Top 40 Educational Toys & Media for Students and Teachers - Spring 2021

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The independent Academics' Choice Awards program and its seals of excellence are recognized worldwide by consumers and educational institutions as indicators of genuinely effective learning products that stimulate the mind, and develop critical thinking thinking skills for success in school and life.

Academics' Choice Award Seals
Our product team works tirelessly to develop games that introduce educational concepts, spark curiosity, and practice fundamental learning skills throughout game play, and these awards underscore their commitment to excellence.

Academics' Choice today congratulates all winners of the Spring 2021 Academics' Choice Awards, a prestigious seal of educational quality, reserved only for the best mind-building media and toys. The fall winners include teacher-approved, brain-boosting products from LeapFrog, Tynker, SimplyFun, Little Learning Hands, Games by Absolute Zero, da Vinci's Room, Sago Mini, Cybele's Games, Ubongo, CreativeOnes Digital Art Academy, Ningbo Mideer Toys Co., The Master Theorem Games, Hot Taco Inc, Happy Moose Apps Inc., News-O-Matic, Kiddopia Inc, Little Passports, Brushalot, IDZ Digital Private Limited, Zagazoo, Moka Mera, UnLock Math, Weigl, High Noon Books, Distrix Games, Smartbook Media Inc., NAEYC, Ultra PRO International, Edx Education Co Ltd, Little World Builder, First Media, and more! The full list of winners is posted online at

The Academics' Choice Advisory Board consists of leading thinkers and graduates from Princeton, Harvard, George Washington University, and other reputable educational institutions. Product-appropriate volunteer reviewers, combined with the brainpower of the Board, determine the coveted winners. Entries are judged by category (i.e. mobile app, toy, book, website, magazine, etc.), subject area, and grade level, and evaluated based on standardized criteria rooted in constructivist learning theory.

"We're honored to have two of our newest Math & STEM games–Planet Voyagers and Shore Seekers–recognized in the 2021 Academics’ Choice Awards," said Patty Pearcy, President & CEO of SimplyFun. "Our product team works tirelessly to develop games that introduce educational concepts, spark curiosity, and practice fundamental learning skills throughout game play, and these awards underscore their commitment to excellence."

"We're delighted to be chosen as winners for the Academics' Choice Smart Media Award! The Toolkits Platform exists as a free source of fun learning content. We invite partners to join us in making this content available to kids who otherwise are under-served by quality educational resources. We hope that this award and the exposure that it brings will result in more partners taking on the challenge of getting learning content out to kids who need it." - Stephen Boustred, Head of Digital Products, Ubongo.

"Moka Mera's mission is to inspire and stimulate young creative minds, by providing children with educational, innovative, fun, and safe content. This award recognizes the fact that we're on the right path to achieving that goal and that we've successfully delivered great content. We feel honored to be chosen as an Academics' Choice Award winner. We believe this award of excellence will communicate to our audience all over the world that Moka Mera Lingua is a great way to introduce children to new languages." - Petra Holm and Suzan Aledin, Co-founders of Moka Mera

"Today, we at Zagazoo are humbled and honored for being recognised by the Academics' Choice Awards, a seal of international excellence. Since the very beginning in 2019, Zagzoo’s mission is to encourage constant learning through fun play. We had tough times, as a startup, during shaky Covid days to get our message through to people, but we believed in our values and cause. Being amongst the best brands today, only assures us that we are on the right track and boosts our moral to continue doing what we love to do best. We promise to keep creating genuine and original fun edutainment for children." - Christine and Marina, Zagazoo Co-Founders

"We are honored and humbled to receive the Academics' Choice Mind Spring Award because it confirms that Candy Collections! is fun, educational and entertaining." - Michele, Cybele's Games

"Edx Education is honoured to have been awarded the Academics Choice Award for the GeoStix and Fun Play Number Rods. We are passionate about play based learning and each toy is designed for children to explore and experiment at different stages of their development, with consultation from education experts from around the world. Thank you to all the Edx Education and Academics Choice community for all their support - we look forward to continuing our mission to help more children discover the joy of learning through play!" - Heather Welch, International Brand Manager

"At Sago Mini, we believe kids learn best through play. Created with child development experts, Sago Mini School builds a foundation of literacy, math, problem-solving and creativity through holistic, childled activities. Featuring kid-approved topics, preschoolers explore, learn and grow with engaging, open-ended learning experiences. Kickstarting a lifelong love of learning is the heart of what we do, and we are truly honoured to receive the Academics' Choice Award." - Shonia Mok, Marketing Coordinator, Sago Mini

"UnLock Math's mission to deliver distance learning courseware to students across North America and beyond with better than classroom outcomes is validated by the Smart Media award by Academics' Choice which we are honoured and thankful to receive." - Matthew Blackwood, CEO, UnLock Math, Inc.

Many of the products that are evaluated by the Academics' Choice Awards team are donated to a variety of worthy charities including the Kids In Need Foundation and the Toys for Tots Foundation.

About Academics' Choice:
Academics' Choice helps consumers find exceptional brain-boosting material. Academics' Choice is the only international awards program designed to bring increased recognition to publishers, manufacturers, independent authors and developers that aim to stimulate cognitive development. A volunteer panel of product-appropriate judges, including parents, educators, scientists, artists, doctors, nurses, librarians, students and children, evaluate submissions based on educational benefits such as higher-order thinking skills, character building, creative play, durability and originality. Only the genuine "mind-builders" are recognized with the coveted Academics' Choice Awards.

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