Weekly roundup: Educational Products, Brain Games, Children’s Picture Books+ More!! 10/29 – 11/04

This week’s roundup of Mom’s Choice Award winners features educational products, brain games, children’s picture books + 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 October 29 to November 4, 2023.

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 — Time Jumpers

Time Jumpers

Go back in time to witness some of the greatest achievements, discoveries, and events of the 20th century. Players take turns moving around the category portal to collect cards and fill their dashboards with cards in chronological order to meet certain goals like collecting a card from each category or having the largest time span between two cards. Players earn points based on these goals and the player with the most points at the end of the game wins! Time Jumpers can be played by 2-5 players ages 8+ in 30 minutes.

Educational Products:
Ages 9 to 12

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TheraICE Headache Relief Cap

TheraICE form-fitting gel ice headache relief cap is a cold therapy relief mask with NO Velcro and NO hard ice. It’s comfortable & stretchable, which makes it the perfect ice pack for headaches. It helps relieve tension, and sinus pressure & provides stress relief. Made with cutting edge material and expert-grade gel, This one size fits most stretchable compression cap is comfortable and the dark material blocks the light to help with light sensitivity while wearing.

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Award-Winning Children's book — TheraICE Headache Relief Cap
Award-Winning Children's book — The Mystery of the Pharaoh's Diamonds (English & Spanish)

The Mystery of the Pharaoh’s Diamonds (English & Spanish): Ava & Carol Detective Agency Series
Written by Thomas Lockhaven; Edited by David Aretha, Grace Lockhaven

Buckle up and start this thrilling Ava and Carol detective series enjoyed by thousands of middle schoolers today.
Criminals beware! There’s a new mystery-solving duo in town and they’ve got a curfew—so you better run fast!

It would seem the pharaohs of Egypt may not be resting very peacefully these days. International jewel smugglers have made off with the famous Ramesses diamonds from the Hancock Museum of Archeology! Precious stones themselves, these sparkly treasures are worth more than just money—they’re ancient history! So for a very special case it will take a very special crime team to hunt down these jewels and save the day. Ava and Carol are two best friends who know how to foil a crime spree, and nothing will get in their way when they discover what trickery is afoot.
It’s a race against time as Ava and Carol use quick-thinking and plenty of sass to outwit a band of thieves before the precious diamonds make their way out of the country and out of the lives of history lovers everywhere!
Follow the clues and try your luck against a dastardly band of international criminals. Can you save the Ramesses diamonds before they become ancient history—again?
Join the ranks of the Ava & Carol Detective Agency, and put this theft to eternal rest.

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

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Story Time Backgammon

The creators of Story Time Chess are back with a brand-new, story-filled adventure…Story Time Backgammon! The only game in the world that teaches kids three and up how to play backgammon. Story Time Backgammon uses the same story based approach that made us an international sensation. No Backgammon experience required to learn & play with a child ages 3 and up.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 5 to 8

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Award-Winning Children's book — Story Time Backgammon
Award-Winning Children's book — Stay Put Changing Pad Cover

Stay Put Changing Pad Cover

Do you struggle to keep your little one still during diaper changes? NOT ANYMORE! Our (patent protected) Stay Put Changing Pad Cover is here to help! Our soft, strong, elastic strap adjusts perfectly over your child’s chest for a snug hold. Our cover stops sitting up and keeps little ones in place securing infants through toddlers (yes, even the strong ones!) Fits any standard size changing pad. Easily undress your child and access diapers to get the job done easier and faster WITHOUT the wrestling match! Machine Washable (Please do not leave child unattended)

Gear & Accessories:
Bath & Potty (Includes Diaper Pails)

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Papacare Extra Tall&Wide Baby Gate

Papacare Extra Tall Baby Gate: Elevating Baby Safety to New Heights, Defending Against Chaos-Causing Dogs/Other Pets.

