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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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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
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
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 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 Awards
Superstructs Big Builder
(Waba Fun $35.95 Score:) Looks a lot like your old Tinkertoys, but brighter. Made of bright-colored plastic rods and connectors, this is an open-ended building set. Comes with directions for making many kinds of vehicles, but allows for kids’ original creations, as well. The Big Builder set has 126 pieces; or consider the 230-piece set. (303) 926-0848.

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

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2007 Awards
Magneatos Intermediate
(Guidecraft $15 Score:) This year we heard tragic news about toddlers who swallowed the small round magnets from sets designed for older children. If you have mixed aged children, this kind of toy will need super supervision! The good news is that there are larger rod and magnet sets designed for younger kids who still mouth their toys. Last year’s Jumbo Magneatos (Guidecraft $30 & up 5) are still a great choice for younger children because they are oversized primary-colored plastic rods and balls, safe and easy to manipulate. Comes in 36 ($30), 72 ($50), or 144 pieces ($100). 2 & up. PLATINUM AWARD ’06. New for 2007, Magneatos Intermediate PLATINUM AWARD (Guidecraft $15–$100 5). Smaller in scale than the jumbo set, these colorful magnetic rods and balls can be mixed with the Jumbos and are the right size for kids from 4–7. They are big and chunky compared to sets for older kids, but the short rods do fit in a choke tube and are not appropriate for kids who still mouth their toys. An open-ended building toy that develops dexterity and problem solving skills. 4–7. (800) 524-3555. Also worth a look, Magtastik (Mega Bloks $29.99 4)—oversized magnetic balls and rods that are less pricey than Jumbo Magneatos, but set includes some smaller pieces that fit in a choke tube. Not for kids under 3 or those who still mouth their toys. (800) 524-3555.

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

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2007 Award
Airport Action
(Lego Systems, Inc. $49.99 Score:) One of the most satisfying Duplo sets of the year (no matter how old you are). Your preschooler will need a lot of help putting this set together but he will love playing with it! Comes with a plane, airport with tower, and ground crew! Still top rated, last year’s PLATINUM AWARD-winning Fire Station ($29.99 5), which can be built as a tower or horizontally. Past winners include: The Big Farm Set, Bob the Builder, and Dora the Explorer sets. We also highly recommend a big bucket ($19.95) for open-ended creations. 3 & up. (800) 233-8756.

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

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2007 Award
Kid K'nex Wild Ones
(KNEX $9.99 Score:) These up-sized K’nex look related to your old Tinkertoys—our testers especially like the “crimpy pieces.” Fitting the pieces together can be challenging and requires finger strength as well as visual discrimination. Comes in a fun “wild one” carry case. Marked 3 & up, but we’d say more like 4 & up. (800) 543-5639.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Mega T-Rex
(Fisher-Price $30 Score:) Two colorful articulated dinosaurs with eyes that light up, tails that move, necks that turn, and mouths that open, came roaring into the office as we went to press. To many a young dino lover, T-Rex will be a dream come true; for others, a true nightmare. 4 & up. (800) 432-5437.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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