GOLD SEAL AWARD: TWEENS/TEENS

April 7, 2020

(Mindware $17.95)

Kids can hand paint their own special unicorn with the two brushes and 12 paint pots provides. There's no right or wrong way to decorate the popular porcelain mythical creature. Each will be a unique unicorn.  Once the art work is done, an adult will bake it in a regular NON-MICROWAVE oven. Once it's cooled off,  add the battery operated tea lights and enjoy the lovely glow! Marked for 8 and up. 

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April 2, 2020

(Mindware $15.95)

Dino lovers will like saving their allowance (do kids still get an allowance?) in this dinosaur bank. It comes out of the box in white porcelain, ready for young artists to create their own dream dino. The kit comes with 12 paints, a brush and a guide that introduces kids to color blending, pattern ideas and clear directions. AN adult will need to do the final step of baking the finished paint job in the oven...

March 30, 2020

(Mindware $19.95)

Welcome our feathered friends back to your yard with this little wooden birdhouse. Kids will be able to follow the easy to assemble parts that they glue together. Next they'll paint the outside and with help attach it to a tree where  birds will make their nests. This kit comes with 9 solid-wood pre-cut birdhouse pieces, 13 paints, wooden hanging hook, twine, 2 paintbrushes, craft glue, instructions and full c...

March 30, 2020

(Mindware $29.95 )

A plain white rocket comes out of the box along with 12 pots of paint, two paint brushes and instructions for decorating a porcelain space ship. After the rocket ship is painted and baked (by an adult) they can load it with one of two battery powered tea lights that produce a warm glow/ How neat is that? A night light kids can paint and use. Also special, a lamp with a different theme—a Paint Your Own Unicorn...

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

(Mudpupppy $16.99)

A one-thousand-piece puzzle for the family to do together...a colorful puzzle that celebrates our diversity with messages of kindness in the illustration. Set up a card table where family can stop and add a few pieces or pull up a chair and work together. This will take time, but cooperative projects often do and help kids learn about patience and persistence. Marked 6 and up , but we think this is more like...

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....

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...

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