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2000 Awards
ChildLIfe Ultimate SuperChief
(Childlife $3600 Score:) This isn't your father's playset! ChildLife's play gyms are made from yellow cedar that is then covered with green enamel- giving it a smooth, splinter free finish. Older climbers will be attracted to the rock wall, the buoy ball swing, and the clubhouse. Starter sets begin at $800 but you can always add more and more features (kind of like designing a kitchen). The company will help design your "dream" system on their website, by phone or with an authorized dealer. With all climbing equipment, adult supervision is a must. The government recommends a minimum of 6 inches of ground covering (wood chips, recycled mulch, pea stones, fine sand) and a minimum perimeter of 6 feet. For more guidelines, please visit www.cpsc.gov.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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2002 Awards
CedarWorks Gazebo Slant 1 Playset
(CedarWorks $3100 Score:) The Gazebo is a big time investment in backyard fun. Made out of northern cedar, the company guarantees that its sets are splinter free. What we really like about the Gazebo system is that you can add guard rails all the way around the raised platform for added safety. As your kids grow, you can remove the rails for added climbing opportunities. Kids love having a clubhouse of their very own and that's what the Gazebo does (without having to build a tree house!) Starter sets begin at $1400 from this top of the line playset company, but you can always spend more. You can customize your "dream set" on CedarWorks website, on the phone or with an authorized dealer. With all climbing systems, adult supervision is a must. The government recommends a minimum of 6 inches of ground covering (wood chips, recycled mulch, pea stones, fine sand) with a minimum perimeter of 6 feet. For more safety guidelines, please visit www.cpsc.gov.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2005 Award
Disney Classic Portable DVD Player
(Memorex $222.99 Score:) We usually recommend talking, singing and playing games while traveling with your kids, but sometimes watching a favorite movie gives everyone some needed downtime. This red portable player comes with a 5” widescreen, a carrying bag and two sets of wraparound head phones. Can play DVDs, CD-R/CD-RWs, MP3 files and Kodak picture CDs. Comes with a DC car adapter and an AC power adapter so that you can also use in your hotel room.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
20Q
(Radica $9.99 Score:) How does it know? Play twenty questions with this handheld machine and it really seems like magic! The programmed answers also have a sense of humor. Updated this year with a larger screen and buttons. PLATINUM AWARD ’05. New for 2007 , themed versions ($14.99 3, sports, music or movies) were too hard for our testers. (800) 803-9611.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Awards
Color Pixter
(Fisher-Price $84.99 Score:) A hand held no-mess art platform that allows kids to create countless combinations of designs with the easy to use stylus on the touch sensitive back-lit screen. While there are many premade images and backgrounds, kids can also create their own original designs. The Color Pixter is far superior in terms of graphics to its black and white predecessor. Comes with a headphone (if you don’t want to hear the sound effects and a volume control). Additional cards are available: Color Arcade, SpongeBob, Color Recue heroes, and Barbie Fashion Show.

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

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2005 Award
Wig Out!
(Gamewright $9.99 Score:)

The object is to match all of your wig cards to those on the table. Be fast…there are no turns here. Everyone is trying to do the same thing whether it’s matching pony tails, beehives, or Mohawks!   First player to get rid of all his cards wins. 6 & up.

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: 2005. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2004 Award
Moose in the House
(Gamewright $9.99 Score:)

There's a Moose in the House remains one of our all time favorite card games.  It's unlike most other games you'll play with your kids nad has a sense of humor and great artwork. Calls for visual discrimination skills!  So we have elevated this unique game to BLUE CHIP status!

Here's our original review:

One of the most innovative card games we have played in years. The cards have pictures of empty rooms, doors, and moose in the same rooms. The object is to place as many moose in your opponents’ house of cards as possible. The player with the fewest moose at the end of the game, wins. Easy to learn and a lot of fun to play! 2-5 players.

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: 2004. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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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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2005 Award
Travel Toy Tote
(Alex $24.99 Score:) If your child is at the stage where Hot Wheels, Bendos and Crayons are littering the backseat, then this portable toy box would go along way to staying more organized. In fact, we recommend that you include your child in selecting what comes along for regular car rides. You can add surprises to the box for longer journeys. Outside pockets are great for cups, paperback books, and other must-have take alongs.

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

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2004 Award
Pudgies Wag Wag Yellow Lab
(Mary Meyer $9.99 Score:) A sweet honey colored lab that is incredibly soft and just right for toddlers and preschoolers. The pudgie comes with a red bow, a bean bag body and an easy to hold legs. A Black lab is also available.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2004.

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