Weekly Roundup: Games, Toys, Books, Apps & More! 2/14 – 2/20

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This week’s roundup of Mom’s Choice Award winners features games, toys, books, apps & 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 February 14, 2021 to February 20, 2021.

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 — Telestrations®: Upside Drawn

Telestrations®: Upside Drawn

It’s Telestrations, but Upside Down! This take on the award winning Telestrations game gives a whole new meaning to laugh out loud miscommunication. Telestrations®: Upside Drawn puts a teamwork spin on “The Telephone Game Sketched Out” by putting the pen in one person’s hand, and control of the board in another’s! Only through “Up” or “Down” directives can the team put the pen and board together to guess the clue first! The team to reach 20 points wins!

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Adults

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TeeTurtle Reversible Plushies

TeeTurtle Reversible Plushies are super-soft stuffed animals that are perfect for showing the world how you really feel.
Got a free cookie with lunch? Flip to the happy side and spread the joy! Spilled coffee all over your shirt? Flip to the angry side and warn the world.

TeeTurtle Reversible Plushies feature a one of a kind, patented design. They have gone viral on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter with over 40 million collective views. When you pick one up, you won’t be able to put it down!

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Young Adults

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Award-Winning Children's book — TeeTurtle Reversible Plushies
Award-Winning Children's book — Shifu Tacto

Shifu Tacto

Shifu Tacto blends the fun of board games with digital gameplay. It will be launched in June 2020 in the market.

Elements

  • Unravel the mysteries of chemistry hands-on
  • Learn about different elements of the periodic table
  • Create compounds with two or more elements
  • Adjust temperature to create chemical reactions
    Ages 7 – 12
    Skills: chemical bonds, structural formulas, cause and effect

Laser

  • Use analytical thinking on an interplanetary mission
  • Design a path to reflect, split and dodge lasers to accomplish each mission
  • Solve 50+ challenges with physics concepts of reflection and refraction
    Ages 7 – 12
    Skills: spatial reasoning, analytical thinking, creativity

Quest

  • Gear up to go on a quest that requires attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Each figurine corresponds to a special power that will help at every step to uncover hidden gems in the forests of Shazu
    Ages 4 – 12
    Skills: analytical thinking, logical reasoning, problem-solving

Snakes and Ladders

  • The classic board game of snakes and ladders comes alive with dazzling digital play!
  • Rattle and roll the dice to begin a breathtaking adventure
  • Dodge the swirling snakes using the shifting ladders
  • Strategize and outwit your opponents for a fantastic win
    Ages 4 – 12
    Skills: Strategy, CountingToys, Games & Puzzles:
    Ages 5 to 8Purchase here

Polar Adventure: Disappearing Ice

A game that introduces children to the problem of climate change and how it endangers the lives of polar animals. After building the polar environment, each player takes turns to roll the die and move their animal forward, aiming to be the first player to lead it to the safety of the big iceberg.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Preschoolers

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Award-Winning Children's book — Polar Adventure: Disappearing Ice
Award-Winning Children's book — Marvellous Macey, The Delightful Days

Marvellous Macey, The Delightful Days
Written by Caitlin Bangsund; Illustrated by Csongor Veres

Can you va va voom? Do you light up the room? Marvellous Macey does! She may not quite fit the mould, but she is living delightful days. Embrace Macey’s world of imagination and ability to love and accept everyone. Life may not be perfect and some things might be hard, but Macey shows us how to live in the moment and find the delight! Be inspired by Macey to make everyday the BEST day.

Children’s Picture Books:
Specialized Concepts / Differently Abled

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Made With Love: Culinary Inspirations from Around the World
Written by Chef Elizabeth Lee

Have you ever dreamt of floating on the ocean under the stars with the warm sea air caressing your skin while you enjoy one of the best meals of your life? Open the pages of Made with Love: Culinary Inspirations From Around The World and you can experience that wonderful moment in time.
Made With Love brings you a selection of professional yacht chef Elizabeth Lee’s stunning original recipes that have won both international accolades and the praise of charter guest gourmands throughout her years working in the private charter yacht industry.

Chef Lee offers recipes for all levels of culinary expertise with expert advice on food preparation techniques spanning basic to more advanced, such as sous vide and molecular gastronomy. Her suggestions for kitchen organization and meal preparation are applicable to any size kitchen, be it on a yacht or in a land-based home.

Chef Lees husband, captain Warren East’s, beautiful photography accentuates the visual appeal of Made With Love. The book includes photographs that accompany each dish, which aid in preparation and presentation as well as offer a glimpse of the couple s captivating international life on the ocean.

