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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Games

 


2008 Award
Bendomino
(Blue Orange Games $15.95 Score:) Truly a classic with a new twist. These curved dominoes are played as a traditional matching game, but the curves make it just a little trickier. Our kid testers thought the play pieces were fun to play with! We discovered that some adults use the "blank" tile as a wild card, while others require the blank to be placed against another blank. Who knew there could be such controversy in domino land? 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
I Spy 3D
(Briarpatch $24.95 Score:) Put the playing cards out, put on the 3-D glasses, and you are ready to play I Spy. A reader reads one of the riddle cards and players search for the objects in the riddles. The images are really small (you kids wonít have a problem, but you might!) They say 3 & up. We think given the size and number of the objects, this will be a better choice for 5s & up. Of course we really recommend bringing home Jean Marzollo's wonderful I Spy books!

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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Restoration Hardware Roll Up Chess and Checkers
(Restoration Hardware $39 Score:) We really love this new take along chess and checker set from Restoration Hardware. It has a full sized board (approximately 15" x 11") with pleasing wooden pieces (that are magnetic) - making this a great choice for playing on the go or at the beach. Easy to throw into a suitcase or into the car.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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Dont Tip the Waiter
(Fundex $14.99 Score:) We wanted to love this new balancing game that has a wobbly waiter with a tray--where you're supposed to keep adding dishes until he tips over. Our testers found that he wasn't tippy enough--"it took way to long for him to go over". We hope they tweak the tip factor to make it just right! 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: 2008.

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2008 Award
Jakks Pacific Ultimotion Swing Zone Sports Motion Controlled Video Game
(Jakks Pacific $74.99 Score:) There's really no other way to say this--but Ultimotion Swing Zone Sports is really a watered down but MUCH less expensive version of the wii. Comes with many of the same active sport games that you play with a sports adapted wireless controller. Cleverly, you plug the controller into either a golf club, bat, football, tennis racket, or bowling ball. Much like the wii, kids have to stand up and play (a good thing). The graphics aren't the same quality-but they're not bad either. With budgets tighter this year, the Ultimotion may fill the bill with kids who are not as brand aware. To their credit, the players are multi-cultural (one has an interesting mohawk).

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2009 Award
Polar Bear A B C
(Hasbro $9.99 Score:) If you're working on letter recognition, this is a fun game to play at home. There is a fishing pole and letters to go fishing for...kids will learn how to spell 15 different words that they are asked to go find the letters for. What's really nice about this game is that it isn't overwhelming--there are only 13 letters. Very straight forward with the added bonus of getting to put the polar bear figure in the water if you finish spelling your word. Marked for preschoolers, but will be a good game for 5s and 6s working on their letters. Safety note: the letters are backed with a magnetic sheet--so if there are kids in your house that still mouth their toys be sure to keep this one out of range. 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.

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2009 Award
I Spy Ready, Set, Silhouette!
(Briarpatch $16.95 Score:) Good fun! A new matching game that uses approx. 3Ē square color playing cards with multiple images and see through silhouette cards that players must match to the colored cards. Winner is the one who has the most pairs. This challenges looking at details, but also turning the cards to find the matches. Many have similar images but in varying arrangements, so this is harder than it appears at first glance. Also a good game for knowing and naming the items pictured to develop vocabulary. A great game for 2-4 players or even fun for solo matching. 5 & up. 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. Award Year: 2009.

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2009 Award
Scrabble Slam Card Game
(Parker Brothers $6.99 Score:) This is a slam dunk winner with testers of mixed ages. Faster than Scrabble and paced for fun, this is a four letter game where players race to change the word by slamming a letter card on the current word to make a new word. The object is to be first to use all your cards. 2-4 players, 15 minutes a round(maybe) and fun for 8 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2009.

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2009 Award
Hoppers Jr.
(ThinkFun $14.95 Score:) Hereís a new twist on leap frog, only on this playing board, each time a frog gets jumped you remove it. The object is to help the one red frog stay on the board until all the others are removed. There are 40 challenges showing how to position each game and suggestions for parents to help kids find solutions. A game that develops strategy skills, that blossom slowly and with adult encouragement. Hoppers Jr. is an entertaining and challenging solitaire game for younger players from 5-7.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2009.

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2009 Award
Clever Castle
(ThinkFun $14.95 Score:) An interesting game that involves sequencing images using challenge cards. The first few challenges are straightforward matching. Gradually the challenges get more complex, with separate grids that player must follow. In a sense this is a game that involves putting parts together into a whole. Itís self correcting and just might be useful as an entertaining diversion on a long trip. 5-7.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2009.

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