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

 

 
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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2006 Award
Bug Tumble
(The Orb Factory $14.99 Score:) The graphics of this box don’t do justice to the stunning puzzle inside. Much like a DK book, the collage of bugs, worms, and other creepy things will appeal to bug-fascinated kids. While there are 48 pieces, it is still a very challenging puzzle with a pleasing oversized 2' x 3' size. Puzzle comes with a big poster chockful of info on the creepy crawlies in the puzzle. Marked 4 & up, but we’d say most 6s will find it challenging. Really depends on the child. (800) 741-0089.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Jumpers & Crawlers
(Ravensburger $10 Score:)

Look carefully at this 60-piece puzzle and you'll see all kinds of creatures sitting in and slithering along the branches and leaves of the jungle. Also special, Wildlife in Africa. And for a challenge, 3x49 Puzzles ($8.50 ), three 49-piece puzzles (which you sort out first by using the different patterns on the puzzle backs). Our testers liked the dinosaur and jungle motifs. (800) 886-1236.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2007 Award
Seek and Find Let's Go to the City!
(Cranium $9.99 Score:) First players put together the 24 piece puzzle. Then they draw illustrated cards that show them the objects they must find and circle with a dry marker that wipes off. The illustrations are pleasingly busy (somewhere in between a Where's Waldo and a Richard Scarry's illustration). Each puzzle comes with 15 beginner cards and 15 more advanced cards so the game can be played by mixed aged groups. They say 3 & up, we’d say more like 4 and up to start. Also in this line and recommended, Seek and Find Take Me to the Carnival!

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2009 Award
SAMi Block Puzzle
(Briarpatch $12.99 Score:)

This is a classic kind of puzzle with a fresh look. Nine blocks fit into a tray. Turn the blocks to make six different puzzles. Four have a playful animal face, one has numerals to put in order and the final one has shapes to match by color and shape. 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: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
SAMi 4 in 1 Vehicles Shapes Puzzle
(Briarpatch $16.99 Score:)

SAMi’s bold colors and forms make this set of vehicle puzzles a special treat for the eye. There’s an oval puzzle that reveals a submarine; a triangle with a construction shovel; a circle with a bike, and a square with an engineer in a train engine. The four puzzles come packed separately and the background colors give kids clues for sorting the pieces. They say 3+. We think 3’s and some 4’s will need help with sorting these if they get mixed together. 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
SAMi 1 2 3 Counting 7 ft. Floor Puzzle
(Briarpatch $18.99 Score:)

Clear the decks! You need a big open space for this 7 foot long puzzle. There are 48 big pieces that are perfect for young puzzle players. With background colors as clues, kids will find the images on this oversized puzzle fun to count. From 1-12 there are entertaining images to talk about. Each image comes in four pieces and hooks into the image before and after. They say 3-6. We think 3's and some 4's will need help in putting this together. 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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