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Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Puzzles

 

 
2014 Awards
Build a Bug Sorter
(Hape $19.99 Score:)


There are four bugs on this wooden board and eight puzzle pieces. The trick here is for tots to begin to see fine differences. Here the playing pieces fit over pegs only each bug has a different number of pegs. So this is a puzzle that calls for looking at finer details and seeing the difference between one, two, three and four pegs. 2 & up

SNAP: matching up the puzzle pieces to the on, two, three and four pegs calls for looking at details. Before you play, put some of the puzzle pieces away. Start with just one set and talk about where the pieces will fit. Add another set and put them on the post. Next mix up the pieces for two posts and work on sorting them. By going slowly, you are giving strategies for how to proceed with still more pieces.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Baby Animals Block Puzzle
(Mudpuppy Press $14.99 Score:)

Using Clare Beaton's illustrations from Who Are You, Baby Kangaroo? Each of the six illustrations features an adult animal with babies. Turning the faces of the nine blocks, players must find the right side of each block to assemble the six separate images. A classic puzzle form with new images that challenge visual perception and patience.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Ravensburger Disney Planes Puzzles
(Ravensburger $14.99 Score:)

Kids can put together images of four different planes with these four shaped puzzles. They range from simple 10-pieces to a 16-piece one. Introduce them one puzzle at a time so all the pieces do not get mixed together. These are real jigsaw puzzle pieces that call for more dexterity and visual discrimination than typical preschool puzzles, though the pieces are larger than they are pictured on the box graphic. That said, this is a challenging set. You'll want to show them how to sort the colors into four different piles and then work on one puzzle at a time when they first start. Like all puzzles for younger kids, this will be probably be put together a number of times, since kids like to redo their puzzles, getting confidence as they do them with greater ease and mastery. This set comes in a sturdy storage box for safe keeping between uses. Marked for 3 & up, we think this may be a better choice for experienced puzzle builders of four and five.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Janod Pirate Ship Floor Puzzle
(Janod $14.99 Score:)

Ahoy, Matey! For pirate lovers, here a 39-piece floor puzzle with giant pieces. Kids will be putting together a pirate ship and its cartoonish looking crew. Though this has many pieces, the water, sky and ship provide cues that are strong and easily recognizable. Children like to redo their puzzles multiple times, so look for those that can stand up to the wear and tear and remain interesting, too. Like other Janod puzzles, this one is sturdy, attractive, and comes in a suitcase for storage.   4-7

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
eeBoo Birthday Tree Puzzle
(eeBoo $11.95 Score:)

Every child loves a birthday with cake and presents and this charming 64-piece puzzle is all about bear's special day. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet, this is a lovely way to challenge kid's problem solving skills. Kids love to do their puzzles more than once.  Take the time to give them strategies for putting the frame up and finding parts that go together. Helping the first time round will not spoil the fun or doing it all over again.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
eeBoo Mystery in the Forest Puzzle
(eeBoo $14.99 Score:)

A 42-piece puzzle with art by illustrator, Melissa Sweet. When complete it's a charming 11 X 15 picture ofa party in the forest with storybook characters celebrating on a summery day.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Janod Mila Plays Fairy Puzzle
(Janod $19.99 Score:)

Bring home this carrying case with four small puzzles inside. Here, Mila and her friends are dressed in fairy costumes with wings and magic wands. For preschoolers, present the simple 6-piece puzzle first. Then move on to the 9-piece puzzle. On another day, introduce the 12 and 16-piece puzzles. These are going to be challenging since the backs of the puzzles are not color-coded and the background on three of the four puzzles is the same. Parents will need to sort them out if the puzzles get mixed together. Each of the four puzzles comes in its own plastic baggie. They need to be kept separated. Naturally, they get progressively harder, so you may want to put the harder ones away and introduce them gradually. That said, the picture cues on the carrying case will help. Marked 3-6; but we think this will work best for 4's who have done lots of puzzles; not for beginners.  Walter’s Scooter is another of the puzzle sets of four related puzzles.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Janod Princess Carriage Floor Puzzle
(Janod $14.99 Score:)

In a royal coach that looks a lot like Cinderella's there is a young princess with a cat and a friend. Might be fun to make up some stories about who this friend might be and where they are going. But, first things first—putting the puzzle together is going to be the challenge. Designed for the younger pink set, this 39-piece floor puzzle has giant pieces. Though this has so many pieces, it does have outline cues that are strong and easily recognizable. Since children like to redo their puzzles multiple times, we look for those that can stand up to the wear and tear and remain interesting, too.  Like other Janod puzzles, this one is sturdy, attractive and comes in a suitcase for storage.  5-8

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Award
Janod Pierre's Helicopter Puzzle
(Janod $19.99 Score:)

Bring home this carrying case with four small puzzles inside. In the easiest puzzle Pierre is seen flying alone. In the 2nd puzzle he appears to be bringing in someone who is injured. Puzzles 3 and four show Pierre about to leave and actually flying away. For preschoolers, present the simple 6-piece puzzle first. Then move on to the 9-piece puzzle. On another day, introduce the 12 and 16-piece puzzles. These are going to be challenging since the backs of the puzzles are not color-coded and the background on three of the four puzzles is the same. Parents will need to sort them out if the puzzles get mixed together. Each of the four puzzles comes in its own plastic baggie. They need to be kept separated. Naturally, they get progressively harder, so you may want to put the harder ones away and introduce them gradually. That said, the picture cues on the carrying case will help. Marked 3-6; but we think this will work best for 4's who have done lots of puzzles; not for beginners.   Walter's Scooter is another of the puzzle sets of four related puzzles.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Janod Circus Puzzle
(Janod $14.99 Score:)

Before or after a trip to the circus, it's fun to work on a puzzle with images that remind kids of the fun. Janods 54-piece circus scene has tons of details to help with fitting it together and to pour over and discuss when it’s done. Kids will love the round red carrying case for safe keeping. Kids do their puzzles more than once and may need help if they are transitioning from larger pieces to smaller more challenging puzzles. For many, this is not an instantaneous build. Getting kids to take the time and return to problem solving with a challenging puzzle helps to develop important stick-to-it habits. Since children like to redo their puzzles multiple times, we look for those that can stand up to the wear and tear and remain interesting, too. 5-8

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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