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Newborn (birth to 1-year)

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Billy Beats Dancing Piano by Mega Bloks First Builders

Why we like it: Choose to watch Billy be-bop to a song and sing along or make your own music by following the lights and learning to play the keys. Select from piano, animal sounds or funky DJ to mix up your beat. Sticker sheet music sticks to bricks to build the melodies on Billy. Colored notes on stickers match the colored keys on Billy. When music session is done, all blocks store inside Billy.   

Ages: Ages 1+.

 

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megabloks.com

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alex


Busy Beads Maze - Mermaid Adventure

Why we like it: Made on a beautifully-designed curved bentwood table, the bright bead mazes and playful sea creatures (or planes and automobiles) encourage tots to dive into development.  Looping tracks go up and under tabletop encouraging hand-eye coordination and cause and effect learning.  Set is attractive, entertaining and engaging. 

Ages: Ages 10 months+.

 

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www.alextoys.com

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Pop! Pop! Piano 

Why we like it: This piano delivers a popping performance as stars shoot up when keys are played.  Piano tones and fun sound effects add to the sensory experience for eyes and ears alike.  Remove clear dome to send the stars sailing encouraging children to crawl after and reach for the stars! 

Ages: Ages 12 months+.

 

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www.patchproducts.com

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Tummy Time Activity Floormat

Why we like it: Roll out the welcome mat to development! This roll and mat combo is a perfect place for kids to lie on their tummies and lift up to explore the colors, textures and stitching.  Tummy time helps develop neck, arm and core muscles.  Attached teethers allow little ones to take a development break and nap in its cozy comfort. 

Ages: Babies: 0 - 18 months.

 

 

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mamasandpapas.com

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Lamaze Turtle Tunes 

Why we like it: Tap the colors of this plush turtle to hear music one note at a time or a delightful melody.

Responsive reptile. The slightest touch on its colorful shell segments makes music.

Repeat action. Tap a tune helps kids learn that their movement caused a reaction and one they want to do again and again.

No tiptoeing for the turtle! His feet have crinkle sounds – great for touch, not for sneaking turtles!

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www.tomy.com

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NogginStik Developmental Rattle 

Why we like it: More than a rattle, this developmental milestone-maker taps into the abilities of babies from birth by introducing eye tracking through an innovative 3-color changing light. Tap the rattle and NogginStik’s friendly face glows – red, then blue then green. PHOTOGENIC Cognitive connections. The sound, lights and textures promote healthy brain development. Tender time. Encourages interaction and bonding between a baby and parent or caregiver. Perfectly-sized for babies’ little hands to grab. Sensory smorgasbord. Textures, rattle sound and a bottom mirror are a baby’s sensory delight. Ages: Babies: 0 - 18 months, Special Needs appropriate.

 

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www.smartnoggintoys.com

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Toddlers (1-2-years)

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2-in-1 Shop & Cook Playset 

Why we like it: This takes kitchen conversions to a whole new level! A meal from store to table in a matter of moments. Play food, utensils and cookware help kids get into the role of shopper and chef. Several activation sensors add a sprinkle of sounds to the play. Three modes teach about food, colors, numbers, music and following directions.

Ages: Ages 2 - 5.

 

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VTech Electronics North America

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i-Mat

Why we like it: Lay down for learning and literacy!  Kids roll around a host of global animals, touch them with a stylus to hear a response or play a find-it game. The interlocking foam floor tiles and talking pen include two games and explorations and converse in English, Spanish and Chinese. 

Ages: Toddlers to Kindergarten.

 

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Creative Baby Inc.

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Musical Owl

Why we like it: Capture this eye-catching musical owl and tots can treat themselves to a jam session complete with xylophone, drum, cymbal, washboard and 2 mallets.  This creative owl face invites young hands to explore all the colorful elements, and young ears to hear the contrast from the ting of the cymbal to the beat of the wooden washboard.    

Ages: Toddlers: 18 months - 2 years.

 

2013_Gold.jpgPrice: $35.95   

www.alextoys.com

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Read With Me Scout 

 

Why we like it: Reading is influenced a lot by capturing interest and keeping attention and those are two tricks this cute interactive puppy is particularly good at. Scout has learned 5 board books and 70+ comprehension questions to engage young readers and heighten learning. Five active touch points make this pooch the perfect teacher and companion combination.       

Ages: Ages 2-5 years.

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www.leapfrog.com

 

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Step Ups! 4-In-A-Box 123 

Why we like it: 2, 4, 6, 8 what do we appreciate? A box set kids will want to get! 4 individual puzzles have 2, 4, 6 and 8 pieces, respectively. Easy to sort pieces have numbered backings to determine how many pieces to find. Flip them over and interlock to reveal the design. Chunky cardboard pieces are perfect for small hands and help hone fine motor skills.

 Ages: Toddlers to Kindergarten.

