GOLD SEAL AWARD: EARLY SCHOOL

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...

October 17, 2019

(SmartGames $29.99)

For kids who love transportation toys, this is a three-dimensional puzzle with train and blocks, and brain teaser problems to solve. It comes with a booklet of 48 challenges that get progressively difficult. Players look at the image in the booklet and work to reproduce it by loading the train cars to match. We think this is more appropriate for early school years, despite the age on the box. It’s also a goo...

September 16, 2019

(eeBoo $9.99)

A set of memory cards for knowing and naming all the typical tools found on a workbench. Playing around with these images might interest some kids who would otherwise not be willing to work at matching and memory skills in a typical concentration game. This includes everything from a nail, hammer, wrench, drill and vise to a funnel, drill, c-clamp and more. Marked 3 and up, but this is more like a game for 5s and...

September 11, 2019

(eeBoo $12.99)

eeBoo’s Glow-in-the-Dark Solar System Poster is more than decorative. Space minded kids will find it heavenly...with 41 glow-in-the-dark stickers. It not only illustrates our Solar system it has trivia facts, such as our distance to the sun, the Moon’s circumference and more. Not exactly a toy, but it is an entertaining poster that kids will enjoy studying by day and falling asleep in the glow, by night....

September 11, 2019

(Creativity for Kids $19.99)

A big round loom that is like your old horse rein spool loom...only so much better! Instead of the long and almost useless rope of knitted wool, this giant loom produces a "tube" shaped piece of knitting that can be turned into a hat kids can knit and wear! This is one of those new twists on a classic craft. The kit comes with rainbow colored yarn and two soft fuzzy pom-poms that can be attached. Th...

September 10, 2019

(eeBoo $19.99)

Players reach into the bag to feel the cut-out candy pieces, trying to find a candy that matches the picture of the one on the card they picked. There are three levels of play. At the first level, players may need to pull three candies of the same shape in every color to win one point. At level two, they will need to find different shaped candies and some may have to be the same color. At level three, the shapes...

September 3, 2019

(Creativity for Kids  $16.99)

We usually don’t suggest clay kits that are in part pre-made. However, this kit’s plastic creatures look a lot like the kind of armatures that sculptors build as a base for their creations. The kit comes with three mythical creatures: a winged dragon, a unicorn and a phoenix with wings. It includes five colors of non-drying clay, tools, wiggly eyes, feathers and instructions for making unique and b...

August 20, 2019

(eeBoo $15.99)

A playful way to learn the names of the planets and other spacey facts. It’s a traditional concentration game with 24 pairs of matching cards. There’s interesting reading on each of the cards such as Neil Armstrong, 1969, First Person on the Moon or Past the outer planets is the Kuiper Belt, or Titan, Saturn’s Biggest Moon. These small trivia facts may in fact spark the curiosity and lead kids to finding out more...

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