Best Kids DVDs in 2012

The 2012 National Parenting Publications Awards results are in and we've awarded the year's best products for children, providing busy parents with this year's sure-bet holiday gift guide.

These Gold Award-winners have been carefully tested, evaluated-and played with-by expert judges and kid testers alike. They were chosen for their entertainment and educational value, as well as their quality and ability to withstand hours of play.

 
 

Chloe's Closet: Super Best Friends

NCircleEntertainment, 2012; 60 min.; $9.99; ncircleentertainment.com. Ages 2 to 7.

Smart, fun and imaginative play bring Chloe and her friends closer when outfits in her magical closet transform them into heroes.

 
 

Chuggington's: Wilson and the Ice Cream Fair; Traintastic Adventures; and Brewster's Little Helper

Anchor Bay Entertainment, 2012; 62 min.; $14.98; anchorbayentertainment.com. Ages 3 to 6.

What better way to "train" impressionable preschoolers in responsibility than with adorable little trains? These three outstanding DVDs offer lessons in teamwork, patience, paying attention, overcoming fear and self-acceptance.

 
 

Pocoyo: Fun and Games

NCircleEntertainment, 2012; 90 min.; $12.99; ncircleentertainment.com. Ages 2 to 7.

Line-drawn characters will make children laugh out loud while they learn about good sportsmanship.

 
 

The Adventures of Chuck and Friends: Monster Rally

Shout! Factory/Hasbro, 2012; 110 min.; $12.99; hasbro.com. Ages 3 to 6.

Like preschoolers, Chuck the little dump truck and his vehicle friends run into trouble sometimes.

 
 

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!: Ocean Commotion

NCircleEntertainment, 2012; 60 min.; $9.99; ncircleentertainment.com. Ages 3 to 6.

Though storybook-traditional in his appearance, this is a new Cat. Well-behaved and thoughtful, he leads kids on an innovative journey of discovery and science in short, digestible episodes.

 
 

The Gruffalo

NCircleEntertainment, 2011; 40 min.; $9.99; ncircleentertainment.com. Ages 3 to 6.

In a complex and beautifully produced story, a mouse uses its wits to outsmart predators. This is a great how-to-deal-with-monsters tale for those who fear them. A bit scary for some of the younger folks.

 
 

WordWorld: To The Rescue

NCircleEntertainment, 2012; 60 min.; $9.99; ncircleentertainment.com. Ages 2 to 7.

Simple story lines built around engaging word characters help kids memorize spellings and absorb word recognition.

 
 

The Magic School Bus: Blast Off! From Sea to Space (3-DVD set); Field Trip Fun and Games (3-DVD set)

The New Video Group, 2012; 270 min.; $24.95 for each DVD set; newvideo.com. Ages 5 to 10.

Renowned for making science accessible to young minds, the Emmy-winning Magic School Bus travels to destinations no one can visit in real life.

 
 

Worlds Together: East Africa, West Africa and Ethiopia

Master Communications, 2012; 25 minutes each; $29.95 each; asiaforkids.com. Ages 5 to 12.

This set helps parents introduce children to the nations of the world. Maps orient the viewer to scenery so striking that it instantly generates interest.

 
 
 







 
 
 
Copyright 2014 Wednesday Journal Inc. All rights reserved. Chicago web development by liQuidprint