Gold Award Winners
|It's a Match; $22.99; Discovery Toys. This educational game expands a child's visual discrimination and cognitive skills. The first step is to match identical pictures, colors and shapes before gradually advancing to making correlations: between similar pictures, full pictures and close-ups, real photos and drawings, or animals and their habitats. The unique design enables children to make a match and check their answers.|
|Pretend & Play Count & Click Camera; $19.95; Learning Resources. This pretend camera makes counting a snap! Each time the shutter is pressed, one of 10 photos depicting a different number of objects is seen. The durable plastic photo frames can hold actual 3.5-by-5-inch photos, or children can draw their own pictures on the blank, wipe-off surface on the flip side of the photos included in the set.|
|Pretend & Play® Trace & Learn Cake; $29.99; Learning Resources. Decorate this cake with static cling designs, wipe-off crayons and letter stamps that help teach letters, simple spelling and counting. All accessories store neatly inside the cake.|
|Woody Click Rescue Center; $39.95; HaPe International Inc. This make-and-play Rescue Center, complete with helicopter and emergency equipment, uses a snap-on system of wooden pegboards and shapes fitted with plastic pegs to create a solid, sturdy structure. The natural wood and simple design let imaginations soar!|
Honors Award Winners
Beleduc Children Around the World Lacing Puppets, HaPe International Inc.; $24.95; www.hapetoys.com; for ages 4 and up. Designed to help children master the skills of lacing, these six wooden dolls are ethnically dressed and come with a booklet explaining simple facts about each doll’s native land.
Community Helper Dramatic Dress Up – Chef, Brand New World; $29.95; www.brandnewworld.com; for ages 3 to 6. Chef’s hat and coat, with elastic button holes for easy dressing, comes complete with activity guide and book suggestions for continued play.
Crayola® Farmyard Fun Search Color Match Puzzle, Great American Puzzle Factory Inc.; $10; www.greatamericanpuzzle.com; for ages 4 and up. This large, 36-piece interlocking puzzle contains six wipe-off pieces to color. Then, find and count the objects in the picture.
Fantasy Dramatic Dress Up – Knight, Brand New World; $34.95; www.brandnewworld.com; for ages 3 to 6. Well-made, elaborate knight costume comes complete with activity ideas, a script to follow and book suggestions for continued play.
Hide & Seek Safari, R&R Games; $34.95; www.rnrgames.com; for ages 4 and up. In this electronic hide-and-seek game, the finder lights up as the player approaches the hidden tiger and an alarm sounds when it is found.
Magna-Tiles, Valtech Co.; $51.50; www.magnatiles.com; for ages 3 and up. Colorful, translucent flat shapes edged with magnets can be used to build 2-D and 3-D structures.
NAMiTS Junior, NAMiTS LLC; $9.95; www.namits.com; for ages 3 and up. Pocket-size cards provide topics to create an engaging thinking/verbal game – great for when kids are waiting or en route.
Pretend & Play School Set, Learning Resources; $29.95; www.learningresources.com; for ages 3 and up. Tri-fold display board contains pointer, report cards, wipe-off boards and all the accessories a teacher-in-training needs to play school.
Quadrilla, HaPe International Inc.; $49.95; www.hapetoys.com; for ages 3 and up. Handsome, sturdy wooden marble run entices children to design new structures and problem-solve configurations that allow the marble to travel throughout.
Zimbbos! Elephantastic Pyramids, Blue Orange; $19.95; www.blueorangegames.com; for ages 3 and up. Stack thick, numbered, wooden elephants, clowns and bars in numerical order to make a pyramid.
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