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2007 Award
Combo King
(Gamewright $14.99 Score:)

Our testing family thought this was a kinder, friendlier form of Yahtzee. The cards you draw determine what kind of roll you need to get in order to win the round (e.g., three 5s, two 3s). Some dice challenges invite everyone to compete (e.g, first person to roll a four wins). Not difficult to learn and fun to play. You win chips for winning the rounds (so there is a poker-like element to the game as well); first player to make all their combos is the Combo King. 8 & up but you’ll need an adult.

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: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Award
Math Dash
(Learning Resources $24.95 Score:) This is like Scrabble with numbers instead of letters. Players use the tiles to make math equations on a cross-word style grid.Each time a player he calls out "Take three!" and other players must take three extra tiles. Object is to be the first player to use up all your tiles. Fast-paced fun that can be played by kids at different levels of skill. Also new for 2007, Head Full of Numbers ($14.95 4.5)Like Boggle with numbers,players roll six dice and toss for all to see. Players write as many equations as possible using those numbers. 7& up. (800)222-3909.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Fuddy Duddy
(Let's Play Games $6.99 Score:) Quick and easy, players must collect a run of one color, 1 to 4, or a run of “duds” that have no color. 8 & up. (856) 988-1980.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Awards
Scratch Art Light Catcher Fun Kits
(Scratch-Art Co. $2.99 Score:)

Kids scratch away the black paint to give the open spaces a stained glass look when the finished product is hung on a window (themes include birds, flowers, and a sailboat). Quick, pleasing projects that are a good party favor/activity. Also new, Scratch Magic Stickers ($5.99 ) comes in 20 animal shapes. For a bigger kit, Draw & Learn Deluxe Kit ($16.99 ) has over 50 stencil shapes of dinosaurs, underwater, jungle, and outer space themes. This just might attract boys in particular who often need to develop the fine motor skills of holding a pencil—without the challenge of writing letters.


Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Award
Weaving Fashion Weaving Loom
(Alex $18 Score:)

Cleverly packaged with very current chunky, fluffy yarn, this kit gives weaving an updated look. Our testers gave high ratings to both this kit and the Giant Weaving Loom ($29.99 4). Must be threaded, but easy to use. 


Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Award
Mattel Hot Wheels ESS Radar Gun
(Mattel $24.99 Score:)

This really works! We tracked cars (we don’t recommend this to kids—but we couldn’t help ourselves), baseball pitches, and bicycles going by. Fun for outdoor play. (800) 542-8697. Our testers also tried the Discovery Speed Detector ($39.95 ) and gave it strong reviews as well. In a head-to-head competition, the Mattel gun is more sensitive and responds better than the Discovery version, which takes more finesse to work. That said, both did well with our kid testers. Both 8 & up. These toys have been discontinued.


Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Lonpos
(Mic O Mic Americas, Inc. $16.99 Score:) Imagine a puzzle with 566 combinations that fits in a box that is only 3" x 5.5"! A brain teaser game with multicolored balls, connected in various forms, that are a challenge to connect into many patterns. 10 & up. (877) 642-6642.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
LeapFrog Fridge Words Magnetic Word Builder
(LeapFrog $27.99 Score:)

Kids can create more than 325 three-letter words with magnetic letters that speak and sing. This is a step beyond the original Fridge Phonics Letters Set, which plays one letter at a time. World Whammer is played with three letters to help kids learn to blend sounds and make words. It includes single letter names and sounds, plus word hunt games with rhyming words. Some 4s may be ready, but this is really a better game for 5-7.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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Floor Standing Puppet Theater
(Alex $59.99 Score:) Puppet stages are great fun for the whole family. At first you may be the main performer but soon enough your child will want you to be the audience. Try out familiar stories and then make up your own. Kids often express themselves more openly when they use puppets-- so be a careful listener. You may be surprised by what you hear. This stage from Alex is smaller than their larger playhouses that also have puppet stages. Comes with a clock (for show time) and a chalk board for adding important info about the show.

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

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2007 Award
Magnetic Artist Easel
(Alex $79.99 Score:) Having an double sided easel is great for playdates and siblings. Two kids can work at this 48" height-adjustable wooden easel that comes with a chalkboard on one side, a magnetic wipe-off board, an 18" x 75' paper roll, sturdy wooden paper cutter and 2 easel clips. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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