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

 


2014 Award
Klutz Felted Friends
(Klutz $19.99 Score:)

You start this craft kit with soft fuzzy wool and by following the instructions in the excellent book, transform that wool into adorable felt critters. The kit includes the special tools and materials you need to create really cute little animals. Use the six different colors and the special needle tool on the foam cushion to poke and form a cute little mouse, squirrel, bunny, fox, and cat into one-of-a-kind creations. Following instructions, staying with the task, and patience are all required along with a good deal of care with how and where the tool is used, since it is sharp and not for younger kids to handle. 10 & up.

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

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2014 Award
Klutz My Style Studio
(Klutz $21.99 Score:)

Our tester liked this fashion designer kit because it really involved tracing, coloring, and allowed for flexibility in designing. It has restickable stickers that you put on the transparent form. Then you trace and color the unique model. The kit comes with a drawing board, four sheets of clothing, hairstyles and faces to mix and match, plus colored pencils, textured rub sheets and tracing paper. The book gives ideas for designing and adding accessories. This is not an instantaneous reward giving kit. Designing takes time, patience, and skill along with creative ideas. Though we generally prefer more open-ended toys and steer clear of coloring and tracing, we know that older kids are often frustrated with their own drawings and like the safety net this gives them for trying new skills. 8 & up.

Age: Later 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
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
Boho Bands
(Alex $19.99 Score:)

Crafty hands can make fashionable beaded bracelets that can wrap around the wrist multiple times or make singles with this bead weaving kit. It comes with a small loom, tons of beads, metal charms and clear instructions. It is marked for 8 and up, but we found even 10s needed a lot of help to get the hang of this. That said,  teens and even Moms will like making some bands of their own and the kit comes with ideas for buying more beads and doing just that. A kit that introduces a crafting skill that can be used even after the beads are used up. 8 & up

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

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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. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Charity Bake Sale Kit
(Bizainy $30 Score:)

If you have a child that wants to run a bake sale as a charity event, you may want to take a look at this kit that really lays out the process. The set comes with a banner, signs, etc....we're more in favor of going old school on these items. That said the real value of this kit comes in the Fundraiser Planner workbook that takes your child (and you) through the process of planning an event. How much you'll need depending on the scale/location of your bake sale, how to promote it, and how best to run it.  There are also four baking recipes, donor stickers, a sales pad, donation jar stickers and money box. The age range on the box is off in our opinion. The box is marked 5 and up.  The value of this kit will be most appreciated by older school aged kids and tweens.

The company also makes a Lemonade Stand Kit which at first we thought was silly--but we LOVED the budget page that has kids think about the cost of the ingredients - a step most kids skip when planning on making lots of money via their own stand. 

For fans of Shark Tank this certainly brings a range of issues (budgets, planning, pr, marketing) into the equation for kids.  We know that some kids will love the structure and information, for others -- this will feel too slick.

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 Award
Creativity for Kids Sparkling 3D Wonder Paint Ornaments
(Creativity for Kids $25 Score:)

The latest in the 3D Wonder Paint line of kits from Creativity for Kids. We love it. The set comes with six clear plastic ornaments that you can decorate with the very sparkling paint. Comes with five colors, a pearl paint outliner that you use on the included plastic sheets. Designs are made on the sheets, left to dry (overnight) and then added to the ornaments. One of the most satisfying kits we've tried this year! Great for making keepsakes and gifts for the holidays.

 

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 Award
Creativity for Kids Rhinestone Wrap Bracelets
(Creativity for Kids $ 19.99 Score:)

You may buy this set for your tween, but any teens in the house will soon want in on this fun activity jewelry set. Comes with faux suede jewelry cord (in LOTS of colors) that you can decorate with self-adhesive rhinestone strips. (They had us at self-adhesive!) Our testers also liked the color and metal button closures that give this a more upscale finish. The kit also includes sparkle thread (because let's face it, you always could use a little more sparkle), craft glue, rhinestone accents and instructions.   Younger kids will need some adult assistance getting started--but in the end the bracelets will be greatly enjoyed by the crafter or as a gift. Enough here to make this a good choice for a playdate or small craft party.

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

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