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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Construction Toys

 


2014 Award
LEGO Creator Yellow Racers
(Lego Systems, Inc. $29.99 Score:)

A versatile 3-in-1 set with 328-pieces for building a helicopter with chunky main rotor, sleek cockpit, retractable front landing gear, and multi-directional rear wheel. Had enough of the helicopter? Turn the same parts into a speedboat or a high-speed racing car. This is a fairly complex set meant for experienced builders 7-12.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Lincoln Logs Redfield Ranch
(KNEX $50 Score:)

A barrel of building fun comes in this giant size container with 109 wooden logs, plastic door, windows, roof plus a cowboy, horse, corral gates and corral, flag, feeding trough, hay and other small accessories. An instruction booklet will help beginners, but once they get the feel for this classic building set, kids come up with their own structures. Fun to use for dramatic play once the buildings are made.They are marked 3 & up. No doubt preschoolers will play with the forts and log cabins after an adult builds them, but as a construction toy, this is a much better choice for early school years from 5-8.   

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Playmobil Summer Fun Camping Site
(Playmobil $69.99 Score:)

Kids can replay or pre-play the excitement of camping with this elaborate group of settings that reflect the real experience. There is a camp store with lots of small accessories for sale; a sanitary station with toilet, shower, sinks, washer and swinging doors; an orange pop-up tent, trees and flagpole; and several Playmobil figures. A 262-piece set with plenty of pretend play power once the toy assembled. 4-10

Age: Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
LEGO City Camper Van
(LEGO Systems, Inc. $19.99 Score:)

It's time to go camping! Why not with this big white camper van.. This is another of Lego's clever modular builds that is divided into sub-models to give builders an easier start. This 195-piece set is loaded with fine details that add to the builder’s delighted and plans that guide each step in the process. Kids will love the red canoe and two play figures, as well as the van with all of its accessories and working door. A relatively small set that helps develop fine motor and spatial skills along with their ability to stay with a task and deal with some problem solving--all important kinds of learning. Marked for 5-12, we think many 5-7's will need help getting started. Doing this gives them a roadmap for how to approach complex tasks.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Playmobil Summer Fun Family Caravan
(Playmobil $39.99 Score:)

Once the 141 piece set is assembled, kids will have a fun play setting for pretend play. The family caravan is well equipped for fun away from home. It includes bunk beds, bathroom, kitchen and dining area that converts to a sitting area with a full-length couch. The removable roof allows kids to move the figures about with ease. There are all kinds of accessories for BBQ, eating, tools for repairs, as well as a mother and child and dog on a leash. With younger kids the construction needs to be done cooperatively with an adult. You may want to customize the family to match your own with figures sold separately.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Playmobil Summer Fun Pool with Whale Fountain
(Playmobil $57.99 Score:)

Our tester loved playing with this miniature pool setting with a working shower and spouting whale, once the 114-piece set was assembled. With younger kids the construction needs to be done cooperatively with an adult. This is a toy for hot days outdoors since kids will inevitably get wet while playing. It comes with a family of four: mom, dad, brother and little sister; a pool with slide, shower, whale fountain and other accessories. You may want to customize the family to match your own with figures sold separately.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
LEGO Friends Sunshine Ranch
(Lego Systems, Inc. $69.99 Score:)

For kids who love riding and horses or dream of both, this Sunshine Ranch is a great pretend setting. A two story ranchhouse with stables for the three horses that Mia and Liza enjoy grooming and riding. They also like to do a fair amount of gardening at the ranch. This is an elaborate 721-piece building set with tons of small details and accessories to keep players busy pretending. But first they need to assemble the ranch and corral and even the hen house. Our 7-year old tester's mom wrote that the instructions were extremely easy and her daughter was ecstatic that it came with more than one doll. She did wish that the box was sturdier so the pieces could be put back in the box and then rebuilt. We know there are some who find the Friends sets as too gender specific, but in fact, we like the active roles the Friends play with their jobs and entertainment. If it brings girls to the construction toy aisle we say go for it! That's the way to help them develop dexterity, patience, spatial skills and imagination. 6-12

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
LEGO City Camper Van
(Lego Systems, Inc. $19.99 Score:)

It's time to go camping! Why not with this big white camper van.. This is another of Lego's clever modular builds that is divided into sub-models to give builders an easier start. This 195-piece set is loaded with fine details that add to the builder’s delighted and plans that guide each step in the process. Kids will love the red canoe and two play figures, as well as the van with all of its accessories and working door. A relatively small set that helps develop fine motor and spatial skills along with their ability to stay with a task and deal with some problem solving--all important kinds of learning. Marked for 5-12, we think many 5-7's will need help getting started. Doing this gives them a roadmap for how to approach complex tasks.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
LEGO City SUV with Watercraft
(Lego Systems, Inc. $19.99 Score:)

It's time to go to the beach! Load up the SUV and trailer with the jets skis. One of Legos' clever modular builds that is divided into sub-models to give builders an easier start. This 219-piece set is loaded with fine details that add to the builder’s delighted and plans that guide each step in the process. A relatively small set that helps develop kids fine motor and spatial skills along with their ability to stay with a task and deal with some problem solving. All important learning. Skills. Marked for 5-12, we think many 5-7's will need help getting started. Doing this gives them a roadmap for how to approach complex tasks.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
LEGO Friends Heartlake Juice Bar
(Lego Systems, Inc. $ 29.99 Score:)

Andrea and Naya are definitely thinking and eating healthy! They have opened a juice bar at Heartlake. What better way to deliver cool refreshment for the summer to all their friends? This is a big step beyond the typical lemonade stand. It has a very current look and all the equipment for smashing and whipping up smoothies and fresh juice are ready! Another fun setting for dramatic play once all the 277-pieces are assembled. We know there are some who find the Friends sets as too gender specific, but in fact, we like the active roles the Friends play with their jobs and entertainment. If it brings girls to the construction toy aisle we say go for it! That's the way to help them develop dexterity, patience, spatial skills and imagination. 6-12

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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