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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


2009 Award
Lego Road Construction Set
(Lego Systems, Inc. $19.99 Score:)

Kids who are fascinated with vehicles will be able to build more than three chunky wheeled trucks—a steam roller, earth mover with lift, and dump truck. Therr sets of instructions includes 15 different building ideas...not to mention the ones young builders will come up with on their own. A great gift for under $20. Says 4 & up. We think 4’s will need assistance. Good for dramatic play and as props for block buildings.

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: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Lego Police Headquarters
(Lego Systems, Inc. $89.99 Score:)

Loaded with action, this is an immense building set with 953 pieces that will take days to assemble. Part of the City Collection, this multi-level huge police headquarters has a lock-up, of course, as well as offices, vehicles, satellites, and police figures. Build it together and then let the dramas begin. They say 6 & up. It is an elaborate set that will require an older sibling or adult if you bring it home for a 6 year old. It will be enjoyed by younger kids after it is built, but as a construction set, it will be an overwhelming challenge for solo building for kids under 8. Still, this is a wow-wee kind of gift for enthusiastic builders. Makes a good choice for those long rainy days when going out is not possible.

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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Lego Ring of Fire
(Lego Systems, Inc. $29.99 Score:) Our toy tester wanted to really test this one--it's an update on a toy that was in the Lego line several years ago. First you build your racer, then you build a catapult and a ramp with a ring of fire. Unfortunately our tester found that this really didn't work as well as the original. The car really didn't launch sufficiently to go through the ring and the ring didn't stay together very well. 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: 2008.

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2009 Award
eeBoo Build a Robot
(eeBoo $14.95 Score:)

Part puzzle, part game this is quick and easy to play at various levels. Players take the five robot puzzle pieces out of their playing board. Hit the arrow spinner and pick the numbered playing piece that matches. First to rebuild the robot wins. But watch out, older players need to spin the “tool” tile before they begin. It takes some time and luck to spin all five numbers to build the robot. Good for turn taking, number matching, and sequencing from 1-5. Game includes names of robot related books.   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: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
eeboo Pin a Parrot on a Pirate
(eeBoo $9.99 Score:)

Ahoy, Mate! Forget about that old donkey tail game.  If you are having a crew of pirates to celebrate a birthday, here's the game complete with bandanna to cover those eyes and precut parrots. Sticker parrots are sure to end up on the friendly pirate's nose, toes, or telescope. A reusable game for play dates or other pirate events. 4 & up. 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: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Award
Create Your Own Pop Up Books Kit
(Creativity for Kids $17.95 Score:)

We are huge fans of pop up books! So we were particularly excited when this kit came in for review. Complete with two blank hard cover books that have some built in pop ups already loaded and then a collection of fun to add "do your own" pop up features--including pull tabs for revealing your own surprises! Fans of pop ups will enjoy giving this one a try.  Comes with 8 markers, stickers, wiggly eyes and die-cut pieces.

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: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Green Toys Indoor Gardening Kit
(Green Toys $29.99 Score:)

We always like gardening kits and this one has a nice twist. The three pots are made from recycled plastic milk containers. Set also comes with a trowel, three packages of organic seeds (sunflower, basil and zinnia soil disks.) We had great success with our plants!

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Wild Planet Hyper Jump
(Wild Planet Toys $29.99 Score:)

This is a lot like the game of Simon, only instead of touching the right color you jump on or bend and tag the targets. Set it at level 1-2-or 3 and the game gets tougher at each level. Can be played solo or teams. Level one calls for color or number recognition. Level two adds trickier calls such as reverse and doubles. Level three and four calls for double digit numbers, reverse and faster harder calls. A challenging active game that develops listening skills as well as the need for quick responses. Can be played indoors and out. A good choice for play dates, party or sleepovers. 3 triple A batteries required. 6 & 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: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Award
Go Nuts!
(Gamewright $6.99 Score:)

Our testers laughed out loud as they played this fast paced and easy to learn dice game. Hold on to one dog die as you roll the others. You get points for every acorn you roll while you avoid rolling a car. Two cars and no score! Roll all squirrels and you get to call “Go nuts!” That signals you opponent to start rolling his dog die that has dog houses and dog heads on its many sides. You keep rolling for points until your opponent rolls a dog die and barks to end your score!  Takes about 12 minutes a round. 2-4 players. Take this out when you need some silly time. 8 & 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: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Goofball Rally
(Educational Insights $28.99 Score:)

Set up the colored marbles in their track and turn up one of many colored pattern cards. Players race to be the first to hit all of their marbles into the track before their opponent. A game with quick rounds and plenty of opportunities to win some and lose some. You need to put this out of reach of younger siblings who may mouth the marbles. No magnets, but marbles are a choking hazard for younger kids. 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: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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