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

 


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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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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