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Age: Preschoolers
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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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2011 Award
eeBoo Preschool Colors
(eeBoo $17.99 Score:)

A fun way to reinforce color concepts and words with a set of twelve puzzles. The pieces are color coded to fit together. The color word is printed on one puzzle piece that matched up with an object pictured in that color. The pieces are big and chunky enough for preschoolers to handle with ease. The objects are familiar and therefore easy enough for beginners to know and name. 3 & up.
The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

SNAP: Play a color detective game by searching for things of one color in a magazine. Put out one of the puzzle sets. Have child cut out all things she can find in that magazine that are the same color as the puzzle piece you selected. Kids can make a color book with the objects found. Label the objects for kids who are learning to read. You'll need scissors, glue, blank paper book and magazine. Declare this day as "red" day - and eat foods that are that color. On another day do green foods.

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

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2011 Awards
eeBoo Preschool Numbers
(eeBoo $17.50 Score:)

A fun way to reinforce number concepts and simple counting with a set of twelve puzzles. The pieces are color coded to fit together. The numeral is printed on one puzzle piece that matched up with a set of objects pictured in that color. The pieces are big and chunky enough for preschoolers to handle with ease. The objects are familiar and therefore easy enough for beginners to know and name. 3 & up.
The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements.  We did not independently test this toy in a lab.


SNAP: Play a clapping game. Put several number cards on the table. Tell the child to listen carefully. Now clap the same number of times as one of the numerals on the table. Encourage the child to count out loud at first and find the numeral that matches. As the counting and matching skills grow, have the child count silently. Want to make it more challenging? Turn the card face down and have the child turn over the numeral that matches your claps.

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

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2011 Award
My 3D Zoo
(Alex $14.95 Score:)

Not 3D in the techy sense...here you have 10 animals to put together so that they have a 3D form. We like this set even more because kids can mix it up - add the giraffe top the hippo bottoms. Provides for a whimsical open-ended experience. Yes, you can match the models on the back of the box - but the point is you don't have to. Young 3s will need help learning how to fit the pieces into each other (there are slots)...4s and 5s will be less likely to have trouble doing this independently. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool. 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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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 Fruits and Vegetables, Learning Puzzle
(eeBoo $8.95 Score:)

A twelve piece puzzle board with bold realistic illustrations of familiar fruits and veggies. The name of the food is printed under the puzzle piece and the puzzle pieces have distinctive shapes. This is a good choice for developing dexterity and strategy for turning puzzle pieces to fit.  It's also a terrific toy for developing language.

SNAP: Use this for developing language as well as dexterity. These familiar foods are fun to use in riddles, as well. "I spy something red that rhymes with berries or ferries." Or "I spy something orange that is crunchy." Use the pieces for finding all the red foods. "Let's think of other things we eat that are red....how about green foods?"

Age: Preschool. 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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