【EXTRA TALL&WIDE】36″ Tall x 48.8″ Wide, Stands 36-inches tall and expands to fit openings 29.5-48.8 inches wide. The Safety gate for baby is perfect for doorways, hallways, and stairways.
【DOUBLE SAFETY】Provides extra safety with a double-lock system and can be easily opened by adults but not by babies. No longer do you have to worry about your baby escaping.
【AUTO-CLOSE & Easy to Use】This gate opens effortlessly with one-hand operation. For added hands-free convenience, this safety gate is equipped with an auto-close function that gently closes the door behind you and a hold-open feature that keeps the door open.
【EASY INSTALLATION】Pressure mount design for quick installation. No additional tools are required for installation and no holes need to be drilled in the wall. (Note: Installation of the stairs must be hardware.
【WIDELY APPLICABLE】Three extensions (2.75″ / 5.5″ / 8.25″) are included to fit different widths of space.

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Award-Winning Children's book — Papacare Extra Tall&Wide Baby Gate
Award-Winning Children's book — My Teacher Is Not Real

My Teacher Is Not Real
Written by Amy Pulliam; Illustrated by Venus Redwood

My Teacher Is Not Real opens with Violet, a kindergarten student enduring digital school, skeptically studying her teacher’s moving image on her computer screen. With no apparent signs that her teacher, who is starting story time, can see or hear her, Violet logically asserts that her teacher must not be real in much the same way that the characters in a TV show are not real. Violet does not want to remain quiet and still during story time; Violet wants to sing and dance. If Violet’s teacher is not real, then no one but her stuffed animals will be watching, and they LOVE to sing and dance during story time!

MY TEACHER IS NOT REAL provides an opportunity for children, parents, and teachers to giggle their way into the world’s newest culture of education that is here to stay.

Children’s Picture Books:
Imagine It!

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LeapFrog® Rainbow Learning Lights Mixer™

Mix up sweet and savory snacks with the Rainbow Learning Lights Mixer™. Just like everyone’s favorite countertop appliance, this stand mixer includes a tilting head, spinning paddle and detachable mixing bowl. Create your own recipes or follow the instructions on the two double-sided recipe cards. Add counting and colors to the mix. Press the chef’s hat to listen to the mixer’s instructions. Use the red spoon to add flour or add two pieces of butter to the mixing bowl. Little bakers can make more than 40 pretend recipes for cookies, cupcakes, pies and more. Gather the chocolate pieces, divide the butter and crack the eggs so you can count and add as much of each ingredient as you need. Let’s make a rainbow sprinkle cake! Add ingredients to the mixing bowl and press the number buttons to see the paddle spin with colored lights. Pour the pretend batter into the double-sided pan, then flip it over to switch from cake batter to a decorated cake. When taking this mixer for a spin, you can always count on colorful treats.

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Award-Winning Children's book — LeapFrog® Rainbow Learning Lights Mixer™
Award-Winning Children's book — LeapFrog® Build-a-Slice Pizza Cart™

LeapFrog® Build-a-Slice Pizza Cart™

Set up shop and start selling slices with the Build-a-Slice Pizza Cart™! This food cart has everything needed to run a small pretend pizza business including six toppings, a pizza cutter, plate, cheese shaker and more. Ding! Ring the bell to hear a customer’s order and explore colors, shapes and food names. They may ask for a slice of pizza with crunchy onion, cheese triangles or red pepperoni. Scoop up the pizza with the magic spatula and it will let you know if you got the order right. You can mix and match toppings to create your own pizza too. Put it in the oven, set the temperature and the oven will say words in Italian, cooking phrases and play music while you wait. Don’t cook the pizza too long or it’ll burn. Pop the finished pizza in the box and complete the order. Collect and count the play money. Nice cookin’, chef! Add music to the dining experience by spinning the pizza turntable for learning songs and melodies.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 5 to 8

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LeapFrog® ABCs & Activities Wooden Table™

Turn the tables on play with the ABCs & Activities Wooden Table™, only at Target. Sit on the floor to explore the Activity Center and its twisty bead maze, turning gears and musical book page. We’re growing vegetables! Insert the tomato, carrot and peas shape-sorter blocks to pretend to plant seeds. When crawlers become cruisers, insert the Activity Center into the table top to encourage standing and walking. As little ones turn into toddlers, flip the Activity Center over to the Letter Center side to find touch-sensitive pictures that encourage kids to discover letters, words and phonics. Let’s explore the garden. Switch modes and touch the pictures to listen to phrases about animals, counting and colors or tap on the drum to hear color names and numbers. Add nature sounds to the melodies or use the piano keys to make your own music using piano, flute and violin sounds in Music mode. This table is made with 100% FSC™- certified wood that comes from well-managed forests.

