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Winter 2017 Tillywig Award Winners

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ABC Melody Maker Back to top

ABC Melody Maker is an interactive electronic learning toy whose playful design and variable functionality make for exceptional educational fun. A cleverly designed pencil dial lets youngsters choose from among 5 dynamic play activities - Letters & Numbers, Music & Sounds, Follow Me, Letter & Number Order, and Find It! The highly engaging ABC Melody Maker asks questions, offers encouragement and cheerfully guides children...Read more

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Barnyard Battle
Price $ 11.95
By KidRealm
Age
5-12 yrs.
Best Family Fun

This joyously playful version of the classic card game WAR brings an entire barnyard to the table - chickens, pigs, goats, cows, donkeys and more! Each Barnyard Battle card bears a humorous, kid-friendly illustration with a quirky animal name (Disco the chicken, a cow named HowNow, . . .) and a cleverly worded special ability. The series of quick, satisfying head-to-head battles in which both players flip a card, roll a d...Read more

Big Box of Games Transportation Back to top
Age
3+
Best Family Fun

Transportation Big Box of Games is a prime example of why board games hold such a joyously esteemed place in the annals of family playtime. Lifting the lid reveals four classic games inside: Memory Match, Dominoes, Bingo, Spinner Game, each delightfully updated for maximum play value. The high quality game components feature unusually playful, eye-catching artwork featuring colorful hot air balloons, rocket ships, fire ...Read more

Bounce in Space Back to top
Age
6+
Brain Child

This wonderful 210+ piece construction and science experiment set brings fun and learning to the fore while laying an awesome groundwork for the development of STEM skills. Elaborate chain reactions can be set up and executed in which kids use hands and minds to build structures ideal for exploring and demonstrating potential energy, kinetic energy and other scientific principles. Prominent among these is an amusement par...Read more

Brain Builders: Magic Reflection Ball Back to top
Age
0 to 18 months
Brain Child

Little ones respond to Magic Reflection Ball with seemingly endless fascination, pulling, touching and tapping it as they watch the ever-changing reflection respond to their every move. It's the ultimate in simplicity and interactivity, a dome-shaped reflective surface set in a suction cup-mounted base that affixes instantly to any smooth surface. This ability to go from portable to stationary in the blink of an eye makes...Read more

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Burst Out Laughing Gas
Price $ 24.95
By MindWare
Age
10+
Laugh Out Loud

The deeply entertaining interplay unleashed by this wonderful party and family game elicits peals of laughter from players and observers alike. The challenge on any given turn is for one player to use spoken clues to get teammates to not only guess two common phrases, but to combine them into something called a combolution. Example: phrase 1) Ketchup and Mustard, phrase 2) Mustard Gas, combolution: Ketchup and Mustard Gas...Read more

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Castle Combat Cards
Price $ 11.95
By KidRealm
Age
5-12 yrs.
Top Fun

This 2-player game, based on the classic card game war, has lots of nice twists and turns that add to the excitement and fun. Not least of these are the 32 warrior cards, of which there are 16 each from two opposing armies. The playful illustrations are amusing and kid-friendly (a silly-looking dragon named Thermo the Ancient, a comically fierce Yeti chieftain named Kang Kool, and many others). Players go head-to-head in ...Read more

Crayola Triple-the-fun Art Studio Back to top

Kids adore having this 3-in-1 art studio as their go-to place for creating and sharing artwork. Its brightly colored, playful design and multi-functional features are exceedingly well-suited to the needs and desires of young artists. The double-sided easel/chalkboard contains a storage tray on both sides, enabling two children to create independent artworks simultaneously while enjoying one another's company. A large cli...Read more

DMXSLOTS Starter Kit - Next generation slot car racing Back to top

DMXSLOTS Starter Kit provides kids and adults with everything they need to experience massive fun: 2 handheld controllers, 28 straight and curved pieces of track, and 2 sporty-looking cars with groundbreaking features that elevate slot car racing to exhilarating heights of enjoyment and skill. A patented rotating mechanism beneath each car gives DMXSLOTS car racers the revolutionary ability to switch lanes at any point on...Read more

Double Play Cards: word games with a wacky twist Back to top

This very special deck of cards comes with instructions for a variety of fun and exciting word games. Both novices to word play and word game aficionados alike enjoyed it thoroughly. Each card prominently displays what appears to be a single letter. However, the unique design of each letter allows it to be transformed into another simply by rotating the card 180 degrees. A player with 10 cards in hand, then, actually hold...Read more

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Escape E.V.I.L.
Price $ 35.00
By Kitki
Age
8+
Best Family Fun

Escape E.V.I.L. is a richly imagined board game through which children develop a healthy curiosity about, and familiarity with, the wonders of chemistry. Players assume the role of scientists invited by Earth Vision Industrial Labs (E.V.I.L.) to help end world hunger. Upon learning that E.V.I.L.'s true intent is to rule the world, scientists/players find themselves imprisoned in the lab. Their only shot at freedom is to ...Read more

