Selected by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (Dr. Toy) and Jennie Ito, Ph.D.
San Francisco, CA – (April 23, 2015) – You can count on classic toys. These are the long lasting toys that “keep on playing” long after the batteries and latest fads are gone. They are also updated, improved and continue to please young players and older ones too. Where do you turn for a selection that provides a timeless, fun experience that will hold your child’s interest and engage the entire family?
We are always searching for those lasting favorites of all children who have played with them. We have also found some excellent new updates of classic toys. Parents need to balance their children’s play experiences between traditional and high tech play. They need to be reminded that classic, highly beneficial toys are available. Parents and grandparents will quickly recall the fun they had with classic toys.
Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D., known as Dr. Toy®, has been tracking trends in the toy business for more than 30 years. In the just released Dr. Toy’s Best Classic Toys for 2015, the search extended across the entire toy industry to find classic toys that fit the criteria for fun, skill building, and high play value. The Dr. Toy Team with Jennie Ito, Ph.D., carefully evaluates to select the best products.
Drs. Auerbach and Ito agree that “Classic toys are enduring and have many important benefits. They encourage the child’s interaction, involvement and are truly child-powered.” A wide-variety of selections are included among this year’s winners. The list reflects toys that these experts say “are perfect for all ages, abilities, and interests from baby to older children, teens, and adults, from low to high tech, and from nature to nurture.”
Many parents and grandparents want to introduce a special favorite, a Yo-Yo, Lincoln Logs, Erector Sets, Tinker Toys, Etch-A-Sketch, teddy bear, Raggedy Ann doll, Monopoly, or Lionel electric trains. Classics are the ‘basics’ that never go out of style. You can quickly recall favorite playthings including Jacks and Ball, paper dolls, pick-up sticks, Slinky, Play-doh, and a long-time favorite, marbles. Certainly, anyone who has ever tried a hula-hoop still finds it fun to swirl the colorful plastic hoop for exercise, stress reduction, and amusement; or toss a Frisbee, or use a jump rope.
“Classic toys,” Dr. Toy says, reflecting back to her own youth, “are toys you return to from your own childhood like the shiny, durable Radio Flyer red wagon, scooter, or tricycle. The traditional toys endure and continue to stimulate play.”
Drs. Toy and Ito carefully survey the toy marketplace year-round to select a wide-range of great classic toys and other categories. They keep abreast of new products, on the endearing, lasting qualities of the toys of yesteryear, and on innovative products based on the past, updated to create something new.
Winners of the annual classic toy search are included in Dr. Toy’s Best Classic Toys for 2015, available on the first, free, popular, accessible website that has long presented the best award selections to advise parents, teachers, and others. Dr. Toy’s Guide, www.drtoy.com, provides pertinent information, including photos, product descriptions, links to company sites, and other consumer information.
If you are at a loss for an appropriate toy for the child in your life, the suggestions found in the Dr. Toy’s Best Classic Toys for 2015 will help you to easily locate valuable products. These toys have met the “test of time.” They have endured, entertained, and satisfied young and old for many years, and will continue to do so for a long time.
Find out what all the excitement is about. Then, make some of your own by selecting the products that most appeal to you and your child. You can easily share the fun of a special classic toy or game with your child. You may recall the fun you had when you were little. If that’s the case, carry on a family tradition that spans several generations. Find your favorite classic toy. Many adults collect toys as a fun hobby. Adults need more time to play for social, emotional, and physical benefits. “More playtime for all!” is “Dr. Toy’s Rx” for children and adults.
About Dr. Toy: Dr. Auerbach, founder of the popular web site, Dr. Toy’s Guide, has welcomed Jennie Ito, PhD, to her team. They comprise the only PhD duo in Child Development evaluating the best developmentally appropriate toys and children’s products. Through the Dr. Toy Award Programs they recognize the best toys and play things in many categories including, Best of the Year, Best Picks, Best Classics, Best Vacation, and Best Green. The website has links to the product makers and retailers and other useful sites for parents, teachers, children, and toy enthusiasts. Dr. Toy’s Guide provides all pertinent information and includes photos, complete product descriptions, links to company sites, and consumer information. Interact with Dr. Toy on social media through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Dr. Toy Stevanne 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. 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, she 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.