 

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www.tlji.com

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LEGO DUPLO My First Build 

Why we like it: LEGO builder-in-training! Oversized “menu” cards show kids how to build. The pictures have actual size illustrations for children to match up and lay out the bricks before connecting them. The DUPLO bricks and real object pieces help bridge the gap between constructive and imaginary play. SPECIAL NEEDS PICK Plenty of pieces to enjoy independently or share with a friend. Solid foundation. Bricks connect securely enabling play with structures after they are built. Learning with LEGO. Play incorporates problem solving, visual perception, hand strength, eye-hand coordination, visual acuity and parts-to-whole representation. Ages: Toddlers: 18 months - 2 years

 

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www.LEGO.com

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Magic Moves™ Electronic Wand  

Why we like it: Creep, leap, move and groove! Listen to the leader and physically act out the commands like, “glide like a swan,” or “waddle like a walrus.” Transform and perform! Listen for the cue and become a jumping rabbit or a leaping lion. Watch as your group becomes a gaggle of geese or a school of fish getting goofier with each new task. Matching music. Slither, stretch and scamper. Each command is accompanied by music that simulates the action it inspires. Hopping like a rabbit has boing-y, bouncy music while floating like a feather is smooth and mellow. Interpretive movement. Listen to the command, feel the music and let your body move to express your own interpretation of the action. This makes kids aware of how they process the sounds they hear and how their bodies move in space. Ages: Toddlers: 18 months - 2 years Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years

 

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www.educationalinsights.com

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Master Moves Mickey 

Why we like it: Mickey’s funky moves put the beat in everyone’s feet. He’ll show you what he’s got and waits for your rhythm to rock. An awe in robotic engineering. Mickey’s moves defy traditional engineering. Limits are out the window as Mickey does The Windmill, The Spin Cycle, The Handstand and The Mouska Mix dance moves. Props on the pose. Hinged hand and smooth moves help Mickey strike a pose with an air of attitude. No twisting trousers. Dude’s got the duds to strut his stuff. And doing his spins and flips won’t get his baggies in a bunch. Ages: Toddlers: 18 months - 2 years Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years

 

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www.fisher-price.com

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STRIDER ST-3 No-Pedal Balance Bike 

Why we like it: Riding starts with balance and coordination, not dependence on training wheels, with this cool, pedal-less rider. Intuitive to use, beginners gradually build skills needed to ride a traditional bike. Kids advance at their own pace, boosting confidence as they roll along. “Cool” big kid bike. The look says it all. Lightweight. Easy to haul to the bike trails. Raise the bar. Separate adjustable seat and handlebar height. Ages: Toddlers: 18 months - 2 years Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years

 

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www.StriderBikes.com

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Tots Art Start 

Why we like it: All the glory without the glue! Everything’s assembled for an afternoon of art. Create collages by placing doilies and fringed tissue anywhere on the sticky paper for a successful start to creative art! Triangular crayons, shaped paper and stickers add to the options. Never too young. Introduces creativity to a younger age. Fridge art at its finest. Children are instantly successful. Digit discovery. Different textures help kids explore and discover how to use their hands and fingers. Ages: Toddlers: 18 months - 2 years

 

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www.alextoys.com

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Preschool

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Despicable Me 2 Minion Dave Talking Action Figure

Why we like it: Whether you are laughing at them or with them, these goofy little guys that look like Twinkies with personality can get even the grouchiest of curmudgeons to crack a smile. With over 40 phrases – some articulate and others clearly in Minion-ese, these talking, fart-making friends may have you laughing so hard you’ll pass gas!

Ages: Preschool to Teens.

 

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www.thinkwaytoys.com

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Despicable Me 2 Minion Stuart Laughing Action Figure

Why we like it: Whether you are laughing at them or with them, these goofy little guys that look like Twinkies with personality can get even the grouchiest of curmudgeons to crack a smile. With over 40 phrases – some articulate and others clearly in Minion-ese, these talking, fart-making friends may have you laughing so hard you’ll pass gas!

Ages: Preschool to Teens.

 

2013_Honors.jpgPrice: $42.99   
www.thinkwaytoys.com

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HEXBUG Nano V2 Black Hole

Why we like it: Like a Habitrail for bugs, this set has rubber techno insects climbing up, free falling and constantly finding new courses. Moving like real bugs these two busy Hexbugs with newly redesigned exo-skeletons scurry along clear tubes, tumble through a black hole or tackle obstacles built with added accessories.  

Ages: Ages 3 and up.

 

2013_Gold.jpgPrice: $49.99   

www.hexbug.com

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i-Mat

Why we like it: Lay down for learning and literacy!  Kids roll around a host of global animals, touch them with a stylus to hear a response or play a find-it game. The interlocking foam floor tiles and talking pen include two games and explorations and converse in English, Spanish and Chinese. 

Ages: Toddlers to Kindergarten.

 

2013_Gold.jpgPrice: $79.99   

Creative Baby Inc.

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kixi


Kixi® Scribble™ three-wheel chalk scooter

Why we like it: Extra wide three-wheel design and a “tilt to turn” feature provide the sure footing kids need to learn to balance and ride a scooter. Chalk bar in tow lets you leave a trail of your ride. Soon you’ll be so quick, you’ll leave others in your dust – chalk dust that is!

Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years.

  

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www.razor.com

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Large Furnished Hotel

Why we like it: From the lobby and concierge to the game room and guests, enjoy all the amenities you’d expect in a luxury five-star stay without leaving the comforts of home. Use your room key to unlock the fun. This luxury accommodation is just awaiting your reservation. Many accessories add to the realism of this super staycation!

Ages: Ages 4-10 years.