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Firefox Glider
Price $ 14.99
By Firefox Toys
Age
5+
Top Fun

This hand launch glider performed well in every regard, yielding loads of fun for the children and parents who played with it. Ease of use was very high. Assembly, which consists of nothing more than sliding the wings into two precut spaces in the midsection and tail of the glider's body (no glue, no tape), took 5 seconds. The very first attempt at flight sent Firefox Glider soaring an impressive 50 feet through the air, ...Read more

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Gecko Blocks
Price $ 29.99
By Cassidy Labs
Age
3+
Brain Child

Full-on creativity becomes the norm due to an unusual characteristic these blocks bring to the table: simply touching one to another causes them to stick together with surprising ease. Stack several blocks, lift the top one, and the rest come with it. A gentle pull is sufficient to take them apart again. The speed with which this gravity-defying stick-to-itiveness allows youngsters to build in all directions and spontaneo...Read more

Gel-a-Peel 3D Design Station Back to top

Gel-a-Peel 3D Design Station gives girls everything they need to design and make their own stylish jewelry and other fashion accessories - bracelets, earrings, emoji charms, pencil toppers, key chains, phone cases and more! It's super easy to do. Just insert one of the included paper designs (or create your own) into the 3D template and use one or more of the gel color tubes to trace the design. Wait for it to dry, then p...Read more

Georgie Interactive Puppy Back to top
Age
6+
Top Fun

In addition to being irresistibly soft, cute and cuddly, this delightful pup responds to more than a dozen verbal and physical cues by engaging in remarkably lifelike antics that match the command given. Among other things, Georgie barks, walks, sits, rears back on his hind legs, shakes hands, high-fives, plays tug-o-war and even breaks out some impressive dance moves. There's an impishness in everything this little Golde...Read more

Helio Base Station Back to top
Age
0-13 yrs.
Brain Child

Helio Base Station emits LED light through specially designed discs whose content is projected onto the ceiling in a soothing contrast of shadow and light. Instead of seeing stars and moon projected onto the ceiling, kids are treated to a wealth of knowledge as they happily lie back and absorb entertaining educational facts and images that inspire lively interactions and enlightening discussions. Swapping out the discs ch...Read more

Hot Wheels PlayTape Back to top
Age
3+
Top Fun

Watch a child play with a toy vehicle and you'll soon see every surface within reach - floors, tables, counters, stairs, walls, furniture - being used an imaginary road. Hot Wheels PlayTape takes that high octane fun up a very big notch by letting kids instantly add visually exciting roads and racetrack-like paths, wherever and whenever they desire. PlayTape sticks to any flat surface (even carpeting and upholstery) and i...Read more

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Junior GeoStix
Price $ 31.95
By Edx Education
Age
3+
Best Creative Fun

This unique and versatile construction toy opens the door to a remarkable level of creative play. Junior GeoStix's straight and curved flexible sticks snap together so easily and in so many configurations (including items with moving parts) that children don't hesitate to jump right in and start building. For those who enjoy the challenge of recreating what they see, the set comes with 30 two-sided activity cards that dis...Read more

Kardtects Grisroc Starter Set Back to top

Many a child has abstained from building a card house due to the seeming impossibility of doing so without countless hours of practice. Kardtects turns this notion on its head by enabling even young novices to create elaborate multilevel structures from day one. For starters, Kardtects collectible building cards are specifically designed for building card houses, with more grip and less slip than traditional playing cards...Read more

Lalaloopsy Large Entertainment Dolls Back to top

Each of these four dolls has a brand new look and feel that includes soft, brushable hair, a first for Lalaloopsy dolls! Creativity and friendship are the themes that unite them, yet each doll comes with a distinctive personality whose endearing qualities are expressed through its playful, eye-catching appearance. Attire, hair style and color (strikingly different for each doll), accessories, even the pet that accompanies...Read more

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Liquid Chalk Markers
Price $ 18.97
By usbilby.com
Age
3+
Best Creative Fun

The versatility and ease of use of these liquid chalk markers make them a favorite of both children and parents. Kids deeply enjoy U.S. Bilby Liquid Chalk Markers for their vividness of color and the way the reversible chisel/bullet tips open the door to nuanced creativity on a surprising variety of canvases in and around the house. Grownups appreciate their widespread practical applications, lack of mess (no chalk dust!)...Read more

Miffy Hide and Seek Back to top
Age
1-4 yrs.
Brain Child

This wonderful educational game includes several excellent variations of the perennial children's favorite, hide and seek. The goal is to find Miffy, an adorable, talking 3D version of Dick Bruna's beloved rabbit. When Miffy's switch is set to 'on,' she calls out hints from her hiding place in a pleasing, singsong voice: "I'm hi-ding, yoo-hoo, I'm here! Can you find me?" Parent/child interactions and the skills targeted f...Read more

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