Dr. Toy® Announces 2015 Best Picks Children’s Products
– This Year’s Picks of Smart Toys for Back-to-School, After-School, and Holiday Gifts –
San Francisco, CA – (October 26, 2015) – The 2015 Dr. Toy’s Best Picks of Children’s Products awards report is now available to parents, teachers, and others in the online magazine, Dr. Toy’s Guide.
The Dr. Toy® Award Program was developed by noted play and child development authority, Stevanne Auerbach, PhD, (a.k.a. Dr. Toy), as a service to consumers who desire to purchase safe, affordable, educational, and stimulating new toys and play products for children. This award recognizes educational play products that complement the “100 Best Children’s Products Awards” and that provide additional resources for consideration and use at home and in school.
“As a childhood specialist,” says Dr. Toy, “I have seen the continuous, essential need for more year-round diverse resources that enable consumers to identify and choose the most appropriate, safe, and engaging learning and developmental products for all children that bridge home and school.”
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 2015,” 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 USA, 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 believes “parents, grandparents, and teachers 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 potential. 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.”
“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 many other sources, using the 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, 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: Adora Dolls, Crayola, Discover with Dr. Cool, Discovery Toys, Fashion Angels, Folkmanis, Galison/Mudpuppy, Horizon, Just Play, LeapFrog, Learning Journey, Magformers, MGA, Mindware, Patch Products, Tactic Games, Talkplaces, Toy State International, VTech, Wonder Workshop, Zipit, and others.
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 Mobile 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.
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.
- 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.
- Articles about and by Dr. Toy have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the U.S., Canada, and around the world.
- Read other articles on play and toys by Dr. Toy on The Huffington Post.
- Dr. Toy’s Guide lists many useful websites and other resources on play, toys, and parenting.
- Check also Dr. Toy’s Best Gift Guide Mobil App for your convenience.
- Dr. Toy presents the newest products to parents and teachers around the world.
- Dr. Toy writes, speaks, and shares insights about the importance of learning through play.
- All toys are donated. Product and guidance information is available online.
Interviews with Dr. Toy, info about her books and/or the smart toys and products can be arranged with
Walsh Public Relations at 203-292-6280 or firstname.lastname@example.org
DR. TOY’S BEST PICKS CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS FOR 2015
Alphabetical list by company name
|1.||77SPARX Studio||Wonster Words ES IN LA PZ||2-7||$0.00||650-969-3948||www.77sparx.com|
|2.||Adora Dolls||Mixxie Mopsie AC CO CP DO||4-12||$39.99||800-779-5335||www.adoradolls.com|
|3.||Banana Peel Press||Pink Tulip+Toothless Keepsake Kit ES BO NO OT||3-9||$48.95||984-212-1794||www.bananapeelpress.com|
|4.||Brightz||Wheel Brightz OP CP TS AP||8-12||$14.99||419-517-0049||www.brightz-ltd.com|
|5.||Brybelly||Sub Shop ES MA BG LA||6-12||$14.99||800-926-7241||www.brybelly.com|
|6.||Crayola||Crayola Color Wonder Light-Up Stamper AC AP CP HM||3-12||$24.99||212-373-6042||www.crayola.com|
|7.||Crayola||Crayola Crayon Carver AC AP CP HM||6-12||$29.99||212-373-6042||www.crayola.com|
|8.||Crayola||Crayola Thread Wrapper AC AP CP HM||8-12||$24.99||212-373-6042||www.crayola.com|
|9.||Discover w/Dr. Cool||Moon Light PZ GE SC||6-12||$24.95||855-437-2665||www.discoverwithdrcool.com|
|10.||Discovery Toys||Mosaic Mysteries Heirloom Edition ES TY WT PZ||8-12||$50.00||800-341-8697||www.discoverytoys.net|
|11.||Discovery Toys||My Friends Puzzle ES TY WT PZ||19 mos-5||$22.00||800-341-8697||www.discoverytoys.net|
