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2005 Award
Make a Story Writng JOurnals
(Learning Resources $14.95 Score:) Designed for the classroom, in sets of ten, this is a resource package of blank booklets that kids who like to write and draw would enjoy at home,too. Sturdy paper covers hold the 32 page booklet together with three lines of text space and blank space for illustrations on every page. At the back end there are pages for notes about the author and story. Yes, kids can make their own books with any paper, but this is one way to get them started and the finished product is going to be a family heirloom. 6 & up. (800) 800-7893.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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Make Your Own Twinkly Tiaras
(Klutz $12.95 Score:) There are three pre-cut foil-on-cardboard tiaras ready to be decorated with glue on gemstones and sequins. The book also includes some tiaras for dolls. A good choice for a playdate, teaparty or quiet time. Finished tiaras are ready for pretend play. Theys ay 4, we’d saw more like a task for 5’s & up.

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

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2005 Award
Magnetic A to Z
(Klutz $12.95 Score:) Good Parent child side-by -ide book with magnetic letters and steel pages that ask kids to find objects that begin with several different letters. Kids put magnetic letters on the objects.

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

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2005 Awards
Lauri T-Rex and Farm Puzzle
(Lauri $7.99 Score:) Lauri’s puzzles come with rubber pieces and a pattern printed in the container/tray for beginners to follow. For building confidence, these are the perfect place to start. New for ‘06 , a 13-piece T-Rex and a 16 piece Farm Scene. Past favorites include Triceratops, Car, Cement Truck, Birthday Cake, and Airplane. 3–7. (800) 451-0520.

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

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2006 Awards
Seven Pets to Lace and Trace
(Lauri $6.99 Score:) New for ’06, Seven Pets to Lace and Trace (Lauri $6.99 ) are made of sturdy chipboard punched with holes that kids “sew” with colorful laces. These activities develop eye hand skills and develop small muscles in hand needed for writing. Also recommended, Lace & Link Numbers ($14.99 ), crepe 4" rubber numerals that reinforce shapes in a tactile way. 4 & up. (800) 451-0520.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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Long Distance Hand Powered Glider
(Discovery Kids $24.95 Score:) This has an impressive 50" wing span. Ideal to use on a field or at the beach where you have lots of room. It has a graphite frame and big rubber tip—which makes it less likely to fall apart when it crashes! With this non-motorized flying machine you don't need to worry about fingers getting caught on propellers! Kids just need some arm strength to send it flying...and then be prepared to go after it! 10 & up.

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2005 Award
9 x 12 Jump n Slide
(Little Tikes $200 Score:) The neighborhood of kids that tested this for us gave this jumping toy high marks. The 3-5 year old crowd found the toy sufficiently bouncy! Note: Our older testers (7 and up) felt the toy did not give them enough bounce. We liked the protective walls on the sides and the kids loved the wide slide. Great fun for a birthday party and everyday play but does require parental supervision. We also recommend placing the toy a soft surface. Parents liked the fact that it inflated easily and quickly with the included pump. Grass stakes help keep the playset from moving around.

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

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Flutterbye Dreams
(Fisher-Price $24.95 Score:) The concept of this toy is well intentioned: the tweet-tweet of birdies—think the opening of a Bugs Bunny nature scene and you get the picture. Our problem is that the tweet-tweet is very high pitched, making us wince instead of relax. So we’d pass on this one. The Ocean Wonders () mobile has three fish that spin around (not particularly eye-catching), but we didn’t like the gel-like “fishbowl” intended for baby to push on. There’s a disconnect with the packaging since no mobile should be left in a crib when a baby is sitting up. (800) 432-5437.

Age: Infants. Award Year: .

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2006 Award
Taf Toys Smart Mat
(Edushape $59.95 Score:) Our family with triplets raved about this amazing oversized playmat (39" x 59"). “There’s enough room for all our girls.” Another family wrote: “it was perfect for our den that has bare floors. It’s very cushy and I find it attractive to have out in the room.” It has bright graphics and interesting textures and sounds. Comes with several attached toys as well as three separate toys that have interesting textures to explore. This is an unusually attractive and versatile mat that will get miles of use until baby takes off as a crawler. (800) 404-4744.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Razzy Rattles
(Mary Meyer $4.5 Score:) Choose a very quiet floppy little red pig, green turtle, blue elephant, or yellow lion in washable terry with gingham trim and stitched features. Also, See Me? Rattles ($4.50 ) are all-fabric, easy-to-hold shakers with happy faces and a quiet jingle. A nice toy for older sibs to use with baby. A “mirror” on the back of the rattle face is distorted, but not to worry, baby is going to be attracted to the patterns and stitched face and big brother’s antics. (800) 451-4387.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2006.

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