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www.playmobil.us

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LeapPad Ultra

 

Why we like it: Ultra-perfect learning tablet for little learners! Tablet is sized right for kids and houses 8 GB of memory.  Play the 11 learning apps on the 7” screen with a finger or attached stylus or search the kid-safe web browser, LeapSearch by Zui, for more fun. Graduated learning levels help kids advance their skills.

 Ages 4-9 years.

 

   

2013_Gold.jpgPrice: $149.99  

www.leapfrog.com

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Learn to Write with Mr. Pencil 

Why we like it: Techno-teacher with a passion for writing! Use this playful character with downloadable app to explore 85 writing activities that work on iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches.  Easy to grip and instant feedback from this oversized stylus teach kids to write letters, numbers and shapes in stroke-by-stroke proper sequence. Won’t scratch screens!

 Ages: Ages 4-7 years.

 

   

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www.leapfrog.com

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Mega Bloks Barbie Build n' Play Super Star Stage 

Why we like it: Rockin’ out with Barbie! Join Barbie’s backstage crew to build her set and control the music! Two story stage ensures fans can see Barbie at any vantage point. In true concert form, hear fans screaming and chanting. Visual effects include lights flashing to Barbie’s beat or your own music. Includes Barbie, Raquelle and Teresa figures!

Ages: Ages 4+.

 

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barbie.megabloks.com

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SmartMax Lighthouse

Why we like it: Light, magnets and blocks make this towering lighthouse a brilliant set for young kids to practice simple construction.  Easy to grasp pieces (27) include two that light up the night - LED style.  These colorful blocks are oversized and stick to each other helping kids create impressive structures and reach new heights of success!

Ages: Ages 3+.

 

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www.SmartToysAndGames.com

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Switch & Go Dinos Blister the Velociraptor

Why we like it: This twosome toy transforms from rocket-launching helicopter to prehistoric predator and plays each role with passion.  Flying sounds and spinning propellers ramp up the drama as this copter blisters through the air, searchlights blazing.  A few simple steps later it’s a Velociraptor with blazing eyes and deadly dinosaur claws.  70 different sounds and phrases can gently teach and terrify!     

Ages: Ages 3-8. 

 

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www.vtechkids.com

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Wing Control Dusty Crophopper Radio Control Plane 

Why we like it: It’s a bird, it’s a plane – no, it’s Johnny controlling Dusty! Pretending to be an airplane is more fun when someone, or something, imitates you right back! Hold onto the hand-held wing controls, arms out and take flight! Easy press buttons have the crophopper spinning his propellers and following your moves. Sounds and phrases fuel the fun.

Ages: Ages 3+.

 

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www.mattel.com

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BabbaBox by BabbaCo 

Why we like it: Pampers the parents. Comes with a special gift just for moms and dads. 1, 3 or 12. Send a one-time gift or for three months or a full year of fun! Precious time, not prep time. Helps families connect while giving them all the tools so they don’t have to create and compile them on their own. Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years

 

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www.babbaco.com/babbabox

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BeginAgain Eco Friendly Natural Rubber Ball Bathtub Playset 

Why we like it: Perfect all around! Natural rubber bathtub toy is BPA free, phthalates free, lead free, dishwasher safe, won’t mold AND is fun for kids. Holes in this theory! Large holes in the 4 pieces (2 sharks, 1 diver, 1 octopus) help them sink to the bottom for deep sea exploration and prevent mold from growing in a confined area. Imaginate! The simple design leaves imagination for the kids. Double duty durability. Made of thick, solid rubber, the ball doubles as storage. Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years

 

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www.beginagaintoys.com

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Build-A-Bouquet 

Why we like it: This perennial flower garden is made from recycled plastic milk jugs! Slide stems and flowers onto the base to create your very own centerpiece! This garden helps kids grow by learning colors, matching, counting, sorting, grouping, patterning and more. Does your garden grow in a row? Base connects in puzzle-like form and can be linear or a circular. Free of pesticides! No BPA, Phthalates, PVC or external coatings. Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years

 

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www.greentoys.com

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Doctor Dreadful Alien Autopsy 

Why we like it: Ever been invited to an edible autopsy? It’s creepalicious! Bubbling guts, injected intestines, and eyeballs provide a hair-raising, spine-chilling smorgasbord for dig-in diners. Lung Bugs provide the traditional, gummy candy lure that does not disappoint.

“Very rarely do I come across a product that truly amazes me and catches me off-guard. This one did! The alien guts were disgustingly believable – they had an eerie mystical lure about them. An appeal that was creepy, enticing, and enGROSSing.”

                                     -- NAPPA Judge

Won’t disappoint. You’ll truly be fascinated by the life churning within the alien. Repeat play. Amazingly, this isn’t a one-time feast. You’ll be back for more. Edible. Who knew aliens made for such tasty treats?! Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years, Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years, Fun for the Entire Family

 

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www.spinmaster.com

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GlitterToos 

Why we like it: Fun to do and look at too! 15 sticker stencils, 6 glitter colors and a nail polish-like bottle of glue makes for easy glitzy fun. Tattoos are permanently temporary: they last several days – no glitter trail left behind on bed sheets and hand-washing’s no match for them, but they can be removed when wanted. A great tween gift or present topper/stocking stuffer. Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years Special Needs. Named “JUDGE’S CHOICE.”

Gossip and glitter. Enough supplies for kids to do with friends. Choices, choices, choices. Pick your design, pick your colors, pick your place. Better than the real thing! Doesn’t hurt to put it on and won’t rub or peel off – AND can be taken off if you change your mind!

