colors along with fine motor skills. Quick fun for beginners who are learning about turn taking and winning and losing. They will also like using the bugs for color sorting, counting and their own games. Try using them for learning about patterns: put down a line of bugs in a simple pattern such as purple, yellow, purple, yellow, purple...what will come next. Once they get the idea, make the patterns more complex. Yellow, yellow, blue, yellow, yellow, blue...what will come next? Showing them new and creative ways to use toys will inspire them to create their own original games. 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
Dash Hounds Game
(International Playthings $14.95 Score:)

As your dog races across the board chances are its front paws will land on a color that corresponds to another player's dog and you will have to add another length to your pooch. The bigger your dog gets the harder it will be to get across the finish line. But not to worry; everyone's dogs will be growing. This is a fun game for older preschoolers and early school aged players. Easy rules to remember, color concepts and simple counting with novel game play. 4 & up

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

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2015 Awards
Mindware Memory Mix Up
(MindWare $20.00 Score:)

A cleverly designed see-through paddle is used for this memory game. Slip 4-5 images into the paddle and show it to players. Shake it up and turn it over allowing one coin shaped token to come out. Now show the remaining items to players. Who knows which token is gone? Player that guesses it first keeps the token. Winner is the one with the most tokens. It comes with 100 playing tokens that also develop vocabulary as well as visual memory. Adapt the play to fit the age of your players and the number of images you use at one time. They say 3 & up, we'd say more like 4-5 year olds. Gradually increase the number of items shown as kids become more familiar with the game.

SNAP: Start with naming the items, select just a few and make them familiar items. Put fewer items in the arm of the paddle when you introduce the game. The object is to build success and language. Gradually add pieces as the game becomes familiar and they feel more at home with the game.

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

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2015 Award
eeBoo Green Market Puzzle Spinner Game
(eeBoo $16.99 Score:)


A little luck, a lot of matching, and simple classifying all play a part in this game. Each player has a board that must be filled with dairy, baked goods, eggs, flowers, fruit and veggies. Kids take turns spinning the pointer and taking the playing piece that matches on of these items for their playing board. But before they can start collecting these items they must spin and land on a farmer to open their stand. This opening move can take time and with younger players you may want to skip it, leaving the farmer on each playing board to start. Recognizing the difference between fruits and veggies and classifying dairy goods calls for serious classifying for young preschoolers. They may also be a bit confused by the color of the eggs, especially the bluish ones. That said, this is a fun game with solid learning built into the mix. Marked 3 & up; we think older 4-6 will enjoy it more.

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

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2015 Award
My Family Trivia Game
(The Purple Cow $12 Score:)

We like this unusual multi-generational games that will be fun for a family occasions since it calls for a lot of talking and sharing of family stories. Players must collect six different colored cards that are drawn randomly from the pile. The tasks on the cards require players to tell about themselves or things they know about other players in the game. For example one task card asks a player to name "all my cousins from oldest to youngest" or to tell "an object I could not live without" or “three places where we have relatives." There are a few picture cards, too, that are supposed to evoke family stories that relate to your family. An uncomplicated game that is sure to produce good laughs and happy memories, this is designed for 3-7 players ages 6-99.

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

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2015 Awards
Educational Insights Koala Capers Game
(Educational Insights $14.99 Score:)

Players vie to be the first to collect five different outfits to dress their koala card. They take turns rolling the dice; one has pattern the other shows pants, tops, both or underwear. Players take a card that matches their dice, but watch out. If you roll underwear you lose all your cards and have to start over. (Sort of like going down a chute in Chutes and Ladders. With young players you may need to soften this with the loss of one card instead of all. A cute game for looking at details, pattern recognition, and turn-taking.  A game for 2-4 players, 3 & up. We’d say this will be more fun for 4's and 5's.

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

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