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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Puzzles

 


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 $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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2013 Awards
Plan Toys Fraction Fun
(Plan Toys $17.99 Score:)

Introduce preschoolers to fractions in a playful way with this handsome wooden puzzle. Whole, halves, thirds, and quarters are put together on this slightly curved two-sided puzzle board. One side features classic geometric shapes; the reverse invites exploration of how to use the shapes in new ways. 

SNAP: A good concrete way to reinforce fractions. To follow up: Declare a day as Halves Day... use sandwiches cut in halves, fruit cut in halves, etc. Declare another day as Quarters Day and serve foods cut to match.

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

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2013 Award
Janod Vehicles 100 Piece Puzzle
(Janod $14.99 Score:)

Handsomely packaged in a roundish cardboard carrying case, this 100-piece puzzle has three levels with distinct scenes: a country highway, a city roadway and city street jammed with vehicles and traffic light. There are buses, taxi, firetruck, garbage truck, as well as farm and passenger vehicles.  They say 5-8. We think 5-6 will need a lot of help and the upper range will enjoy this more.

 

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

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2013 Award
Janod Underwater World 100 Piece Puzzle
(Janod $19.99 Score:)

Handsomely packaged in a sturdy cardboard carrying case, this big 100-piece puzzle is challenging. The pieces are not overly large and there are lots of creatures in the sea. The horizon will offer good starting point clues, as will the bigger fish in the sea. They say 5-8. We think 5-6 will need a lot of help and the upper range will enjoy this more.

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

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2013 Award
Janod Gabins Formula 1 Car Puzzles
(Janod $17.99 Score:)

Four cardboard puzzles come in this carry-all cardboard case. Each features a racing scene with multi-ethnic drivers. The four puzzles have 6, 9, 12, or 16 pieces, each 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. 3-5

 

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

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2013 Award
Janod Lou Plays Veterinary Puzzles
(Janod $17.99 Score:)

Four cardboard puzzles come in this carry-all cardboard case. Each features a little veterinarian at work in her office, caring for animals and doing her computer entries. The four puzzles have 6, 9, 12, or 16 pieces, each 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.  3-5

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

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2012 Award
Galactic Floor Puzzle
(Janod $23.99 Score:)

All the pieces fit in this beautiful case with galactic images. Inside are 36 good sized pieces to fit together into a 24 x 36 inch picture of space with astronauts, planets, stars, and rockets. Heavy cardboard pieces will hold up as kids love doing their puzzles many times. 4-7

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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