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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Ooh la la, Paris in a puzzle! Piece together the famous landmark. Ideal for kids who have mastered flat puzzles and want an incremental challenge. Flat and hinged plastic pieces are numbered and have arrows to indicate placement, so this can be easily erected in an afternoon. Ravensburger, $25.99; ravensburger.com. Ages 10 and up.
What comes in a box, fits inside a blender, and will make you laugh? Name an object that fits the attributes on your cards and then play them to the grid. Gamewright, $9.99; gamewright.com. Ages 8 and up.
Add little-bitty cards to a grid, making sure that color, shape and number are either all the same or all different across the line. As the grid expands, so do the possibilities. Pocket-sized, go-along game; easy to play on any table anywhere. Gamewright, $7.99; gamewright.com. Ages 8 and up.