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Age: Early Elementary School Years
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2013 Award
Wondeworld Wonder Trix Track Spin and Swirl
(Wonderworld $59.99 Score:)

Like other Trix Track sets, this is a cleverly designed wooden ball run for younger builders. Chunky pieces and blocks make it more stabile than most and it comes with interesting steps, runs, and spinner that send the balls racing over the track. There is no absolute right or wrong way to put this together and this set can be used in combination with other Trix Track sets. Our test family really loved this set. Marked for 3 & up, we'd say three will have more luck playing with this than building it; but that is one way to start. Have your child find the pieces and help connect them as you model how it's done.

 

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

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2013 Award
Wonderworld Wonder Trix Track 2 Way Flipper
(Wonderworld $59.99 Score:)

A cleverly designed wooden ball run for younger builders. Chunky pieces and blocks make it more stabile than most and it comes with interesting steps, runs, and a 2 way flipper that will send balls to the left or right. There is no absolute right or wrong way to put this together and this set can be used in combination with other Trix Track sets. Our test family was really delighted with this set. Marked for 3 & up, we'd say three will have more luck playing with this than building it; but that is one way to start. Have your child find the pieces and help connect them as you model how it's done.

 

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

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2013 Award
Mega Bloks Barbie Build 'n Style Pet Shop
(Mega Bloks $24.99 Score:)

If you have a reluctant builder, the pink world of Barbie may be appealing.  In a head to head test with Lego’s Friends, the Lego directions got higher grades as being clearer to follow. That said, there were still some who liked the allure of their old pal Barbie. As one mother put it, "I am simply eager to get her working with construction sets that she has otherwise avoided." She really enjoyed building with this smaller set in the collection, although a larger set in the line was less than stabile and frustrating. They say 4 & up, but it will need a lot of help form an adult. Our tester was 8.

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

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2013 Award
LEGO Galaxy Squad Warp Stinger
(Lego Systems, Inc. $29.99 Score:)

We thought this was one of the most unusual LEGO builds we've ever seen. Comes with 310 pieces, including three minifigures. When built it's over 8" high and 10" wide. It was less flexible than we imagined (we thought a wasp would have a flying position.) Our testers agreed that the colors were pretty amazing. It comes with one ball that shoots out of the bottom of the tail (they thought it should come with more).  The set includes many really small pieces that require greater fine motor skills as well as strength to make happen.

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

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2013 Award
Plus Plus 300 Piece Basic Assortment
(Geared for Imagination $$19.99 Score:)

One of the most addictive new building sets we've ever tested. Pleasingly open-ended, this Danish-based company  has just come to the states. There are two different sizes of the shape, the mini (20 mm) and the midi (50 mm).  Each size come in different color schemes (basic, neon, pastel).  The pieces are made of soft plastic (that doesn't hurt your fingers) and can be used to build whatever your child wants them to be- which is why we love them. A fun way to build fine-motor skills. There are also themed sets that we have not yet reviewed.

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

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2013 Award
Lego Friends Rehearsal Stage
(Lego Systems $19.99 Score:)

Stephanie wants to be a superstar. She works out in her rehearsal studio with a revolving platform. She has a guitar, keyboard, and microphone. For dancing she has a ballet bar and mirror and before she goes on stage she puts on her make-up at a dressing table. A 198-piece set with one mini-figure. 5-12

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

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2013 Award
Lego Creator Power Mech
(Lego $19.99 Score:)

One of the clever 3-in-1 building sets. Our tester liked making the action figure, a robot and then converted it to a helicopter and then to a pick-up truck. Makes a good birthday party gift for school age kids. A versatile construction set with 223-pieces and clear directions for 7-12.

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

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2013 Award
Lego Creator Power Mech
(Lego $19.99 Score:)

One of the clever 3-in-1 building sets. Our tester liked making the action figure, a robot and then converted it to a helicopter and then to a pick-up truck. A versatile construction set with 223-pieces and clear directions for 7-12.


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

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2013 Award
Lego Friends Stephanie's Soccer Practice
(Lego Systems, Inc. $9.99 Score:)

A small 80-piece kit with props and Stephanie mini-figure and her pup with props for soccer and snacks. Packed full of items such as a goal, ball, soccer ball launcher, obstacle course and more.   Also new and top-rated in the Friends line, Emma's Karate Class, a 93-piece set. 5-12

 

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

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2013 Award
Lego Pink Suitcase
(Lego $24.9 Score:)

Cleverly designed, this compact set for young builders comes with storage places for bricks and a building platform for creating a yard and outdoor scene for dramatic play. It has 151 pieces with two play figures and lots of props for mini-pretend play. A good choice for travel fun that stores in carry-along case. 4-8.

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

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