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Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Construction Toys

 


2001 Award
B.C. Bones Wooden Prehistoric Animal Models
(B.C. Bones $30 Score:) These sturdy Baltic-birch puzzles/models come in 22", 36", 42" & 96" variations. Our testers found some harder than others. In fact some needed glue to hold them in place. Nevertheless, kids were thrilled to display them with pride and because of their size they make handsome decorations once they are assembled. We recommend the Woolly Mammoth and Stegosaurus. These are truly parent-child projects that require strong hands, patience and following directions. 9 & up.

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

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1999 Awards
KNEX
(KNEX $5 Score:) Testers continue to report that you need more finger strength with K'NEX than with Legos. That said, fans of K'NEX will enjoy the challenging Mission in Space sets with an International Space Station. We still love the solar powered construction sets which were Platinum Award winners.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 1999.

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2001 Awards
Gearbotics
(Learning Resources $58.95 Score:) This series of motorized plastic gears are interesting to construct. We still highly recommend the Robot, Oogly Googly, Sonic Insect, and Space Station (more than this year's Monster). The original nonmotorized Gears! Gears! Gears! sets remain our favorites because they are more open-ended and develop problem-solving skills as kids make their own moving machines. ($20/$40 ). New for 2003 , Under the Sea Set ($29.95 ) with 67 pieces including fish, turtles, whales, and an octopus. 6 & up.

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

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1995 Awards
Windows & Doors
(Haba $25 Score:)

We're always on the look out for props to add to building blocks and these are good fun. Add these working doors and windows that are scaled to unit blocks. Fitting them in place takes some problem solving.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 1995. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2000 Awards
Oogly Googly
(Learning Resources $20 Score:) Our PLATINUM AWARD winner in 2000 is a motorized Gears! creation that can be built in three or more ways. Based on the original and still wonderfully open-ended Gears! Gears! Gears! this kit comes with giant Oogly Googlie Eyes that jiggle and wiggle as the creature rolls along. These are still great toys that develop problem-solving skills as well as dexterity. They don't come out of the box ready made, but once they are built kids can take extra pleasure in playing with what they have created. .

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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Awards
Unit Blocks
(Constructive Playthings $186.95 Score:) Set of 85 pieces in 15 shapes

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

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2001 Awards
Castles
(Lego Systems, Inc. $89.99 Score:) Lego's latest King Leo's Castle with 524 pieces ($89.99) is geared to dramas of good vs. evil with trap doors, catapults, and secret hiding places. They've added a warrior princess but this, like Playmobil's King Large Castle, will likely appeal to boys, while Playmobil's Fairy Tale Castle is gender-specific lavender. 7 & up. Lego (800) 453-4652.

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

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2001 Awards
Block-N-Roll
(Taurus Toys $19.99 Score:) A new twist on marble runs, this engrossing multipiece set (60 & 100) has blocks with grooves, drop-through slots, ramps, and turns that link together to make an endless variety of runways. New for 2001, they have added new twists with Loop-D-Loops ($4.95).

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

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2002 Award
Lincoln Logs Commemorative Edition
(K'NEX Industries $29.99 Score:) Good news! Last year's splintery Lincoln Logs are gone! These are smooth and ouch-free. Keep in mind that building log houses requires visual discrimination and dexterity. Testers loved that big Commemorative Edition with 115 pieces in a giant tin. Most fours can't do these- save them for 5s. 6s and 7s.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Knex Missions in Space Sets
(KNEX $29.99 Score:) Builders continue to report that they need more finger strength for K'nex than for Legos. Fans of K'nex gave high scores to the new Apollo 15 Lunar Lander($2999/501 pieces) that comes with an astronaut and neat sound effects. The Jack Knife Big Rig Race Transport($16.99/296 pieces) Also scored a solid four.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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