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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


2007 Award
Thing-a-ma BOTS
(Gamewright $5.99 Score:)

Players turn over cards and name the funny looking robots. Others must remember the names others give and say that name when they recognize a matching robot that is turned up. Person who calls out name of match takes the stack and play continues. A quick 12-minute game that calls for listening, looking, and remembering. Kids will have less trouble coming up with silly names than most self-conscious adults. 6 & up.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Award
Ugly Doll
(Gamewright $9.99 Score:)

This is like a disorderly game of concentration. Do not place the cards in neat rows. Spread all 70 out on the top of the table and turn three at a time. Do not turn them back down. Next player turns three over. First person to spot three that match calls out, “Ugly” three times and takes them. Silly, but fun and calls for speedy visual discrimination. 6 & up. Game based on Ugly Dolls ($20 each 4), Japanese animation-inspired dolls (created in Brooklyn!). Very quirky—not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but fun.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Award
Math Dash
(Learning Resources $24.95 Score:) This is like Scrabble with numbers instead of letters. Players use the tiles to make math equations on a cross-word style grid.Each time a player he calls out "Take three!" and other players must take three extra tiles. Object is to be the first player to use up all your tiles. Fast-paced fun that can be played by kids at different levels of skill. Also new for 2007, Head Full of Numbers ($14.95 4.5)Like Boggle with numbers,players roll six dice and toss for all to see. Players write as many equations as possible using those numbers. 7& up. (800)222-3909.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Fuddy Duddy
(Let's Play Games $6.99 Score:) Quick and easy, players must collect a run of one color, 1 to 4, or a run of “duds” that have no color. 8 & up. (856) 988-1980.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Awards
Scratch Art Light Catcher Fun Kits
(Scratch-Art Co. $2.99 Score:)

Kids scratch away the black paint to give the open spaces a stained glass look when the finished product is hung on a window (themes include birds, flowers, and a sailboat). Quick, pleasing projects that are a good party favor/activity. Also new, Scratch Magic Stickers ($5.99 ) comes in 20 animal shapes. For a bigger kit, Draw & Learn Deluxe Kit ($16.99 ) has over 50 stencil shapes of dinosaurs, underwater, jungle, and outer space themes. This just might attract boys in particular who often need to develop the fine motor skills of holding a pencil—without the challenge of writing letters.


Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Award
LeapFrog Fridge Words Magnetic Word Builder
(LeapFrog $27.99 Score:)

Kids can create more than 325 three-letter words with magnetic letters that speak and sing. This is a step beyond the original Fridge Phonics Letters Set, which plays one letter at a time. World Whammer is played with three letters to help kids learn to blend sounds and make words. It includes single letter names and sounds, plus word hunt games with rhyming words. Some 4s may be ready, but this is really a better game for 5-7.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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Floor Standing Puppet Theater
(Alex $59.99 Score:) Puppet stages are great fun for the whole family. At first you may be the main performer but soon enough your child will want you to be the audience. Try out familiar stories and then make up your own. Kids often express themselves more openly when they use puppets-- so be a careful listener. You may be surprised by what you hear. This stage from Alex is smaller than their larger playhouses that also have puppet stages. Comes with a clock (for show time) and a chalk board for adding important info about the show.

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

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2007 Award
Magnetic Artist Easel
(Alex $79.99 Score:) Having an double sided easel is great for playdates and siblings. Two kids can work at this 48" height-adjustable wooden easel that comes with a chalkboard on one side, a magnetic wipe-off board, an 18" x 75' paper roll, sturdy wooden paper cutter and 2 easel clips. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2011 Awards
Guidecraft Unit Blocks
(Guidecraft $40 & up Score:)

If there's one toy every child should have, blocks are it! Nothing is more basic to play than a set of wooden unit blocks. A set with 34 pieces is a place to start, although a 76-piece set ($90) would be even more versatile. Pictured here is a school size set that has 28 shapes($200+)Unit blocks come with built-in possibilities for discovery as they are scaled to each other; putting two squares together, kids discover the two equal one rectangular block; two of the triangles makes a square, etc. Blocks develop kids' spatial understanding, their eye hand skills, their problem solving abilities, imagination, and language. They are the raw materials for dramatic play that put kids in charge. They are great for using with wooden trains for making bridges and roadways for toy cars, barns for small animals. Be sure to add some scaled down vehicles, and animals and even some doll house or action figures to the mix. Give them a place where the blocks can stay up for a while so that they can make settings for their dramatic play.  Blocks can be used solo and in cooperative play. Beginners often will start off by building horizontially...but soon enough preschoolers will start building upwards. These are basic gear for kids with lasting play value because they are completely open-ended and can be used in multiple ways. They may be a farm one day and a bridge the next. One of a favorite lines of props for blocks are the Jungle and Farm Animal sets from Learning Resources($25.99).

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

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2007 Award
Bebe Do Graceful
(Corolle $49.99 Score:) A very sweet 14" baby doll that is just right for pretend play. Our testers love this collection of dolls that feel so soft and smell like vanilla. The head and limbs are vinyl with a soft fabric body that is extremely huggable. Comes with a bunny and bottle. We'd recommend pairing this doll with a stroller or the Play Nursery from Corolle.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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