 

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www.glittertoos.com

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HEXBUG Nano Hive Habitat Set

Why We Like it:The preschool set can create rodblock diversions with spinners, ramps and tab dividers for the erratically quirky, hyper Hexbug to scamper around. When play is done, the set can be left completely intact, folding up securely for next time. Ages 3 and up.

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www.hexbug.com

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LeapPad2 

Why we like it: Durability of a toy, technological advancements of a tablet. Double the memory and two cameras equal two thumbs up for parents and kids! Stylus, touch screen and motion sensor are used to play games, listen to 5 songs or read a book. Downloadable apps and cartridges are also available. Pretty soon, we’ll be begging our kids to use their LeapPad! Memory for memories. Holds 20,000 photos or 40 video apps. Mega power, mega speed. 550 MHz processor Won’t poop out. The LeapPad 2 has rechargeable capabilities. Games begin at 3. Age range for games start at 3+. Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years

“I like to take pictures – they’re so big that you can see what you’re changing!” -- 6-year-old boy

 

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www.leapfrog.com

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Playmates Toys Secret Sewer Lair Playset 

Why we like it: Fighting villains from this “underground” hideout, these mutant ninja warriors can periscope spy on street level society while honing skills in over 20 secret battle areas. Tall on action. This lair boasts 40” of pure action excitement. Team Turtle. The playset is large enough for your friends to team up with the Turtles for combat. Pop in for pizza. Access the lair through the manhole cover, zip-line or working elevator – but don’t come empty-handed; pick up pizza at Antonio’s Pizza-Rama before you come. Hang out in the homestead. Tire swing and zip line can be attached anywhere on the lair. Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years, Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years, Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years, Fun for the Entire Family. Special Needs appropriate.

 

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www.playmatestoys.com

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Puppet-on-a-Stick™ (set of 3)  

Why we like it: Masterfully designed with minimally molded detail, these puppets are just waiting for your personality to give them life and language. Not tongue-tied. A thumb lever on the rod effortlessly opens and closes the puppet’s mouth for easy jabbering jaws. Rods for bods. Set of three puppet heads are permanently perched on poles. Grab to gab Your thoughts and voice, the puppet’s grace and face give kids a friend to help them pretend or talk through topics to help them understand. Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years, Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years, Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years

 

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www.educationalinsights.com

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Symphony in B.  

Why we like it: A concert hall with the comforts of home and the sounds of a symphony! Place tall plastic instruments in the orchestra pit – in any order, on either of the two levels, to hear ever-changing music. Vary the music by adding to or taking away instruments and listen and learn how each sounds alone or within the context of an orchestra. Puzzle-like play. Instrument-shaped pieces have geometrical bottoms that fit in the shaped wells or can be placed in the storage space in back. Tall on fun. Pieces are tall and easy for little fingers to grasp and place. Musical family. Special lights indicate what family the instruments are a part of: woodwind, brass, percussion, keyboards or strings and if they primarily play the melody or accompaniment.

Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 – 5, years Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years, Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years, Fun for the Entire Family

 

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www.justb-byou.com

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Tag Get Ready for Kindergarten 

Why we like it: Look, listen and learn! Each page of this book shines a spotlight on a different school-readiness skill with interactive Tag touch appeal. Different voices respond, teaching alphabet recognition, early math, emotions, seasons, months and more. Just open the pages and you will see just how fun kindergarten will be! Works with the Tag Reading System. Learning through entertainment. The most productive way to learn is by having fun. Kids won’t even realize this is a lesson in independent study! No backaches here! The pages of this interactive book deliver a backpack full of learning without the weight. Revisit favorites. Kids can learn at their own pace, return to pages for a refresher course or confidence booster. Listening’s a skill. Different voices keep the play auditorily interesting while sound effects and verbal praise encourage further learning. Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years, Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years

 

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www.leapfrog.com

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Touch Magic Learning Bus

Why we like it: Board this bus and you’ll never be bored again! Familiar touch technology has reached two-year olds’ toys. 26 letters, animals, keyboard and more are a simple swipe away. Have bus, will travel. Lightweight and thin, your kids can easily have this bus in tow for learning all over town. No buttons. Simply touch, tap or swipe the surface for a lesson in learning and fun. Added bonus: no keys to collect crud; it’s easy to wipe clean. Three stops. This bus makes three stops to let kids explore and learn on their own, enjoy music and play games. Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten: 3 - 5 years

 

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www.leapfrog.com

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Early Elementary (5-years+)

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HEXBUG Nano V2 Black Hole

Why we like it: Like a Habitrail for bugs, this set has rubber techno insects climbing up, free falling and constantly finding new courses. Moving like real bugs these two busy Hexbugs with newly redesigned exo-skeletons scurry along clear tubes, tumble through a black hole or tackle obstacles built with added accessories.  

Ages: Ages 3 and up.

 

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www.hexbug.com

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Large Furnished Hotel

Why we like it: From the lobby and concierge to the game room and guests, enjoy all the amenities you’d expect in a luxury five-star stay without leaving the comforts of home. Use your room key to unlock the fun. This luxury accommodation is just awaiting your reservation. Many accessories add to the realism of this super staycation!

Ages: Ages 4-10 years.

