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.
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More than a rattle, this developmental milestone-maker taps into an infant's abilities from birth by introducing eye tracking through an innovative three-color changing light. SmartNoggin Toys, $21.99; smartnoggintoys.com. Ages birth and up.
All the glory without the glue! Everything's assembled for an afternoon of art. Create collages by placing doilies and fringed tissue anywhere on the sticky paper. Triangular crayons, shaped paper and stickers add to the options. ALEX, $16.95; alextoys.com. Ages 18 months and up.
LEGO builder-in-training! Oversized "menu" cards show kids how to build. The pictures have actual-size illustrations for children to match up and lay out the bricks before connecting them. The DUPLO bricks and accompanying object pieces help bridge the gap between constructive and imaginary play. LEGO, $24.99; LEGO.com. Ages 18 months and up.