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Product Type: Toys
Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: Activity and Craft Kits

 


2013 Award
Loop De Doo Headband Kit
(Loopdedoo $16.99 Score:)

Designed to be used with the Loop De Doo Spinning Loom, (not included) this kit makes 6 stretchable headbands with elasticized thread. The kit includes 24 precut threads, 6 headband elastics, and complete instructions. Our original Loop-De-Doo tester loved this add-on. This is just one of three new kits that extend the use of the original loom. They say 8 & up. We'd say 8-9 will probably need adult help in getting it started. That said, this is a winner.

 

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

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2013 Awards
Creativity for Kids Grow a Hedgehog
(Creativity for Kids $12 Score:)

Paint the plastic hedgehog planter, paste on the wiggly eyes and bow. Now, you are ready to grow a hedgehog! Add and fill the planter tray with the supplied potting mix. Plant the seeds and keep them moist with the spray bottle until the wheatgrass seeds sprout in 3-5 days. A little art, a little science, and a lot of learning fun. Be forewarned: the box shows the hedgehog's face blushed with yellow, but there is no yellow in the kit. It comes with white, tan and black paint. Perhaps you can use a yellow marker to add this detail. 5 & up.

SNAP: Keep a photo journal of the process with your child in the pictures. Turn them into a small book that tells about each stage. This kind of activity builds reading and pre-reading skills and puts the child in the center of the action.

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
MindWare Paint Your Own Porcelain Bowls
(MindWare $24.99 Score:)

A charming craft kit that comes with three white bowls and 12 paints that are used to decorate them. The directions introduce different techniques for stippling, sponge painting or designing with masking tape. After paining they need to dry for 24 hours and then the paint is set by baking it in a regular over - not a microwave. This is a craft kit that requires adult supervision. 8 & up.

 

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

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2013 Award
MindWare Paint Your Own Porcelain Vases
(MindWare $29.95 Score:)

A charming craft kit that comes with three white vases in three different shapes and 12 paints that are used to decorate them. These will make unique gifts for older kids to make for Gram, the teacher, or for Mom's desk. Clear directions introduce different techniques for stippling, sponge painting or designing with masking tape. After painting they need to dry for 24 hours and then the paint is set by baking it in a regular oven—not a microwave. This is a craft kit that requires adult supervision. 8 & up. 

 

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

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2013 Award
Alex Forever Bracelets
(Alex $38.99 Score:)

Make 30 bracelets with the goodies in this handsome package. There are six colored twines and embroidery floss, rope and elastic cords, one tassle, feathers, clasps, beads, metal charms and bangles to wrap. Our tester loved the suction cup hook that she used on the table to hold the work in progress. She thought that was a great innovation! A craft kit that calls for dexterity, reading and following directions, staying with a task that requires patience and colorful choices. The payoff is in finished products kids love to wear and share. Although only one person can use the suction cup hook at a time, there are enough supplies here for a play date or even an overnight party. A wow of a gift for 8's & up.

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

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2013 Award
Faber-Castell Block Printing
(Creativity for Kids $20 Score:)

Everything you need to explore the world of block printing. The 40+-piece set includes a step-by-step guide and the materials for making or tracing an image on your printing plate, washable paints in four colors, printing paper, drawing tool, foam block printing sheets, stencils, scissors, rollers, and a work tray. Adult help will be needed until they get the idea of how to make this art form happen. Then, stand back and watch the fun begin.

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
Creativity For Kids X-Treme Sticker Maker Set
(Creativity for Kids $29 Score:)

You get 40 feet of sticker tape and 80+ sticker designs. For family parties guests can go home with personalized stickers with velvet, metallic, and glitter finishes. Easy to operate with pleasing finished products that kids can do with independence, once they learn the way it works. Refill kits (9.99) are also available so this is not one of those disposable craft kits.  You get 40 feet of sticker tape and 80+ sticker designs.

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

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2013 Award
Alex Toys Friends 4 Ever Bracelet Making Kit
(Alex $26.99 Score:)

Kids can make 22 friendship bracelets with this clever kit that comes with four different color-coded looms that guide them in making a variety of styles and patterns. Loaded with 22 colors of floss, beads and beading needle all stored in a sturdy carrying case.  Clear directions make this easy and fun to do for kids 8 & up.

 

 

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

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2013 Award
Creativity For Kids Color Cord Bracelets
(Creativity for Kids $19.99 Score:)

This craft kit involves macrame-type weaving with thick color cords that produce showy results that kids can enjoy wearing with pride. It comes with eight colors, buckles, stickers, scissors, glue, and clear instructions. There are enough supplies to make eight bracelets. A fun kit for play dates or sleep-over craft fun. Marked for 7 & up, but we think most kids of seven will need lots of help getting started and finishing up. We'd say it's a better choice for 8-9's.

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
Creativity for Kids Paracord Wristbands
(Creativity for Kids $15.99 Score:)

Designed to appeal to boys, Paracord Wristbands involve macrame-type weaving with thick parachute cord. It comes with eight colors, buckles, stickers, scissors, glue, and clear instructions. There are enough supplies to make eight wristbands. Marked for 7 & up, but we think most boys of seven will not have the dexterity to do this. We'd say it's a better choice for 8-9's.

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

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