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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Art Supplies


Scratch Magic Packs
(Scratch-Art Co. $4.99 Score:) Remember making scratch art with crayon scribbles covered with black paint that you scratch away? Now Scratch & Sparkle has glittering holographic foil effects that appear. The Combo 4-Pack is fun with Holographic, Stained Glass, Rainbow, and Black-and-White sheets. An inexpensive but special treat! Also new, Super Stationery Kit ($15) has 20 sheets and envelopes—great for thank-you notes! 5 & up.

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

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2001 Awards
Creativity Street Colossal Stems
(Chenille Kraft Co. $6.99 Score:) You may have seen pipe cleaners, but none like these fuzzy 19"-long colossal stems—fifty in a package! Use these for developing fine motor skills. Shape them into zigzags, circles, triangles, letters, or free-form designs. Helpful for pre-writers to use in shaping letters and numerals and getting a hands-on feel for the directionlity. 5 & up. Need supervision so that they are not poked in eyes! New for 2002, an amazing pound bag of Colossal Pom-Poms (the size of baseball and golf balls) for making dolls and other projects. Also Wax Works BLUE CHIP($4.95), waxy sticks that can be twisted and shaped into letters, numerals and free-form sculptures. 5 & up. SNAP INFO: Use these giant fuzzy 19"pipe cleaners for developing fine motor skills. Use them to shape flowers, letters, figures, numbers- whatever. There are 50 in a package and few art materials that lend themselves better to imaginative creations. Also see new for 2002 Colossal Pom-poms( the size of baseballs and golf balls.) Activity : These pom-poms can be used for color and size sorting and counting games. Or use them for making patterns with size and color patterns that you create and ask a child to replicate. Once child gets the idea, switch rolls. Pom-poms are also fun for "hot-air" races. Line up two pom-poms and have two players use straw to move their pop-poms to the finish line. Still top-rated Wax Works, BLUE CHIP, waxy sticks that can be twisted and shaped into free-form sculpture.

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

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1996 Awards
Wax Works
(Chenille Kraft Co. $4.95 Score:) Wax Works waxy sticks (now come in glow-in-the-dark hues) can be coiled, twisted, and shaped into free-form sculptures.Also great for shaping letters to get the feel of the direction letters go without needing pencil and paper. Develops visual and tactile sense. Also recommended Creativity Street, a great box full of supplies including Wax Works($14.95). 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1996.

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2000 Awards
Double Easel
(Little Tikes $50 Score:)

This bright red easel has a chalkboard on one side and a large clip that holds a pad of 17" x 20" paper.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2000. Click here to purchase the product on

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2002 Award
Colossal Barrel of Crafts
(Chenille Kraft Co. $39.99 Score:) Like a giant jar of treats in an old fashioned candy store, this huge plastic jar has mammoth supply of pom-poms, craft sticks, beads and string, foam shapes, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, glitter, metallic spangles, cutters, and plasticine. Add glue, scissors and imagination for many crafty seeeions. 4-8. Similar but with less “stuff” (and also less expensive) is the Giant Art Jar (Alex $ 24 41⁄2). 3 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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Dot to Dot Markers To Go
(Alex $19 Score:) An updated version of Markers to Go with a new see through red polka dotted vinyl finish. Both boys and girls will enjoy using this container with 50 assorted colorful markers that unfolds like a make-up case with a velcro closure. (Don't let the make-up case reference throw you off- this will appeal to boys as well. It has blue trim and a green handle). There are four zippered compartments that hold 28 fine tip markers, 14 brush tip markers and 8 broad markers. Great for homework assignments and traveling with an young artist. Makes a terrific birthday present.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2006 Awards
Dough Party
(Alex $17 Score:) Comes in a newly designed see-through canister with six bright colors, a roller, cutters, plus a mat to work on. If you prefer clay, consider their Clay & Play Party ($17 ). 4–7. (800) 666-2539.

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

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2008 Awards
Elmer's 3D Washable Paint Pens
(Elmer's $14.99 Score:)

Imagine getting a set of 31 squeezable "pens" with writing tips for drawing on posters or cards. Paints puff when dry and set includes primary colors plus pastels, glitter, and pearlized pens. This is a wow-wee kind of present that will get lots of use. Editor's note: These pens have been updated this year with gender-specific themes from Disney (fairies, cars, and princesses). While we preferred the gender-free cast of the original sets (Platinum from 2003) --these are still a great choice and the price still makes this a really affordable gift.

SNAP Activity: Motivating kids to practice writing just got easier with this huge set of colorful gluepens. To get the feel for shaping letters or numbers, this is a terrific material. Write letters that he needs to practice on separate index cards. Now have child trace the letters and make them big enough to see with ease. Make one card with the upper case and a matching card with the lower case. When the cards are dry your child will be able to play a mach it up game, matching the upper and lower case letters. 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. Click here to purchase the product on

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2003 Awards
Alex's Floor Standing Easel
(Alex $95 Score:) Taking the paints out of doors gives young artists a new scene- and if you add a bit of white paint to the colors they have an all new palette that looks like summer. Adding different paints and paper often inspires kids. Alex's wooden easel has a chalk board on one side and a dry-erase board on the other. Comes with a roll of paper, but we find that using clips and a pad of paper is easier for kids to handle with independence.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Awards
Beka Adjustable Drawing Desk with Paper
(Beka, Inc. $25 Score:) This wooden tabletop easle is a handsome, adjustable slantboard for art projects. We think this is an especially good choice for those who don't have the space for a stand-up easel but want a dedicated surface for drawing, painting or other creative ventures. SNAP: This slantboard will be useful on a tabletop for kids who are not able to use the typical standing easel. It has smooth edges, adjusts to various angles and has a wipe off surface.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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