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2007 Award
Scrabble Premier Edition
(Restoration Hardware $149 Score:) If Scrabble is a family favorite, you may want to bring home this deluxe set that comes in a handsome mahogany-finished case with storage below the board and a lazy-Susan platform for easy viewing. The board is approximately 17" x 16" wide and comes with a timer, rulebook, scoreboard and pencil. We'd also recommend the Scrabble Electronic Dictionary ($55) for those heated word challenges!

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel
(Microsoft $149.99 Score:) Our testers were really thrilled with the force feedback and rumble motor sensation while using this racing wheel. Parent testers also gave high marks to the "wireless" aspect --"less wires for us to trip on!" (There are wires from the steering wheel to the footpedal, but none to the platform). Comes with Project Gotham Racing 3 and a table mount so that you can secure the wheel to your desk. What we really liked about the xbox experience is that kids can interact with friends and family members by racing them via the internet.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2008 Award
Spunky Key Wind Motion Musical
(Gund $24.95 Score:)

Spunky is an adorable puppy (available in tan, blue or pink). When you turn the plastic wind up key, Spunky begins to play Rock a Bye Baby--and Spunky moves his head slowly along with the music. An old fashion toy that is still just right as a first musical toy. The musical sounds like a music box-- a refreshing departure from the more commonplace electronic music that has taken over most baby toys.

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

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2007 Award
Emperor Penguin Chicks
(Wildlife Artists Inc. $20 Score:) Choose either the handsome 21" traditional plush Emperor Chick($40) that looks half grown or the 13” Emperor Penguin Chick ($20) that has downy like plush with a recently hatch look. Either are an adorable armful and a welcome huggable for the very current penguin craze.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
eeBoo Classic Bingo
(eeBoo $14.95 Score:)

Each player collects matching transportation, animals, clothing, colors, or nature cards as they are drawn from the bag. Winner is first to cover all eight pictures on his playing board. Cards are printed with words, so sight vocabulary is being built for beginning readers, although no reading is needed. A good game for building vocabulary and turn taking. Also, of interest for those learning Spanish or French($14.95 each) the same game with vocabulary in those languages.

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: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Award
eeBoo Paper Doll Game
(eeBoo $14.95 Score:) Our testers really loved this game. Four cardboard adorable multicultural paper dolls, created by illustrator, Lizzy Rockwell, come ready to be dressed. Hit the spinner and players take turns pulling shoes, hats, tops, bottoms, and other parts to make a complete outfit. Winner is first to dress her 10 ¾” doll. For 2-5 players. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Seek and Find Let's Go to the City!
(Cranium $9.99 Score:) First players put together the 24 piece puzzle. Then they draw illustrated cards that show them the objects they must find and circle with a dry marker that wipes off. The illustrations are pleasingly busy (somewhere in between a Where's Waldo and a Richard Scarry's illustration). Each puzzle comes with 15 beginner cards and 15 more advanced cards so the game can be played by mixed aged groups. They say 3 & up, we’d say more like 4 and up to start. Also in this line and recommended, Seek and Find Take Me to the Carnival!

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
FurReal Friends Newborn Piglet and Lamb
(Hasbro $12.99 Score:) Two plush barnyard animals, a piglet and a lamb, that oink and baa and wiggle their heads and bodies when stroked. They come with a small feeding bottle, as well. These are novelty items, but fun little 9” critters for a fistful of fun. They would also be enjoyed on an office desk too (we speak from personal experience). 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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Lamaze Balancing Bug Stacker
(Learning Curve International $14.95 Score:) Five chunky bugs and a snail can be stacked one on top of another or explored one at a time. Our 8 month old tester thought they were best for teething and tossing. Each has eyes, colorful patterns and chewable wings, legs, or feelers. With magnets safely enclosed in the body of each, these are safe for mouthing and fun for little hands to explore. Add a box or bowl and they will be fun for filling and spilling. Marked 6 months & up, but will be enjoyed most when your baby is able to grasp and release--usually comes a little further down the road. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Infants,Toddlers. Award Year: 2007.

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2008 Award
Lamaze Chime Garden
(Learning Curve International $24.99 Score:) Our eight-month old tester enjoyed tapping the flowers on this colorful floor toy. Talk about making things happen, his touch set off a not-too-loud chime and a light, as well. This is scaled just right for the sitting up baby. Flick a switch and instead of single sounds each flower will play a familiar song. An attractive musical toy that gives baby a sense of empowerment and a beginning grasp of cause and effect. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. A sample of this toy was tested in an independent lab and determined to be lead free.

Age: Infants,Toddlers. Award Year: 2008.

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