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Product Type: Toys
Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: Art Supplies

 

 
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Scratch Magic Packs
(Scratch-Art Co. $4.99 Score:) Remember making scratch art with crayon scribbles covered with black paint that you scratch away? Now Scratch & Sparkle has glittering holographic foil effects that appear. The Combo 4-Pack is fun with Holographic, Stained Glass, Rainbow, and Black-and-White sheets. An inexpensive but special treat! Also new, Super Stationery Kit ($15) has 20 sheets and envelopes—great for thank-you notes! 5 & up.

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

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2001 Awards
Creativity Street Colossal Stems
(Chenille Kraft Co. $6.99 Score:) You may have seen pipe cleaners, but none like these fuzzy 19"-long colossal stems—fifty in a package! Use these for developing fine motor skills. Shape them into zigzags, circles, triangles, letters, or free-form designs. Helpful for pre-writers to use in shaping letters and numerals and getting a hands-on feel for the directionlity. 5 & up. Need supervision so that they are not poked in eyes! New for 2002, an amazing pound bag of Colossal Pom-Poms (the size of baseball and golf balls) for making dolls and other projects. Also Wax Works BLUE CHIP($4.95), waxy sticks that can be twisted and shaped into letters, numerals and free-form sculptures. 5 & up. SNAP INFO: Use these giant fuzzy 19"pipe cleaners for developing fine motor skills. Use them to shape flowers, letters, figures, numbers- whatever. There are 50 in a package and few art materials that lend themselves better to imaginative creations. Also see new for 2002 Colossal Pom-poms( the size of baseballs and golf balls.) Activity : These pom-poms can be used for color and size sorting and counting games. Or use them for making patterns with size and color patterns that you create and ask a child to replicate. Once child gets the idea, switch rolls. Pom-poms are also fun for "hot-air" races. Line up two pom-poms and have two players use straw to move their pop-poms to the finish line. Still top-rated Wax Works, BLUE CHIP, waxy sticks that can be twisted and shaped into free-form sculpture.

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

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Deluxe Jewels & Gem
(Action Products $28 Score:) Jewelry makers loved using the 7H" X 9H" velvety tray with wells that beads can be arranged in. An amazing assortment of semiprecious stones, freshwater pearls, as well as glass, seed, and bugle beads! 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: .

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Dot to Dot Markers To Go
(Alex $19 Score:) An updated version of Markers to Go with a new see through red polka dotted vinyl finish. Both boys and girls will enjoy using this container with 50 assorted colorful markers that unfolds like a make-up case with a velcro closure. (Don't let the make-up case reference throw you off- this will appeal to boys as well. It has blue trim and a green handle). There are four zippered compartments that hold 28 fine tip markers, 14 brush tip markers and 8 broad markers. Great for homework assignments and traveling with an young artist. Makes a terrific birthday present.

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

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2008 Awards
Elmer's 3D Washable Paint Pens
(Elmer's $14.99 Score:)

Imagine getting a set of 31 squeezable "pens" with writing tips for drawing on posters or cards. Paints puff when dry and set includes primary colors plus pastels, glitter, and pearlized pens. This is a wow-wee kind of present that will get lots of use. Editor's note: These pens have been updated this year with gender-specific themes from Disney (fairies, cars, and princesses). While we preferred the gender-free cast of the original sets (Platinum from 2003) --these are still a great choice and the price still makes this a really affordable gift.

SNAP Activity: Motivating kids to practice writing just got easier with this huge set of colorful gluepens. To get the feel for shaping letters or numbers, this is a terrific material. Write letters that he needs to practice on separate index cards. Now have child trace the letters and make them big enough to see with ease. Make one card with the upper case and a matching card with the lower case. When the cards are dry your child will be able to play a mach it up game, matching the upper and lower case letters. 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: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Award
Crayola Telescoping Crayon Tower
(Crayola $14.99 Score:)

We think everyone needs this tower. It makes everyone smile. Remember the really big box of crayons that smelled just like the beginning of the school year? This is better, but you don't have to do third grade again. Comes with 150 crayons in a round plastic tray; pull up the center, and now you have a tower of colors and a sharpener. Also special, Telescoping Mini Marker Tower with 50 washable mini-markers stored in a holder that lifts into a tower. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2008 Awards
Crayola Glow Station
(Crayola $29.99 Score:)

We do have to admit that we have a thing for glow in the dark toys. We pile into the small office bathroom and try things out. Most of them don't work so when we find one that does we do a little dance (we play with toys for a living after all). The new Glow Station from Crayola is really cool. The over-sized (25" x 15") canvas works with a special light wand (that comes with a crystal attachment for really neat effects!). The set comes with stencils that are fun to work with but we really enjoyed the open-endedness of just drawing on the canvas. A great toy for the car at night or right before bed. An entertaining way to encourage kids to use the small muscles needed for writing. It’s a lot like your old magic state with sizzle! The glow fades and you start again. Also has a dry erase marker for coloring and tracing on acetate transfer sheet that will put the images onto your glow pad. A novelty that is "light-years" away from your old Magna-doodle. Designed for older kids 6 & up. Smaller travel version is also available and fun for backseat fun.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab. SNAP ACTIVITY/ADAPTATION:Getting kids to work on fine motor skill needed for writing is often a hard sell. Yet, this chunky drawing tool is an entertaining and playful way to get those little hand muscles tuned up. If you need to adapt the sensor, try a mitt lined with Velcro and Velcro on the pen itself. The stencils may give added encouragement and produce realistic images that kids cannot draw themselves. All of these extras make writing a fun thing to do.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Eye Can Art: Sumi-e Painting Kit
(Eye Can Art $28 Score:)

Here's a kit that introduces kids to the quiet delights of Japanese Sumi-e art. It comes with a special Sumi-e brush, watercolor black ink, rd paint and a block and foam for making a "chop" to sign one's art with in traditional style. There is a small supply of paper and just a small sample of ways to paint. Of course, sum-e art is often about copying and you might want to go online to find more samples, so kids get the idea of what artists have done with just one color of ink and a variety of brush strokes. Too bad there are not more examples in the idea brochure. But that said this is a good way for kids and adults to try an ancient art form. 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: 2009.

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Eye Can Art: Wax Drawing Kit
(Eye Can Art $28 Score:)

This is strictly a kit for parent and child together! There is wax that needs to be melted in the oven and this step must be done entirely by adults. The box says adult supervision in small print. We are telling you this in LARGE PRINT—ADULT SUPERVISION IS A MUST! That said, this is an interesting ancient art form. It comes with two wooden frames that you draw on with oil pastels supplies in the kit. Then you press a sheet of beeswax over the art and you bake it in the oven for 15 minutes. When it comes out it needs to cool before anyone touches it. An interesting kit but not for young kids or impatient adults, for that matter! The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: .

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2009 Award
Creativity for Kids Butterfly Paper Mobile
(Creativity for Kids $18 Score:)

This is a challenging kit that will take patience and fine motor skills. The pre-cut butterflies need to be assembled after they are colored and then hung so that they balance and move on the metal mobile frame. This is no simple task from assembly to completion. That said, it does end up as an attractive decoration for kids to hang in their rooms with a sense of pride and accomplishment. We usually steer away from coloring projects, but this is a lot more. In fact the coloring part is the smallest part of this activity that may require some adult assistance. 7 & 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: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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