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www.playmobil.us

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LeapPad Ultra

 

Why we like it: Ultra-perfect learning tablet for little learners! Tablet is sized right for kids and houses 8 GB of memory.  Play the 11 learning apps on the 7” screen with a finger or attached stylus or search the kid-safe web browser, LeapSearch by Zui, for more fun. Graduated learning levels help kids advance their skills.

 Ages 4-9 years.

 

   

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www.leapfrog.com

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Learn to Write with Mr. Pencil 

Why we like it: Techno-teacher with a passion for writing! Use this playful character with downloadable app to explore 85 writing activities that work on iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches.  Easy to grip and instant feedback from this oversized stylus teach kids to write letters, numbers and shapes in stroke-by-stroke proper sequence. Won’t scratch screens!

 Ages: Ages 4-7 years.

 

   

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www.leapfrog.com

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Little Passports: USA Edition

 

Why we like it: Sightsee the states and discover the USA! A monthly membership has you travelling the States each month, learning geography and history. Personal delivery arrives revealing your next destination packed with souvenirs, stickers, photos and activities – both hardcopy and online, heightening the adventures of your traveling staycation. Also available is the World Edition so that little explorers can go beyond their backyard.

 

Ages: Early Elementary-Teens

 

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www.littlepassports.com

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Marker Maker

Why we like it: Add panache to your paper! Ink, marker tubes, caps, tips and plugs along with tools to use help kids color their world with individual flair. Follow the mixing guide or experiment with your own concoction of color to create 16 customized markers. Add a label and your masterpiece to create masterpieces is complete!  

Ages: Ages 8+.

            

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www.crayola.com

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Air Hogs Battle Tracker 

Why we like it: Entering hostile territory – take cover! Missiles flying, disks coursing through the air and the battle is on! Indoor helicopter, controlled by remote, can shoot disks while A.R.T. (Automatic Robotic Turret) tracks its every move and can lock-on to fire foam missiles, bringing the helicopter down. You call the shots. A.R.T. can be used on auto track mode or manually controlled with the tethered remote. Mission command. Use the heli and A.R.T. together or on their own. Identify and fire at your own targets or have a face-off with the Air Hogs duo. Precision. A.R.T. is impeccably accurate in its quest to cause the heli’s demise. Ages Early and Late Elementary, Tweens, Teens and Family

 

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www.spinmaster.com

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All Duct Out 

Why we like it: Back to the ages when toys were boxes and planes were paper, this set is a welcomed return of the basics with a modern, trendy appeal. Fun-printed duct tape and directions help kids create headbands, purses and more. Simple, fun and easy to make. Runway worthy. Creative and eye-catching, kids can really strut their stuff with these home-made masterpieces! Directions suggest, artists impress. Patterns get kids started, but creativity takes over to make one–of-a-kind originals. Ages Early Elementary, 6 to 8

 

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www.alextoys.com

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DC Universe Super Heroes The Batcave  

Why we like it: “To the Batcave!” all you Batman-LEGO fans! This set masterfully combines two obsessions: to build the Batcave and surrender your imagination to the Caped Crusader. This detailed LEGO rendition includes the iconic red phone and a transforming changing station for the Bruce-Batman switch. The Dark Knight zips around on the Batcycle while Bane bores into imagination in his spinning drill tank. Two-expressioned characters included are Batman, Robin and Poison Ivy while Bruce Wayne and Bane maintain their stare. Bruce does exist! This set comes with the elusive Bruce Wayne character not found in other LEGO sets. Caped Crusaders have capes! Cloth capes enrobe Batman and Robin as they fight the evil Bane and Poison Ivy. Slick design. Front and back printing on the characters, detailed hair and redesigned Batcycle renews this classic with modern flair. Ages: Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years

 

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www.LEGO.com

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Discovery Kids Spaceship Laser Tag 

Why we like it: All encompassing game of hide and seek, tag and lasers. Kids strap on wrist laser spaceships and target their opponent without getting hit by their foe’s visible laser beams. Projected, not projectile. Indoor Laser Tag throws infrared beams of light around a room, not projectiles that’ll get you grounded. Six lives. Each player has six lives, and each life has 5 shots. That equals 30 rounds of action-packed combat. Senses a hit. You know you’re hit – you automatically lose a life and your spaceship vibrates acknowledgement – or maybe it’s a sensory sign to pick up your game! Ages: Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years

 

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www.nkok.com

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Geopalz Kids Digital Tri-Axis Motivational Pedometer 

Why we like it: More than a pedometer, Geopalz motivates kids to walk with the promise of prizes. Log your daily strides online to earn points redeemable for freebies shipped right to your door. Weekly emails are sent to parents to chart their child’s progress. Trivia tidbits are included with fun facts based on their steps. Show off. Efforts are awarded with printable certificates to display your achievements. The more you walk, the more you get! Shop on your “prize wall” to redeem points. Parents pay shipping for prizes like soccer balls, Frisbees, water bottles and more. 2500 steps = 1 mile = 1 point. Prizes start at 40 points. Ages: Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years Fun for the Entire Family, Special Needs

 

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www.geopalz.com

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Razor® FlashRider™ 360  

Why we like it: The sparks are flyin’ with this ride-on! Evolved classic three-wheeler delivers style and performance with highly responsive back casters that send kids into 360° spins while a spark bar cartridge with a pull-up lever leaves a blazing trail! Lightning quick speed. The zippiness of this ride-on sparks neighborhood kids’ interest and gets them in line for a turn. Flat-free tire. Dense foam front tire won’t require pit stops for changes. Low rider won’t flip when kids spin. Ages: Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years

