Weekly Roundup: Award-Winning STEM Games, Toys, Books + More!

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This week’s Roundup of Mom’s Choice Award winners features educational apps, puzzles and games focusing on STEM & STEAM + children’s and adult books, toys, medicine & clothing! 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 February 09, 2020 to February 15, 2020.

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 — Toddler/Youth Mittz

Toddler/Youth Mittz

Stonz Toddler/Youth Mittz are easy to put on and stay on by toggles at the wrist and arm. The extra-long wrists cover outerwear to keep the cold out and are packed with Thinsulate for ultimate warmth. The Mittz are made of water and wind-resistant nylon that protects hands from the elements and are reinforced with rubber for added grip and protection. The Mittz are shaped to a hand’s natural curve for better flexibility, has fleece to relieve wet noses and features clips so they won’t get los

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The Proto Project: A Sci-Fi Adventure of the Mind
Written by Bryan R. Johnson

When Jason meets his mom’s billion-dollar invention, an artificial intelligence device named Proto, he accidentally gets caught up in a mysterious adventure. Proto goes missing, and then people go missing. Now Jason and his coolest-neighbor-ever Maya must risk their lives to prevent global mayhem. But who is behind this devious plot? Is it another AI? The FBI? Or any other abbreviation with an I? What exactly is there to learn about artificial and human intelligence while fighting for your life

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

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Award-Winning Children's book — The Proto Project
Award-Winning Children's book — Templaytes®


Designed by a veteran educator of 20 years and piloted by thousands of children ages pre K through high school, Templaytes® are a Game Changer.

Templaytes® are screen-free, child-led wooden puzzles that allow kids to grapple with basic geometric shapes by either building mosaics or by drawing. By placing, tracing and overlapping Templaytes® shapes, children (and adults) experience spatial reasoning and strengthen fine motor skills.

Occupational therapists have recognized the attributes to cognitive development in dementia patients and children alike. Templaytes® covers the following topics:

  • STEM
  • Geometry
  • Math vocabulary
  • Literacy

Promote the Genius in your child.

Educational Products:
Ages 5 to 8

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Mondrian Blocks

The 2019 first place winner of the IIP39 competition — an international competition of puzzle designers.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 9 to 12

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Award-Winning Children's book — Mondrian Blocks
Award-Winning Children's book — MEandMine Magic Set

MEandMine Magic Set

MEandMine is all about creating new play experiences for children ages 3-8+ that make children’s journeys of self-discovery just as fun, messy and marvelous as the magic they’ll find inside.

MEandMine Magic Set includes two adventures that merge imagination-based stories with STEAM powered tactile explorations for little ones to discover all the magical ways their body and emotion work to take care of them and help them grow.

1st Adventure: FISH OUT GERMS where children learn about the amazing healing power of the human body then repair a ruptured vessel, build a magnetic fishing rod and use it to fish out all the germs from the vessel pond.

2nd Adventure: iLUV’S COLOR GEARS tells a mission-packed story about a special robot on her journey of discovering all types of emotions. Then, children build the expressive cardboard robot friend where they will learn to recognize 6 basic emotions, understand emotion-related facial and body traits, and discover a million and one reasons to love all the weird and wonderful feelings inside. Once iLuv is built, the excitement continues as children can use iLuv and provided game cards for charades and role play with situations.

The everyday fun practice empowers our little ones to explore playful ways to communicate how they feel and how it’s okay to feel all emotions, even the difficult ones.

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GOMO 3 Wheel

Designed for beginning riders, the GOMO is a sturdy, stable three wheeled scooters that kids and their parents will love. The wide deck and “lean to turn” steering give kids a stable platform to practice balance and improve coordination. The smooth, high quality wheels allow the youngest kids to feel the thrill of a big kid scooter but stay safe.

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Award-Winning Children's book — GOMO 3 Wheel
Award-Winning Children's book — Disruptus


Dare to think in an outrageously original manner with DISRUPTUS, the game featured in the New York Times, which is all about creativity and innovation.

Featuring a simple and ingenious play mechanism, DISRUPTUS revolves around new ways to CREATE,
TRANSFORM, or IMPROVE ideas or objects.

Play DISRUPTUS alone, with other players, or in teams. You can play competitively or in a collaborative manner. A fun game for children exploring their creativity, as well as corporate design teams and boardroom executives trying to come up with the next blockbuster idea. Will you or someone you know be the next DISRUPTER?

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Young Adults

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Comfy Critters

Comfy Critters® are multipurpose stuffed animals! Use them as a pet, pillow or hooded blanket! The patented design allows you to easily transition from one use to the next, making your favorite critter a great companion for any adventure! Perfect for playtime, bedtime, sleep overs, camping trips, movie nights and much more!

