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Product Type: Toys
Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: Games
Subcategories: Letters, Words and Reading

 


2010 Award
Word on the Street and Word On the Street Junior
(Out of the Box Publishing $24.95 Score:)

This is a word game that is nothing like your old scrabble set. Players (or two opposing teams) take turns spelling a word that fits a category drawn from the playing cards time runs out. They move the letter chips on the playing board to their side of the street. Now the other side takes a turn. They draw a category card, choose a word and spell it. The object is to capture 9 letters from the opponents' letters and put them on your side of the street. Once captured letters cannot be used or recaptured by the other team. Just to add to the challenge, there are no vowels in the letters. You have to picture them in your head. This is by no means an easy game, but it does keep players on their toes. It is really fun when the team works to not only spell, but find a word that allow for capturing the other team's letters. Our testers liked the tension.

New for 2010, Word on the Street Junior--similar game play but designed for kids 8 & up. The recommended game play is to by teams and the goal is now to capture 8 letters off the street to win. We liked the concept of playing in teams for mixed ages (or more likely parent/grandparent/kids). A nice variation for a younger crowd.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab. 

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2001 Award
Kids' Book of Questions Truth or Dare Game
(Deciper $18.95 Score:) Players choose from the Truth or Dare cards and must answer questions or perform a "dare" for points. A fun game for 7–10s—we doubt that older kids will play it. A good choice for a sleep-over party for kids who can read. The dare cards don't push the limits in terms of safety or bad taste.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2002 Award
WordXchange
(Prodijeux Inc. $28.95 Score:) Fans of Scrabble, Upwords and other Word games will find this an interesting and challenging variation. It's harder than Upwards and different from Scrabble. Players create words of three letters or more. Opponents can steal words by adding at least one letter to make a new word. Players cannot add S to nouns but they can to verbs. Can be played by 2,3,4 players or by teams. We think some 10's will enjoy this- others may benefit from playing on teams with older players. Game takes about 30 minutes and comes with a timer for rounds. We suggest playing with out the timer for beginners. 866-FUN-WORD.

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

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2002 Award
Smart Mouth
(ThinkFun $16.99 Score:) If your family enjoys word games, here's a clever new option for one on one or team play. The game comes with a fun blue letter holder that you load up with the plastic orange and green letter chips. Slid the loader forward and two letters appear. The object of the game is to be the person or team to shout out a five letter word that begins with the first letter and ends with the second letter. The game comes with many alternative ways to play that we found useful. For example, if you're playing with younger children (or just want to make it easier for everyone!) play with three or four letter words. We also enjoyed the version of playing famous people with those two initials. The winning team or player has the most chips at the end of the round. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2004 Awards
PDQ
(Gamewright $9.99 Score:)

PDQ, short for the Pretty Darn Quick Word Game, works by players drawing three letter cards. The first player to call out a word that uses those three letters wins those cards. Not for shy game players! Much like Word Sense, but without the tiles. Great for travel. 8 & up.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2004. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2004 Award
eeBoo Travel Bingo
(eeBoo $10 Score:)

Traveling with your kids can be a challenge - especially after the excitement of being on the go wanes (that usually gets you about a good ten minutes in the car!) .An old-fashioned game that still helps pass the time while you're on the road with your kids. Comes with four bingo pads and four pencils. Objects to look for include stop signs, bikes, flags, cows, railroad crossing signs, etc. 4 & up.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2004. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2006 Award
Big Brain Book Interactive Dictionary
(Oregon Scientific $34.99 Score:) We don’t love the cartoonish illustrations in this big book of words, but that said, it has a stylus that reads the definitions on the oversized pages. Children will need to learn how to click the stylus each time they change pages, but once learned they can enjoy this independently. This is a better choice than the Encyclopedia from the same maker, with information that seems more appropriate for middle school. 5–8. (949) 608-2848.

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

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2007 Award
Pick Two Deluxe
(Outset Media $19.99 Score:) THere are two new games that are really very similar- both are versions of “speed scrabble,” in which players build their own word grid and try to be the first to use up their letters. When a player uses all letters she shouts, “Pick Two!” or “Peel!” and others must take two or three letters. Either is a fun word game. Pick Two tiles have number values, so there’s more math involved in scoring. Otherwise they are pretty much the same. www.outsetmedia.com or www.bananagrams-int.com.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
You've Been Sentenced
(McNeil Designs $24.95 Score:) ) Forget sentence diagrams. This is much more fun! Players take 10 cards and have to use as many as possible to make a sensible and grammatically correct sentence. Cards have famous names; places; and conjugations of words. Players read their sentences out loud and justify what they mean to the rest of the players who become the jury and vote on the acceptance of the sentence and justification. Good family fun for kids 8 & up. www.youvebeensentenced.com Age: Late School Years. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2008 Award
Scrabble Me
(Winning Moves Games $19.99 Score:) Two to four players, each with a small individual Scrabble board is the way you play this new and faster paced version of a classic. Players put their words down at the same time on their own little boards and score each round. Game play goes on until all 100 tiles are gone. But watch out! When you play a wild tile (a blank tile) you swap boards with another player. High scorer is the winner. 8 & up. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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