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Product Type: Toys
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Activity and Craft Kits

 


2005 Award
Make Your Own Puppets
(Made By Hands, Inc $17.95 Score:) Kids will enjoy making their own original stick puppets with this refreshingingly open-ended kit that comes with 12 unique puppets, 12 puppetsticks, 12 stands, and over 600 precut paper shapes (the company calls them Pop-Outs™). While this looks like a preschool kit, it will also be enjoyed by the next age group (5-7) as well. Great kit for playdates and rainy days. The well designed box also makes this a good take along craft. This new company also makes wonderful card, frame and make your own game kits.

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

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2005 Awards
Doodle Pro
(Fisher-Price $8 Score:) A no-mess magnetic drawing tool that works just like the Magna Doodle. Tied-on “pen” and shapes are perfect for drawing, tic-tac-toe, and even writing letters and numbers. Also available in smaller travel model ($8). 3 & up. (800) 432-5437. (Works much better than the new Etch A Sketch Draw ’n’ Go (Ohio Art). Stick with the original Etch A Sketch for the next age group.) ACTIVITY:Put dots on the board that will form a word, number or letter when the dots are connected. Can child guess what it will be? Or play I'm thinking of a number(write one on the board and keep it hidden..CHild must guess..is it more than...less than...etc. Give child a chance to write the number and answer the questions.

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

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2006 Award
Aquadoodle
(Spinmaster $24.99 Score:)

Our four-year-old tester looked up and said, "Even if I get it on the floor, it won't show, will it?" Indeed, this is a mess-free and semi-magical oversized mat for drawing with water! Using the 'water pen," blue drawings appear on the surface and disappear once they are dry. Great for developing hand and arm movements needed for writing without restrictive lines. Our testers did not like the Sing 'n' Doodle Mat ($34.99) that plays Old MacDonald and silly sound effects as you draw. Our testers found it confusing and distracting. Stay with the original-less is more! (800) 622-8339.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2006. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2006 Award
Nature Barrel of Beads
(Bead Bazaar $19.99 Score:) A huge bucket of wooden beads that are big enough for small hands to string. Includes natural and colored strings, ten wooden charms, and rings for keychains. There are enough packets of colored beads for ten or more kids to use as an activity for a party. They say 3 & up; we’d say more like 4–7. (800) 838-1769.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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My Collage Farm
(Alex $14.95 Score:)

The twist to this collage kit is that it comes with four farm friends (done in pleasing graphics)that kids can then add their own embellishments to in order to make their own unique designs. The big eyes were especially pleasing to add. Comes with an assortment of papers, pom poms, flowers, feathers, buttons and an oversized glue stick. Marked 2 & up, we'd say more like 3. If you wanted to do this kit with 2s, we'd recommend using white glue. Most 2s will have difficulty using a glue stick.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Creativity for Kids Big Fun Crafts
(Creativity for Kids $24.95 Score:)

A wonderful compartmentalized craft box with more than 300 pieces! An ideal box of supplies for playdates, rainy days or quiet summer afternoons. Comes with supplies that include 30+ yards of ribbon and yarn, multi-colored pom poms, glitter pom poms, pipe cleaners, rainbow craft sticks, feathers, scissors, and a whole lot more to get the creative juices flowing. They say 3 & up. We'd say many of these items would be slightly better with 4-7's. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Awards
Creativity for Kids Polka Dot Purse
(Creativity for Kids $17.99 Score:)

A cute violet canvas purse with more than 100 felt stick-ons to decorate it. This is pretty easy to do with no cutting and pre-stick felt pieces. Comes with a ribbon that feeds through the loops on top for a finished craft look. This is a simple to do kit with no right or wrong way of designing. Yet, the finished product is pretty enough to carry with the pride of being able to say..."I made it myself!" The box say 3 & up. We'd say 5 & up is closer to the right age. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Awards
Creativity for Kids Cool Creations Craft with Clay
(Creativity for Kids $19.99 Score:)

Get ready to create all kinds of clay creatures or vehicles. A terrific clay kit that includes 8 packages of soft air-dry clay, colorful chenille stems, small marabou feathers, wiggly eyes, beads, fuzzy fur, clay sculpting tool, craft glue, and storage bag. Comes with instructions and a sheet of fun ideas. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab. 5 & up

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Awards
Creativity for Little Kids Finger Prints
(Creativity for Kids $20 Score:)

We really love the way this finger printing kit is set up for less mess and good fun. Of course little children are more involved in the doing than finished painting. It's a chance to explore how colors mix and how spreading the paint results in different effects. This should be the main focus--exploring colors and motion and messing around. For slightly older kids one can preserve a special art work by pressing paper and rolling the breyer over the plastic sheet to make a print that can be saved. It comes with an apron, sponge for cleaning fingers and six pots of paint that sit secure in the painting tray. Last but not least, this all stores well in a good box when the artistic moments are over. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab. 

SNAP ACTIVITIES: This is more like a print making kit. Kids use the finger paints on the plastic surface in the kit and then use paper and roller to "print" their artwork on paper. This is a step more than regular fingerpaints and becomes involved with a finished product. That may be one step too far for most paintings. Encourage children to experiment and enjoy the process rather than focusing on the final product. Of course, you may want to capture a sample of their artwork. That's fine. Just let the painting be the most important part of the fun.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Awards
Big Fun Crafts
(Creativity for Kids $24.95 Score:)

A wonderful compartmentalized craft box with more than 300 pieces! An ideal box of supplies for playdates, rainy days or quiet summer afternoons. Comes with supplies that include 30+ yards of ribbon and yarn, multi-colored pom poms, glitter pom poms, pipe cleaners, rainbow craft sticks, feathers, scissors, and a whole lot more to get the creative juices flowing. They say 3 & up. We’d say many of these items would be slightly better with 4-7’s. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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