Made With Love is guaranteed to provide you with everything you need to create a successful kitchen with stunning, delicious meals to entertain with ease, style, and fun. Bon appétit!

Adult Books:
Cooking, Food & Wine

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Award-Winning Children's book — Made With Love: Culinary Inspirations from Around the World
Award-Winning Children's book — KIDS STORYBOOK TORCH

KIDS STORYBOOK TORCH

The creative idea of the KIDS STORYBOOK TORCH is to combine the functions of story-projection, starlight projection, night-light and art influence, so as to meet the various needs of children’s mind and life such as improving their imagination, language expression and the ability of beauty appreciation.

In addition, the KIDS STORYBOOK TORCH has user-friendly design, such as adjustable focal length, portable design, two-color light source and 15min intelligent closing, which optimizes user experience.

The emergence of this toy promoted the toy industry to explore the possibility of multi-function product.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Preschoolers

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I Hug You in My Heart
Written by April Goff Brown; Illustrated by Jeanne Conway

This story is based on visits with the author’s two youngest granddaughters. During one such visit, April’s granddaughter asked her the very question Zoe asks Nana in this story: “Nana, when I’m not here, do you ever forget me?” With I Hug You in My Heart, April hopes to help children understand that even though they cannot see their grandparents all the time, they are always inside their hearts.

Children’s Picture Books:
Family Life

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Award-Winning Children's book — I Hug You in My Heart
Award-Winning Children's book — Hungry Bins: Learn to Recycle--Memory Game

Hungry Bins: Learn to Recycle–Memory Game

Hungry Bins is a classification game that introduces children to how to recycle and compost. Children discover different types of materials and learn to recognize their respective collection bins. To make the matching process easier, each token features the color of the corresponding bin.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Preschoolers

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Hues and Cues

What hue do you think of when we say “apple”? Hues and Cues is a vibrant game of colorful communication where players are challenged to make connections to colors with words. Using only one and two-word cues, players try to get others to guess a specific hue from the 480 colors on the game board. The closer the guesses are to the target, the more points you earn. Since everyone imagines colors differently, connecting colors and clues has never been this much fun!

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Adults

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Award-Winning Children's book — Hues and Cues
Award-Winning Children's book — Goodnight Star, Whoever You Are

Goodnight Star, Whoever You Are
Written by Jodi Meltzer; Illustrated by Jody King Camarra

One fateful night, a child notices a magnificent star that looks like it’s following him during a car ride home from the beach. When he asks his mom about it, she gives him a textbook explanation at first, and then makes him think twice.

Goodnight Star, Whoever You Are helps kids cope with grief, loss, and longing in an enchanting way, sparking meaningful conversations about the everlasting power of love. With an imaginative point of view, kids will discover that the connection they share with the person or pet who died transcends the space between them. Children can reflect on their unbreakable bond with an “I Remember” page at the end of this beautifully illustrated picture book, providing comfort during trying times.

Children’s Picture Books:
Inspirational / Motivational

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Before I Was Born: Book
Written by Corey Anne Abreau; Illustrated by Samantha Williams; Edited by Lily Coyle

Your child is about to be a big brother or sister! But how do you explain what’s happening inside Mommy’s belly?

Before I Was Born is a children’s book for new siblings that explains how their baby brother or sister grows during pregnancy—first they’re as big as a seed, then a pear, then as large as a watermelon!

Children’s Picture Books:
Family Life

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Award-Winning Children's book — Before I Was Born
Award-Winning Children's book — Bedtime Stories - Night Train

Bedtime Stories – Night Train

The sun is setting, and it’s time for bed.
Meet the Esmitos, cute characters living high up in the mountains with their friends. After a long day of work, they need to sleep as we all do. They wait to get tucked into bed so they can fall asleep. That’s the task for young children aged 2-6. “Night Train” is a calming story that is well-judged to catch children’s attention while at the same time leading them into relaxation and sleep.

Created to help kids fall asleep.

Benefits for children :

  • Wind down: All animations are gentle and slow-paced to mimic the body’s movements when tired and near sleep.
  • Enhance positive emotions: Hand-drawn illustrations combined with real pictures trigger your child’s imagination.
  • Relax the eyes: Night mode design in warmer and darker tones to protect the eyes during the bedtime routine.

Benefits for parents:

  • Your voice: Read the bedtime story yourself tenfold the coziness and encourages your child’s love for reading, also, with support of a typeface against common symptoms of Dyslexia.
  • No need for rereading: Let the sleep timer help your child drift off, enjoying the train running smoothly along the tracks.
  • Feel comfortable about privacy: The app is safe for kids, simple as that!Apps & Software:
    PreschoolersPurchase here

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