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2015 Award
LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum
(LeapFrog $129.99 Score:)

The new LeapPad Platinum by LeapFrog is almost identical to their earlier LeapPad XDI Ultra model except for an arguably sleeker design and new packaging including Imagicard samples. Imagicard Digital game and Interactive cards are an exciting new feature that can be purchased separately and used with other LeapPad tablets. The cards include access to photo-fun activities and learning games that stimulate activity both in and outside of the digital platform. Like previous LeapPads, the LeapPad Platinum maintains Wi-Fi protected content that keeps kid safe, while giving them access to more downloadable apps and content that are 100% pre-screened and approved by learning experts. The 7-inch tablet is designed to withstand heavy usage with a shatter-proof screen and has 8GB of memory. Color options include green and purple.

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

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2015 Awards
North American Bear Little Princess Fairy
(North American Bear Co. $25 Score:)

A sweet first doll for that one-year old birthday. She's dressed in a non-removable pink and green velour dress with giant scallops on the hem and lined in light pink satin. Her little green shoes do not come off, but they do point up at the tips as any fairy dolls shoes should do. This Little Princess has pink wings and long, long pigtails of velour that are topped off with fuchsia bows that are stitched on so they will stay tied.

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

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2015 Award
Gamewright Flashlights & Fireflies
(Gamewright $15.99 Score:)

Imagine playing around with fireflies in the middle of winter or a sunny afternoon. True it will call for some imagination, as does this game in which players catch fireflies to power their flashlights. But watch out! There are bats, raccoons and other creatures of the night that might get in your way. It's of game of visual discrimination, deduction and pretend. First one to reach home wins. Our test family gave this high grades. Maybe no substitute for catching the real thing--but fun, nevertheless. Playtime is 20 minutes for 2-5 players. 6 & up.

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

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2015 Awards
NogginStik Developmental Light-up Rattle
(SmartNoggin $22.99 Score:)

Testers liked this clever hi-tech rattle. Based on a classic bar-bell rattle shape, this one has a flat bottom on one side and a light-up face on the other side. It has a quiet rattle sound when you shake it, and the round head changes colors from blue to green to red. The photo here, show the same rattle as it appears when the light changes. A fun toy for early tracking games and sensory discoveries later on. At the bottom there is a small mirror that distorts more than reflects, but has added interest. The high contrast black and white on the base will visual interest even the youngest baby and the easy to grasp textured red and yellow bar will add sensory interest to the touch when baby is old enough to take hold of things. Of course, this is something for parents to use with baby until true hand control is develped. It's a toy infants will reach out for, but very likely bop themselves with before they are really in control of hand movements.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Awards
Manhattan Toy Baby Stella Time To Sleep Cradle
(Manhattan Toy $40 Score:)

A white wooden cradle that is easy to assemble and made to measure for a Baby Stella doll or other smallish dollsl and stuffed animals. It comes with a small pillow and bedding for tucking Stella in for  naptime. A good choice for beginning dramatic play. NOTE: the doll is not included!

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Awards
Manhattan Toy Lovelies Jumbo Riley Rabbit
(Manhattan Toy $90 Score:)

Riley is a giant squishy-soft-marshmallow-of-a-rabbit, done in heavenly silky plush with gynormous floppy ears. He will be a major attraction in any room and a faithful companion to the lucky child who has him to have and to hold. A showy gift for new babies, but a play toy for older toddlers to lug around and cuddle up to. Preschoolers will find an agreeable playmate that does what he's told.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Awards
Sassy Crab Chime and Lobster Jitter
(Sassy $11.99 Score:)

Our newest infant tester was excited with Sassy's all fabric Crab and Lobster toys that can hang on baby's carrier, stroller or car seat. From the start, little babies notice eyes, especially big eyes and these toys have bull's-eye style biggies that will attract even a very young baby's visual attention, as will the high contrast black and white patterns against the bright red and yellow critters. Crab has a gentle chiming sound to listen for and a tug on lobster's colorful loops will start it jiggling and jittering! The easy-to-grasp handles are just right for young babies to hold onto and because it's soft there's no worry that the baby will hit herself in the face with a hard plastic while exploring the toy. There's so much here to explore with all the senses. It's one of those toys that doesn't cost a lot; but offers tons of action and discoveries. A great example of a toy that's perfect for the age group but will not break the bank. Newborns and up.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Awards
Manhattan Toy Lovelies Bailey Bunny
(Manhattan Toy $12 Score:)

Silky soft to the touch this blue bunny with long floppy ears, jet black eyes and velvety snout can sit up, withstand a million snuggles and listen to whatever your toddler has to tell him. A lovable huggable comes in two sizes for a ten-inch armful of charm or a five-inch handful. Both have weighted stuffed bottoms and round furry tails.

Age: Infants, Toddlers. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
Jurassic World Heroes Dilophosaurus
(Hasbro $14.99 Score:)

Kids will no doubt love the sounds and lights as they press the tail of this fierce blue and orange trimmed Dilophosaurus. His jaw opens and his claws move as he roars. Small enough to use with building blocks; scary enough to add drama to pretend stories of prehistoric dimensions. If you need a lot of birthday gifts that will not break the bank, this is a likely pleaser.

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

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2015 Award
Jurassic Park Tyrannosaurus Rex
(Hasbro $29.99 Score:)

Lights, sounds and a T-Rex that not only roars, you can hear it chew and swallow. This is one of the biggies in the Jurassic line-up, a giant green T-Rex with eyes that flash, spikes on its back, and a mouth full of teeth. Tip him forward and his jaw closes with a snap and the sounds of chewing and swallowing begins. Ferocious, and how! Being from the movies he comes with a handler who is small but tough and has his own leg gripper for grabbing T-Rex from behind. If you prefer a less noisy version, consider the brownish Tyrannosaurus Rex with a snapping jaw but no sounds or lights.

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

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