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Age: Late Elementary School Years

 


2006 Award
EZ 2 Quikrochet
(Fashion Angels Enterprises $15.99 Score:) Remember as a kid making yarn snakes with a wooden spool knitter? This kit updates that craft by including beads to work into your creations. Comes with four pastel sets of elastic and a plentiful supply of glass beads. Our more experienced beaders (10 & up) thought it was fun but told us that younger kids may find it difficult on their own. The kit is marked 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Watch It!
(Alex $24.95 Score:) Technically not much of a craft kit, but this watch kit was a HUGE hit with our testers. The kit comes with a watch and seven different colorful ribbon bands (very J Crew). Would make a great birthday/holiday present. Surprisingly our teen testers really wanted their own set.

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

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2006 Award
Harry Potter LUMOS Book Light
(Lightwedge $34.95 Score:) Better than a flashlight under the covers, the Harry Potter LUMOS Book Light PLATINUM AWARD (Lightwedge $34.95 ) comes with an acrylic lens that you place over the book page and it lights the page evenly. Truly amazing! Also comes sans Harry Potter motif and in smaller versions. You’ll want your own. (877) 777-9334.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Harry Potter Deluxe Edition Scene It?
(Screenlife $49.95 Score:) Chances are you’ve seen and even played Scene It? before. Players race to identify and answer questions from old films or TV shows. This one is especially for Harry Potter film aficionados, with images and questions from all the Harry Potter films including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. (866) 383-4263.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Big Brain Book Interactive Dictionary
(Oregon Scientific $34.99 Score:) We don’t love the cartoonish illustrations in this big book of words, but that said, it has a stylus that reads the definitions on the oversized pages. Children will need to learn how to click the stylus each time they change pages, but once learned they can enjoy this independently. This is a better choice than the Encyclopedia from the same maker, with information that seems more appropriate for middle school. 5–8. (949) 608-2848.

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

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2007 Award
Wet Head
(Imagination Entertainment $19.99 Score:) On a hot day, this water roulette toy is the perfect outdoor game. After you fill the hat's reservoir with water, each player takes a turn wearing the hat and having the other players pull one of the water plugs on the hat. Watch out, one of them will release all the water! Best played in bathing suits!

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

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2006 Award
I Dog
(Hasbro $24.99 Score:) I-Dog works both as an interactive pet and as a speaker for an MP3 player. Cleverly it does have that sleek white I-Pod look. We tested the I-Dog with several groups of tween testers. The I-Dog was a bigger hit with girls. Boys tended to prefer the IZ from Zizzle. Girls thought it was a great accessory to their IPods. One tester wrote: "I really liked the dual use of the I-DOG. When I was experimenting with the toy first I realized that you can use the toy as either a game or a makeshift pet. It was incredibly entertaining." There were some complaints about the long set up time, but overall the I-Dog did very well with our testers (ages 7-14). Is this a must have toy? Not really. But if you're looking for a speaker for your child's IPOD, here's a good choice for the money. It also gets the music out of their ears so that they have a better chance of hearing you call them to dinner!

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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Shell Shocker Radio Control
(Mattel $69.99 Score:) By remote control you can have the shell shocker roll up into a ball or open it up into what the company calls a "cyberbeast". The vehicle is also designed to stand up to play action in the dirt. As the toy opens up a cyber extention flaps down hard and helps propel the shell shocker. While it is relatively easy to get the shell shocker to turn, our testers found it difficult to have it move forward. Our testers also felt this was the most unfriendly remote they had ever tried. You certainly "wouldn't want to get to close to it!" reported one tester. It does have an alien/predator feel to it that might appeal to older boys. You also should buy the Tyco Pro Fexpak Battery and Charger for an additional $29.99.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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Vidster Digital Video Camera
(Mattel $69.99 Score:) Our testers were looking forward to putting the Vidster and Hasbro's VCamNow to the test. The idea of a video camera for kids under $100 is very appealing. Rather than hand off your own expensive video camera and hoping for the best, these small kid friendly options seemed like a great breakthrough. Both cameras got initial high marks for design. "Kids this age want gadgets that look like the real thing" noted one parent. However, both products did not test well with our tech savvy kids and their parents. The Vidster view finder was blurry and the output was too dark even when the testers added lots of light. The VideoCamNow had a clear view finder image, but the output was very blurry. "I would have taken both products back" noted one parent.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2007 Award
LONPOS 303 Pyramid and Rectangle Game
(Mic O Mic Americas, Inc. $24.99 Score:) Wow! This is a quiet toy with a huge appeal. Comes in a rectangular case with different colored balls that are connected in different shapes. You're then challenged to fit the pieces into patterns that match the puzzles in the manual. The beginning level is satisifyingly challenging. As the puzzles become more complicated, you'll find yourself addicted to this toy. The company says that there are a total of 363,566 combinations! The box is just 3 x 5.5 so it's very portable --but you'll need a zip lock bag for the pieces if you can't get them all in according to the puzzles! It's the type of toy where our testers said "just one more minute, I almost have it!" Note: we gave the earlier LONPOS 101 an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award in 2006.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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