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Age: Early Elementary School Years
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2012 Award
Chronicle Around the World Puzzle
(Chronicle $14.95 Score:)

Highly stylized images of multicultural children from around the world fit together, hand in hand, on this big 16-piece floor puzzle. The playing pieces are two-sided, so there are 32 images that can be joined. Each figure is wearing the native costume of his or her country and the name of the country is printed on the side. Marked for 3 & up, but the concepts are well beyond that age group.

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

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2012 Award
eeBoo Felt Mosaic
(eeBoo $18 Score:)

This is a challenging kind of concept game played with felt triangles that that can be rearranged in a multitude of geometric patterns to form different shapes. The set comes with a flocked board that the felt sticks to and 100 different patterns that challenge visual perception, dexterity and problem solving skills. This can be played solo or cooperatively. Once they begin to play with the pieces kids will also like inventing their own shapes and patterns.  The set comes with 72 felt triangles in nine colors, a flocked board and 100 practice Images to reproduce. 5 & up.

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

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2012 Award
Kaleidograph Flora
(Red Hen/Kaleidograph Design $12.99 Score:)

A perfect choice for travel or quiet time play. Each set comes with 12 die cut cards that are brightly colored on each side. Arrange them and rearrange them making original designs as they are stacked or use the patterns poster to reproduce the patterns shown. There is a "flora set" with circular frame or the "crystal" set with more angular frame. Either set provides multiple possibilities for creative fun and visual experimentation. All store away in a CD style case for easy take-along diversions. 5 & up.

Activity: Give your child a chance to explore the cards for a while. Then open the poster and choose a design you'd like to reproduce. Note that each design involved three or more colors. Select the colors and then experiment with putting them in various layers until you find the order that reproduces the pattern you chose from the poster. A good game for enlarging color words, matching skills as well as shapes and sequencing - along with visual discoveries.

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

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2011 Award
Dr. Seuss Wood Alphabet Puzzle
(I Can Do That Games $19.99 Score:)

Lift the gaily-painted wooden letters to uncover a surprise object that begins with the sound of each letter. Under the A is an airplane. Under the B a ball, etc. Favorite Dr. Suess characters are painted on the wooden frame, as well. Best of all, the raised letters are chunky enough for little hands to lift out and hold with ease. 3 & up.
The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

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

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2011 Award
On the Farm Block Puzzle
(Mudpuppy Press $15 Score:)

Nine cardboard cubes each have six different puzzle pictures for players to turn and fit together. This kind of part/whole problem solving demands patience and visual discrimination. Handling the cubes also takes some fine motor skills. The graphics are playful images of a cow, hen, sheep, goat, horse and pig. Marked 3 & up. We think 3's will need help and this may be a better choice for 4-6.


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

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

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2011 Award
Construction Block Puzzle
(Mudpuppy Press $15 Score:)

Nine cardboard cubes each have six different puzzle pictures for players to turn and fit together. This kind of part/whole problem solving demands patience and visual discrimination. Handling the cubes also takes some fine motor skills. The graphics are playful scenes with animal critters driving a steam shovel, earth mover, dump truck, steamroller, cement mixer, and crane. Marked 3 & up. We think 3's will need lots of help and this is probably a better choice for 4-6.


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

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

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2011 Award
Ceaco Kids 2-sided Dinosaur Floor
(Ceaco Kids $11.99 Score:)

A huge 2' X 3' floor puzzle with 48 big sturdy cardboard pieces with an added twist. There are two sides to this, so you do one puzzle and then take it apart and do a completely different puzzle. One side shows a scene with many prehistoric creatures. The other side has multiple creatures, but a close up of T-Rex with its big mouth open displaying a lot of sharp teeth. This is marked 4 & up and we suspect some fours are going to need some lessons in using the image on the box to figure out what side the puzzle pieces belong to.

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

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My Alphabet Puzzle
(Alex $ Score:)

Each letter of the alphabet is really a two piece puzzle - so this can be really overwhelming for preschoolers! Our suggestion is to presort and work your way through the puzzle. While there are some kids that take to puzzles right away - for most this will need some adult assistance to get started. Each alphabet also has a picture (e.g., the A is covered in apples) and it is also labeled "apple".  Gives you a starting off point for taking about things in your child's life that being with each letter.  3 & up, we'd say more like 5 & up for independent play.

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

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2011 Award
Moo Moo in a Tutu Puzzle
(Alex $14.99 Score:)

A challenging 35 piece puzzle that will require adult assistance. The picture of three cows in their tutus is very bright and appealing. We really liked the heft and feel of the oversized pieces that make up this 20" x 30" jumbo puzzle. 3 & up.

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

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2011 Award
Pinkalicious Puzzle and Stickers
(Ceaco Kids $12.99 Score:)

Our testers enjoyed this 24 piece puzzle that features artwork from the book Silverlicious. The puzzle makes a satisfying 15" x 11" puzzle -and the reviews came back with an extra hooray for the stickers that also come with the puzzle.  Add stickers to almost any toy and it gets added points with our testers!

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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