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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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2015 Award
Buddy Ball
(Maxland Toys $29.99 Score:)

Is it a ball? Is it a bear? It's a fabric ball with a big zipper. Open the zipper and abra-ka-dabra a velvety soft teddy bear emerges! Zip up its back and it's an all new play mode. So, this is a two-in-one winner. Fabric ball and plush bear all rolled up in one. They come with textured or traditional plush in tan, dark brown and off white. All very huggable or tossable. 3 & up  www.buddyballs.com

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
eeBoo Beautiful Morning Panoramic Puzzle
(eeBoo $12.99 Score:)

Just in time for spring a garden full of bright tulips being picked by bear and bunny while others plant a garden, fly kites, ride bikes and enjoy the glory of springtime. Big pieces are perfect for preschoolers small hands. It's a 36-piece puzzle that forms a three foot long picture by illustrator, Kevin Hawkes. Also good fun from the same artist, Busy Vehicles, an illustration with little animals in vehicles made of carrots, bananas, cabbages and other fantasy vehicles that fly, float and roll along.  3 & up.

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2015 Award
Educational Insights Read My List Game
(Educational Insights $14.99 Score:)

A game for listening, thinking fast and rapid recall. The game comes with 200 cards with lists and categories. With List cards players race to name three more things that fit the category. With category cards players listen to the list read and try to be the first to name the category. In the Lightening Round players take turns naming things that fall into the category. But be careful, if you guess wrong or name something that was already read on the list, you are out! 8 & up.

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

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2015 Awards
Llama Llama Red Pajama Doll
(Merry Maker $17.99 Score:)

Fans of Llama Llama Red Pajama picture book will feel less lonely when they have their own huggable Llama who is ready for bed in red pajamas. Based on the well-loved book by Anna Dewdney, this makes a nice gift for 3's & up. If you don't have the book, be sure to bring home a copy from the library or the bookstore.

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

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2015 Awards
Kids Preferred Carter's Bumpy Ball
(Kids Preferred $15 Score:)

A fabric ball with bright patterns and colors and bumpy knobs that little hands can grab. Most are soft and squeezable, two have see-through domes with colorful beads inside that make a great rattle sound. A fun choice for first social roly-poly games. 

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

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2015 Awards
Kids Preferred Eric Carle Critter Keeper
(Kids Preferred $14 Score:)

Just in time for spring time bug hunts in the park or yard. Shaped like the Very Hungry Caterpillar, this critter keeper has a fabric handle and screened sides and a slightly magnified door that slides open and shut. Perfect for close up observations of creepy crawly specimens that can then be returned to their natural habitat. 

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

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2015 Awards
Playskool Stack 'n Stow Cups
(Hasbro $7.99 Score:)

These are not your typical stack and nesting cups. Instead there is a base and seven shallow rimmed discs shaped with easy to grab tabs. Each one has a cup-out shape in the center: a star, triangle, square, etc. The shapes can be stacked or nested in size order on the base or not. For stacking you will need to place the lion's face on the base. For nesting the pieces fit into each other and then can be capped with the lion's face and turned to hold it all together. Placing the lion's face in place for either operation will take adult hands. That said, this is a nice twist on an old toy concept that can be used to introduce and reinforce color names, shapes, size order and dexterity. Marked for over 9 months, be forewarned, chances are some of the pieces will be missing before your child is a toddler and able to do the size order part. That said, babies will like the multiple pieces to take apart, toss, teethe on and bang together. It's one of those toys kids return to and it can help develop eye hand skills and visual perception. A new twist on stacking and nesting.

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

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2015 Award
eeBoo A Lovely Day Panoramic Puzzle
(eeBoo $12.99 Score:)

Skating foxes, fishing turtles, picnicking bears and bunnies, bike riding mice are just some of the creatures on this action filled 3-foot long panoramic puzzle. Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes this is a charmer with 36 big pieces. A nice birthday party gift. Also charming for a wintry scene, be sure to see A Snow Party panoramic puzzle. 3 & up

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

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2015 Award
Neat Oh Dinosaur Brings Along Backpack
(Neat-Oh $19.99 Score:)

This is for the youngest dinohaulic, the one who likes to take his dinos along. The small green vinyl backpack opens to reveal a world where dinos can roam on a small playmat.  It comes with one T-rex figure. 3 & up

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

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