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Age: Early Elementary School Years
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2013 Award
Hedbanz Act Up!
(Spin Master $19.99 Score:)

We like this new take on the original Hedbanz.  This one is played more like charades. Players put cards on their head bands without knowing what the card says. The object is for the player to guess what that card says from the actions of the other players. But in this game NO TALKING and NO PROPS are allowed! Unlike the original Hedbanz game, which was played like 20 Questions, this Act UP version is a whole lot trickier, but good fun. Our testing family (with preteens and young adults) enjoyed the game a great deal. Marked for kids 8 & up - we still think the original Hedbanz where you can speak will be less frustrating for younger players.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens, Teens. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Educational Insights Even Steven's Odd Game
(Educational Insights $19.99 Score:)

A rapid fire dice game that reinforces addition, subtraction skills. The game comes with 40 2-level challenge cards, four dice holders, and 24 dice in red, yellow, green, blue and white. Everyone plays at one time, rolling his dice again and again to be the first to complete the challenge and fill his dice holder playing board. First one to win 10 challenges is the winner. For 2-4 players ages 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Educational Insights Raccoon Rumpus
(Educational Insights $14.99 Score:)

A card game with a clever new look. Each player has a raccoon card with a raised raccoon head and costume cards that fit over the head. Players take turns rolling the jumbo color die and costume die and then search for costume cards to match, i.e. a shirt of blue or pants in red. If you can find it, place the matching card on your raccoon card. First player to collect five costume cards wins. But watch out! If you roll an underwear image--oh, oh! You have to put all your cards back on the table. Marked for 3 and up, but most 3-year olds will need an older player and some learning time to master this. A clever game that develops an eye for spotting attributes and matching skills. 3 & up

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
eeBoo Old Maid
(eeBoo $9.00 Score:)

) Illustrator Stephanie Graegin has give these Old Maid cards a new look with a cast of characters with interesting occupations, such as a bear named, Murray Baker, Astronaut Adela, Fireman Tom, Artist Alice, to name but a few. As in the classic game, you score by making matches. A good way to develop pre-reading skills as well as turn taking. The handsome cards are stored in a sliding case that travels with ease. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
eeBoo Volcano Island Tell Me a Story
(eeBoo $9.99 Score:)

Take turns drawing a card and telling a new part of the story. These tropical creatures and their setting are an open invitation to flex your storytelling muscles. This is the kind of game that has no right or wrong answers and best of all it allows kids and their grownups to think on their feet. The stories our testers told about an alligator who climbed a tree and went missing were pretty funny. It's different than a blank piece of paper that may inhibit young storytellers. This sort of game provides the action needed to make a story that can be funny or sad, long or short, silly of scary, etc.   They say 3 & up, we'd say older preschool and primary grades are better.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
eeBoo Animal Faces Matching Game, Travel Size
(eeBoo $9.99 Score:)

24 matching pairs of animal face cards are fun to take along in their neat little box with a sliding tray. Unlike their wildlife cards, these dressed-up critters look like they stepped out of a storybook. Play this as a concentration game with 2 or more players or it can be played solo. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Fresh Artists Memory Games
(Fresh Artists $24 Score:)

We have reviewed lots of memory or concentration games over the years, but here is a notable new direction that will challenge players while supporting children's art education in underfunded public schools. Created by a not- for-profit-organization, the art on the handsome cards has been donated by young artists grades K-12 from New York City, Philadelphia, and Norristown, PA. Choose from several sets, each with a different theme: Fresh Faces, Mini-Masters-Barnes Edition, Fresh Food Edition, Fresh Art, and Fresh Architecture. There are 27 pairs in each set and though they are marked 3-103, we'd say these are a lot more challenging than most; a better choice for 6 and up. www.freshartists.org

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2013 Award
eeBoo Butterflies Matching Game
(eeBoo $15.99 Score:)

Unlike a lot of matching games, this one calls for more visual perception than most. Since all 24 pairs of cards feature butterflies, the shape and colors have finer details that players need to note and recall. The back of the box gives the names of the butterflies featured in the box. You might want to bring this home with a field book about butterflies or for younger readers, a book about the metamorphosis of a butterfly. Better yet, if the season is right, capture a caterpillar and watch it change. This can be played solo or by two or more players. The art, as always with eeBoo products, is beautifully done. They say 5 & up, but this may be more fun for slightly older players.

 

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
eeBoo Design Tiles
(eeBoo $19.99 Score:)

A brain-teaser the whole family will enjoy. Neither a game, nor a puzzle in the traditional sense, this is closest to a set of parquetry blocks with patterns, but a lot more challenging. The 64 double-sided chipboard pieces are used to copy or create a variety of geometric patterns. 16 small patterns to follow are printed inside the box or players can create their own variations. The patterns are trickier than they appear. For example, one pattern looked like it could be created with crescents and corner pieces; but some parts turned out to require two triangles that were printed with patterns that create the corners and crescents. The thick chipboard pieces will hold up to lots of handling. Put it on the coffee table and do a few cooperatively. It's marked for 5 & up.  We think slightly older kids and the adults in their lives will enjoy it more.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Shipwreck Beach Treasure Hunt
(Wonder Forge $24.99 Score:)

Our testers thought this was really fun since it's not just a board game for sitting, but involved an actual treasure hunt. To start the game the players take each of the five treasures and hide them around the house. Next, players take turns trying to match two doubloons a la the memory game. Our testers liked the special spyglass that is used to "decode" the image of the treasure featured on the doubloons. When a player has a match, that player uses the pirate sword to carry back the treasure from around the house. So, memory involved in finding the hidden treasure, as well. Their mom wrote, "I like that it gets everyone moving and I think it a bonus that the treasure map doubles as a bag to hold all of the game materials so that you don't need a box to keep it in. This feature lends itself well to taking this game
on a family trip, eg to the beach?"  They say 3 & up. We think 3s will enjoy playing this with older siblings. Our testers were 6 & 8 and really got into the game.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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