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Summer 2017 Tillywig Award Winners

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Link4fun Cards Back to top
Age
3+
Brain Child

Link4fun Cards puts a great deal of fun and learning at children's fingertips, combining physical and digital elements in ways that keep kids deeply engaged and happily coming back for more. After downloading the free Link4Fun app for iPad, youngsters joyfully experience a multisensory approach that enhances and deepens their learning. Within the extraordinarily easy-to-use app are 8 different learning activities. These i...Read more

Lumpy Cubes Hero Edition Back to top
Age
6+
Best Family Fun

Fast and fun are the two descriptors that came up again and again as kids (and grownups) of all ages were enjoying this game. Lumpy Cubes Hero Edition takes just seconds to learn and unleashes countless hours of play in which a quick mind and fast fingers will take you far! Each player is given 4 matching-color cubes, each of which bears images of 2 of the 4 quirky game characters (Iron Head, Wingz, Galaxy and Magic). Eve...Read more

Make Your Own Woven Watch Back to top

Make Your Own Woven Watch is a wonderful way for kids to delve into the world of arts and crafts, building confidence, coordination and fine motor skills along the way. The easy-to-follow instructions show how to make 3 different paracord bracelet patterns. Two slots on the back of the packaging box hold the buckles in place with two colorful cords held taut between them while the child loops and tucks the ends in various...Read more

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Map of Europe
Price $ 16.99
By Mudpuppy
Age
5-9 yrs.
Brain Child

It would be difficult to imagine a more playful and enjoyable way to learn European Geography than with this 70-piece Map of Europe. The dramatic shapes and unusually charming illustrations immediately convey that this is no run-of-the-mill puzzle. Sudden shifts in color along the borders of adjoining pieces enhance both the challenge and satisfaction of finding exactly where each piece belongs. Along with the exercising ...Read more

Match It! Letters Back to top

Match It! Letters is a prime example of learning through playing, a fabulously fun way for children to acquire spelling skills while expanding their vocabulary. The set consists of 20 four-piece puzzle sets, each of which includes a single large piece displaying a photograph of a common object (a fox, rug, key, cup, . . .) and 3 smaller letter pieces that spell that object's name. The design of the puzzles is such that on...Read more

Mischief Maker Slingshot Back to top
Age
4+
Top Fun

There's a joyous look children get when tearing open the Mischief Maker Slingshot packaging, an uncontained excitement that speaks to the remarkably fresh appeal of this updated version of the classic slingshot. Made from real wood and soft foam, the Mischief Maker's construction includes symmetric, brightly colored patterns along its surface and a foam 'hammer' attached by a strong elastic band. Loading the slingshot con...Read more

My Brain Hatter Helmet Back to top
Age
6-9 yrs.
Parents Favorite Products

This eye-catchingly cool-looking educational bike helmet was enthusiastically received by kids as well as by many an envious parent yearning to get their hands on a grownup version. In addition to protecting young heads from injury, My Brain Hatter Helmet enriches young minds through its anatomically correct depiction of the human brain. 15 included reusable, removable stickers provide the names and functions of each brai...Read more

My Little Sports Medicine Kit Back to top

My Little Sports Medicine Kit ingeniously immerses children in dress-up play while making learning about their pretend medical profession central to the play experience. Youngsters put the kit's props to exemplary use throughout several fun educational activities outlined in the set's workbook. After donning the Little Medical School white coat and Student Doctor ID badge (just two of many medical-related playthings in t...Read more

My Little Veterinarian Kit Back to top

My Little Veterinarian Kit is an immensely engaging and enjoyable blend of fun and learning that gets children oohing and aahing the moment the doctor's bag-shaped packaging is opened. Inside awaits an abundance of exciting props and playthings through which kids gain real insight and experience as to what it means to be a veterinarian. A fun-filled workbook immerses young vets-to-be in activities through which they explo...Read more

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Ninja Squirrels
Price $ 25.99
By RoosterFin
Age
7+
Best Family Fun

Boys and girls love this game as much for its quirky name and unusually playful components as for the action-packed entertainment it provides. Ninja Squirrels inspires quick hands and a keen eye as players take turns flipping cards from their piles into the center of the Battle Ring. Each card displays one of 4 Ninja Squirrels (Chuck, Nina, Heidi or Tank) and an acorn. If the squirrel and acorn on the card match in color,...Read more

Palm Grasp Fork & Spoon Set Back to top
Age
12 mo.+
Parents Favorite Products

Parents and children alike showed avid appreciation for the playful, appealing design and ease of use the Marcus & Marcus Palm Grasp Fork & Spoon Set brings to the table. The unique design of these utensils' handles, in particular, was a revelation that enabled toddlers to hold and manipulate them with ease right from the start. The soft-grip, animal-shaped handles (made with BPA-free and phthalate-free food-grade silicon...Read more

