The National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) is a respected source for parents and professionals who seek the best children’s products that stand out among hundreds of others. These awards are highly regarded because “NAPPA’s team of independent expert judges and family tester (parents and kids) select the most entertaining, appealing, safe, educational, age-appropriate and enduring products as NAPPA Gold and Honors winner.”
That being said, the criteria were strict and the competition fierce, but Growing Tree Toys is proud to announce that 9 of our favorite toys were among the honorees this year (woo hoo)!
Drum roll please … the winners are:
|Sock puppets are cool, but animal puppets are wild! Kids can transform 3 super-soft, color socks into exotic creature’s thanks for the Make Your Own Animal Puppets Kit from Creativity for Kids – the mess-free craft that will captivate kids with hours of imaginative and creative play. When the fuzz stops flying and the eyes keep wiggling, kids won’t look at socks the same ever again – I know I didn’t! For ages 3 and up.|
|Can you earn 4 in-a-row? A game where strategy is the road to victory, the Exago Game from Goliath Games challenges kids and adults to place their tiles and anticipate their opponents’ moves – sounds easy, right? Take game play to a whole new level because with Exago, easy is a challenge! For 2 to 6 players, ages 7 and up.|
|Crafty cards, crazy characters, and rampaging randomness – the Quelf Game from Imagination Games combines simple rules with mindboggling antics and trivia for a truly unpredictable ride! Best of all, kids can choose from 8 kooky characters including Ninja Monkey, Queen Spatula and The Dude – pick a character to match your personality and make your way through the world of Quelf! For 3 to 8 players, ages 12 and up.|
Top Picks Winner
|Have you ever seen a perch of chickens go boom? The Chickyboom Game from Blue Orange Games will give kids chickens both big and small, rocking and rolling on their precious perch in this game of skill and luck! The goal of the Chickyboom Game is to remove the multi-sized chickens, wagon wheels, and hay bales from the perch before it crashes to the ground – sounds simple, right? Wrong! For 2 to 4 players, ages 4 and up.|
With so many award-winning toys to share, one post just isn’t enough! Check back soon for 2009 NAPPA Toy Award Part 2!
Metrick, Ellen. “75 Award-Winning Toys and Games.” Parenthood.com. October 29, 2009. http://www.parenthood.com/nappa/toys09_games.php