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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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2015 Award
Educational Insights Hoppy Floppy’s Happy Hunt
(Educational Insights $14.99 Score:)

A sweet (non-sugar) treat. Each player gets a small basket and must collect four different colored carrots to be the winner. Players take turns spinning the spinner that tells what color carrot they may take OR if they can steal a carrot from someone else's basket or if they have to start over because their basket spilled. And how do you get the carrots? That's the fun part; you must use the big blue bunny that you pinch together to lift a carrot. Beautifully packaged in an egg shaped box, this is a charming game that parents may need to play since there are so many variables. 4 players, 3-6.

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

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2015 Award
Learning Resources Picnic Party Game
(Learning Resources $19.99 Score:)

Get your ant marching to the picnic basket. Players race to be first to get there by taking a slide on the banana, across a watermelon wedge, a corn cob, or over a fork in the road. Like a game of War, player turn cards over at the same time and the high card gets to move. A fun game for reinforcing more and less and one to one counting as kids move along the path. For older players the game is played by subtracting the two numbers drawn and the one with the higher number gets to move the number of spaces in the 'remainder.' So, if you have a '10' and I have a '3' you get to move '7' spaces. This is a game that can grow with your child's skills. Marked 4 & up, we think even the easy game will be a better bet for 5's and the subtraction game is better for 6 and 7 year olds.

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

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2015 Awards
Learning Resources Count & Stack Safari
(Learning Resources $14.99 Score:)

Great idea for a counting game for beginners, but the problem is the animals are hard to stack. We think kids will love sorting these by color, or by animal. Do they have more giraffes or monkeys? More lions or giraffes? Toss the color die and pick up one animal of a matching color. Who is the first to get all five animals? Toss the number die and you get to pick that many critters--first one to get ten wins. Play it in reverse. Deal out ten and toss the die to find out how many you get rid of. First person to be rid of all their critters wins the round. But play the stacking game and frustration sets in. That said, this is a nifty set of safari animals to help reinforce counting, colors, and concepts of more and less. For young preschooers, work on color concepts first and move on to simple counting. 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
Wonder Forge Mix Up! Fix Up! Game
(Wonder Forge $14.95 Score:)

Preschooler's favorite doctor, Doc McStuffins, has a new mystery game for them to play. Each player takes a turn at being the Doc and has to answer the questions others ask to find the instrument that will cure the patient. It’s a little like battleship for little kids with players guessing and covering up the wrong answers on the playing board. So, by deduction you get to the right answer and win a bandage. This is definitely a game played with a parent and one or more children. Marked 3 & up, but probably a better bet for older 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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2015 Award
Educational Insights Frankie's Food Truck Fiasco Game
(Educational Insights $21.99 Score:)

Players use Frankie's squeezer to pick up the shape food that matches the shape they spin on their turn. The object is to fill your card with a five course meal in each of the shapes. A fun game for kids who are learning their shapes and taking turns. The plastic squeezer is fun to use and is a lot like the bunny shaped one for Hoppy Floppy's Happy Hunt Game. For 2-4 players 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
Educational Insights Crazy Cereal Electronic Game
(Educational Insights $24.99 Score:)

Dig into the fun with two electronic spoons that change colors as you play. The object is to pick up cereal pieces from the big bowl that match your spoon's color of the moment. With luck your spoon will start flashing and you get to pick up even more pieces to put in your own bowl. The one with the most cereal wins. A fun family game with kids who are old enough to understand the colorful plastic cereal pieces are not for eating. This is about color matching, dexterity and counting to see who wins. 4 & up.

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

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2014 Awards
LeapFrog LeapTV
(LeapFrog $149 Score:)

Designed for younger player, 3-8, this is like the Wii for wee folks with a console, camera and controller that you hook up to your TV. These are largely games that will get kids off the couch and playing active physical games that are non-violent and have some educational content that parents can choose to fit their kids' ages and stages. Kids play by moving their bodies, using the controller that is designed for child size hands. They can use the controller two-handed play as with a joystick and buttons or change the handle into pointer mode and swing it like a wand. One of our test families liked the fact that they had access to LeapFrog's giant library of educational games. They did have some challenges in getting the children of different heights onto the screen at the same time.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Diggin Circus Balancing Shapes
(Diggin $20.99 Score:)

Players will need a sense of humor as thy try to balance the playing pieces on the blue elephant. Take turns tossing the die to determine what shape stalk you are to put on the elephant. The wooden stalks are cut in square, semi-circle, triangular, and circles. But the pieces are long, so they give a new twist to the concepts of shape. There will be lots of rounds and plenty of laughter, we hope as everyone learns to stack their playing pieces with great care. It is a little trickier to balance these slender pieces than the classic pieces of Mr. Blockhead. They say 3 & up, but we think this is going to call for more dexterity. A better choice for older 4's and 5's.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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