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Award-Winning Children's book — LeapFrog® ABCs & Activities Wooden Table™
Award-Winning Children's book — Fresh Monster Kids Deodorant

Fresh Monster Kids Deodorant

Fresh Monster Kids Deodorant is a natural, safe, and effective deodorant for kids and teens. It is made with plant-based ingredients that fight odor-causing bacteria and keep kids smelling fresh all day. This long lasting, superior odor protection is made without aluminum, parabens, phthalates, triclosan, synthetic fragrances, or other harsh chemicals or irritants. It is also vegan, cruelty-free, dermatologist-tested and safe for even the most sensitive skin.

Fresh Monster Kids Deodorant is designed to meet the needs and preferences of kids and teens who are starting to experience body odor changes. It is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin, but strong enough to prevent odor. It is also suitable for both boys and girls, as the scents are gender-neutral and appealing to all. Fresh Monster Kids Deodorant helps kids feel confident and comfortable in their own skin, while also teaching them the importance of personal hygiene and natural wellness.

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Written by Carolyn Armstrong; Illustrated by Christine Kettner (cover design), Robin Hann-Leon (back matter pencil sketches); Edited by Bethany Hensel

Children’s book series Eco Warriors presents a fresh take on an old problem. Book 1 At The Edge Of The Ice is a heartfelt eco-adventure about the complexities of how habitats are affected by climate change and that small steps can make a big difference.

On Svalbard, a group of islands near the North Pole, intuitive eleven-year-old Sydney Cabella gains the ability to talk with animals and is alarmed by what they have to say. She enlists the help of her brainiac twin sister Sierra, hoping beyond hope that their activism will make a difference.

For ages 8-12, this middle grade novel is fact-based fiction with a touch of fantasy and covers state standards for science. Activities to extend the learning are also on the website. www.ckabooks.com

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

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Award-Winning Children's book — AT THE EDGE OF THE ICE
Award-Winning Children's book — Alicia Connected - Lost and Found

Alicia Connected – Lost and Found
Written by Derek Fisher; Illustrated by Heather Workman; Edited by Sara Harkins

Alicia is excited to go on a long weekend trip with her parents to a house on a lake. They all can’t wait to see what is in store for them as they enjoy some time on the water and hiking in the woods. Before they pack their bags Alicia has a few days at school full of challenges and even a few lessons about responsibility when one of her friends’ loses their phone!

Alicia and her friends also learn that not everything you hear can be trusted as a rumor spreads like wildfire through the school bus one morning. The friends are shocked to find out that some of the information that is online, isn’t always true. With the help of her parents, Alicia sets out to investigate the rumor and determine the truth. Through this, she learns about the dangers of fake news and the importance of fact-checking.

When Alicia and her parents take their long-awaited trip, they enjoy all that nature can offer. Even better, they are able to combine nature and technology by doing one of Alicia’s favorite activities. Geocaching! But when they return home from the fun-filled weekend, Alicia discovers that she has a cyberstalker. While Alicia is able to navigate the situation with her parents, one of her friends has to find a way to protect herself from a similar problem. Luckily, the friends are able to come together to learn how to protect themselves from these dangers online.

Juvenile Books (Level 1 – Ages 5 to 8):
Multimedia Experiences

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7 Comments on “Weekly roundup: Educational Products, Brain Games, Children’s Picture Books+ More!! 10/29 – 11/04”

  1. I appreciate your reviews. I love buying my grandkids fun and educational toys. I always include a few books. Alicia Connected sounds good. I’ll be looking for it.

  2. Very cool things here. So I’m wondering if the kids deodorant actually smells like gummy bears lol

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