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Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Puzzles

 


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.
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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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2010 Award
eeboo Friends Say Hello, Learning Puzzle
(eeBoo $8.95 Score:)

A puzzleboard with the multi-cultural faces of children from all over the world. The country they come from is printed beneath their image. Lift the puzzle piece out and find the way that child will say hello in his or her native language.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
eeBoo Make a Little Word Alphabet
(eeBoo $8.95 Score:)

An alphabet puzzle with matching clues under each of the letter/picture pieces. The objects chosen are fairly familiar and good language expanders. The idea of making simple words from the letters takes the puzzle to another level that most threes are not really ready for. That said, it is still an attractive and inexpensive way to introduce the letter names and the illustrations to introduce the concept of the sounds the letters say.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Awards
eeBoo Baby Animals, Simple Puzzle Pairs
(eeBoo $14.95 Score:)

Twenty two-piece puzzles of mother and baby animals that fit together side by side. This is a good toy for developing dexterity as well as language. Children often know the names of the adult animal, but learning the baby names for them is another level of knowing. There are color cues on the two pieces that help beginners get it together. These are sturdy puzzle pieces with charming art done by well known illustrator, Saxton Freymann.

SNAP: A good choice for building language. When you play with these you can also use them with riddles...I see an animal that has a trunk...or I see an animal that hops. There are other games suggested on the box. These are sturdy puzzle pieces with charming art done by well known illustrator, Saxton Freymann.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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