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Product Type: Toys
Award: Gold
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Review Year: 2013

 


2013 Award
Laser Pegs MPS Aircraft
(Laser Pegs $14.99 Score:)

Here's a good way to try Laser Pegs, construction sets that light up. MPS Aircraft builds four models and comes with 2 laser pegs, 37 parts, a poser base and a small but clear manual. Our tester really liked the ease of the build and the dramatic color when the models were completed. An affordable birthday gift or stocking stuffer that will not be consumed or run out of interest before noon. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Fresh Artists Memory Games
(Fresh Artists $24 Score:)

We have reviewed lots of memory or concentration games over the years, but here is a notable new direction that will challenge players while supporting children's art education in underfunded public schools. Created by a not- for-profit-organization, the art on the handsome cards has been donated by young artists grades K-12 from New York City, Philadelphia, and Norristown, PA. Choose from several sets, each with a different theme: Fresh Faces, Mini-Masters-Barnes Edition, Fresh Food Edition, Fresh Art, and Fresh Architecture. There are 27 pairs in each set and though they are marked 3-103, we'd say these are a lot more challenging than most; a better choice for 6 and up. www.freshartists.org

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
eeBoo Butterflies Matching Game
(eeBoo $15.99 Score:)

Unlike a lot of matching games, this one calls for more visual perception than most. Since all 24 pairs of cards feature butterflies, the shape and colors have finer details that players need to note and recall. The back of the box gives the names of the butterflies featured in the box. You might want to bring this home with a field book about butterflies or for younger readers, a book about the metamorphosis of a butterfly. Better yet, if the season is right, capture a caterpillar and watch it change. This can be played solo or by two or more players. The art, as always with eeBoo products, is beautifully done. They say 5 & up, but this may be more fun for slightly older players.

 

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Magformers Wow Set
(Magformers $49.99 Score:)

Clever set of 16 magnetic shapes in colorful squares and triangles plus wheels, and a driver square, that can be used in open-ended construction or by following the patterns for creating 20 kinds of working vehicles. The set also includes pattern cards that are like tangrams and challenge players to discover how to make a variety of larger geometric shapes from the squares and triangles. Hands-on experiments help kids discover not only some math concepts, they have to deal directly with the magnetic poles inside the plastic forms, turning them so that they attract. All magnets are safely inside the plastic forms. This combines stealth learning: math, science, visual and manual dexterity, creative problem solving, construction play, imagination, and good fun. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
eeBoo 100 Popsicle Sticks
(eeBoo $10 Score:)

Add glue, paper, felt and imagination and this pack of 100 sticks in 10 colors provide the raw material for creative thinking. Kids will surprise you with what they design or the skill they have in following the ideas on the back of the package. Marked with caution that the colors may run if wet. Mix with pompoms, markers, and glue for developing manual dexterity as well as flexible thinking skills and artistic expression. Marked 3 & up, we'd say even more fun for early school aged kids.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Awards
Crayola Dual-Sided DryErase Board Set
(Crayola $10.99 Score:)

Eight vibrant colored crayons come with a built-in sharpener on the package and a reversible black or white board and cloth that erases crayon markings with ease. These special crayons are sturdier and slightly thicker than most, so they are easier to grasp. They also wash from hands and clothing, though not if they met in if they end up in a pocket in the clothes dryer. These are less smelly than markers for the erase board and no worry over lost caps, markers drying out, or the sometimes unpleasant odor of marker ink. They are also easier to handle than chalk that snaps under pressure. Kids are often more willing to work on writing and math when the writing surface allows for playfulness. It is less confining than paper and mistakes are easier to wipe away and start again. Marked for 3 & up, but we believe this is not babyish looking and will appeal to much older kids as well.

SNAP: Finding playful materials that build writing skills can be challenging. These wipe off crayons with the wipe off board are not babyish and allow for games as well as tracing. Activity: Print the child's name with one color and have child trace with another color. Once they have the hang of it print the letters with dots or dashes and have child connect to make the letters whole. For beginners you may want to start with shapes to trace rather than letters.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Fresh Artists Memory Games
(Fresh Artists $24 Score:)

We have reviewed lots of memory or concentration games over the years, but here is a notable new direction that will challenge players while supporting children's art education in underfunded public schools. Created by a not- for-profit-organization, the art on the handsome cards has been donated by young artists grades K-12 from New York City, Philadelphia, and Norristown, PA. Choose from several sets, each with a different theme: Fresh Faces, Mini-Masters-Barnes Edition, Fresh Food Edition, Fresh Art, and Fresh Architecture. There are 27 pairs in each set and though they are marked 3-103, we'd say these are a lot more challenging than most; a better choice for 6 and up. www.freshartists.org .

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
Hedbanz Act Up
(Spin Master $19.99 Score:)

We like this new take on the original Hedbanz.  This one is played more like charades. Players put cards on their head bands without knowing what the card says. The object is for the player to guess what that card says from the actions of the other players. But in this game NO TALKING and NO PROPS are allowed! Unlike the original Hedbanz game, which was played like 20 Questions, this Act UP version is a whole lot trickier, but good fun. Our testing family (with preteens and young adults) enjoyed the game a great deal. Marked for kids 8 & up - we still think the original Hedbanz where you can speak will be less frustrating for younger players.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Disney Eye Found It!
(Wonder Forge $19.99 Score:)

Visit 12 Disney Realms on the giant playing board. The object is to beat the clock and arrive at Cinderella's castle before the clock gets to midnight. Designed for four players or four teams, this is a cooperative game, making it ideal for mixed ages or family fun. There is counting, looking for objects to match playing cards, and taking turns. The game board itself comes in four big sections that have to be put together like puzzle. They say 4 & up, we'd say 4's will need support. A good game for developing language, turn taking and cooperative play.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Awards
Creativity for Kids Grow a Hedgehog
(Creativity for Kids $12 Score:)

Paint the plastic hedgehog planter, paste on the wiggly eyes and bow. Now, you are ready to grow a hedgehog! Add and fill the planter tray with the supplied potting mix. Plant the seeds and keep them moist with the spray bottle until the wheatgrass seeds sprout in 3-5 days. A little art, a little science, and a lot of learning fun. Be forewarned: the box shows the hedgehog's face blushed with yellow, but there is no yellow in the kit. It comes with white, tan and black paint. Perhaps you can use a yellow marker to add this detail. 5 & up.

SNAP: Keep a photo journal of the process with your child in the pictures. Turn them into a small book that tells about each stage. This kind of activity builds reading and pre-reading skills and puts the child in the center of the action.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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