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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Science Toys, Activities, and Equipment

 


2011 Award
Glow Rocks: Fluorescent Mineral Kit
(Dr. Cool Science $49.95 Score:)

Comes with a black (UV) light that enables you to see the fluorescent quality in the six rocks included in the kit. Also includes a booklet for other experiments to try with the black light.  We recommend then taking your kids outside to see what kind of rocks they can find and then start a journal.  School-aged kids love collecting and it's a great way to encourage your kids to do a little reading and research. This is one of those kits that can inspire a long term hobby.  There are also quarries in parts of the country where you can go "dig" for your own fluorescent rocks!  

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2011.

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2010 Award
Haba Terra Kids Lantern
(Haba $35 Score:)

This unusual lantern needs no batteries. Take it along on your next camping trip. It has a built-in self-generator that is powered with a crank that you turn. It also has a built-in compass and alarm whistle for emergencies. Pricey, but useful.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Mystery in the Forest Write Me a Story
(eeBoo $10.99 Score:)

One of a series of books designed to encourage kids to write or dictate original stories. There are forest related stickers in this one, blank spaces for original art and lines for writing the story on. They say 3 & up - we'd say more like 5-8.There are also matching games and story telling cards in this Mystery in the Forest line that use the same overall theme that can help expand children's vocabulary and recognition of forest creatures.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Insect Lore Creature Peeper
(Insect Lore $10.75 Score:)

A well-designed bug viewer that allows kids to see bugs from top or side. It can be used for viewing tadpoles or small fish, as well, for a short time, since it is water tight. Designed to be escape proof, it is still suggested that kids keep their creatures just for a short time and then, let them go. 4 & up.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Backyard Safari Cargo Vest
(Summit Inc. $19.99 Score:)

Nothing like going on a backyard safari dressed for the job at hand. Tuck your gear into the many pockets, clip more gear onto the Six-D rings. Kids can zip their binoculars into the big pocket and there's a chest pocket for field guides and maps. The back of the vest has more mesh pockets and adjustable straps that makes this a one size fits all piece of gear.

 

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Strobotop Lightphase Animator
(Eye Think $24.95 Score:)

An interesting introduction to the art of 'moving pictures.'  It comes with a hand-powered spinning top with 18 disks that have images on them. Spin the top and then point the LightPhaser (a strob like light) at the images and they become an animated movie. Images of runners, animals leaping, cats , bugs, faces and others come to life. The hand held light only works when it is targeted at the disk, not a child's eyes. There are 18 disks and you can purchase an extra pack of images with another 18 disks. Kids can color in some of the black and white drawings or they might also be inspired to create their own drawings to make original animations. 6 & up.  The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Creativity for Kids Mini Flower Press and Nature Cards
(Creativity for Kids $14.99 Score:)

A small 4" by 4" flower press is just the right size for pressing single flowerheads, leaves, and seed pods. The kit includes directions, press, watercolors, glue, mini marker, craft tweezers, and colorful mini cards, envelopes, book marks, and gift tags for making and using these treasures from nature to make small useful creations as gifts or gift enclosures. A project that blends science with an artistic twist. 6 & up. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements.   We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Nature Series: Science on a Tracking Expedition
(The Young Scientists Club $32 Score:)

We received several new science kits this year from The Young Scientists Club.  This animal tracking set rated the best with all of our testers. This kit came with enough plaster mix to make all of the animal tracks with the enclosed casts.  It also comes with information about the animals. Our testers also gave high markes to the stickers and poster set included in this kits.  Unfortunately, they did not have the same success with the solar kit. The solar panel/motor did not function--we had the same problem when we first tested this kit in house. We thought perhaps we had gotten a dud--but their review confirms the problem - which is too bad since this kit would otherwise be great fun.  The Back in Time with Dinosaurs Kit was initially received well--but it doesn't come with as much plaster as the animal tracks kit--so repeats of making the dinosaur fossils was not possible.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Backyard Safari Mega Magnifier
(Summit Inc. $14.99 Score:)

Talk about big - here's a super 13 X 10 inch magnifier with hand grips on each side. Made of plastic, this is fun for indoors and out - in fact it floats! Fun for wide close up views of bugs, plants, feathers, fabrics, whatever. A warning reminds parents that magnifiers left in direct sun can cause fires, so this is a piece of science equipment that you need to keep track of. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Learning Resources Primary Science Set
(Learning Resources $29.99 Score:)

A 12 piece set, all chunky but realistic and safe for kids. There are plastic beakers, test tubes, tweezers, magnifier, protective goggles, eye dropper and 10 activity cards. These experiment cards have one side that shows what you need; the other side tells you what to do. An adult is needed to read. Many items needed such as vinegar, raisins, baking soda, seeds, and other items are not in the set. But these are age appropriate experiments in color mixing, sprouting seeds, bugs, make a volcano—to name just a few. Marked 4 & up, but this will be a set you can use with 1st and 2nd graders.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Our tester sent these comments:
"The kids loved the idea of the kit and were excited to conduct the experiments. The chunky size beakers and test tubes were fun and they liked the laminated cards with the experiments. The downside was that several of the experiments required materials not included in the kit (which is fine as long as you know it is not a self-contained activity going in) - things that might not be on-hand in the average home, like seeds for planting, bugs for examining, food coloring, etc. The activities that we did went over really well and got them thinking. The only other comment is that the tweezers are really pretty useless. They are made the right size for preschoolers, but they really don't grasp anything and are hard to maneuver - both for kids and adults."

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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