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Radio Control Power Pitch'n'Hit Baseball Pitching
(Sports Fun $29.99 Score:) Players gave this pitching machine high scores. Pushing the button on the bat easily activates plastic balls to bat at. Ponytail Softball Pitching Machine also available. Take 4 D & 2 AA batteries. 8 & up.

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

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1998 Awards
Fun Gripper Balls
(Saturnian $9.95 Score:) Designed for beginners, these balls are covered with nylon and no slip grips. There's a lightweight bat and baseball, football, soccer, or volleyball. These are a good choice since they are lightweight and non-threatening to inexperienced players. 4 & up. SNAP INFO: Getting the hang on catching and throwing can be tough. These nylon fabric covered balls can be a help with their nonslip grips. There's a lightweight bat and baseball, football, soccer, or volleyball. These are a good choice since they are lightweight and non-threatening to inexperienced players. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1998.

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1997 Awards
Kids' Tom Tom
(Woodstock Percussion $40 Score:) If you're lucky, they'll let you play this colorful drum while they dance—or switch roles and boogie! Comes with mallets, but testers say that tones are better when played by hand. Also terrific: a Kids' Konga Drum, Two-Headed Bongo, and Ocean Drum.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 1997.

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2000 Awards
Guitar
(Woodstock Percussion $50 Score:) A beauty for beginners who are not big enough for a full-sized guitar. Also top rated, a child-sized Trap set ($150) with snare, tom-tom, bass, and cymbal.

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

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1999 Award
Glockenspiel Making Kit
(Woodstock Percussion $15 Score:) Kids "construct" the playing pieces of this instrument by placing them on the frame in size and number order. Kids discover which keys are higher and lower. Says 4 & up, but 5–8s will get more play and learning from this kit. Also top-rated: Rainstick Kit ($20) and Mbira Kit ($20). Woodstock also has a sweet sounding Glockenspiel with golden chimes. It's hard to read the letters on the chimes in order to read music- otherwise it's got perfect pitch!

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1999.

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1995 Awards
Chimalong
(Woodstock Percussion $39.99 Score:)

Unlike most musical toys for kids, the tone of this metal-chime xylophone is lovely. Can be played by number/color or musical notation. Can be enjoyed by a preschooler, but becomes a true musical instrument for older children--also reinforces reading from left to right. Mini version is less expensive, but is not as sweet sounding. That said, this is a pleasant travel take-along toy. Says 3 & up; we'd say 4–8.

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, Later School Years. Award Year: 1995. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2001 Awards
Mighty Mega Bouncing Zoom Balls
(Action Products $12 Score:) An update of a '98 PLATINUM AWARD winner, this kit has enough material for three 2" super-sized neon balls. A little science here with mixing crystals and water to change them into a solid, bounce-able material in just three minutes. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Snuggle Pets
(tutti bambini $14.99 Score:) Choose a die-cut cat, dolphin, pup, dino, or bunny with pre-punched holes, blunt tapestry needle, polyfil stuffing, and colored yarn. Materials are washable and hypoallergenic. 5 & up. SNAP INFO: These pre-cut and pre-punched sewing kits come with a blunt tapestry needle, colored yarn and polyfill. Kids can make a cat, dolphin, pup, dino, or bunny that they can play with later. This kind of activity helps kids develop fine motor skills that are the underpinnings for penmanship. Materials are washable and hypoallergenic

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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Award
Deluxe Jewels & Gem
(Action Products $28 Score:) Jewelry makers loved using the 7H" X 9H" velvety tray with wells that beads can be arranged in. An amazing assortment of semiprecious stones, freshwater pearls, as well as glass, seed, and bugle beads! 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: .

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1996 Awards
Wax Works
(Chenille Kraft Co. $4.95 Score:) Wax Works waxy sticks (now come in glow-in-the-dark hues) can be coiled, twisted, and shaped into free-form sculptures.Also great for shaping letters to get the feel of the direction letters go without needing pencil and paper. Develops visual and tactile sense. Also recommended Creativity Street, a great box full of supplies including Wax Works($14.95). 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1996.

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