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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Puzzles

 


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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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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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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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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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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2003 Award
Airplane & Tugboat Puzzibilities
(Small World Toys $11 Score:) These are the newest from a handsome line of puzzles that are just right for beginners. Pieces with images lift out with little red knobs, and images are also below the piece for matching. We especially like the Airplane with a multicultural cast (and female pilot). 3–5.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Awards
Lite-Brite Cube
(Hasbro $34 Score:) An updated version of a classic toy with four panels that comes with the original colored pegs but also includes interesting light loops that give it a different look from the one we grew up with. You can buy patterns in packages, but it's also fun to create your own designs. Good for developing fine motor skills. 4–8. It will be enjoyed even more by next age group.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2010 Awards
Lauri Puzzles
(Lauri $7.99 Score:)

Lauri’s puzzles come with rubber pieces and a pattern printed in the container/tray for beginners to follow. For building confidence, these are the perfect place to start.  They do make puzzle boards with whole pieces, such as tools and vehicles. These are ideal for beginners.

The five piece puzzles are a perfect place to start with 2 year olds. The puzzles are marked 18 months and up- but we'd say for most kids, this is rushing it.  There is also a Dog and puppy 5 piece puzzle that's a bit harder.

As with all puzzles-- it's really important to start with sets that your child can do with a minimum amount of frustration. The idea is to build their sense of confidence- save more complicated puzzles for later on.

Our 4-5 year old testers loved the 22-piece Race Car and 3-4's liked the 13-piece T-Rex, a 16-piece Farm Scene,  a wonderful Birthday Cake, and Airplane. This company will provide missing pieces so that your investment is not lost. The textured pieces on their simple one piece puzzles are also good for tracing.

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

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2005 Award
3x49 Puzzles
(Ravensburger $8.5 Score:) Comes with 3 forty-nine-piece puzzles (that you sort out first by using the different patterns on the puzzle backs). Choose either the dinosaur or jungle animals motif. Challenging but satisfying.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2006 Award
Alphabet & Number Puzzle Pairs
(eeBoo $14.95 Score:)

A handsome set of two-piece puzzles with easy-to-recognize objects to pair with upper- and lower-case letters or objects and numerals. The letter/number sides are color-coded along the edges to help make the matches. Illustrated by Saxton Freymann, well-known artist of How are You Peeling? and Food for Thought. These can be used for simple games or solo puzzle play. (212) 222-0823.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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