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2007 Award
Greatest Dot to Dot Books , The
(Monkeying Around $5.95 Score:) These are not your grandpa’s dot to dot book! Smallest books use numerals from 40–140; larger books use numerals from 50–460. 7–’tweens. (800) 553-4300.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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Crayola Color Explosion Neon
(Binney & Smith $7.99 Score:) Okay, before you open the package you should know that the warnings inside are longer than the directions for use. That said, this is a bit like scratch art black pages with colors that are revealed with a marker. You get better results using the side of the marker than the tip, and you need a bit of pressure to make it work. Not a bad product for travel, unless you have wet hands and get the black ink on your hands and clothes! Good luck to you. This is pretty neat (or maybe messy) on a dark plane. 6 & up. (800) 272-9652

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Perryscope
(Kid Galaxy $14.99 Score:) Fun for land or water. An adjustable periscope that rises 10" above the water. Has a soft eyecup and adjustable handles. 6 & up. (800) 816-1135.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Marshall Brodien Magic Wand Set
(Cadaco $19.99 Score:) It takes some reading and practice to perfect these showy magic tricks with a light-up magic wand. Don’t tell—the magic is all based on the use of magnets. 7 & up. (800) 621-5426.

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

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2007 Award
Hook Fortune Finder
(Wild Planet Toys $19.95 Score:) Movie merchandise is not usually on our list. But this pirate toy à la Captain Hook, inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean, is a metal detector that happens to work better than many we’ve tested. Also fun in the same line, a Treasure Hunter ($24.95 4). Hide the treasure chest and give kids the finder that lights up red when they get close to the chest. We passed on the Light Scope, which has a really bright red light. 5 & up. (800) 247-6570.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Dinosaur Excavation Kit
(Usborne $17.99 Score:) Archeologists in training will have fun digging out the bones of a T-Rex from the clay block. Complete with goggles*, brush, chisel, and hammer. Assemble the bones and read the book, which introduces beginning readers to the many kinds of dinosaurs. No glue included. *These goggles are not actually safety devices.

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

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2007 Award
Big Bad Boomin' Bugs Observation Station
(Little Kids $19.99 Score:) Catch your bug with the capture-and-carry bug scooper, drop it into the 12" x 8" dome with powerful 3X magnifying lens on top. Plug in the earphones and you can listen to the bug chew, crawl, chirp, click, or buzz! A multi-sensory bug experience. (800) 545-5437. For a smaller bug chamber, Backyard Safari Bug Scope (Summit Toys $12.99 4) Hunters have to catch the bug under the open end of this temporary trap. Designed with a light to aid viewing. (205) 661-1174.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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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
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 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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