Dr. Toy Best Vacation 2013Dr. Toy Announces Best Vacation Children’s Product Winners 
Selected by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (Dr. Toy) 

San Francisco, CA – (June 24, 2013)The report of winning toys for Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Children’s Products for 2013 is now available to parents, teachers and others interested in play and toys on Dr. Toy’s Guide. The information is designed to assist children to play and learn at home and while on vacation.

Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Children’s Products Awards were developed by noted child development authority, Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (a.k.a. Dr. Toy), as a valued service to consumers who desire to purchase safe, affordable, educationally-oriented, and stimulating toys and play products for children for vacation time for use at home or on the road.

“As a childhood specialist for more than 40 years,” says Dr. Toy, “I have seen the continuous, essential need for more year-round resources for consumers to identify and choose the most appropriate and timely products for all children.”

Dr. Toy reports that in the years the innovative on-line magazine, Dr. Toy’s Guide, has been available, “Many thousands of visitors daily from around the world have accessed its information.” It was the first web site to evaluate toys and children’s products, and now the site is newly updated. The report is being released, according to Dr. Toy, to “encourage parents and teachers to focus on the value of play during the summer (and year round) as essential to the overall learning process.”

She adds, “The Best Vacation Products are a balanced selection from large, small, new, and established companies across the U.S.A., Canada, and around the world and will provide children with exciting new learning tools that will help them not only do better in school, but also will provide more constructive activities while traveling or at vacation destinations.”

The award winning products include innovative toys, books, CDs, crafts, DVDs, games, puzzles, and many other play products for children of all ages and interests.

Dr. Toy believes “parents need more help to get a head start locating new, quality, diversified products that children will enjoy as they increase learning skills and expand creativity.” The products range from low- to high-tech for “hours of constructive, educational, and stimulating fun.”

“Children learn best through play,” says Dr. Auerbach, “and these Best Vacation Products encourage children to maximize their potential and make the most of Smart Play. By making a renewed focus on summertime as a special time for choosing new products for children, parents help to improve their children’s development. This is a perfect time for parents to ‘take stock’ of the inventory of what their children are playing with, what is not being used, and what they need next in their development.”

Using extensive criteria she has developed over many years, Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Children’s Products are very carefully chosen from among hundreds she has reviewed at toy fairs, in catalogs, and through many other sources. The criteria includes: safety, age-appropriateness, design, durability, lasting play value, cultural and ethnic diversity, good transition from home to school, educational value, learning skills, creativity, improvement in the understanding of the community and the world, good value for price, and, naturally, fun.

These are products suitable for babies to older children, include products from hand-crafted to hi-tech, and range in price on the average from $10 to $50. The winning vacation products are affordable, well designed, and reflect the wide range of children’s interests. Complete information about these and other products are included in the full report.

Dr. Toy’s report includes company customer service numbers, web site addresses, age range, price, and a full description of each product. The award-winning, on-line magazine, Dr. Toy’s Guide, features full color photos of each product, links to companies to learn more, interviews with and articles by Dr. Toy, plus hundreds of other Best Products for all reasons and seasons. At this time over 5000 products are included in Dr. Toy’s Guide with direct links to companies and toy stores on line, plus toy history, parent resources, and much more. See also the new iPhone App, “Dr. Toy’s Best Gift Guide,” for handy guidance as a practical take-along shopping tool.

About Dr. Toy: Dr. Auerbach, a long-time resident of San Francisco, originally from New York City, lived in Washington, D.C., while working for the Department of Education where she approved the first proposal for “Sesame Street” and established the first day care center for children of federal employees. In San Francisco, she established the San Francisco International Toy Museum, the world’s first “hands-on” toy museum visited by over 50,000 children. She is the author of 15 books, including The Toy Chest, Toys for a Lifetime, The Whole Child, Choosing Child Care, and hundreds of articles on toys and play, and is the only Ph.D. in Child Development evaluating toys and children’s products with extensive training, background, and over 40 years of experience evaluating, writing and speaking about toys and children’s products. Dr. Auerbach is trained in child development, education, child psychology and special education. She is an educator, consultant, parent, and playful grandparent. Her book, Dr. Toy’s Smart Play/Smart Toys: How to Raise a Child with a High PQ (Play Quotient), which is published in 12 countries, may be obtained through www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com and at other book stores.

