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Community Puzzle
(Biggwood $10 Score:) Think of this as a "community quilt" that you can make together as a group. A giant 48-piece puzzle comes with 24 large pieces that every member of the family can decorate with a picture and message. Decorate the border with a message and give it for a birthday or other major event.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: .

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USA Puzzle
(Small World Toys $20 Score:) Wooden USA maps may look the same but they are not. Some have splinters, some are cut in odd ways so states a cut up and some have names of state but not capitals. This one has all the important features and none of the bad ones. A classic wooden map with landmarks, capitals, and a vinyl sheet for arranging pieces out of the frame is a good choice. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: .

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2001 Awards
Harry Potter Puzzle
(Mattel $10 Score:) This 300-piece puzzle is for families who are smitten with the books. New trivia and card games also looked promising, but were not ready for testing. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2008 Awards
Parquetry Blocks and Cards
(Learning Resources $28.95 Score:)

Thirty-two geometric-shaped tiles are arranged on top of 20 colorful patterns. Advanced players can use tiles without the patterns. Develops skills in matching and sequencing patterns - skills that are also needed in putting letters together to make words. 5-8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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1999 Awards
My Size Puzzles
(Mattel $6.95 Score:) Imagine a 3'-wide Hot Wheels racer with 46 big pieces. These shaped puzzles are challenging because they have no flat edges. They say 4 & up, we say more like 5 & up with help.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1999.

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199 Awards
I Spy 1, 2, 3... Floor Puzzle
(Briarpatch $14.95 Score:) Our testers loved working on this oversized 35-piece floor puzzle taken from the pages of I Spy School Days. After kids put together the puzzle, they have to locate the objects in the riddle. A good parent-and-child activity. Also top rated, 63-, 100-, and 500-piece I Spy puzzles in this series.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 199.

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2001 Awards
Backyard Bugs
(Frank Schaffer $14.95 Score:) Forty-eight big pieces and an identification key for learning the names of the bigger-than-life-sized bugs are found in this 5'-long beautiful garden scene. Also, Endangered Animals (48 pieces become a 5'-long mural). 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Number Play Puzzle
(Lauri $14.95 Score:)

10 puzzle boards each with a numeral and matching number of objects. 47.

SNAP INFO: Concrete objects to count give true meaning to numerals. These puzzle boards do exactly that. They give kids matching number of objects with the numeral. ACTIVITY: Use the numerals to trace or press into clay.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2001. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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1995 Awards
Kids Perception Puzzle
(Lauri $7.95 Score:)

This is a classic puzzle that looks easier than it really is. Figures that look quite similar are in slightly different poses. Kids must look at small differences, just as they must when reading words that look almost alike, such as "cap" and "cup." A good choice for refining visual perception. 5-7.

 

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 1995. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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1995 Awards
AZ Panels
(Lauri $8.95 Score:) Not only does fitting the rubbery letters in and out of the puzzle frame help kids learn to know and name the letters, but handling the 3-D letters also gives kids a feel for their shapes. Also, Kids Perception Puzzle ($7.50), figures in slightly different poses that help kids look at small differences, just as they must when reading words that look almost alike, such as "cap" and "cup." Also recommended: Number Play ($14.95) with 10 puzzle boards each with a numeral and matching number of objects. 47. SNAP INFO: Getting a feel for the shape of letters is easier with the rubbery letters in this A-Z puzzle. Kids can use the empty puzzle board as a stencil to trace the letters, too. ACTIVITY: Use the letters to play a find my sound game. Put three letters on the table and say several words that stat with one of the letters. For example, if you say "sun, sit, smile" the child will pick up the S.- If the child picks up the right letter he keeps it.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 1995.

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