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

 


2014 Award
Spinmaster 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.

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2014 Award
Crayola Virtual Design Pro Car Collection
(Crayola $ 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. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Award
Crayola My Virtual Fashion Show
(Crayola $19.99 Score:)

Wow! Young fashion designers can create fabulous fashions in their 20-page Fashion Sketch Book by coloring the front and back images of clothes in the book. The kit comes with 12 colored pencils. Next, they take a photo of their designs with their "device" (meaning smart phones or i-pad) and use the My Virtual Fashion Show app to customize the model’s look and accessories. Got it all set? Now kids can watch their original fashions on the runway as the 3-D model walks and spins to show front and back of their high style creations. 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. We'd say slightly older girls will be using this as more than a coloring book. Older girls will be able to add the more design elements for impressive results. 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, Tweens. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
Crayola Light Designers Widescreen Light Designer
(Crayola $55 Score:)

A large light-up drawing board that comes with six gel markers that glow when the light is turned on. Kids can draw, doodle and even write letters on the LED screen. It has seven different effects that add interest and requires 3 AA batteries. There is a panel kickstand for standing the screen into a display. Since the board is big, it will make sense for playing school, signs for play restaurants, etc. It may also be a good way to motivate kids who need to work on shaping letters, and much more fun for practice runs with the weekly spelling list or math problems.

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

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2014 Award
Seedling French Knitting Spool
(Seedling $15.99 Score:)

A classic spool to knit long cords that can be stitched together to make doll clothes or bracelets or whatever young designers fancy. The wooden spool is painted like a white and red spotted mushroom and has good-sized loops to wrap the yarn around. It comes with a generous amount of yarn for initial designs, though, kids who get into this craft, will soon be asking you for more wool! Our package had lavender yarn, but the colors may vary. Knitter’s scrap wool is ideal for multicolored projects. 5 & 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
eeBoo Patchwork Design Tiles
(eeBoo $19.99 Score:)

There seem to be so few open-ended toys left - so when one comes along we get very excited. Patchwork Design Tiles comes with 64 triangular pieces that have different "patchwork" patterns on them. Players can place them on the included grid to make any design that comes to them.   The inside of the box also comes with suggested patterns for kids who want to follow along.

 

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

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2014 Awards
The Big Creativity Can
(Creativity for Kids $19.99 Score:)

We love this open-ended cardboard box with and amazing assortment of art materials that will invite all kinds of imaginative explorations! There are feathers, pompoms, bells, chenille sticks, pop sticks, holographic stickers, packs of clay, wiggly eyes, felt, mesh tubing, corrugated paper, sticky foams squares, patterned papers, scissors, foam shapes, satin cord--and NO INSTRUCTIONS! That is right. They are left out on purpose. It's all in the hands and eyes of the creative thinker. A great family gift that many children can share with more than 100 pieces. 4 & up.

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

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2014 Award
Creativity for Kids Duct Tape Water Bottle
(Creativity for Kids $13 Score:)

Customize a personal plastic water bottle with six colorful rolls (30 feet) of duct tape and foil stickers. A great take along for the beach or bike ride. The bottle is BPA Free and comes with a carabiner clip to fasten to backpack or belt buckle. A creative way to stay hydrated. The price of this product varies on various sites

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

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2014 Award
Creativity for Kids X-treme Sticker Comic Book Collection
(Creativity for Kids $29.99 Score:)

Our testers loved the original sticker maker collection and now comic book fans are going to enjoy making and collecting the 10 page sticker book and 90 + sticker designs. There are sheets of fuzzy, metallic, color-in and best of all--glow in the dark stickers! Load them up in the sticker machine that comes loaded with tape and when they run out there is a refill roll of tape and 8 markers. Finding crafts that boys like to do that involve fine motor skills just got easier. 6 & up.

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

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2014 Award
Creativity for Kids Origami
(Creativity for Kids $14.99 Score:)

An ancient art with an up to date look! Patterned and neon colored paper plus stickers add to the fun. The kit has 60 sheets of paper and easy to follow step by step instructions. Kids can also watch on YouTube for a guided tutorial. Origami not only develops problem solving skills and visual/manual dexterity, it is one of those ancient art forms that is both challenging and satisfying. 7 & up.

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

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