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Age: Early Elementary School Years
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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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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 Awards
Crunch Art
(Hands on Toys $6 Score:) An innovative, open-ended designing project that is easy to do. Kids simply place a small piece of fabric on the foam board and push down with the "cruncher/puncher" tool (which is not sharp) and the fabric is in place. They can make designs or draw pictures to fill with colorful fabric, mylar squares, or chenille stems. A great office/quiet time toy. New for 2004, themed kits (Butterfly, Dinosaur, Rainbow, Panda, Fish and Toucan ). We prefer the open-ended kits, but some kids find the framework comforting. 5 & up. SNAP Award. This new art kit develops hand power as well as creativity. This does call for the ability to grip and press, but unlike a rug hook it is easy to do. It is pretty open-ended and mess-free.(888) 442-6376. SNAP: Grasping the puncher-cruncher calls for a firm grip. Using it may in fact strengthen hand muscles. Since this is a fairly openended product the act of doing this may be totally satisfying. For added stucture you can trace the child's initials on the foam board and encourage him to use ne color to to trace the letters. Once this is done he can use other colors as background.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Tie Dye Kit
(Creativity for Kids $19.95 Score:) Recently reintroduced, this refreshed kit is still a clever twist on a popular craft. Here's what we wrote back in 2003. Under the heading, "What will they think of next?" here's the latest in tie-dye convenience. The dye is in the string that you use with your own tee-shirts or pillowcases. A good outdoor craft project. Our tester reported, "Don't use the same water twice, it comes out muddy."

Age: Early School Years,Later 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
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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2004 Award
My Heart Box Kit
(Balitono $19 Score:) A wooden heart-shaped box to paint and fill with a sweet surprise. The lid has a raised heart and comes with glass beads that can be added to the top. 5 & up. If you have a child with lots of hair accessories, My Accessory Place Kit ($19 ) will be a great hit. Comes with a mirror in a square 10" wooden frame with knobs and hanging ribbons that can be used for holding barrettes. Still top rated, My Keepsake Clock Kit ($17) with a round quartz clock that sits in the 7" x 4" wooden case to paint. PLATINUM AWARD '03.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Sand Art
(Alex $8 Score:)

We're not usually big on coloring book-type projects, but this sand art kit is satisfying. Chose either the Sand in Space or Sandy Lands sets that come with pre-made designs. Peel back the protective coating to reveal the sticky surface and pour the sand. Calls for some planning and sequencing of steps. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2004 Awards
Scratch-Lite Sketcher Scratch Art
(Scratch-Art Co. $19.99 Score:) This is essentially a light box on which kids place scratch art paper and draw or write with one of two fancy tipped drawing tools. Finished art looks nice on windows. Kit comes with stencils and 10 sheets of special paper, so bring home a refill pack. A good quiet time toy that develops dexterity needed for writing. Still top rated, Scratch Magic Activity Kits ($4.99 & up). 5 & up. SNAP Adaptation: Use the light box for tracing activities that can reinforce the shape of letters and numerals and motivate children to develop dexterity.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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