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Age: Preschoolers
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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
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
Thomas & Friends By the Sea and Fun at the Carnival Jumbo Floor Puzzles
(Briarpatch $14.95 Score:)

These jumbo floor puzzles have 35 big pieces and when complete they will be 18" by 29.5" inches wide. Best of all the way the pieces are broken apart, it's easy to figure out how to fit the trains together and the other characters in Thomas' world. By the Sea features Thomas going over a bridge and his pals Harold the helicopter and Bulstrode the boat are in the scene countryside scene along with Sir Topham Hatt. Fun at the Carnival ($14.95) features Thomas arriving at the carnival grounds where a huge tent is waiting, along with workers who are setting up the booths. As usual Sir Topham Hatt is concerned over the time as he checks his pocket watch and Harold is hovering overhead ready to stir up action. There's a lot to talk about in both of these pig puzzles. Both build dexterity, problem solving skills, visual discrimination, as well as language and patience. They say 3 & up. We'd say 3's and most 4's will need parental help to get this started, but they love doing their puzzles many times and developing mastery over them.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2010.

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2010 Award
Guidecraft Primary Puzzle Board
(Guidecraft $19 Score:)

Finding puzzles for beginners is not easy. Many have too many pieces and tiny knobs or no knobs at all for lifting the pieces. This is the exception. Beautifully crafted in wood with stout handles, the five geometric puzzle pieces fit into a slanting board that lifts it off the table top or floor. Each shape is painted to match the place on the board where it fits. You can talk about the colors and shapes as they use this toy to reinforce shape and color concepts. Marked 1 and up, we think this is a better choice for 18 months and up.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

SNAP IDEAS: For children with difficulty grasping objects, adapt this by slipping a large foam curler over the handle. Children can also use these shapes for tracing or making patterns by pressing them into play doh. For all the reasons listed above this is a solid choice for developing language and math concepts as well as dexterity and matching skills. ACTIVITIES: Play a shape finding game. Play a circle game by looking for all the things in the room you are in that are shaped like a circle. Another time make a riddle of it. I Spy something in this room or on the table that is the same shape as the circle. Declare today Circle day and eat a lot of foods that are circular..i.e. cherrios, doughnut, crackers, burgers, berries. Cut up a banana into disks and count how many sweet circles there are to eat.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. 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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2009 Award
Busy Bugs Floor Puzzle
(Mudpuppy Press $16 Score:)

Twenty-four big pieces fit together to make a wonderful 24" x 36" floor puzzle featuring a host of summery flowers and bugs. Use the finished puzzle for naming and knowing the bugs and counting them, too. What kind are there the most of? How many are green? Make up riddles about the bug you are thinking of and change roles by having your child make up the riddles. Be sure to give the puzzle builder some cues about putting the frame together first. 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: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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