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Golden Apple Awards 2010 (ages 8-10)

Whether your kid likes DIY perfume kits or division drills, these toys are sure to please.

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Weird Slime Laboratory

Ages 8-10, $16.99

You might think that a toy with "weird slime" in its name would only appeal to boys who can't get enough of gross 'n' gooey things (or Nickelodeon for that matter). Wrong! Our intrepid girl tester not only listed "gross stuff" as one of her interests but also gave Wild Science's Weird Slime Laboratory a rating of "super cool."

And for good reason: The Weird Slime Lab comes with eight hands-on activities (like how to make green jelly worms), each of which builds on skills learned in the previous one. But what could a kid possibly learn from a DIY slime kit? Why none other than lessons on the properties of matter, hydrated crystals, and how to control different polymers and catalyst reactions. And you thought those were merely green jelly worms.

Bottom line: It's gross, gooey, and a great way to introduce kids to chemistry.

Comments from readers

"Beats flash cards hands down!"
"all business, but kids love it"