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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Science Toys, Activities, and Equipment

 

 
2007 Awards
Crank 'N Glow Flashlight
(Playskool $9.99 Score:) Kiss the batteries goodbye! Here’s a “magic” flashlight that you wind, and the faster you crank it, the brighter it glows. This is a novelty item that kids may enjoy for a few minutes and then it will turn into a piece of equipment. 3 & up. (800) 327-8267.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Awards
Superstructs Big Builder
(Waba Fun $35.95 Score:) Looks a lot like your old Tinkertoys, but brighter. Made of bright-colored plastic rods and connectors, this is an open-ended building set. Comes with directions for making many kinds of vehicles, but allows for kids’ original creations, as well. The Big Builder set has 126 pieces; or consider the 230-piece set. (303) 926-0848.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Mag XL Magformers
(Rainbow Products $16.99 Score:) Here’s the newest fun in magnetic toys! Choose a set of either 14 or 30 geometric squares and triangles that can be set down on a flat surface. Give them a lift and—abracadabra—you have a 3-D ball that clicks together! Kids will have fun exploring the countless ways to invent new connections and constructions. Safe enough to leave out on the coffee table with no small magnets to worry over. This will entice grownups as well as kids. 5 & up. (541) 826-9007.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Big Bad Boomin' Bugs Observation Station
(Little Kids $19.99 Score:) Catch your bug with the capture-and-carry bug scooper, drop it into the 12" x 8" dome with powerful 3X magnifying lens on top. Plug in the earphones and you can listen to the bug chew, crawl, chirp, click, or buzz! A multi-sensory bug experience. (800) 545-5437. For a smaller bug chamber, Backyard Safari Bug Scope (Summit Toys $12.99 4) Hunters have to catch the bug under the open end of this temporary trap. Designed with a light to aid viewing. (205) 661-1174.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Dinosaur Excavation Kit
(Usborne $17.99 Score:) Archeologists in training will have fun digging out the bones of a T-Rex from the clay block. Complete with goggles*, brush, chisel, and hammer. Assemble the bones and read the book, which introduces beginning readers to the many kinds of dinosaurs. No glue included. *These goggles are not actually safety devices.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Hook Fortune Finder
(Wild Planet Toys $19.95 Score:) Movie merchandise is not usually on our list. But this pirate toy à la Captain Hook, inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean, is a metal detector that happens to work better than many we’ve tested. Also fun in the same line, a Treasure Hunter ($24.95 4). Hide the treasure chest and give kids the finder that lights up red when they get close to the chest. We passed on the Light Scope, which has a really bright red light. 5 & up. (800) 247-6570.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Marshall Brodien Magic Wand Set
(Cadaco $19.99 Score:) It takes some reading and practice to perfect these showy magic tricks with a light-up magic wand. Don’t tell—the magic is all based on the use of magnets. 7 & up. (800) 621-5426.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Perryscope
(Kid Galaxy $14.99 Score:) Fun for land or water. An adjustable periscope that rises 10" above the water. Has a soft eyecup and adjustable handles. 6 & up. (800) 816-1135.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Explorer Ops Binoculars
(Wild Planet Toys $9.99 Score:) Taking a nature walk in your own neigbhorhood or going on a trip? Take along this pair of binoculars for a better view of the world around them. They come with 6x20 magnification and an adjustable focus knob and eyepiece. Store in the included carrying case.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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