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

 


2001 Award
Kidology's Buried Treasure Kits
(Learning Resources $17.95 Score:) For beginners look for these easy to chip away at kits with Castle, Egyptian, or Mayan Treasure themes. These do not come with protective glasses- we wish they did! We are not recommending the new for 2002 hanging dig projects. testers found these extremely difficult to unearth.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
I Dig Dinosaurs and Egyptian Dig
(Action Products $24.95 Score:) These archeological digs got high ratings even though they are harder to chip away. This is a craft that takes time and patience. In time kids unearth treasures that they can paint and display. These kits come with safety goggles. 7 and up

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2002 Award
Pretty Dresser
(Balitono $16 Score:) Once it's painted, this small wooden mirror with three drawers will hold jewelry and other small treasures. For the cat lover we recommend the cat-shaped My Purrfect box ($16) or make your own wooden Nature Tic Tac Toe game ($16) with a wooden butterfly board and four flower and bugs playing pieces. Testers absolutely recommended this kit. 6 and up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Paint Your Own Ceramic Tea Set
(Creativity for Kids $15 Score:) Make a unique and charming 17-piece ceramic tea set. Kids paint the teapot, sugar, creamer, and cups and saucers. You can wash the paint off if you aren't happy with the design, or bake the set in your oven for half an hour and it's permanent!

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Soda Pop Science
(Scientific Explorer $20 Score:) A hands-on kit for making home-made soda pop! Comes with all the ingredients (except sugar and food coloring) to mix up batches of lime, cherry, cinnamon, and vanilla soda. Recipes call for measuring and keeping records of your own secret recipes! A great science and party activity. Adult help for 6 to 9s. Older kids will be able to handle this on their own.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Mini Windowsill Garden
(Creativity for Kids $14 Score:) A ceramic set with two mini flowerpots. watering can, tray, and mini hand tools. Kids paint and then plant with soil and fast-growing wheat seed that are also included. Pots are smaller than they look on the box, but charming. A nice gif t for a child to give to a teacher.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2003 Awards
My Keepsake Clock Kit
(Balitono $17 Score:) Our tester couldn't wait to get started painting this keepsake clock kit that comes with a round quartz clock that sits in the 7" x 4" wooden case. Comes with a small drawer beneath the clock for small treasures. Included in the kit: sandpaper, paint, varnish, two paintbrushes and a painting guide and stencil design. Would make a great present for a child to give (they will probably want one of their own too!). Well made and very special. Also recommended, Best Friends Frame Kit and Keepsake Chest. SNAP AWARD: THis is good looking finished product that needs to be painted in any way your young artist desires. So, it's got a finished look and feel with an open-ended agenda. Makes a great gift for child to give to a teacher or grandparent.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Ribbon Raps
(Fashion Angels Enterprises $14.95 Score:) Organdy ribbon necklaces are very trendy and expensive to buy in the store which is why our testers really wanted to get started with this kit. Comes with enough material for five necklaces and five bracelets so this would make a good choice for a rainy day playdate. Kit has five different colors of organdy ribbon, a variety of beads in varying shapes and colors. Kit does not come with the clear nailpolish that's required for making a point on the end of the ribbon for "self-beading". Some of our testers thought it would be better if the kit came with the polish! A good choice for 9s and up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2002 Award
Dreamy Ribbon Jewelry
(Creativity for Kids $12 Score:) You'll need to help younger rtists thread the organdy ribbon into the needle and you'll want to keep track of tha needle,too, since it is pretty sharp. That said, this makes an assortment of charming necklaces and bracelets. Kit includes colorful gems and silver beads plus magnetic clasps. We think this will appeal to slightly younger girls than the Bead SHop version which has more serious looking beads and organdy that needs to be cut in a point and stiffened with nail polish. Kids are going to love the finished pieces. This is as the maker says, on the mark (with adult help) for 7s and up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2003 Award
Girl Trends Girl Wear
(Creativity for Kids $12 Score:) Our nine-year-old tester was thrilled with the dog tag and belt buckle she decorated. While she thought younger kids would have trouble picking up the small rhinestones and placing them "just right" on the metal, she enjoyed the project that took her approximately 45 minutes to complete (with some popcorn breaks in between!). Comes with glue, over 150 rhinestones, two dog tags, and a pink, black and grey camouflage belt (yes, you read that combination correctly!). 8 & up. Also fun, Hair ChopSticks ($8 ).

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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