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Product Type: Toys
Age: Toddlers
Categories: Puzzles

 


2013 Award
Mudpuppy Puzzle Wheel, Construction
(Mudpuppy $9.99 Score:)

A two-sided seven-piece puzzle for beginners. It's all about matching colors and learning to fit the big sturdy pieces together. A central gear-shaped piece has opening with a bright color space to fit the pie shaped color pieces in. Flip it over and there are construction vehicles each on a single colored background. Again, the player matches colors while learning the names of these vehicles. This is part of a series of circular puzzles in the same format. There are also zoo, dinosaur, and farm versions that will interest your toddler and be useful for knowing and naming games that develop language as well as dexterity. Marked for 2's and up, you'll want to use this for parent and child time together. 2 & up.

 

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
Parents Perfect Peacock Puzzle
(Manhattan Toy $15 Score:)

An eight-piece wooden puzzle with big enough pieces for small hands. This is not as simple as it appears at first glance. Learning to rotate the peacock's feathers will take some practice and although they are similar in appearance they are not entirely interchangeable. Well crafted, the wood is smooth and the pieces sit above the puzzle board so that they are easier to take out and place back in the cut out. 2 & up.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Green Start Wooden Puzzles: Playful Pals
(Innovative Kids $9.99 Score:)

A cheerful looking puzzle with four small puzzles, each cut into four chunky pieced. There's a cute orange cat, a bunny, a dog and a yellow duck. Lift the pieces out and the background is color-coded and has a few of the details found on the puzzle pieces. But it is not one-on-one matching, so kids have to look a little closer. Also a good choice for developing dexterity and language and color concepts.  A nicely crafted wooden puzzle that will keep your preschooler challenged. They say 2 & up. We suspect older twos will do better with this. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Green Start Wooden Puzzles: Tough Trucks
(Innovative Kids $9.99 Score:)

There are six two-piece puzzles in this wooden puzzle board. Each has a bright graphic that is totally distinctive from the others. Lift out the pieces and the graphic (with a name label) is also in the tray for one-on-one matching. They make a Rainbow Fairy puzzle as well. The fairies are two-piece puzzles, but we prefer the real world vehicles for this age group. This is a fun toy for visual discrimination as well as developing dexterity and language. The storage case is well designed to preserve the integrity of the puzzle pieces. Made from wood from sustainable forests. 18 months & up. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Guidecraft Sun Sorter
(Guidecraft $25 Score:)

This is an open-ended puzzle for kids to explore. The 12 pieces are all the same size but in different colors. They fit back into the board with in any number of color arrangements. Or they can be arranged in a zig-zag line or a full circle outside of the puzzle board. Use them for color matching and naming with the beginner. There is a small booklet with playful ideas for introducing this clever puzzle. Made of rubberwood and stained with eco-friendly dyes, this is marked for 2 & up. We think this will be a tough for 2's but really good and challenging fun for 3-5's.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Awards
Guidecraft Shape and Color Sorter
(Guidecraft $25 Score:)

Nine chunky wooden shaped fit into the wood frame that is finished in a natural wood finish. Made of eco-friendly rubberwood the pieces are stained with safer aniline dyes. These simple basic shapes are good for knowing and naming and for developing the eye hand and fine motor dexterity for putting them back into the matching spaces on the board. Since the pieces are raised they are easier to lift up and place back into the puzzle board. This comes with a small activity booklet with good ideas for introducing the colors and concepts.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Awards
Educo Emergency Vehicles Peg Puzzle
(HaPe $9.99 Score:)

Storybook style transportation graphics give this 10-piece wooden puzzle eye appeal. Each of the puzzle pieces has a small peg for lifting and refitting the puzzle pieces in place. Lift the pieces and a two-toned graphic is there to use for matching. This kind of wooden puzzle board is good for developing fine motor skills as well as language. You can also use the puzzle pieces other games.

Riddle Me This Game Put five of the vehicle in a row. Now make up a riddle that describes one of the vehicles. i.e. "I'm thinking of the vehicle that has white and grey paint" (note the boat, ambulance and motorcycle have) Now add another clue... "I'm thinking of the one that police use..it has a PD on it" (two of them have that) Now give the final clue... "I'm thinking of a vehicle that doesn't travel on land, but on water." After your child gets the idea of this, switch roles and let him give you riddles.

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

SNAP Adaption: Adapting the pegs for kids with physical challenges. Attach a strip of wide doubled masking tape to the peg. Make the strip at least two inces long. This will be easier to grasp than the tiny pegs.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Educo Wild Animals Peg Puzzle
(HaPe $9.99 Score:)

Storybook style animal graphics give this 10-piece wooden puzzle eye appeal. Each of the puzzle pieces has a small peg for lifting and refitting the puzzle pieces in place. Lift the pieces and a two-toned graphic is there to use for matching. This kind of wooden puzzle board is good for developing fine motor skills as well as language.

You can also use the puzzle pieces for other games.
Who Ran Away? Game. Put four of the puzzle in a row. Have your child turn around-no peeking. Now remove one animal and have child guess which animal ran away.

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

Age: Toddlers, Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Educo Zoo Animals Knob Puzzle
(HaPe $8.99 Score:)

With big peg handles for little hands to grasp, this three-piece wooden puzzle with bright licks of color and patterns is designed for true beginners. There's a tall Giraffe, a happy looking Lion and a big blue Elephant. Lift the pieces out and there is a graphic underneath that will help toddlers make a match. The pieces will not just slide into place. It takes a little learning time to discover how to rotate the piece and make it fit into place. It's all the more fun if you add some growling and trumpeting sounds and talk about the animals as you play with your toddler. This is a good choice for developing eye hand as well as problem solving skills that call for patience and persistence. They say 12 months and up. We'd say more like 18 months to 2 & up.

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

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2011 Award
Educo Travel Knob Puzzle
(HaPe $8.99 Score:)

With big peg handles for little hands to grasp, this three-piece wooden puzzle with bright licks of color and patterns is designed for true beginners. It represents land, sea and air travel with an airplane, a sailboat and a red car. Lift the pieces out and there is a graphic underneath that will help toddlers make a match. The pieces will not just slide into place. It takes a little learning time to discover how to rotate the piece and make it fit into place. It's all the more fun if you add some zooming and motor sounds and talk about the vehicle and where they land as you play with your toddler. This is a good choice for developing eye hand as well as problem solving skills that call for patience and persistence. They say 12 months and up. We'd say more like 18 months to 2 & up.


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

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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