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Product Type: Toys
Award: Gold
Age: Late Elementary School Years
Review Year: 2012

 

 
2012 Awards
Creativity For Kids Complete Paper Making Kit
(Creativity for Kids $29 Score:)

Part Science/part art this is a kit with everything needed to turn old paper into new. Kids can make their own paper and decorate it for cards. Comes with shredded paper, but you can recycle the many kinds of paper that come into your home. The kit includes a basin, paper making tray, screens, sponge, paper punch, scissors, stencil and many more goodies. This is a kit that introduces how to create your own tags, cards and even jewelry.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
LiteBrix Lumi-Port
(Cra-z-Art $54.99 Score:)

Build a control tower and a jet plane that light up and flash when you make the right circuitry connections. This is one of a new series of construction sets that comes with a battery pack and lots of challenges to dexterity and problem solving. Marked six and up but wed say it's more like an 8 and up, up, up kit. Younger builders are going to need parental help to learn how to install the plug in ports and figure out the less than clear directions, that the company says they hope to improve in the future. That said, the end results are showy and fun for dramatic play. This is the smaller kit and there are several still smaller ones (which might be a good way to try it out) as well as one big wow of a kit called Extreme City Lights ($99 ). Once built these will be fun to use for dramatic play with Lego and Playmobil settings. Kids can also use the components to create their own structures with the multiple building pieces. 8 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Flexi Puzzle
(Brainwright $7.99 Score:)

Put this little twist and turn puzzle in a pocket along with the small challenge book. Twelve colorful blocks are attached with elastic and can be shaped into a variety of forms. Matching the pages of the challenge booklet starts off simply, but gradually gets tougher and tougher. There are 80 challenges and four levels of difficulty. This is a toy that helps develop visual skills, dexterity and spatial relationships.

A good stocking stuffer, secret Santa, or one night of Chanukah gift. Solo play for 8 & up.

 

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
eeBoo 24 Pencils Bird Tin Artist Colors
(eeBoo $15 Score:)

A beauty of a gift tin of colored pencils. The flat metal tin is printed with birds, a flowering tree and flowers. It will make a gift to enjoy for months ahead. Sometime we forget how welcome a basic set of art supplies can be as compared to the novelty gifts that lose their pazazz almost as soon as the wrappings are gone. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Albert's Insomnia
(Continuum Games $9.99 Score:)

Here's a very clever math card game that grows with your math skills. No matter what level, you deal the cards. The idea is then to look at the cards dealt and find how you can count from 1 and up by using the numbers you have been dealt. For example, if you have 4, 5, 8, 7, 9...you could do 5-4 = 1, 7-5=2...and so on.  Of course more advanced math students will do many different operations to get to their desired number.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
DoArt Watercolor Pencil Art
(Faber Castell $14.99 Score:)

We love this series from Faber-Castell that allow kids to try their hand at different aspect of pencil and brush arts. This kit includes instruction for how to work with watercolor pencils.  Comes with ten colored pencils, sharpener, sketchbook, eraser, tracing paper and twenty page instruction book. A great choice for traveling during the holidays for older kids.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
eeBoo Sketchbook with Glow in the Dark Covers
(eeBoo $6.00 Score:)

60 pages in these handsome spiral sketchpads 8.5 x 11.5. Choose from the many covers to appeal to the child you are shopping for this season. We like the fact that there are covers to appeal to boys as well as girls and pencil kits that match. This gives a real gifty look to what we consider basic gear for school-aged kids who will use these kinds of supplies well past the holiday season.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2012.

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2012 Award
eeBoo Play Papers
(eeBoo $8.00 Score:)

Choose from the many packs of special printed papers that are ideal for origami, collage, scrapbooking and general paper crafts. There are 54 sheets in a pack, all in different colorful patterns. Inside the package are directions for simple origami and other craft ideas.  The self-sealing envelope keeps the paper supply fresh between projects.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2012.

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2012 Award
eeBoo Double-sided Pencils
(eeBoo $7.50 Score:)

There are 12 pencils with 24 colors, since each pencil has two colors. High math! These are standard size pencils. Choose a set of pastel colors or a different set with primary colors. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2012.

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2012 Award
eeBoo Fancy Scissors
(eeBoo $5 Score:)

There are six pairs of Fancy Scissors, each with a different kind of edge. There are zig zags, scallops, sawtooth edges that are perfect for making cards, giftwrapping, borders for bookmarks, or scrapbooking. Getting kids to develop their fine motor skills has never been more fun. These work well for righties as well as lefties. Pair these with some of eeBoo's new paper packs of printed squares. Also available Plain stainless steel scissors with two color handles($3.50) and a blunt tip but sharp enough for success. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2012.

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