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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


2007 Award
1001 Nights
(Haba $35 Score:) This is a handsome set of tiles that can be used in open-ended format to create a skyline of minarets and domes, à la 1001 Arabian Nights. There are multiple patterns that children can follow, and matching the tiles calls for visual perception. A good quiet time activity. (800) 468-6873.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Egyptology Puzzle
(Mudpuppy Press $11 Score:) Based on the book Egyptology from Candlewick, this handsome 100-piece puzzle is smartly designed with good clues in the graphics. If you have a child in the midst of all things Egyptian, this will be a prize! Puzzle image is printed on the metal storage tin. 7 & up. (212) 354-8840.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Lego City Puzzles
(Ravensburger $10 Score:) Choose from two cityscape scenes, one of a fire with Lego trucks and helicopter or a police station with police copter. Both puzzles are 60 pieces and include a bonus Lego vehicle to build and play with after the puzzle is assembled. Also top rated, City Scenes ($10 4). Three 49-piece puzzles with different patterns on the back to sort them. Small pieces for more advanced puzzlers. 5 & up. (800) 886-1236.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Big Bad Boomin' Bugs Observation Station
(Little Kids $19.99 Score:) Catch your bug with the capture-and-carry bug scooper, drop it into the 12" x 8" dome with powerful 3X magnifying lens on top. Plug in the earphones and you can listen to the bug chew, crawl, chirp, click, or buzz! A multi-sensory bug experience. (800) 545-5437. For a smaller bug chamber, Backyard Safari Bug Scope (Summit Toys $12.99 4) Hunters have to catch the bug under the open end of this temporary trap. Designed with a light to aid viewing. (205) 661-1174.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Dinosaur Excavation Kit
(Usborne $17.99 Score:) Archeologists in training will have fun digging out the bones of a T-Rex from the clay block. Complete with goggles*, brush, chisel, and hammer. Assemble the bones and read the book, which introduces beginning readers to the many kinds of dinosaurs. No glue included. *These goggles are not actually safety devices.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Hook Fortune Finder
(Wild Planet Toys $19.95 Score:) Movie merchandise is not usually on our list. But this pirate toy à la Captain Hook, inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean, is a metal detector that happens to work better than many we’ve tested. Also fun in the same line, a Treasure Hunter ($24.95 4). Hide the treasure chest and give kids the finder that lights up red when they get close to the chest. We passed on the Light Scope, which has a really bright red light. 5 & up. (800) 247-6570.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Marshall Brodien Magic Wand Set
(Cadaco $19.99 Score:) It takes some reading and practice to perfect these showy magic tricks with a light-up magic wand. Don’t tell—the magic is all based on the use of magnets. 7 & up. (800) 621-5426.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Perryscope
(Kid Galaxy $14.99 Score:) Fun for land or water. An adjustable periscope that rises 10" above the water. Has a soft eyecup and adjustable handles. 6 & up. (800) 816-1135.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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Crayola Color Explosion Neon
(Binney & Smith $7.99 Score:) Okay, before you open the package you should know that the warnings inside are longer than the directions for use. That said, this is a bit like scratch art black pages with colors that are revealed with a marker. You get better results using the side of the marker than the tip, and you need a bit of pressure to make it work. Not a bad product for travel, unless you have wet hands and get the black ink on your hands and clothes! Good luck to you. This is pretty neat (or maybe messy) on a dark plane. 6 & up. (800) 272-9652

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Play Scenes
(Mudpuppy Press $11 Score:) These are sturdy play boards that open up like a portfolio and come with cling play pieces. We highly recommend the charming Fairytale Theater, which has lots of storytelling play power with characters, props, and a wonderful stage for acting out original stories! There is also an attractive Map of the U.S.A. (3), with all the states noted (except poor New England, where the states are delineated on the map but collectively labeled “New England”). 5 & up. (800) 670-7441.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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