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2005 Award
Corolle Emma Drink and Wet Doll
(Corolle $64.99 Score:)

We had a lot of inquiries this year about the best drink-and-wet doll. There are many choices! The prettiest of the bunch are from Corolle. Select either Emma or Paul, both anatomically correct 14" dolls with all-vinyl tubbable bodies. Comes with potty, bottle, and diaper for pretend play. 

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2005 Award
Bebe Do, My Real Baby
(Corolle $50 Score:) Bébé Do, My Real Baby is a sweet vinyl-faced doll with a fabric body that comes in two ethnic skin tones. Still top rated, Les Minis Calins BLUE CHIP ($16 & up), sweet 8" soft-bodied dolls that also come in Asian and African American versions. (800) 668-4846.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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Love Me Chou Chou
(Zapf Creation $49.99 Score:) Love Me Chou Chou score 3 (Zapf Creation $49.99) Love Me Chou Chou babbles, cries, says mama, and moves her feet, but she was disappointing to our testers who thought she was "too heavy... she had a seam on her head—looked like she had brain surgery... and you had to put a pacifier in to make her stop crying." We still highly recommend this company’s multi-ethnic and silent Baby Cakes Birthday line. Each 19" doll comes with eyes that open and close and are dressed in a beautiful knitted seater and cap. A scrumptious armful. Also pleasing, My First Baby Annabell ($19.99), a sweet and very affordable 14" bald baby doll in a terry cloth romper.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: .

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2005 Award
Topsy Turvy Dolls
(North American Bear Co. $25 Score:)

These very old-fashioned fabric dolls retain their charm. Cinderella in rags flips into her ball gown. Also special: Little Red Riding Hood; Dorothy flips to Toto on the Yellow Brick Road; and Snow White flips into the evil Stepmother.New for 2006, Fancy Prancy Princess Topsy Turvy Dusk to Dawn reverses from purple to a fuchsia gown. Magical! (800) 682-3427.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2005 Award
Lila
(Corolle $55 Score:) If you’re looking for a big, beautiful, soft, sweet-smelling bald baby doll, look no further. This 17" baby cries, laughs, and babbles without being overly loud or intrusive. A perfect armful for pretend play. (800) 668-4846.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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Chicken Coop Dominoes
(Fundex $14.95 Score:) A new twist on dominoes. An electronic coop is the centerpost of this fun game. Players build “legs” off the coop and when they add a “double,” everyone must play matching tiles to form a three-pronged chicken leg. Develops matching, counting, and strategy skills. 8 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Duck Duck Goose
(Milton Bradley $19.99 Score:) Thirteen little ducklings sit in a circle. Move the big Goose around the circle, press her head, and she says, "Duck," "Duck," "Duck." Keep moving her until she says, "Goose!" and then pick up the duckling to check the color dot hidden on the bottom of the duckling's shell. Players must collect three different colors to match their "nest" to win. Easy to learn, while reinforcing color concepts for beginners. Preschoolers will love the sound and action of this board version of a favorite childhood game. (888) 836-7025.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Scrapbook and Memory Box Gift Set
(Creativity for Kids $28.99 Score:) Scrapbook fans are going to love this commodious box with picture-frame cover, which holds a spiral-bound scrapbook plus 16 sheets of patterned paper, stickers, stencil, scalloped scissors, paper punch, stamper, pens, glue stick and great ideas. This will appeal to older girls ready to memorialize a school year, a trip or a big event. Marked 7 & up, but was coved by our 10 and 11 year old testers. The Groovy Girls Perfectly Picturific Scrapbook Kit will appeal to younger girls who play with Groovy Girl dolls. The hardcover scrapbooks made these two Creativity for Kids kits preferable to the Alex My Scrapbook, that comes with a soft-covered spiral. For less experienced and younger scrapbookers, see the review of the new for 2007, My Scrapbook Case (Alex).

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Prehistoric Creatures
(Lego Systems, Inc. $29.99 Score:) The large red T-Rex that you can build with this set is "amazing looking" according to our 11 year old testers. But our experienced builders warn: "it's very delicate and could break easily--keep your younger brothers away!" Set comes with instructions for 10 creatures. Marked 7 & up, but we'd say more like 9 & up. Also Titan XP from the same series, our testers wrote "wow, there are a lot of pieces!" (782 to be exact) Builds a 14" tall creatures that swivels at the waist--but he too is very fragile.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
4-Way Spelldown!
(Cadaco $19.99 Score:) Roll the two "letter" dice and try to make a word with the letters thrown and as many of the 10 letter keys on the playing board. For example, if you roll a "t" and an "o," and you have a "y" and an "s," you can spell "toys." The first to flip all of their keys wins. Marked 6 & up, but we'd say more like 8 & up. (800) 621-5426.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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