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Young Minds At Play wins 2011 Creative Child Magazine’s Puzzle of the Year Award

WESTON, MO – December 1, 2011: Moms and child educators have voted, making Young Minds At Play’s First Jigsaw Puzzle - Square a Creative Child Magazine 2011 Puzzle of the Year. This is the fourth award the puzzle has won this year.

Every year, Creative Child Magazine hosts a 2 day event where moms and child educators are invited to review sample toys, games, CDs, DVDs, and books. Each mom and educator is asked to evaluate each product based on educational value, creative nurturing, creative play, and overall value with respect to retail price. The evaluations are totaled by Creative Child and the awards announced.

Creative Child Magazine is a national bi-monthly publication. It assists parents by providing information on how to nurture their child's creativity.

One year olds normally cannot manage a jigsaw puzzle, but Young Minds At Play changes all of that. The
First Jigsaw Puzzle – Square is big and chunky making it easy for little hands to hold. It has interchangeable pieces so toddlers can find a piece that fits on the very first try. The puzzle continues to hold little ones interest easily through 3 years old because it has the unique feature of multiple solutions.

A powerhouse for the brain, it promotes spatial skills, language and mathematical development, eye-hand coordination, and motor skills. Young Minds At Play details specific learning activities for the puzzle on their website, Simply click on the “Activities” link that is at the bottom of the First Jigsaw Puzzle – Square product page.

The puzzle is finely crafted in Weston, Missouri, USA from solid hardwood.

Eco-friendly, it is made from locally sourced, sustainably harvested solid maple and cherry wood and hand-finished with a beeswax/oil. Packaging is made from 100% recycled material.

Earlier this year, the puzzle won the Dr. Toy Best Green Product Award, Dr. Toy Best Vacation Products Award, and the Dr. Toy Best Picks Award.

The puzzle retails at,, and

About Young Minds At Play
Young Minds At Play specializes in crafting and selling mind-stimulating, eco-friendly, wooden toys and Montessori Materials for ages 1+. Frustrated that they could not find the safe, natural, educational toys they wanted for their infant son, Jeff and Charlene Smith started Young Minds At Play in 2010. They craft their toys from locally sourced, sustainably harvested solid maple and cherry wood and hand-finish them with a beeswax/oil. Packaging is 100% recycled material or reusable cotton bags. Everything is made in Weston, Missouri, from American materials and all packaging is American-made. For more information, visit