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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Activity and Craft Kits

 


2015 Award
Skyrocket Chocolate Pen Kit
(Skyrocket Toys $29.99 Score:)

First we ned to confess; we are chocolahaulics. In spite of that, we usually avoid activity kits that are loaded with sugar. That said, we thought a few holiday sweets would be acceptable and besides--this is such an exceptional idea! Skyrocket's Chocolate pen kit lets you write in liquid confectioners chocolate. Kids can draw one-of-a-kind delicious shapes, letters, or use the molds to make designs. The chocolate melts simply by putting the pen kits in warm water; that's another feature we like a lot. No need to put things in the microwave oven with all the worry of someone getting burned from the hot liquid. The chocolate hardens at room temperature. You might even call this a STEM project, seeing how soldis turn to liquids and then back to solids again. Yes, it is educational and neat, too. The chocolate is self-contained and the melted candy never actually touches the pen; so clean up is pretty simple, too. The kit includes a half pound of premium confectioners chocolate in multiple colors, 50 candy molds, multiple pen tips, and gift bags specially made to share your custom candy creations. What a sweet way to learn your letters or make yummy chocolate gifts for friends and family. A fun family do-it-together project. Candy Craft refills and themed molds are sold separately. www.skyrockettoys.com

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2015.

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Crayola Crayon Carver
(Crayola $29.99 Score:)

Crayola has designed a motorized machine that allows you to personalize your crayons with your name, words, symbols. To design, you first pick your letter and symbol tiles, load them up into the front yellow positions. Once you're happy with your wording, place your crayon into the well and then you trace over the "letters and symbols" with a moving arm. While you're tracing the other end of the arm is carving into the crayon. There is a number expansion pack sold separately. For safety purposes the carving end is enclosed in plastic. Pending further testing. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Your Decor Scrapbook & Cards
(Horizon $14.97 Score:)

Looking for a showy gift that looks like a lot more than the price? Crafty kids will love the big pink craft box with a slanted top that can work like a lap desk. Inside there is a small scrap book with scissors, glue stick, sticker sheets with letters, gemstones, colorful stickers, stencils, markers, wood stampers, punch outs ,cards, and lots of ideas for making colorful scrapbook pages and more. A great birthday gift for 6 & up.

 

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Awards
Curious Chef Boy's Chef Kit
(Curious Chef $25 Score:)

Getting boys involved in the kitchen just got a little easier with this chef's kit. They made the apron and tools less girlie by making them mostly blue, but girls as well as boys will like this set. You probably have most of these tools in your kitchen already, but having your own set of tools just makes it that much more fun. For good math, reading and creativity, few activities are more rewarding. Add to that the fun of sharing food you've made with family and friends. This kit with a blue and green chef's apron includes a real kitchen tools: a wire whisk, spoon, a silicon spatula, measuring spoons and a cookie cutter. Dishwasher safe. Bring home a cook book for kids or go online and pick out a recipe for something simple but fun to share. Cooking is science, math, reading and a whole lot of fun for parent and child together time. 4-8.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Creativity for Kids Bright Bead Boutique
(Creativity for Kids $14.99 Score:)

Kids can make a wardrobe of bright beaded bracelets and rings to wear or share. They get 800 flower-shaped beads in gold , aqua, purple, green, pink, yellow, white, and orange in two sizes for large and small finishes. String them together in patterns or random creations. There are three ring forms and enough elastic cord, bead threaders and glue to make eight bracelets and three rings to wear with pride. This kind of kit develops fine motor skills as well as stict-to-it skills and patience along with end products school age kids enjoy making and wearing with pride. There are enough supplies in this kit for sharing with a best friend on a play date or small sleep-over party.

 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Creativity for Kids Flower Crowns
(Creativity for Kids $14.99 Score:)

Our tester loved this charming hair accessory kit for making four delicate paper flower wreaths. It comes with four adjustable covered wires that can be fastened to fit individual head sizes. Wrap a fabric leaf garland as a base and then add bunches of berries, and beautifully finished paper flowers. Want a little glitter? Easy-peasy, dab on the gold glitter accent paint. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Faber Castell Paint with Marbles
(Faber castell $29.99 Score:)

A fun way to experiment with paints using marbles that twist and turn in the paint as they roll over the paper in the "magic" box tray. It's an opportunity to be inventive rather than having to make representative art. The kit comes with 10 shatterproof marbles, five tubes of washable paint, 20 pieces of paper, 3 reusable plastic stencils, clever spoons for picking up the marbles for those who hate to get their fingers dirty and a washable tray to use while making the art. Our tester liked the two textured brushes that make designs on the paper and foam frames and hanging tabs for displaying her artistic creations. 

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
eeBoo Lacing Cards Friendly Animals
(eeBoo $14.99 Score:)

With adorable illustrations by Melissa Sweet, these five sturdy lacing cards are a classic for early school age kids. Holding the slender lace and putting it through the holes punched in the cards may seem a simple task, but for young children it is an excellent way to develop sequencing skills and the fine motor dexterity in small fingers and hand. A playful way to build the small muscles of fingers and hands--the same ones needed for pencil and paper tasks. 5 & up.

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

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2014 Award
Ideal Mega Magic Show
(Poof Slinky $34.99 Score:)

With 64 pieces and the promise of 220 tricks, this is a great place to start with a child interested in learning some magic tricks. The set inclues a top hat (no bunny), magic cards, cloth handkerchief, magic lunch box, a fake thumb, a magic wand, special tubes, bottles, cups, disappearing card box, etc.   There is also an instruction booklet that walks you through the tricks.While this may seem like pure entertainment, learning to do the tricks is really all about reading, following directions and practicing. It requires a lot of effort with a fun pay-off and may lead to a fun hobby.

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

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2014 Award
Crayola Shadow FX Color Projector
(Crayola $24 Score:)

Kids can use this innovative color projector in a number of different ways. They can draw designs on a see-through panel and project their original images on the wall with the three colored lights that pivot and allow kids to change the colors and brightness. Kids can place objects or themselves between the light and the wall to make shadow puppet shows or use the shapes provided in the kit. The projector has telescope arms so you can widen the projections. This is one of those fun art kits with a scientific edge, inviting kids to discover in a hands-on way how shadows, lights, and colors can create all kinds of images, large and small. It is also fun for storytelling and artistic expression. Kit includes special FX Gel Markers that can be stored in the base.  Testers preferred this projector to Crayola's new ceiling model. Requires 3 AA batteries. 6 & up

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

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