Additional Points:

  • Dr. Toy’s Smart Play/Smart Toys: How to Raise a Child with a High PQ (Play Quotient) is a unique guide that provides tools to parents to help them enhance their child’s PQ (Play Quotient) — a concept Dr. Toy originated.  The book is also published in China, Croatia, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Russia, Spain, Thailand, and Turkey, and will soon be available in Egypt, and in other countries.
  • Articles about and by Dr. Toy have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country, in Canada, and around the world. Also read other articles on play and toys by Dr. Toy on The Huffington Post.

Interviews regarding the recommended best smart toys and play products can be arranged through Greg Walsh of Walsh PR by phone at 203-292-6280, or by email at drtoy@walshpr.com

 

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Company

Product Type

Age

Price

Phone

website

1.

Activision

Skylanders Battlegrounds™ EL GE MM TY

6-12

$49.99

310-255-2000

www.activision.com

2.

ALEX

Desk To Go AC CP TY

3-6

$19.95

800-666-2539

www.alextoys.com

3.

ALEX

My Scrapbook AC CP TR TY

6-9

$21.95

800-666-2539

www.alextoys.com

4.

ALEX

Super Sleuth Kit ES OT TR UN

8-10

$27.95

800-666-2539

www.alextoys.com

5.

Blue Orange

Flash ES GE TR MA

7-12

$14.99

415-252-0372

www.blueorangegames.com

6.

Blue Orange

Nada ES GE TR TY

7-12

$14.99

415-252-0372

www.blueorangegames.com

7.

Blue Orange

Ooga Booga CG ES SR TR

7-12

$12.99

415-252-0372

www.blueorangegames.com

8.

Buckle Toy

Buckle Toy Buster ES PL TR TY

1-4

$19.99

813-333-1133

www.buckletoy.com

9.

CelebriDucks

USA SAM Rubber Duck AE NO SR HM

0-12

$14.99

415-456-3452

www.celebriducks.com

10.

Chillafish

Bunzi AE ES TS TY

1-3

$49.00

978-887-6233

www.chillafish.com

11.

Cognitive Kid

Ansel & Clair: Dinosaur Trilogy ES MM SC SW

4-9

$1.99

650-766-8024

www.anselandclair.com

12.

Crorey Creations

My Lanyard Maker AC CP HO HM

6-12

$29.99

866-693-2648

www.myfbm.com

13.

Faber-Castell

Do Art Travel Easel AC CP TR TY

5-12

$35.00

800-311-8684

www.fabercastell.com

14.

Fashion Angels

Fashion Doodle Book AC CP HO OT

6-12

$8.99

800-492-3237

www.fashionangels.com

15.

Fashion Angels

Fashion Flip-Folio AC CO HO TR

8-12

$8.99

800-492-3237

www.fashionangels.com

16.

Fashion Angels

Fashion Sticker Stylist AC CP HO TR

8-12

$13.99

800-492-3237

www.fashionangels.com

17.

Gamewright

Monster Café CG CP ES GE

8-12

$11.99

800-638-7568

www.gamewright.com

18.

Gamewright

Rory’s Story Cubes – Voyages CP ES GE

9-12

$7.99

800-638-7568

www.gamewright.com

19.

Gamewright

That’s It! CG CP ES GE

12

$9.99

800-638-7568

www.gamewright.com

20.

GeoPalz

iBitz by GeoPalz AE EL OP IN

5-12

$34.99

877-546-4803

www.geopalz.com

21.

Griddly Games

Rainbows and Storms AC BG CP ES

5-12

$19.95

203-292-6280

www.griddlygames.com

22.

Henning Software

Kidobi AE CP ES IN

2-6

$4.00

647-477-5620

www.kidobi.com

23.

Jay at Play

Seat Pets PL TR TY

3-12

$19.99

888-481-0235

www.seatpets.com

24.

Laser Pegs

MPS 400 Helicopter ES NO SR GN

5-12

$14.99

866-432-3735

www.laserpegs.com

25.

