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Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Puzzles

 


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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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
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
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.

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

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

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2011 Award
On the Train and Tea Party Puzzles
(Mudpuppy Press $12 Score:)

Cleverly packaged in zip-up see through envelopes, these 12 piece puzzles are good take-along toys to toss in a suitcase or backpack for away from home quiet times. The big cardboard pieces are thick and the graphics are bold and colorful. There's lots to talk about once the puzzle is put together. There is a color border on each of these scenes that can be used as an aide for getting the puzzle together--a good strategy to teach them.  Both are marked for 2 and up, but we think a 12-piece puzzle is beyond most 2's. These are a better choice for 3-4's. There are a number of others in this collection-all with bold clear graphics featuring dinosaurs, butterflies, farm scene and under the sea.


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Age: Preschool. 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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