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Product Type: Toys
Age: Late Elementary School Years

 


2005 Award
Tutti Frutti Safety Pin Bracelet
(Fashion Angels Enterprises $5.4 Score:) Our eleven, ten, and nine year old testers were thrilled with the results of this small kit that includes colored safety pins, beads, elastic and clear directions for making a very pleasing bracelet. Given the price, this kit would make a great activity for a craft/slumber party. Younger girls will need adult help.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2004 Award
Moose in the House
(Gamewright $9.99 Score:)

There's a Moose in the House remains one of our all time favorite card games.  It's unlike most other games you'll play with your kids nad has a sense of humor and great artwork. Calls for visual discrimination skills!  So we have elevated this unique game to BLUE CHIP status!

Here's our original review:

One of the most innovative card games we have played in years. The cards have pictures of empty rooms, doors, and moose in the same rooms. The object is to place as many moose in your opponents’ house of cards as possible. The player with the fewest moose at the end of the game, wins. Easy to learn and a lot of fun to play! 2-5 players.

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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2005 Award
Wig Out!
(Gamewright $9.99 Score:)

The object is to match all of your wig cards to those on the table. Be fast…there are no turns here. Everyone is trying to do the same thing whether it’s matching pony tails, beehives, or Mohawks!   First player to get rid of all his cards wins. 6 & 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: 2005. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2005 Awards
Color Pixter
(Fisher-Price $84.99 Score:) A hand held no-mess art platform that allows kids to create countless combinations of designs with the easy to use stylus on the touch sensitive back-lit screen. While there are many premade images and backgrounds, kids can also create their own original designs. The Color Pixter is far superior in terms of graphics to its black and white predecessor. Comes with a headphone (if you don’t want to hear the sound effects and a volume control). Additional cards are available: Color Arcade, SpongeBob, Color Recue heroes, and Barbie Fashion Show.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
20Q
(Radica $9.99 Score:) How does it know? Play twenty questions with this handheld machine and it really seems like magic! The programmed answers also have a sense of humor. Updated this year with a larger screen and buttons. PLATINUM AWARD ’05. New for 2007 , themed versions ($14.99 3, sports, music or movies) were too hard for our testers. (800) 803-9611.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Disney Classic Portable DVD Player
(Memorex $222.99 Score:) We usually recommend talking, singing and playing games while traveling with your kids, but sometimes watching a favorite movie gives everyone some needed downtime. This red portable player comes with a 5” widescreen, a carrying bag and two sets of wraparound head phones. Can play DVDs, CD-R/CD-RWs, MP3 files and Kodak picture CDs. Comes with a DC car adapter and an AC power adapter so that you can also use in your hotel room.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2002 Awards
CedarWorks Gazebo Slant 1 Playset
(CedarWorks $3100 Score:) The Gazebo is a big time investment in backyard fun. Made out of northern cedar, the company guarantees that its sets are splinter free. What we really like about the Gazebo system is that you can add guard rails all the way around the raised platform for added safety. As your kids grow, you can remove the rails for added climbing opportunities. Kids love having a clubhouse of their very own and that's what the Gazebo does (without having to build a tree house!) Starter sets begin at $1400 from this top of the line playset company, but you can always spend more. You can customize your "dream set" on CedarWorks website, on the phone or with an authorized dealer. With all climbing systems, adult supervision is a must. The government recommends a minimum of 6 inches of ground covering (wood chips, recycled mulch, pea stones, fine sand) with a minimum perimeter of 6 feet. For more safety guidelines, please visit www.cpsc.gov.

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

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2005 Award
Robosapien
(WowWee $99 Score:) Our eleven-year-old testers were thrilled with this programmable 14'-high black-and-white robot that walks, dances, picks up and tosses objects, and delivers karate chops! Not designed for instantaneous gratification--there's a manual that involves reading and thinking to make things happen. Marked 6 & up, we'd say better for 9 & up. (514) 344-1250.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Prehistoric Creatures
(Lego Systems, Inc. $29.99 Score:) The large red T-Rex that you can build with this set is "amazing looking" according to our 11 year old testers. But our experienced builders warn: "it's very delicate and could break easily--keep your younger brothers away!" Set comes with instructions for 10 creatures. Marked 7 & up, but we'd say more like 9 & up. Also Titan XP from the same series, our testers wrote "wow, there are a lot of pieces!" (782 to be exact) Builds a 14" tall creatures that swivels at the waist--but he too is very fragile.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2005 Award
Scrapbook and Memory Box Gift Set
(Creativity for Kids $28.99 Score:) Scrapbook fans are going to love this commodious box with picture-frame cover, which holds a spiral-bound scrapbook plus 16 sheets of patterned paper, stickers, stencil, scalloped scissors, paper punch, stamper, pens, glue stick and great ideas. This will appeal to older girls ready to memorialize a school year, a trip or a big event. Marked 7 & up, but was coved by our 10 and 11 year old testers. The Groovy Girls Perfectly Picturific Scrapbook Kit will appeal to younger girls who play with Groovy Girl dolls. The hardcover scrapbooks made these two Creativity for Kids kits preferable to the Alex My Scrapbook, that comes with a soft-covered spiral. For less experienced and younger scrapbookers, see the review of the new for 2007, My Scrapbook Case (Alex).

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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