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Spring 2017 Tillywig Award Winners

Toys & Games

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Mold Free Marcus & Marcus Bath Toys Back to top

These joyously fun silicone bath toys are soft to the touch, perfect for little hands to grasp, squish and submerge. Five animal-themed characters (sold individually) stimulate young ones' imaginations while inspiring mental and physical exploration through water play. Each toy has a head and body that, together, form a sealed unit that floats and bobs to the surface but that can be easily separated into two cup-like part...Read more

Mold Free Marcus & Marcus Rocket Bath Toy Back to top

This fun-filled silicone bath toy puts smiles on young ones' faces, in or out of the bathtub. Like Marcus & Marcus's excellent animal themed bath toys, Rocket Bath Toy immediately engages young hands and minds while encouraging them to explore, investigate and play! A favorite feature is the squeeze and squirt action kids can use to suction up bathwater and unleash it in a directed stream with a simple squeeze. Youngsters...Read more

Mr. Game! - The Chaotic Party Game Back to top

Those who prefer predictable games would be well-advised to stay away from Mr. Game!, a highly entertaining board game whose twists and turns are a recipe for head-spinning fun! The basic premise is simple: players take turns rolling the dice, moving their pieces, trying to get to the goal space first. But what if the goal had other plans, like moving throughout the game, or all the spaces on the board were subject to cha...Read more

My Little Pediatrician Kit Back to top

This 'mini-medical school journey' for kids offers a wondrous array of fun and exciting props and activities through which children explore the world of medicine, science, health and caretaking. Included among the kit's items are a real white coat, an adorable plush baby doll with a birth certificate, a mini-Finnish Baby Box for baby's safe sleeping, a pediatric assessment form, tape measure, name tag, and a self-guided w...Read more

My Magical Sound & Lights Unicorn Back to top
Top Fun

Every detail of this gorgeous plush unicorn's appearance - its dazzling rainbow mane and tail, the sparkly accents on wings, horn and harness, and myriad other fine touches - captivates children at first sight. And that's before they discover the magic that lies in store for them. Petting the unicorn's back unleashes delightful visual and aural effects. A fluttering pattern of light moves through the wings accompanied by ...Read more

My Super Fun Play Book Back to top

Children and parents were awestruck by this beautifully-made, colorful fabric book and the many fine educational play activities it contains. Each of its 12 pages contains distinctly different, yet equally delightful activities to be explored - Tic Tac Toe, finger puppets, shape-matching, shoelaces to tie, cloth lollipops, an alarm clock, a pluck-able fruit tree, and a big-eyed, furry-eared dog, among others. Each page is...Read more

Peg + Cat Memory Game Back to top
Best Family Fun

This new adaptation of the classic 'flip two cards' memory game is made all the more enjoyable by the cast of Peg + Cat characters playfully illustrated throughout the set's 50 cards. These humorous and endearing illustrations (Peg, Cat, Ramone, Richard and more, in various kooky getups) make each flip of a card a rewarding experience regardless of whether or not a match is made. As a result, Peg + Cat Memory Game has a r...Read more

PicassoTiles 100 Piece Set Magnet Building Tiles Back to top

This enormously fun 100 piece magnetic tile set includes squares and triangles that, when placed face to face or edge to edge, instantly hold to one another. The magic and ease of the magnetic force inspires kids to jump in and start building, and build they do: structures that range from colorful, 2D geometric arrangements to pyramids, towers, full-blown towns, cities, and a vast range of other 3D shapes. Ideas flow swif...Read more

PicassoTiles KC102 Jump, Slide and Dunk Bouncing House Back to top

This colorful, audaciously playful 12 ft. X 10 ft. bouncing house can be purchased for roughly the same amount it would cost to rent one for a day. The entire house inflates with miraculous ease in about a minute due to the power of the heavy duty blower that's included. From a play standpoint, everything is remarkably well thought-out. A large back door and multiple points of entry provide easy access and viewing. The fu...Read more

PicassoTiles PTB120 Bristle Shape Blocks 120-Piece Basic Building Set Back to top

The ease with which these bristle design building blocks connect to one another inspires children to construct a huge variety of shapes and structures, both real-world objects in miniature and original creations that spring forth from imaginative young minds. Just press any part of two or more bristle-covered blocks together and, presto, they hold! Disconnecting is just as easy. This speed of constructing and readjusting ...Read more

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Poof Ninja Flyer
Price $ 8.00
By Alex Brands
Top Fun

So abundant is the visual appeal of these soft, foam throwing stars that kids instinctively spring into action at the mere sight of one. Each of the three angular fins jutting symmetrically from the ball-like center provides a handhold with which to grasp and throw the Poof Ninja Flyer. Thus launched, the Ninja Flyer emits a rhythmic whistling sound as it zips through the air, following trajectories whose unpredictable sp...Read more

