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2007 Award
Game Night
(Chronicle $24.95 Score:) Okay, if you know how to play all the card and dice games in the book, you dont need this set. But if you are like most of us, this deck of cards, dice and cup, score board, stickers, and most important of all, game book, explains and allow you to play 11 games such as Crazy Eights, Hearts, Rummy, Hooligan, Snakes, and others. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Awards
Number Chase
(3M $8 Score:) Put the numbers cards out from one to fifty (that alone is a good learning task for 6s and 7s). One person thinks of a secret number. Other player turns one card over at a time and asks question that helps discover the secret number. A good game for learning number value and sequencing. 6 & up. (866) 999-9654. www.playrooment.com.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Trapecolo
(HaPe $24.99 Score:) Create colorful patterns with 180 trapezoid shapes that fit into a large six-sided wooden frame. Patterns are shown in the brochure, but not full size, so these are more challenging. Marked 499, wed say more like 6 & up. Making a design with these multicolored blocks takes visual perception as well as patience and problem-solving skills. For a simpler set, we still suggest a classic BLUE CHIP Parquetry Blocks Super Set (Learning Resources $26.95 5), thirty-two geometrically shaped tiles kids arrange on top of 20 colorful patterns. BUt this new set from HaPe is more challenging.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
1001 Nights
(Haba $35 Score:) This is a handsome set of tiles that can be used in open-ended format to create a skyline of minarets and domes, la 1001 Arabian Nights. There are multiple patterns that children can follow, and matching the tiles calls for visual perception. A good quiet time activity. (800) 468-6873.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Egyptology Puzzle
(Mudpuppy Press $11 Score:) Based on the book Egyptology from Candlewick, this handsome 100-piece puzzle is smartly designed with good clues in the graphics. If you have a child in the midst of all things Egyptian, this will be a prize! Puzzle image is printed on the metal storage tin. 7 & up. (212) 354-8840.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Lego City Puzzles
(Ravensburger $10 Score:) Choose from two cityscape scenes, one of a fire with Lego trucks and helicopter or a police station with police copter. Both puzzles are 60 pieces and include a bonus Lego vehicle to build and play with after the puzzle is assembled. Also top rated, City Scenes ($10 4). Three 49-piece puzzles with different patterns on the back to sort them. Small pieces for more advanced puzzlers. 5 & up. (800) 886-1236.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Big Bad Boomin' Bugs Observation Station
(Little Kids $19.99 Score:) Catch your bug with the capture-and-carry bug scooper, drop it into the 12" x 8" dome with powerful 3X magnifying lens on top. Plug in the earphones and you can listen to the bug chew, crawl, chirp, click, or buzz! A multi-sensory bug experience. (800) 545-5437. For a smaller bug chamber, Backyard Safari Bug Scope (Summit Toys $12.99 4) Hunters have to catch the bug under the open end of this temporary trap. Designed with a light to aid viewing. (205) 661-1174.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Dinosaur Excavation Kit
(Usborne $17.99 Score:) Archeologists in training will have fun digging out the bones of a T-Rex from the clay block. Complete with goggles*, brush, chisel, and hammer. Assemble the bones and read the book, which introduces beginning readers to the many kinds of dinosaurs. No glue included. *These goggles are not actually safety devices.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Hook Fortune Finder
(Wild Planet Toys $19.95 Score:) Movie merchandise is not usually on our list. But this pirate toy la Captain Hook, inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean, is a metal detector that happens to work better than many weve tested. Also fun in the same line, a Treasure Hunter ($24.95 4). Hide the treasure chest and give kids the finder that lights up red when they get close to the chest. We passed on the Light Scope, which has a really bright red light. 5 & up. (800) 247-6570.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Marshall Brodien Magic Wand Set
(Cadaco $19.99 Score:) It takes some reading and practice to perfect these showy magic tricks with a light-up magic wand. Dont tellthe magic is all based on the use of magnets. 7 & up. (800) 621-5426.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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