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Product Type: Toys
Award: Gold
Age: Late Elementary School Years
Review Year: 2012

 


2012 Award
LEGO Architecture, Empire State Building
(Lego Systems, Inc. $24.99 Score:)

Designed for older experienced builders, this model of the Empire State Building has very, very small pieces. It is one of a series of architectural landmarks that can be constructed in miniature.  Our tester also built a small but elegant model of the Big Ben. 12 & up.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Awards
4M Bubble Science
(4M Kidzlabs $12.99 Score:)

A great way to explore the science of bubbles! Includes a tray, a pyramid framed wand, a cube frames wand, other shaped wands, yarn, straws, wand sticks, a mouthpiece to form a cone shaped blower, a small container of bubble solution and best of all an experiment booklet for making all sort of bubble magic happen. You will need to add more dish washing detergent. Younger kids will need your help with reading the directions and your participation in making some of the experiments work. That said, this is an interesting kit that our tester really loved. Making a bubble within a bubble took some try-try-again efforts, but in the end there was triumph! 5 & up with parent's help. 8 & up independently.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Awards
Huggalo Collection
(Huggalo $19.95 Score:)

Huggalos are soft huggable dolls with a dedicated place on their chest for placing a photo of someone special. There's Doodle Dude (made of canvas and intended to be written on), Camo Joe (done in green fleece camaflouge), Huggsley (our favorite - he comes with a cape and is clearly the super hero of the line), and Camo Flo (same idea as Camo Joe but done in pink).  We think this collection will have an audience with not only the preschool set--but tweens/teens.  The line has a sense of humor and whimsy to it that will likely have wide appeal.

SNAP: Having a photo of a family member can be a comfort take-along when going out into the world. This one is less young looking than most and a little more amusing.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Janod Body Magnets
(Janod $29.99 Score:)

For school-aged kids who are curious about what's inside their bodies, this magnet body set is a great place to start. Comes with 36 cards that show the different systems (skeletal, vascular, etc.) and the 76 body magnet parts are fun for layering on the human body form.

 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012.

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2012 Award
LEGO Hulk Helicarrier Breakout
(Lego Systems, Inc. $49.99 Score:)

The HULK action figure sold our testers on this Marvel Super Heroes Kit. With 389 pieces, it's a medium build with lots of pretend action when you're done. The set also includes Thor, Hawkeye and Loki.  The Helicarrier and jet fighter are also part of the build. If you have a child that's into LEGO and the HULK, this set will be a hit.  No one will be angry.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Creativity for Kids Mask Making Kit
( $20 Score:)

With plastic mask bases, full face and smaller eye shape, kids can create 4-5 different masks with special plaster wrap. The kit comes with a variety of items for decorating the masks with feathers, tissue paper, paint ribbons, glitter and glue. This is apt to be a bit of a messy craft, so protect the surface with the plastic sheet, gloves and other items that come with the kit. You may want to add some newspaper as well. There will be a waiting time for the plaster strips to dry before the decorating can begin. Adult supervision is strongly recommended. That said, working with the plaster makes for an interesting craft experience. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Shrimp Cocktail Game
(Blue Orange Games $15 Score:)

Players compete to be the first to spot matching attributes on the shrimp cards. The attributes are color, size, origin, and quantity. When you see a match you grab and squeeze the squeaking starfish and take you catch. This is a fast moving game that calls for thinking on your feet to become the King of the Prawns. For 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Unhinged Puzzle
(Thinkfun $14.99 Score:)

A relatively easy brainteaser with 40 challenges. The two sided blue and white hexagon disks are connected to bend and twist into a variety of forms. You flip, fold and rotate them to match the images of progressively challenging puzzles. A good travel toy to keep hands and mind occupied when sitting still is part of the day's activity. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Distraction
(ThinkFun $12.99 Score:)

Remembering a sequence of numbers can be challenging, but remembering them, if you are interrupted and have to answer a question in the middle of remembering--well that is why this is called distraction. It's a fairly easy game to learn, but a lot harder to play. It was a good game for exercising your memory with plenty of laughter as players challenge your recall or you challenge their's. For multiple players ages 8 & up

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Who's Counting?
(Teacher’s Professional Resources $24.99 Score:)

Unlike a lot of math equation card games, this one has a little story built in that involves the Whozits and the danger of being destroyed by the Green Goo. Players do their best to stop the advance of the Green Goo by making equations—but watch out. Your opponent can snap a negative card on your card and change everything! There are steal cards, too! There are lots of rules, opportunities to use all four operations, as in addition, subtractions, multiplication and division. Once players have the hang of it, strategy can step in and save the Whozits in Wherezit. 8 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012.

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