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2015 Awards
Fisher Price Little People Big Animal Zoo
(Fisher-Price $39.90 Score:)

A new zoo setting with a big elephant that trumpets when you pull its tail, has a tiny mouse on its back and a trunk that moves and makes music. The setting itself has a swing and slide for the monkey and a teeter totter in the treetops. There are balls that can be used as a run and it comes with two Little People, and a zookeeper. This is a large plastic setting for pretend play. Our test family has three under the age of 5 and they reportedly go back to this toy daily. They especially like making the elephant do its tricks and they like the extra animals as much as the big setting. Unlike earlier Little People zoo, farm, and house settings, the structure here is minimalistic, though it has some mechanical novelty. The elephant is the star here. See the noise making Giraffe and the Hippo, each sold separately. Marked 1-5 years; we think 2-4 is more on the mark.

SNAP: A fun setting for making things happen. Learning how to activate the various parts of the action will be rewarding while honing fine motor skills. Also a good choice for action words, knowing and naming animals and pretend play.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Mattel Barbie Eye Doctor Doll & Playset
(Mattel $19.99 Score:)

A play setting complete with eye chart, examining chair and patient comes with Eye Doctor Barbie (who also wears glasses!)  For kids getting their first pair of eye glasses, it's comforting to see Barbie also wearing hers. We like the idea of Barbie roleplaying as an Ophthalmologist, even if they didn't call her that. We could almost call this a step toward S.T.E.M. learning.  A good setting to role play with before kids visit their own eye doctor for a check up. Also available in African American version. 4 & up.

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Awards
Light Stax 36 piece Light-up Building Blocks
(Light Stax $39.99 Score:)

All the plastic bricks are the same square size, though in many colors. They come with a base to build upward and outward on. Build patterns, designs or figures. Once you have them in place throw the switch on the base and enjoy a lightshow. Builders can give them a steady light with a 15 minute automatic off or for more fun turn on the flashing mode or try the fade out. Makes an original short-term bedside lamp or timer for lights out. Marked for all ages over 3 but probably a better choice for 5-8.

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Journey dolls 2015
(Toys R Us $39.99 each Score:)

This year's Journey dolls are off to Italy! Ciao! As always they are beautifully fitted out for their new adventure. Not only do they all have different colored hair, these girls are individuals. Each has a unique face with no look-alikes in the crowd. Mikaella is wearing brocaded silvery trousers with a purple sweater trimmed with silver embroidery. Her long auburn hair in a side braid is ready for styling. She likes cooking and baking. Maybe in Italy she'll master homemade pasta! She and her friends are going on a side trip to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, they’ll tour the Coliseum in Rome and in Venice they'll ride in a Gondola. Bring on the Gelato! Meredith, is a blonde beauty who loves sports. She's dressed for going out on the town in a white skirt, blue knit pullover and hot pink bag and matching shoes. Callie, a dancer, is an Asian American girl with beautiful black hair. She's dressed in a pink eyelet zippered jacket, matching hair band, a black velvet skirt, white tee and pink shoes. Kelsey, a stunning redhead, is an outdoor type but for Italy, she is done up in a denim blue embroidered dress with a poofy black headband and black shoes and handbag. Kyla is an artist dressed in a hot pink wrap skirt with a tee that says Ciao! She is a girl of color with brownish hair and hazel eyes. Dana is an animal lover who wears dark rimmed glasses that match her dark brown hair. She is wearing a fake fur vest over a grey knit sweater and jeans with her high brown boots and animal print tote. Chavonne is perhaps the most striking of the group; a talented singer, a girl of color with glorious Afro style hair and hazel eyes. She's wearing floral pants, a striped tee and a hot pink jacket with big white buttons.

