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Age: Late Elementary School Years

 


2004 Award
Empire State Building
(B.C. Bones $44.99 Score:) Our office is decorated with these stunning wooden structures that include the Eiffel Tower and Golden Gate Bridge. Our complaint with these beautiful sets is that there are no clear directions. The company insists that they make "puzzles," not construction sets. The company promises to post a cheat sheet up on their website. Still recommended, their Wooden Prehistoric Animal Models ($30 & up). Good parent-child projects. 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Blokus
(Mattel $29.95 Score:)

Older players say this is a game like classic Go, played on the diagonal. But here the playing pieces are in a variety of geometric shapes, so seeing the special relationships can be challenging. Still, even younger players begin to use strategy as they find ways to use all their pieces while blocking others from their moves. A handsome game for 2-4 players. 5 & up. 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2004. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2004 Awards
Cranium Hullabaloo
(Cranium $24.95 Score:) Players have to listen carefully to the electronic ringmaster that directs play among the 16 playmats. The player on the "lucky" mat when the ringmaster says, "freeze!" is the winner. Pace slow enough that most 4s would also enjoy playing. Also new, Conga ($19.95 ), an interactive trivia game based on how well you know your friends and family. Still top rated, Cranium Cadoo for Kids ($19.99 ): in order to win, players must draw, act out, use clay, and retrieve objects from around the house. 7 & up. PLATINUM AWARD '02. SNAP: Active fun while building listening skills and concepts. For kids who cannot get up and jump from mat to mat...adapt the game for a floor sitting find it fun. Give children a long cardboard tube and place mats in easy reach around the player(s)..object is to touch the right mat first.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Gobblet Junior
(Blue Orange Games $19.95 Score:)

This junior edition of PLATINUM AWARD ’03 winner is just as much fun. The object is to be the first player to have three gobblets in a row, as in Tic Tac Toe. But beware, you can capture the spot with a larger gobblet! PLATINUM AWARD ’04. For an easy color memory game, consider Maask ($19.95). (415) 572-3885.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2004. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2004 Awards
PDQ
(Gamewright $9.99 Score:)

PDQ, short for the Pretty Darn Quick Word Game, works by players drawing three letter cards. The first player to call out a word that uses those three letters wins those cards. Not for shy game players! Much like Word Sense, but without the tiles. Great for travel. 8 & up.

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Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2004. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Awards
Mad Math
(Patrix Communications $22.95 Score:) If math facts are a source of tension in your house, here are two games for working on those skills. Mad Math is a board game that has addition facts on one side and multiplication on the other. The goal is to get three pawns in a row on the board. You collect spaces by rolling the dice and finding the corresponding math fact on the playing board. The board is self-correcting, which is a plus.New for 2007, Delicio ($18.99 4), a clever memory game that teaches food families (in French and English). (888) 834-2380.

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

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2004 Award
Old Century Shut-the-Box
(Old Century Classics $49.95 Score:) Here's a handsome wooden chest with numbered tiles that players flip after they roll the big wooden dice. Object is to turn over all the tiles or to have the lowest number of points left when you can no longer make a move. There's room for flexible thinking here since a roll of 7 and 2 means you can flip any combination of 9. A player's final score is read from left to right . . . so if the 1, 3, 6, and 8 are still showing, our score is 1,368! The scoring aspect makes it more complicated than Countdown (see p. 127). A fun game for reinforcing addition as well as place value. Very pricey but the kind of game you'll want to leave out in your living room. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Wonderfoam Giant USA Puzzle Map
(Chenille Kraft Co. $40 Score:)

Testers enjoyed putting together this giant-sized (4' w x 2 1/2' h) floor puzzle with 73 thick foam pieces. State names are printed on the map with 16 landmarks (state capitals marked by a star but not named-you might want to add the capitals with a marker on the back of each state). Also, Wonderfoam Giant World Puzzle Map ($44).

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2004 Award
My Heart Box Kit
(Balitono $19 Score:) A wooden heart-shaped box to paint and fill with a sweet surprise. The lid has a raised heart and comes with glass beads that can be added to the top. 5 & up. If you have a child with lots of hair accessories, My Accessory Place Kit ($19 ) will be a great hit. Comes with a mirror in a square 10" wooden frame with knobs and hanging ribbons that can be used for holding barrettes. Still top rated, My Keepsake Clock Kit ($17) with a round quartz clock that sits in the 7" x 4" wooden case to paint. PLATINUM AWARD '03.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Awards
Scratch-Lite Sketcher Scratch Art
(Scratch-Art Co. $19.99 Score:) This is essentially a light box on which kids place scratch art paper and draw or write with one of two fancy tipped drawing tools. Finished art looks nice on windows. Kit comes with stencils and 10 sheets of special paper, so bring home a refill pack. A good quiet time toy that develops dexterity needed for writing. Still top rated, Scratch Magic Activity Kits ($4.99 & up). 5 & up. SNAP Adaptation: Use the light box for tracing activities that can reinforce the shape of letters and numerals and motivate children to develop dexterity.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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