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Age: Late Elementary School Years

 

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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2002 Award
Dreamy Ribbon Jewelry
(Creativity for Kids $12 Score:) You'll need to help younger rtists thread the organdy ribbon into the needle and you'll want to keep track of tha needle,too, since it is pretty sharp. That said, this makes an assortment of charming necklaces and bracelets. Kit includes colorful gems and silver beads plus magnetic clasps. We think this will appeal to slightly younger girls than the Bead SHop version which has more serious looking beads and organdy that needs to be cut in a point and stiffened with nail polish. Kids are going to love the finished pieces. This is as the maker says, on the mark (with adult help) for 7s and up.

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

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2002 Award
Buy It Right Shopping Game
(Learning Resources $19.95 Score:) Making change and shopping is not always clear to kids who don't get to handle more than their milk money at lunch. This game involves a lot of buying and selling and some flexible thinking. Kids roll three numeral dice and decide if they want to call a 4, 2, 1 $4.21 or $1.24...a choice that depends on if they are buying or selling. This comes with 100 realistic looking plastic coins and 40 play bills and a working calculator. Unlike a lot of mall shopping games aimed at girls, this is a gender free game that will be enjoyed by boys and girls. 6 & up.

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

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2003 Award
Ello
(Mattel $19.95 Score:) Designed to attract girls to construction toys, this is an innovative building system with panels and Matisse-inspired cutout disks that can be joined with square and circular connectors, string and slender sticks for adding extra flair. Research has indicated that playing with blocks and building sets help to develop important spatial relations and math skills needed for later achievement in math, engineering and science. Unfortunately too many sets on the market are geared only for boys. We particularly liked the look of the Ello-opolis set, which has a modern art feel, or the underwater Ello Aquaria set. (Imagine Matisse or Calder designing a construction set!) They have an engaging color palette (refreshingly not all pink!) and have interesting building pieces that lend themselves for open-ended play.

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

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2003 Award
American Girl Kaya
(American Girl $84 Score:) Pleasant Company continues to make exquisite multiethnic dolls from different periods in American history with books for each doll-a wonderful way to introduce history to kids. New for 2003, Kaya, the first Native American doll from the Nez Perce people in the collection. 7 & up.

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

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2009 Awards
Les Cheries
(Corolle $45 Score:)

We loved these dolls when they first hit the market back in 2003. They received a Platinum Award and we are now giving them a Blue Chip Award for 2009. Chloe, Camille, Clare, Cecile and Cathy are a multicultural collection of 13" dolls and are marketed as "best friend" dolls and are purposefully not fashion dolls. Our favorites this year are Cecile, an African American girl, with jeans, a knit shrug and glorious hair or Chloe, a brunette ballerina in a gossamer tutu. They are meant to look like girls of today. There are new clothes almost every year--but this is a collection that should not be missed.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2003 Award
Chess Yankees vs. Mets
(USAopoly $34.95 Score:) Last year our testers raved about this company's major league versions of Monopoly (featuring Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, or Dodgers). New for are various chess sets, which feature the managers as the kings, and pitchers as the queens-you get the idea. These are for kids who are already well versed in the game. Also new and good fun for Charlie Brown and Lucy fans , Peanuts Monopoly. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Gobblet
(Blue Orange Games $29.95 Score:)

"This has a nice feel to it," remarked our 11-year-old tester after a long day of testing a lot of plastic games. The wooden box stores the playing board and birch playing pieces that are six stacks of nesting "gobblets" (half natural/half black). The object is to be the first player to have four gobblets in a row. The game is easily learned but quickly becomes more challenging as you discover all the strategy involved! Fast-paced rounds for beginners. (415) 572-3885.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2003. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2003 Award
Scrambled States of America
(Gamewright $11.99 Score:)

There was disagreement from our testers on this geography game, where the object is to collect as many state cards as possible by matching factoids with the right state. One parent noted that a good part of the game has nothing to do with geography, which is true. But it is a painless way to introduce kids to the US map, states, capitals, and nicknames. Given the poor level of geography knowledge in our country--any opportunity to work on these skills is a plus in our book. We'd also recommend putting up a map in your house--Where does grandma live?  Where have you been on vacation?  Where does the President live?  8 & up.

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: 2003. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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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 Amazon.com.

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