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Product Type: Toys
Award: Gold
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Review Year: 2012

 


2012 Award
Playmobil Ferry Boat
(Playmobil $59.99 Score:)

A big 21-inch ferry that opens to 25 inches when the on and off ramps are opened. It comes with four passengers, a motor scooter and bike, life preservers and a landing station with piers to tie up to.  This is a 63-piece set to assemble and use for dramatic play. Kids will no doubt add cars and other props to the setting. This will work in the tub or pool as well. 4-10

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Small World Bouncing Balls Kit
(Small World Toys $19.99 Score:)

Kids can make eight small sparkly bouncing balls with this easy to do kit. It comes with an easy to fill mold and water bowl. You pour some of the colorful beads from one of the five packets. Add water to the water bowl and let them stand for two minutes. Wait another two minutes and open the mold! Voila! You have a bouncing ball the size of a Jacks ball to play with. Our tester said you can buy a bouncing ball that will bounce higher, but that is not the same as making one. This is a little bit of chemistry, reading to follow directions and a finished product for active play. A good choice for play date or nice birthday gift. Finding craft kits to appeal to boys as well as girls is rare. This is one of those gender free products. For 6 and up. Adult supervision will be needed.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Creativity for Kids Mask Making Kit
( $20 Score:)

With plastic mask bases, full face and smaller eye shape, kids can create 4-5 different masks with special plaster wrap. The kit comes with a variety of items for decorating the masks with feathers, tissue paper, paint ribbons, glitter and glue. This is apt to be a bit of a messy craft, so protect the surface with the plastic sheet, gloves and other items that come with the kit. You may want to add some newspaper as well. There will be a waiting time for the plaster strips to dry before the decorating can begin. Adult supervision is strongly recommended. That said, working with the plaster makes for an interesting craft experience. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Shrimp Cocktail Game
(Blue Orange Games $15 Score:)

Players compete to be the first to spot matching attributes on the shrimp cards. The attributes are color, size, origin, and quantity. When you see a match you grab and squeeze the squeaking starfish and take you catch. This is a fast moving game that calls for thinking on your feet to become the King of the Prawns. For 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Micro Charger Jump Track
(Moose Toys $29.99 Score:)

This little racing set comes with two micro charger vehicles and two handheld chargers. Rev them up and put them on the track and watch them go. The little track set has a gap that the little racers can jump--except when they don't. Check out some of the other sets from the same company.  They  are compatable and allow you to combine elements to make larger race tracks. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012.

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2012 Award
Tell Tales Fairy Tales
(Blue Orange Games $12.99 Score:)

A story-telling game that can be played as teams or one on one. Players draw cards from the deck and make up a story as they add cards. Can be played solo or up to 8 players. Try this for a sleep over party or a family day. This is one of those games that can be fun for mixed age groups that include everyone from preschoolers to parents and grandparents, too.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Ceaco Life on the Farm Floor Puzzle
(Ceaco Kids $13.99 Score:)

A giant 2 X 3 foot floor puzzle features a cow and calf on one side and a farm scene with tractor and farm critters on the other side. There are 24 big pieces that are ideal for beginners. Unlike adult puzzlers, kids like to do their puzzles many times in order to gain mastery over the challenge. The two sided idea is an added value that will give the purchase extra play value. You'll need to introduce the concept that there are two sides and perhaps sit with your child to help turn the puzzle pieces right side up to start. Giving beginners strategies for putting together the outside frame is also helpful to build their confidence as well as their competence. Marked for 3 & up. This may make better sense for your 4 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
E-Z Crafts Paint-a-Bank
(WowToyz $10.99 Score:)

This painting project comes with water soluble paint that is washable and spreads with ease. That makes this a good project for young painters. Choose a ceramic dinosaur or one of several vehicles. Out Tester liked the stegosaurus with all those fins on its back. Perfect for collecting pennies or bigger change for a rainy day. Unlike old-fashioned ceramic banks, this one can be opened and is reusable. Kit comes with paintbrush, six non-toxic paints and a white ceramic bank ready to decorate. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Who's Counting?
(Teacher’s Professional Resources $24.99 Score:)

Unlike a lot of math equation card games, this one has a little story built in that involves the Whozits and the danger of being destroyed by the Green Goo. Players do their best to stop the advance of the Green Goo by making equations—but watch out. Your opponent can snap a negative card on your card and change everything! There are steal cards, too! There are lots of rules, opportunities to use all four operations, as in addition, subtractions, multiplication and division. Once players have the hang of it, strategy can step in and save the Whozits in Wherezit. 8 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012.

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2012 Awards
Imaginetics Race Day
(International Playthings $7.99 Score:)

A magnetic board with a race track graphic and lots of colorful cars to move around the track. A 16-piece set that invites imaginative play, story telling, and quiet time. Take it along on your next trip to a waiting room or for making time fly as you travel.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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