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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 


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.

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

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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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2007 Award
Racer Bikes Design Shop
(Creativity for Kids $18 Score:) The reality is your five year old probably won't even care about the craft aspect of this kit because the two included racer bikes are so neat to play with all by themselves. Both bikes are easy to activate (they have pull back action) and move forward once you push down on the helmet of the racer. The kit comes with acrylic paint and stickers. The stickers give a more finished look although most kids will need help getting the stickers off the sheet. The paint doesn't give the same finished look but most kids won't care...it' all about the bikes.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Toby's Windmill
(Learning Curve International $39.95 Score:) New for the Thomas & Friends train buff, a working windmill with a lever that kids push to make the propeller twirl and a top loader that releases barrels of flour from the “mill” onto waiting trains. Comes with barrels and train car carrier for the flour. 3 & up.

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

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2007 Award
Suddery Swing Bridge
(Learning Curve International $35.95 Score:) Little engineers are in for action as the Suddery Bridge rotates allowing trains underneath to pass through on their travels North and South! Comes with two ascending tracks. Ideal for dramatic play as kids build their track system. 3 & up.

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

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2007 Award
Pin the Fairy on the Flower Party Game
(eeBoo $9.95 Score:) Remember Pin the Tail on the Donkey? Well, if you have fairy fanciers’ try this very special version of an old party game. Here there’s a large canvas-like poster designed by illustrator Melissa Sweet. Players try to put the self-stick fairies onto the fairy zone. Oh, yes, it even comes with a pretty pink and blue cloth blindfold. Reusable for future parties. 4 & up.

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

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2007 Award
Dutch Rabbit Puppets
(Folkmanis $13.99 Score:) Replicas of typical pet rabbits, these handpuppets have a creamy white chest, face and paws, with brownish bodies and ears. The larger 10” puppet has floppy ears while the 8” baby’s ears stand up tall. Pop them into an Easter basket for a special treat.

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

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2007 Award
Fashion Angels Fashion Design Studio Set
(Fashion Angels Enterprises $24.95 Score:) If you have a future "fashion designer" in your house, this design studio will be a huge hit. There are three pre-printed pads that come with a template (a whole Fashion Angel form, a foot and a purse). There is a wonderful Style Guide that details the difference between such things as palazzo pants and jodhpurs. Designers can add their own designs with the set of included color pencils and markers. Refill pads can be purchased for $4.95 each.

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

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2007 Award
Explorer Ops Binoculars
(Wild Planet Toys $9.99 Score:) Taking a nature walk in your own neigbhorhood or going on a trip? Take along this pair of binoculars for a better view of the world around them. They come with 6x20 magnification and an adjustable focus knob and eyepiece. Store in the included carrying case.

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

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