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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Games

 


2008 Award
FLY Fusion Pentop Computer
(LeapFrog $99 Score:)

A sleek update of a truly innovative product with the computer is built into the pen that works with special paper to create a variety of options: a working calculator, a translator, and our favorite, a musical keyboard you can draw and then play on your paper. But our testers LOVED that they could take notes on the special paper and that they were converted to a document on their computer. "So cool!" It might make you want to do seventh grade again...ok, not really, but you will want your own pen!

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2006 Award
Big Brain Book Interactive Dictionary
(Oregon Scientific $34.99 Score:) We don’t love the cartoonish illustrations in this big book of words, but that said, it has a stylus that reads the definitions on the oversized pages. Children will need to learn how to click the stylus each time they change pages, but once learned they can enjoy this independently. This is a better choice than the Encyclopedia from the same maker, with information that seems more appropriate for middle school. 5–8. (949) 608-2848.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2007 Award
Animal Bingo
(eeBoo $12.95 Score:)

Award-winning illustrator Kevin Hawkes designed the graphics on this simple matching game. It is more like a lotto game than bingo, with six animals on each playing board and matching animal chips that players pull from a cloth bag. A game of chance that is good for language development. Still top rated, I Never Forget A Face Memory Game ($12.95). Our almost-five-year-old tester proclaimed this the best memory and matching game ever. 3 & up. 


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

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2009 Awards
LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Set
(LeapFrog $24.99 Score:)

For the 21st-century child, magnetic letters that talk! Put the "magnetic phonics reader" onto the fridge and it will play one capital letter at a time. The toy will say and sing each letters name and sing the sound they say. Letters are raised to give kids the feel for their shapes. Use these for letter name and sound recognition.  Look for the Fridge Words Magnetic Word Builder version for simple three letter word games. This is labeled 2 & up, but is more appropriate for preschoolers and early school kids. We're heard that the toy will scratch stainless steel fridge doors...so find another home for this if that is what you have. 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. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Awards
100 Hoops
(LeapFrog $29.99 Score:) Hang this electronic counting hoop on a doorknob, drawer, or chair. Set the counter to count by ones. For older kids, set it to count by 2s, 5s, 10s, or backwards and they are ready to start shooting baskets. Kids can set a goal and the payoff comes with special music. Counts in English or Spanish and, even better, it also has a volume control. 3 & up, up, up. (800) 701-5327.

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

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2007 Award
Wallamoppi
(Out of the Box Publishing $21 Score:) Here’s a clever variation on the classic game of Jenga. Players must remove their dark or light wooden playing pieces from a pyramid and add them to a tower on top of the pyramid. Wait, there’s one more thing! Do all of this before a marble races down a runway into the wooden storage box. Not easy! A quick two-player game that builds dexterity and strategy skills. 8 & up. (616) 844-5263.

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

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2007 Award
Uno Spin
(Mattel $15.99 Score:)

Right off the bat, we loved the sound of the click play board as it spins. The spinning board adds interesting twists to the game (as you play the regular game of trying to discard all of your cards), including trading your hand with another player, showing all your cards to your opponents, or a variation on war. 7 & up. (800) 524-8697.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Award
Thing-a-ma BOTS
(Gamewright $5.99 Score:)

Players turn over cards and name the funny looking robots. Others must remember the names others give and say that name when they recognize a matching robot that is turned up. Person who calls out name of match takes the stack and play continues. A quick 12-minute game that calls for listening, looking, and remembering. Kids will have less trouble coming up with silly names than most self-conscious adults. 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. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Award
Ugly Doll
(Gamewright $9.99 Score:)

This is like a disorderly game of concentration. Do not place the cards in neat rows. Spread all 70 out on the top of the table and turn three at a time. Do not turn them back down. Next player turns three over. First person to spot three that match calls out, “Ugly” three times and takes them. Silly, but fun and calls for speedy visual discrimination. 6 & up. Game based on Ugly Dolls ($20 each 4), Japanese animation-inspired dolls (created in Brooklyn!). Very quirky—not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but fun.

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. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Award
Math Dash
(Learning Resources $24.95 Score:) This is like Scrabble with numbers instead of letters. Players use the tiles to make math equations on a cross-word style grid.Each time a player he calls out "Take three!" and other players must take three extra tiles. Object is to be the first player to use up all your tiles. Fast-paced fun that can be played by kids at different levels of skill. Also new for 2007, Head Full of Numbers ($14.95 4.5)Like Boggle with numbers,players roll six dice and toss for all to see. Players write as many equations as possible using those numbers. 7& up. (800)222-3909.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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