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
North American Bear Ballerina en point
(North American Bear Co. $25 Score:)

For your aspiring ballerina chose the beautiful dancing doll in pink, purple or dramatic black tutu. They are 20 inches long and all fabric. With those long legs it will be fun for little dancers to twirl and leap with their pretty ballerina partner. A charming gift for the holidays or a dance recital. 3 & up

 

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
Tween Scene Kimani Prettie Girl Doll
(One World Doll Project $29.99 Score:)

One of a new collection of Prettie Girls, only younger looking than earlier models. Meet Kimani, a tween and a creative type, dressed in colorful floral tights, a pink and white cut-off top, yellow rain boots and matching bag. Inspired by her childhood love of Barbie and a career that started with designing dolls of color for Mattel, Stacey McBride-Irby introduced her first Prettie dolls as young women; these Tweens are larger than a Barbie, but clearly designed to look like girls not women. Like girls of color, the Tween Scene Prettie Girls come in varying skin tones and hair. Consider Valencia, Dahlia, and Lena, other Prettie girls in this collection. Marked 3 & up, we think they will make a hit with slightly older girls.

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
Tween Scene Lena Prettie Girl Doll
(One World Doll Project $29.99 Score:)

One of a new collection of Prettie Girls, only younger looking and larger than earlier Prettie Girl models.  Meet Lena, a tween who is billed as smart. In fact, she is carrying a messenger style bag big enough for her schoolbooks. She's dressed in colorful plaid skirt with turquoise tulle under it, and she comes with a spare knit turquoise shirt. Her hair is done up in a ponytail. Stacey McBride-Irby, inspired by her childhood love of Barbie and a career that started with designing dolls of color for Mattel, introduced her first Prettie dolls as young women; these tweens are 16-inches, larger than a Barbie, but clearly designed to look like girls not women. Also consider Valencia, Dahlia, and Kimani, other Prettie girls in this collection. Like girls of color, the Tween Scene Prettie Girls come in varying skin tones and hair. Marked 3 & up, we think they will make a hit with slightly older girls.

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
Bladez Toys Inflatable Remote Controlled Despicable Me 2 Minion Vehicle
(Bladez $59.99 Score:)

Minion fans are going to get a laugh operating this 2-foot tall Despicable Me 2 Minion. The matching yellow handset runs the inflatable Minion forward, back, and full 360-degree spins. Straight out of the box you will need to pump it up and attach the wheel base and install 4 AA batteries and a 9 volt battery, as well. Copy online says it includes a pump, but that is not in the box.  If you want kids to play with this on Christmas, you'd better have a pump ready! You might also want a patch kit ready, just in case. The Minion is easy to operate but also does have a loud motor sound as it moves around. Pure novelty.

The same company's Star Wars R2D2 inflatable does not speak and only has the whiring sounds of the motor and none of it's endearing iconic sound effects. Marked 3 & up, but will be most enjoyed by older preschoolers and younger early school years kids.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Awards
American Girl Bitty Baby
(American Girl $60 Score:)

We've told you about the Bitty Baby before. The updated 15-inch Bitty Baby doll line is now available in six different combinations of skin tone, eye color, and hair color. So, you can customize the doll to look like the child who will receive it. Bitty Baby comes dressed in a pink cotton onesie and diaper and can be customized by selecting one of three different sleeper choices, included in the doll purchase. Each doll purchased comes with a free song download, Bitty Baby, I Love You.Needless to say, there are tons of furniture and accessories for this collection. 3 & up

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Awards
eeBoo Back to School Magnetic Playboard
(eeBoo $15 Score:)

A new version of the 'make me a story' collection that may be very helpful for kids with back to school jitters. It's metal playboard with a school setting provides the background for a classroom full of playful creatures and their wise old owl teacher. The magnetic backing on the playing pieces can be moved about as kids make up their own stories using the characters created by illustrator, Kevin Hawkes. A good prop for dramatic play or talking through typical angst over the opening of school and new situations. This is not for kids who still mouth their toys. The playing pieces are large and reasonably easy to move about. Good for story telling, listening, and pretend play.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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