Weekly Roundup: Award-Winning Toys, Games, STEM Kits, Books + More! 12/8 – 12/14

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This week’s Roundup of Mom’s Choice Award winners features toys, books, STEM Kits + more! Be sure to scroll through the entire list so you don’t miss any of our new award-winners! All the items you see below won a Mom’s Choice Award during December 8, 2019 to December 14, 2019.

Every week companies, inventors, and publishers from around the world send us their products for evaluation. Only the best earn our designation.

Award-Winning Children's book — Xtend 3-in-1 Bike

Xtend 3-in-1 Bike

Teach kids to cycle with ease with the Xtend 3-in-1 Bike!

The Xtend 3-in-1 Bike is a convertible balance bike with a unique extendable frame that is able to match your child’s size and skill level to enable a learning experience that transforms from beginner to skilled cycler. Built from magnesium-lite alloy, its light structural frame helps toddlers balance and cycle with minimal exertion while learning or riding.

With the comfort-ride seat, bike bell, 2 disc brake, front and rear reflectors, and its grow with me body, the Xtend 3-in-1 Bike encourages families to enjoy the great experience of learning to ride a bike with ease.

The Xtend 3-in-1 Bike can be used from ages 3 to 7 years old.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Preschoolers

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SMITHSONIAN® MEGA SCIENCE LAB

Learn about volcanos, weather, outer space and more. The Smithsonian Mega Science Lab is six STEM kits in one! Observe the process of crystal formation; assemble and paint a model of the earth and moon; and erect and erupt your very own volcano. Create an Eco Dome Habitat where you can catch, collect and study bugs.

Assemble and install your own weather station and start logging temperature, wind direction and speed, barometric pressure, humidity, clouds and precipitation. Put on your safety goggles and chisel away at your sand block as you excavate bones that you can assemble into a model dinosaur. This kit is a science sampler that offers six amazing adventures that are safe and easy to do.

Educational Products:
Ages 9 to 12

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Award-Winning Children's book — SMITHSONIAN® MEGA SCIENCE LAB
Award-Winning Children's book — SMITHSONIAN® CRYSTAL GROWING

SMITHSONIAN® CRYSTAL GROWING

Watch with amazement as crystals grow before your very eyes! The Smithsonian Crystal Growing kit lets you grow three different crystal clusters – golden citrine, aquamarine blue and emerald green.

Begin observing crystallization within just a few hours of finishing the chemistry portion of your experiment. Then watch them continue to grow over the course of several days. Included STEM content poster teaches about crystalline habitats and structures, crystal sizes and shapes, crystal systems, the importance of crystals and more. Ages 10+. Adult supervision required.

Educational Products:
Ages 9 to 12

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ProjeX™ Projecting Game Arcade

When it’s lights off, it’s game on with the ProjeX™ Projecting Game Arcade. ProjeX turns any room into an incredible gaming arcade! No need for a TV! Project crisp graphic images onto any blank wall and enjoy real-life gaming, without the limitations of a screen! Blast ducks, bullseyes or UFOs – each with unique sound effects. Play solo, head-to-head, or “Co-Op,”, where two players team up and combine scores.

Five games and three skill levels keep players engaged. A “beginner” setting accommodates even the youngest players in the room. This portable, battery-operated projector goes wherever you go – inside or out. You can even play on a garage door or outside wall of your house. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Requires 3 “AA” (1.5V) batteries (not included).

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 9 to 12

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Award-Winning Children's book — ProjeX™ Projecting Game Arcade
Award-Winning Children's book — My Superhero MInd

My Superhero MInd: True Beauty comes from within
Written by Jaina Thatch; Illustrated by Mernie Gallager-Cole

Dr. Jaina Thatch, author of My Superhero mind and thedocswifey.blogspot.com is an Author, Physical therapist, and an advocate for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Dr. Thatch always had a passion for writing and it was the birth of her daughter who inspired the book, My Superhero Mind. She is a firm believer in instilling values of self love, inner confidence, teaching young girls that its ‘cooler to be kind’, and inspiring young women to be their authentic selves and that by using their powerful minds they can be anything they want to be.

