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

 


2013 Award
Franklin Sports Classic Series Volleyball Set
(Franklin $79.99 Score:)

A multi-generational game for family fun. With younger players use a soft beach ball that is easier to hit. Use it at the beach or in the backyard. This is mid-priced volleyball set that includes poles, spikes, net, a hand pump, and a soft spike ball. Stores in a convenient carrying case that is easy to take along. Available at Target. All ages.

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

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2013 Award
Guidecraft 4-in-1 Flipping Tabletop Easel
(Guidecraft $55 Score:)

A versatile tabletop easel flips from chalkboard to magnetic dry erase board and holds a paper roll, as well. A good size tray holds chalks, markers or other art supplies, depending on the media they are using. This is basic for creative fun and will be used for years. 3 & up.

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

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2013 Award
Scavenger Hunt For Kids Board Game
(University Games $10.99-19.99 Score:)

There are two versions of this game. The more elaborate board game version comes with a two-minute timer, a playing board, pawns, and 100 cards. Turn over two cards and race to be the first to find the objects pictured. Players get to move their pawns on the game board for each object found and extra moves are awarded for returning the object to where it belongs. (Say yea, for neatness!) First player to move across finishing line wins. This is a good game for indoor fun for the family or play date. A simpler version of the game, with more than 100 cards, comes without the timer and playing board. Use your own timer and keep score as the game progresses. First person with X number of cards wins the round. 2-4 players.

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

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2013 Award
Alex Toys Friends 4 Ever Bracelet Making Kit
(Alex $26.99 Score:)

Kids can make 22 friendship bracelets with this clever kit that comes with four different color-coded looms that guide them in making a variety of styles and patterns. Loaded with 22 colors of floss, beads and beading needle all stored in a sturdy carrying case.  Clear directions make this easy and fun to do for kids 8 & up.

 

 

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

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2013 Award
Lego Friends Rehearsal Stage
(Lego Systems $19.99 Score:)

Stephanie wants to be a superstar. She works out in her rehearsal studio with a revolving platform. She has a guitar, keyboard, and microphone. For dancing she has a ballet bar and mirror and before she goes on stage she puts on her make-up at a dressing table. A 198-piece set with one mini-figure. 5-12

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
Lego Creator Power Mech
(Lego $19.99 Score:)

One of the clever 3-in-1 building sets. Our tester liked making the action figure, a robot and then converted it to a helicopter and then to a pick-up truck. Makes a good birthday party gift for school age kids. A versatile construction set with 223-pieces and clear directions for 7-12.

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
Lego Creator Power Mech
(Lego $19.99 Score:)

One of the clever 3-in-1 building sets. Our tester liked making the action figure, a robot and then converted it to a helicopter and then to a pick-up truck. A versatile construction set with 223-pieces and clear directions for 7-12.


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
Clifford the Big Red Dog Bubble Science Kit
(Scholastic $19.99 Score:)

One of a series of science kits for younger children. This explores making all sorts of bubbles by making wands and using them to make prints, sculptures, colored bubbles, gliding boats, jumping pepper and more. It comes with a supply of pipecleaners, wandsm bubble solution, funnel and best of all, an excellent step-by-step experiment book that will walk you through all these together activities. In the past, most of these experiments were more typically done with kindegarten,1st and 2nd graders. That said, there is nothing in this kit that preschoolers will not enjoy trying. Clearly, this is not a solo toy, but rather a chance to explore together. They have also done a Kitchen Science Kit and Rainbow Science. These are available at PBS Kids site and the Scholastic site. As of this writing they were not elsewhere. Marked for 3+, we think they make more sense with 5+.

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

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2013 Award
Creativity for Kids Paracord Wristbands
(Creativity for Kids $15.99 Score:)

Designed to appeal to boys, Paracord Wristbands involve macrame-type weaving with thick parachute cord. It comes with eight colors, buckles, stickers, scissors, glue, and clear instructions. There are enough supplies to make eight wristbands. Marked for 7 & up, but we think most boys of seven will not have the dexterity to do this. We'd say it's a better choice for 8-9's.

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

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2013 Award
eeBoo Pipe Cleaners
(eeBoo $3.95 Score:)

Sets of very long pipe cleaners packed 36 in a set with fluffy ones and thin ones. Each package comes in a range of hues of a single color. There is a set of pinks and lavenders, another pack with hues of blues. Ideal for craft projects with suggested techniques on the package. These do have sharp tips, as do all pipe cleaners, so they are marked for 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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