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

San Francisco, CA – (July 29, 2016) The report of winning toys for Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Children’s Products for 2016 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 including products that support STEAM and exploring nature while on vacation.

Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Children’s Products Awards were established by noted child development authority, Stevanne Auerbach, PhD (a.k.a. Dr. Toy). She selected these winning products, which provide a valued service to consumers who desire to purchase safe, affordable, educationally-oriented, and stimulating toys and play products for children for vacation time 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 over the years the innovative, on-line magazine, Dr. Toy’s Guide, has been available to “many thousands of visitors daily from around the world to access its information.” This first website to evaluate toys and children’s products, is now 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 Children’s Products are a balanced selection from large, small, new, and established companies across the US, 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, crafts, 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 hands on- to -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 while on vacation. 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 developed over many years, Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Children’s Products are carefully chosen from among hundreds 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 $100. 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, website 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.

Over 6000 products are included in the archives of Dr. Toy’s Guide with direct links to companies and toy stores online, plus toy history, parent resources, and much more.

See also the iPhone App, “Dr. Toy’s Best Gift Guide App,” for handy guidance as a practical take-along shopping tool.

About Dr. Toy Team: Dr. Auerbach is the author of 15 books, including The Toy Chest, Toys for a Lifetime, The Whole Child, and Choosing Child Care, has written hundreds of articles on toys and play, and has over 40 years of experience evaluating, writing, and speaking about toys and children’s products. Dr. Auerbach, trained in child development, education, child psychology, and special education is also a consultant, parent, and playful grandparent. Dr. Toy’s Smart Play/Smart Toys: How to Select and Use the Best Toys and Games, now in its 4th Edition, is published in 12 countries. You may obtain it at,, and at book and toy stores. Articles about Dr. Toy have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the US, Canada, and around the world. Articles on play and toys by Dr. Toy are also on The Huffington Post . For the most up to date information, interact with Dr. Toy’s Guide on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and You Tube.

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Selected by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (Dr. Toy)
Company Product Type Price Age Website
Amazing Toys 125 Scientific Challenge Set CO CP ES SC $29.90 8 -12
Amazing Toys 4D Science T-Rex AC CP PZ SC $19.90 8 -12
Art’s Ideas Jenga® GIANT™ Family Game AE ES GE OP $99.95 6 -12
Brightz Wheel Brightz AE NO OP TY $19.99 8 -12
EQtainment Q’s Race to Top Board Game AE CP ES BG $29.99 3 -12
Horizon Group Build Your Own Robotics AC ES SC UN $29.97 12 -12
Horizon Group Creatology Candi-Band Creator AC CP PZ TY $24.99 6 -9
Horizon Group Extreme Shark Science AC CP ES SC $22.99 12 -12
Horizon Group Extreme Weather CR ES SC AS $14.99 12 -12
Kidz Gear Bluetooth Wireless Headphones EL EQ ES MM $49.99 1 -12
Kinderfeets Kinderfeets Tiny Tot Bamboo AE GN OP SR $100.00 1-2
North Star Games Happy Salmon AE GE TR $14.99 6 -12
NSI Int’l Bright Bugz CP NO TC UN $9.99 8 -12
NSI Int’l Super Elastic Bubble Plastic AE OP CP UN $9.99 6 -12
NSI Int’l Super Wubble Bubble Ball OP EQ PT UN $19.99 3 -12
SimplyFun Bid-A-Letter BG ES GE $36.00 12 -12
SimplyFun Star Gazer BG ES GE PZ $34.00 10 -12
SimplyFun Water Balloons BG ES GE $17.99 7-12
Slackline Indus. Play Line $79.99 5-12
Xtraordin Air Lumi-Niter® Disk Kit AE OP TY $17.99 7 -12