GOLD SEAL AWARD: TWEENS/TEENS

June 29, 2020

(Mindware $25.95)

We don't often do slime toys, but this is no ordinary silly slime mess. Yes, the pre-measured packets spill into a container and produce slime. But the fun  and learning just begin here. There are clear instructions for ten different experiments that lead to creating ballon filled squishy balls that introduce kids to some basic concepts that stretch the imagination and curiosity.  It gives them concrete ( if s...

June 26, 2020

(Mindware $104.95)

Art meets science and construction play! Combining the cubes, light-up cubes, rails and marble catchers in unlimited configurations. An open-ended kit for discovering ways to set the motion-activated lights to flash as marbles pass through the multiple mazes kids can design. Kids will need to use their critical thinking skills, as well as trial and error to create new structures. It’s hands on physics, engine...

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...

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