Gold Award Winners
Cogno: The Alien Adventure Game, DoubleStar; $29.95; www.cogno.com. Assuming the identity of an alien, players answer science questions to get around the universe. Move through the black hole, visit mysterious planets or travel into a parallel universe while trying to attain fuel cells to travel back to home. The answers to the game questions are defined more thoroughly in the included Book of Y, a terrific resource for players, young and old, who want to know more.
Geomag 96 Color, Geomag SA; $50; www.geomagsa.com. Children will be entranced with the endless possibilities of this magnetic construction set. The magnets are so strong structures won't fall apart. This set of 60 one-inch-long rods and 36 small silver spheres inspires imagination and creativity.
Fun with Watercolor, Walter Foster Publishing; $14.95; www.walterfoster.com. Children and adults will delight in this learn-to-watercolor set. Each page of the manual teaches a different technique and describes it in rich, rhyming detail. This set will entice children who are experienced artists or those just setting out to learn basic techniques. The easy-to-follow instructions make it fun to learn without frustration.
Honors Award Winners
10 Days in the USA, Out of the Box Publishing; $19.99; www.otb-games.com; for ages 10 and up. Take a 10-day journey across the country using state and transportation cards to route out the trip.
Coda, Winning Moves Games; $9.95; www.winning-moves.com. The easy-to-learn, easy-to-play game of logic and deductive reasoning. Guess your opponent's numbers before he guesses yours.
Esphera 360 3-D Plastic Spherical Puzzle, Warren Industries (A RoseArt Company); $14.99; www.warrenindustries.com; for ages 7 and up. Children create a spherical puzzle using curved plastic jigsaw pieces.
Geomag 125 Panel, Geomag SA; $79.99; www.geomagsa.com. Magnetic rods, spheres and translucent plastic panels connect to create solid structures.
Giant Spoons, Patch Products Inc.; $12.99; www.patchproducts.com; for ages 7 and up. Pass cards among players to get four of a kind and grab a giant spoon from the pile before they are gone.
Lego Builder Xtreme, Warren Industries (A RoseArt Company); $14.99; www.warrenindustries.com; for ages 7 and up. Collect Lego pieces with each roll of the die and be the first to build your model.
Monopoly: Night Sky Edition, USAopoly Inc.; $35.99; www.usaopoly.com. Players buy, sell and trade comets, galaxies and planets as they try to gain control of the universe.
Old Century Games of the World, Front Porch Classics Inc.; $99.95; www.frontporchclassics.com. Kids learn a bit of history through play as they explore seven games from ancient cultures using this high-quality, handsome compilation.
Prehistoric Creatures, Lego Systems Inc.; $29.99; www.LEGO.com; for ages 7 and up. Detailed instructions enable older kids to create nine creatures - which leads to Lego mastery and the skills to create their own.
Professor Noggin's Card Game Series, Outset Media; $9.99; www.professornoggin.com; for ages 7 and up. This straightforward trivia game is designed to help children learn and retain information about a particular topic through play. Questions are designed for a range of abilities. New titles released this year include Wildlife Safari, Reptiles & Amphibians, Earth Science, National Parks, Civil War, and American Revolution.
Robosapien, Wowwee; $99; www.wowwee.com; for ages 6 and up. Touch- and sound-sensitive human-like robot performs 67 functions via remote control - and is an amalgamation of Rocky, Elvis and Fonzie in personality and sound!
Scavenger Hunt for Kids, Pazow!; $6.99; www.pazow.com. An indoor search game for one or more players. Complete the most tasks from your cards to win.
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