Dr. Toy® Best Picks Children’s Products for 2014 Award Report Now Available
San Francisco, CA – (October 22, 2014) – The 2014 Dr. Toy’s Best Picks Children’s Products awards report is now available to parents, teachers, and others in the online magazine, Dr. Toy’s Guide, at http://www.drtoy.com.
The Dr. Toy® Award Program was developed by noted play and child development authority, Stevanne Auerbach, PhD, (a.k.a. Dr. Toy) in association with Jennie Ito, PhD, as a service to consumers who desire to purchase safe, affordable, educationally oriented, stimulating new toys and play products for children. This award complements the “100 Best Children’s Products Awards,” to recognize educational play products that provide additional resources for consideration and use at home and in school.
“As a childhood specialists,” says Dr. Toy, “we have seen the continuous, essential need for more year-round diverse resources for consumers to identify and choose the most appropriate, safe, and engaging learning and developmental products for all children.”
Dr. Toy reports that since the innovative online magazine Dr. Toy’s Guide has been available, “many thousands of visitors daily from around the world have easy access to our timely valued information.” The site was the first online resource to evaluate toys and children’s products.
The report, “Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Picks Children’s Products for 2014,” is being released “to encourage parents and teachers to focus on the value of play as essential to the learning process.”
Dr. Auerbach adds, “Smart play products selected from many excellent companies across the U.S.A., Canada, and other countries provide children with exciting new developmentally appropriate tools to help them do better in school, and also provide more constructive activities after school.”
Dr. Toy and Dr. Ito believe “parents and grandparents need help to gain a head start locating new, diversified products that children will enjoy while increasing skills, enhancing instruction, and expanding imagination.” The products we select are balanced among large and small companies, and range from low to high tech for “hours of active, creative, educational, and stimulating fun.”
“Children learn best through play,” says Dr. Auerbach, “and these new smart toys and products encourage children to maximize their potentials.”
“This is a good time to ‘take stock’ and do an inventory of what your child is using for play, what is not used, and what is needed next for continued development.” adds Dr. Toy.
Dr. Toy’s Guide offers excellent ideas for choosing new products for use in learning, after school play, and during the holidays ahead.
Dr. Toy’s Best Picks were carefully chosen as worthy of attention from among thousands that the Dr. Toy Team has reviewed at toy fairs, in catalogs, and through many other sources, and by using extensive criteria Dr. Toy has developed over many years.
Among the criteria used are: 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.
For complete information about these smart toys and products read the full report at www.drtoy.com.
Dr. Toy selects products that include toys, active products, audio/visuals-video tapes/CDs/DVDs, creative products, educational products, games, socially responsible products, CD-ROMs, high tech, and culturally relevant products like green toys, and more. Winning products are manufactured by established and new, large and small companies from around the world, including:
ALEX, Be Good Company, Bigjigs, DT Learning Products, DuneCraft, Fischertechnik, Folkmanis, Galison/Mudpuppy, Griddly Games, Horizon Group, Just Play, Kiwi Crate, Laser Pegs, LeapFrog, Learning Journey, MEGA Brands, MGA, Mindware, Music Together, NSI International, R&R Games, Real Tooth Fairies, Toy State International, TREND enterprises, USAopoly, VTech, Wild Republic, and others.
The Dr. Toy’s Best Picks Report includes company customer service number, website URL, age range, price, full description of each product, and more. The award-winning, online 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 currently available 100 Best, Best Classic, Best Vacation, and Best Green products. Over 6,000 products are been evaluated and bestowed with awards by Dr. Toy.
Dr. Auerbach and Dr. Ito are the only PhDs with extensive training, background and many years of experience evaluating, writing, and speaking about toys and children’s products. Dr. Auerbach and Dr. Ito are trained in education, child psychology, child development, and special education. They combine skills as educator, consultant, parent, grandparent and teacher.
“Dr. Toy’s Best Picks Children’s Products for 2014” are now available at www.drtoy.com.
- Dr. Toy’s Guide lists many useful websites and other resources on play, toys and parenting.
- Dr. Toy presents the newest products to parents and teachers around the world.
- Dr. Toy and Dr. Ito write, speak, and share insights about the importance of learning.
