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September 2015 | Vol. XIV - No. 9
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TDmonthly Magazine Presents: Award Winners


TDmonthly Magazine is pleased to announce our latest award winners. These top-notch products were evaluated by our team of toy testers (learn more about our evaluation process here), and selected on the basis of their play value, quality and durability, specialty focus, presentation, and more.

Learn more about these award winning toys below.

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Age Range: 10 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Creative Activities
Educational
Science & Nature



Conduct chemical experiments to grow your own Aquamarine Crystal, Glow-in-the-dark Moon Crystal Cluster and a Crystal Snow Tree. Learn how crystals are formed from solutions! Display them in a collection and show them to your friends! Contains a large bag of white crystal compound* (a base compound called Monoammonium Phosphate), a small bag of blue seeding mixture, a square transparent base with cover, a hexagonal transparent base with cover, a shallow hexagonal container, a glow-in-the-dark moon crystal base, a stirring bowl, a stirring spoon, 1 set of crystal snow tree paper and detailed instructions . Also needed, but not included in this kit: a jar of steaming hot water, an apron, protective goggles, and rubber gloves. The Moon Crystal Cluster will grow to about 45 mm (1.8 inches) in diameter and 35 mm (1.4 inches) in height. The Aquamarine Crystal will grow to about 30 mm (1.2 inches) in diameter and 25 mm (1 inch) in height. The Crystal Snow tree will grow to about 70 mm (2.8 inches) in diameter and 80 mm (3.1 inches) in height. The size, shape, and colour may vary depending on the experimental conditions.
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Top Toy Award
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37382      (added 8/31/2015)
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Age Range: 8 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Creative Activities
Educational
Science & Nature



Build this surprising pool of quicksand! Experience the mystic power of watching dinosaur skeletons sink slowly beneath the sands. Have even more fun unearthing them later for assembly. Or make the volcano erupt and create a prehistoric diorama! Contains paper diorama set with mini paper display, plastic volcano and quicksand pool, sand bags, gripper, T-rex skeleton set, dinosaur figurines, paint and paintbrush, and detailed instructions. Also needed but not included: corn starch, a mixing bowl, a teaspoon, a stirring spoon, dishwashing liquid, vinegar, baking soda, red food colouring, water and old newspaper.
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Top Toy Award
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37383      (added 8/31/2015)
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Age Range: 5 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Creative Activities
Construction
Educational



Contains a set of pre-cut colourful foam boards, a set of plastic cases, gears and wheels, a motor, a screw, stickers and detailed instructions. (Also required two 1.5 V AA batteries but not included. The battery cover needs to be fixed with a cross-head screwdriver.) Learn how motors work. Connect a simple circuit to build this amazing Tractor with a lightweight but sturdy body. Have fun exploring basic mechanics. Easy-to-build! No screws are needed!
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Top Toy Award
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37384      (added 8/31/2015)
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Justina HuddlestonWriter's Bio: Justina Huddleston graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emerson College with a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing in 2009. After graduating she was the on-site director of the Boston Children's Museum gift store for a year, selling educational, developmental, and creative activity toys that tied in with the museum's exhibits. Justina also interned at children's book publisher Candlewick Press before moving from Boston to Los Angeles, where she is now Editorial Director of TDmonthly Magazine. Read more articles by this author

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