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2004 Award
Hocus Focus
(Gamewright $9.99 Score:)

Put your visual discrimination skills to the test with this card game that features 48 images of the wizard. The object is to find the wizard that has nothing in common with the draw card. Sounds harder than it is to play. Also fun, Stampede, where player with the most complete hippos, rhinos, and elephants before the deck runs out wins. Seeing the differences between the hippos and rhinos takes some attention! 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2004. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2004 Award
Discovery Kids SL70 Telescope
(Discovery Kids $149.95 Score:) With many of the same features usually found on expensive adult models, this is a terrific value. Includes precision ground lenses, an erecting prism, and universal 10mm and 25mm Kellner eyepieces. Comes with a tripod that extends to 55 inch viewing height and a padded shoulder carry bag-the whole kit (tripod, scope, bag) weighs just 16 lbs. Ultra neat are the illuminated night-vision dials.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Green Machine
(Huffy $100 Score:) You'll want a turn on this truly innovative ride-on. Steer the two chunky rear wheels by moving the two hand levers (one also has a brake). Solidly made for even bigger kids (and small adults!).

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Beamo
(Stuff Design $25 Score:) We really wish that we had had one of these when we were younger! These fabric discs are about two feet wide and have a foam outer core that doesn't hurt as much as a regular frisbee if you miss! Great for multi-generational play. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Potholders and Other Loopy Projects
(Klutz $16.95 Score:) Don't look any further, this is the best potholder set on the market. The supplies are vibrant and inviting and the book really does explain what to do. Weaving not only develops eye-hand coordination, it also involves following patterns and problem solving. Marked 6 & up, we'd say more like 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2005 Award
Beginning Stitcher Deluxe Set
(Quincrafts $12.99 Score:) Try your hand at needlepoint, cross stitch, and sewing with this set. Comes with safe plastic needle, a needlepoint keychain and picture frame, and two square grids (one for cross stitch, one for needlepoint). New for this year, Make Your Own Teddy Bear with Scarf ($8.99) now comes with yarn, needles, and instructions for making a scarf for the bear. 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2004 Award
Alphadot Bracelet Kit
(Fashion Angels Enterprises $19.99 Score:) Our testers loved this kit that comes with three watch-like thin bands and 85 Alphadot beads that slide onto the bands. You can change your mind and come up with a new "word" everyday! Also top-rated, Block Party Bracelet Kit ($19.99) comes with metal sliding letters. Alphabet Soupcase ($13) is the same idea but with plastic block letters that go on chain necklaces or key chains. Past favorites: Ribbon Raps ($14), PLATINUM AWARD '03; and Mystix ($16) includes semi-precious stones. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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Make Your Own Erasers
(Creativity for Kids $15 Score:) The new Make Your Own Erasers did not produce erasers that worked well enough to satisfy our 10- and 13-year-old testers. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: .

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Easy-Bake Real Meal
(Hasbro $34.99 Score:) Our testers couldn't wait to get started. After 15 minutes of preheating, 10 minutes of cooking and 10 minutes of cooling, our 11-year-old testers noted that we could already have had macaroni in the microwave half an hour before!

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: .

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2004 Awards
Scratch-Lite Sketcher Scratch Art
(Scratch-Art Co. $19.99 Score:) This is essentially a light box on which kids place scratch art paper and draw or write with one of two fancy tipped drawing tools. Finished art looks nice on windows. Kit comes with stencils and 10 sheets of special paper, so bring home a refill pack. A good quiet time toy that develops dexterity needed for writing. Still top rated, Scratch Magic Activity Kits ($4.99 & up). 5 & up. SNAP Adaptation: Use the light box for tracing activities that can reinforce the shape of letters and numerals and motivate children to develop dexterity.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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