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Poof Star Toss
Price $ 20.00
By Alex Brands
Best Family Fun

This new excellent new variant of the classic game of horseshoes is as fun as it is fresh, in part due to the playful, high-performing design of the stars players toss on every turn. Each lightweight star has 5 rounded edges to grasp and goes airborne like a flying disc, easily covering the 40-foot distance between the ground stakes players target with every toss. There are multiple ways to earn points, the highest-scorin...Read more

Poplings Back to top
Price $ 2.99
By Cassidy Labs
Top Fun

These brightly-colored, endearingly quirky critters have suction cup feet (and other appendages) with which they can stick to any smooth surface. Making a chain of Poplings that dangles, suction cup to suction cup, from a door, table, or window is a simple matter. Pluck a Popling from its sticking place and you'll hear the satisfying pop! from which they get their name. And while each of the different Poplings has a disti...Read more

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Portable Cooker
Price $ 49.95
By Bigjigs Toys LLP
Best Creative Fun

This wooden toy is so well-crafted and designed that one can only marvel at the time, care and ingenuity that surely went into bringing it to fruition. More importantly, kids thrive on the imagination-stirring environment it provides. When set up for play, Portable Cooker presents a two-burner stovetop setting with a miniature kitchen wall ascending from its back. Notches at the top of this wall offer a place for the set'...Read more

Puzzle Doubles - Find It! Dinosaurs Back to top

Puzzle Doubles - Find It! Dinosaurs features two excellent play features in one outstanding product: a giant, full color floor puzzle combined with a word and object recognition game. It all starts with putting together the gloriously illustrated 50-piece puzzle one piece at a time, a highly gratifying and engaging activity in and of itself. The prehistoric scene is chock-full of kids' favorite dinosaurs, which appear bot...Read more

Puzzle Squares Animals of the World Back to top
Brain Child

Each of the six vividly illustrated 9-piece puzzles in this set reveals a different animal from around the world. There are 27 double-sided pieces included, so the first step is to sort them by color before placing 9 of them in the puzzle tray and arranging them to form a unified image. The tray eliminates the need for a separate surface, an excellent feature that makes play possible in any environment at home and on the ...Read more

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Q-bitz Jr.
Price $ 19.95
By MindWare
3-8 yrs.
Brain Child

Q-bitz Jr. is an exceedingly enjoyable game that plays well across a range of ages and keeps players deeply focused and engaged. It's fast-moving fun in which everyone is in on the action from start to finish. In addition to its considerable entertainment value, Q-bitz Jr. is a marvelous educational tool. Players utilize and develop a host of skills that include enhanced spatial reasoning, pattern matching, problem solvin...Read more

Qwitch Back to top
Price $ 11.99
By PlayMonster
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

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Scout Globe
Price $ 54.99
By Waypoint Geographic
5-12 yrs.
Brain Child

The ease with which the Scout Globe enables kids to observe and absorb a great deal of geographical information makes it an essential educational resource to have on hand at home and in the classroom. Featuring up-to-date geopolitical boundaries, more than 4,000 named places and points of interest, and (less common for a children's globe) ocean floor topography with identification, the Scout Globe readily conveys the dive...Read more

Sea Sparkles Rainbow Violet 18" Back to top
Top Fun

This entrancing new addition to Aurora's Sea Sparkles line of super-soft mermaid dolls features a sparkled texture, a long, shimmering tail, and wild, wavy hair that cascades past her shoulders in brilliant violet and turquoise tresses. The free-spiritedness conveyed by Violet's exotic hair and tail is tempered by a gold crown atop her head (which lends her a regal bearing) and the playful, welcoming expression on her fac...Read more

Shrinky Dinks Mini Racers Activity Set Back to top

Shrinky Dinks Mini Racers Activity Set combines several highly enjoyable play activities in one remarkable toy. The fun starts by coloring in the six included precut Shrinky Dinks race car shapes. Each of these six impressively modern race car designs is substantially different from the others and detailed enough to allow for some finely nuanced attention to color. Next comes the baking (parent supervision advised), which...Read more

Skylab Adventure Back to top
Brain Child

The range of STEM-skill-nurturing constructions and experiments this set puts at kids' fingertips has to be seen to be believed. With its whopping 440+ pieces and easy-to-follow instruction manual, kids experience Skylab Adventure more as though it were a trip to an amusement park than a search of knowledge. But learn they do, and a great deal. Part of what makes all this hands-on exploration so much fun is the emphasis t...Read more

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