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Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Activity and Craft Kits

 


2014 Award
Play-Doh Diggin’Rigs Buzz Saw Playset
(Hasbro $19.99 Score:)

With this fun truck kids create the play-doh logs with an extruder that pushes the tubular shapes out of the back-end of the truck. But that's not the end-all. Now they can use the crane with its child friendly buzz-saw blade to cut the logs to fit on the flat-bed of the truck. There are also molds all over the truck that can be used to make other tools. Even the play-doh containers can be used as barrels to carry things from one place to another. A nice choice that combines two of kids favorites--vehicles and fooling around with play-doh. 3 & up

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2014.

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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
Crayola Window Markers
(Crayola $11.99 Score:)

One of our favorite art kits of the year! The set comes with a rainbow of 25 washable colors as well as some stencils and two window cling sheets. They work beautifully on windows and glass and wipe off easily. The juicy set of markers comes in a yellow case with a handle.  Fun for a playdate! Also fun, a  set of 25 washable Pip-Squeak Markers and 40 sheets of paper that come in a portable storage case.

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

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2014 Award
My Princess Crown
(Seedling $23.99 Score:)

Girls can design their own princess crown with the makings in this charming kit. There's a precut pink felt crown that gets laced with ribbon supplied along with glitter glue, felt butterflies, gemstones, and east to follow instructions. The trick with this kind of project is to allow the glue to dry even though most little Princesses can hardly wait to wear their creations. 4 and up.

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

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2014 Awards
Creativity for Kids My First Fun Felt Masks
(Creativity for Kids $14.99 Score:)

Designed for young crafters, this kit comes with six colorful foam-backed felt masks that are already to wear with adjustable elastic bands and tons of felt stickers, self-adhesive rhinestones, curly yarn that is silky to the touch and instructions. Most kids will have their own ideas on how to make a one-of-a-kind mask. This is a mess-free kit with no glue needed. While this is a kit that can be enjoyed solo, it's also grand for a birthday or Halloween party activity—the masks becomes a favor to take home; also a good choice to share on a playdate. Our tester's mom wrote that when she first opened the box she "thought it would be a one and done art project but I was mistaken." Her 4 and 7 year olds both "spent about 30 minutes on their masks and came up with their own designs. The stickers were easy to peel and place." They liked the jeweled stickers and wished there were more. They put it away but the fun continued the next day. In fact her four year old wore the mask for hours that night and insisted on sleeping with it. "She made up her own super power lightening bolts to go with the masks lightening-shaped eyebrows. We still have plenty of masks still left to make."  We call that a real winner!  3 & up.

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

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2013 Award
Creativity for Kids Fun Felt Masks
(Creativity for Kids $16.99 Score:)

Six colorful foam-backed masks are adjustable with elastic bands and ready for decorating. The kit includes a nice supply of felt stickers, self-adhesive rhinestones, and curly yarn. Little hands may need help with the peel and stick pieces, but get a real kick out of being able to design their own masks.  3 & up

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
Manhattan Toy Groovy Girls Paint-it-Cool Bag
(Manhattan Toy $12.99 Score:)

Decorate a small 8-inch square canvas bag with the six posh paint tubes loaded with puff paint to apply free hand or use with the stencils supplied. A satisfying craft kit that kids can use when they finish decorating the bag. There is no wrong or right way to do this open-ended craft kit. 4 & up.

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

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2013 Award
Manhattan Toy Groovy Girls Sparkletastic Jewelry
(Manhattan Toy $18 Score:)

All the makings for three bracelets, three pendants, gems, glitter, a work mat and cords come in this craft kit for true beginners. Aside from the glitter, which will need supervising, the gems shake out of a cleverly-designed container and stick to the pre-adhesived bracelets and necklaces. There is no glue or need for fine motor skills. This makes for nicely finished jewelry that girls will enjoy wearing. Marked for 3 and up. We think this will be a better choice for 4's and 5's, who will still need help with the necklace laces and keeping the glitter from spreading all over.  

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

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2012 Award
Seedling Color the Earth Ball
(Kid O $30 Score:)

A globe/ball for all ages. How kids use it will depend on their age. Some will like boucing it and simply playing with it. Others will love the fun of labeling the countires or color coding them. Inflate this jumbo 16-inch ball that comes with a set of permanent fabric markers. A word of warning, this has a strong odor when it comes out of the box that disappears in time. It's the size of a big beachball, though not intended for the water. It does bounce well. This ball is marked 3 & up, but will be of more interest to school aged kids.

 

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2012.

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2011 Awards
Colorforms 60th Anniversary Edition
(University Games $26 Score:)

What could be better than bringing home one of your childhood favorite toys and sharing it with your children or grandchildren? That's what you can do with this replica of the original Colorforms Set that has 350 geometric pieces in a spiral book and playboards to put them on. Unlike all the licensed images that followed since 1951, this is a more open ended set that allows kids to create their own themes. There is a small insert with images that can be copied, but best of all, this is an invitation to explore and discover how shapes can be transformed into designs and less literal images from one's own imagination. It's also an art form with no messy residue and no right or wrong rules. Getting the pages started may call for some adult help, but playing with the shapes develops fine motor skills, dexterity, and creative thinking.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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