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Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: Science Toys, Activities, and Equipment

 


2009 Award
Discovery Box
(World Discovery Box $$69 Score:)

If you're looking for a special on-going gift to share with a child that is interested in nature and science, take a look at the Discovery Box line from World Discovery Box.  There are three different sets ($69. $129 and $199)-- each comes with a container and an assortment of rocks, fossils, bugs and shells.  The quality of what you're sent is very high--and will get most kids very excited about knowing more.  We'd recommend bringing home some books to go along with the topic.  Of course you could create these boxes on your own--and in fact, we suggest that you add to your child or grandchild's collection of artifacts from walks and trips you take together.  

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens. Award Year: 2009.

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2005 Award
Soda Pop Science Projects
(Scientific Explorer $27 Score:)

Our testers loved making their own soda pop with fruit and flavors in the kit. True, soda is not high on our list of important drinks, but knowing what goes into it and following the recipes to you’re your own pop fizz, well, that is an active way to involve kids in hands on science.  This is a kit that will involve adult supervision. 9-12

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2005. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Eye Clops Night Vision Binoculars
(Jakks Pacific $80 Score:)

You really can see objects that are up to 50 feet away in the dark with these infrared Stealth binoculars. Designed with a form-fitting visor, you hold these to your forehead and zoom in with the focal adjustor. Of course these are not going to do what you would expect the high end ones to do.   One tester complained that this is not exactly a binocular...but more like a monocular. That said, he really, really  liked it.  As with last year's version, our testers loved the ability to see things in the dark.  Interestingly,  it really highlights color-treated hair--so if you don't want folks to know you color your hair, stay out of the line of vision! 8 & up.
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Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2001 Award
Nature House
(TWC of America $11 Score:) This sturdy hut-shaped wooden house with screened sides makes a perfect temporary habitat for captured bugs. Also top rated, Soil Dweller Nature House Kit ($20). Kids can make their own earthworm or ant farm with this kit (approx. 8" x 11") with wooden frame and Plexiglas windows. Captive creatures can be returned to the wild with ease. 8 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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1998 Awards
Chaos
(Chaos $99 Score:) This PLATINUM AWARD winner has been totally redesigned to create even larger (7' tall!) Rube-Goldberg-like inventions. Both boy and girl testers liked everything about this amazing construction set. Gives kids a playful hands-on experience with basic science and engineering principles, requiring problem solving, spatial relationship, and creative thinking skills. Adult help needed. Smaller sets available. 10 & up. PLATINUM AWARD '98.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 1998.

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1999 Awards
Buried Treasure Kits
(Kidology $17.95 Score:) We originally thought this kind of kit was pretty mindless, but our testers loved playing archeologist, chipping away at hardened sand blocks to unearth hidden treasures. While there used to be several themes- Castle, Egyptian, or Mayan Treasure-- the company has informed us that they are going forward with only the Egyptian set for 2009. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 1999.

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1995 Awards
Giant Periscope
(Tasco $15 Score:) For exploring around corners, this sturdy, plastic double-handled periscope is just right. Made of sturdy plastic this is a fun toy for dramatic play as well as visual discoveries. This company also makes a full line of microscopes and telescopes.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 1995.

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1999 Awards
I Made My Microscope
(Kahoot $13 Score:) This is not a fine tuned microscope. It's a working model that calls for following directions and has an interesting activity book for using the microscope after it's built. Testers have consistently loved this series of hands-on science kits. Great parent/child projects for 5s to 7s or solo for 8 and up. 770-704-6009

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 1999.

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1998 Award
Activity Rock Kit
(GeoCentral $18.95 Score:) If you have a budding rock collector in your family, this kit will be a sure-fire hit. Comes with activity book and 12 minerals that have special attributes sure to wow friends and family. For example, there's optical calcite, floating pumice, and magnetic lodestone. New for 2003, Break Your Own Geodes comes with ten small geodes. You'll need to supply the safety googles.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 1998.

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2004 Award
Discovery Kids SL70 Telescope
(Discovery Kids $149.95 Score:) With many of the same features usually found on expensive adult models, this is a terrific value. Includes precision ground lenses, an erecting prism, and universal 10mm and 25mm Kellner eyepieces. Comes with a tripod that extends to 55 inch viewing height and a padded shoulder carry bag-the whole kit (tripod, scope, bag) weighs just 16 lbs. Ultra neat are the illuminated night-vision dials.

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

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