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2005 Award
Who? What? Where?
(Pazow $29.95 Score:) Each player takes a who, what, and where card, which asks that you draw a certain image—Abraham Lincoln, fishing, in Paris, for example. Players get points for guessing each other’s drawings. A fun family game. Marked 12 & up, but our 10-year-old testers had a great time.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
There's a Moose in the House
(Gamewright $9.99 Score:) One of the most innovative card games we've played in years. The cards have pictures of empty rooms, doors, and moose in the same rooms. The object is to place as many moose as possible in your opponents' house of cards. The player with the fewest moose at the end of the game, wins. Easy to learn and a lot of fun to play! 2–5 players. 15 mins. Still top rated, PDQ, short for Pretty Darn Quick, a great word game for travel. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Zigity
(Cranium $12.95 Score:) Our own family played many heated rounds of Zigity! The object is to be the first to get rid of your cards, but watch out—there are different activities that can change the course of the game dramatically. For example, just as you think you’re going to win, you may be forced to draw three additional cards. Visual discrimination and word and number play are all part of the fun. 8 & up. (877) 272-6486.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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Turbo Extreme
(LeapFrog $34.99 Score:) You can work on math, spelling, science, and social studies with this hand-held toy with add-on cartridges ($9.99 each). For drilling this got high marks: "games are fun"; "better than flash cards." When you enter a math answer, however, the machine asks for the tens place. Since kids are taught to add the "ones" first, this can be confusing. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: .

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2005 Award
Crayola Window Mega Markers
(Binney & Smith $4.99 Score:) Great for a rainy day. Kids can decorate sliding doors and windows with these four extra-thick washable markers. Also a good way to temporarily note a special occasion. For sunny days, Crayola Sidewalk Paint ($9.99) Have your own sidewalk art show with this three-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!" New for 2005, comes in a reusable plastic paint tray. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
My Jewelry Box Kit
(Balitono $19 Score:) Our testers gave this 8" wooden jewelry box high marks for the way it was finished inside with velvet finished fittings and little hooks for hanging necklaces. This is a more grown-up jewelry box than most we've tested. While marked 6 & up, it was appealing to our 11-year-old testers. For our horse fans, My Horse Stable & Corral Kit ($25) got rave reviews. Comes with a wooden stable (8" x 6" x 7") with two stalls, one wooden horse, and an 18"-long wooden corral, and paint.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Scratch & Sparkle Deluxe Kit
(Scratch-Art Co. $14.99 Score:) For fans of Scratch art products, this is a satisfying kit. Comes with 16 sheets (four each multicolor, glitzy gold, silver, and blue), stencils, drawing tools and frames. Still top rated, Scratch-Lite Sketcher ($19.99) a lightbox on which kids place scratch art paper and draw or write with one of two fancy tipped drawing tools. Comes with stencils and 10 sheets of special paper, so bring home a refill pack. A good quiet-time toy that develops dexterity needed for writing. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Me Jewelry
(Creativity for Kids $14.99 Score:) Testers liked being able to personalize the three long clay beads with messages. Kit also includes patterned and metal beads and plenty of cord for necklaces and bracelets. 7 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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ESPN Game Station
(Fisher-Price $179 Score:) We worry when a toy comes with a warning not to return the toy to the store, but to call the help line. The thick instruction book and three hours of assembly are ridiculous for a $179 toy. Proceed at your own risk with this 6-in-1 play center for soccer, basketball, golf, hockey, football, and baseball games. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: .

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2005 Award
Jelly Flyer Night Flyer
(Noodle Head $10 Score:) Bringing along an active toy is important for those long road trips when kids need to get out of the car and stretch their legs. The Jelly Flyer is made of a soft material so it won't hurt like a traditional Frisbee. We liked the Night Flyer, which glows in the dark.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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