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Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Puzzles

 


2015 Award
Mudpuppy On the Road 63 Piece Puzzle
(Mudpuppy Press $12.99 Score:)

Kids love vehicles and this roadway scene is bound to attract their attention. Fitting the vehicles together will make the 63-piece challenge somewhat easier, as will the skyline pieces that will probably make this easier to build from the top down. Marked for 4 & up and may be better choice for slightly older kids or with lots of help for younger children.

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Mudpuppy Ballerinas 63 Piece Puzzle
(Mudpuppy Press $12.99 Score:)

Every aspiring little ballerina will love the charming picture of five ballerinas dancing against a background of flowers. Fitting the ballerinas together will make the 63-piece challenge somewhat easier, as the tutus, and the blue above and pink below will provide helpful clues. That said, this is marked for 4 & up and will probably be better for slightly older kids or with some help the first time through for younger girls.

 

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Mudpuppy Keith Haring New York 100 Piece Puzzle
(Mudpuppy Press $14.95 Score:)

Keith Haring's Green Statue of Liberty is set off against a red background with three of his iconic people at the base. A beauty of a puzzle for kids experienced enough to handle 100-pieces and the idea of working at a task over time instead of doing it all in one gulp. This comes in a handsome keepsake tin. Marked for 6 & up, we think it may be a better bet for slightly older kids. 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Mudpuppy Dinosaur 63 Piece Puzzle
(Mudpuppy Press $14.95 Score:)

 A challenging 63-piece puzzle that will turn into a 18 X 14 inch picture of multiple dinos in a green world. There is no frame, so kids will need some strategies for finding the straight edged pieces to build the frame. Since the dinos are intertwined, they will need the box for reference as they work their way through. This is marked 4 and up, but we think it will be a better choice for older dino lovers.

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
Hape Path Finder
(HaPe $14.99 Score:)

A fun game for fours and fives to develop their math power and visual perception while they are having fun with colors, and turn taking. Dole out the playing pieces, roll the color die and place the right color and size in the maze; but watch out! If your playing piece won’t fit, the other player can try. The object is to be the first to get to the end of the maze. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
eeBoo Creatures Big and Small Giant Really Big Floor Puzzle
(eeBoo $17 Score:)

48 big puzzle pieces come together in a busy wildlife scene by artist/animator Monica Foresberg. The finished image will be a giant 24 X 36 inch picture that will be good for talking about. This one has animals from all over the world in a single scene; a giraffe, polar bear, camel, lion, and snail among them. They are not drawn to comparative scale, so that might be interesting to talk about. In fact some of the really small creatures are depicted as much bigger than truly large ones. Will this be confusing? It's something you should talk about. Use the back of the box for beginners to follow as visual clues. Give them strategies such as connecting the frame with the straight edged pieces. Before long they will like the challenge of doing it with out looking at the picture. 5 & up.

 

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Awards
eeBoo Around the Town Giant Really Big Floor Puzzle
(eeBoo $17 Score:)

The big news is that this particularly low-tech toy got the highest rating of any toy in the entire toy review!  Our testers loved the satisfaction of completing the puzzle and many enjoyed working on it with their parents.  For this age group, puzzles are often enjoyed more than once.  48 big puzzle pieces come together in a busy town scene by artist/animator Monica Forsberg. The finished image will be a giant 24 X 36 inch picture that will be good for talking about. Count the trucks, talk about what they are carrying. How many animals can they find in the picture? The playful scene has animals bigger than trucks, birds bigger than trees and other cartoonish distortions that are worth talking about. Use the back of the box for beginners to follow as clues. Give them strategies connecting the frame with the straight edged pieces. Before long they will like the challenge of doing it with out looking at the picture.    5 & up.

 

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
eeBoo Under the Water Giant Really Big Floor Puzzle
(eeBoo $17 Score:)

48 big puzzle pieces come together in a busy underwater scene by artist/animator Monica Foresberg. The finished image will be a giant 24 X 36 inch picture that will be good for talking about. Count the fish that are the same. How may are pink? Orange? White? How many sea horses can you find? Use the back of the box for beginners to follow as visual clues. Give them strategies for connecting the frame with the straight edged-pieces. Before long they will like the challenge of doing it with out looking at the picture. 5 & up.

 

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
eeBoo Woodland Animal Giant Really Big Floor Puzzle
(eeBoo $17 Score:)

48 big puzzle pieces come together in a busy woodland scene by artist/animator Monica Foresberg. The finished image, a giant 24 X 36 inch picture, will be good for talking about. Count the rabbits; how many birds can you find? There are so many animals to talk about with antlers and without. Use the back of the box for beginners to follow as visual clues. Give them strategies for connecting the frame with the straight edged-pieces. Before long they will like the challenge of doing it with out looking at the picture. 5 & up.

 

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Janod Floor Puzzle ABC Monsters
(Janod $25 Score:)

Funny Alphabet letters with googly eyes and smiling faces stand out on a black background. Giant puzzle pieces make this right for younger kids who will be amused as they put these playful letters together to form the alphabet. A good choice for kids who are working on the names and sounds of letters. This comes in a handsome carrying case that will hold the puzzles pieces for safe keeping between times. Remember, kids like to do their puzzles over and over again until they master them. This one has no frame for finding the outside pieces, so the letter names are going to be important clues. There is also a chart that can be used for reference clues. It's still a good idea to show beginners how to use the straight sided pieces for making a frame of their own. 4-7

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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