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Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Puzzles

 


2013 Award
Ravensburger Vehicles Puzzle in a Suitcase
(Ravensburger $13.99 Score:)

A handsome 24-piece floor puzzle with bold clear images of a dozen vehicles that are labeled by name. The big cardboard pieces are best worked on the floor allowing kids to put together a big 27 X 19-inch image to talk about. Knowing and naming the signs and vehicles helps develop language and fitting the pieces develops dexterity, problem solving, and staying with a task that is not instantaneous. All the big pieces fit into the sturdy suitcase box with carrying handle and Velcro closure. A good take-along for overnights visits. This should make a huge hit with the many kids who are fascinated with transportation at this age. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. 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 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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2012 Award
Ceaco Pinkalicious Floor Puzzle
(Ceaco Kids $13.99 Score:)

A giant 24-piece floor puzzle that is two sided! So, you get two puzzles for the price of one. This one features the popular storybook chracter Pinkalicious. On one side she is having a picnic and on the reverse she has made cupcakes. Unlike adult puzzlers, kids like to do their puzzles many times in order to gain mastery over the challenge. You’ll need to introduce the concept that there are two sides and perhaps sit with your child to help turn the puzzle pieces right side up to start. Giving beginners strategies for putting together the outside frame is also helpful to build their confidence as well as their competence. Marked for 3 & up. This may make better sense for your 4 & up.

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

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2012 Award
Ceaco Life on the Farm Floor Puzzle
(Ceaco Kids $13.99 Score:)

A giant 2 X 3 foot floor puzzle features a cow and calf on one side and a farm scene with tractor and farm critters on the other side. There are 24 big pieces that are ideal for beginners. Unlike adult puzzlers, kids like to do their puzzles many times in order to gain mastery over the challenge. The two sided idea is an added value that will give the purchase extra play value. You'll need to introduce the concept that there are two sides and perhaps sit with your child to help turn the puzzle pieces right side up to start. Giving beginners strategies for putting together the outside frame is also helpful to build their confidence as well as their competence. Marked for 3 & up. This may make better sense for your 4 & up.

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

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2012 Award
Hape Zoo Animals Block Puzzle
(HaPe $14.95 Score:)

Turn the nine painted wooden blocks to form an image of the lion, monkey, zebra, elephant alligator or giraffe. These are painted with some overlapping colors, so it is less simple than many other block puzzles. The pieces are smooth and the graphics are more storybookish than realistic. It is marked for 24 months and up. We think young twos will have difficulty putting these parts into a whole. It is a better choice for 3 and 4 year olds who will need help for starters.

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

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2012 Award
3D Cityscape Puzzle
(Alex $21 Score:)

A colorful map-like cityscape floor puzzle. The 3-D part comes in with three tall buildings that can be assembled and attached to the giant 20 by 30 puzzle. Kids can use their toy cars to travel over the roadways and use this as a mat for dramatic play after they assemble all the pieces. Marked 3 & up. We think 3 year olds are going to need help the first few times they do this.

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

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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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