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2014 Award
Manhattan Toy Snuggle Pods
(Manhattan Toy $18 and $25 Score:)

A sweet plush 8-inch doll that fits into its own plush pod like bed. This one is called Snuggle Bug, though it doesn’t really look like a bug. The satin lined pod has ribbons, embroidered spots and felt-like feelers; all interesting to the touch. The doll has all stitched features and a soft easy to grasp body. Designed as a first doll for little ones, this is more about the textures, and fun of pulling the doll out of the pod. Being able to put it back in will take longer, as will pretend play. Marked 6 months and up.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Award
Magformers Magnets in Motion 37 Piece Set
(Magformers $59.99 Score:)

This is a mid size variation of the big Magnets in Motion set that combines gears and magformers to build some amazing machines. It has a snap on crank handle and plenty of big and small gears with colorful discs that create optical illusions in motion. Like so many of the Magformer sets, this involves, problem solving, fine motor skills, patience, science, and imagination. This interesting set comes with a step-by-step instruction booklet for creating all sorts of constructions with gears. 6 & up.

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

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2014 Award
Magformers 61 piece Magnets in Motion
(Magformers $99 Score:)

What could be more fun than combining gears and magformers? Kids are going to have good fun building machines that they can activate with the colorful gears and crank for getting all those parts moving. There are big and little gears, colorful image plates that swirl when they turn, creating optical illusions. This primary colored set is gender neutral sets it comes with step by step instructions for making their models, though the pieces can be used in an open ended way for making their own creations. Like so many of the Magformer sets, this involves, science, problem solving, fine motor skills, patience and imagination. A smaller 32-piece set is $39.99. Or, you can add a 20 piece Magnets in Motion Accessory Set (19.99) with large and small gears and crank to enlarge the possibilities of your basic Magnets in Motion set. 6 & up

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

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2014 Awards
Magformers 55 piece Dinosaur Set
(Magformers $99 Score:)

There are step-by-step instructions for creating a brontosaurus, velociraptor, stegoaurus, tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops with the colorful magnetic pieces. Of course, the finished pieces are rather abstract representations, but, satisfying for kids who are heavily into dinosaurs. Of course, kids can make their own creations, as well. Like so many of the Magformer sets, this involves, problem solving, fine motor skills, patience and imagination. Also fun, for Deep Sea ($89) enthusiasts, a 46 piece set with instructions for making 10 nautical builds or the Forest Friends ($89) 47 piece set for making bats, butterflies, bunnies and other creatures of the forest. They say 3 & up, we think 3's will like playing with the pieces that are safe since the magnets are embedded in large plastic pieces. But making these complex builds is more like a task for 5's and up.

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

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2014 Award
Blabla Mirabelle
(blabla kids $56 Score:)

Who can resist the delectable bunny Mirabelle with her floppy pink ears with small pom-poms, her blue ballet leotard and her lace up slippers? Happily, all her clothes are knitted on and not removable. She's 18 inches tall with long legs and arms for easy grabbing. She’s big enough to satisfy toddlers love of big huggables, but light enough to be handled with ease. Her adorable stitched features will bring a smile from tots and adults alike.

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

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2014 Awards
Blaba Mini London
(blabla kids $44 Score:)

A high contrast white and black doggie with polka dots. Knitted by hand in Peru, this is a charming 100% cotton doll that is 12 inches big and machine washable. Mini London is white with grey and black dots and all stitched features. A huggable pooch that infants will enjoy gazing at; eventually it will be just right for hugging, as well. For a larger pooch, see Licorice, done in reverse with a black body and grey and white dots. Newborn & up.

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
Blabla Licorice Doggie
(blabla kids $56 Score:)

A high contrast black and white doggie with polka dots. Knitted by hand in Peru, this is a charming 100% cotton doll that is 22 inches big and machine washable. Licorice is black with grey and white dots and all stitched features. A nice big pooch that infants will like looking at but big enough to fill a toddler's arms without being too hefty. For a smaller pooch, see Mini London, done in reverse with a white body and grey and black dots.

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
Manhattan Toy Go! Puppy
(Manhattan Toy $12 Score:)

A fun-filled first birthday toy with all the action and repetition that toddlers adore. DOn't be fooled by the image. This is not a big ride-on. It's floor-toy that kids activate with their hands. Puppy can simply roll along or for faster action, push down on its back and it really takes off. Great good fun for crawlers and up on their feet tots who will love making the action happen. A good way to learn about cause and effect as well as giving kids a sense of power by being able to make it all happen. 12 months & up

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
Blabla Flower Rattles
(blabla kids $18 Score:)

Three colorful knitted rattles, with a soft sound and soft touch, as well. These are pretty easy to grasp and have interesting colors to attract baby's visual attention. Use them for tracking games or keeping a beat when you sing or play little lap games. Also special: see blabla's pretzel rattles.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Award
Blabla Pretzel Rattles
(blabla kids $18 Score:)

This is just one of the many color ways these easy to grasp knitted pretzel rattles can be enjoyed. There are blue and green combos as well as orange and tan and pink. Sold singly or in two packs--since one pretzel is hardly ever enough. These are machine washable good for early tracking games as well as for two handed play when baby takes hold of the world. Soft enough not to hurt when little ones are starting out with typical jerky hand movements.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2014.

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