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Age: Early Elementary School Years

 

 
2015 Awards
Learning Resources Gears Build & Bloom Building Set
(Learning Resources $39.99 Score:)

Gears, Gears, Gears have always been a favorite of our testers. This new set, is clearly designed to appeal to girls with flowers and butterflies and bugs added to the basic gears. Done in bright pinks, greens, blues and oranges, the green base serves as the garden where the gears, bugs and butterflies can spin. A 116 piece set of gears comes with colorful stickers. An early science toy that invites kids to build basic machines by meshing the gears into continuous action. Problem solving and dexterity are built into the fun. 4 & up

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

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2015 Award
Hape Dynamo Dominoes
(Hape $39.99 Score:)

There is no one right way to build with the 100 colorful dominioes. Stand them on end and place the bridges, bells, rails and other tricks in their path. Give on a tap and watch the whole parade go tumbling down. An open-ended toy that probably will need parent-child building for starters. Predicting outcomes calls for some strategies that will come with experience. Develops problem solving skills as well as dexterity; most of all a fun kind of building designed to fall down! Marked 3 and up, but using it for this kind of building will be more like a late 4-5 year old trick.

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

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2015 Award
Blue Orange Thumbs Up Game
(Blue Orange Games $14.95 Score:)

Quick rounds make this a fun game for early school age kids. Players all get colorful rings that will fit on their thumbs. They take turns flipping a card that tells all players what order they are to put the colored rings on their thumbs. First person to get the rings on in order calls THUMBS UP! an wins the round. Calls for visual discrimination, dexterity and speed. Comes with 50 challenge cards and 48 rings. Fun for 2-6 players. 6 & up.

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

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2015 Awards
eeBoo Around the Town Giant Really Big Floor Puzzle
(eeBoo $17 Score:)

48 big puzzle pieces come together in a busy town scene by artist/animator Monica Foresberg. The finished image will be a giant 24 X 36 inch picture that will be good for talking about. Count the trucks, talk about what they are carrying. How many animals can they find in the picture? The playful scene has animals bigger than trucks, birds bigger than trees and other cartoonish distortions that are worth talking about. Use the back of the box for beginners to follow as clues. Give them strategies connecting the frame with the straight edged pieces. Before long they will like the challenge of doing it with out looking at the picture. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
Your Decor Scrapbook & Cards
(Horizon $14.97 Score:)

Looking for a showy gift that looks like a lot more than the price? Crafty kids will love the big pink craft box with a slanted top that can work like a lap desk. Inside there is a small scrap book with scissors, glue stick, sticker sheets with letters, gemstones, colorful stickers, stencils, markers, wood stampers, punch outs ,cards, and lots of ideas for making colorful scrapbook pages and more. A great birthday gift for 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Awards
Curious Chef Boy's Chef Kit
(Curious Chef $25 Score:)

Getting boys involved in the kitchen just got a little easier with this chef's kit. They made the apron and tools less girlie by making them mostly blue, but girls as well as boys will like this set. You probably have most of these tools in your kitchen already, but having your own set of tools just makes it that much more fun. For good math, reading and creativity, few activities are more rewarding. Add to that the fun of sharing food you've made with family and friends. This kit with a blue and green chef's apron includes a real kitchen tools: a wire whisk, spoon, a silicon spatula, measuring spoons and a cookie cutter. Dishwasher safe. Bring home a cook book for kids or go online and pick out a recipe for something simple but fun to share. Cooking is science, math, reading and a whole lot of fun for parent and child together time. 4-8.

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

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2015 Award
K'nex Mighty Makers Inventor's Clubhouse
(KNEX $49.99 Score:)

Designed to appeal to girls, this is the top of the line building set complete with motor and over 528 K'nex pieces and parts. Along with the motor it comes with pulleys and gears, wheels, star snaps, graphic panels and color coded intructions for many kinds of mechanical builds. Although we think gilrs should be able to enjoy gender free building sets, we know from research that they are less often chosen or gifted to girls. We are happy to see the options in play expanding as more building toys are being marketed to girls and such toys will help enable girls to develop spatial skills and enthusiasm for engineering and problem solving. This is a set that gives girls the tools for building from the instructions and then going on to build their own creations. Keep in mind that K'nex requires strong hands and is not always easy for beginners. Marked for 7 and up, we think 7's will need lots of help to get started. We also suggest it will be enjoyed more by slightly older girls.

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
K'nex Mighty Makers Fun on a Ferris Wheel
(KNEX $22.99 Score:)

Designed to appeal to girls, this classic ferris wheel building set is done in pastels rather than the traditional primary colors. That said, it is less than an all-out pink and lavender girlie look and involves important skill sets that girls have often missed in traditional toyland where building was for boys only. Riding a ferris wheel is not just for boys and neither is building one! This set comes with clear instructions, a female action figure and 324 pieces to challenge young builders. Marked for 7 & up, we know that most 7's will need help and this may be a better choice for slightly older girls. We are happy to see the options in play expanding as more building toys are being made to enable girls to develop spatial skills and enthusiasm for engineering and problem solving. 7 & up

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

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2015 Awards
eeBoo 24 Color Pencil Sets & Sketch Books
(eeBoo $6 & 13 Score:)

Our testers continue to love eeBoo's 24 color pencil sets ($13) with matching sketchpads($6). This season you'll find a pad and pencil set in paper boxes instead of tins, decorated with airplanes by Ross MacDonald, colorful birds and flowers by Saxton Freymann and colorful cats by Monika Forsberg. As always the quality of spiral notebooks and colored pencils is excellent and there is no better way to encourage kids to develop their writing skills than with the fun activity of drawing. Send a box to your summer camper that may pay off in colorful letters. Blank paper and drawing their own ideas are better choices than coloring books that require staying inside the lines. For now, let them create the lines and spin their own stories about what they are drawing. 6-9

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

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2015 Awards
eeBoo 12 color Pencils Striped Biggies
(eeBoo $8 Score:)

Want to build a love of pencil and paper tasks? Switch the 'task' word for 'fun' with these short but jumbo size pencils that are perfect for little hands to grasp without the strain of skinny pencils. Send a box to your summer camper and we bet you'll get a colorful letter in return. Choose a box with robots or fairies to fit you artist's tastes. These sets with a dozen juicy colors come with a sharpener that fits their thick size and they will go a long way in making writing and drawing a fun activity rather than a drudge they dread. Don't worry about having them practice copying numbers or letters. It is far more important to encourage them to use paper and pencil in open ended ways and gain control of those fine motor skills with scribble drawings that help develop beginners eye hand skills. Bring home a matching sketch pad with robots or fairies. Either of these will be a gift to invite creativity as well as paper and pencil skills that kids will enjoy. 5 & up

SNAP: These are fatter and easier to grasp pencils that kids will like using.

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

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