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Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Activity and Craft Kits

 


2010 Award
Creativity for Kids Cardboard Racer
(Creativity for Kids $29.99 Score:)

If you have a child that is completely into cars and pretend--take a good look at Creativity for Kids' new Cardboard Racer.  You'll help put this car together and decorate it with the included decals (racing stripes, stars, wheels, license plate)...and then your child has a whole body pretend prop for acting out his own racer car adventures.  Yes, you could use a box and make your own--but this one is pretty spiffy. No scissors or glue is required--a plus!  They also have a Cardboard Coupe (think undated VW Beetle that you can decorate with flowers and hearts).  

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

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2010 Award
Creativity for Kids Cardboard Coupe
(Creativity for Kids $$29.99 Score:)

Great fun for kids that love pretending with their whole bodies!  You put together this cardboard coupe and then decorate it with lots of decals (flowers, hearts, peace sign) and even personalize with your child's name on the license plate--and your child is good to go!  Yes, you could make your own with an empty box--but this is that project on steroids.  There is also a Cardboard Racer designed for the NASCAR driver in training! 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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2009 Award
eeBoo Write Me a Story
(eeBoo $11.95 Score:)

We love these handsome story pads that use the same artists as their games and story cards to make stick-on seals that can be put on the top of the lined paper. Parents can take dictation of a child's story or older kids can use the stickers and blank pages to write their own tales. Getting kids to tell a story is the first step in getting them to read a story. 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: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2001 Awards
Dino Adventure
(Lauri $14.99 Score:) Dinoholics' hands and imaginations will have plenty of action with this traveling case of take along dinos. There are two large dinos to lace or trace, a play setting with a palm tree and volcano, and lots of little dinos to string, sort by color, or move about for dramatic play. Develops fine motor skills along with language and dramatic play. 4-7.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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2011 Award
Yumbrella
(Alex $19.99 Score:)

An update on a kit that won our Platinum Award in 2000. Kids loved using the child-sized (24" diameter) umbrellas they  can decorate with the six included markers. This update reflects the Dylan Candy Store license- so now the kids are coloring in "candy" rather than flowers that decorated the earlier version of this product. Our 5 1/2 year old tester was so thrilled with the finished product.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2004 Awards
Make-Your-Own Cards I & II
(Made By Hands, Inc $17.95 Score:) There's no need to cut and pasting is a snap with the glue stick and precut shapes. There are several sheets of "pop-out" shpaes that can be used to decorate prefolded cards. Kit includes 20 envelopes for mailing finished art work. Store all the goodies in this kit in a neat box with velcro closure. This comes two ways, with pastel colors that are no dobt designed to appeal to girls and a primary color kit, that is likely to appeal to both boys and girls. We go for the latter! SNAP: Making their own cards will be fun and easy as well as motivating kids to use fine motor skills and create "mail" they can send to family and friends. No right or wrong way to do this open-ended craft kit.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2005 Award
Make Your Own Puppets
(Made By Hands, Inc $17.95 Score:) Kids will enjoy making their own original stick puppets with this refreshingingly open-ended kit that comes with 12 unique puppets, 12 puppetsticks, 12 stands, and over 600 precut paper shapes (the company calls them Pop-Outs™). While this looks like a preschool kit, it will also be enjoyed by the next age group (5-7) as well. Great kit for playdates and rainy days. The well designed box also makes this a good take along craft. This new company also makes wonderful card, frame and make your own game kits.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Awards
Doodle Pro
(Fisher-Price $8 Score:) A no-mess magnetic drawing tool that works just like the Magna Doodle. Tied-on “pen” and shapes are perfect for drawing, tic-tac-toe, and even writing letters and numbers. Also available in smaller travel model ($8). 3 & up. (800) 432-5437. (Works much better than the new Etch A Sketch Draw ’n’ Go (Ohio Art). Stick with the original Etch A Sketch for the next age group.) ACTIVITY:Put dots on the board that will form a word, number or letter when the dots are connected. Can child guess what it will be? Or play I'm thinking of a number(write one on the board and keep it hidden..CHild must guess..is it more than...less than...etc. Give child a chance to write the number and answer the questions.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2006 Award
Aquadoodle
(Spinmaster $24.99 Score:)

Our four-year-old tester looked up and said, "Even if I get it on the floor, it won't show, will it?" Indeed, this is a mess-free and semi-magical oversized mat for drawing with water! Using the 'water pen," blue drawings appear on the surface and disappear once they are dry. Great for developing hand and arm movements needed for writing without restrictive lines. Our testers did not like the Sing 'n' Doodle Mat ($34.99) that plays Old MacDonald and silly sound effects as you draw. Our testers found it confusing and distracting. Stay with the original-less is more! (800) 622-8339.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2006. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2006 Award
Nature Barrel of Beads
(Bead Bazaar $19.99 Score:) A huge bucket of wooden beads that are big enough for small hands to string. Includes natural and colored strings, ten wooden charms, and rings for keychains. There are enough packets of colored beads for ten or more kids to use as an activity for a party. They say 3 & up; we’d say more like 4–7. (800) 838-1769.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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