The National Parenting Center

SEAL OF APPROVAL WINNER

Holiday 2021

Interactive USA Map

Parents and child testers were positively blown away by this interactive map. This brilliantly interactive, visually appeal and wildly educational “toy” is loaded with bells and whistles that will excite any child (or adult) curious about the vast diversity of the US. It’s an attractive map, and more importantly, it’s well made. The thick rubbery material unfolds nicely and lays flat on any surface. It can also withstand the usual wear and tear of younger children. With multiple functions embedded in the map and within the talking pen, you’ll learn more about the United Stated than you could possibly imagine. Of course, you’ll find all states, capitals, landmarks, and important facts about climate and population. Still, there is also info like, “Earmuffs were invented by a 15-year-old boy in Maine.” Did you know that? Well, now you do, and there’s so much more. The pen is easy to use and hold; it is also very accurate. It can be held by tiny hands and has a minimal number of buttons. It also gives you reminders that the pen is on, a nice battery-saving feature. Finally, you can use this map to start conversations with your child about what it would be like to live in a particular state or what climate would be conducive to growing one crop or another. Not only is this a good geography tool, but it is a great conversation starter. With all of these fantastic features, testers were pleasantly surprised to learn that it sells for just under $50.

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Recommended Age: 2.5 to 14
Price: $ 49.99

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A Seal of Approval review involves a multi-step process conducted over an eight-week period.

Parents and children, experience and review submitted products and services either already released or coming to market.

Participants fill out questionnaires for each product or service they test. They score based on 13 levels of criteria including quality, appeal, design, price, packaging, directions, desirability, stimulation, replay factor and more. Results are based on both statistical averaging and comments received by testers.

There are three testing periods each year:

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October 30th

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August 17th

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Each submission must be accompanied by a $295 product testing fee (we offer multiple submission discounts). This fee covers the cost of testing, nothing more. It is non-refundable and has no bearing on the result of the testing. Additionally, we require three samples of the product or access codes for online submissions.

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* Winners of the Seal will be announced in a media release which is distributed to over 4700 media outlets including Facebook, Mommy bloggers and TV station websites.

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