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Spring 2017 Tillywig Award Winners

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Snippets Back to top
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

Tarzan Tire Swing Back to top
Age
5+
Top Fun

Tarzan Tire Swing is great outdoor fun, a re-imagined take on the traditional tire swing that updates, and improves on, the original. For starters, its clean, spare look makes it far more attractive than any tire swing we've ever seen. And with a 40-inch diameter, Tarzan Tire Swing is a whole lot of swing. Its sturdy, foam-covered steel frame encircles a strong, comfortable spider-web netting on which kids seat themselves...Read more

Teach My Yoga Mat Set - Fish & Learn Back to top

Even if Teach My Yoga Mat Set - Fish & Learn consisted only of a yoga mat for children, it would be a tremendous asset given yoga's well-established capacity for nurturing mind and body. But it is much more than that. The set includes a variety of playful, high quality components that, in conjunction with the colorful illustrations on one side of the yoga mat, offer a variety of highly engaging educational games and activ...Read more

The Rainbow Fish Lacing Cards Back to top
Age
4+
Top Fun

Children relive the wonders of Marcus Pfister's classic tale in a highly enjoyable hands-on activity with The Rainbow Fish Lacing Cards. The set includes a dozen laces in 6 different colors kids use to embellish the 10 gorgeously-illustrated lacing cards that accompany them. The cards, made from thick, durable cardstock, display original scenes from The Rainbow Fish dotted with color-coded holes that communicate which col...Read more

The Rainbow Fish Share and Sparkle Game Back to top

Sharing and cooperation are key elements of play in this charming and delightful game. The game components alone are so well-made and imaginatively illustrated that they exert a magnet-like pull on youngsters. The game's goal is for each and every player to fill his or her Rainbow Fish Board with colored fish scales before the Wave Marker reaches the end of the Sea Board. When this is achieved, everyone wins. If, however,...Read more

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Tiny Polka Dot
Price $ 14.99
By Math for Love
Age
3-8 yrs.
Brain Child

Tiny Polka Dot is a uniquely effective and pleasurable way for children ages 3 through 8 to learn essential mathematical concepts through play. The deck contains 6 distinct card designs, each of which nonverbally communicates the values 0 through 10 in ways so clever, varied and enticing that the simple act of leafing through them is both fun and enlightening. The instructions contain 16 easy-to-learn Tiny Polka Dot games...Read more

Ultra 7: Extreme Back to top
Ultra 7: Extreme
Price $ 19.99
By JLS Productions
Age
7+
Top Fun

From the first card dealt to the last card played, this addictively fun game keeps players happily engaged, generating enormous amounts of laughter and interaction along the way. Players race to rid their hands of cards by matching them to either the color, number, suit, or name of the top card of one of the two 'play' piles while navigating a slew of twists and turns. Those twists result from special cards whose impacts ...Read more

Vertiplay Tree Top Adventure - A Game of Constant Action Back to top

This is an unusually fun, high-quality toy that stimulates and fascinates for hours on end. The star is Mr. Caterpillar, a segmented 8-wheeled vehicle that fluidly zips down 5 wooden ramps set in a colorful, 3-dimensional tree that adheres vertically to almost any smooth surface (wood, laminates, dry walls, windows and mirrors, . . .). Gravity is the only force in play during Mr. Caterpillar's descent: kids drop him at th...Read more

Wacky Links Ocean Adventures Back to top
Age
4-12 yrs.
Best Creative Fun

With Wacky Links, kids can make playful and appealing rings, necklaces, anklets, armbands, backpack charms, and so much more! Wacky Links Ocean Adventures' comes with 15 soft, malleable tubes and 20 charms (fish, palm trees, seahorses, and more) in several colors each. The charms function as connectors that link the tubes, which can be quickly and easily cut down to suit the needs of an endless variety of inspired moments...Read more

Washable Sidewalk Paint Sprayer Back to top
Age
6+
Best Creative Fun

Crayola Washable Sidewalk Paint Sprayer is stunningly easy to use, letting kids fully immerse themselves in fun, creative outdoor activities all year round. The sprayer works like a charm on concrete, asphalt, grass, leaves, dirt, sand, even snow! Creating outsize signs, patterns and colorful artworks on any outdoor surface is a simple matter. No batteries or electricity are needed. Just pump to build pressure and then sp...Read more

Whiffer Sniffers Series 4 Back to top
Age
3+
Top Fun

Is there such a thing as love at first sniff? The answer, given the almost magnetic pull these 11 new scented plush Whiffer Sniffers characters exert on kids, is a resounding yes! Despite the scintillating smells, there's a good deal more going on here than meets the nose. Each collectible character looks like a foodstuff brought to life, with arms, legs and a big personality that cleverly ties in with its scent. Izzy Sod...Read more

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Wiggles Pig
Price $ 39.99
By GUND
Age
3+
Top Fun

In addition to being a cute, loveable companion with an exceedingly well-defined snout and a penchant for slumber, this animated, snoring plush pig comes to life with deliciously fun antics at the push of a button. Children laugh heartily as Wiggles snores, snorts, and talks, his body moving in unison to the sounds. Head bobbing, ears flapping, hindquarters wagging, Wiggles speaks a variety of phrases intermingled with ep...Read more

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Wonder Crew
Price $ 29.99 - 34.99
By PlayMonster LLC
Age
3+
Brain Child

Wonder Crew provides children (boys in particular) with a play companion whose presence encourages them to develop and express a healthy sense of emotional connection to others. Each 15-inch Wonder Crew buddy has a smooth vinyl head, arms, and legs and a soft, huggable body clad in superhero garb. Also included is a matching life-sized Wonder Crew cape and mask for the child to wear that aids in facilitating bonding and a...Read more

Wordphun Lower/Upper Case with 100 Pictures Back to top

This fabulously fun set provides a marvelous way for kids to develop writing and spelling skills through play. Using letter and picture bricks that physically connect to one another via Morphun's award winning side-joining design, kids play a variety of word games and activities that include crosswords, spelling and vocabulary fun. The easy-to-follow instructions offer several games suitable for kids as young as 4 years o...Read more

YooHoo & Friends - Charmer Cobra Back to top

It is easy to see why this premium, high quality, 5-inch plush Charmer Cobra quickly captivates kids' adoring attention. Its large, luminous eyes have a mesmerizing impact. A beautiful, silvery, sparkle effect contrasts the upper portion of its face from the lower and continues along the back of its soft, cuddly body all the way to the tip of its curly tail. That silver/orange contrast is again used to great effect on the...Read more

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