Selected by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (Dr. Toy) and Jennie Ito, Ph.D.Best_Classic_2014

San Francisco, CA – (April 17, 2014) – 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. Where do you turn for a selection that provides a timeless, fun experience that will hold your child’s interest? 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. They need to be reminded that classic, highly beneficial toys are still around. Parents and grandparents will quickly recall the fun they had with these same classic toys.

Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D., known as Dr. Toy, has been tracking trends in the toy business for more than 30 years. In her just released Dr. Toy’s Best Classic Toys for 2014, she has searched across the entire toy industry for the great classic toys that fit the criteria for fun and high play value. She has been joined by Jennie Ito, Ph.D., who is also evaluating toys and applying her experience to selecting the best products.

Drs. Toy 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 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 child to that special favorite, a yo-yo, Lincoln Logs, Erector Sets, Tinker Toys, an Etch-A-Sketch, a first teddy bear, Raggedy Ann doll, or Lionel electric trains. Classics are ‘basics’ that never go out of style. You can recall favorite playthings including Jacks and Ball, paper dolls, pick-up sticks, and a long- time favorite, marbles. Certainly, anyone who has ever tried a hula-hoop still finds it fun to swirl one of the colorful plastic hoops anytime, and for exercise, stress reduction, and amusement add a Frisbee or 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.

Drs. Toy and Ito carefully survey the toy marketplace year round to select a wide-range of great classic toys. They keep abreast of new products, and on the enduring and endearing qualities of the toys of yesteryear.

The winners of the annual classic toy search are included in Dr. Toy’s Best Classic Toys for 2014, available now on the free, popular, accessible website that presents her award selections for parents and teachers to benefit children. Dr. Toy’s Guide, www.drtoy.com, provides all pertinent information and includes photos, complete product descriptions, links to company sites, and 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 2014 will help you more easily locate valuable products to introduce to your child. These toys have truly met the “test of time.” They have endured, entertained, and satisfied children for many years, and will continue to do so for many years to come.

Visit the websiteto find out what all the excitement is about. Then make some of your own by selecting those products that most appeal to your child (or yourself). You will easily share the fun of a special classic toy with your child. You may recall the fun of that toy when you were little. If that’s the case, you can enjoy carrying on a family tradition that spans several generations. Consider finding your favorite classic toy to enjoy. 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 the best Dr. Toy’s Rx for playtime for children and adults.

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Dr. Toy’s Best Classic Products For 2014

Company Product Type Price Age CustSrv# website
ALEX Gigantic 3-in-1 Net Set AE OP $54.95 3-7 800-666-2539 www.alextoys.com
ALEX Pound & Play Porcupine AE TY $24.95 10-24 mo 800-666-2539 www.alextoys.com
ALEX Super Cooking Set FP TY $32.95 3-7 800-666-2539 www.alextoys.com
Bigjigs Toy Fire Station Play Set ES OT FP TY WT $160.00 3-10 866-459-7829 www.bigjigstoys.us
Blue Orange Gobblet BG ES PZ GN $29.99 7-12 415-252-0372 www.blueorangegames.com
Center Enterprises Ready2Learn™ Easy Grip Crayons AE CP AC $13.99 18 mo-10 800-542-2214 www.centerenterprises.com
Cepia The Happy’s AE ES TY PL $19.99 4-12 800-225-9319 www.cepiallc.com
DuneCraft Carnivorous Creations ES SC SR GN $24.99 3-12 800-306-4168 www.dunecraft.com
Fashion Angels Fashion Design Sketch Portfolio CP AC BO AP $9.99 6-12 800-492-3237 www.fashionangels.com
Fort Magic Fort Magic CP CO ES AP $199.00 5-12 888-796-7856 www.FortMagic.com
Funnybone Toys Funnybones Game AE ES GE $9.99 6-12 855-386-2663 www.funnybonetoys.com
HomerLearning Learn with Homer ES MM LA EG $0 2-7 513-205-1171 www.learnwithhomer.com
K’NEX K’NEX 52 Model Building Set CO ES TY $24.99 7-12 800-543-5639 www.knex.com
K’NEX TINKERTOY: 100 Piece Set CO ES TY $34.99 3-12 800-543-5639 www.knex.com
Learning Journey Count and Learn Cookie Jar EG ES MA TY $24.99 2-5 877-839-3969 www.thelearningjourney.com
Learning Journey Match It! Spelling CG ES PZ LA $11.99 4-8 877-839-3969 www.thelearningjourney.com
LEGO Systems LEGO City Helicopter Transporter CO TY $44.99 5-12 800-835-4386 www.lego.com
Lulu Jr. My Awesome Book CP AC ES BO SR GN $39.99 6-12 919-459-5858 www.lulujr.com
Magformers DINOSAUR Set ES MA SC CO $99.99 3-12 877-817-4574 www.magformers.com/
Magformers Rainbow 30 Piece Set ES MA SC CO $49.99 3-12 877-817-4574 www.magformers.com/
MEGA Brands Mega Bloks Classic Big Bldg Bag CP ES CO TY $19.99 1-5 yrs 800-465-6342 www.megabloks.com
MerryMakers Pete the Cat Doll CP TY DO PL $16.00 0 mo-12yr 888-989-0454 www.merrymakersinc.com
Pacific Play Tents Tunnels of Fun Junction Set AE OP FP AP $103.99 3-10 877-722-0083 www.pacificplaytents.com
POOF-Slinky Building Boards TY CO $42.99 4-7 734-454-9552 www.poof-slinky.com
POOF-Slinky Electronic Hot Potato Game GE EG $18.99 4-7 734-454-9552 www.poof-slinky.com
POOF-Slinky Slinky TY $5.66 5-12 734-454-9552 www.poof-slinky.com
SimplyFun Cow Cents ES MA GE BG $32.00 6-12 877-557-7767 www.simplyfun.com
SmartLab Toys Design-A-Saurs ES SC AP CO $14.99 6-12 866-319-5900 www.smartlabtoys.com
Tactic Games Molkky AE OP GE TY $50.00 6-12 800-554-1447 www.tactic.net

Key:
AC = arts and craft
AE = active
BG = board game
CD = CD
CO = construction
CP = creative product
CS = costume, other accessories
CT = cultural
DO = doll
ED = educational
EG = electronicgame
GE = game
GN = green
HO = hobby
MA = math
ML = musical
MM = multimedia
NO = novelty
OP = outdoor play
OT = other
PL = plush
PU = puppet
PZ = puzzle
SR = socially responsible
TR = travel
TY = toy