Perfect Toys for Tots and Kids – 2009 Parents’ Choice Awards Part 2

“Designed to help parents and caregivers of all achievements and backgrounds make informed decisions about which new products are right for their children, the Parents’ Choice Awards is the nation’s oldest nonprofit program created to recognize quality children’s media.” This program honors quality material for children in categories such as, our favorite, toys! But, who are these wonderful toy testers you ask? Parents’ Choice Award panel members include educators, scientists, performing artists, librarians, parents, and kids themselves!

Let’s introduce the rest of the winner! Drum roll please … the winners are:


4 years

A new twist on an old favorite, the S’Match Matching Game from ThinkFun challenges players to match cards by color, number or category. But wait, how you match is determined by the game spinner, adding a twist to what players need to remember!


8 years

The Friends 4 Ever Bracelet Kit from Alex Toys allows kids to show the world that they are so important to each other that they share and wear their imaginative bracelet masterpieces everywhere they go! This fabulous friendship kit includes 4 color-coded foam looms, which allow kids to make 2 distinct bracelet styles in 8 funky patterns; 22 colors of floss; funky beads for adding special accents; and a beading needle – my oh my!

A fun-filled cross between poker and Yahtzee, the Yamslam Game from Blue Orange Games promotes calculated risk and smart strategy. In this game, it’s all about the luck of the dice roll because players score points based on what combinations (or attempted combinations) they roll. Score high and score often to claim victory! For 1 to 4 players.

Learning to knit has never been so fashionable or so fun! The Knitwear Designer Kit from Alex Toys is the fun and fashionable kit that lets kids test their fashion know-how on the friendly Molly Dolly by creating her a wonderful wardrobe. This all inclusive kit features everything young ones need to knit away – wooden knitting needles, sewing needles and easy-to-follow, full-color instructions that show kids how to make 12 fashions for their favorite friend, including a coat, skirt, dress, scarf, leg warmers, and more! Plus, kids can add buttons and ribbon, but most importantly – they can add their personal flair!

Now, instead of admiring the raw power of rushing water from a distance, the Hydropower Science Kit from Thames & Kosmos lets kids explore the intricacies of water power on their own! Perfect for the child interested in the environment and renewable energy, the Hydropower Science Kit provides all of the supplies to build a waterwheel, a sawmill, and a hammer mill – all of which harness the energy of moving water for various types of physical work.


All Ages

Ugly is the new pretty! With a one-of-a-kind appeal and an adorable look, Uglydolls show kids of all ages that you can’t fake ugly. Check out the four new members of the Uglydoll community whose award-winning finesse that both kids and adults will love.

Mr. Kasoogi
Mrs. Kasoogi
Black and White Turny Burny

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see which of our toys will win next year!


Source Citations:
“Parents’ Choice Awards.” November 2, 2009.
“Toys.” November 2, 2009.

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