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Age: Preschoolers

 

 
2015 Awards
Kaloo Petite Rose Musical Doll
(kalll $35 Score:)

A huggable 10" musical bunny with pink body and dress and purple leggings. None of the clothes come off and the features are stitched. Best of all, with a pull of the tail the music box inside plays a Russian folk tune. With no hard key to wind this is a safe huggable for babies and toddlers.

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

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2015 Awards
Diggin Kitchen
(Diggin $45.99 Score:)

A compact kitchen with stove top burners, an oven door that opens, storage for the wooden accessories, the spoons, spatula, knife, fork plate pizza, egg and donít forget the pepper shaker(might be salt, you know.) All made of eco-friendly bamboo and trims in pink and blue. When play time is over it all packs away in a storage box with easy to tot handle. 3 & up.

SNAP: A good choice for tabletop pretend play that will fit on a wheelchair table or accessible surface.

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

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2015 Awards
Diggin Tool Kit
(Diggin $49.99 Score:)

An eco-friendly bamboo wood playset with tot size tools are perfect for pretend building. The kit includes a mini-workbench with hammer, screwdriver, wrench, screws, nuts, bolts and wooden building pieces. This is a pricey minit tool set, but it will go the distance and even allows for some building.  When the fun's done, put all the pieces into the box and it stores away or take it along for repairs at Gramma's house. It has a handle for serious builders who have work to do away from home. Ages 3+.

SNAP A good choice for table top pretend. This sturdy set allows kids with limited mobility a mini setting for pretend play. 3 and up

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

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2015 Award
Primary Science Big View Telescope
(Learning Resources $20 Score:)

Designed for very young, who are not ready for a powerful look at the stars, but will like seeing more of the world close-up. Of course, beginners have trouble using just one eye, so they may need some coaching to cover one eye and peek through the soft rubber eye-piece. There is a big focus knob that will change their view and a tripod that will hold the telescope steady when you find just the right spot to place the 20X green and blue telescope. They say 3 and up, we'd say more like 5.

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

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2015 Award
Wonder Forge Mix Up! Fix Up! Game
(Wonder Forge $14.95 Score:)

Preschooler's favorite doctor, Doc McStuffins, has a new mystery game for them to play. Each player takes a turn at being the Doc and has to answer the questions others ask to find the instrument that will cure the patient. Itís a little like battleship for little kids with players guessing and covering up the wrong answers on the playing board. So, by deduction you get to the right answer and win a bandage. This is definitely a game played with a parent and one or more children. Marked 3 & up, but probably a better bet for older 4's and 5's.

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

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2015 Award
Pete the Cat Doll
(Merry Maker $15.99 Score:)

Fans of the popular books staring Pete the Cat will love this 14.5 inch huggable in his red and blue sneakers. Finished in a soft felt like fabric with stitched on features and a long wiggly tail, this has no clothes that come on or off. His backside is weighted so he can sit. All ages.

 

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

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2015 Award
Educational Insights Frankie's Food Truck Fiasco Game
(Educational Insights $21.99 Score:)

Players use Frankie's squeezer to pick up the shape food that matches the shape they spin on their turn. The object is to fill your card with a five course meal in each of the shapes. A fun game for kids who are learning their shapes and taking turns. The plastic squeezer is fun to use and is a lot like the bunny shaped one for Hoppy Floppy's Happy Hunt Game. For 2-4 players 4 & up.

 

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

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2015 Award
Educational Insights Magic Moves Rainbow Jam
(Educational Insights $21.99 Score:)

A totally innovative musical instrument that reinforces color concepts as well as pre-reading skills. Shaped like a hand held microphone, the tip of the Rainbow Jam is pressed down to activate sounds. Players follow the color coded music from left to right to play Wheels on the Bus, Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Twinkle Twinkle, and Mary Had a Little Lamb or go online to down load more music sheets that will need to be colored in with markers (that might be the best bit of fun!). In an alternate mode, players can pick one color and the Rainbow Jam will play a color song that sings as the featured color blinks on top of the toy. This is marked for 3 and up, but we suspect this will be a bigger hit with slightly older kids who can follow the sequence, color in more music, and even love making their own tune. 3-6

 

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

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2015 Award
Educational Insights Design & Drill Flower Power Studio
(Educational Insights $32.99 Score:)

What every girl needs! A power drill that has two bits and 60 colorful bolts to screw in and out of the flower shaped platform. Cleverly designed, the platform doubles as a carrying case to store the drill, design pieces, and bolts. Great for developing eye-hand coordination, making and seeing patterns, color concepts, counting and pretend fun. The drill requires 3 AA batteries that are not included. Most drill toys of this kind are gender specific for boys, so this is something of a breakthrough. The company also makes a hand operated bolt set for girls that is not powered by batteries called Dazzling Creations, that demands more action in the hands. The bolts get fitted into a crown, a ball gown, a castle and a horses head, pretty stereotyped choices, but probably fun for some girls, but we prefer the open-ended appeal of the Flower Power Studio. For both boys and girls be sure to look at this company's Bright Works version with power drill and light-up platform. Marked 3 & up, but may be better for upper ranges of preschool.

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

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2015 Award
Geosafari Jr. Sneak and Peek Periscope
(Educational Insights $19.95 Score:)

Peek around corners, from behind rocks or trees; this 14" periscope is good fun for pretend play and young scientists who want to watch creatures without being seen. It has a wide viewer so kids can use both eyes. The two easy to grasp handles are designed for small hands. One has a switch so kids can use the LED light for nighttime explorations.  Takes 2 AAA batteries, not included. Though it's marked 4 and up, we think early school years kids will like this best. 

 

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

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