Selected by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (Dr. Toy)Best_Classic_Winner

San Francisco, CA – (May 23, 2016) – 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 2016, 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 carefully evaluates and selects the best products.

Dr. Auerbach says 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, Colorforms, crayons, Etch-A-Sketch, Mr. Potato Head, 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, puppets, 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.”

To select the annual wide-range of great classic toys, Dr. Toy carefully surveys the toy marketplace year-round to keep abreast of both traditional and innovative new products that possess the endearing, lasting qualities of the toys of yesteryear.

Winners of the annual classic toy search are included in Dr. Toy’s Best Classic Toys for 2016, 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 2016 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.

Dr. Toy™, Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D., has been for many years one of the leading professionals on children’s play, educational toys, and related products. Dr. Auerbach relies on 45 plus years of training and hands-on experience to select the best educationally oriented, skill building products from both large and small companies world-wide for her original, annual award programs. Millions of parents, teachers, and toy buyers use Dr. Toy’s Guide (www.drtoy.com), the first site on the Internet on toys, in making their toy learning and play selections. Dr. Toy’s Smart Play/Smart Toys: How to Select and Use the Best (now in its 4th edition and published in 12 countries) is a unique guide to play, child development, and appropriate toys from baby to older children and playful adults.

The Dr. Toy Award Programs 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, Pinterest and You Tube.

Interviews regarding recommended best smart toys and play products can be arranged through Greg Walsh, Walsh PR (203-292-6280) greg@walshpr.com

 Dr. Toy’s Best Classic Products For 2016

Company Product/Type Price Age Year Phone Website
Adora Dolls Adora Baby Fairy TY $15.99 0-12 2016 800-779-5335 www.adoradolls.com
Alex Brands ALEX Toys Color a Rock – Turtle AC CP $15.99 8-12 2006 800-666-2539 www.alexbrands.com
Alex Brands ALEX Toys Friends  Friendship Bracelet` AC AS CP HM $28.99 8-12 2006 800-666-2539 www.alexbrands.com
Alex Brands ALEX Toys Knot-a-Quilt AC AS CP HM $33.99 6-12 2006 800-666-2539 www.alexbrands.com
Bouncy Bands Bouncy Bands for Desks AE EQ ES OT $14.95 5-12 2013 646-926-2440 www.bouncybands.com
D & L Co. Junior Glow Stomp Rocket AE ES HO OP $15.99 3-12 1996 800-632-8869 www.stomprocket.com
D & L Co. Ultra Stomp Rocket AE ES OP SC $19.99 6-12 2003 800-632-8869 www.stomprocket.com
Folkmanis Monarch Life Cycle Puppet ES FP PL SC $39.99 3-12 2016 800-654-8922 www.folkmanis.com
Folkmanis Folkmanis® Raccoon Puppet ES FP PL PU $43.99 3-12 2016 800-654-8922 www.folkmanis.com
Griddly Games Oversight BG ES GE $24.99 7-12 2011 604-249-5020 www.griddlygames.com
Hide and Seek Hide & Seek Interactive Plush BO EL GE MM $24.95 1-5 2015 800-554-1447 www.hideandseektoy.com
Le Toy Van TV292 Doctor’s Set FP OT SR UN $50 3-7 2015 44-0-20 8979 2036 www.letoyvan.com
LEGO Systems 31050 Creator Corner Deli CO TY $39.99 8-12 2016 860-749-2291 www.lego.com
Magformers WOW 16pc Set CO ES TY $49.99 3-12 2011 877-817-4574 www.magformers.com
Manhattan Toy Winkel™ NO TR TY UN $14 0-1 2010 800-541-1345 www.manhattantoy.com
MGA Turtle Sandbox AE OP $59.99 1-6 2006 800-222-4685 www.mgae.com
MySelfie BuppaLaPaloo ES MM PL SR $29.95 2-7 2015 818-876-0386 www.buppabear.com
Preschool of Rock Michael & The Rockness Monsters CE MM $9.99 2-9 2016 732-205-1971 www.michaelandtherocknessmonsters.com
SAVVi Bathtub Coloring Kit AC CP TY BA $15 3-6 2016 866-297-2884 www.savvistuff.com
SCS Direct Tall Tales AP CP ES LA $34.95 4-12 2016 888-749-1387 www.scsdirectinc.com
SmartNoggin NogginRings Reach & Grasp Rings ES TY $18.99 0-12 2015 301-895-4608 www.smartnoggintoys.com
Tactic Games Alias BG ES GE LA $20 10-12 2006 216-288-0087 www.tactic.net/USA
UnitedHealthcare Charlotte the Fox Plush Toy PL TY $19.99 3-8 2015 855-698-4223 www.uhccf.org
UnitedHealthcare. Hugo the Dragon Plush Toy PL TY $19.99 3-8 2015 855-698-4223 www.uhccf.org
UnitedHealthcare Little Book Big Laughs Knock-Knock BO ES $5.99 3-8 2015 855-698-4223 www.uhccf.org
UnitedHealthcare Little Book Big Laughs Riddle Book BO ES $16.95 3-8 2015 855-698-4223 www.uhccf.org
UnitedHealthcare Oliver & Hope’s Adventure Under Stars BO ES $16.95 3-8 2014 855-698-4223 www.uhccf.org
UnitedHealthcare Oliver & Hope’s Superhero Saturday BO ES $16.95 3-8 2014 855-698-4223 www.uhccf.org
USAOPOLY Telestrations® 8 Player: Original BG GE $29.95 1-12 2009 888-876-7659 www.usaopoly.com
Victoria Chart Co Let’s Eat Together Placemat AP CE CP SR $12.50 3-12 2016 727-466-4719 www.victoriachartcompany.com
Xtraordin Air Toys Lumi-Niter® Disk Kit AE OP PT UN $17.99 7-12 2015 312-656-7890 www.flitebynite.com