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2015 Award
USA Map 100 Piece Puzzle
(The Purple Cow $10 Score:)

For kids learning their way around maps, this company has a series of attractive 100-piece puzzles that come in eye-catching globe-shaped containers. We tested the USA map and putting it together is challenging since the pieces are small. But there are lots of clues such as state names that are broken in two and the frame with flat sides. Marked for 6-99, we suspect this is a better bet for slightly older school aged kids, say 8 & up. If you like this one you will also want to consider the World Map, Solar System, and Europe.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Awards
Ambi Bath Duck
(Galt $10 Score:)

Not only does this little white and red duck float, it has a little yellow beak that clicks when it rocks on the floor or in the tub. 6 months & up.

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

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2015 Award
Creativity for Kids Bright Bead Boutique
(Creativity for Kids $14.99 Score:)

Kids can make a wardrobe of bright beaded bracelets and rings to wear or share. They get 800 flower-shaped beads in gold , aqua, purple, green, pink, yellow, white, and orange in two sizes for large and small finishes. String them together in patterns or random creations. There are three ring forms and enough elastic cord, bead threaders and glue to make eight bracelets and three rings to wear with pride. This kind of kit develops fine motor skills as well as stict-to-it skills and patience along with end products school age kids enjoy making and wearing with pride. There are enough supplies in this kit for sharing with a best friend on a play date or small sleep-over party.

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

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2015 Awards
Faber Castell Gel Sticks and Texture Art
(faber-castell $14.99 Score:)

We love these smooth, easy-to-blend gel sticks for drawing in bright intense colors. Use them for drawing or add water and the stiff brush provided to turn drawings into watercolor paintings. The kit comes with 8 gel sticks, 10 pieces of textured paper, 10 more of regular paper, and a rubbing plate for extra texture. There are stencils, glue stick, and three foam frames with hanging tabs, and double sided sticky foam for displaying finished art. An open-ended set of art materials with a new texture and style. 6 & up.

Materials that make using pencil and paper tasks fun are always welcome.These soft but brilliantly colored gel sticks will make such activities new again.Use them for exploring up and down motions and circles and blending colors. Keep it playful. The object is to use those small motor muscles and eye hand skills. Giving children paper and tools to explore is more than just fun; it's the way to build those skills without tiresome and off-putting drills.

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

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2015 Awards
Educational Insights Koala Capers Game
(Educational Insights $14.99 Score:)

Players vie to be the first to collect five different outfits to dress their koala card. They take turns rolling the dice; one has pattern the other shows pants, tops, both or underwear. Players take a card that matches their dice, but watch out. If you roll underwear you lose all your cards and have to start over. (Sort of like going down a chute in Chutes and Ladders. With young players you may need to soften this with the loss of one card instead of all. A cute game for looking at details, pattern recognition, and turn-taking.  A game for 2-4 players, 3 & up. We’d say this will be more fun for 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
Educational Insights Hoppy Floppy’s Happy Hunt
(Educational Insights $14.99 Score:)

A sweet (non-sugar) treat. Each player gets a small basket and must collect four different colored carrots to be the winner. Players take turns spinning the spinner that tells what color carrot they may take OR if they can steal a carrot from someone else's basket or if they have to start over because their basket spilled. And how do you get the carrots? That's the fun part; you must use the big blue bunny that you pinch together to lift a carrot. Beautifully packaged in an egg shaped box, this is a charming game that parents may need to play since there are so many variables. 4 players, 3-6.

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

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2015 Awards
Ambi Humpty Dumpty
(Galt $20 Score:)

Welcome back, Humpty Dumpty! Your sitting up baby will enjoy batting at this rolling toy that never goes too far. In fact, it rolls away and then comes right back, so even before baby can crawl, this is a fun toy for active play and making things happen.

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

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2015 Award
Creativity for Kids Decorate Your Own Sunnies
(Creativity for Kids $22.99 Score:)

Ready for sunny days, this summery craft kit comes with three pairs of sunglasses that have 100% UV protection-UV 400. One pair has a heart shape frame, another is oval and the most remarkable frame of all magically changes from white to dark purple in the sunlight! The kit includes stick on rhinestones, resin shapes, gem strips and glue so kids can design their own stylish look that makes every pair unique. Three colorful fabric sunglass cases make this a wining choice for 8's and up.

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

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2015 Awards
Poof My First Sports Bowling
(Alex $33 Score:)

Perfect for indoors or out, this nine-piece bowling set comes with six colorful pins that are made of padded foam. Set them up on the mat that's marked for the pins and knock them down with the realistic looking bowling ball that has finger holes like the real ones. Fun for important active play.

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

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2015 Awards
Dino Construction Company Rocko Styracosaurus Truck
(Educational Insights $16.99 Score:)

For dinohaulics, these small dino-shaped trucks are sure to find a place in the sandbox. Rocko is a dump truck that has a head that can shovel and a working backend for loading and dumping sand or whatever. This comes with a small construction figure that will fit in the cab. But be careful since it is small enough to fit in a mouth, too. In new line, there is also Snap, a velocirartor forklift and Helix, the stegosaurus cement mixer. These new trucks are considerably smaller (and less costly) than the original dinosaur trucks that our testers loved last year. You might want to have a look at Dino Construction T-Top Bulldozer and others bigger trucks in that line. ($39.99) 3 & up.

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

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