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2004 Award
Sand Art
(Alex $8 Score:)

We're not usually big on coloring book-type projects, but this sand art kit is satisfying. Chose either the Sand in Space or Sandy Lands sets that come with pre-made designs. Peel back the protective coating to reveal the sticky surface and pour the sand. Calls for some planning and sequencing of steps. 5 & up.

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

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2004 Award
My Heart Box Kit
(Balitono $19 Score:) A wooden heart-shaped box to paint and fill with a sweet surprise. The lid has a raised heart and comes with glass beads that can be added to the top. 5 & up. If you have a child with lots of hair accessories, My Accessory Place Kit ($19 ) will be a great hit. Comes with a mirror in a square 10" wooden frame with knobs and hanging ribbons that can be used for holding barrettes. Still top rated, My Keepsake Clock Kit ($17) with a round quartz clock that sits in the 7" x 4" wooden case to paint. PLATINUM AWARD '03.

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

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2004 Award
It's My Life Scrapbook Kit
(Creativity for Kids $19.99 Score:) Scrapbooking is one of the hottest craft trends for adults. This kit will appeal to older girls ready to memorialize a school year, a trip, or a big event. Comes with a hot pink book, stickers, decorative papers, stencils, scissors, pen, and small memory key chain.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Crayola Sidewalk Paint
(Crayola $14.99 Score:) Have your own sidewalk art show with this four-color paint kit. "Colors not as vibrant as on the box, but the kids had a great time. I had to fight with the kids to get them to stop and get ready for bed!" 5 & up. Also fun, Crayola Window FX ($3.99 1?2) Remember using glass wax with stencils for holiday decorations? Here's a much more colorful and easy-to-use update that comes right off with water. 4 & up.

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

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2004 Award
Wonderfoam Giant USA Puzzle Map
(Chenille Kraft Co. $40 Score:)

Testers enjoyed putting together this giant-sized (4' w x 2 1/2' h) floor puzzle with 73 thick foam pieces. State names are printed on the map with 16 landmarks (state capitals marked by a star but not named-you might want to add the capitals with a marker on the back of each state). Also, Wonderfoam Giant World Puzzle Map ($44).

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

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2004 Award
Old Century Shut-the-Box
(Old Century Classics $49.95 Score:) Here's a handsome wooden chest with numbered tiles that players flip after they roll the big wooden dice. Object is to turn over all the tiles or to have the lowest number of points left when you can no longer make a move. There's room for flexible thinking here since a roll of 7 and 2 means you can flip any combination of 9. A player's final score is read from left to right . . . so if the 1, 3, 6, and 8 are still showing, our score is 1,368! The scoring aspect makes it more complicated than Countdown (see p. 127). A fun game for reinforcing addition as well as place value. Very pricey but the kind of game you'll want to leave out in your living room. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2007 Awards
Mad Math
(Patrix Communications $22.95 Score:) If math facts are a source of tension in your house, here are two games for working on those skills. Mad Math is a board game that has addition facts on one side and multiplication on the other. The goal is to get three pawns in a row on the board. You collect spaces by rolling the dice and finding the corresponding math fact on the playing board. The board is self-correcting, which is a plus.New for 2007, Delicio ($18.99 4), a clever memory game that teaches food families (in French and English). (888) 834-2380.

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

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2004 Awards
Kook-ee Jar Game
(Kuiper $15.99 Score:) If your child is having difficulty with the concept of left and right, here's a game to help. Players toss three dice marked "L" and "R" and have to pass the plastic cookies in the correct direction-so this is a hands-on way of getting a sense of left and right. Marked 5 & up, but many 6s and 7s are still trying to get a handle on this concept.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Borderline
(Borderline Games $9.95 Score:) With the new African Edition, the European/Middle East edition, or the original US edition, here's a playful, painless way to make maps fun! The object is to get rid of all your cards, but you can only put cards down on a card that "borders" the state, body of water, or country in your hand. If you don't know, flip your card for a map that shows the borderlines. A no-tears-or-fears, entertaining geography game! 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Awards
PDQ
(Gamewright $9.99 Score:)

PDQ, short for the Pretty Darn Quick Word Game, works by players drawing three letter cards. The first player to call out a word that uses those three letters wins those cards. Not for shy game players! Much like Word Sense, but without the tiles. Great for travel. 8 & up.

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

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