Dr. Jennie Ito has been involved in learning the skills and evaluating product. She is an experienced play and toy consultant and a mother of two very playful children. She has a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, with a specialization in children’s play and cognitive development. She began her career with a fellowship in Museum Evaluation and Museum Education at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. She later worked as a content expert for the Association of Children’s Museum’s Playing for Keeps Play Initiative, providing play resources to parents and museum professionals. Dr. Ito works as a toy evaluation specialist for Dr. Toy’s Guide.
- 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, Turkey, and 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.
- Check also Dr. Toy’s Best Gift Guide App.
Interviews regarding recommended best smart toys and play products can be arranged through Greg Walsh, Walsh PR (203-292-6280) email@example.com
Dr. Toy’s Best Classic Products For 2015
|Across the Board Games||Across the Board Baseball Game||ES GE TY HM||$50.00||6 -12||2009||314-961-9663||www.acrosstheboardgame.com|
|Aerr Technologies||Jet Ball||SR MM AP EQ||$1,900||5 -12||2014||289-404-8277||www.jet-ball.com|
|Alex Toys||Shaving in the Tub™||TY BA FP||$14.00||3 -8||2008||973-747-3000||www.alexbrands.com|
|American Greetings||Care Bears Jumbo Plush||TY PL AS||$24.99||3 -12||1983||818-514-5348||www.ag.com|
|Aurora World||Giddy Up Friends||AE PL FP CT||$19.99||3 -7||2000||310-313-3444||www.auroragift.com|
|b. dazzle||New York Scramble Squares.® Puzzle||AP ES GE PZ||$9.95||4 -12||2015||800-809-4242||www.b-dazzle.com|
|Bigjigs Toy||Rose Cottage Heritage Playset||TY DH WT||$189.95||3 -9||2010||866-459-7829||www.bigjigstoys.com|
|Blue Orange||Pengoloo||GE GN SR WT||$24.99||4 -12||2008||415-252-0372||www.blueorangegames.com|
|Brackitz||Brackitz||CO CP ES MA||$29.95||3 -12||2015||720-446-5558||www.brackitz.com|
|Build & Imagine||Malia’s Beach House||CO CP DH SC||$59.99||4 -8||2014||415-265-0299||www.buildandimagine.com|
|Citiblocs/Alex Brands||Natural Building Blocks 50pc.||TY CO WT||$15.00||3 -12||2008||973-747-3000||www.alexbrands.com|
|Colorforms Brands||Colorforms||CP CE AP TR||$2.99||3 -12||1951||212-764-0266||www.colorforms.com|
|Galison/Mudpuppy||Magnetic Figures (series)||TR AP FP CP||$16.99||6 -12||2006||212-354-8840||www.galison.com|
|Griddly Games||Wise Alec||AE ES BO CT||$25.99||5 -12||2009||604-249-5020||www.griddlygames.com|
|Grow’n Up||Crayola Magnetic Double Easel||CP AC||$54.99||3 -10||2002||888-468-9898||www.grow-n-up.com|
|Harrisville Designs||Traditional Potholder Loom||AC ES AP HM||$16.95||6 -12||2002||603-827-3333||www.harrisville.com|
|Hasbro||Jenga®||ES SR AP PZ||$12.99||6 -12||1987||800-327-8264||www.hasbro.com|
|Hasbro||Monopoly 80th Anniversary Edition||GE BG ES LA||$19.99||8 -12||1935||800-327-8264||www.hasbro.com|
|Ideal/Alex Brands||Booby Trap Classic™||GE BG TY WT||$18.50||8 -12||1965||973-747-3000||www.alexbrands.com|
