GOLD SEAL AWARD: PRESCHOOLERS

November 24, 2019

(Wonder Forge $24.99)

This is a bit like battleship for the very young. One player acts as Nancy and chooses a card with a picture of a piece of clothing. She alone knows the color, design and type of clothing the other players must guess. This is not a dress up game; it’s a game of deduction and players need to remember what colors, patterns and style have been guessed by others. Kids who love Fancy Nancy storybooks will proba...

November 24, 2019

(Dial $11.99)

A colorful board book by Sophie Beer, that celebrates something we could all use a lot of these days—kindness. We’re not sure you can teach that with a book and declarative sentences. That said, it is a way to talk with kids one on one about the simple acts we can do to be kind to others. It’s little things like sharing your treats, taking turns, helping, and just saying hello. We like the multicultural cast of pl...

November 24, 2019

(Goliath $24.05)

Our testers say they had a blast with this funny game of chance. First you load the little bananas in the base of the tree and put the monkey in the middle. Players take turns rolling the die and taking one, two or someone else’s bananas. But watch out! You want to be the player with the most bananas so you’ll want to catch the monkey when it flies up! No batteries are needed and there’s no strategy. You just w...

October 4, 2019

(Jakks Pacific $19.99)

If you have a preschooler who is into Paw Patrol, they will likely love this small tent with pictures of the characters on it. As pop up tents go, this one has less privacy than most. There are openings on both sides, but no flaps. That said, it’s like having a semi-private room scaled to size, where young preschoolers like to go with a few books, a huggable or a blankie for some chill out time. We  were...

October 4, 2019

(Disney $79.99)

Buzz Lightyear is having a big year in Toyland and this play set, a Command Spaceship, may be the ultimate Buzz for fans of Toy Story 4. It’s a setting with lights, sounds and intergalactic action for a glow-in-the dark Buzz. A push of the button opens the light up cockpit where Buzz can guide his space ship to adventure. Power it up with rockets that flash with light in take-off. The cockpit is detachable from...

September 10, 2019

(eeBoo $19.99)

Players reach into the bag to feel the cut-out candy pieces, trying to find a candy that matches the picture of the one on the card they picked. There are three levels of play. At the first level, players may need to pull three candies of the same shape in every color to win one point. At level two, they will need to find different shaped candies and some may have to be the same color. At level three, the shapes...

August 20, 2019

(eeBoo $15.99)

With 24 pairs to match, all playful puppies on this concentration style game. With cute illustrations by Dan Yaccarino, it’s easy to think you have a match since some of the puppies are close, but not alike. It’s not as simplistic as some matching games, which can be a good thing. Kids need to sharpen their visual skills with these pictorial pairs before they begin seeing the difference between words that look al...

August 13, 2019

(Home Learning $7.99)

Seeing patterns and knowing what comes next in a sequence is a skill used in math...as in 5, 10, 15.. and what comes next? Recognizing patterns helps us make educated guesses or to formulate a hypothesis. This little card game is a good way to build pattern awareness. Players take turns choosing a ticket card with a pattern and then dig in to the big top cards to find the card that completes the pattern. T...

August 6, 2019

(Spinmaster $14.99)

Paw Patrol fans like pretending and replaying scenes from their favorite show with this little truck. It comes with lights, sounds and best of all...Rubble in his black and yellow Super Paws Uniform. The yellow construction truck comes loaded with batteries and has a wrecking ball and button that activates the sounds and lights. Makes a small but welcome gift. 3 and up.

Ages: Preschoolers

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August 6, 2019

(Fisher-Price $34.99)

This year's Code A Pillar comes with several new twists. Unlike the original, this one does not come apart in segments that can be rearranged. Instead, the segments have dials that kids twist to program the Code a Pillar’s motions. Ideally, this should lead to fewer lost pieces. It’s also less pricey and has no add-on pieces to buy. It’s otherwise the same, an early opportunity to code by sequencing a seri...

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