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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Science Toys, Activities, and Equipment

 


2014 Award
Geo Safari My First Microscope
(Educational Insights $21.99 Score:)

Designed for preschoolers, this allows young children to use both eyes instead of having to close one eye, as with a real microscope. The eye-piece can be raised and lowered for better views and it allows children to view coins and leaves and other familiar items under the lenses. Oddly, this is more like a magnifying glass than a microscope and the further up the lenses the more detail you see. It works with 8X magnification. 3 & up

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

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2014 Award
Insect Lore Pop-Up Port-a-Bug
(Insect Lore $12.27 Score:)

A handy pop-up mesh container that allows bugs to have air while in captivity and gives kids a good view of their buggy movements. This is intended for short term captivity and kids should be encouraged to let their specimens go. Pop-up container compresses and fits in a carry sack that can be clipped to clothes and taken along on hikes.

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

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2014 Awards
Insect Lore Big Bug Magnifying Jar
(Insect Lore $12.99 Score:)

Kids can get a close-up view of bugs they collect in this bucket with a giant shatter-proof 3X magnifying lens on top. The bucket has an easy to grip handle and air holes so that the bug can survive for a while. Kids should be encouraged to let the bug go after they have had time to examine it.

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

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2014 Awards
Primary Science Lab Gear
(Learning Resources $19.99 Score:)

Forget the princess dresses and firefighter outfits--for the new generation of STEM*-minded kids, bring home a lab coat and adjustable lab glasses for doing their science experiments. The goggles are intended for dramatic play only - they are not safety glasses. That said, this is a fun dress-up costume for 3-6 year olds. Nice addition to the Primary Science Kits from the same maker.

*STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)

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

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2014 Awards
Primary Science Color Mixing Set
(Learning Resources $29.99 Score:)

Young children are scientists by nature. They love to experiment, to discover how things work and this kit gives them tools for exploring the nature of color-mixing in multiple ways. No doubt your kids have done some color-mixing with paints, but this kit uses colored disks that are supplied as well as food coloring (which is not.) We like the eye-glasses frame with color disks that you can slide in to see the world through rose colored lenses, among other colors. This updated kit is different from the original Primary Science Kit, giving special emphasis on color mixing.There are also disks that fit on a top that spins and blends colors in motion. They have also included chunky plastic test tubes for mixing up colored ice pops, ice cubes, and other treats. There are 10 easy-to-follow activities on big cards that require little reading. Of course, this is a parent and child kit with activities you can return to from time to time. For getting kids started with STEM activities, this is a terrific introductory kit. If you want one more piece to add to the kit consider the Color Mixer Beaker ($9.95) with a dividing wall that allows you to mix equal parts of two primary colors to get a secondary one. It has a squiggly top that slips on the beaker and when you turn the beaker over, out comes a new color! There is no food coloring in either package, so you will need to supply that. You might want to use this beaker for mixing up other color combos with fruit juices, as well.
3-6

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

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2014 Awards
Clifford the Big Red Dog Food Science Kit
(The Young Scientists Club $19.99 Score:)

One of the award winning Young Scientist Club kits designed for preschoolers. These are age appropriate experiments for parent & child projects. An interesting way to introduce preschoolers to some fundamental science experiences. Most of the ingredients needed have to come from your refrigerator or pantry. The kit contains a paper booklet with recipes for each experiment and some minimal plastic pieces: a funnel, tray, test tubes, two so-called cups, a lab tray, pipette, spoon, clothespin, special papers, and sticks for rock candy making. Be forewarned, the images and text may be a bit confusing. For example, the recipe for making ice cream says to use a "measuring cup" and the illustration further confounds the confusion by showing a hand with a good size cup in it, but do not use your own measuring cup. You are supposed to use the thimble-size measuring cup in the kit or there is no way the ingredients will fit in the plastic bags they provide. An unfortunate choice of words or materials. That said, the ideas here are going to be appealing to kids and promote the world of STEM right from the start. 3-6

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

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2014 Awards
Magic School Bus Engineering Kit
(Young Scientists Club $39.99 Score:)

Our 7 & 9-year old testers had good fun exploring Ms Frizzles wonderful world of engineering. Their mom wrote the kit was "high on educational value, high on adult participation." There are experiments that involve designing a car, constructing a bridge, building a solar oven, a submarine, and an electric game and many other activities. Our testers liked the balloon jet experiment best. An active way to introduce them to the world of chemical, electrical, mechanical and civil engineering. The bus-shaped kit comes with 33 easy-to-understand and follow experiment cards, a notebook for recording experiments, and is chock full of science components: a solar panel, motor, buzzer, electric wires, and lots more. Another good choice for playful and engaging STEM learning. Ages: 5 and up.

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

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2013 Award
Backyard Safari Critter Shack
(Backyard Safari Outfitters $12.99 Score:)

Kids can collect and observe their live finds in this clearview housing that works with wet or dry conditions. The clear view container is water-tight and has a mesh lid so critters can breathe. There is a sturdy carrying handle. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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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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2013 Award
Backyard Safari Mini Scoop Net
(Backyard Safari Outfitters $9.99 Score:)

Our testers fought over taking turns over who would use this sturdy net to catch moving things in their backyard. We don't usually recommend toys that involve fighting, but in this instance we simply suggest buying two. Great for catching pollywogs, butterflies, lizards or whatever. The lightweight net is perfect for wet or dry tasks and like your old Ivory soap...it floats! 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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