NAPPA 2006: Toys for Ages 5 and Up

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NAPPA Holiday Shopping List

By Ellen Metrick

Nappa Gold Winners
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.

Gold Award Winners

ZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Classic Moonjar Moneybox; $24.95; Moonjar.

Classic Moonjar Moneybox; $24.95; Moonjar. Although not a "toy"  in the
traditional sense, this three-segment bank helps children learn financial and social responsibility. The three compartments - Sharing, Spending and Saving - can be a springboard to conversation and action regarding community service, decision-making and planning.

Play Foam; $9.99; Educational Insights. The whole family can enjoy this innovative winner! Colorful foam "beads" stick together and can be molded over and over without ever drying out, even if left uncovered. Just mold objects as you would with play dough. Clean up is easy because Play Foam doesn't crumble or stick to surfaces or hands.
Speed Stacks StackPack; $39.99; Play Along. The race is on: Children stack and unstack specially designed plastic cups in specific ways as quickly as they can. Beat the clock, your own record or a friend's time. Speed stacking has been proven to improve hand-eye coordination and concentration.
The World Almanac for Kids Puzzler Deck Language Arts & Wordplay!; $9.95; Chronicle Books. This deck of cards entertains and challenges kids with simple questions on word and picture identification, directionality, rhyming, opposites, nouns, etc. Great for on-the-go fun in a car, waiting rooms or restaurants. Other Puzzler Decks include Math! (ages 7-8), U.S. History & Geography! (ages 9-10) and World History & Geography! (ages 11-12).

Honors Award Winners

Cranium WonderWorks Talking Picture Book, Cranium; $19.99; Use dry erase markers, reusable stickers and wipe-off pages to create a story and record the narration.

Crayola Story Creator, Binney & Smith; $19.99; Budding authors create their own story using paper and crayons; then narrate it using the recording feature and sound effects on the notebook.

Curious Sky Bonz, Curious Toys; $36; Children build whimsical, alien-like creatures and then learn how to balance and counterbalance them, kinesthetically and visually, while suspending them from a mobile.

Foamstruction, Overbreak; $19.95; Moisten and stick colorful foam sheets, shapes and nuggets together to create artistic structures.
ec/obidos/ASIN/B00092PDLK/parenthoodcom-20/002-8615999-4647220">GeoPuzzle, Geotoys; $14.99; Learn world geography with this high-quality cardboard puzzle of Africa and the Middle East. Pieces are shaped like the individual countries.
ec/obidos/ASIN/B000J1EQAU/parenthoodcom-20/002-8615999-4647220">Glen Terrier Puppet, Folkmanis; $24; Encourage imaginative play with this realistic Glen Terrier puppet with velvety tongue, molded nose, wheaten-spiked fur and wavy tail.
ec/obidos/ASIN/B000EMRVB0/parenthoodcom-20/002-8615999-4647220">I Spy Eagle Eye, Briarpatch; $17.99; Four double-sided game boards contain many colorful items. Choose a card and be the first to find the matching item on your board.
ec/obidos/ASIN/B000A32OBU/parenthoodcom-20/002-8615999-4647220">LEGO Hospital, LEGO Systems; $49.99; This meticulously designed Lego set transforms building play with bricks into elaborate pretend hospital play.
ec/obidos/ASIN/B000H1TBBG/parenthoodcom-20/002-8615999-4647220">Papa Bear, Playroom Entertainment; $8; A quick-response, visual perception card game that assists in color recognition and identification.
ec/obidos/ASIN/B000ETXSJC/parenthoodcom-20/002-8615999-4647220">Spelling Beez, Talicor; $25; Travel around the honeycomb game board, landing on letters to make words. Offers two levels of play.

Stare! Junior Edition, Game Development Group; $21.99;; for ages 6 and up. Children take turns staring at images on cards, then answer memory questions relating to the pictures to advance on the game board.
ec/obidos/ASIN/B000H21CIA/parenthoodcom-20/002-8615999-4647220">Thing-a-ma-Bots, Gamewright; $5.99;; for ages 6 and up. In this card game, players name and remember the robots to win cards.

Toysie Snappers, Toys i.e.; $19.99; This linking pattern puzzle set contains 80 hexagon-shaped, plastic tiles in four bold colors, and 10 pattern cards, to create recognizable two-dimensional objects. The tiles are joined easily with puzzle-like connections.

V.Smile Jammin' Gym Class, VTech; $29.99; Used with the V.Smile TV Learning System, this floor mat serves as a dance-mat controller for kids to answer questions by moving and grooving.

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