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2014 Award
Creativity for Kids Rhinestone Wrap Bracelets
(Creativity for Kids $ 19.99 Score:)

You may buy this set for your tween, but any teens in the house will soon want in on this fun activity jewelry set. Comes with faux suede jewelry cord (in LOTS of colors) that you can decorate with self-adhesive rhinestone strips. (They had us at self-adhesive!) Our testers also liked the color and metal button closures that give this a more upscale finish. The kit also includes sparkle thread (because let's face it, you always could use a little more sparkle), craft glue, rhinestone accents and instructions. Younger kids will need some adult assistance getting started--but in the end the bracelets will be greatly enjoyed by the crafter or as a gift. Enough here to make this a good choice for a playdate or small craft party.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Paint Your Own Porcelain Party Kit
(MindWare $39.95 Score:)

An engaging kit with a porcelain bowl for six party goers to decorate. We love that each guest will have their own "party set up"  including a paint brush and a customized gift box. We would have thrown in more than the 12 paint colors to cut down on any possible friction for any particular color.  For the price this is less expensive than going to a make-your-own store and will make a memorable party gift. Parental supervision will be required for the baking aspect of the kit.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Award
Paint Your Own Porcelain Tea Set
(MindWare $29.95 Score:)

Ohh la la! If you have a tea-party fan in your midst, this is great fun. The set comes with a small tea pot, four cups and saucers, a creamer and sugar bowl, 12 paint colors, a brush and tiny invitations.  We really loved the super clear instructions that take you through the process of washing the pieces, painting them, letting them dry for 24 hours, and then baking to set the paint. A charming activity kit that will likely become a treasured keepsake. 

Safety Note: Due to the baking aspect of this kit, adult supervision is a must. Also it's good to know that all  porcelain tea sets are properly  marked 8 & up - however we all know that  tea parties happen with dolls and bears long before this age. For younger kids we would recommend tin or plastic-both much safer. 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Award
Gamewright Qwixx
(Gamewright $12 Score:)

Of the new games from Gamewright this season, Qwixx is the most challenging but ultimately our testers liked it  once they got the hang of the game play. The set comes with six dice, two white, one red, one, blue, one green and one yellow.  The color of dice is important to how the game works.  The set also comes with 100 score sheets that have numbers that are color-coded.

The "active" player first rolls the two white dice.  The player then takes that number and crosses it out on one of the color-coded lines.  Other players can follow suit but they are not required to do so. The active player combines one of the white die with one of the colored die. That number and color is then marked off on the corresponding line. Other players can again do the same, but are not required to do so. The dice then passes to the next player.

What complicates the game is that once you mark off a number on the color-coded grid you can not mark off any future number to the left of that number. Trust me, this makes sense and adds to the challenge of the game.  There will be times when you can't mark any numbers off-- you then have to check off the penalty box. If you mark off all four penalty boxes, the round is over.

At the end of the game points are given for the number of marks on each line. The penalties are taken off your score. The player with the highest score wins.

While this is marked for 8 & up, we'd say more like 10 and up unless your child is very at ease with dice/math games.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Award
Gamewright Dodge Dice
(Gamewright $12 Score:)

Unlike many dice games, the goal in Dodge Dice is to avoid points. The game comes with 10 dice. One is the "penalty" points die that tells you how many points you'll get if the round doesn't go your way. There is also an action die that makes things happen like all your points are doubled or tripled (not good!) or you can pass all the points to another player (mean but good!).  There are also skip chips that allow you to avoid the penalty points. Marked for 8 & up and designed for 2-6 players. Rounds will be fast. Our testers thought this was a fun twist on traditional dice games.

 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Award
Gamewright Sushi Go!
(Gamewright $12 Score:)

We're not going to lie. We got hungry for sushi while playing this fun card game. For a generation of kids that are familiar with sushi, this will be a hit. The goal is to get the highest scoring collection of sushi. For example if you add wasabi to your nigiri - you'll get triple points. Each player gets a certain number of cards to begin (depending on how many are playing). From that hand you keep one card, place it face down. Now here's the fun part-- you pass your hand to the next player.  This keeps going until all cards are played.

There is some strategy involved in what cards you collect. For example if you have the most number of dumplings, you get six points -- but if you don't the have most - you have to subtract six points from your total score.

The instructions take some time (and a grown up) to figure out but then it starts moving quickly. Marked for 8 & up and rounds take about 15 minutes to play for 2 to 5 players.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Award
Janod Duck Family
(Janod $24.99 Score:)

Unlike many of the wooden toys we've received this year, this stackable duck family  has a beautiful feel and quality to it. The pieces are pleasing to hold. There's lots to talk about as you play with this set with your toddler. The pieces are both color-coded and have numbers on them (something that your toddler does not need to focus on)...rather with younger toddlers talk about the colors, concepts like one more, taking one off, etc.

Taking the pieces on and off requires a great deal of dexerity. Depending on when you buy this toy, you may find that your toddler is more interested in filling and dumping the pieces into the box. Not to worry, pull the toy out again in a few weeks and you'll see how differently your child plays with this type of toy as they approach 18 months.  While there are color "stories" here - we like the fact that there is no right or wrong way to play with the pieces on the four separate posts.  Don't be restrained by the numbers.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Janod Mila Plays Fairy Puzzle
(Janod $19.99 Score:)

Bring home this carrying case with four small puzzles inside. Here, Mila and her friends are dressed in fairy costumes with wings and magic wands. For preschoolers, present the simple 6-piece puzzle first. Then move on to the 9-piece puzzle. On another day, introduce the 12 and 16-piece puzzles. These are going to be challenging since the backs of the puzzles are not color-coded and the background on three of the four puzzles is the same. Parents will need to sort them out if the puzzles get mixed together. Each of the four puzzles comes in its own plastic baggie. They need to be kept separated. Naturally, they get progressively harder, so you may want to put the harder ones away and introduce them gradually. That said, the picture cues on the carrying case will help. Marked 3-6; but we think this will work best for 4's who have done lots of puzzles; not for beginners.  Walter’s Scooter is another of the puzzle sets of four related puzzles.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Janod Who Am I? Game
(Janod $19.99 Score:)

Who Am I is a two player attribute game that is something like the classic game of Battleship for younger players. Each player picks one animal face that the other player cannot see. Players take turns asking questions about their opponent’s animal. Does your animal have glasses? If the answer is no the questioner crosses out all the animals with glasses. A marker is provided with a sponge eraser that removes the markings at the end of each round. By a process of elimination players deduce what animal their opponent has selected. This is a game that requires players to look at details and listen to clues. The game board reverses to reveal a whole other set of creatures. We have had other similar games, this one is slightly more complex and beautifully executed. They say 4-7, we think fours can play this with a partner but not solo. That said this is an excellent choice for beginning readers who need to learn about looking closely at details. Instead of looking for the fine difference between bed and bad, here the game is played with pictorial details that are less abstract for beginners.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Kaloo Perle Medium Chubby Rabbit
(Janod $29.99 Score:)

It's hard to pick which of these sweet rabbits and bears is cuter. We love the quality of the plush, the design (each wears an inviting smile) -- and they come in a round sturdy box that gives a nod to the level of the line. So pick your favorite...there are baby blue and pink versions as well as a cheerful colors line.  All come in small, medium and large choices. Each would make lovely baby shower or first birthday presents.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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