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Age: Late Elementary School Years

 


2005 Award
Beginning Stitcher Deluxe Set
(Quincrafts $12.99 Score:) Try your hand at needlepoint, cross stitch, and sewing with this set. Comes with safe plastic needle, a needlepoint keychain and picture frame, and two square grids (one for cross stitch, one for needlepoint). New for this year, Make Your Own Teddy Bear with Scarf ($8.99) now comes with yarn, needles, and instructions for making a scarf for the bear. 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2004 Award
Potholders and Other Loopy Projects
(Klutz $16.95 Score:) Don't look any further, this is the best potholder set on the market. The supplies are vibrant and inviting and the book really does explain what to do. Weaving not only develops eye-hand coordination, it also involves following patterns and problem solving. Marked 6 & up, we'd say more like 7 & up.

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

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2004 Award
Beamo
(Stuff Design $25 Score:) We really wish that we had had one of these when we were younger! These fabric discs are about two feet wide and have a foam outer core that doesn't hurt as much as a regular frisbee if you miss! Great for multi-generational play. 6 & up.

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

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2004 Award
Discovery Kids SL70 Telescope
(Discovery Kids $149.95 Score:) With many of the same features usually found on expensive adult models, this is a terrific value. Includes precision ground lenses, an erecting prism, and universal 10mm and 25mm Kellner eyepieces. Comes with a tripod that extends to 55 inch viewing height and a padded shoulder carry bag-the whole kit (tripod, scope, bag) weighs just 16 lbs. Ultra neat are the illuminated night-vision dials.

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

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2004 Award
Hocus Focus
(Gamewright $9.99 Score:)

Put your visual discrimination skills to the test with this card game that features 48 images of the wizard. The object is to find the wizard that has nothing in common with the draw card. Sounds harder than it is to play. Also fun, Stampede, where player with the most complete hippos, rhinos, and elephants before the deck runs out wins. Seeing the differences between the hippos and rhinos takes some attention! 6 & 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 Award
Let's Pretend Careers
(Small Miracles $29.99 Score:) Handsome enough to wear as real clothes, the newest items in the career line are an Astronaut (4 1⁄2), and an ER Worker (4 1⁄2) with green scrubs, stethoscope, and other tools. Forget the stereotypical Teacher (2) costume with black glasses and old-fashioned red smock with white lace. Still top rated, Chef (with coat, hat, and tools); in the fantasy line, a Pirate (outfit comes with a felt hat). Past winners include: Doctor, Pilot, Equestrian, Firefighter, Construction Worker, and Police. PLATINUM AWARDS 02 & 04. 38. (888) 281-1798.

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

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2004 Award
eeBoo Travel Bingo
(eeBoo $10 Score:)

Traveling with your kids can be a challenge - especially after the excitement of being on the go wanes (that usually gets you about a good ten minutes in the car!) .An old-fashioned game that still helps pass the time while you're on the road with your kids. Comes with four bingo pads and four pencils. Objects to look for include stop signs, bikes, flags, cows, railroad crossing signs, etc. 4 & up.

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: 2004. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2004 Award
Disney Classic Karaoke Microphone
(Disney $49.95 Score:) We've seen a lot of karaoke players-this is streamlined for ease of use and can even be carried along to family gatherings or parties. It's a red & yellow microphone with controls on the handle. You simply plug it into the TV and magically the songs lyrics show up on the screen along with graphics that indicate what "voice" you have chosen. Young readers will enjoy following the words to pop Disney songs and changing their voices from high to low; from funny to sweet. You can harmonize with yourself or simply sing. Unlike most you can actually slow the words down-which makes it a great reading tool that is also fun! Our testers ranging in age from 5-11 had a giggly good time with this one. Too bad it came too late for the book. Also available in "princess" pink. [Please note: the Disney Classic Version is available exclusively until the first of the year at Circuit City. The Princess Version is available exclusively until the first of the year at Toys R Us.]

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

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2004 Award
Musical Ferris Wheel
(KNEX $49.99 Score:)

This product has been DISCONTINUED. Our 11-year old female tester raved about this ferris wheel that plays music as it spins. It took her a good part of a Saturday morning to finish. She found the directions to be clear and was even thinking about taking it apart to try the other two models you can build with the same pieces. The ferris wheel is a satisfying 3 feet tall when fully built. As with all building kits, if you have a beginner, this is not the place to start! However, this would be a fun parent child project for a cold winter's day.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Bucket Blast
(LoLo $34.99 Score:) This arrived too late for our 2004 book, but it's a winner! Our mixed-aged testors(5-9) had fun not only playing inside and outside but also making up their own games. About thte only thing they didn't like was misplacing a few beanbags! The product not only held interest after the newness wore off...our testors friends asked if they could play Bucket Blast at a sleep over party this weekend. These are 9 year old girls- but the 5 year old brother in the group loved it,too. The buckets that strap onto the and belts are sturdy, and easily assembled. The kids were able to assemble them. This is a fun active game with 15 suggested games and room for kids to make up their own. It's a fun game set for indoors, outdoors. Our parent tester wrote, "Easy to take to the beach or even just fun day trips where there is a block of time whether a picnic or something, great time could be had by all." Kids learn a lot about turn taking, color recognition, counting and team playing. According to our parent tester ...."There was very little bickering going on with this. The kids all seemed to find their own place and were able to play at whatever level they could. They all enjoyed it." (800)760-9930.

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

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