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Age: Preschoolers
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2015 Awards
eeBoo Pin the Tail on the Donkey
(eeBoo $12 Score:)

We've told you about this party set before. Now it's been re-done in a smaller and easier to store package that will take up less room. It still has the same cloth blindfold, 32 removable stickers, and a charming donkey with baskets of flowers and happily  printed on a sturdy reusable poster with two sets of self-adhesive tails—no tacks needed!  A good party prop for several years of play. 

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

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Awards
eeBoo Children of the World Lacing Cards
(eeBoo $4.95 Score:)

Kids dive right into lacing activities without knowing they’re a great way to develop the fine-motor skills they’ll need for writing. While stringing beads, they can also sort by color and make patterns, learning to see likenesses and differences. Our favorites: Children of the World and Fairies of the Field (eeBoo $14.95 each ) Beautifully illustrated sturdy cards that kids will love to work on. 4 & up.  Lacing & Tracing Tools (Lauri $6.99 ) is made of sturdy chipboard punched with holes that kids "sew" with colorful laces. Also recommended, Lace & Link Numbers ($14.99 ),  crepe 4" rubber numerals that reinforce shapes in a tactile way. 4 & up. 

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

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2006 Award
LeapFrog Leapster L MAX
(LeapFrog $79.99 Score:)

We told you about the Leapster way back in 2006. It's still a great travel toy, plus a simple cable connection that will put Leapster games on your TV screen, so it can be used either way. Now it's a good take-along that can also be plugged in at Grandma's. Without the usual frenetic pace, these games respond to your child and are more than zap and blast games. If you have been looking for a hand held game machine that's more appropriate than Gameboy for the youngest player look no further. Billed as a learning machine it’s a lot more playful than most. The games and skills are well targeted to older preschoolers and early school age kids. It has a larger screen and games that can be played at three levels of difficulty. There are math, phonics, reading and spelling games and an art program that takes some help to learn how to use. We really liked the Letters on the Loose cartridge but we'd skip the Batman cartridge (too scary looking for the age group). The Spiderman cartridge is recommended and has a softer edge to it than Batman. This is a little heavy for hand held operation, but not too big for a lap or table top. The stylus is easy to use and the screen responds well. Software cartridges are available for pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st Grade. 4-8. Among our favorite games, Letterpillar, and Cosmic Math with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. 4–8. PLATINUM AWARD ’06. (800) 701-5327. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2006. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2004 Award
eeBoo Color Dominoes
(eeBoo $12.95 Score:)

Handsomely designed sturdy cardboard set of dominoes that focuses on colors and matching shapes (stars, moon, train, heart, blueberries)  rather than traditional numbers or dots.

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Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2004.

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2005 Award
Cookin Cookies
(Fundex $9.99 Score:) One of a series of fun games that come in their own small metal "lunch-box." Players get recipe cards and use their suction-cupped spoons to be the first to pick up all the ingredients. But don't pick up a rotten egg or you have to start from scratch! Also fun, Wormy Apples, a color game, and Storybook, a language memory game. (800) 486-9787.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Awards
Letter Factory Game
(LeapFrog $24.99 Score:) The first level of play is really a color-matching game. Once you pick the color card the electronic voice asks for, it then identifies the letter on the card. The electronic voice then asks you to move your game piece a certain number of spaces. Once you move along, it magically tells you what color space you're on. (We're grown ups and this got us every time.) Level 2 asks kids to find specific letters. There is a little "Chutes and Ladders"-style going backwards build in to the game play. Marked 3 & up, we'd say more like a great choice for the 4-7 crowd. (800) 701-5327.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
eeBoo I Never Forget A Face Memory Game
(eeBoo $12.95 Score:) Our almost-five-year-old tester proclaimed this the best memory and matching game ever (after resoundingly beating his grandma in several rounds). Features illustrated faces of kids from around the world. A classic concentration game for a new generation. 3 & up. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
IQ Preschool Around the Blocks
(Small World Toys $25 Score:) A high-quality set of 26 blocks with upper and lowercase letters, plus images to match the letters. All store in a big cloth bag. SNAP Activity: Use these blocks for playing sound games. Put blocks with three distinctive sounds in sight. Ask child to find the block that has the same sound as the word you say. (800) 421-4153.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Awards
Story Reader
(Publications International $19.99 Score:) We were happy to find that we could hear and read along with a set of Beatrix Potter’s classics: The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, and Tom Kitten. The original art has been used, as well as the language. This platform is less complex than some other electronic book readers on the market. Simply plug in the cartridge and no touching or stylus is needed. The “reader” turns the pages and follows along. Other books in the series are licensed properties such as Dora, Scooby Doo and Bambi. We hope they will consider using more true storybooks with the artistic and literary merit of Peter Rabbit. (800) 454-9006. SNAP:New for 2006: The only new additions to this collection are more licensed characters—Sponge Bob, My Little Pony and more Dora. We preferred last year's set of Beatrix Potter’s classics: The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, and Tom Kitten. The original art has been used, as well as the language. This platform is less complex than other electronic book readers on the market. Simply plug in the cartridge, and no touching or stylus is needed. The “reader” turns the pages and follows along. Other books for the series are more licensed properties such as Dora, Scooby Doo, and Bambi. Still recommended, 2004 SNAP AWARD winner, Active Pad ($24.95 ). This looks a lot like so many talking book platforms. Touch the pictures with a stylus and it says the name of the object. It’s a knowing-and-naming book with lots of familiar objects to talk about. Look for the shape and counting book version of this, too. (800) 454-9006.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Awards
Peg-gy Back Game
(Lauri $14.99 Score:) It’s often hard to find a true beginners game that is not too complex for preschoolers. This simple color cube game involves moving pegs on the pegboard forward to the color thrown. If you land on the same space as your opponent, you get a Peggy back ride! Nothing hard here. The graphics are not great, but the game is a good place to start with one concept instead of three. 3 & up. (800) 451-0520.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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