By Ellen Metrick
Play is the language of children. It helps them develop skills they'll use throughout life and lets them escape from reality. When we think back to our own youth, we fondly remember toys that made us think, made us laugh, or sparked special interests that we've carried into adulthood. This year's Gold Award winners are sure to be enjoyed by your children and, who knows, they might even trigger a lifelong passion.
|Ages 5 and Up|
|Ages 8 and Up|
About the judge: Ellen Metrick has more than 20 years' experience in the toy industry. As the toy specialist and manager of business development for the National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit that focuses on accessible play for children of all abilities, Metrick helps manufacturers develop and evaluate high-quality toys. To learn more, visit www.Lekotek.org and www.AblePlay.org.
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