LeapFrog

Bubble Guppies ES GE TR TY

3-5

$24.99

800-701-5327

www.leapfrog.com

26.

LeapFrog

LeapPad2 CP EL ES GE

3-5

$24.99

800-701-5327

www.leapfrog.com

27.

LeapFrog

Monsters University CP EL GE MM

4-7

$24.99

800-701-5327

www.leapfrog.com

28.

LeapFrog

Mr. Pencil Ultra eBook CP EL ES MM

4-7

$19.99

800-701-5327

www.leapfrog.com

29.

Little Kids

Putty Peeps™ CP NO TY UN

4-12

$8.99

800-545-5437

www.littlekidsinc.com

30.

Mary Kaye Music

Today I Was a Cat CD CP ES ML

1-10

$14.00

800-289-6923

www.marykayemusic.com

31.

Maykah/Roominate

Basic Roominate CO CP DH SC

6-12

$29.99

206-384-5413

www.roominatetoy.com

32.

North Star Games

Clubs BG CG GE

8-12

$13.99

240-558-3850

www.northstargames.com

33.

OgoSport

Copter Darts AE GE OP TY

6-12

$35.00

718-554-0777

www.ogosport.com

34.

OgoSport

Volo Fleet AE EQ GE OP

6-12

$15.00

718-554-0777

www.ogosport.com

35.

Orbotix

Sphero

1mo-12yrs

$129.00

425-652-8547

www.gosphero.com

36.

PlayBox

Infinipuzzle – Utopia Dystopia ES PZ

6-12

$17.95

516-777-0049

www.playboxus.com

37.

Radz Brands

Radz ES MM IN TR

3-12

$4.99

503-227-2226

www.radzworld.com

38.

Recent Toys

Brainstring Advance ES NO PZ UN

7-12

$16.99

512-218-7950

www.recenttoysonline.com

39.

Recent Toys

Gear Ball ES NO PZ TY

7-12 yrs

$24.99

512-218-7950

www.recenttoysonline.com

40.

Rubbabu

Gemini Space Traveller FP SR TR HM

0-5 yrs

$19.95

732-428-5544

www.rubbabu.com

41.

Rubbabu

Monster Car & Jump Track AE GN TR TY

0-5 yrs

$19.95

732-428-5544

www.rubbabu.com

42.

Rubbabu

Scout the SUV AE SR GN TY

0-5 yrs

$24.95

732-428-5544

www.rubbabu.com

43.

Strikerz Gamez

Nuggets CG CP ES GE

8-12

$12.95

250-886-4049

www.strikerzgame.com

44.

SuperME

SuperME Cape Backpack CS FP TR TY

2-6

$39.90

866-787-3710

www.supermehero.com

45.

Timeless Toys

Party Sticks Jr.- Large AE ES GE MA

3-12

$14.00

650-328-8508

www.timeless-toys.com

46.

VTech

InnoTab 2S EL ES MM MA

3-9

$99.99

800-521-2010

www.vtechkids.com

47.

Wild Republic

Funamation Station ES HO PL TY

3-12

$0.99

800-800-9678

www.wildrepublic.com

48.

Wild Republic

Nature Tubes ES GN CT SR

3-7

$10.00

800-800-9678

www.wildrepublic.com

49.

Wow! Stuff

Wow Packs OT TR TY UN

3-6

$34.99

646-484-4575

www.wowstuff.com

50.

X Plus Products

Po-Rum-Bo BG ES MA PZ

8-12

$19.99

800-930-1814

www.xplusproducts.com

Key:

ac = arts & crafts

ae = active

bg = board game

cd = CD

cg = card game

co = construction

cp = creative products

cs = costume, other accessories

ct = cultural

dh = dollhoue

el = electronic product

eq = equipment

es = educational skills

ge = game

gn = green

hm = hand-made

ho = hobby

in = internet/website

ma = math

ml = musical

mm = multimedia

no = novelty

op = outdoor play

pl = plush

pz = puzzle

sc = science

sr = socially responsible

sw = software

tr = travel

ts = transportation

ty = toy

un = unique