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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


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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2007 Award
Super Story Recorder
(Cranium $19.99 Score:) ) Much like a Mad Lib, Super Story Recorder prompts players to answer certain questions that are then incorporated into a themed story (which you pick with a spin of the dial). Once we got the hang of waiting for beeps to record our answers, it was fun to play. 6 & up. (877) 272-6486.

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

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2007 Award
Furreal Friends Butterscotch Pony
(Hasbro $299.99 Score:) Your child is either going to love Butterscotch or want to run in the opposite direction. Butterscotch is voice activated and will move her head in your direction when you speak to her. She whinnes and snorts and while she doesn't actually move forward, she does make walking sounds when you sit on her (there is an 80 lb. limit). Comes with a carrot and brush. It's fun to feed her as she makes chomping sounds and moves her mouth. She has almost too much hair on her mane but certainly does fill the bill on "hairplay". We usually don't love dolls that do a lot of things--but for kids that love horses, Butterscotch is truly magical.

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

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Speed Stacks
(Play Along $39.99 Score:) This is a game that has caught on in gym classes in middle schools and high schools across the country. It's a great way to build eye-hand coordination as well as concentration. The idea is to stack and unstack the cups in the shortest amount of time. Fun and active - and great for the age that usually just wants to plug into their video games.

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Sweet Satin Music Box
(Creativity for Kids $18 Score:) We usually love wind up music jewelry boxes. Kids love winding the key to activate the music -- this is usually a memorable first jewelry box. This kit is marked 6 and up but we found the craft steps too difficult for this age range. While the kit is marked no sewing, kids are required to thread the tulle to make a skirt with the included pink thread. Kids are then instructed to add sequin flowers which are very pretty. The problem for our testers is that they had problems separating the two parts of the brad that secure the flowers on the tulle. One parent tester also thought that the directions were not clear enough. The steps for making the skirt should be marked "do this first" since it is really the first step. There was also no picture for adding the second piece of sequined ribbon. Bottom line: you will end up doing a good portion of this kit with a younger child.

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

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