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Spring 2017 Tillywig Award Winners

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Poplings Back to top
Poplings
Price $ 2.99
By Cassidy Labs
Age
3+
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
Age
3+
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
Age
3+
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
Age
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

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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

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Scout Globe
Price $ 54.99
By Waypoint Geographic
Age
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
Age
3+
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
Age
6+
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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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

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Snippets
Price $ 24.99
By The Master Theorem Games
Age
13+
Top Fun

Snippets is one of the most delightful party and family games we've seen in quite some time, an uproariously fun word game that is more about creativity than vocabulary and whose 'anything goes' scoring can turn just about anyone into a prolific wordsmith. At the beginning of each round, a Snippets card is flipped, displaying a short sequence of letters. Players have 60 seconds in which to write down as many words as they...Read more

Social Skills Puppet Set Back to top
Age
4 - 8 yrs.
Brain Child

The Social Skills Puppet Set provides a structured, enjoyable and effective approach to helping children understand, absorb and display appropriate social behavior. The set comes with large Max and Millie Hand Puppets, a marvelously helpful 71 page activity book and twelve full color emotion cards. The book contains sixteen social skills lessons, each of which starts with a story consisting of dialogue between Max and Mil...Read more

Space Gyroscope Back to top
Age
8+
Brain Child

Space Gyroscope is a compact, self-contained unit that functions as both a gyroscopic stunt course and electronic gyroscope starter. The 40+ piece set is fun and easy to assemble, with decals that dress up components for maximum visual effect. Once assembled, getting the action in high gear is as simple as inserting the gyroscope into the futuristic, robot-like base unit and gently pressing down. The gyroscope's interior ...Read more

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Space Scooter X580
Price $ 149.00
By Space Scooter
Age
8+
Top Fun

Its unsurprising that heads turn whenever a Space Scooter X580 goes zipping by. Unlike a conventional scooter, this ingeniously designed vehicle is powered by a teeter-totter motion with which the rider's feet alternately push into the front and back of the board. That continuous pumping action generates higher speeds and longer distances than a traditional scooter and makes for an exhilarating mode of travel in which the...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

Spotted Basket Tea Set Back to top
Age
3+
Best Creative Fun

The expressions of joy on children's faces when they open this bright red picnic basket (nicely sealed with an elastic clasp and ornamented with checkered bows) and discover the treasures inside is a pleasure to behold. An explosion of pattern and color greets them, red and blue dots gracing the basket's interior and the magical-seeming items nestled inside. A sense of spellbinding enchantment only grows stronger as those...Read more

Squaremino Board Game Deluxe Edition Back to top

Squaremino is an extraordinarily entertaining game, a delicious tightrope of skill and luck that enables players of varying ages and skill levels to compete with one another while enjoying highly social group fun. Players start off with 12 tiles apiece and take turns playing 2, 3 or 4 tiles at a time by adding them to a communal network of intersecting tiles. The tiles added on a turn must either all be the same color, nu...Read more

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Start-Up Circuits
Price $ 19.95
By MindWare
Age
18mo.-6yrs.
Brain Child

Start-Up Circuits is a wonderfully effective approach to teaching children as young as 18 months the abstract concept of circuitry. It's a joyously hands-on mix of fun and learning through which youngsters learn a great deal. The set includes 6 pieces that, at first blush, could simply be colorful building blocks. However, snapping any of the 3 action tops together with any of the 3 switch blocks so that the red line alon...Read more

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Tangram Race
Price $ 13.99
By Mudpuppy
Age
6+
Brain Child

Experienced players and newcomers alike found this fresh take on the classic Tangram puzzle to be an absolute delight. Designed to be played either as a head to head race or solo style, Tangram Race comes with two complete 7-piece Tangram sets and a deck of 30 challenge cards. Each double-sided challenge card gives players the choice of 2 levels of difficulty (beginner on one side, advanced on the other). In each round, p...Read more

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