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Seasonal Fun and Activities

This Year’s Stand-Out Toys, Books, Games and More

For 23 years, the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) has been the go-to source for parents who are looking for great gifts for the holidays. An independent panel of experts, parents and children carefully tested and played with hundreds of submissions and honored the products featured in this section with gold awards.

To see the entire list of gold, silver and honors winners, visit NAPPAawards.com or download the free app from Cozi – the leading online family calendar and organizer – and view them on your phone.

TOYS

 

Billy Beats Dancing Piano by Mega Bloks First Builders: Mega Bloks, $39.99, www.megabloks.com. Ages: birth and up.

 

 

 


 

 

Tummy Time Activity Floormat: Mamas & Papas, $39.99, www.mamasandpapas.com. Ages: birth and up.

 

 

 


 

 

i-Mat My Animal World: Creative Baby Inc., $79.99, www.creativebabyinc.com. Ages: 18 months+.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Musical Owl: ALEX Toys LLC, $35.95, www.alextoys.com. Ages: 18 months+.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Learn to Write with Mr. Pencil: LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., $19.99, www.leapfrog.com. Ages: 3+.

 

 

 


 

 

LeapPad Ultra: LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., $149.99, www.leapfrog.com. Ages: 3 to 8.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Razor Crazy Cart: Razor USA LLC., $399.99, www.razor.com. Ages: 9 to 15.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Air Hogs Elite: Helix X4 Stunt: SPIN MASTER, $79.99, www.airhogs.com. Fun for the entire family.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

HEXBUG Nano V2 Black Hole: Innovation First International, $49.99, www.hexbug.com. Fun for the entire family.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Quick Attach Microscope: Skyrocket Toys, $14.99, www.SkyrocketToys.com. Fun for the entire family.

 

 

 

 


 

 

SmartMax Lighthouse: Smart Toys and Games, Inc., $59.99, www.SmartToysAndGames.com. Fun for the entire family.

 

 

 


 

 

ZOOMER: SPIN MASTER, $99.99, www.zoomerpup.com. Fun for the entire family.

 

 

 


GAMES

 

 

Raccoon Rumpus: Educational Insights, $14.99, www.educationalinsights.com. Ages: 3+.

 

 

 

 


 

 

The Great Cheese Chase: Peaceable Kingdom, $15.99, www.peaceablekingdom.com. Ages: 5+. Great for special needs.

 

 

 


 

 

Laser Maze - Beam-Bending Logic Game: ThinkFun, $29.99, www.thinkfun.com. Ages: 8+.

 

 

 

 


 

 

KORNER'D: Endless Games, $19.99, www.endlessgames.com.  Fun for the entire family. Great for special needs.

 

 

 

 


 

 

The Magic Path of Yoga: Upside Down Games, $29.95, www.upsidedowngames.us.  Fun for the entire family. Great for special needs.

 

 

 


 

 

Spot it! Party: Blue Orange Games, $19.99, www.blueorangegames.com. Fun for the entire family.

 

 

 


DVDs

 

Alphabet DVD: Rock 'N Learn, 2012, 42 minutes, $19.99, www.rocknlearn.com. Ages: 18 months+.

 

 

 

 

 


Pocoyo: Pocoyo's Circus: NCircle Entertainment, 2013, 90 minutes, $12.99, www.ncircleentertainment.com. Ages: 3+.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sight Words Level 3 DVD: Rock 'N Learn, 2013, 50 minutes, $19.99, www.rocknlearn.com.   Ages: 3+.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!: NCircle Entertainment, 2012, 60 minutes, $9.99, www.ncircleentertainment.com. Ages: 3+.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Luc Besson’s The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec: Shout! Factory/EuropaCorp, 2013, 1 hr. 50 minutes, Blu-ray $24.97, DVD $14.97, www.shoutfactory.com.  Ages: 9+.

 

 

 

 

 


Bink & Gollie ... and More Stories About Friendship: Scholastic Storybook Treasures, 2013, 36 minutes, $14.95, www.newkideo.com.  Fun for the entire family.

 

 

 

 

 


Guess How Much I Love You: Hidden Treasures: Entertainment One, 2013, 80 minutes, $12.98, www.us.eonefilms.com.  Fun for the entire family.

 

 

 

 

 


Lost and Found: Entertainment One, 2013, 40 minutes, $9.98, www.us.eonefilms.com.  Fun for the entire family.

 

 

 

 

 


BOOKS, MAGAZINES & SPOKEN WORD

The Dark, by Lemony Snicket, Illustrated by Jon Klassen: Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013, $16.99, www.hachettebookgroup.com,  Ages: 3+.

The Dark, by Lemony Snicket (Audiobook), Read by Neil Gaiman: Hachette Audio, 2013, $1.98, www.soundcloud.com,  Fun for the entire family.

