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Product Type: Toys
Age: Late Elementary School Years

 


2002 Award
Blink
(Out of the Box Publishing $8.95 Score:) "Again, let's play again!" was the shout of our testers to this cross between Go Fish and War. The object is to be the first to get rid of all of your cards by matching the top card on the two discard piles. You can match by color, shape, or number Calls for fast visual discrimination. Quick rounds and lads of fun.

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

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2002 Award
Chop Stix
(TDC Games, Inc. $24.95 Score:) Players use chopsticks and take turns at adding wooden "logs" to form a pagoda. Knock it over and you must take all the logs that roll. The object is to be first to get rid of all your logs. A fun family game that develops eye/hand coordination and dexterity for eating Chinese food! 7 & up.

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

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2002 Award
Cranium Cadoo for Kids
(Cranium $19.99 Score:) One of the best family games we've tested this year! In order to win places on the play board, players must draw, act out, use clay, and retrieve objects from around the house. Calls for a fun use of reading skills! 7 & up. RECALL NOTICE: According to the CPSC, surface paint on the die included in Cadoo games with lot numbers 2007195 through 2007244 contain levels of lead in violation of the federal limit of 600 ppm. Recalled items were sold at Fred Meyer, Kmart, Shopko, Wal-Mart and speciality stores nationwide between October 2007 and January 2008. The seven digit lot number can be found under the plastic tray on the bottom half of the game's box.

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

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2002 Award
Yankees Monopoly Game
(USAopoly $34.95 Score:) Pick from Yankees, Mets, Red Sox and Dodgers editions. These are variations on the classic game that features your favorite major league team so instead of Park Place, you have Derek Jeter! 8 & up. (We found that sport fans of all ages like the novelty of this monopoly version.) This company also makes top-rated Deep Sea Adventure and Dig 'n Dinos Monopoly Jr. for younger players. ($20 each). 5 & up.

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

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2002 Award
Soda Pop Science
(Scientific Explorer $20 Score:) A hands-on kit for making home-made soda pop! Comes with all the ingredients (except sugar and food coloring) to mix up batches of lime, cherry, cinnamon, and vanilla soda. Recipes call for measuring and keeping records of your own secret recipes! A great science and party activity. Adult help for 6 to 9s. Older kids will be able to handle this on their own.

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

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2002 Award
Mini Windowsill Garden
(Creativity for Kids $14 Score:) A ceramic set with two mini flowerpots. watering can, tray, and mini hand tools. Kids paint and then plant with soil and fast-growing wheat seed that are also included. Pots are smaller than they look on the box, but charming. A nice gif t for a child to give to a teacher.

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

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2002 Award
WordXchange
(Prodijeux Inc. $28.95 Score:) Fans of Scrabble, Upwords and other Word games will find this an interesting and challenging variation. It's harder than Upwards and different from Scrabble. Players create words of three letters or more. Opponents can steal words by adding at least one letter to make a new word. Players cannot add S to nouns but they can to verbs. Can be played by 2,3,4 players or by teams. We think some 10's will enjoy this- others may benefit from playing on teams with older players. Game takes about 30 minutes and comes with a timer for rounds. We suggest playing with out the timer for beginners. 866-FUN-WORD.

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

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2002 Award
Smart Mouth
(ThinkFun $16.99 Score:) If your family enjoys word games, here's a clever new option for one on one or team play. The game comes with a fun blue letter holder that you load up with the plastic orange and green letter chips. Slid the loader forward and two letters appear. The object of the game is to be the person or team to shout out a five letter word that begins with the first letter and ends with the second letter. The game comes with many alternative ways to play that we found useful. For example, if you're playing with younger children (or just want to make it easier for everyone!) play with three or four letter words. We also enjoyed the version of playing famous people with those two initials. The winning team or player has the most chips at the end of the round. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2003 Awards
My Keepsake Clock Kit
(Balitono $17 Score:) Our tester couldn't wait to get started painting this keepsake clock kit that comes with a round quartz clock that sits in the 7" x 4" wooden case. Comes with a small drawer beneath the clock for small treasures. Included in the kit: sandpaper, paint, varnish, two paintbrushes and a painting guide and stencil design. Would make a great present for a child to give (they will probably want one of their own too!). Well made and very special. Also recommended, Best Friends Frame Kit and Keepsake Chest. SNAP AWARD: THis is good looking finished product that needs to be painted in any way your young artist desires. So, it's got a finished look and feel with an open-ended agenda. Makes a great gift for child to give to a teacher or grandparent.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Ribbon Raps
(Fashion Angels Enterprises $14.95 Score:) Organdy ribbon necklaces are very trendy and expensive to buy in the store which is why our testers really wanted to get started with this kit. Comes with enough material for five necklaces and five bracelets so this would make a good choice for a rainy day playdate. Kit has five different colors of organdy ribbon, a variety of beads in varying shapes and colors. Kit does not come with the clear nailpolish that's required for making a point on the end of the ribbon for "self-beading". Some of our testers thought it would be better if the kit came with the polish! A good choice for 9s and up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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