Shop Talk: Game On!

By Elena Epstein

  • Go For a Ride

    Great for beginning bikers, the SmartStart 16 Scorch (ages 4-8, $113.80, http://SchwinnSmartStart.com) is designed with a young child’s body proportions and riding needs in mind, offering comfort and confidence on two wheels.

  • Imagine It

    Join Ty and Karlie’s zany outing building robots to perform tasks and solve problems. The Robot Engineer (ages 3-5, $49.95, http://www.thamesandkosmos.com) is a 53-piece science kit full of colorful moving parts, wheels and gears, plus a beautifully illustrated storybook that helps kids master simple engineering concepts.

  • Have a Ball

    Perfect for teaching young wide receivers to master the catch, the E-Z Grip Football (ages 3+, $12.99, http://www.tuckertoys.com) makes for great play in the sunshine or even on a muddy field. It’s also approved by AblePlay for children of all abilities.

  • Barnyard Dash

    Shake the silo and roll the dice to see which animal all players need to match, then race to collect a matching set in E-I-E-I-Go! (ages 4-8; $19.95, http://www.MindWare.com). A parent guide details opportunities for learning animal sounds and names from languages around the world.

  • Perfect Balance

    Challenge stabilizing muscles and mind-body awareness during playtime with the Stability Ball for Kids by Merrithew (ages 5+, $24.99, merrithew.com). Kids will love getting a good stretch by lengthening over the ball’s surface. Parents will love seeing their child establishing healthy habits. Free of latex, toxins, heavy metal and phthalates. Includes easy-to-use hand pump.

Whether you want to head outdoors together or gather around the kitchen table, we found some award-winning products to help you rev up the fun! These are courtesy of the National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA). For more information on NAPPA visit their website at www.NAPPAawards.com or follow them on social media at @NAPPAawards on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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