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Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Puzzles

 


2010 Award
eeBoo Animal Spelling Puzzles
(eeBoo $14.99 Score:)

There are ten three piece puzzles that are handsomely designed in this set. The background colors give kids the cues they need to fit the front, middle and back of the animals together. You do not need to know your letters or how to spell to play with these. The name of the animal is just an extra feature that older kids will enjoy. The pieces are large and thick and the storybook illustrations are by illustrator Kevin Hawkes. Also, see the Counting Animal Puzzles, by the same artist. These puzzles are marked for 3 & up, but they are really a better choice for somewhat older children. 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: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
eeBoo 100 Piece World Puzzle
(eeBoo $18.99 Score:)

A really satisfying world puzzle that makes a great parent/child project!  The puzzle is beautifully illustrated and made of sturdy pieces that aren't too small for school-aged kids (and their folks!).  A treat and a platform for talking about different parts of the world, travel and perhaps your ancestory! 

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

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2010 Award
Madeline 63 piece Puzzles
(Briarpatch $9.99 Score:)

For girls who love the storybook character, Madeline, there is an abundance of good news this season. Four different 63 piece puzzles with scenes from the books that are sure to please her fans. There's Madeline and the Tiger with all the other girls clinging to Miss Clavel in fear, while Madeline stand alone smirking at the tiger in the cage. Or consider puzzles with images of Pepito and the Bad Hat, A Walk in London, or The Cats of Rome. Also sure to please, Madeline arriving at Le Pont D' Avignon. This one comes in a box with a carry handle and includes 4 crayons and four pictures to color. All of these 63 piece puzzles are pretty challenging. Marked 4 & up, we'd say these will be a challenge for most 5-6's. So, unless you have a puzzle master in your house, you might want to build confidence before you bring home a puzzle that is too frustrating. These make good birthday party gifts for under $10.

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

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2010 Award
Thomas & Friends Through the Countryside & At the Station Puzzles
(Briarpatch $7.99 Score:)

The way the pieces are cut make these 24 piece puzzles relatively easy to put together. It's not hard to see how to fit the engines together and to add the other parts of the puzzle around their favorite character, Thomas the Tank Engine. The pieces are smaller than those in the giant floor puzzle, but big enough for little hands to get hold of and rotate until they fit together. Marked 4 & up. If your child is not entirely new to puzzles, this will provide some challenge without utter frustration. A good choice for kids who are big Thomas fans and have mastered 15 piece puzzles and are ready for the next step up. Also, consider the Thomas & Friends Jumbo Floor puzzles from the same maker.

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

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2010 Award
I Spy Little Wheels and Little Animal Puzzles
(Briarpatch $10.95 Score:)

There are four different puzzles inside each of these sets. All are based on I Spy riddles from the books of the same name. Using the artwork from the books, these are graduated in difficulty. Each set includes a 6-piece, 8-piece, 12-piece and 14-piece puzzle. First things first, turn them all over and have your little puzzler sort them by the color on back. Now you are ready to begin. Put all the others away and start with the 6-piece puzzle. Once the puzzle is together, you will probably need to read the riddle for your child and maybe give some hints so he can find the images that answer the riddle. These are a good parent/child toy that involves problem solving as well as language and visual discrimination.   The box says 3 & up. We'd say more like older fours and fives and sixes.

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: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2010 Award
United States Sticker Fun!
(Peaceable Kingdom $10 Score:)

If you have seen news stories that show how many young adults cannot name common geographic facts, you know that maps skills are not a high priority in too many schools. Happily, learning the names of the states, their locations on the map and their capitals just got easier with this map/puzzle. A colorful map with the shapes and capitals printed on it has a slick finish. It comes with reusable stickers that are labeled with the state name, a small icon of a landmark or product, and the state capital. So, itís a self-correcting puzzle that reinforces all the elements. In an age when geography often gets little attention, this is a small investment for some basic information kids should know.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010.

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2010 Award
Classic Cars 100 Piece Puzzle
(Mudpuppy Press $14 Score:)

This will take some doing since the pieces are small and there are lots of vehicles of the 50's pictured here. For many boys who don't love puzzles, but do love vehicles, this will be motivation enough to hold their interest. Encourage kids to use the image of the car lot shown on the lid of the storage tin to help them figure it out. They say 6 plus, but we think this will be better for 8 & up.The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

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

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2010 Award
Forest Friends Block Puzzle
(Mudpuppy Press $14 Score:)

Nine blocks have six different scenes that can be turned to show animal baby and parent images. These are stylized scenes with big and little bears, owls, foxes, deer and squirrel. Also fun, Playful Pets ($14 4.5)with even more decorative images, a dog, cat, turtle, fish, mouse, and cat. These are marked 3 & up. We think 3ís and 4ís will need help to do these block puzzles that help kids learn about assembling parts into a whole image. 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: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2001 Awards
Lauri Alphabet Puzzle Boards
(Patch $29.99 Score:)

Crepe rubber puzzle boards.  There is one 5 piece puzzle for each letter of the alphabet. Each board has an upper and lower case letter and an object that starts with that sound. There are a lot of Alphabet puzzles around, but these have cut out letters that give kids a 'feel' for the shape and direction of the letters.

SNAP IDEAS: Kids can trace the letters or use them for spelling out their names. When kids are learning letters it's fun to put three in a bag and have child feel inside without looking. Can she pull out the letter "T" or one that says "M-m-m-m."

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

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2009 Award
Simms Taback Animal Parade Floor Puzzle
(Briarpatch $18.99 Score:)

You are going to love the look of this handsome 48 piece floor puzzle. Each animal pictured comes in four pieces with the background color serving as a clue. You do need plenty of room for this loooong puzzle and younger kids may need help to get started. But not to worry, the big pieces make this ideal for younger kids. After it is complete, be sure to play a riddle game by taking turns telling a few sentences about the animal you are thinking of and see if your child can find it. For example: Say 'I am thinking of an animal that goes hippity-hop and has a bushy tail.'  Add a color clue, if needed, or a rhyming clue. Encourage kids to take turns in making up the riddles. Also special, the Simms Taback Jumbo Floor Puzzle ($18.99) with farm animals.  They say 3-6. We're sure 3's will need help. So will most 4's. 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: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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