January 24, 2020

(eeBoo $11.99 )

Early School Years kids are beginning to want more information about their world. Although it’s a big abstract idea, knowing and naming the planets in the solar system is often a first step in that direction...many miles beyond Good Night Moon. This 64-piece puzzle is challenging, but not too far over the top for 5s and up. Also new and challenging in this 64 piece format, Ocean Treasure with hundreds of sea cre...

January 24, 2020

(eeBoo $11.99)

eeBoo has been doing Votes for Women themes on much more complex thousand -piece puzzles and cards for older audiences. Here at at last, a less difficult and more do-able 100-piece puzzle that will please young history buffs. Featuring the same cast of important women who challenged the status quo and battled for women’s rights to vote. A big idea to share with girls and boys in this election year. Puzzle comes w...

January 24, 2020

(eeBoo $ 21.99 )

Get your I spy eyes in gear! In this fun game of sighting mini-figures, kids must use visual discrimination to find the miniature images scattered across colorful connectable cards. Since the playing boards can be arranged and rearranged, every game can be different. We suggest leaving the playing boards in one place for a while as kids learn to find the matches to the images on the little cards they draw from...

November 24, 2019

(Wonder Forge $24.99)

This is a bit like battleship for the very young. One player acts as Nancy and chooses a card with a picture of a piece of clothing. She alone knows the color, design and type of clothing the other players must guess. This is not a dress up game; it’s a game of deduction and players need to remember what colors, patterns and style have been guessed by others. Kids who love Fancy Nancy storybooks will proba...

November 24, 2019

(Faber-Castell $14.99)

Drawing faces is a skill that school age kids sometimes get self-conscious about. Their younger drawings begin to look “not good” enough to their critical eyes. This is a 40-piece kit that gives them some structure, tools and how-to tips. The kit includes 15 eco-pencils including six blendable skin tones for making multicultural faces. There’s also a dust-free eraser, pencil sharpener, 10 sheets of tracin...

November 24, 2019

(Ravensburger $30.30)

You may have played and loved the original award-winning Labyrinth game. Now, for serious fans of Harry Potter, here’s a winning twist. Players must find pathways to the well-known residents of Hogwarts. As with the original game, no two games are alike. The board changes on each turn and you can make game play simpler for beginners by letting them see all the characters they are looking for on their turn....

November 24, 2019

(Goliath $24.05)

Our testers say they had a blast with this funny game of chance. First you load the little bananas in the base of the tree and put the monkey in the middle. Players take turns rolling the die and taking one, two or someone else’s bananas. But watch out! You want to be the player with the most bananas so you’ll want to catch the monkey when it flies up! No batteries are needed and there’s no strategy. You just w...

October 17, 2019

(VTech $34.99)

An updated pair of Walkie Talkies that not only allow you're kids to talk to each other from a distance but also have some basic games on them as well. Of course, in an age of cellphones, walkie talkies don't have the same appeal with older kids. But for younger cell-less kids - these will be enjoyed.

Ages: Early School Age

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award 2019

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October 17, 2019

(Creativity for Kids $14.99)

No messy glue is needed to make very pretty gem studded stickers and sun catchers. The kit comes with a dozen holographic stickers and two larger sun catchers. A stylus, loaded with a tip full of wax, is used to pick up the little gemstones and place them on the stickers. This calls for fine motor skills and patience with rewarding payoff. Once they get the technique, it's an easy and pleasing proje...

October 17, 2019

(Osmo $19.99)

Fans of Frozen II are going to love this new game for their Osmo platform (not included with the game).  Kids use a sketchpad with wipe-off markers to draw details that are then animated on the screen. Its coloring book, too, with buttons that fill in color to the player’s drawings. Of course, you need your own tablet and the Osmo base to play. We generally prefer art materials that allow children to draw from the...

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