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2007 Award
Jumbo Jungle Animals
(Learning Resources $29.95 Score:) Perfect props for pretend, a set of five jungle animals—a 13" giraffe, an elephant, a lion, a tiger, and a gorilla. Handsomely finished with realistic colors. Little hands will find lots of ways to use these with and without blocks. 2 & up. Still top rated, Jumbo Farm Animals ($22.95 41?2) Seven farm animals, a horse, cow, pig, goat, sheep, goose, and rooster sized proportionately to each other. 3 & up. (800) 222-3909.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Awards
Caterpillar Race
(Edushape $12.95 Score:) Two caterpillars are racing to the finish line. The way they get there is with a roll of the dice, players move the matching piece of the caterpillar’s body forward. Okay, so there are some body integrity issues here, but it’s really fun to play and a fresh new twist on color concepts! (800) 404-4744. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
CooCoo the Rocking Clown
(Blue Orange Games $19.95 Score:)

CooCoo the Clown rocks on big green shoes as players take turns putting the “balls” on his arms and head. Watch out! Do not let them fall! There are lots of opportunities to win and lose this classic balancing game. 3 & up. Still top rated for kids working on counting skills, Zimbbos! ($19.95 41⁄2). Roll the die and stack the number of elephants shown. Can you do it without having the pyramid fall? Not exactly easy, but fun. 3–6. 


Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Award
Animal Bingo
(eeBoo $12.95 Score:)

Award-winning illustrator Kevin Hawkes designed the graphics on this simple matching game. It is more like a lotto game than bingo, with six animals on each playing board and matching animal chips that players pull from a cloth bag. A game of chance that is good for language development. Still top rated, I Never Forget A Face Memory Game ($12.95). Our almost-five-year-old tester proclaimed this the best memory and matching game ever. 3 & up. 


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

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2007 Award
Feed the Kitty
(Gamewright $11.99 Score:)

Roll the dice and try to keep your mice out of the “kitty” (a.k.a. a bowl). The arrow icon means pass one of your mice to the person on your left; roll the “bowl” icon and in goes one of your mice. Player holding the last mouse wins. Memory, visual discrimination, and turn taking make this a fast, easy game of chance. 4 & up. Still fun, Hisss, with snake parts—head, body, and tail that players “build” to collect the most snakes. 4 & up.


Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Award
eeBoo Tea Party Game
(eeBoo $15 Score:)

Our three-and-a-half-year-old tester loved the big playing pieces and the tablecloth that add to the pretend part of this simple game. Players use a spinner to collect the pieces of the tea set needed for their party. There are no skills involved in this luck-of-the-draw game.  Graphics are beautiful and the game is on target for the preschool set. Picnic Game ($15 ) uses the same idea with a few ants thrown into the mix! Both are winners! 3 & up. 

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Awards
LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Set
(LeapFrog $24.99 Score:)

For the 21st-century child, magnetic letters that talk! Put the "magnetic phonics reader" onto the fridge and it will play one capital letter at a time. The toy will say and sing each letters name and sing the sound they say. Letters are raised to give kids the feel for their shapes. Use these for letter name and sound recognition.  Look for the Fridge Words Magnetic Word Builder version for simple three letter word games. This is labeled 2 & up, but is more appropriate for preschoolers and early school kids. We're heard that the toy will scratch stainless steel fridge doors...so find another home for this if that is what you have. 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: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Award
eeBoo Rhyming Words
(eeBoo $14 Score:)

Twenty-five puzzle sets of rhyming pairs such as cake and rake, house and mouse. Each pair is color coded and illustrations are easily recognizable objects to know and name. Rhyming games are useful for prereaders. 4 & up. Still top rated, Baby Animals ($14 4), pairs of mother and baby animals. We recommend starting out with five pairs at a time rather than the whole set. 3 & up. (212) 222-0823.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Award
ESPN Grow to Pro Baseball
(Fisher-Price $29.99 Score:) Our baseball players-in-training can work on their swing with the new for 2007, ESPN Grow to Pro Baseball. Starts as T-ball, converts to pop-up pitch, and converts again to pitch three balls up to 10 feet away. (800) 432-5437.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Awards
100 Hoops
(LeapFrog $29.99 Score:) Hang this electronic counting hoop on a doorknob, drawer, or chair. Set the counter to count by ones. For older kids, set it to count by 2s, 5s, 10s, or backwards and they are ready to start shooting baskets. Kids can set a goal and the payoff comes with special music. Counts in English or Spanish and, even better, it also has a volume control. 3 & up, up, up. (800) 701-5327.

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

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