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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Games

 


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 don’t 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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2008 Award
Diggity Dog
(International Playthings $19.99 Score:) Players must listen to the number of times the big electronic dog barks and then move their little dog that many spaces. When you land on that space, your magnetized dog picks up a bone. If it matches your dog, you keep the bone in your dog house. Winner is the one with the most bones, of course. A game of chance with listening and simple counting. 3 & up. 2–4 players. 4 & up.

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

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2008 Award
Once Upon a Time Matching Game
(eeBoo $12.95 Score:) The matching cards are all fairy-tale related but not tied to a license (a plus to our testing family). The cards "are substantial" and will hold up to more wear and tear. I Never Forget A Face Memory Game ($12.95)—same idea (less pink). Our almost-five-year-old tester proclaimed, "this is the best memory game ever" (after he repeatedly beat his grandmother). Our testers were split on the new Tea Party Game ($15). One family loved the big playing pieces and the tablecloth that add to the pretend part of this simple luck-of-the draw game. Another family preferred the game play of the Once Upon a Time game above. Graphics are beautiful. For a less pink version, the Picnic Game ($15) uses the same idea with a few ants thrown into the mix!

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

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2008 Award
Bendomino
(Blue Orange Games $15.95 Score:) Truly a classic with a new twist. These curved dominoes are played as a traditional matching game, but the curves make it just a little trickier. Our kid testers thought the play pieces were fun to play with! We discovered that some adults use the "blank" tile as a wild card, while others require the blank to be placed against another blank. Who knew there could be such controversy in domino land? 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
I Spy 3D
(Briarpatch $24.95 Score:) Put the playing cards out, put on the 3-D glasses, and you are ready to play I Spy. A reader reads one of the riddle cards and players search for the objects in the riddles. The images are really small (you kids won’t have a problem, but you might!) They say 3 & up. We think given the size and number of the objects, this will be a better choice for 5s & up. Of course we really recommend bringing home Jean Marzollo's wonderful I Spy books!

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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Restoration Hardware Roll Up Chess and Checkers
(Restoration Hardware $39 Score:) We really love this new take along chess and checker set from Restoration Hardware. It has a full sized board (approximately 15" x 11") with pleasing wooden pieces (that are magnetic) - making this a great choice for playing on the go or at the beach. Easy to throw into a suitcase or into the car.

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

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Dont Tip the Waiter
(Fundex $14.99 Score:) We wanted to love this new balancing game that has a wobbly waiter with a tray--where you're supposed to keep adding dishes until he tips over. Our testers found that he wasn't tippy enough--"it took way to long for him to go over". We hope they tweak the tip factor to make it just right! 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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2008 Award
Jakks Pacific Ultimotion Swing Zone Sports Motion Controlled Video Game
(Jakks Pacific $74.99 Score:) There's really no other way to say this--but Ultimotion Swing Zone Sports is really a watered down but MUCH less expensive version of the wii. Comes with many of the same active sport games that you play with a sports adapted wireless controller. Cleverly, you plug the controller into either a golf club, bat, football, tennis racket, or bowling ball. Much like the wii, kids have to stand up and play (a good thing). The graphics aren't the same quality-but they're not bad either. With budgets tighter this year, the Ultimotion may fill the bill with kids who are not as brand aware. To their credit, the players are multi-cultural (one has an interesting mohawk).

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

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2009 Award
Polar Bear A B C
(Hasbro $9.99 Score:) If you're working on letter recognition, this is a fun game to play at home. There is a fishing pole and letters to go fishing for...kids will learn how to spell 15 different words that they are asked to go find the letters for. What's really nice about this game is that it isn't overwhelming--there are only 13 letters. Very straight forward with the added bonus of getting to put the polar bear figure in the water if you finish spelling your word. Marked for preschoolers, but will be a good game for 5s and 6s working on their letters. Safety note: the letters are backed with a magnetic sheet--so if there are kids in your house that still mouth their toys be sure to keep this one out of range. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2009.

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