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2000 Awards
Letter Detective
(Ravensburger $18 Score:) Kids who are learning their letters often benefit from getting the feel of the shape of letters as well as their look. This game comes with a box that kids put their hands in to feel and try to name the letters. Don't put all the letters in at the start. Use a few letters. If your child is working on sounds play a game by asking them to say the letter and a word that begins with that letter's sound. SNAP INFO: This game centers on a special box that kids can put their hands into and feel letters that they try to identify by touch. Start with just a few letters rather than the whole alphabet. There are several games suggested that our testers enjoyed. Adaptation: You can also use this well-made box for other feel-and-say games with shapes, textures, numerals and other objects. This is a good game that provides multi-sensory experiences. It is obviously a good one for kids with visual impairments.

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

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2001 Awards
Lauri's Lacing & Tracing Dinosaurs
(Lauri $6.95 Score:) Dinosaur lovers will enjoy these bright dinos that they can lace with colorful yarn. These are a fun way to develop fine motor skills. New for 2007, Farm Lacing and Tracing Set (Lauri $6.99 ) with pig, horse, sheep, cow, hen, barn, and farmer on a tractor, plus colorful laces for “sewing.” SNAP INFO: These dinosaur boards with prepunched holes to lace are an entertaining way to motivate kids to use and refine their fine motor skills. These dinos are slightly more challenging than some of the shapes in other chipboard sets offered by Lauri. ACTIVITY: Kids can trace the dinos and use them for cutting, pasting or coloring.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2000 Awards
Zoo Puzzibilities
(Small World Toys $8 Score:) Kids will have fun fitting together these splinter-free, giant, pegged whole-piece puzzles. Lift the giraffe, elephant and zebra and there's a matching animal below. Still recommended: Fruit, Farm, & Pets. SNAP INFO: Lift the giraffe and what's underneath? Another giraffe. For young puzzlers this is a matching game and the picture below helps kid discover how to rotate the whole piece into the space. These three place puzzles with large easy to grip handles are a good place to start.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2000.

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2000 Awards
Geometric Puzzle Board
(Guidecraft $15 Score:) Five big geometric shapes with stout, easy-to-grasp handles fit into the color matching puzzle board. This classic-styled puzzle is perfect for knowing and naming familiar shapes and colors. ACTIVITY: Put three or four chips under the puzzle pieces. Mark a die or make a spinner with each of the shapes. Players roll and take a chip from under the shape they roll. Winner is the first to collect 10 chips. SNAP INFO: Five big geometric shapes with stout, easy-to-grasp handles fit into the color matching puzzle board. This classic-styled puzzle is perfect for knowing and naming familiar shapes and colors. ACTIVITY: Put three or four chips under the puzzle pieces. Mark a die or make a spinner with each of the shapes. Players roll and take a chip from under the shape they roll. Winner is the first to collect 10 chips.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2000.

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1994 Awards
The Little Red Hen
(retold and illus. by Byron Barton, HarperCollins $12.95 Score:) Always a favorite with young nay Sayers, this version of the story of the Little Red Hen includes three chicks who do get to feast with Mama in the end. Barton's bold graphics and colors are also a feast for the eyes! 2 and up.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 1994.

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1995 Awards
Peter, Paul, and Mommy, Too
(Warner Bros. $19.98 Score:)

From the opening bars of "Puff," the magic is still here! All ages.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 1995.

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1995 Award
Shalom Sesame Chanukah
(Children's Television Worksho $19.95 Score:) From the Israeli version of Sesame Street, this lively video celebrates the Festival of Lights and includes a funny send-up of "Wheel of Fortune" called "Dreidel of Fortune," starring Lavana White. The count is doing his thing in English and Hebrew. 3-8. Also, for Passover: Jerusalem Jones and the Lost Afikoman and The Aleph-Bet Telethon.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1995.

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1998 Awards
Handel's Last Chance
(SonyClassical $19.98 Score:) When Handel arrives in Dublin, his career is faltering and the choir that will sing his newest oratorio is dreadful. By his helping a street urchin, the son of a washerwoman, Handel's "Messiah" has its first performance. 7 & up. Also recommended, Rossini's Ghost.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 1998.

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1996 Awards
Spot's Magical Christmas
(Disney $12.99 Score:) It's almost Christmas and Santa's sleigh is lost! Two of Santa's reindeer enlist Spot and his friends to help them find it. Lucky Spot not only spots the sleigh, he gets a magical ride to Santa's workshop! A charmer! Closed-captioned. 2-6.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1996.

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1995 Award
Sesame Street Celebrates Around the World
(Sony $14.95 Score:) If you lived in Portugal you would celebrate the New Year by making wishes and eating 12 grapes, one for every month of the year. With music and humor, Big Bird and friends introduce viewers to children and customs in many parts of the world. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1995.

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