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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Science Toys, Activities, and Equipment

 


2015 Award
Project Mc2 Doll Adrienne and Volcano Experiment
(MGA Entertainment $24.99 Score:)

One of a new collection of Mc2 dolls that comes with a science experiment of her own— one that really works! Fashionably dressed in a pink ruffled dress with a shrug sweater, a statement necklace and long glorious blonde hair, Adrienne is a beauty who also likes cooking and doing science. She has a matching pair of pink framed glasses that she uses to read the directions directions for her experiment. Her kit comes with parts for assembling a working lava lamp that really bubbles! Her kit does not include the food coloring, veggie oil or effervescent tablet ( as in polident or alka-selter) she needs. That said, the little lamp is very cool! Like the other dolls in this line she’s more than just a pretty face. A playful way into STEM learning. 6 & up 

 

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
Project Mc2 Doll Camryn and Skateboard Experiment
(MGA Entertainment $24.99 Score:)

One of a new collection of Mc2 dolls that comes with a different science experiment for each doll--experiments that really work! Fashionably dressed in patterned stretch tights, glitzy patterned shorts, a chartreuse knit top, and patterned headband on her long glorious red hair. Camryn, is a beauty who also likes science and the thrill of skateboarding. She comes with blueprint paper that magically reveals the directions for assembling a skateboard she will be able to use. Like the other dolls in this line she’s more than just a pretty face. A playful way into STEM learning. 6 & up.

 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Project Mc2 Doll Bryden and Glow Stick Experiment
(MGA Entertainment $24.99 Score:)

One of a new collection of Mc2 dolls that comes with a different science experiment for each doll--experiments that really work! Fashionably dressed in patterned stretch tights, glitzy turquoise shorts and orange starred cut off top, Bryden, a girl of color is a beauty who also likes science. She comes with directions and the parts for making a working glow stick. The kit, does not include food coloring or tonic water that will be needed for following the step by step directions. Like the other dolls in this line she's more than just a pretty face. A playful way into STEM learning. 6 & up.

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Goldie Blox Craftstruction Box
(Goldie Blox $39.99 Score:)

With this 275-piece construction set, kids can use the goodies in this box for all kinds of building possibilities; kids can build a Spring Car that really zooms, a flower with a stem that expands, a Leap Bot that actually leaps, a flyer that flings through the air and several other devices. They have a sense of humor as well as a basis in science, helping kids discover how many basic machines actually work. We like the poster that shows various models to build as well as proper names for many of the building parts. GoldieBlox pieces are compatible with all other GoldieBlox toys, as well as special craft items like pipe cleaners, string, and pretty papers. Add other items from around the house to extend the play and recycle materials. A great STEM toy that will enhance understanding and play. 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Awards
Creativity for Kids Macrame Terrarium
(Creativity for Kids $23.99 Score:)

A little bit of crafty action combines with science in this winning kit. It comes with all the ingredients to make the macramé sling that will hold the plastic terrariaum and all the decorative stones, potting mix, sand, and quick-to-sprout chia and wheat grass seeds. Before long a little garden will be sprouting where young gardeners can add the decorative little mushroom and deer. Clear directions are included. A great STEM product for future botanists with an artistic twist.

 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Primary Science Big View Telescope
(Learning Resources $20 Score:)

Designed for very young, who are not ready for a powerful look at the stars, but will like seeing more of the world close-up. Of course, beginners have trouble using just one eye, so they may need some coaching to cover one eye and peek through the soft rubber eye-piece. There is a big focus knob that will change their view and a tripod that will hold the telescope steady when you find just the right spot to place the 20X green and blue telescope. They say 3 and up, we'd say more like 5.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Geosafari Jr. Sneak and Peek Periscope
(Educational Insights $19.95 Score:)

Peek around corners, from behind rocks or trees; this 14" periscope is good fun for pretend play and young scientists who want to watch creatures without being seen. It has a wide viewer so kids can use both eyes. The two easy to grasp handles are designed for small hands. One has a switch so kids can use the LED light for nighttime explorations.  Takes 2 AAA batteries, not included. Though it's marked 4 and up, we think early school years kids will like this best. 

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
Geosafari Jr. Bugopticals
(Educational Insights $12.95 Score:)

A handheld dragonfly has six wings with lenses that invite all kinds of exploration. Each of three wings have a primary color lens that can be overlapped to create secondary colors. Two of the lenses have magnifiers; one is 2X the other 5X, perfect for exploring bark, leaves, bugs, or indoor surfaces and letters. Or overlap the two and get another enlarged view of the world. A sixth lens is faceted like an insect's eye, so they can see how the world looks from a bug's eye view. 3 & up

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Awards
Kids Preferred Eric Carle Critter Keeper
(Kids Preferred $14 Score:)

Just in time for spring time bug hunts in the park or yard. Shaped like the Very Hungry Caterpillar, this critter keeper has a fabric handle and screened sides and a slightly magnified door that slides open and shut. Perfect for close up observations of creepy crawly specimens that can then be returned to their natural habitat. 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Clifford the Big Red Dog Water Science
(Young Scientists CLub $19.99 Score:)

Newest in a wonderful collection of young science kits, this one deals with water and introduces children to some basic concepts such as floating, sinking, icebergs, and hands on experiments that allow kids to see the water cycle, phases from liquid to solid to gas. The kit itself contains almost all the materials you need to explore the activities in a 20-page manual that includes ways to make rain, submarine, foam boat, chromatography, and more. Plastic test tubes, mini-measuring cup, mini-sponge, pipette, lab tray and special tubes and papers for experiments. You will need to provide your own food coloring and for a magical experiment, some black pepper. Since these are essentially designed for preschoolers, you will be doing the reading. Basically, this kit is a parent intensive opportunity to explore and expand new ideas with your preschooler. Marked for 3 & up, we think this is probably a better bet for slightly oler preschoolers and even a good choice for 5 & up. Young readers will also like helping with the directions as well as the experiments.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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