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Age: Late Elementary School Years

 

 
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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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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