- All toys are donated. Product and guidance information is available online.
- Dr. Auerbach is the author of the newly released 4th Edition of Dr. Toy’s Smart Play/Smart Toys: How to Select and Use the Best Toys and Games (Regent Press), which provides useful tools to parents to enhance their child’s P.Q (Play Quotient). The book, published in China, Croatia, Egypt, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and the USA, and will soon be available in other countries.
- Interviews with and about Dr. Toy have appeared in newspapers, magazines, radio and TV across the USA, in Canada, Germany, Japan, Spain, and around the world.
Dr. Toy’s report includes company name, customer service numbers, web site 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. At this time over 6000 products are included in Dr. Toy’s Guide with direct links to companies and toy stores on line, plus toy history, parent resources, and much more. See also the new iPhone App, “Dr. Toy’s Best Gift Guide,” for handy guidance as a practical take-along shopping tool.
About Dr. Toy:
Dr. 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. 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’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) firstname.lastname@example.org
Alphabetical Listing of Award Winning Companies
|#||Company||Product Name and Type||Age||Price||CustSrv#||Website|
|1.||4M Indus.Develop.||Glow Window Mosaic CP AC ES PZ||7-12||$13.00||800-356-0474||www.4m-ind.com|
|2.||ALEX Brands||Alex Toys Pinball Painter CP AC||4-12||$27.95||800-666-2539||www.alexbrands.com|
|3.||ALEX Brands||Ideal 40-Trick Magic Show Kit PZ GE FP NO||7-12||$14.99||800-666-2539||www.alexbrands.com|
|4.||Ann Williams Grp||Craft-tastic Pom Pom Kit CP AC||8-12||$24.99||248-731-8588||www.annwilliamsgroup.com|
|5.||Be Good Company||KwikSand Play Set – Brick Builder AE CP TY CO||3-10||$24.99||650-488-4477||www.begoodcompany.com|
|6.||Beezi Inc||Beezi the spelling game ES LA GE BG||7-12||$29.95||416-254-9097||www.beezibeez.com|
|7.||Bigjigs Toy||Fairy Town Train Set TY CO TS WT||3-7||$99.95||866-459-7829||www.bigjigstoys.com|
|8.||Brand 44||Slackers 100′ Night Riderz Zipline AE OP AS EL||8-12||$199.99||303-339-0482||www.brand44co.com|
|9.||Calendar Holdings||Pathwayz GE BG||8-12||$29.99||866-611-2248||www.pathwayzgame.com|
|10.||Discover w/Dr. Cool||Crystal Growing Kit – Red Aragonite CP AC ES SC||6-12||$9.99||855-437-2665||www.discoverwithdrcool.com|
|11.||Discover w/Dr. Cool||World’s Best Geode Kit! AE OP ES SC||6-12||$49.95||855-437-2665||www.discoverwithdrcool.com|
|12.||DT Learning Prods||Bazaar ES MA GE BG||8-12||$35.00||800-341-8697||www.discoverytoys.net|
|13.||DuneCraft||Grow Your Own Oyster Mshrms. ES GN SC NO||3-12||$19.99||800-306-4168||www.dunecraft.com|
|14.||DuneCraft||Mini Fairy Garden Glass Terr. ES GN SC NO||3-12||$14.99||800-306-4168||www.dunecraft.com|
|15.||eKids||Disney Frozen Cool Tunes Boombox MM CE FP ML||3-5||$29.99||888-867-8697||www.eKids.com|
|16.||fischertechnik||fischertechnik Dynamic XL CP CO SC GN||9-12||$200.00||888-561-7521||www.fischertechnik.com|
