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Age: Late Elementary School Years

 


2004 Award
Word for Word Game
(ThinkFun $10 Score:) Here's a fun word game for mixed ages. Players take five different letter rods. Start the two-minute timer and combine rods making as many words as you can. Time's up! Write down your words. Now swap play pieces with the person sitting next to you, how many words can you each get? The person with the most words wins! A fun combination of Boggle and Scrabble with a hands-on experience in phonics. 7 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Borderline
(Borderline Games $9.95 Score:) With the new African Edition, the European/Middle East edition, or the original US edition, here's a playful, painless way to make maps fun! The object is to get rid of all your cards, but you can only put cards down on a card that "borders" the state, body of water, or country in your hand. If you don't know, flip your card for a map that shows the borderlines. A no-tears-or-fears, entertaining geography game! 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Crayola Sidewalk Paint
(Crayola $14.99 Score:) Have your own sidewalk art show with this four-color paint kit. "Colors not as vibrant as on the box, but the kids had a great time. I had to fight with the kids to get them to stop and get ready for bed!" 5 & up. Also fun, Crayola Window FX ($3.99 1?2) Remember using glass wax with stencils for holiday decorations? Here's a much more colorful and easy-to-use update that comes right off with water. 4 & up.

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

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2004 Award
It's My Life Scrapbook Kit
(Creativity for Kids $19.99 Score:) Scrapbooking is one of the hottest craft trends for adults. This kit will appeal to older girls ready to memorialize a school year, a trip, or a big event. Comes with a hot pink book, stickers, decorative papers, stencils, scissors, pen, and small memory key chain.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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Easy-Bake Real Meal
(Hasbro $34.99 Score:) Our testers couldn't wait to get started. After 15 minutes of preheating, 10 minutes of cooking and 10 minutes of cooling, our 11-year-old testers noted that we could already have had macaroni in the microwave half an hour before!

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: .

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Make Your Own Erasers
(Creativity for Kids $15 Score:) The new Make Your Own Erasers did not produce erasers that worked well enough to satisfy our 10- and 13-year-old testers. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: .

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2004 Award
Alphadot Bracelet Kit
(Fashion Angels Enterprises $19.99 Score:) Our testers loved this kit that comes with three watch-like thin bands and 85 Alphadot beads that slide onto the bands. You can change your mind and come up with a new "word" everyday! Also top-rated, Block Party Bracelet Kit ($19.99) comes with metal sliding letters. Alphabet Soupcase ($13) is the same idea but with plastic block letters that go on chain necklaces or key chains. Past favorites: Ribbon Raps ($14), PLATINUM AWARD '03; and Mystix ($16) includes semi-precious stones. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Green Machine
(Huffy $100 Score:) You'll want a turn on this truly innovative ride-on. Steer the two chunky rear wheels by moving the two hand levers (one also has a brake). Solidly made for even bigger kids (and small adults!).

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Simple Embroidery
(Klutz $16.95 Score:) Learning to do 11 different kinds of fancy stitches is easy with the step-by-step drawings in this book, which comes with reusable iron-on transfer patters, a hanky, ten skeins of cotten floss in jewel tones, needles, and hoop. A fine introduction to a classic craft. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Critter Leg Stilts
(Critter Leg Stilts $-20 Score:) We love the look of these wooden stilts that come in three different sizes (48", 64", & 82"). They come in different animal designs and again take some time to get the hang of but are fun for older kids, teens, and even adults.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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