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Dr. Toy’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: An Insider’s Guide to the Best Toys 

San Francisco, CA – (December 3, 2013) – Dr. Toy’s Holiday Gift Guide, a valuable toy resource from Dr. Toy’s website is now open and ready for visitors at www.drtoy.com. This new special online service makes searching for the right gift for all ages much easier. Multi-media presentations are powered by Magic Toy Box – Dr. Toy’s unique virtual toy museum and marketplace. Information is available for each product with links to the company and a means to purchase. Dr. Toy’s Tips on Using Toys are included.

Highlights of Dr. Toy’s Holiday Gift Guide:

Dr. Toy observes children at play and sees what works and what doesn’t hold up under tough testing from – active, inquisitive, and resourceful babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and older children. Dr. Toy’s Holiday Gift Guide assists consumers to select the right products to enhance children’s play and learning.

Selections are based on lasting play value, learning, and balance among children’s active, creative, and educational experiences. Dr. Toy looks for durability and versatility like blocks, construction toys, games, puppets, and transportation toys to stimulate imagination, engage the players, and deliver lasting values.

High standards are applied to all play products in Dr. Toy’s Holiday Gift Guide. The careful selection play themes and types of products are designed to match each child’s interests, abilities, and readiness. Annually, Dr. Toy reviews products created by varied manufacturers the world over. Dr. Toy’s final selections match extensive criteria, including age grading, company dependability, and versatility of design. Children’s positive reactions are worth careful selection. Toys and products selected for Dr. Toy’s  Holiday Gift Guide meet Dr. Toy’s high standards for design, durability, price, quality, safety, and value.

Some criteria and questions include: Is the product worth the price? Does it have lasting learning and “play value”? Is it age appropriate? Is it fun?  Does it meet safety standards?

Dr. Toy reminds parents and teachers, “Let’s not forget that ‘play is children’s work’ and should be respected and understood by all adults. Dr. Toy believes parents should consider what are the best products, or ‘tools for play,’ to provide wholesome experiences for children that provide positive and meaningful play interactions and fun.”

About Dr. Toy:
Child development and toy specialist Dr. Stevanne Auerbach, “Dr. Toy,” has reviewed and evaluated thousands of the best toys to offer parents, grandparents, and teachers this holiday season and for the last 25 years through her award-winning website, Dr. Toy’s Guide (www.drtoy.com). Dr. Auerbach is author of dozens of books on children and play, including Dr. Toy’s Smart Play/Smart Toys: How to Raise a Child with a High P.Q. (Play Quotient), written especially for parents.

Interviews regarding the recommended best toys and products can be arranged through Walsh Public Relations at 203-292-6280 or by e-mail to greg@walshpr.com