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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Games
Subcategories: Board Games

 


2011 Award
Sesame Street Chutes and Ladders
(Hasbro $14.99 Score:)

The Sesame Street gang has now joined forces with the classic games Chutes & Ladders. The game play remains the same with the same possibility of being sent back! Maybe it will hurt alittle less if you're going backwards with Cookie Monster, Elmo, Ernie and Abby Cadabby. Our testers agreed that this was a fun use of the Sesame Street gang to spice up an old game. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Monopoly
(Hasbro $$12.99 Score:)

With all of the new versions of Monopoly that come and go, we felt it was important to honor the original. In our opinion, most of the electronic versions take away the fun of monopoly. Where's the fun if you're not the banker and responsible for giving the right amount of money back on a  purchase?  The "electronic banker" removes all of those great math skills from the game play.  While it may take a bit longer to play, have your child be the banker.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Awards
Shark Attack
(Patch Products $19.99 Score:)

First introduced to a generation of kids in 1988, Shark Attack is back!  Our testers loved that the motorized shark moved around the board with the possibility of eating the fish (each player has a fish on the board).  You need to roll the die to keep ahead of the shark. The last fish on the board wins!  Rounds go pretty quickly.  A fun game for kids 5 and up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2002 Award
Cranium Cadoo for Kids
(Cranium $19.99 Score:) One of the best family games we've tested this year! In order to win places on the play board, players must draw, act out, use clay, and retrieve objects from around the house. Calls for a fun use of reading skills! 7 & up. RECALL NOTICE: According to the CPSC, surface paint on the die included in Cadoo games with lot numbers 2007195 through 2007244 contain levels of lead in violation of the federal limit of 600 ppm. Recalled items were sold at Fred Meyer, Kmart, Shopko, Wal-Mart and speciality stores nationwide between October 2007 and January 2008. The seven digit lot number can be found under the plastic tray on the bottom half of the game's box.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Yankees Monopoly Game
(USAopoly $34.95 Score:) Pick from Yankees, Mets, Red Sox and Dodgers editions. These are variations on the classic game that features your favorite major league team so instead of Park Place, you have Derek Jeter! 8 & up. (We found that sport fans of all ages like the novelty of this monopoly version.) This company also makes top-rated Deep Sea Adventure and Dig 'n Dinos Monopoly Jr. for younger players. ($20 each). 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2006 Award
Chaturanga
(Front Porch Classics $44.95 Score:) Our older testers loved this Indian game, said to be the earliest form of chess. It’s a strategy game with an element of chance, as players roll wooden dice and play one-on-one or in teams. They say 8 & up—we’d say more like 10 & up. PLATINUM AWARD ’06. Also noteworthy, a Bookshelf version of Raceway ’57 (PLATINUM AWARD ’06). Our players did not love the design or play pattern of the new Wordspot (3); “there are more exciting word games like this.” (206) 826-3202.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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Award
Hide & Seek
( $16 Score:) Testers like this memory game with a twist. Attractive images of familiar objects are pictured on small discs. Put colored plastic discs over five pictures, roll the color die, and try to name what picture is under the matching disc. A good language, color, and memory game for two or more players. 4 & up. 800-886-1236.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: .

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Award
Thomas' Tracks & Trestles Game
(Briarpatch $19.99 Score:) Think Thomas meets Chutes and Ladders. The object for Thomas and his friends is to be first to reach the shed—but watch out for obstacles that send you backwards! Older fours who are fans of Thomas and can deal with those last-minute setbacks will enjoy this one. Will be best enjoyed by 5's & 6's. 800- 232 7427.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: .

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2004 Award
I Spy Bingo
(Briarpatch $15.99 Score:) Fans of the I Spy series will enjoy revisiting the graphics that are used in this straightfoward Bingo game. Players get Bingo by finding either the letter or one of the objects pn the draw card. There are two sides of the Bingo boards(one is in alphabetical order, making it easier ro find matches). They say 4 & up,we'd say more like 5. (800)232-7427.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2006 Award
Bialo
(HaPe $14.95 Score:) Beautifully crafted with bamboo wood, the object here is to launch your wooden play piece into one of the colored circles (this determines how you move around the board). First to complete the outer circle wins. Requires finesse rather than strength. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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