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2015 Awards
ELC Monty Monkey and his Motor Car
(International Playthings $19.99 Score:)

Perfect for active toddlers playing style. Monty is one of a new collection of rolling vehicles with animal passengers. Monty has moveable clicking head, arms, and legs; he can sit or stand on his big enough feet. The vehicle is child powered and finished in blue with white tires trimmed in red, headlights with eyes and bright licks of yellow on the hood. The toys in this line have a nice heft to them and fit in small hands without being too small or fragile. A nice first birthday gift. Also see Frankie Frog and his Flying Machine. 12 months and up

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

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2015 Award
ELC Max Mouse and his Scooter
(International Playthings $28 Score:)

Max is ready for the road on his red motor scooter with a side seat for a passenger. A kid-powered scooter that kids will push around as they supply the sound effects and drama. Max has movable clickable head, arms and legs; he can stand or sit. A fun toy for active dramatic play for beginners. Also see Frankie Frog and his Flying Machine. 12 months and up.

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

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2015 Award
Mindware Leaps and Ledges
(MindWare $30 Score:)

They call this a towering game of strategy and luck and that is a good description of a challenging but entertaining fast-paced game. Players try to be first to the top of the tall tower without getting sabotaged by opponents who can send them down or even knock them off. Our testers and their parents gave this a 5+ rating, which says a lot, since they are regular game testers. It does require a fair amount of sportsmanship when your playing pieces get knocked down, so it may be better to play as teams or play this with the older members of the family. 8 & up.

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

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2015 Awards
Curious Chef Boy's Chef Kit
(Curious Chef $25 Score:)

Getting boys involved in the kitchen just got a little easier with this chef's kit. They made the apron and tools less girlie by making them mostly blue, but girls as well as boys will like this set. You probably have most of these tools in your kitchen already, but having your own set of tools just makes it that much more fun. For good math, reading and creativity, few activities are more rewarding. Add to that the fun of sharing food you've made with family and friends. This kit with a blue and green chef's apron includes a real kitchen tools: a wire whisk, spoon, a silicon spatula, measuring spoons and a cookie cutter. Dishwasher safe. Bring home a cook book for kids or go online and pick out a recipe for something simple but fun to share. Cooking is science, math, reading and a whole lot of fun for parent and child together time. 4-8.

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

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2015 Award
K'nex Mighty Makers Inventor's Clubhouse
(KNEX $49.99 Score:)

Designed to appeal to girls, this is the top of the line building set complete with motor and over 528 K'nex pieces and parts. Along with the motor it comes with pulleys and gears, wheels, star snaps, graphic panels and color coded intructions for many kinds of mechanical builds. Although we think gilrs should be able to enjoy gender free building sets, we know from research that they are less often chosen or gifted to girls. We are happy to see the options in play expanding as more building toys are being marketed to girls and such toys will help enable girls to develop spatial skills and enthusiasm for engineering and problem solving. This is a set that gives girls the tools for building from the instructions and then going on to build their own creations. Keep in mind that K'nex requires strong hands and is not always easy for beginners. Marked for 7 and up, we think 7's will need lots of help to get started. We also suggest it will be enjoyed more by slightly older girls.

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

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2015 Award
K'nex Mighty Makers Fun on a Ferris Wheel
(KNEX $22.99 Score:)

Designed to appeal to girls, this classic ferris wheel building set is done in pastels rather than the traditional primary colors. That said, it is less than an all-out pink and lavender girlie look and involves important skill sets that girls have often missed in traditional toyland where building was for boys only. Riding a ferris wheel is not just for boys and neither is building one! This set comes with clear instructions, a female action figure and 324 pieces to challenge young builders. Marked for 7 & up, we know that most 7's will need help and this may be a better choice for slightly older girls. We are happy to see the options in play expanding as more building toys are being made to enable girls to develop spatial skills and enthusiasm for engineering and problem solving. 7 & up

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

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2015 Awards
eeBoo 24 Color Pencil Sets & Sketch Books
(eeBoo $6 & 13 Score:)

Our testers continue to love eeBoo's 24 color pencil sets ($13) with matching sketchpads($6). This season you'll find a pad and pencil set in paper boxes instead of tins, decorated with airplanes by Ross MacDonald, colorful birds and flowers by Saxton Freymann and colorful cats by Monika Forsberg. As always the quality of spiral notebooks and colored pencils is excellent and there is no better way to encourage kids to develop their writing skills than with the fun activity of drawing. Send a box to your summer camper that may pay off in colorful letters. Blank paper and drawing their own ideas are better choices than coloring books that require staying inside the lines. For now, let them create the lines and spin their own stories about what they are drawing. 6-9

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

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2015 Awards
eeBoo 12 color Pencils Striped Biggies
(eeBoo $8 Score:)

Want to build a love of pencil and paper tasks? Switch the 'task' word for 'fun' with these short but jumbo size pencils that are perfect for little hands to grasp without the strain of skinny pencils. Send a box to your summer camper and we bet you'll get a colorful letter in return. Choose a box with robots or fairies to fit you artist's tastes. These sets with a dozen juicy colors come with a sharpener that fits their thick size and they will go a long way in making writing and drawing a fun activity rather than a drudge they dread. Don't worry about having them practice copying numbers or letters. It is far more important to encourage them to use paper and pencil in open ended ways and gain control of those fine motor skills with scribble drawings that help develop beginners eye hand skills. Bring home a matching sketch pad with robots or fairies. Either of these will be a gift to invite creativity as well as paper and pencil skills that kids will enjoy. 5 & up

SNAP: These are fatter and easier to grasp pencils that kids will like using.

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

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2015 Award
eeBoo Under the Water Giant Really Big Floor Puzzle
(eeBoo $17 Score:)

48 big puzzle pieces come together in a busy underwater scene by artist/animator Monica Foresberg. The finished image will be a giant 24 X 36 inch picture that will be good for talking about. Count the fish that are the same. How may are pink? Orange? White? How many sea horses can you find? Use the back of the box for beginners to follow as visual clues. Give them strategies connecting the frame with the straight edged-pieces. Before long they will like the challenge of doing it with out looking at the picture. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Awards
eeBoo Noisy Ball
(eeBoo $25 Score:)

A classic fabric ball shape with lots of wonderful added-on sensory interest. They call it a noisy ball, but it's not too noisy. It has a quiet jingle if you shake it and a squeaker and crinkle sound depending on where you squeeze. The soft velour like plush is done in a rainbow of colors, with easy to grab sections. Use it for tracking with baby even before he can take hold of it. Before you know it, this will be a favorite for active roly-poly play or crawling after on hands and knees. Happily, it is also machine washable. A perfect gift for fun filled socializing games. Newborn and up, up, up.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2015.

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