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Age: Early Elementary School Years
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2015 Award
Janod Floor Puzzle ABC Monsters
(Janod $25 Score:)

Funny Alphabet letters with googly eyes and smiling faces stand out on a black background. Giant puzzle pieces make this right for younger kids who will be amused as they put these playful letters together to form the alphabet. A good choice for kids who are working on the names and sounds of letters. This comes in a handsome carrying case that will hold the puzzles pieces for safe keeping between times. Remember, kids like to do their puzzles over and over again until they master them. This one has no frame for finding the outside pieces, so the letter names are going to be important clues. There is also a chart that can be used for reference clues. It's still a good idea to show beginners how to use the straight sided pieces for making a frame of their own. 4-7

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
USA Map 100 Piece Puzzle
(The Purple Cow $10 Score:)

For kids learning their way around maps, this company has a series of attractive 100-piece puzzles that come in eye-catching globe-shaped containers. We tested the USA map and putting it together is challenging since the pieces are small. But there are lots of clues such as state names that are broken in two and the frame with flat sides. Marked for 6-99, we suspect this is a better bet for slightly older school aged kids, say 8 & up. If you like this one you will also want to consider the World Map, Solar System, and Europe.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Awards
eeBoo Beautiful Morning Panoramic Puzzle
(eeBoo $12.99 Score:)

Just in time for spring a garden full of bright tulips being picked by bear and bunny while others plant a garden, fly kites, ride bikes and enjoy the glory of springtime. Big pieces are perfect for preschoolers small hands. It's a 36 piece puzzle that forms a three foot long picture by illustrator, Kevin Hawkes. Also good fun from the same artist, Busy Vehicles, an illustration with little animals in vehicles made of carrots, bananas, cabbages and other fantasy vehicles that fly, float and roll along. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Begin Again Dinosaur A to Z Puzzle
(Begin Again $30 Score:)

A colorful alphabet puzzle for dinohaulics. This wooden dino comes in a wooden tray for safekeeping and fits together in alphabetical order. Build it with upper case letters on one side or do it again with upper case letters. It is not easy, but it is rewarding. When it is all put together it can be stood up, too. Marked for 5 & up. We think even 6 and 7 year olds will like this, especially if they love dinosaurs.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Awards
Begin Again Dinosaur Skeleton Puzzle
(Begin again $20 Score:)

Such a clever two-sided wooden T-Rex puzzle! An eleven-piece dino fits into the puzzle box along with eight background pieces. On one side the T-rex's bones are shown; on the reverse the bones go under cover. It's tricky, but we even got the dino to stand up after it was all put together. Marked 3 & up, we think this will work better for kids who are a bit older.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
eeBoo Portraits of Nature 64 piece Puzzle
(eeBoo $12.99 Score:)

Kids will be challenged to fit together two parts of the many animals featured on this handsome 64 piece puzzle illustrated by artist, Melissa Sweet. They'll have portraits of 36 creatures on a 15 X 15 inch puzzle. A fun puzzle for knowing and naming as well as dexterity and problem solving. Also, from the same artist, Growing a Garden with lots of plants to know, name and even read, since they are labeled. These have god sized pieces for younger puzzlers.  5 & up.

 

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
eeBoo A Lovely Day Panoramic Puzzle
(eeBoo $12.99 Score:)

Skating foxes, fishing turtles, picnicking bears and bunnies, bike riding mice are just some of the creatures on this action filled 3-foot long panoramic puzzle. Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes this is a charmer with 36 big pieces. A nice birthday party gift. Also charming for a wintry scene, be sure to see A Snow Party panoramic puzzle. 3 & up

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2014 Awards
Build a Bug Sorter
(Hape $19.99 Score:)


There are four bugs on this wooden board and eight puzzle pieces. The trick here is for tots to begin to see fine differences. Here the playing pieces fit over pegs only each bug has a different number of pegs. So this is a puzzle that calls for looking at finer details and seeing the difference between one, two, three and four pegs. 2 & up

SNAP: matching up the puzzle pieces to the on, two, three and four pegs calls for looking at details. Before you play, put some of the puzzle pieces away. Start with just one set and talk about where the pieces will fit. Add another set and put them on the post. Next mix up the pieces for two posts and work on sorting them. By going slowly, you are giving strategies for how to proceed with still more pieces.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Baby Animals Block Puzzle
(Mudpuppy Press $14.99 Score:)

Using Clare Beaton's illustrations from Who Are You, Baby Kangaroo? Each of the six illustrations features an adult animal with babies. Turning the faces of the nine blocks, players must find the right side of each block to assemble the six separate images. A classic puzzle form with new images that challenge visual perception and patience.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Ravensburger Disney Planes Puzzles
(Ravensburger $14.99 Score:)

Kids can put together images of four different planes with these four shaped puzzles. They range from simple 10-pieces to a 16-piece one. Introduce them one puzzle at a time so all the pieces do not get mixed together. These are real jigsaw puzzle pieces that call for more dexterity and visual discrimination than typical preschool puzzles, though the pieces are larger than they are pictured on the box graphic. That said, this is a challenging set. You'll want to show them how to sort the colors into four different piles and then work on one puzzle at a time when they first start. Like all puzzles for younger kids, this will be probably be put together a number of times, since kids like to redo their puzzles, getting confidence as they do them with greater ease and mastery. This set comes in a sturdy storage box for safe keeping between uses. Marked for 3 & up, we think this may be a better choice for experienced puzzle builders of four and five.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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