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

 


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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2014 Award
Crayola Virtual Design Pro-Fashion Set
(Crayola $38.99 Score:)

This is the deluxe version of the Crayola Virtual Fashion Show kit, one of the most innovative activity kits to come down the pike in a long time. Kids can create their own fabulous fashions in the 20 page Sketch Book by coloring the front and back of the images in the booklet. Next they take photos of their designs with their device, meaning smart phone or i-pad. Using the My Virtual app to customize the models looks and accessories, they create models ready for the runway. Once the designing is done, they can watch their original fashions come to life as 3-D models walk up and down the runway, showing front and back of their fashion. Their creations can be saved on the device to view again and again. Instead of giving over your device, most of the designing is done on paper and then viewed on the device. Now, this is technology they gotta love if they are into fashion! They say 6 & up. Wed say slightly older girls will put more into using this as more than a coloring book. The more design elements that older girls can add, the more impressive this will be. This deluxe kit comes with more tools than the Crayola My Virtual Fashion Show. It includes Design portfolio case, a 20-page design book, 36 colored pencils, pencil sharpener, 20 Super Tips markers, 4 stencils and My Virtual Fashion Show App. We discovered that other markers work just fine and you can print new templates directly from the app (no charge) so you always have more options and don't have to buy new notebooks in order to continue to create. Our ten year old tester said this was the most exciting new electronic art toy of the year. We have to agree.

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
Alex Do-it-Yourself Mustache Jewelry Kit
(Alex $14.99 Score:)

Mustaches are in style this season. This jewelry kit has fifteen ways to make mustache rings, necklaces, bracelets, and other novelty pieces. Our testers loved the kit, especially the extra stick-on mustaches to add to photos. 6 & up.

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

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2014 Award
Sew Cool
(Spin Master $39.99 Score:)


Look Ma! No thread, no bobbin, no worry about little fingers and needles. The Sew Cool Sewing Studio is designed for beginners. It is a threadless sewing machine with a needle guard that allows kids to simply follow the dotted line on their projects to magically sew the pieces together. It comes with 9 projects, plenty of material and clear instructions. Projects can be stuffed to make dolls, small handbags, or their own creations. There are additional patterns for projects that can be downloaded. You might call this a getting ready to sew machine for the next generation of quilters and designers.  A hit with 6 & up.

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

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2014 Award
Crayola Virtual Design Pro Car Collection
(Crayola $29.99 Score:)

Car designers of the future are going to get their start with this virtual design kit. The kit comes with a 20 page car design book, 36 colored pencils, 20 super tip markers, 4 stencils and a pencil sharpener. After they color one of the 20 pages of racing vehicles they take a photo with a smart phone or tablet and using the app they can further customize their car and drive it on a stunt track on their phone or tablet. Although the payoff is in watching their designs come to life on the screen, the actual designing is done without the need to use the tablet. It is done by hand and puts some of those old eye-hand skills to use along with artistic expression.  They say 6 & up, but our 7-year old tester found that making some of the on-screen tricks pretty challenging. Also, putting names on the vehicles is tricky since the word prints correctly on one side of the vehicle but backwards on the other side. We think this kit will be better for slightly older kids. We discovered that other markers work just fine and you can print new templates directly from the app (no charge) so you always have more options and don't have to buy new notebooks in order to continue to create. 

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

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