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2007 Award
Get Real Gear
(Aeromaxtoys $49.95 Score:) We were impressed with this company’s themed jumpsuits: new for 2007, an astronaut’s white suit and an amazing helmet ($43.95 5) that comes with audio commands for a “lift off”—really for 4s and up. Past favorites: Jr. Air Force Pilot and Jr. Championship Racer. Come in sizes for kids 3–12. PLATINUM AWARD ’05. They have new gender-specific doctor outfits (not our speed). (877) 776-2291.

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

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2007 Award
Bebe Do with Moses Basket
(Corolle $70 Score:) A very special-looking present that comes with a 14" baby doll in a charming pink fabric-lined carrying basket with quilt, toy bunny, bottle, and baby book! There is an African American Bebe Do version ($49.99) but unfortunately not with the basket. (800) 668-4846.

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

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2007 Award
Corolle's Nursery
(Corolle $36 Score:) The perfect accessory for doll play. This nursery looks most like a portable crib done in pink and white. Comes with an activity arch with two dangling toys. Sure to be a pleaser, especially with a new doll inside!

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

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2007 Awards
Center Stage Puppets
(Mary Meyer $13 Score:)

Just right for lively reenactments of your favorite stories. There’s a wide assortment of animals: bear, dog, frog, horse, monkey, lion, moose, and wolf! (800) 451-4387.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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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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