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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


2003 Award
Flying Turtle
(Mason Company $69.95 Score:) Low to the ground, this seat on skate wheels zips along on any smooth surface by twisting the handlebars from side to side. No pedals, no batteries, no motor! This is kid powered and fun for kids up to 150 pounds. One test family keeps this indoors and claims that all visiting kids from 4-12 enjoy it! (800) 821-4141.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Magic Color Sno-Cone Maker
(Action Products $23.99 Score:) Our testers compared a lot of sno cone makers and this came out far ahead of others. They preferred this to the Snoopy version, reporting that the directions were clearer and it was easier to work than most.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Awards
Alex's Floor Standing Easel
(Alex $95 Score:) Taking the paints out of doors gives young artists a new scene- and if you add a bit of white paint to the colors they have an all new palette that looks like summer. Adding different paints and paper often inspires kids. Alex's wooden easel has a chalk board on one side and a dry-erase board on the other. Comes with a roll of paper, but we find that using clips and a pad of paper is easier for kids to handle with independence.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Awards
Beka Adjustable Drawing Desk with Paper
(Beka, Inc. $25 Score:) This wooden tabletop easle is a handsome, adjustable slantboard for art projects. We think this is an especially good choice for those who don't have the space for a stand-up easel but want a dedicated surface for drawing, painting or other creative ventures. SNAP: This slantboard will be useful on a tabletop for kids who are not able to use the typical standing easel. It has smooth edges, adjusts to various angles and has a wipe off surface.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Awards
Good Morning Alarm Clock
(Creativity for Kids $14 Score:) A handsome translucent alarm clock that is ready to be decorated with special paints and stick-on gems. This is a really gender-free craft item that boys are sure to design quite differently than girls. But that's one of its charms. It's open-ended but once completed it's a functional clock that can be used in a child's room or given as a gift. This runs on a single AA battery and will wake them with a gentle beep. Arrived too late for the 2003 book but is bound to be a good choice for school aged kids.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Playstages & Marionettes
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2003 Award
Old Century Baseball
(Old Century Classics $129 Score:) Our testers, kids and parents, loved this retro baseball game that has no sounds or lights but plenty of action! This is like the old baseball games your grandfather and maybe your father played when they were kids. It works a bit like a pinball machine. Metal marbles are socked into field and roll down to the "flipper" bat that players use ti score singles, doubles or homers into the grandstand! This would make a nifty choice for a family room, playroom or in grandparent's den where kids may actually be surprised to discover how much fun folks had in the olden days before sound chips. Granted, grandpa's version was probably made of cardboard or cheezy wood, this is the BMW version-with a pricetag to match. Be forewarned, our testers did manage to lose the metal "balls" before the afternoon was out. Too bad this came too late for our annual book. It might have been one of the Platinum winners.8 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2002 Award
Mega Sphere
(Hoberman Designs $59.99 Score:) You have probably seen smaller versions of these spheres in Science museums. When this giant Mega Sphere arrived in our office the six and nine year old kids who were testing games that day were totally enthralled with getting inside this space. You can actually lock it in the open position and it becomes a play setting. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2003 Awards
Lets Tackle Math Game
(Learning Resources $44.95 Score:) Keep in mind that beginners need concrete materials to count before they learn the facts in rapid-fire fashion. Now in our house we did this with chocolate (which was also fun, but fattening!) Here, you get 252 total play pieces (108 bugs: grasshoppers, beetles dragonflies, bumble bees, spiders and caterpillars) plus 72 frogs and worms to sort by color, shape and size. The kit also comes with an activity book with 48 activities and a sorting tray. Kids love playing with these pieces as their working on their math skills. They'll also use them for dramatic play. Much more fun than flash cards! The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Muffy, Alice in Wonderland & Hoppy White Rabbit
(North American Bear Co. $15 Score:)

A very special Hoppy White Rabbit done up in plaid coat with pearl buttons and golden watch fob to keep him from being late for his important date in Alice's Wanderland. Also, an adorable Muffy dressed up as Alice in a white pinofore and blue tafetta dress with her key to Wonderland. (800) 682-3427.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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