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

 


2009 Award
Creativity for Kids Fancy Felt Trinket Keeper
(Creativity for Kids $24 Score:)

A round two-tiered chipboard trinket box comes with over 100 felt stick-ons to decorate the box. The pink and white box has velvet lined shelves and the stick-on felt flowers and birds come in blue, green, orange and pink. A simple but pleasing craft kit that kids can use to store their treasures.  Comes with simple easy to follow directions and ideas. 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: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Crayola Color Explosion Glow Dome
(Crayola $28 Score:)

Use the six glow markers to decorate the see through dome and the center wall that slides into place. Turn off the lights, turn on the switch and abra-ca-dabra the dome lights up and move. There is a spin action button to set you scene in motion. This comes with two starter scenes but it's open-ended so kids can make their own drawings. Best of all the images wipe off and the dome is ready for a new look. Be forewarned, the motor is noisy. Testers gave this a positive rating. 6 & up.
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Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Felt Fashions Messenger Bag
(Creativity for Kids $20 Score:)

Use the colorful stick-on felt pieces to decorate the canvas messenger bag. Smaller than a back pack but big enough for homework or ballet slippers and tutu, this11 ¾ X 10 ¼ inch bag comes in natural color canvas with bright red piping and adjustable strap. It has a key chain attached and a pocket for pens. There are 5 sheets of self adhesive shapes—more than 200 pieces that might be added to other objects, as well. A fun craft project that can be used. 7 & 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, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2001 Awards
Scratch-Art Magic Packs
(Scratch-Art Co. $4.99 Score:)

Remember making scratch art with crayon scribbles covered with black paint that you scratched away? Now Scratch-Art Dazzle paper is ready made and has glittering foil effects that appear when you scratch the black away. A package with 4 sheets, a stylus, stencil, and instructions makes an inexpensive but special treat. Or look for a Combo pack with Dazzle, Stained Glass and Rainbow, Black & White sheets. 5 & up.

SNAP INFO: Remember making scratch art with crayon scribbles covered with black paint that you scratch away? Now Scratch & Sparkle has glittering holographic foil effects that appear. The Combo 4-Pack is fun with Holographic, Stained Glass, Rainbow, and Black and White sheets. An inexpensive but special treat! A good way to motivate kids to use those fine motor skills needed for writing. ADAPTION: Holding this skinny paper in place can be a problem, especially if kids are using stencils. We suggest taping the paper down so it won't slip.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2001. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2001 Award
Lacing Puppets
(Lauri $9 Score:) Choose from a variety of precut felt puppet sets with different themes (bunnies, bugs, Cinderella) that kids lace together and then use to tell their own stories. Kits come with yarn and big plastic needle for sewing which develops fine motor skills kids need for writing. Newest additions to the lacing puppets includes holiday themes such as a witch.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Award
Light Switches Gone Crazy
(Klutz $14.95 Score:) Kit comes with four blank light switch plates, materials for decorating, and a small idea booklet chockfull of great suggestions. A good play date or rainy day project. Will require some adult assistance. Bookstores.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2011 Award
Yumbrella
(Alex $19.99 Score:)

An update on a kit that won our Platinum Award in 2000. Kids loved using the child-sized (24" diameter) umbrellas they  can decorate with the six included markers. This update reflects the Dylan Candy Store license- so now the kids are coloring in "candy" rather than flowers that decorated the earlier version of this product. Our 5 1/2 year old tester was so thrilled with the finished product.

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

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Gross Soap
(Action Products $15 Score:) There's a certain stage when gross is in. This kit comes with plastic bugs that you cover in glycerin soap. This is a parent-intensive project since melting soap in the microwave is potentially dangerous! For a less gross set, consider Soap-Scapes. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Snuggle Pets
(tutti bambini $14.99 Score:) Choose a die-cut cat, dolphin, pup, dino, or bunny with pre-punched holes, blunt tapestry needle, polyfil stuffing, and colored yarn. Materials are washable and hypoallergenic. 5 & up. SNAP INFO: These pre-cut and pre-punched sewing kits come with a blunt tapestry needle, colored yarn and polyfill. Kids can make a cat, dolphin, pup, dino, or bunny that they can play with later. This kind of activity helps kids develop fine motor skills that are the underpinnings for penmanship. Materials are washable and hypoallergenic

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2000 Awards
Hanging Bird Feeder & Bird Houses Kits
(TWC of America $16 Score:) These beautifully crafted pine kits with rounded edges and predrilled holes make them hands down the best birdhouse kits for kids on the market. Kids will be more invested in bird watching if they have a hand in constructing the kits to attract the birds. Younger kids can help with the decoration or hammering, but even older kids will need adult assistance. Also great: Feeder with plexi-glass windows ($20); Bird house ($16). 8 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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