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2014 Award
Neat Oh Hot Wheels Racing Battle Case
(Neat-Oh $24.99 Score:)

We love the design of this all plastic hard case that can hold up to twenty Hot Wheels cars. It comes with an ramp that extends so that you can send four cars at a time racing down from the top of the case. It does not come with any cars.

Neat Oh  makes a wide variety of soft cases/bins for Hot Wheels. In the soft cases, our testers loved the Hot Wheels Zip Bin with enough storage for one hundred cars. This one comes with one car. If you're looking for something more on the go, take a look at their new 45 Car Crash Racer Backpack ($19.99). It opens up with a race track design inside. Comes with one car.

 

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Neat Oh Hot Wheels Wheelie 100 Car Case
(Neat-Oh $22.99 Score:)

If you have a Hot Wheels fan in your house, this will be a sure-fire hit. The case in the shape of a wheel comes with one car and room for 99 others. What makes it even better when you completely unzip the container you can create a race track for two cars in between the larger "wheel" sections. Fun! If you're looking for an even bigger storage/play solution, look at their 300 Car Storage Cube ($24.99). We like that you keep up two of the walls to give you a play setting or unzip the case entirely for a larger flat surface.  The inside is printed with roadways and a place to gas up. The soft cube comes with a lid and two soft handles for easy moving about.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
My Girl's Dollhouse
(Good Toy $399 Score:)

A wow-wee (pricey) over-the-top 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide dollhouse that's big enough to use with American Girl and other 18" dolls. Our testers couldn't get over how enormous this pretend setting is when fully constructed.  Our parent testers thought this 100% pine wood frame went together well. The front of the house has a design --but here's the deal.  SAFETY NOTE: You have to use the SAFETY STRAP included to prevent this oversized structure from tipping over. So the design on the front isn't something you're going to see once you've put it together and secured to the wall. Of course this means that this is also a dollhouse for playrooms with lots of space. The product is marked for kids 8 & up, but we know it will be purchased for kids much younger - and even tall 8 year olds will need a stool to reach the top. So the safety strap is essential.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2014 Award
Life On Earth Simple Bingo
(eeBoo $14.95 Score:)

A new take on the classic Bingo game with beautiful illustrations from Melissa Sweet. Comes with six game cards, 36 game pieces and a cotton drawstring bag. The pieces feature a wide-range of things you find in nature: cardinals, butterflies, a pine tree, cactus, flowers...you get the idea.  Also new and noteworthy, Parlor Bingo.  It comes with old-fashioned numbered cards and a master sheet.  The "markers" come in a cotton drawstring bag.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Award
eeBoo 20 Piece Puzzles
(eeBoo $12.95 Score:)

So delighted with eeBoo's new collection of 20 piece puzzles. Each comes in a little box with a lovely rope handle. The oversized and thankfully sturdy pieces make for a pleasing 11" x 15" puzzle. Themes include: Bear on Bicycle, Life on Earth and Up and Away. This entire line features beautiful storybook illustrations from Melissa Sweet and Stephanie Graegin. Very special!  If you're shopping for older children, be sure to look at there 42 and 64 piece puzzles.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Award
eeBoo 64 piece puzzles
(eeBoo $14.95 Score:)

Four stunning new 64 piece puzzles to chose from in this new collection that features the glorious storybook-like illustrations of Melissa Sweet and Kevin Hawkes. The sturdy pieces make a satisfying 15" x 15" puzzle. Themes: Lots of Robots, Fairies By the Pond, Castle, and Birthday Tree. eeBoo's new collection also includes 20 and 42 piece puzzles.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Award
eeBoo 42 Piece Puzzles
(eeBoo $14.95 Score:)

Four beautiful new 42 piece puzzles to chose from in this new collection that features the glorious storybook-like illustrations of Melissa Sweet and Kevin Hawkes. The big chucky, sturdy pieces make a satisfying 11" x 15" puzzle. Themes: Mystery in the Forest, Party on the Lake, Boat Ride and Fire Truck. Perfect birthday presents. eeBoo's new collection also includes 20 and 64 piece puzzles.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2013 Award
Back 2 Back
(Smart Games $14.99 Score:)

Our testers loved the challenge of this grid puzzle where you are working both sides of the vertical board. You have to completely fill both sides of the board with the 11 colored pieces. There are 60 challenges included. Each of the pieces have different configurations which makes it all that more difficult. The game is small and compact enough to take along as a "real life" game.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Bunnies by the Bay Big Friend Skipit
(Bunnies By the Bay $32 Score:)

Skipit is a completely huggable dog done in soft short cream with licks of cocoa around his face, his paws and down his back. Deliciously cozy. A portion of the proceeds from this line goes to charities that support orphans and abandoned children around the world.  When we first received him, he shed some of his hair so we would not recommend him for a child under 3. 

 

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Corolle Les Classiques Nursery High Chair
(Corolle $44.99 Score:)

A white and pink highchair that comes with not only a cushion for your doll but with the option to convert the highchair into a table and chair. Dolls 12" to 17" will fit comfortably in this chair that provides an added prop for pretend play. 

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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