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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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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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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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Ravensburger My First Puzzle At The Farm
(Ravensburger $9.99 Score:)

For beginners, here are nine two-piece puzzles featuring bold graphics of typical farm animals, as well as a tractor, and farming couple. With beginners you may want to introduce just one puzzle at a time rather than all the pieces in the box. This gives you a chance to talk about the animals, their names, and the sounds they say. The chunky two-piece puzzles are made of sturdy cardboard that fit together with relative ease and introduce children to the concept of part and whole. As you play with these simple puzzles toddlers are also building language with learning the names of familiar farm animals. This is one of a series of beginning puzzles. Marked 2 & up. Although some twos will be able to do these with help, this will be a better choice for slightly older children with more dexterity.

SNAP: Play an I Spy Game: Once children are familiar with all the puzzles and have played with them as suggested above, you can play another game with them. After the animals are together take turns making the animal sound of one of the animals and other player finds and names the animal you are spying. Reverse the game and have child make an animal sound for the creature he is spying. A good game for developing language and dexterity.

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

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Ravensburger My First Puzzle Adorable Animals
(Ravensburger $9.99 Score:)

For beginners, here are nine two-piece puzzles featuring bold graphics of familiar animals: two cats, duck and duckling, lion and cub, mare and colt, a pair of dogs, rabbits, monkeys, and cows. With beginners introduce just one or two puzzles at a time rather than all the pieces in the box. This gives you a chance to talk about the animals, their names, and the sounds they say. The chunky two-piece puzzles are made of sturdy cardboard that fit together with relative ease and introduce children to the concept of part and whole. As you play with these simple puzzles toddlers are also building language with learning the names of familiar farm animals. This is one of a series of beginning puzzles. Marked 2 & up. Although some twos will be able to do these with help, this will be a better choice for slightly older children with more dexterity.

SNAP: Play an I Spy Game: Once children are familiar with all the puzzles and have played with them as suggested above, you can play another game with them. After the animals are together take turns making the animal sound of one of the animals and other player finds and names the animal you are spying. Reverse the game and have child make an animal sound for the creature he is spying. A good game for developing language and dexterity.

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

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Ravensburger My First Puzzle Garden Animals
(Ravensburger $9.99 Score:)

For beginners, here are nine two-piece puzzles featuring bold graphics of some less-than-familiar garden animals: a snail, hedgehog, mole, frog, butterfly, ladybug, bumblebee, bluejay, and mouse. Unlike other puzzles in this series the knowing and naming part may take more time to master. The chunky two-piece puzzles are made of sturdy cardboard that fit together with relative ease and introduce children to the concept of part and whole. As you play with these simple puzzles toddlers are also building language with learning the names of familiar farm animals. This is one of a series of beginning puzzles. Marked 2 & up. Although some twos will be able to do these with help, this will be a better choice for slightly older children with more dexterity.

SNAP: Play an I Spy Game: Once children are familiar with all the puzzles and have played with them as suggested above, you can play another game with them. After the animals are together take turns making the animal sound of one of the animals and other player finds and names the animal you are spying. Reverse the game and have child make an animal sound for the creature he is spying. A good game for developing language and dexterity.

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

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Ravensburger My First Puzzle At the Construction Site
(Ravensburger $9.99 Score:)

For beginners, here are nine two-piece puzzles featuring bold graphics of big machines used at construction sites. Unlike some other puzzles in this series, the knowing and naming part may take more time to master. Learning the names of a dump truck, cement mixer, and other images makes this a better choice for older preschoolers. The chunky two-piece puzzles are made of sturdy cardboard that fit together with relative ease and introduce children to the concept of part and whole. As you play with these puzzles children are also building language with learning the names of familiar things. This is one of a series of beginning puzzles. Marked 2 & up. Although some twos will be able to do these with help, this will be a better choice for slightly older children with more dexterity.

SNAP: Play an I Spy Game: Once children are familiar with all the puzzles and have played with them as suggested above, you can play another game with them. After the vehicles are together say, I spy a truck that can dig or I spy a truck that is blue and can dump things out. Use these puzzles for reinforcing color concepts and actions. A good choice for developing language and dexterity.

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

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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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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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