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2015 Award
Hape Path Finder
(HaPe $14.99 Score:)

A fun game for fours and fives to develop their math power and visual perception while they are having fun with colors, and turn taking. Dole out the playing pieces, roll the color die and place the right color and size in the maze; but watch out! If your playing piece won’t fit, the other player can try. The object is to be the first to get to the end of the maze. 4 & up.

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 Take 10 Color Bug Catchers
(Learning Resources $14.98 Score:)

Roll the color and number dice and pick up the number of bugs in the right color as the dice say. Players use the special grabbers to pick up their bugs. The player with the most bugs wins. A good choice for reinforcing counting and colors along with fine motor skills. Quick fun for beginners who are learning about turn taking and winning and losing. They will also like using the bugs for color sorting, counting and their own games. Try using them for learning about patterns: put down a line of bugs in a simple pattern such as purple, yellow, purple, yellow, purple...what will come next. Once they get the idea, make the patterns more complex. Yellow, yellow, blue, yellow, yellow, blue...what will come next? Showing them new and creative ways to use toys will inspire them to create their own original games. 3 & up

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

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2015 Awards
Hape Knob Puzzles
(HaPe $14 Score:)

With easy-to-grab wooden knobs and there are lots of familiar animal puzzles  from Hape that feature zoo and farm animals. These are great choices for beginning puzzlers. Bright graphics and smooth pieces make this a good choice for older 2's and 3's. Challenges their visual skills as well as dexterity and the ability to turn the objects to fit into the wooden board. Also a good choice, for older 3's and 4's, the Geometric Shapes Knob Puzzle, with 11 colorful shapes; circle, square, rectangle, triangle, oval, diamond, and more. 

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

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2015 Awards
Learning Resources Gears Build & Bloom Building Set
(Learning Resources $39.99 Score:)

Gears, Gears, Gears have always been a favorite of our testers. This new set, is clearly designed to appeal to girls with flowers and butterflies and bugs added to the basic gears. Done in bright pinks, greens, blues and oranges, the green base serves as the garden where the gears, bugs and butterflies can spin. A 116 piece set of gears comes with colorful stickers. An early science toy that invites kids to build basic machines by meshing the gears into continuous action. Problem solving and dexterity are built into the fun. 4 & up

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

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2015 Awards
Calico Critters Chocolate Labrador Family
(International Playthings $24.99 Score:)

Newest of the posable families this year, four Chocolate Labrador Pooches; a Mama, Papa and brother and sister. Also cute, a family of four Cuddle Bears. These critters are pricey but good for dollhouse as well as their own settings. Look for the new Calico Critters Van, new for this holiday season. It's big enought to hold a family of seven! 3 & up.

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

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2015 Award
Hape Dynamo Dominoes
(Hape $39.99 Score:)

There is no one right way to build with the 100 colorful dominioes. Stand them on end and place the bridges, bells, rails and other tricks in their path. Give on a tap and watch the whole parade go tumbling down. An open-ended toy that probably will need parent-child building for starters. Predicting outcomes calls for some strategies that will come with experience. Develops problem solving skills as well as dexterity; most of all a fun kind of building designed to fall down! Marked 3 and up, but using it for this kind of building will be more like a late 4-5 year old trick.

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

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2015 Awards
Hape Color Croquet
(Hape $34.99 Score:)

Two smooth wooden mallets, a blue and red ball, and four sleek hoops for playing a junior version of a classic game. A great way to learn about turn taking, developing motor skills, and simple counting. Use this indoors on a rainy day or outdoors. Active fun for beginning game players. 3 & up

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

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2015 Award
Tomy Monster Treads Lightning Wheels
(TOMY $39.95 Score:)

These scale replicas of John Deere farm vehicles are free rolling with the added attraction of wheels that light up when they roll. They have an on/off switch to conserve the 3 AAA batteries; but the light-night wheels are exactly what makes these Monster Treads stand out. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Awards
Janod Story 4 Cars Transporter Lorry
(Janod $39.99 Score:)

On their way to the Gran Prix this handsome lorry carries four numbered racing cars ready for action. The trailer holds two cars on each level and t has a lever that releases the cars on the upper level onto a ramp at the back. The Trailer detaches from the truck and it is all kid powered. No lights or sounds but plenty of action that kids will provide. A great gift for older toddlers and young preschoolers to use as is or with their blocks. Beautifully finished with lots of color and trims. 2-5

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

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2015 Awards
Curious Chef Boy's Chef Kit
(Curious Chef $25 Score:)

Getting boys involved in the kitchen just got a little easier with this chef's kit. They made the apron and tools less girlie by making them mostly blue, but girls as well as boys will like this set. You probably have most of these tools in your kitchen already, but having your own set of tools just makes it that much more fun. For good math, reading and creativity, few activities are more rewarding. Add to that the fun of sharing food you've made with family and friends. This kit with a blue and green chef's apron includes a real kitchen tools: a wire whisk, spoon, a silicon spatula, measuring spoons and a cookie cutter. Dishwasher safe. Bring home a cook book for kids or go online and pick out a recipe for something simple but fun to share. Cooking is science, math, reading and a whole lot of fun for parent and child together time. 4-8.

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

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