Jaina’s greatest desire is to instill this message at a young age, and build a strong foundation for the women of our future. Jaina currently lives on Davis Islands, Tampa, Florida with her family including her superhero daughter Isla and their puppy, Frosty.

Children’s Picture Books:
Inspirational / Motivational

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Muse Magazine
Written and illustrated by Various

MUSE is the science and arts magazine for kids that’s spot on with the facts and off the wall with the jokes. Kids who can’t help wondering whether video games really kill their brain cells, or what a gentleman ladybug is called, will find the answers here, in articles written by award-winning authors and accompanied by high-quality illustration and photography.

Juvenile Books (Level 2 – Ages 9 to 12):
Non-Fiction – General

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Award-Winning Children's book — Muse Magazine
Award-Winning Children's book — Magelica's Voyage Gift Set

Magelica’s Voyage Gift Set: Once upon a time, a fairytale touched the world…
Written by Louise Courey Nadeau; Illustrated by Nathan Heinze, Mayrhosby Yeoshen; Edited by Nathan Heinze, Jennifer MacKinnon

Three Magelica’s Voyage Story Books and 2 FREE Magelica Feather Necklaces for wearing and sharing the magic. Story Monsters Approved and Five Star Readers Favourite adventure fantasy series about a young orphan on Earth named Magelica who suddenly grows wings at the age of 12.

Magelica always knew she was she different. After all she was hatched from a blue sapphire egg. Her quest for answers takes her on a adventure beyond her wildest dreams. With her pet dragon Tris, and her new friends Prince Will and Odin the wacky Warblegrif she travels to the Isle of Dreams, the isle of Darkness, and the Land of the Fairies. Chosen to save the worlds, she discovers that the greatest enemy is fear, but realizes that it is no match for love, the most powerful magic of all.

Juvenile Books (Level 1 – Ages 5 to 8):
Inspirational / Motivational

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LIVING GOD’S TRUTH: FIND PEACE IN HIS WORD
Written by M. C. Abushar; Edited by M. C. Abushar

This book brings to light the real meaning behind common assumptions, as well as the true interpretation of our daily experiences. We arrive at these conclusions when we actively seek God’s Truth, and strive to live according to His word. “The last straw did not break the camel’s back; it really got the camel going.” “It’s when you’ve worked the hardest for God, that you can truly rest.” The author’s 52 thoughts are supported by verses from the Bible, proving the truth in each thought as taught in the Bible. All quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

Adult Books:
Religion & Spirituality

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Award-Winning Children's book — LIVING GOD'S TRUTH
Award-Winning Children's book — Life in the Neck Squirrel Trouble

Life in the Neck Squirrel Trouble
Written by Diane Davies; Illustrated by Margarita Sikorskaia; Edited by Alicia Ester

Welcome to a new adventure in the Neck, a beautiful place where animals and humans live together in harmony – most of the time. In this book, a young boy named Eli builds a log fort with his dad, but it’s not long before mischievous squirrels Chatter, Whistle, and Squeak move in and take over. As the nuts, acorns, and pinecones pile up inside, Eli realizes he’s going to have to get creative to get them out. Will his plan work, or will the squirrels win?

Children’s Picture Books:
Values & Life Lessons

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Language Together Set 2: 10 Early Beginner Reader Books with Online Audio (in Spanish, French, or Mandarin Chinese)
Written by Germaine Choe; Illustrated by Nancy Meyers; Edited by Nathan Lutz, Carolina Gómez, Fei Rathbone-Han, Jennifer Brunk

Language Together Set 2 is a confidence-inspiring set of early readers for children ages 3 to 8 who are beginning to learn a new language. Developed with teachers, the Spot Color Immersion Method® combines multiple strategies to simplify language learning, including picture cues, simple sentences, humor, repetition and a story-based approach.

