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Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Puzzles

 


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 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
My New York Puzzle
(Duo Press $10.99 Score:)

A handsomely illustrated puzzle that features Lady Liberty in the harbor with fireworks in the background. One of two new landmark puzzles from Duo Press. The other is My San Francisco puzzle that features the Golden Gate Bridge. Just right for young puzzlers with 20 large sturdy pieces. We hope this is the beginning of a new series!

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

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2014 Award
eeBoo 20 Piece Puzzles
(eeBoo $12.95 Score:)

So delighted with eeBoo's new collection of 20 piece puzzles. Each comes in a little box with a lovely rope handle. The oversized and thankfully sturdy pieces make for a pleasing 11" x 15" puzzle. Themes include: Bear on Bicycle, Life on Earth and Up and Away. This entire line features beautiful storybook illustrations from Melissa Sweet and Stephanie Graegin. Very special!  If you're shopping for older children, be sure to look at there 42 and 64 piece puzzles.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2014.

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2014 Award
eeBoo 42 Piece Puzzles
(eeBoo $14.95 Score:)

Four beautiful new 42 piece puzzles to chose from in this new collection that features the glorious storybook-like illustrations of Melissa Sweet and Kevin Hawkes. The big chucky, sturdy pieces make a satisfying 11" x 15" puzzle. Themes: Mystery in the Forest, Party on the Lake, Boat Ride and Fire Truck. Perfect birthday presents. eeBoo's new collection also includes 20 and 64 piece puzzles.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014.

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2013 Award
University Games The Very Hungry Caterpillar Counting Floor Puzzle
(University Games $13 Score:)

There are all kinds of fruits and veggies to count on this colorful floor puzzle with 26 giant pieces. Put the numerals in order to make a 10 foot long finished puzzle. Good for counting skills as well as knowing and naming familiar foods. All the healthy things that Very Hungry Caterpillar loves to nibble on. 3 & up

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
University Games World of Eric Carle Alphabet Floor Puzzle
(University Games $13 Score:)

Our testers loved this new oversized puzzle featuring the wonderful art of Eric Carle. Although some of the animals may be less than familiar - for example a narwhale for N, a xolol for X, and a quetzal for Q, they will stretch kids' language of knowing and naming. Done with 26 sturdy giant pieces in the painterly style of Eric Carle, this produces a floor puzzle that is ten feet long and fun to do more than once.  They say 3 & up. We think slightly older kids will like this even more.

A note from our test family said..."My boys (ages 6, 5 and 2 ) love puzzles, so they were very
excited to do this. It made for good teamwork for the older two. One would call out the next letter and the other would find it and then they would put it together. The littlest would just come behind and steal a piece occasionally. (It is definitely a 3+ toy) They loved how long it was and were very proud of their work when they finished. They both like to do puzzles over and over and especially floor puzzles. I think with this being an alphabet puzzle and their ages, they need the practice. This puzzle will help inintroducing alphabetizing for sure!"

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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Mudpuppy Jumbo Puzzle, Ballet Studio
(Mudpuppy Press $14.99 Score:)

One of a new series of 25-piece jumbo 22 X 22-inch puzzles designed with younger players in mind. We really like the size of the pieces and their substantial feel. Also fine, the illustration of a ballet studio includes a boy dancer as well as a multi-racial cast of dancers. There are good cues for following the image on the box and fitting it together. Our only problem is the age label on the box saying that this is a puzzle for 2+. We'd have given it an award if it had been labeled for three year olds (who would need help) but with the age 2 on the box we have to say no way. Also in the same new line, a wonderful Our World puzzle and a Jumbo Animals of the World. We suggest these as fine choices for preschoolers.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Ravensburger Thomas & Friends Circus Floor Puzzle
(Ravensburger $14.99 Score:)

Fans of Thomas and Friends will love this big 24-piece floor puzzle of Thomas carrying two tall giraffes to the circus grounds. These big puzzles are best put together with help, to give kids strategies for making the frame and looking for characters that are next to each other in the picture on the box. Since children like doing their puzzles more than once, you won't be spoiling the fun by sitting with them the first few times or being available to encourage them. Designed for 3 & up.

 

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Ravensburger Robot 80-piece Puzzle
(Ravensburger $8.99 Score:)

Our 6-year old tester liked the challenge of this 80-piece puzzle with small pieces that come together to make a 14 X 10 inch picture of colorful robots and kids building them. He found the images of the many robots appealing and worth the struggle. It helps to have some strategy skills for putting the frame together and fitting some of the robots together and then assembling the whole. That was his way of coping with so many small pieces. He also liked the easy seal baggie it comes in with the image of the puzzle. This is one of a new series that includes cats and a farm scene. These would make good stocking stuffers for big stockings, or a gift for grab bag gifts. But, be forewarned: the package says 4 & up, but most 4's will find this too difficult.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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