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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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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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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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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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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
Sodor Engine Wash Set
(RC2 Learning Curve $100 Score:) This 39-piece set comes with the Water tower and Sodor Engine Wash. You also get Percy and Gordon (trains). For a slightly larger set, consider Down by the Docks ($149.99/45 pieces) with Sodor Bay Bridge, Lighthouse, and Crane. PLATINUM AWARD ’03. New for , and a “grandparenty” kind of gift, Sodor Rescue Team Set ($300) —100 pieces that come in a storage box (includes our favorite add-ons, Fire Station and Rescue Hospital). Also noteworthy, Tidmouth Station Travel Set ($80) for the child who can’t leave home without some trains! Comes with Thomas, 20 pieces of track, and a zip-up case.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Pretend & Play Doctor Set
(Learning Resources $24.95 Score:) Doctors no longer make house calls, and even the traditional black bag from Fisher-Price is gone. Most of the medical kits do not come with cases large enough for easy re-packing. The roomiest is the Pretend & Play Doctor Set. Comes in a large plastic case with 19 pieces including a stethoscope with heartbeat and cough, a beeper, a cellphone, a blood pressure cuff, and other chunky tools.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Simple Embroidery
(Klutz $16.95 Score:) Learning to do 11 different kinds of fancy stitches is easy with the step-by-step drawings in this book, which comes with reusable iron-on transfer patters, a hanky, ten skeins of cotten floss in jewel tones, needles, and hoop. A fine introduction to a classic craft. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Critter Leg Stilts
(Critter Leg Stilts $-20 Score:) We love the look of these wooden stilts that come in three different sizes (48", 64", & 82"). They come in different animal designs and again take some time to get the hang of but are fun for older kids, teens, and even adults.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Yoga Play & Learn System
(YogaYears $69 Score:) Yoga is catching on as a great activity for kids. Here's a child-sized mat (24" x 50") with many standard yoga positions printed on the mat. Also comes with a fun game for introducing the concepts and positions.

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

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