Beginners will soon be able to read page after page on their own, or with help from the online audio narration by a native speaker. When children finish their first book—then all ten—they are filled with an incredible sense of accomplishment and empowerment.

Set 2 continues to build vocabulary and pre-reading skills. Set 2 themes include: Food, Verbs, Tableware, Art supplies, Feelings, Nature, Jobs, Furniture, Bedtime, and a Surprise delivery. The vocabulary choice was thoroughly reviewed by teachers/editors.

Juvenile Books (Level 1 – Ages 5 to 8):
Reference & Study Aids

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Award-Winning Children's book — Language Together Set 2
Award-Winning Children's book — Language Together Set 1

Language Together Set 1: 10 First Reader Books with Online Audio (in Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, or English)
Written by Germaine Choe; Illustrated by Nancy Meyers; Edited by Nathan Lutz, Carolina Gómez, Fei Rathbone-Han, Jennifer Brunk

Language Together Set 1 is a confidence-inspiring set of first readers for children ages 3 to 8 who are beginning to learn a new language. Developed with teachers, the Spot Color Immersion Method® combines combines multiple strategies to simplify language learning, including picture cues, simple sentences, humor, repetition and a story-based approach.

Beginners will soon be able to read page after page on their own, or with help from the online audio narration by a native speaker. When children finish their first book—then all ten—they are filled with an incredible sense of accomplishment and empowerment.

Set 1 introduces the building blocks of language, with each reader focusing on a theme: Family, Animals, Clothing, Colors, Face/Body, Fruit, Numbers, Shapes, Snacks, Toys. The vocabulary choice was thoroughly reviewed by teachers/editors.

Juvenile Books (Level 1 – Ages 5 to 8):
Reference & Study Aids

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Ladybug Magazine
Written and illustrated by Various

LADYBUG Magazine offers a charming collection of the best stories, poems, songs, action games, and adventures for young children. Written by some of the world’s best children’s authors and illustrated by award-winning artists, LADYBUG Magazine sparks a love of reading that will last a lifetime.

Children’s Picture Books:
Imagine It!

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Award-Winning Children's book — Ladybug Magazine
Award-Winning Children's book — Continent Race

Continent Race

Continent Race™ features the national flags of countries throughout the world. For 2+ players, ages 7 and up. The first player to collect the required number of country cards from each continent wins the game! Supporting materials such as Maps, Mystery Continent cards, Antarctica wild cards with special privileges, and an option to do a one-on-one challenge between 2 players add to the excitement. A portion of Continent Race™ profits benefits select children’s charities.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 9 to 12

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Ausdom K1 Headphones

Ideal for children at school, home, or when traveling, the Ausdom K1 kids headphones feature an interesting music sharing function that allows kids to connect with another friend’s headphones to share video/music via the 3.5mm connector on the right side of the headphone — no splitter needed. Dual premium driver units deliver a soft and natural sound so kids can immerse themselves in a musical world. Ausdom K1 also protects children’s hearing with built-in 85dB volume-limiting technology, which health experts agree is the maximum volume to which a child should be exposed.

Designed with an adjustable headband and ultra-soft earpads without any sharp corners, the Ausdom K1’s adjustable headband is flexible enough to meet the changing sizes of growing children. The Ausdom K1 is crafted with children-friendly natural material, with 1.2m tangle-free audio cords that are strong enough to be pulled by a child.

Audio Experiences:
Ages 9 to 12

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Award-Winning Children's book — Ausdom K1 Headphones
Award-Winning Children's book — Ask Magazine

Ask Magazine
Written and illustrated by Various

If “Why?” is the most common word that comes out of your child’s mouth, then ASK Magazine is the answer. ASK explains why animals sleep, what are tides, and how the solar system formed. Full of fun facts, informative scientific articles, and hands-on activities, ASK Magazine launches curious kids into hours of happy exploration.

Juvenile Books (Level 1 – Ages 5 to 8):
Non-Fiction – General

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