 

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www.razor.com

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Weird & Wacky Contraption Lab Title 

Why we like it: Create your own marble run! Free-standing cloth-covered wall serves as the base to stick on tracks, ramps and goofy contraptions like a toilet, boot and chicken coop. Send the steel balls down the run to watch all the fun! Gears are spinning. Mental muscles are used as kids try and tweak the positions of each segment for a smooth descent. When pigs fly! Kids meet success when their steel ball rolls through the maze and drops to catapult a pig from a cannon. Advances through the ages. It’s different every time you construct a course and can be simpler for younger kids and more elaborate for older kids. Ages: Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years, Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years, Fun for the Entire Family

 

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www.smartlabtoys.com

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Upper Elementary (9-years+)

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ZOOMER

Why we like it: Zoomer is such an endearing Dalmatian that it’s hard to believe this eager-to-please pooch is robotic.  Kids can teach him to speak, sit, lie down, roll over or shake in English, Spanish or French.  This interactive puppy yips, pants and wags his way into affection, staying allergy-free and housebroken at all times.    

Fun for the entire family.

 

2013_Gold.jpgPrice: $379.99   

www.zoomerpup.com

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HEXBUG Nano V2 Black Hole

Why we like it: Like a Habitrail for bugs, this set has rubber techno insects climbing up, free falling and constantly finding new courses. Moving like real bugs these two busy Hexbugs with newly redesigned exo-skeletons scurry along clear tubes, tumble through a black hole or tackle obstacles built with added accessories.  

Ages: Ages 3 and up.

 

2013_Gold.jpgPrice: $49.99   

www.hexbug.com

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Spy Gear Spike Mic 

Why we like it: Spy ears masqueraded as a dart on the wall. Embedded in the suction cup dart is a high-powered remote listening device with a built-in microphone. Launch the dart into a room of unsuspecting conversationalists to eavesdrop with ease and excitement.

Ages: Fun for the entire family. 

 

2013_Silver.jpgPrice: $169.99   www.spygear.net

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Geopalz Kids Digital Tri-Axis Motivational Pedometer 

Why we like it: More than a pedometer, Geopalz motivates kids to walk with the promise of prizes. Log your daily strides online to earn points redeemable for freebies shipped right to your door. Weekly emails are sent to parents to chart their child’s progress. Trivia tidbits are included with fun facts based on their steps. Show off. Efforts are awarded with printable certificates to display your achievements. The more you walk, the more you get! Shop on your “prize wall” to redeem points. Parents pay shipping for prizes like soccer balls, Frisbees, water bottles and more. 2500 steps = 1 mile = 1 point. Prizes start at 40 points. Ages: Early Elementary: 6 - 8 years Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years Fun for the Entire Family, Special Needs

 

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www.geopalz.com

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Tweens (11-years+)

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Despicable Me 2 Minion Dave Talking Action Figure

Why we like it: Whether you are laughing at them or with them, these goofy little guys that look like Twinkies with personality can get even the grouchiest of curmudgeons to crack a smile. With over 40 phrases – some articulate and others clearly in Minion-ese, these talking, fart-making friends may have you laughing so hard you’ll pass gas!

Ages: Preschool to Teens.

 

2013_Honors.jpgPrice: $42.99   
www.thinkwaytoys.com

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Despicable Me 2 Minion Stuart Laughing Action Figure

Why we like it: Whether you are laughing at them or with them, these goofy little guys that look like Twinkies with personality can get even the grouchiest of curmudgeons to crack a smile. With over 40 phrases – some articulate and others clearly in Minion-ese, these talking, fart-making friends may have you laughing so hard you’ll pass gas!

Ages: Preschool to Teens.

 

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www.thinkwaytoys.com

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Little Passports: USA Edition

 

Why we like it: Sightsee the states and discover the USA! A monthly membership has you travelling the States each month, learning geography and history. Personal delivery arrives revealing your next destination packed with souvenirs, stickers, photos and activities – both hardcopy and online, heightening the adventures of your traveling staycation. Also available is the World Edition so that little explorers can go beyond their backyard.

 

Ages: Early Elementary-Teens

 

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www.littlepassports.com

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Make ‘N’ Break Party

 

Why we like it: Describe to build! Players work together to create block structures according to teammates descriptions. Watch out! Game board throws curve balls when players land on “taboo” or “blindfold” making building more challenging by omitting specific descriptor words and even sight! 

Ages: 10+ years

 

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www.ravensburger.com

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Razor Crazy Cart

Why we like it: Crazy Cart takes driving to a whole new dimension by adding sideways and diagonal to traditional forward and reverse options.  360° steering allows drivers to spin in circles and take turns tightly. Foot pedal acceleration speeds up to 12 mph.  Rear features include stabilizing drift bar and adjustable caster technology.

Ages: Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years.

 

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www.razor.com

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Quick Attach Microscope

Why we like it: Capture every minute detail! Attachable microscope slips over the camera lens of your iOS or Android device. Turn on your camera and snap a magnified photo of skin, clothing fibers, bugs and more! Magnifies 30x – kids are amazed to see everything enlarged so clearly! No software or downloads needed!

