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

 


2003 Award
Look-Alikes Playground
(Briarpatch $5.99 Score:) (Briarpatch $5.99 four ) Joan Steiner's wonderful scenes of everyday life are a perfect fit for puzzles (ha!). Sixty-three pieces make up this inventive playground, including a tambourine for a sandbox and a shoehorn for a slide! Also fun, Look-Alikes Harbor. 8 & up. Or try Look-Alikes Soda Shop with 500 pieces. They say 7 & up, we say a good family project!

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2004 Award
My First Puzzles
(Infantino $12.99 Score:) There are 6 big cardboard puzzles that you’ll want to introduce one at a time. There are 2 two-piece puzzles, 2 four-piece puzzles, and 2 six-piece puzzles with handsome graphics—ducks, monkeys, and ’gators. Also fun, an Alphabet Train ($12.99 ): each train has a letter in upper and lower case, and an object that starts with the sound of the letter. Still more challenging, Counting & Shapes Floor Puzzle ($12 ) a 30-piece train that’s more complex. Kids need to find geometric shapes before they can figure out the sequence of the trains and then add the animals to the top of the train. This takes some patience and a little help for beginners. 4–7. (800) 365-8182.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Puzzibilities Dump Truck and School Bus
(Small World Toys $10 Score:) These handsome puzzles are just right for beginners. Pieces with images lift out with little red knobs, and images are also below the pieces for matching. We especially like the Dump Truck and School Bus with multicultural casts. Favorite Toys and What Am I? will also be enjoyed. (800) 421-4153. Also top rated, Farm Friends (Battat $4.99 ), with nine animals to know and name. (800) 247-6144 x280.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2005 Awards
Lauri T-Rex and Farm Puzzle
(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. New for ‘06 , a 13-piece T-Rex and a 16 piece Farm Scene. Past favorites include Triceratops, Car, Cement Truck, Birthday Cake, and Airplane. 3–7. (800) 451-0520.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2007 Award
Trapecolo
(HaPe $24.99 Score:) Create colorful patterns with 180 trapezoid shapes that fit into a large six-sided wooden frame. Patterns are shown in the brochure, but not full size, so these are more challenging. Marked 4–99, we’d say more like 6 & up. Making a design with these multicolored blocks takes visual perception as well as patience and problem-solving skills. For a simpler set, we still suggest a classic BLUE CHIP Parquetry Blocks Super Set (Learning Resources $26.95 5), thirty-two geometrically shaped tiles kids arrange on top of 20 colorful patterns. BUt this new set from HaPe is more challenging.

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

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2007 Award
1001 Nights
(Haba $35 Score:) This is a handsome set of tiles that can be used in open-ended format to create a skyline of minarets and domes, à la 1001 Arabian Nights. There are multiple patterns that children can follow, and matching the tiles calls for visual perception. A good quiet time activity. (800) 468-6873.

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

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2007 Award
Egyptology Puzzle
(Mudpuppy Press $11 Score:) Based on the book Egyptology from Candlewick, this handsome 100-piece puzzle is smartly designed with good clues in the graphics. If you have a child in the midst of all things Egyptian, this will be a prize! Puzzle image is printed on the metal storage tin. 7 & up. (212) 354-8840.

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

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2007 Award
Lego City Puzzles
(Ravensburger $10 Score:) Choose from two cityscape scenes, one of a fire with Lego trucks and helicopter or a police station with police copter. Both puzzles are 60 pieces and include a bonus Lego vehicle to build and play with after the puzzle is assembled. Also top rated, City Scenes ($10 4). Three 49-piece puzzles with different patterns on the back to sort them. Small pieces for more advanced puzzlers. 5 & up. (800) 886-1236.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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