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2002 Award
Triceratops Puzzle
(Lauri $7.5 Score:) Newest in the Lauri puzzlein a tray collecton is Triceratops, a 12 piece puzzle that will appeal to the dinosaur lover and calls for problem solving and patience. Like all the Lauri tray puzzles this comes with a pattern that can be used for matching for beginners. Put the pattern away when they are ready to do it without help. Also, new this season, a Unicorn puzzle with pastel pieces. 3-6

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Awards
Lacing & Tracing Tools
(Lauri $6.99 Score:) Newest addition to Lauri's sturdy lacing shapes. These seven chubby primary colored tools ( hammer, saw, wrenches, drilll, screwdriver) come with colorful laces that will keep little hands busy. This kind of play is good for quiet times and travel and will appeal to boys and girls. Lacing helps develop the same fine motor skills needed for writing. 3-7

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2002.

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2003 Awards
My Keepsake Clock Kit
(Balitono $17 Score:) Our tester couldn't wait to get started painting this keepsake clock kit that comes with a round quartz clock that sits in the 7" x 4" wooden case. Comes with a small drawer beneath the clock for small treasures. Included in the kit: sandpaper, paint, varnish, two paintbrushes and a painting guide and stencil design. Would make a great present for a child to give (they will probably want one of their own too!). Well made and very special. Also recommended, Best Friends Frame Kit and Keepsake Chest. SNAP AWARD: THis is good looking finished product that needs to be painted in any way your young artist desires. So, it's got a finished look and feel with an open-ended agenda. Makes a great gift for child to give to a teacher or grandparent.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2002 Award
Smart Mouth
(ThinkFun $16.99 Score:) If your family enjoys word games, here's a clever new option for one on one or team play. The game comes with a fun blue letter holder that you load up with the plastic orange and green letter chips. Slid the loader forward and two letters appear. The object of the game is to be the person or team to shout out a five letter word that begins with the first letter and ends with the second letter. The game comes with many alternative ways to play that we found useful. For example, if you're playing with younger children (or just want to make it easier for everyone!) play with three or four letter words. We also enjoyed the version of playing famous people with those two initials. The winning team or player has the most chips at the end of the round. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Mama Do You Love Me? Nesting Blocks
(Chronicle $19.99 Score:) Fans of the book, Mama, Do You Love Me? will love this set of 10 nesting blocks that have the words from the book on one side. Each block calls out the specials words used in Barbara M. Joosse's text. While it's a stretch to say that toddlers need to know that umiak is a type of boat, the blocks each have a numeral on one side. Barbara Lavallee's wonderful illustrations are faithfully reproduced. If you have a toddler, know a toddler this book is a must-read! The blocks would be a fun way of extending the experience.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Mother Goose Nesting Blocks
(Chronicle $19.95 Score:) A charming, well-constructed set of cardboard nesting blocks featuring Sylvia Long's award-winning illustrations. At first toddlers will enjoy knocking down your towers but before long they will delight in creating their own and knocking them down again and again! We recommend you bring home Sylvia Long's Mother Goose book as well.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2002.

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Wooden Alphabet & Math Blocks with Braille
( $30 Score:) SNAP INFO: These Uncle Goose wooden blocks look like classic alphabet blocks, but with one wonderful difference! Two faces of each cube have a letter impression and raised Braille cell for that letter. Also top rated, a Braille math set ($17) includes zero through 9, and plus and minus signs. (888) 774-2046.

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

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2000 Awards
Touch N Play Lotto
(Guidecraft $32 Score:) SNAP INFO: Four wooden playing boards and matching Lotto pieces have raised textured shapes for sensory feedback through the fingertips. This is an excellent choice for children with visual disabilities. (800) 544-6526.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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1999 Award
Cool Cash Bingo
(Learning Resources $17.95 Score:) A fast- paced pair of games can be played with this Bingo like game that helps kids learn to add, subtract, and make small change with coins. 6 & up. Also, Presto-Chang-O Game($24.95) This board game deals with coins as well as dollars. This company also makes toy money as well as coin stampers that kids can use for making their own play money. This makes a hit with first and second graders.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1999.

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2005 Awards
Woodkins
(Pamela Drake $11.95 Score:) These wooden "paper" dolls come with fabric choices that stay in place with a "frame" that lifts and closes over the edge of the doll. New for this year, a charming collection of fairies to dress in gossamer and glittery fabrics plus a necklace for the "designer." Perfect for quiet pretend time. 4 & up. (800) 966-3762. SNAP INFO: This is a non-messy abra-ca-dabra toy that holds the interest of children who may not be able to manipulate and dress a three dimensional doll. Fabric scraps of your own can be added to the mix and the cast of multi-ethnic characters include boys, girls, well loved storybook friends such as Arthur and Madeline. There are also changeable faces with differing emotions to talk about and manipulate. ACTIVITY: Try taking turns telling a story about the character. Players can change the Woodkins clothes and pick up the story thread as they pass it back and forth. Encouraging kids to tell original stories sometimes works best when you model how it's done. Keep it simple and funny if you want to keep their attention.

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

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