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Award-Winning Children's book — Comfy Critters
Award-Winning Children's book — ColicComfort


ColicComfort® for Colic Relief
ColicComfort temporarily relieves symptoms associated with baby colic, including gas pain and irritability.*

Sometimes what a baby needs most are happy, rested parents. Unfortunately, colicky babies can easily unnerve the emotional well-being of the entire household, with symptoms starting in the second week of life and lasting between 3 and 9 months of age. Besides physically consoling a baby, there have been few options available to help calm this type of crying baby.

Boiron, the world leader in Homeopathic Medicines, introduces ColicComfort, a liquid colic solution for babies ages one month and up. ColicComfort is absorbed sublingually to work on symptoms such as gas pains, cramps and irritability. The pre-measured, sterile single use liquid doses are convenient, easy-to-administer and guard against contamination. There is no risk of overmedicating, and no known drug interactions. ColicComfort does not contain preservatives, flavors, dyes, lactose, sugar or artificial sweeteners.

* Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.

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Cameron’s Photo Album Series (Album 4 – 6): Album 4: Numbered Things/ Album 5: Things That Make Musical Sounds/ Album 6: Palindromes
Written by Y. Y. Lee

Stories about a little boy creating a photo album full of the little things in life.

Children’s Picture Books:
Adventure, Adventurers & Heroes

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Award-Winning Children's book — Cameron's Photo Album Series (Album 4 - 6)
Award-Winning Children's book — Beloved and the Pepper Tree

Beloved and the Pepper Tree
Written by Ann Gonzales; Illustrated by Manu Montoya

Beloved is best friends with the Pepper Tree who lives down the hill from her house. She loves the Pepper Tree because it gives her shade to read in and branches to climb. When Mama tells Beloved they are moving away, Beloved is heartbroken. But the Pepper Tree has one last gift: a gift to help Beloved cope when everything changes.

Children’s Picture Books:
Growing Up / Personal Growth

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Against All Odds: Our Life Journey with Autism: A Guide for Parents and Teachers
Written by Carol Basile; Edited by Vera Austin, Angie Grippenwalt

“Put your son in an institution and move on with your life.”

At the age of six, Joe was diagnosed with autism. It was 1972 and little was known about this disability. Joe’s neurologist advised Carol Basile to institutionalize her only son. She refused. With only a mother’s fierce love and relentless quest for answers, she began a journey to help her son surpass society’s limited expectations to achieve a master’s degree and lead a meaningful life. Against All Odds is their story with the lessons learned to help every parent of an autistic child to see possibilities within the challenges.

Autism doesn’t limit your child’s potential. This heartfelt book is a powerful and practical guide for parents and educators of autistic children. It is filled with first-hand experiences and resources to equip you with the skills to help your child reach their full potential and flourish in today’s world.

Adult Books:
Parenting – Special & Exceptional Needs

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Award-Winning Children's book — Against All Odds: Our Life Journey with Autism
Award-Winning Children's book — Advanced Funny Machines Chain Reaction Game

Advanced Funny Machines Chain Reaction Game

This colorful chain reaction game can be used to construct three stable chain reaction models, for ages 7 and up. The chain reactions include funny, imaginative combinations and sequences of multiple different physical effects. The domino effects, for instance, include cableways, catapults or falling weights that set the colorful, action-packed chain reactions in motion. Builders can construct three exciting designs using the building instructions. But that’s definitely not the end of the fun.

It’s just the beginning. Get creative: design and build the longest, most exciting chain reactions you can think of. You can let your imagination run wild as you construct different variations, tricks and reactions. There are countless ideas and possibilities for getting a chain reaction rolling – but watch out, and build carefully: Even the tiniest nudge might accidentally set your chain reaction going.

Of course, you can also get creative and integrate other objects into your designs alongside fischertechnik components – turn any child’s room into a huge chain reaction arena.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 9 to 12

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The LEGO® DUPLO® WORLD app is packed with open-ended play experiences featuring animals, buildings, exciting vehicles and trains to inspire your child’s imagination and creativity through learning.

Your child can explore each scene to find out what’s in it, discover how everything works and—of course—play with it! Children also get to build structures using 3D bricks, stimulating their creativity.

LEGO DUPLO WORLD is carefully aligned with the highly-regarded Headstart Early Learning Outcomes Framework to ensure it’s age-appropriate and meets the developmental needs of 2-5-year-olds. Each activity targets key learning goals for toddlers and preschool kids. In the Parent Center, you can read about the learning benefits of each activity.

Be your child’s partner in play and get them ready for kindergarten! LEGO DUPLO WORLD supports Multi-Touch, so your family can play together and on the go for shared games, learning and adventures.

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Award-Winning Children's book — LEGO® DUPLO® WORLD

2 Comments on “Weekly Roundup: Award-Winning STEM Games, Toys, Books + More!”

  1. I always encourage my kids for STEAM education. These are all great gift collection. Thanks for sharing.

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