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Age: Toddlers
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2011 Award
Guidecraft Sun Sorter
(Guidecraft $25 Score:)

This is an open-ended puzzle for kids to explore. The 12 pieces are all the same size but in different colors. They fit back into the board with in any number of color arrangements. Or they can be arranged in a zig-zag line or a full circle outside of the puzzle board. Use them for color matching and naming with the beginner. There is a small booklet with playful ideas for introducing this clever puzzle. Made of rubberwood and stained with eco-friendly dyes, this is marked for 2 & up. We think this will be a tough for 2's but really good and challenging fun for 3-5's.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Awards
Guidecraft Shape and Color Sorter
(Guidecraft $25 Score:)

Nine chunky wooden shaped fit into the wood frame that is finished in a natural wood finish. Made of eco-friendly rubberwood the pieces are stained with safer aniline dyes. These simple basic shapes are good for knowing and naming and for developing the eye hand and fine motor dexterity for putting them back into the matching spaces on the board. Since the pieces are raised they are easier to lift up and place back into the puzzle board. This comes with a small activity booklet with good ideas for introducing the colors and concepts.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Awards
Educo Emergency Vehicles Peg Puzzle
(HaPe $9.99 Score:)

Storybook style transportation graphics give this 10-piece wooden puzzle eye appeal. Each of the puzzle pieces has a small peg for lifting and refitting the puzzle pieces in place. Lift the pieces and a two-toned graphic is there to use for matching. This kind of wooden puzzle board is good for developing fine motor skills as well as language. You can also use the puzzle pieces other games.

Riddle Me This Game Put five of the vehicle in a row. Now make up a riddle that describes one of the vehicles. i.e. "I'm thinking of the vehicle that has white and grey paint" (note the boat, ambulance and motorcycle have) Now add another clue... "I'm thinking of the one that police use..it has a PD on it" (two of them have that) Now give the final clue... "I'm thinking of a vehicle that doesn't travel on land, but on water." After your child gets the idea of this, switch roles and let him give you riddles.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

SNAP Adaption: Adapting the pegs for kids with physical challenges. Attach a strip of wide doubled masking tape to the peg. Make the strip at least two inces long. This will be easier to grasp than the tiny pegs.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Educo Wild Animals Peg Puzzle
(HaPe $9.99 Score:)

Storybook style animal graphics give this 10-piece wooden puzzle eye appeal. Each of the puzzle pieces has a small peg for lifting and refitting the puzzle pieces in place. Lift the pieces and a two-toned graphic is there to use for matching. This kind of wooden puzzle board is good for developing fine motor skills as well as language.

You can also use the puzzle pieces for other games.
Who Ran Away? Game. Put four of the puzzle in a row. Have your child turn around-no peeking. Now remove one animal and have child guess which animal ran away.

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Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Educo Zoo Animals Knob Puzzle
(HaPe $8.99 Score:)

With big peg handles for little hands to grasp, this three-piece wooden puzzle with bright licks of color and patterns is designed for true beginners. There's a tall Giraffe, a happy looking Lion and a big blue Elephant. Lift the pieces out and there is a graphic underneath that will help toddlers make a match. The pieces will not just slide into place. It takes a little learning time to discover how to rotate the piece and make it fit into place. It's all the more fun if you add some growling and trumpeting sounds and talk about the animals as you play with your toddler. This is a good choice for developing eye hand as well as problem solving skills that call for patience and persistence. They say 12 months and up. We'd say more like 18 months to 2 & up.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Educo Travel Knob Puzzle
(HaPe $8.99 Score:)

With big peg handles for little hands to grasp, this three-piece wooden puzzle with bright licks of color and patterns is designed for true beginners. It represents land, sea and air travel with an airplane, a sailboat and a red car. Lift the pieces out and there is a graphic underneath that will help toddlers make a match. The pieces will not just slide into place. It takes a little learning time to discover how to rotate the piece and make it fit into place. It's all the more fun if you add some zooming and motor sounds and talk about the vehicle and where they land as you play with your toddler. This is a good choice for developing eye hand as well as problem solving skills that call for patience and persistence. They say 12 months and up. We'd say more like 18 months to 2 & up.


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Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
Guidecraft Primary Puzzle Board
(Guidecraft $19 Score:)

Finding puzzles for beginners is not easy. Many have too many pieces and tiny knobs or no knobs at all for lifting the pieces. This is the exception. Beautifully crafted in wood with stout handles, the five geometric puzzle pieces fit into a slanting board that lifts it off the table top or floor. Each shape is painted to match the place on the board where it fits. You can talk about the colors and shapes as they use this toy to reinforce shape and color concepts. Marked 1 and up, we think this is a better choice for 18 months and up.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

SNAP IDEAS: For children with difficulty grasping objects, adapt this by slipping a large foam curler over the handle. Children can also use these shapes for tracing or making patterns by pressing them into play doh. For all the reasons listed above this is a solid choice for developing language and math concepts as well as dexterity and matching skills. ACTIVITIES: Play a shape finding game. Play a circle game by looking for all the things in the room you are in that are shaped like a circle. Another time make a riddle of it. I Spy something in this room or on the table that is the same shape as the circle. Declare today Circle day and eat a lot of foods that are circular..i.e. cherrios, doughnut, crackers, burgers, berries. Cut up a banana into disks and count how many sweet circles there are to eat.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Awards
Geometric Puzzle Board
(Guidecraft $22 Score:)

Five big geometric shapes are easy for toddlers to grasp with the big wooden handles. In addition to knowing and naming these basic shapes the puzzle pieces are color coded as a clue for beginners.   Use the color words to reinforce color concepts and matching skills. 

 SNAP: These geometric shapes are especially easy to grasp with their oversized handles. In addition to learning the names of these basic shapes and colors, use them for tracing or stamping into play dough. 

Play an I SPY game: Pick up the circle shape and say I see more circles in the room. Let's see how many we can find. Now hunt for other circular shapes such as a dish, a clock, a wheel on a toy. Expanding what we mean by circles helps to build the concept. Work on just one concept for a few days before moving on to the squares or triangles. You can even bake cookies in the shape-of-the-day...use different size drinking glasses to cut out big and little circles.  

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2000 Awards
Geometric Puzzle Board
(Guidecraft $15 Score:) Five big geometric shapes with stout, easy-to-grasp handles fit into the color matching puzzle board. This classic-styled puzzle is perfect for knowing and naming familiar shapes and colors. ACTIVITY: Put three or four chips under the puzzle pieces. Mark a die or make a spinner with each of the shapes. Players roll and take a chip from under the shape they roll. Winner is the first to collect 10 chips. SNAP INFO: Five big geometric shapes with stout, easy-to-grasp handles fit into the color matching puzzle board. This classic-styled puzzle is perfect for knowing and naming familiar shapes and colors. ACTIVITY: Put three or four chips under the puzzle pieces. Mark a die or make a spinner with each of the shapes. Players roll and take a chip from under the shape they roll. Winner is the first to collect 10 chips.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2000.

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2000 Awards
Zoo Puzzibilities
(Small World Toys $8 Score:) Kids will have fun fitting together these splinter-free, giant, pegged whole-piece puzzles. Lift the giraffe, elephant and zebra and there's a matching animal below. Still recommended: Fruit, Farm, & Pets. SNAP INFO: Lift the giraffe and what's underneath? Another giraffe. For young puzzlers this is a matching game and the picture below helps kid discover how to rotate the whole piece into the space. These three place puzzles with large easy to grip handles are a good place to start.

Age: Toddlers,Preschool. Award Year: 2000.

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