Toys, Games and other gives from NAPPA

 
 

Feeling pressured to find the perfect holiday gifts for the little ones in your life? Stress no more. The 2011 National Parenting Publications Awards will make your holiday shopping a breeze. These Gold Award-winning NAPPA products have been carefully tried, tested-and played with-by expert judges and kid testers alike.

They chose these winners for their educational and entertainment value, safety and durability, and most importantly, because they're fun! Whether you're shopping for a little techie, gamer, artist, music lover or bookworm, you'll find what they're craving among the NAPPA winners. There's even a section for us "big kids," who-though we've outgrown the kids' table-can still see fun through a child's eyes.

You can also find more products at NAPPAawards.com

 
 

2011's best toys

NAPPA's awardees this year include brain-teasers, spacial games and (of course) the new American Girl dolls. This slide show start with toys for younger kids, then goes up in age.

Ellen Metrick consults with major toy manufacturers on product design. She has created systems to research and evaluate toys' impact on childhood development and their therapeutic value for children with special needs. She has written extensively on creative applications for play products, including a bi-monthly column for ASTRA (American Specialty Toy Retailers Association). The lead evaluator for the Toys 'R' Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids for 15 years, Metrick currently serves as manager of business development at the National Lekotek Center, a nationwide nonprofit that focuses on accessible play for children of all abilities.

 

 
 

2011's best games

NAPPA's game awardees this year start with a visualization of our favorite book, and end with a new version of charades. This slide show start with toys for younger kids, then goes up in age.

Peggy Brown works for many of the world's biggest toy companies as an inventor, designer, writer, creative director and consultant. She won the TAGI award for game design. Kim Vandenbroucke is a game inventor and developer, and president of Brainy Chick Inc. She writes for Games for Educators (G4ed.com) and runs a game review website, TheGameAisle.com.

 
 

2011 best DVDs

Sing, laugh at the Cat in the Hat, learn Spanish and much more with these NAPPA award-winning DVDs. This slide show start with toys for younger kids, then goes up in age.

Ranny Levy, founder and president of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media, has been an advocate for quality children's media since 1989.

 
 

Best Books

Expert judges and child testers have selected the most engaging books, magazines, apps, software, video games and websites for this year's National Parenting Publications Awards Gold Winners. This list will help you find the right gifts this holiday season.

The books start out for infants and then go up to above age 12.

Find all the gifts your kids will love among the NAPPA Gold and Honors winners featured at NAPPAawards.com, where you can also shop for these products online.

By Helen Foster James and Rubin Pfeffer

 
 

Best Magazines

Expert judges and child testers have selected the most engaging books, magazines, apps, software, video games and websites for this year's National Parenting Publications Awards Gold Winners. This list will help you find the right gifts this holiday season.

The books start out for infants and then go up to above age 12.

Find all the gifts your kids will love among the NAPPA Gold and Honors winners featured at NAPPAawards.com, where you can also shop for these products online.

By Helen Foster James and Rubin Pfeffer

 
 
 







 
 
 
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