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Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Games

 


2009 Award
Pengoloo
(Blue Orange Games $29.95 Score:)

This is a concentration game played with a group of wooden penguins that you line up with colored eggs hidden inside. Players take turns lifting two penguins and trying to make a match with the colored dice they throw. Object is to collect six penguins on your iceberg. It’s not easy! 2-4 players. Game time is 10-15 minutes. 4 & up.

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Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Awards
eeBoo Animal Memory Game
(eeBoo $14.95 Score:)

Illustrator Brandon Reese designed these charming animal cards on big cracker-like playing pieces. Knowing and naming the animal pairs helps build language skills and turning the matching pairs over requires visual memory.

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SNAP IDEAS: Use these to talk about sounds the animals make, colors, or if they have feathers or fur; walk on two feet or four, live on water or land. You don't need to turn it into a quiz, but rather to expand on what they know about these familiar creatures. These and a companion Number game are easier to pick up since they are thick and have good edges for picking up. 

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Award
eeBoo Mystery in the Forest Matching Game
(eeBoo $14.95 Score:)

This takes concentration card games to a new level. Artist Melissa Sweet has created a set of matching cards with the potential for storytelling on each little card. Use them for a matching/concentration game and then use them for telling stories. Take turns adding to a story based on the card you select. Make this a cooperative venture by putting the cards out in an original sequence as you spin the story together.  3-6.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
eeBoo Tell Me Story Cards
(eeBoo $10.95 Score:)

Use these large cards for playing a story telling game.  These can be used solo, but for starters players can use threes cooperatively to tell a story as suggested by the images on the cards. This kind of game promotes language development, vocabulary, and the ability to make up a story from the liely pictures. There are several other sets of 36 cards with different themes. Newest of the cards ar the Tell Me A Story Animal Village Cards illustrated by Stephanie Graegin. They feature a cast of furry friends romping in their mini village. We also like Lizzy Rockwell's Fairytale Mix-ups with familiar storybook characters such as the Gingerbread Boy, Tinkerbell, and a Wicked Witch among others. For Circus fans, look at Brandon Reese's Circus Animal Adventures, Melissa Sweet's Mystery in the Forest cards are full of action and for the sci-fi minded, look for Saxton Freymann's Little Robot's Mission. 4-8. Also, marvelous, eeBoo's Write Me a Story Pads, as pictured (eeBoo $11.95 each 4.5) The same artists have used the images on the cards to make stick-on seals that can be put on the top of the lined paper. Parents can take dictation of a child's story or older kids can use the stickers and blank pages to write their own tales. Getting kids to tell a story is the first step in getting them to read a story.     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: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Award
eeBoo I Never Forget a Face Travel Matching Game
(eeBoo $9.95 Score:)

A perfect stocking stuffer or take along on a trip card set. Lizzy Rockwell’s delightful multicultural faces are printed on small cards that can be matched for solo play or in a concentration style game. Also cute, a set of small “Once Upon a Time” cards with Humpty Dumpty, Red Riding Hood and others. For young nature lovers also consider the matching game of “Life on Earth” with kangaroos, peacocks, lemur, and many more plants and animals. For younger players, there is a new travel set of Color Dominoes. Saxton Freymann used bold graphics of stars, hearts, blueberries and a sleepy lamb to make these colorful dominoes a delight to handle. Again, kids are matching familiar shapes and learning to recognize them outside the nursery.

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Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2009 Awards
Poingo Set
(Publications International $34.95 Score:)

Although the oversized books are all based on licensed characters, this is an entertaining electronic book collection with a sensor that is chunky and easy for beginners to grasp. The two books that come with the set are based on Finding Nemo and The World of Cars. Touch the big sensor to the text and it reads the page or touch the images on the page and it gives you bits of info, sound effects or things to find. Unlike Leap Frog's TAG, this does not include a library of real books by gifted writers and illustrators. It also does offer the option of hearing the words read out loud with the sensor's guidance one word at a time. That means it is not establishing the understanding of how books work from left to right and word to word. If this option and some real books were added to the mix this would also be a Platiunm winner. That said, this is a pretty good choice with more complex text that slightly older kids might find inviting. We think the 3 & up age label is not correct. This is more like a good choice for 5-8.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab. SNAP: The easy to operate sensor can be fitted with Velcro and placed in a mitt with Velcro so that it can be grasped with greater ease. The subject matter in these two books may appeal to older kids and still give them the independence of "reading" alone!

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Curious George Discovery Beach Game
(I Can Do That Games $16.99 Score:)

This is a memory game with a new format. Small objects are buried in “sand” under the playing board. Shake the box and they move around some. Puzzle like pieces cover over the “windows” to the beach. Players draw a card and put it face up for everyone to see. Spin the spinner and lift the puzzle cover and see if you can find the treasures on the cards. If you spin a “wave” you get to shake the box and move the treasures. Object is to collect the largest number of cards. A fun way to build matching skills, color concepts, as well as memory. 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, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
I Spy Flip 5 Game
(Briarpatch $12.95 Score:)

Here's a quick matching game that is a step above the usual kind of one-for-one identical matching kids do with Lotto games. On the playing chips there are images of two horses, but one is may be a silhouette and others maybe yellowish or white with black markings. Matching has to do with the basic attribute of finding two horses. Game play goes on for five rounds. First to win the most matches in five games is the winner. Other versions of play are included for younger players. Also interesting, but even more challenging, Dino Flip 5 ($12.95 4.5) Sure to make a hit with dino-haulics who will know the names of the various dinosaurs pictured on the playing pieces. Making the pairs is more challenging since the shapes of some are similar and the proof is in noticing the details. That said, this is a fun game with a touch of science added to the mix. They say 4 & up, we'd say 5-8 is more like it. These are good games for developing an eye for detail, a skill needed for noticing the differences between words that look alike - as in through and thought or sight and slight. 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: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Big Trucks and Diggers Matching Game
(Chronicle $14.95 Score:)

A classic concentration matching game with cards that feature all sorts of diggers, grapplers, shovels, excavators and other big construction trucks. This is a companion game to a book by the same name. Comes in a sturdy magnetized storage box. Develops memory and matching skills. Bring the book home as another way to satisfy preschooler's interest in things that go.. Sure to please the truck lover in your midst. 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, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009.

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2009 Award
eeBoo Life on Earth Lacing Cards
(eeBoo $15 Score:)

Five colorful cards with bright laces that children can “sew” around the big and baby bear, peacock, fish in coral, turtle, and elephant and baby. This kind of toy is ideal for honing fine motor skills needed for writing without the drill of shaping letters. Learning to use the small muscles in fingers to accomplish this task takes staying power and patience. This looks simpler than it is and is best used with school aged kids 5 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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