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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Ever been invited to an edible autopsy? It's creepalicious! Bubbling guts, injected intestines and eye balls provide a hair-raising, spine-chilling smorgasbord for dig-in diners. Spin Master, $29.99; spinmaster.com. Ages 5 and up.
Evolved classic three-wheeler delivers style and performance with highly responsive back casters that send kids into 360-degree spins while a spark-bar cartridge with a pull-up lever leaves a blazing trail! Razor, $129.99; razor.com. Ages 6 and up.
Fun to do and look at, too! Fifteen sticker stencils, six glitter colors and a nail-polish-like bottle of glue makes for easy glitzy fun. Tattoos are temporary. A great tween gift or stocking stuffer. GlitterToos, $15.99; glittertoos.com. Ages 3 and up.
Single Player Tetris teams up with Word Search in this unique puzzle. Kids flex their spatial reasoning, vocabulary and logic skills as they work their way through 40 fun, themed challenges. Thinkfun, $19.99; thinkfun.com. Ages 6 and up.