Peg + Cat 12" Peg Plush Back to top
Age
2-5 yrs.
Top Fun

This endearingly soft, plush toy makes for a supremely cuddly companion, one whose vibrant, details quickly unleash the full richness of a child's imagination. Plush Peg's appearance exudes so much personality that youngsters immediately begin interacting with her, role-playing, posing questions, caring for her, tucking her in at naptime. One can't help but marvel at a depth of engagement so enjoyable and stimulating that...Read more

Peg + Cat Wooden Puzzle Back to top
Age
2-5 yrs.
Brain Child

Children take immense pleasure in exploring Peg + Cat wooden puzzles, each of which includes images of Peg and her beloved talking cat. Beyond the entertaining imagery, though, each Peg + Cat wooden puzzle presents an array of educational activities that nurture motor skill development, visual discrimination, shape-matching, critical thinking and, depending on which puzzle is being explored, letters of the alphabet, vocab...Read more

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PrettyPro game
Price $ 25.00
By Decker Sisters LLC
Age
6+
Best Family Fun

It is increasingly uncommon these days to come upon a board game as abundant as PrettyPro, the impressive sight of which signals good times ahead for those who grab a seat at the table. As play gets under way, the pleasurable sights and sounds only multiply: the click-clack of rolled dice, the tat-tat-tat of game pieces along the board, the silky sounds of cards being flipped and pencils coloring on sketchpads. Each pad d...Read more

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Qwitch
Price $ 11.99
By PlayMonster
Age
7+
Top Fun

When it comes to highly engaging, fast-moving entertainment, Qwitch can't be beat. It's a delightful card game in which players employ nimble-fingers and quick minds in a race to get rid of all their cards. Face up on the table at all times are two cards, a Qwitch Card displaying a letter and a number, and a direction card that displays one of three symbols: + (up), - (down), or = (same). If the Qwitch card shows, for exa...Read more

Shrinky Dinks Mini Artist Activity Set Back to top

Shrinky Dinks Mini Artist Activity Set generates a good deal of excitement and fun throughout three thoroughly enjoyable phases of play. First, there is the pleasure of coloring in the playful designs on display in each of the set's three 8 x 5 inch precut Shrinky Dinks. Each jam-packed scene contains adorable critters in strikingly different environments (underwater, woodland and high in the sky). Next come the oohs and ...Read more

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Sleepy Glow Bear
Price $ 14.99
By VTech
Age
Birth+
Parents Favorite Products

Sleepy Glow Bear is a cuddly plush companion that sings lullabies, plays nature sounds and expresses verbal affection, all the while exerting a calming, nurturing influence on young ones. Even very young children respond favorably to the softly uttered, loving phrases that Sleepy Glow Bear speaks in response to pressing the heart button on his chest. Residing just below the heart button is a purple music button that allow...Read more

Smart Box - Abu's Journey Back to top

Smart Box - Abu's Journey is a phenomenally fun way for children to learn and explore spatial concepts, hone awareness of shapes and colors, and develop logical thinking and problem-solving skills. The set's 48-page full color book entertains with stories of Abu, his penguin buddy Ding Ding and an ensemble of charming animal friends. Amidst the storyline, the book also contains dozens of activities, many of which ask chil...Read more

Smart Box - Abu's Sailing Logbook Back to top

Abu's Sailing Logbook is an exciting, hands-on way for children to gain a multitude of skills, including increased concentration, problem-solving, improved eye-hand coordination, enhanced awareness of shapes and colors, and finely attuned visual discrimination skills, among others. The set comes with 9 wooden blocks in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes, along with a full color book that begins with the story of Abu re...Read more

Smart Cleaner Back to top

This quick, easy build generates dramatically fun results! Once assembled, Smart Cleaner takes off across the floor at the flip of a switch, following unpredictable paths and dusting as it goes. Googly eyes on the front of the unit give it a comically lifelike appearance, while a fringe encircling its body functions as a fabric duster that picks up dust and hairs along the way. Each time Smart Cleaner hits an obstacle, it...Read more

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Splash
Price $ 19.99
By Sierra Pacific Ventures LLC
Age
6+
Best Family Fun

Splash is a fast-moving, intensely entertaining game in which a keen eye and quick reflexes will get you far. Players aim to get four of a kind while rapidly passing and receiving cards to and from their neighbors, with the ultimate goal being to be the first player to spell SPLASH. Once any player achieves four of a kind, he or she grabs one of the dolphins from the table, signaling the others to do the same. Since there...Read more

Spooner Freestyle Balance Board Back to top
Age
3 - 14 yrs.
Top Fun

Spooner Freestyle Balance Board serves up a limitless array of fun physical activities ranging from rocking and balancing acts to dazzling tricks that give the rider the feel of surfing, skateboarding, or snowboarding - anytime, anywhere. The 22.5 inch X 11.25 inch board works on all surfaces, indoors and outdoors, and has a weight limit of 500 lbs. The board's centered spoon shape enables just about anyone to quickly gai...Read more

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