Ages: Fun for the entire family.              

 

2013_Gold.jpgPrice: $14.99   

www.SkyrocketToys.com

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3D Puzzle La Tour Eiffel 

Why we like it: Ooh la la, Paris in a puzzle! Piece together the famous landmark – puzzle style! Ideal for kids who have mastered flat puzzles and want an incremental challenge. Flat and hinged plastic pieces are all numbered and have arrows to indicate placement so it can be easily and methodically erected in an afternoon. Mantel-worthy. This puzzle is a fun pastime and the final product is a displayable three-dimensional piece of art. Sturdy structure. Three puzzle sections are each divided with a plastic base that give the structure added stability and lends architectural authenticity to the pride of Paris. Build-by-number. Numbered pieces guide children to build from the ground up making an overwhelming task not only do-able, but enjoyable. Ages Tweens, Teens and Family

 

“I thought this was going to be an overwhelming task, but the numbers and arrows made it so easy to do – we had our whole family helping!” Mother of two

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www.ravensburger.com

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Augmented Reality  

Why we like it: The picture jumps right from the puzzle! Once the 1000 piece puzzle is complete, download the app, hover over each animal to experience the savannas of Africa and capture the wildlife that call it home. 

Animation app. Download the app to see the animals come to life with real action and sound effects on your iPhone or iPad. Tabletop tour of Africa. Watch the animals roam in the comforts of your own home. Puzzle pieces make connections.  Classic jigsaw puzzle is embedded with the modern twist of technology. Action-packed puzzle allows you to enjoy a safari without the cost of a plane ticket, fear of a lion or hunger of a hippo. Ages: Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years, Fun for the Entire Family

 

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Price: $19.99

www.ravensburger.com

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littleBits Holiday Kit 

Why we like it: Today’s enthusiasts are tomorrow’s engineers. Modular components cleverly snap together with magnets for a lesson in electronics and a spark to ingenuity. Perfect for all the hard-to-buy-for, science-minded kids on your gift giving list! Current events Click together pieces to complete a circuit. Add your own components like pipe cleaners, paper and tape to light, vibrate, turn and create. Tinkering with technology. Designed to inspire, this set helps develop the skills to think outside the box. It creatively and effectively links play to innovation. An engineer’s toolbox. This set takes intellectual capabilities to the next level. Kids use the modular buzzers, lights, and motors to create a doorbell, light up a tabletop tree, or spin a flower. Have fun coming up with ideas, figuring them out, tweaking and trying and problem solving to challenge your mind and advance your skill. Once bitten. Once kids understand the concept, there is no stopping the overflowing ideas kids will think up. Ages: Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years

“This set targets a group of kids that are always missed in toys. Those kids, like my son, whose brain always needs to be thinking and figuring out.” Dad

 

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www.littlebits.cc

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littleBits Starter Kit 

Why we like it: Today’s enthusiasts are tomorrow’s engineers. Modular components cleverly snap together with magnets for a lesson in electronics and a spark to ingenuity. Perfect for all the hard-to-buy-for, science-minded kids on your gift giving list! Current events Click together pieces to complete a circuit. Add your own components like pipe cleaners, paper and tape to light, vibrate, turn and create. Tinkering with technology. Designed to inspire, this set helps develop the skills to think outside the box. It creatively and effectively links play to innovation. An engineer’s toolbox. This set takes intellectual capabilities to the next level. Kids use the modular buzzers, lights, and motors to create a doorbell, light up a tabletop tree, or spin a flower. Have fun coming up with ideas, figuring them out, tweaking and trying and problem solving to challenge your mind and advance your skill. Once bitten. Once kids understand the concept, there is no stopping the overflowing ideas kids will think up. Ages: Tweens & Teens: 9 - 15 years

“This set targets a group of kids that are always missed in toys. Those kids, like my son, whose brain always needs to be thinking and figuring out.” Dad

 

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www.littlebits.cc

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Teens (13-years+)

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Little Passports: USA Edition

 

Why we like it: Sightsee the states and discover the USA! A monthly membership has you travelling the States each month, learning geography and history. Personal delivery arrives revealing your next destination packed with souvenirs, stickers, photos and activities – both hardcopy and online, heightening the adventures of your traveling staycation. Also available is the World Edition so that little explorers can go beyond their backyard.

 

Ages: Early Elementary-Teens

 

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www.littlepassports.com

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Make ‘N’ Break Party

 

Why we like it: Describe to build! Players work together to create block structures according to teammates descriptions. Watch out! Game board throws curve balls when players land on “taboo” or “blindfold” making building more challenging by omitting specific descriptor words and even sight! 

Ages: 10+years

 

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www.ravensburger.com

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Spy Gear Spike Mic 

Why we like it: Spy ears masqueraded as a dart on the wall. Embedded in the suction cup dart is a high-powered remote listening device with a built-in microphone. Launch the dart into a room of unsuspecting conversationalists to eavesdrop with ease and excitement.

Ages: Fun for the entire family. 

 

2013_Silver.jpgPrice: $169.99   www.spygear.net

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Sphero  

Why we like it: Smartphone controlled, this robotic orb rolls through obstacle courses, navigates hand-drawn screen squiggles and even taunts the family cat. Highly responsive, you can control it with the tilt of the phone or use the screen image of a joystick or traditional remote controller.  Encapsulated multicolored LED lights change Sphero to any color under the sun. Free app lets you record its movements or convert into a golf ball on a course you create. This is sure to be a hole in one!  Compatible with Android and iOS devices.

