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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


2006 Award
Chaturanga
(Front Porch Classics $44.95 Score:) Our older testers loved this Indian game, said to be the earliest form of chess. Its a strategy game with an element of chance, as players roll wooden dice and play one-on-one or in teams. They say 8 & upwed say more like 10 & up. PLATINUM AWARD 06. Also noteworthy, a Bookshelf version of Raceway 57 (PLATINUM AWARD 06). Our players did not love the design or play pattern of the new Wordspot (3); there are more exciting word games like this. (206) 826-3202.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Pandabo
(HaPe $9.95 Score:) Beautifully crafted, this is a balancing game with a wooden panda holding up round, half-round, and square rods. Fine motor skills help as players take turns trying not to be the one who upsets the stack. They say 4 & up, wed say most fours will have trouble doing this. More like a good choice for 58. Also clever, Cagola ($9.95 ), another balancing game with a swinging boat and small pieces that fall overboard! We like them both, but Pandabo is better. (800) 661-4142.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Toot and Otto Game
(ThinkFun $9.99 Score:) A simple strategy game with twenty-four plastic tiles, with Os and Ts. One player must spell Toot, the other Otto as they take turns dropping letters into the game tower to block their opponent and spell out their name. Quick and easy to learn. 5 & 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: 2006.

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2008 Award
FLY Fusion Pentop Computer
(LeapFrog $99 Score:)

A sleek update of a truly innovative product with the computer is built into the pen that works with special paper to create a variety of options: a working calculator, a translator, and our favorite, a musical keyboard you can draw and then play on your paper. But our testers LOVED that they could take notes on the special paper and that they were converted to a document on their computer. "So cool!" It might make you want to do seventh grade again...ok, not really, but you will want your own pen!

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2006 Award
Alphabet & Number Puzzle Pairs
(eeBoo $14.95 Score:)

A handsome set of two-piece puzzles with easy-to-recognize objects to pair with upper- and lower-case letters or objects and numerals. The letter/number sides are color-coded along the edges to help make the matches. Illustrated by Saxton Freymann, well-known artist of How are You Peeling? and Food for Thought. These can be used for simple games or solo puzzle play. (212) 222-0823.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2006 Award
Bug Tumble
(The Orb Factory $14.99 Score:) The graphics of this box dont do justice to the stunning puzzle inside. Much like a DK book, the collage of bugs, worms, and other creepy things will appeal to bug-fascinated kids. While there are 48 pieces, it is still a very challenging puzzle with a pleasing oversized 2' x 3' size. Puzzle comes with a big poster chockful of info on the creepy crawlies in the puzzle. Marked 4 & up, but wed say most 6s will find it challenging. Really depends on the child. (800) 741-0089.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Jumpers & Crawlers
(Ravensburger $10 Score:)

Look carefully at this 60-piece puzzle and you'll see all kinds of creatures sitting in and slithering along the branches and leaves of the jungle. Also special, Wildlife in Africa. And for a challenge, 3x49 Puzzles ($8.50 ), three 49-piece puzzles (which you sort out first by using the different patterns on the puzzle backs). Our testers liked the dinosaur and jungle motifs. (800) 886-1236.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Fast Car Race Cars
(Creativity for Kids $14.99 Score:)

Comes with three wooden cars with pull-back mechanisms that kids can paint (our kids used markers so that they use the cars sooner). Some of the included stickers did not stay put, but our testers still found these satisfying to use. Set up a roadway with some empty small boxes for simulated crashes and road races. (800) 311-8684.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2006 Award
Watch It!
(Alex $24.95 Score:) Technically not much of a craft kit, but this watch kit was a HUGE hit with our testers. The kit comes with a watch and seven different colorful ribbon bands (very J Crew). Would make a great birthday/holiday present. Surprisingly our teen testers really wanted their own set.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Woody Click Firehouse
(HaPe $99 Score:) This firehouse with mini firetrucks, firefighters and other pretend props is part of a new line of wooden pretend settings that are ideal as props for block building and pretend play. Also notable in the line is a police station and hospital, the latter with heliports and their own vehicles and figures. They can be taken apart and rebuilt, but this takes some dexterity and adult help. That said, these are handsome. Look for the construction trucks, too in bright yellow. All of these came too late for separate review in the annual book, but they are all Platinum winners. Choosing the right one will be your pleasure.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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