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Age: Early Elementary School Years
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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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2009 Award
Simms Taback Jumbo Animals Floor Puzzle
(Briarpatch $18.99 Score:)

34 big pieces fit together to form a jolly 20 X 30 inch floor puzzle featuring two stacks of animals saying what each of them say…as in 'Woof!' 'Oink!' 'Moo!' and so on. All the pieces fit into a sturdy box with magnetic closure buried inside. Taback's amusing critters add special delight to this colorful choice for young puzzle players. They say 3-6. We're sure 3's will need help. So will most 4's. Also fun, Simms Taback Animal Parade. 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
Simms Taback Safari Animals 4 in 1 Puzzle
(Briarpatch $16.99 Score:)

There are 4 different animal puzzles in this set and they come in varying degrees of difficulty. Each finished puzzle is 8X 10 inches when complete. There’s a 6, 8, 12, and 14 piece puzzle. They come packed in separate baggies. Typical of Taback, the illustrations are delightfully colorful and jaunty. The set comes packed in a sturdy box with handle and magnetic closure buried inside. They say 3+. We’d say this one is more difficult and will be a challenge to kids from 4-7. 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.

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2009 Award
Zoo Animals Block Puzzle
(Mudpuppy Press $14.95 Score:)

Nine cubes can be arranged to form six different puzzles. This classic cube puzzle is a fine choice for travel or quiet time entertainment. It challenges visual as well as eye hand skills. Making whole images from so many parts is not all that easy. It requires some trial and error as well as patience and stick-to-it-ability. Colorful images of pandas, giraffes, elephants, monkeys, tigers and polar bears. Makes a good birthday gift choice for under $15. 5& up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Charlie & Lola Puzzle
(Mudpuppy Press $10 Score:)

Favorite storybook characters, Charlie and Lola are featured on this puzzle with the two of them drinking pink milk…which is best, of course! This is a 36 piece puzzle marked for 3 & up. We think it may be a challenge for most 3’s and many 4’s. Give them help with the strategy of putting the frame of the puzzle 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.

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2009 Award
Collectible Tin Puzzles Pirates
(Mudpuppy Press $14 Score:)

This 100-piece puzzle creates a handsome three mast pirate ship with challenging sails to un-jumble. Like all 100 piece puzzles, this is for older and more experienced puzzle builders. Marked 5 & up, we think this will require help if a 5 tries this solo. More like a 7 & up choice. 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: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Award
Pirates
(Mudpuppy Press $10 Score:)

36 big pieces combine to make a 16 X 16 inch puzzle with a cast of animal pirates. This is not really as easy at it may appear. 36 pieces are a serious challenge for beginners. Give them some help in seeing the edges and making a frame. Says 3 & up. We think it may be hard for most 3’s and even some 4’s. For older pirate lovers there is a 63 piece Pirate’s Cove ($14 4.5) with smaller pieces. It comes stored in a round container that adds to the challenge of following the image. This is not an easy puzzle. Finishes as an 18 X 14pieces. 5 & 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.

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2009 Award
Jungle Friends, First Puzzles
(Mudpuppy Press $10 Score:)

Newest of the First Puzzle sets with four little puzzles in one box. This is a little more challenging since the colors of the four puzzles have some overlap. Sorting the playing pieces by color may need adult assistance. That said the four animals pictured are playful images and go together with ease, once they are sorted. In fat the sorting is part of the fun. 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.

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