GOLD SEAL AWARD: TWEENS/TEENS

January 24, 2020

(eeBoo $21.99)

A challenging 1000-piece puzzle for the whole family to work on during the long winter nights ahead. Her club includes Mary Shelley, Virginia Woolf, George Eliot, and Zora Neale Hurston. Illustrated by Jennifer Orkin Lewis, this is a puzzle that might also inspire some books to share aloud as a family. Try a chapter a night with designated puzzle workers while one of you does the reading. How about Zora Neale Hur...

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....

October 17, 2019

(Gamewright $7.99)

Tuck this little tin of cards in your bag for a few quick rounds of fun. You’ll find four sets of cards, each with different colored dots. Each player gets one set or in a two player game, each players get two sets. Players take turns putting cards down in a grid, no wider or higher than six cards. Players can put their card on top of any card with fewer dots. The object is to be the first to get four in a ro...

October 13, 2019

(Hasbro $19.99)

For your next family gathering, here’s an active game that can be played without breaking a sweat or the bric-a-brac. Players race in slow motion to be the first to reach the cardboard  “trophy” or your own designated item. Two racers wear headbands that buzz and light up if the racer breaks out of slow motion. Hear the buzz? Player must freeze in place until the buzzing ends. Add to the fun by pumping arms as i...

September 12, 2019

(eeBoo $19.99 each)

Looking for a gift for a teen or a project for the family? These 1000-piece puzzles have stunning graphics. They are challenging, but making it a team effort is one way to give kids a way into giant puzzles. Life in Space features a fantasy image of dozens of humanoids and aliens working, shopping, and dancing in outer space. Viv La Vida centers on an image of Frida and scenes from her life, all done in a de...

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...

August 14, 2019

(Wicked Big Sports $49.98)

We’re always on the look-out for fun outdoor games and this one is uncomplicated. Our testers used this Supersized Pong game for a family party. No, they did not fill the giant size cups with anything (though water that splashed might have been fun). It’s a good team game that can be played by mixed ages and ideal if there are young ‘uns to chase after the ball. It comes with six “cups”, one ball, a p...

August 14, 2019

(Mattel $48.99)

You’ll need a clear wall to set this up and not to worry…it comes with removable command strips that do not mark the wall. We're happy to report that it also comes with a wall template to take the guesswork out of putting it up. Be forewarned: An adult must do the assembly. Older kids can help with putting the track together, but this is not something kids will be able to figure out on their own. One of our...

August 10, 2019

(LEGO $79.99)

Inspired by LEGO Movie 2, this pop-up party bus is a challenging build. It has a futuristic look. Be forewarned: Emmet, one of the movie characters shown on the box is not in the box. There’s a cockpit that opens, foldout speakers, a rotating dance floor, and a flip-up disco ball. Kids can replay scenes from the movie or create their own with a buildable Disco Kitty as Unikitty and Zebe figures, plus Tempo and Mel...

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