Ages: Fun for the entire family. Great for special needs.  

2013_Honors.jpgPrice: $129.99   
www.GoSphero.com

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3D Puzzle La Tour Eiffel 

Why we like it: Ooh la la, Paris in a puzzle! Piece together the famous landmark – puzzle style! Ideal for kids who have mastered flat puzzles and want an incremental challenge. Flat and hinged plastic pieces are all numbered and have arrows to indicate placement so it can be easily and methodically erected in an afternoon. Mantel-worthy. This puzzle is a fun pastime and the final product is a displayable three-dimensional piece of art. Sturdy structure. Three puzzle sections are each divided with a plastic base that give the structure added stability and lends architectural authenticity to the pride of Paris. Build-by-number. Numbered pieces guide children to build from the ground up making an overwhelming task not only do-able, but enjoyable. Ages Tweens, Teens and Family

 

“I thought this was going to be an overwhelming task, but the numbers and arrows made it so easy to do – we had our whole family helping!” Mother of two

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www.ravensburger.com

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Air Hogs Elite: Helix X4 Stunt 

Why we like it: Pilots will discover this Air Hog’s amazing control with its easy-to-navigate floor to ceiling flight capabilities.  Able to hover in space, execute barrel rolls and accomplish backflips this Quad Copter is constructed from dense foam for durability.  Made to deploy indoors and built to survive crashes this amazing aircraft performs for novices and experts alike.

Ages: Fun for the entire family.

 

2013_Gold.jpgPrice: $79.99   

www.airhogs.com

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Despicable Me 2 Minion Dave Talking Action Figure

Why we like it: Whether you are laughing at them or with them, these goofy little guys that look like Twinkies with personality can get even the grouchiest of curmudgeons to crack a smile. With over 40 phrases – some articulate and others clearly in Minion-ese, these talking, fart-making friends may have you laughing so hard you’ll pass gas!

Ages: Preschool to Teens.

 

2013_Honors.jpgPrice: $42.99   
www.thinkwaytoys.com

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Despicable Me 2 Minion Stuart Laughing Action Figure

Why we like it: Whether you are laughing at them or with them, these goofy little guys that look like Twinkies with personality can get even the grouchiest of curmudgeons to crack a smile. With over 40 phrases – some articulate and others clearly in Minion-ese, these talking, fart-making friends may have you laughing so hard you’ll pass gas!

Ages: Preschool to Teens.

 

2013_Honors.jpgPrice: $42.99   
www.thinkwaytoys.com

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Quick Attach Microscope

Why we like it: Capture every minute detail! Attachable microscope slips over the camera lens of your iOS or Android device. Turn on your camera and snap a magnified photo of skin, clothing fibers, bugs and more! Magnifies 30x – kids are amazed to see everything enlarged so clearly! No software or downloads needed!

Ages: Fun for the entire family.              

 

2013_Gold.jpgPrice: $14.99   

www.SkyrocketToys.com

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Sphero  

Why we like it: Smartphone controlled, this robotic orb rolls through obstacle courses, navigates hand-drawn screen squiggles and even taunts the family cat. Highly responsive, you can control it with the tilt of the phone or use the screen image of a joystick or traditional remote controller.  Encapsulated multicolored LED lights change Sphero to any color under the sun. Free app lets you record its movements or convert into a golf ball on a course you create. This is sure to be a hole in one!  Compatible with Android and iOS devices.

Ages: Fun for the entire family. Great for special needs.  

2013_Honors.jpgPrice: $129.99   
www.GoSphero.com

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Spy Gear Spike Mic 

Why we like it: Spy ears masqueraded as a dart on the wall. Embedded in the suction cup dart is a high-powered remote listening device with a built-in microphone. Launch the dart into a room of unsuspecting conversationalists to eavesdrop with ease and excitement.

Ages: Fun for the entire family. 

 

2013_Silver.jpgPrice: $169.99   www.spygear.net

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ZOOMER

Why we like it: Zoomer is such an endearing Dalmatian that it’s hard to believe this eager-to-please pooch is robotic.  Kids can teach him to speak, sit, lie down, roll over or shake in English, Spanish or French.  This interactive puppy yips, pants and wags his way into affection, staying allergy-free and housebroken at all times.    

Fun for the entire family.

 

2013_Gold.jpgPrice: $99.99   

www.zoomerpup.com

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PlayStation Vita

Why we like it: PlayStation Vita is the next generation portable entertainment system providing a rich gaming, digital entertainment and social experience on-the-go. The first of its kind device features a 5” OLED for high-quality graphics never before seen on a handheld device. Rear and front touch pads, six-axis motion sensors, front and rear facing cameras and dual analog sticks provide gamers with a truly immersive, console-like gaming experience. With this new device, developers have created games featuring new play mechanics allowing young gamers to enjoy truly unique and creative experiences. Sample games include LittleBigPlanet, which enables players to create their own levels, Sound Shapes, in which players interact with musical instruments/samples and music creation, and Smart As, which delivers a social brain training experience. Ages: Fun for the Entire Family

 

nappa_gold_award.pngPrice: $249.99 WiFi, $299.99 WiFi/3G    
us.playstation.com/psvita

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