|Ideal/Alex Brands||My Dog Has Fleas™||GE BG LA||$37.50||4 -12||1979||973-747-3000||www.alexbrands.com|
|Ideal/Alex Brands||Tripoley® Diamond Edition||GE BG LA||$26.50||8 -12||1957||973-747-3000||www.alexbrands.com|
|ImagAbility||Wedgits Building Blocks||AE CP ES CO||$25.00||12 m-12||1997||877-933-4487||www.wedgits.com|
|K’s Kids||I am the Boss||AP ES PT TY||$112.40||6 m-3||2007||852-2108-0808||www.pakapreschool.com|
|Leap Frog||My Pal Scout||ES LA MM PL||$21.99||6 m-3||2009||800-701-5327||www.leapfrog.com|
|Learning Circle Kids||Reader Bee and The Story Tree||CP ES LA MM||$1.99||3 -6||2014||650-350-6011||www.readerbee.com|
|Learning Journey||Early Learning Colors/Shapes Monkey||ES LA TY||$15.99||18m -4||2008||877-839-3969||www.thelearningjourney.com|
|Learning Journey||Match It ABC||ES PZ GE||$11.99||3 -8||2005||877-839-3969||www.thelearningjourney.com|
|Learning Journey||Puzzle Double Find It USA||ES GG PZ||$14.99||3 -8||2009||877-839-3969||www.thelearningjourney.com|
|Learning Journey||Techno Gears Marble Mania Galaxy 2.0||ES SC TY CO||$79.99||8 -12||2009||877-839-3969||www.thelearningjourney.com|
|Mme Alexander||Powder Pink Baby Doll||TY DO PL||$29.95||0 -12||2007||800-229-5192||www.madamealexander.com|
|Magformers||Carnival 46Pc Set||ES TY CO||$74.99||6 -12||2010||877-817-4574||www.magformers.com|
|Magformers||Designer 62Pc Set||ES TY CO||$99.99||6 -12||2010||877-817-4574||www.magformers.com|
|Magformers||Rainbow 30Pc Set||ES TY CO||$49.99||6 -12||2010||877-817-4574||www.magformers.com|
|Magformers||XL Cruisers 30Pc Car Set||ES TY CO||$59.99||6 -12||2010||877-817-4574||www.magformers.com|
|MGA||Classic Cozy Coupe||TY TS||$54.99||18 m-5||1979||800-222-4685||www.mgae.com|
|Orb Factory||Pom Pom Pictures Rainbow Dream||AC CP ES||$9.99||3 -8||2015||800-741-0089||www.orbfactory.com|
|Orb Factory||Sew Softies Sea Creatures||AC CP HM TY||$14.99||7 -12||2015||800-741-0089||www.orbfactory.com|
|Pacific Play Tents||Super Duper 4-Kid Tent||AE AP EQ OP||$44.99||3 -12||2005||877-722-0083||www.pacificplaytents.com|
|Painting Lulu||Painting Lulu||AC SR MM AP||$9.99||3 -12||2014||416-551-0822||www.paintinglulu.com|
|Rubba Ducks||Rubba Ducks||BA AS NO TR||$11.99||3 m-12||1997||612-869-5999||www.rubbaducks.net|
|Run Along Home||I Can Swing Forever||AC CD CE ML||$20.00||0 -8||2015||323-938-8097||www.icanswingforever.com|
|School-Rite||Cursive Handwriting Instr. Guide||ES LA OT AP||$17.50||9 -12||1980||559-224-3978||www.school-rite.com|
|SimplyFun||Cash Out||ES MA BG GE||$24.00||10 -12||2015||877-557-7767||www.simplyfun.com|
|Snappets||Dinosaurs||AC CO CP PU||$19.99||5 -12||2014||914-439-3323||www.snappets.biz|
|Star Kids Products||Snack & Play Travel Tray||OP AS EQ NO||$19.99||18 m-12||2006||303-887-9017||www.starkidsproducts.com|
|Teethease||Chewable Keys||SR GN TY TR||$16.95||2 -4||2015||647-347-1639||www.myteethease.com|
|Zoob/Alex Brands||Car Designer||TY CO||$39.50||7 -12||2010||973-747-3000||www.alexbrands.com|