|17.||Folkmanis||Sea Turtle Puppet CP TY PL PU||3-12||$29.99||800-654-8922||www.folkmanis.com|
|18.||FoxMind Games||Fingo ES GE MA||5-12||$11.99||866-369-6463||www.foxmind.com|
|19.||FunBites||FunBites AC CP ES OT||1-8||$12.99||917-494-4307||www.funbites.com|
|20.||Galison/Mudpuppy||Pixel Pictures CP AC PZ AP||4-12||$9.99||212-354-8840||www.galison.com|
|21.||GameBrotherZ||Tracktic BG GE||10-12||$34.99||514-564-6379||www.gamebrotherz.com|
|22.||GameWhys||I Lands GE SR GN CT||8-12||$25.00||415-533-6770||www.gamewhys.com|
|23.||Geomagworld||KOR Geomag Tazoo Paco CP FP HO TY||5-12||$45.00||301-895-5593||www.geomagworld.com|
|24.||Geospace Int’l||Geoflux™ Interactive Spring Toy AE OP ES NO||6-16||$17.99||800-800-5090||www.geospaceplay.com|
|25.||Griddly Games||5 Stones GE OT NO||6-12||$8.95||604-240-5020||www.griddlygames.com|
|26.||Happy Smiles for Kids||Military Buddy DO PL HM SR||0-9||$22.99||541-232-8689||www.happysmilesforkids.com|
|27.||Happy Smiles for Kids||Sandman Doll CP DO SR TY||0-8||$19.99||541-232-8689||www.happysmilesforkids.com|
|28.||Horizon Group||Puppy Purse AC AS HM PL||6-9||$14.97||908-810-1111||www.craftprojectideas.com|
|29.||Horizon Group||Strike a Cord Loom CP AC AS HM||6-9||$12.97||908-810-1111||www.craftprojectideas.com|
|30.||Jada Toys||Sofia First & Walking Minimus TY DO TS||4-12||$34.99||626-810-8382||www.jadatoys.com|
|31.||Jay@Play||SeatPets TY PL TR||3-12||$19.99||212-679-3022||www.jayatplay.com|
|32.||Just Play||Puppy Surprise TY PL||4-12||$24.99||800-317-3245||www.justplaytoys.com|
|33.||Kahootz||Fashion Plates CP AC AP TR||6-12||$24.99||734-222-9798||www.kahootztoys.com|
|34.||Kid O Toys||Marble Maze ES PZ GE TR||3-12||$10.00||212-366-5858||www.kidotoys.com|
|35.||Kiwi Crate||Doodle Crate AE AP CP ES||9-12||$16.95||888-574-6387||www.kiwicrate.com|
|36.||Kiwi Crate||Koala Crate AC AP CP ES||3-4||$16.95||888-574-6387||www.kiwicrate.com|
|37.||Laser Pegs||3 in 1 ZD001 Zippy Do ES SR CO AP||5-12||$12.99||866-432-3735||www.laserpegs.com|
|38.||Laser Pegs||8 in 1 Power Block Car ES SR CO AP||5-12||$24.99||866-432-3735||www.laserpegs.com|
|39.||Laser Pegs||EDU1000 Education Series TY OT SR ES||5-12||$99.99||866-432-3735||www.laserpegs.com|
|40.||LeapFrog||LeapPad3 ES EL TC EG||3-9||$99.99||800-701-5327||www.leapfrog.com|
|41.||Learning Journey||MarbleTrax UnderSea Adv. ES SC TY CO||4-7||$39.99||877-839-3969||www.thelearningjourney.com|
|42.||Learning Journey||Touch & Learn Electronic Keyboard OT ML||3-6||$19.99||877-839-3969||www.thelearningjourney.com|
|43.||Learning Journey||Touch & Learn Mathematics Bot ES MA GE EG||3-8||$27.99||877-839-3969||www.thelearningjourney.com|
|44.||Little Champ. Reader||3-Level Reading Kit ES MM DV LA||3-7||$149.99||615-796-8687||www.littlechampionreader.com|
|45.||MandarinaKids||Vroom Vroom Kids Fun Chinese ES BG CT DV||3-6||$55.90||+65 97822052||www.mandarinakids.com|
|46.||MEGA Brands||Graphic Skinz Design Studio AC AP CP NO||6 -12||$29.99||800-465-6342||www.graphicskinz.com|
|47.||MEGA Brands||Barbie Build ‘N Play Fairy Treehouse CR AC FP HO||4-8||$19.99||800-465-6342||www.megabloks.com|
