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2006 Award
Pretty Pretty Princess Cinderella Game
(Milton Bradley $12.99 Score:) The playing board fits together like a puzzle and girls play to “win” necklaces, rings, and tiaras from the jewelry box in the middle. Kids loved wearing their winnings and the only problem was keeping the game pieces for the next game. 5 & up. (888) 836-7025.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Poppin' Puzzlers
(International Playthings $17.99 Score:) This is a new twist on your old game of Perfection. Only two players use separate sections of the board to try to be the first to put all their playing pieces into the slots before the timer pops the playing pieces. Winner is the one with the fewest playing pieces left. 5 & up. (800) 445-8347.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Pandabo
(HaPe $9.95 Score:) Beautifully crafted, this is a balancing game with a wooden panda holding up round, half-round, and square rods. Fine motor skills help as players take turns trying not to be the one who upsets the stack. They say 4 & up, we’d say most fours will have trouble doing this. More like a good choice for 5–8. Also clever, Cagola ($9.95 ), another balancing game with a swinging “boat” and small pieces that fall overboard! We like them both, but Pandabo is better. (800) 661-4142.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Chaturanga
(Front Porch Classics $44.95 Score:) Our older testers loved this Indian game, said to be the earliest form of chess. It’s a strategy game with an element of chance, as players roll wooden dice and play one-on-one or in teams. They say 8 & up—we’d say more like 10 & up. PLATINUM AWARD ’06. Also noteworthy, a Bookshelf version of Raceway ’57 (PLATINUM AWARD ’06). Our players did not love the design or play pattern of the new Wordspot (3); “there are more exciting word games like this.” (206) 826-3202.

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

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2006 Award
Raceway 57 and Chaturanga
(Front Porch Classics $74.95 Score:) Our older testers loved both of these new games, Chaturanga ($44.95 ), an Indian game, is said to be the earliest form of chess. It’s a strategy game with an element of chance, as players roll wooden dice and play one on one or in teams. Raceway 57 has a handsome track, mini-cars, and metallic playing boards. Players race to be the first to finish three laps without running out of fuel, tires, and suspension. They say 8 & up—we’d say more like 10 & up. (206) 826-3202.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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Groovy Girl Pet Show Game
(Briarpatch $19.99 Score:)

Our 8- and 9-year old Groovy Girl fans found the instructions confusing and the game play boring. We had similar complaints about the directions for last year’s Groovy Girl Sleepover game.   6 & up.   This game has been discontinued.


Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Family Fun Game
(Cranium $19.95 Score:) Designed for teams of grown-ups and kids to play together, players use visual memory, creativity, factual information, cooperation, and communication skills to win. For example, with timer going, a player must sculpt a turtle of clay; or recall sequence of a pattern without looking; or name five zoo animals, each new one beginning with letter of last one named. There’s plenty of thinking, doing, and laughing, too! 7 & up. Still top rated and geared for younger kids, PLATINUM AWARD-winner Balloon Lagoon ($19.99 5 & up) and Cranium Cadoo for Kids ($19.99 ) are similar to the new game but this one is played by kids with other kids. 7 & up. (877) 272-6486.

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

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2006 Award
Da Vinci's Challenge
(Briarpatch $24.99 Score:) For 2–4 players, this is a truly challenging game where the object is to create ancient patterns on the pre-printed circular game board. Each pattern you create has different point values, but of course there is a twist. Your opponents can block your patterns. “The game became more interesting as more pieces were put on the board and sometimes a bigger pattern emerges when you’re not paying attention!” They say 8 & up, we’d say more like 10 & up. The connection to Da Vinci? He studied the Egyptian symbol called the Flower of Life. (800) 232-7427.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
eeBoo Storefront Bingo
(eeBoo $14.99 Score:)

Each playing board is a different store. Dealer draws a picture tile and names object; player who has the store for that item calls out name of store. Winner is first to match and fill card pictures. Also new, Life on Earth Matching Game ($14.99 ), a concentration-style matching game with pleasing images of birds, snakes, kangaroos, and other earthly creatures. Also top rated, Candy Matching ($12.95 ) with yummy-looking candies to match. All 5 & up. (212) 222-0823.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2006 Award
Bialo
(HaPe $14.95 Score:) Beautifully crafted with bamboo wood, the object here is to launch your wooden play piece into one of the colored circles (this determines how you move around the board). First to complete the outer circle wins. Requires finesse rather than strength. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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