 

 

 


 

Exclamation Mark, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld: Scholastic Press/Scholastic, 2013, $17.99, www.edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com,  Ages: 3+.

 

 

 


 

Rawr! by Todd H. Doodler: Scholastic, 2013, $12.99, www.edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com,   Ages: 3+.

 

 

 


 

Noisy Bug Sing-Along, by John Himmelman: Dawn Publications, 2013, $8.95, www.dawnpub.com . Ages: 4 to 9.

 

 

 

 


 

The Man With the Violin, by Kathy Stinson, Illustrated by Dusan Petricic: Annick Press, 2013, $19.95, www.annickpress.com . Ages: 5 to 8.

 

 

 


 

 

The Invisible Boy, by Trudy Ludwig, Illustrated by Patrice Barton: Alfred A. Knopf BFYR, 2013, $16.99, www.trudyludwig.com.  Ages: 6+.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Fun Facts & Silly Stories, Volume 1: Ripley's Believe It or Not!, 2012, $8.99, www.ripleybooks.com.  Ages: 6+.

 

 

 


 

 

Sewing School 2: Lessons in Machine Sewing, by Amie Petronis Plumley and Andria Lisle: Storey Publishing, 2013, $18.95, www.storey.com . Ages: 7+.

 

 

 

 


 

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library, by Chris Grabenstein: Random House BFYR, 2013, $16.99, www.randomhouse.com . Ages: 9+.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Starry River of the Sky, by Grace Lin, Read by Kim Mai Guest: Hachette Audio, 2012, $22.98, www.hachettebookgroup.com.  Fun for the entire family.

 

 

 


MUSIC

 

Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World's Bravest Kids — Alastair Moock and Friends: Moock Music, 2013, $15, www.singingourway.com.  Ages: 18 months+.

 

 

 

 


 

Recess — Justin Roberts: Justin Roberts Music, 2013, $15, www.justinrobertsmusic.com . Ages: 4 to 10.

 

 

 

 


 

 

All About Following Your Dreams ... Big And Small: Cool Beans Music & East Coast Recording Company, 2012, $15, www.allaboutfollowingyourdreams.com.  Ages: 6 to 8.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Blue Clouds — Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2012, $14.98, www.folkways.si.edu.  Fun for the entire family.

 

 

 

 


 

 

It's Not Fair to Me — Bill Harley and Keith Munslow: Round River Records, 2013, $14.99, www.billharley.com . Fun for the entire family.

 

 

 

 


 

The Mighty Sky — Beth Nielsen Chapman: BNC Records, 2012, $14.98, www.themightysky.com.  Fun for the entire family.

 

 

 


Apps, Software, Video Games, Websites and More

 

Clifford the Big Red Dog’s Website: Scholastic Media, Free, www.scholastic.com/clifford.  Ages:: 18 months to 8 years.

 

 

 


 

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Paint and Play: Disney Publishing Worldwide, $4.99, www.disney.com. Ages: 3 to 5.

 

 

 

 


 

Early Learning University, ALPS Series: Footsteps2Brilliance, Inc., $4.99 for each eBook, plus critical thinking games, www.EarlyLearningU.com. Ages: 3 to 8.

 

 

 


 

Pan: The Fearless Beribolt: Hullabalu, $3.99, www.hullabalu.com.  Ages: 3 to 8.

 

 

 

 


 

Little Fox: Animated Stories and Songs for Kids Learning English: Little Fox Inc., $20 per month or $150 per year, www.littlefox.com . Ages: 3 to 15.

 

 

 

 


 

Bookboard: Bookboard, Inc., $8.99/month for a monthly plan, $4.99/month for a six-month plan ($29.94 billed every 6 months), www.bookboard.com . Fun for the entire family.

 

 

 


 

MosaicHD: PopAppFactory, $1.99, www.popappfactory.com . Fun for the entire family. Great for special needs.

 

 

 

Monarch OS, preloaded on nabi 2 tablet ($179.99): Fuhu, Inc., Free, www.nabitablet.com .  Fun for the entire family. Great for special needs.

 


Wings Learning System, available for nabi Jr. ($99.99-$139.99), nabi 2 ($179.99), and nabi XD ($249.99) tablets: Fuhu, Inc., price starts from $1.99, www.nabitablet.com . Fun for the entire family. Great for special needs.

 

Treasure Box, preloaded on nabi Jr. ($99.99-$139.99) and nabi 2 ($179.99) tablets: Fuhu, Inc., Free, www.nabitablet.com . Fun for the entire family. Great for special needs.

Time Controls, preloaded on nabi 2 tablet ($179.99): Fuhu, Inc., Free, www.nabitablet.com . Fun for the entire family. Great for special needs.

 

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