|48.||MGA||Little Tikes Big Dog AE EQ CO TS||12-3||$44.99||800-222-4685||www.littletikes.com|
|49.||MGA||Moxie Girlz Ice Cream Bike & Doll TY DO||3-12||$34.99||800-222-4685||www.littletikes.com|
|50.||MindWare||KEVA Brain Builders ES AP CO WT||7-12||$19.95||800-999-0398||www.mindware.com|
|51.||MindWare||Staxis GE BG||6-12||$29.95||800-999-0398||www.mindware.com|
|52.||Miniland Educational||Super Blocks Track Set #2 CO FP AP TY||18 mo-5||$49.96||786-369-7875||www.minilandeducational.com|
|53.||Music Together||Sandpiper Music Together BO CP ES ML||1-7||$13.95||800-728-2692||www.musictogether.com|
|54.||NSI Int’l||Wubble Bubble Ball AE OP OT NO||6-12||$25.00||888-425-9113||www.wubbleball.com|
|55.||R&R Games||Strike A Pose CP AE GE||10-12||$19.95||888-874-3353||www.rnrgames.com|
|56.||Real Tooth Fairies||Triana Becomes a Real Tooth Fairy ES BO SR CT||4-11||$19.99||910-509-0565||www.therealtoothfairies.com|
|57.||Seedling||Create your own Designer Tutu AC CS FP NO||4-12||$59.99||855-500-9260||www.seedlingusa.com|
|58.||SmartLab Toys||It’s Alive! Slime Lab CP SC ES TY||8-12||$24.99||866-319-5900||www.smartlabtoys.com|
|59.||Tech 4 Kids||My Little Pony Fash’Ems HO NO TY OT||3-12||$2.99||800-359-6088||www.tech4kids.com|
|60.||Toy State||Hot Wheels High Jump Frenzy R/C AE OP EL TY||8-12||$49.99||781-349-1000||www.toystate.com|
|61.||Toy State||Hot Wheels Hyper Racer AE OP EL TY||3-5||$14.99||781-349-1000||www.toystate.com|
|62.||Toy State||Road Rippers Piston Thumper AE OP EL TS||3-5||$19.99||781-349-1000||www.toystate.com|
|963.||TREND enterprises||Dinosaur Mighty Match Challenge AP CG ES SC||3-11||$2.99||800-860-6762||www.trendenterprises.com|
|64.||TREND enterprises||Hide ‘n Seek Adventures Owl-Stars! AP BO ES TR||3-6||$4.99||800-860-6762||www.trendenterprises.com|
|65.||USAOPOLY||Selfie: The Game of Silly Expressions CE AP GE MM||12-12||$14.95||888-876-7659||www.usaopoly.com|
|66.||VTech||Chomp & Count Dino ES MM ML TR||1-3||$19.99||800-521-2010||www.vtechkids.com|
|67.||VTech||Kidizoom Smartwatch OP ES MM TR||4-12||$59.99||800-521-2010||www.vtechkids.com|
|68.||VTech||Sit-to-Stand Smart Cruiser ES MM ML TR||6-3||$39.99||800-521-2010||www.vtechkids.com|
|69.||Wild Republic||Express Trains HO OT TS TY||3-12||$15.00||800-800-9678||www.wildrepublic.com|
|70.||Wonder Workshop||Dot MM TC ES SW||5-12||$59.00||415-217-9682||www.makewonder.com|
|71.||Zuru Toys||My Magical Mermaid CP BA OT TY||3-10||$9.99||416-551-0822||www.zurutoys.com|
Product Type Code:
AC = arts and crafts
AE = active
AP = activity product
AS = accessories/decoration
BA = bath toy
BG = board game
BO = book
CE = children’s entertainment
CG = card game
CP = creative product
CR = computer-related
CS = costume
CT = cultural
DO = doll
DV = DVD
EG = electronic game
EL = electronic product
EQ = equipment
ES = educational skills
FP = fantasy play
GE = game
GN = green
HM = handmade
HO = hobby
LA = language
MA = math
ML = musical
MM = multimedia
NO = novelty
OP = outdoor play
OT = other
PL = plush
PU = puppet
SC = science
SR = socially responsible
SW = software
TC = technical product
TR = travel
TS = transportation
TY = toy
WT = wood toy