Best Toys and Games in 2012


Ages 7+

3D Puzzle La Tour Eiffel

Ooh la la, Paris in a puzzle! Piece together the famous landmark. Ideal for kids who have mastered flat puzzles and want an incremental challenge. Flat and hinged plastic pieces are numbered and have arrows to indicate placement, so this can be easily erected in an afternoon. Ravensburger, $25.99; Ages 10 and up.


What comes in a box, fits inside a blender, and will make you laugh? Name an object that fits the attributes on your cards and then play them to the grid. Gamewright, $9.99; Ages 8 and up.


Add little-bitty cards to a grid, making sure that color, shape and number are either all the same or all different across the line. As the grid expands, so do the possibilities. Pocket-sized, go-along game; easy to play on any table anywhere. Gamewright, $7.99; Ages 8 and up.


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