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2003 Award
Crayola Window FX
(Crayola $3.99 Score:) Remember using glass wax with stencils for holiday decorations? Here's a much more colorful and easy-to-use update! These window paint markers allow kids to draw directly on windows and glass doors, AND it comes right off with water. An open-ended product for all seasons. 4 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Scrambled States of America
(Gamewright $11.99 Score:)

There was disagreement from our testers on this geography game, where the object is to collect as many state cards as possible by matching factoids with the right state. One parent noted that a good part of the game has nothing to do with geography, which is true. But it is a painless way to introduce kids to the US map, states, capitals, and nicknames. Given the poor level of geography knowledge in our country--any opportunity to work on these skills is a plus in our book. We'd also recommend putting up a map in your house--Where does grandma live?  Where have you been on vacation?  Where does the President live?  8 & up.

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: 2003. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2003 Awards
Monopoly: The American Edition
(Parker Brothers $29.99 Score:) Our Monopoly fans were delighted with additions to the traditional game, which include trivia questions in order to get out of jail! Play pieces include slices of Americana, including apple pie and the Liberty Bell. You're playing for the Grand Canyon, the Declaration of Independence, and the Phonograph.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
If You Dare!
(International Playthings $20 Score:) The directions are clear and straightforward for this action game that requires kids to follow the directions on the cards to do things such as, "pretend to make pancakes," "imitate an opera singer," or "try to make another player laugh." A good party game for 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Gobblet
(Blue Orange Games $29.95 Score:)

"This has a nice feel to it," remarked our 11-year-old tester after a long day of testing a lot of plastic games. The wooden box stores the playing board and birch playing pieces that are six stacks of nesting "gobblets" (half natural/half black). The object is to be the first player to have four gobblets in a row. The game is easily learned but quickly becomes more challenging as you discover all the strategy involved! Fast-paced rounds for beginners. (415) 572-3885.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2003. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2003 Award
Chess Yankees vs. Mets
(USAopoly $34.95 Score:) Last year our testers raved about this company's major league versions of Monopoly (featuring Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, or Dodgers). New for are various chess sets, which feature the managers as the kings, and pitchers as the queens-you get the idea. These are for kids who are already well versed in the game. Also new and good fun for Charlie Brown and Lucy fans , Peanuts Monopoly. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
3D Labyrinth
(Ravensburger $20.99 Score:) Here's a 3-D maze game that's fast and lots of fun to play, and that develops important visual discrimination skills. The maze-like board has a center portion that slides back and forth. Depending on the card you draw, you need to move the sliding portion of the board to capture one of the treasures printed on the board. Our testers preferred this to Magic Hill, a 3-D-styled chutes-and-ladders game where they found the directions unclear. 4-8. The company has submitted our safety verification form. Note, we did not test this independently in a lab.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Search & Rescue GI Joe
(Hasbro $24.99 Score:) A departure from GI Joe's regular tour of duty, here he is a hero in the community. Comes in firefighter's uniform, with thermal imaging camera, air tank, and other rescue gear. This is a multicultural collection. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2009 Awards
Les Cheries
(Corolle $45 Score:)

We loved these dolls when they first hit the market back in 2003. They received a Platinum Award and we are now giving them a Blue Chip Award for 2009. Chloe, Camille, Clare, Cecile and Cathy are a multicultural collection of 13" dolls and are marketed as "best friend" dolls and are purposefully not fashion dolls. Our favorites this year are Cecile, an African American girl, with jeans, a knit shrug and glorious hair or Chloe, a brunette ballerina in a gossamer tutu. They are meant to look like girls of today. There are new clothes almost every year--but this is a collection that should not be missed.

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

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2003 Award
American Girl Kaya
(American Girl $84 Score:) Pleasant Company continues to make exquisite multiethnic dolls from different periods in American history with books for each doll-a wonderful way to introduce history to kids. New for 2003, Kaya, the first Native American doll from the Nez Perce people in the collection. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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