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2009 Award
Chickyboom
(Blue Orange Games $22 Score:)

You start with a bunch of wooden hens (enjoyably purple), bales of hay and wagon wheels - all sitting on a perch. The object is to remove pieces without making everything fall over. The hens, hay and wheels all have different values. The player with the highest number value at the end of the round (when things fall off) wins. Fast paced, easy to learn...a hit with our testers. Requires, dexterity, adding skills, and a sense of humor!  They say 4 and up, we'd say even more fun for the 6 year old crowd.

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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2009 Award
Yamslam
(Blue Orange Games $19.99 Score:)

If you love dice games and math games, Yamslam will be right up your alley. You're rolling the dice in order to collect the corresponding chips before your oppponents do. You roll in the tin container...that looks like it's a travel game for the Ocean Eleven crowd. The Vegas/poker style look of this one attracted some of our older testers. A good game for building math skills.

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: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Gobblet Gobblers
(Blue Orange Games $19.99 Score:)

The game play is the same as the original Gobblet and Gobblet Junior (both past Platinum Award winners). The object is to get three in a row like tic tac toe, but with the additional wrinkle of different sized pieces - so you can gobble up your opponent's piece and win! Now comes with a wooden grid instead of a game board. Still the same fun strategy game.

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: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Awards
Alex Jr. Tub Joy Doggy, Ducky and Froggy Bath Mitts
(Alex $10 Score:)

These terry cloth bath puppets have colorful contrasting licks of bright terry and stitched on features. We loved the chartreuse frog with aqua snout and the aqua doggy with bright yellow snout and purple nose and the yellow duck with big orange beak. These will make scrubbing up at bath time much more fun for preschoolers who like playing wherever they go. They have cotton loops for hanging up to dry. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Creativity for Kids Big Fun Crafts
(Creativity for Kids $24.95 Score:)

A wonderful compartmentalized craft box with more than 300 pieces! An ideal box of supplies for playdates, rainy days or quiet summer afternoons. Comes with supplies that include 30+ yards of ribbon and yarn, multi-colored pom poms, glitter pom poms, pipe cleaners, rainbow craft sticks, feathers, scissors, and a whole lot more to get the creative juices flowing. They say 3 & up. We'd say many of these items would be slightly better with 4-7's. 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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2009 Awards
Creativity for Kids Polka Dot Purse
(Creativity for Kids $17.99 Score:)

A cute violet canvas purse with more than 100 felt stick-ons to decorate it. This is pretty easy to do with no cutting and pre-stick felt pieces. Comes with a ribbon that feeds through the loops on top for a finished craft look. This is a simple to do kit with no right or wrong way of designing. Yet, the finished product is pretty enough to carry with the pride of being able to say..."I made it myself!" The box say 3 & up. We'd say 5 & up is closer to the right age. 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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2009 Award
Creativity for Kids Shrinky Dinks Deluxe
(Creativity for Kids $24.95 Score:)

Here is a super size set of 60 genuine Shrinky Dinks with to turn into all kinds of accessories. The kit comes with 10 sheets of Shrinky Dinks to make charm bracelets, gift tags, jewelry, hair clips and keys chains. Crafters will find cord, gift cards, 8 color pencils, sharpener, and hole punch to make their designs. These are fun to color. Then an adult bakes them and abracadabra...they shrink! A plentiful supply for parties, play dates or solo quiet times. We gave this a scientific lead. Talk about how they change and what makes them shrink. Can they think of other things that change when heat is added? What happens to food such as cakes or cookies? How about a sweater that goes into the hot dryer by mistake? Adult supervision is a must when the oven is in use. We'll say it again...ADULT SUPERVISION NEEDED!. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements.  We did not independently test this toy in a lab.  7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Awards
Creativity for Kids Cool Creations Craft with Clay
(Creativity for Kids $19.99 Score:)

Get ready to create all kinds of clay creatures or vehicles. A terrific clay kit that includes 8 packages of soft air-dry clay, colorful chenille stems, small marabou feathers, wiggly eyes, beads, fuzzy fur, clay sculpting tool, craft glue, and storage bag. Comes with instructions and a sheet of fun ideas. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab. 5 & up

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Whoozit Mirror
(Manhattan Toy $25 Score:)

This safety mirror has less distortion than most. It is in an oval fabric frame that attaches to a crib rail or can be stood on the floor on the easel backing. There are two crinkle-sound toys, a face and a star attached to the side of the mirror. There is also a small fabric moon that dangles down and small ribbons that baby will like to finger. Seeing their own faces and fingers in the mirror is fun for infants, although they may not know just what they are seeing at first. Still the moving features do interest them and eventually they will even recognize themselves and like playing peek a boo games. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Infants. Award Year: 2009. 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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