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2002 Awards
Magical Color Changing Gertie Balls
(Small World Toys $6 Score:) These gummy inflatable balls are soft enough for kids who may be scared of big heavy balls coming toward them. We particularly like the new-for- magical color-changing Gertie. Put in a cold place, it turns pink; toss it and your handprints show up in blue! SNAP ACTIVITY: Start out with a cold ball and count how many catches back and forth it takes to turn the ball to another color. An active counting game.

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

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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
Dr. Barbie and Kelly Doll
(Mattel $19.99 Score:) Dr. Barbie gives Kelly a checkup with all the props, including a scale! Set is available in Caucasian, African-American, Asian, and Hispanic versions. We also like the idea of active Barbies playing soccer or swimming. For pure silliness and fun, Starlight Fairy Barbie has lights that spin around her waist (a la lights you buy at a circus). Nutcracker Barbie also promises to be at the top of wish lists!

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2002 Award
Mini Windowsill Garden
(Creativity for Kids $14 Score:) A ceramic set with two mini flowerpots. watering can, tray, and mini hand tools. Kids paint and then plant with soil and fast-growing wheat seed that are also included. Pots are smaller than they look on the box, but charming. A nice gif t for a child to give to a teacher.

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

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2002 Award
Soda Pop Science
(Scientific Explorer $20 Score:) A hands-on kit for making home-made soda pop! Comes with all the ingredients (except sugar and food coloring) to mix up batches of lime, cherry, cinnamon, and vanilla soda. Recipes call for measuring and keeping records of your own secret recipes! A great science and party activity. Adult help for 6 to 9s. Older kids will be able to handle this on their own.

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

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2002 Award
Yankees Monopoly Game
(USAopoly $34.95 Score:) Pick from Yankees, Mets, Red Sox and Dodgers editions. These are variations on the classic game that features your favorite major league team so instead of Park Place, you have Derek Jeter! 8 & up. (We found that sport fans of all ages like the novelty of this monopoly version.) This company also makes top-rated Deep Sea Adventure and Dig 'n Dinos Monopoly Jr. for younger players. ($20 each). 5 & up.

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

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2002 Award
Cranium Cadoo for Kids
(Cranium $19.99 Score:) One of the best family games we've tested this year! In order to win places on the play board, players must draw, act out, use clay, and retrieve objects from around the house. Calls for a fun use of reading skills! 7 & up. RECALL NOTICE: According to the CPSC, surface paint on the die included in Cadoo games with lot numbers 2007195 through 2007244 contain levels of lead in violation of the federal limit of 600 ppm. Recalled items were sold at Fred Meyer, Kmart, Shopko, Wal-Mart and speciality stores nationwide between October 2007 and January 2008. The seven digit lot number can be found under the plastic tray on the bottom half of the game's box.

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

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2002 Award
Chop Stix
(TDC Games, Inc. $24.95 Score:) Players use chopsticks and take turns at adding wooden "logs" to form a pagoda. Knock it over and you must take all the logs that roll. The object is to be first to get rid of all your logs. A fun family game that develops eye/hand coordination and dexterity for eating Chinese food! 7 & up.

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

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2002 Award
Blink
(Out of the Box Publishing $8.95 Score:) "Again, let's play again!" was the shout of our testers to this cross between Go Fish and War. The object is to be the first to get rid of all of your cards by matching the top card on the two discard piles. You can match by color, shape, or number Calls for fast visual discrimination. Quick rounds and lads of fun.

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

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2013 Award
Hedbanz
(Spinmaster $15.99 Score:)

Each player takes a turn putting in their headband without looking at the object printed on the card. The player with the card now has to guess what his card says by the clues the other players give. A great family game for mixed ages. Comes with six headbands, a timer, scoring chips, and 74 cartoon cards. 

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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