GOLD SEAL AWARD: EARLY SCHOOL

March 24, 2020

(Creativity for Kids  $26.99)

A craft kit with a science edge. It comes with 11 sensory experiments. It comes with two test tubes, measuring cup, stirring wands, scoops and pipettes to mix and stir the compounds included. Kids will have hands on fun exploring putty, crystals, bubbles, and more. This is a good parent child kit to dip into from time to time. Of course, kids will want to do another one and then another. But take t...

March 24, 2020

(Creativity for Kids $19.99)

DA charming decorative combination—tie on a fringe of precut tutu netting pieces between the light clips. Add gemstones to the light clips. Next, decorate the pastel photo frames with stick-on gemstones and load with photos of friends and family. Add the picture frames so they dangle on the wire. Now hang the tutu photo lights over the desk or above a mirror. This is a project that will take creativ...

March 24, 2020

(Mattel $29.99)

No doubt about it, Barbie was ready for the summer Olympics. Now she has an extra year to get ready. She comes with the own balance beam where she practices and perfects her moves. The elaborate set comes with sweatpants and jacket, a metallic workout suit and a sparkly red white and blue outfit for her performance. For practice time there are batons, towel, shoes, sneakers, even a banana for some extra energy....

March 24, 2020

(Mattel $19.99)

Barbie has taken on a new job this season. She’s coaching the girls’ soccer team. She comes with one little girl player, a goal net, soccer ball, a bench for other players, water bottle, green apples for a snack, and a trophy for the winning side. Coach Barbie wears a blue outfit and has a whistle and clipboard. Both Barbie and the child player wear shoes with cleats. There is a blonde version of this set, but w...

March 24, 2020

(Mattel $ $19.99 - 24.95)

For Spring 2020, Barbie is springing into fitness and active fun. A red-headed Girl PWR Barbie ($24.95) wearing a Girl PWR shirt and colorful tights arrives with an exercise mat, water bottle, hoola hoop, and weights for herself and her pooch. When exercise is over she will pack it all away in her monogramed gym bag, which is pink, of course. Also available as Surprise Career Barbie ($19.95)  this Afri...

March 24, 2020

(Creativity for Kids $9.99)

For travel or quiet time activity, sticker sets with pre-made scenes are often good for pretend play, storytelling and using fine motor skills. These new sets from Creativity for Kids feature three play scenes with fifty sensory stickers. Some stickers are shimmery, sparkly, smooth, puffy, and some even rattle. Unlike the usual play scenes and stickers, only the puffy ones are reusable. So, as they d...

March 24, 2020

(Mudpuppy $12.99)

Twenty-four colorful die-cut butterflies are ready for matching up games that will challenge memory and visual discrimination. It’s a classic game of concentration that kids are often better at than their parents. Let the Wookies win! This set comes with a small field guide that introduces kids to real butterflies found in nature that inspired these butterflies. Marked 3-8, but we think this will be more appro...

March 24, 2020

(Creativity for Kids $14.99)

Learning to embroider needs to start with something simple but special. This Banner with a puffy cloud and rainbow will likely please beginners. The letters are preprinted and easy enough for the young needle-crafter. It comes with stick on rhinestones for the rainbow, sun and bird stickers, and threads and pom-poms to hand from the cloud. Once it’s all decorated, use the dowel and yard to hang it....

March 24, 2020

(Creativity for Kids $14.99)

Like last season’s Big Gem set, this is a smaller kit featuring 12 stickers and 2 sun-catchers with sea creatures. No messy glue is needed to make colorful gem studded stickers and 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 a good deal of patience. It’s a challenging project with...

March 24, 2020

(Mudpuppy $9.99)

First games for preschoolers are often about matching and these dominoes that feature colorful dinosaurs are sure to please. Young dino lovers will like matching the colors, shapes and images of these teethy meat and plant eaters. The set of 28 sturdy dominoes are fun for solo matching games as well as turn taking. These are a little more challenging than most pictorial dominoes since the dinos that match do no...

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