|12.||Dream Frenz||Dream Frenz PL TY||3-12||$24.00||941-993-5636||www.dreamfrenz.com|
|13.||Eastcolight||Professional Human Torso Set ES SC||8-12||$40.35||425-349-3718||www.eastcolight.com|
|14.||Edupress||Pete the Cat On-the-Go Games GE CG||3-12||$12.99||800-835-7978||www.edupress.com|
|15.||Fashion Angels||Pixel Loom AC AS CP HO||8-12||$16.99||800-492-3237||www.fashionangels.com|
|16.||Folkmanis||Folkmanis® Collared Lizard Puppet PL PU TY||3-12||$33.99||800-654-8922||www.folkmanis.com|
|17.||Folkmanis||Folkmanis® Pelican Puppet PL PU TY||3-12||$33.99||800-654-8922||www.folkmanis.com|
|18.||Folkmanis||Folkmanis® Winged Dragon Puppet FP PL PU TY||3-12||$29.99||800-654-8922||www.folkmanis.com|
|19.||Four Boys Industries||Switchcrafted DO SR BO ES||3-12||$29.99||720-979-9794||www.switchwitches.com|
|20.||Fundamentals Toys||DIY Bubble Bath AC BA CP GN||6-12||$14.99||877-617-1563||www.kissnaturals.com|
|21.||Fundamentals Toys||DIY Perfume Kit AC CP HM SC||6-12||$14.99||877-617-1563||www.kissnaturals.com|
|22.||Galison/Mudpuppy||Mythical Beasts Magnetic Build-It AC CP FP TR||6-12||$16.99||212-354-8840||www.galison.com|
|23.||Gunamuna||Gunapod Wearable Blanket OT AS TR||0-3||$32.00||978-258-9273||www.gunamuna.com|
|24.||Haywire Group||Worry Eaters TY PL SR ES||3-12||$22.99||413-543-3020||www.haywiregroup.com|
|25.||Hide and Seek||Hide and Seek Interactive Plush GE EL TY PL||10 mos-6||$29.95||678-358-4204||www.hideandseektoy.com|
|26.||Horizon Group||Candy Cordtz On the Go Tattoo Jewelry AC AP CP OT||6-9||$9.97||800-651-0616||www.craftprojectideas.com|
|27.||Horizon Group||Just My Style Alpha Beads AC AP CP TR||6-9||$9.97||800-651-0616||www.craftprojectideas.com|
|28.||Horizon Group||Paint Your Own Glitter Plaster Horses AC AS CP FP||6-12||$12.97||800-651-0616||www.craftprojectideas.com|
|29.||Ikiki||Ikiki Shoes with Adjustable Squeaker AE CS NO OP||8 mos-5||$29.95||801-356-3823||www.ikiki.co|
|30.||InRoad Toys||Thomas & Friends Track PlayTape CO FP ML TS||3-12||$9.99||888-311-7165||www.inroadtoys.com|
|31.||Just Play||Doc McStuffins Take Care of Me Lambie CE MM PL TY||3-12||$49.99||800-317-3245||www.justplayproducts.com|
|32.||LeapFrog||Imagicard Paw Patrol EG ES MA TC||3-9||$24.99||800-701-5327||www.leapfrog.com|
|33.||LeapFrog||Number Lovin’ Oven FP MA ML TY||2-6||$24.99||800-701-5327||www.leapfrog.com|
|34.||LeapFrog||Platinum EL ES IN TC||3-9||$129.99||800-701-5327||www.leapfrog.com|
|35.||LeapFrog||Word Whammer AP ES GE LA||4-8||$19.99||800-701-5327||www.leapfrog.com|
|36.||Learning Circle Kids||Reader Bee-First Story Marker CP ES GE MM||3-6||$0.99||650-350-6011||www.readerbee.com|
|37.||Learning Journey||Learn with Me Sort and Learn Apple ES LA GE SR||2-6||$24.99||877-839-3969||www.thelearningjourney.com|
|38.||Learning Journey||Play and Learn Shopping Cart AE OP AP TY||3-8||$24.99||877-839-3969||www.thelearningjourney.com|
|39.||Mme Alexander Doll||Jazzberry Pink Pixie Doodle CP AC TY DO||3-12||$27.95||800-229-5192||www.madamealexanderdoll.com|
|40.||Mme Alexander Doll||Little Sister Babblebaby TY DO||3-12||$44.95||800-229-5192||www.madamealexanderdoll.com|
|41.||Magformers||Inspire 100Pc Set TY CO||3-12||$99.99||877-817-4574||www.magformers.com|
|42.||Magformers||Unique 44Pc Set TY CO||3-12||$99.99||877-817-4574||www.magformers.com|
|43.||Magformers||Walking Dinosaur 81Pc Set TY CO||3-12||$189.99||877-817-4574||www.magformers.com|
|44.||MGA||Bratz C.I.Y. Fashion Set AC AS CP DO||5-12||$44.99||800-222-4685||www.mgae.com|
|45.||MGA||3-in-1 Adventure Course™ AE||6 mos-3||$79.99||800-222-4685||www.mgae.com|
|46.||MGA||Project Mc2 McKeyla’s Lava Light CP DO ES SC||6-10||$24.99||800-222-4685||www.mgae.com|
|47.||MGA||Stand ‘N Dance Starfish MM AP EQ||9 mos-3||$24.99||800-222-4685||www.mgae.com|
|48.||MindWare||Animal Trivia Challenge BG ES MM CE||7-12||$24.95||651-268-2814||www.mindware.com|
|49.||MindWare||Make Your Own Doggy Day Camp AE AP CP OP||8-12||$29.95||651-268-2814||www.mindware.com|
|50.||MindWare||Unbored Treasure Hunt AP CE CP MM||8-12||$29.95||651-268-2814||www.mindware.com|
|51.||My Happy Pillow||My Happy Pillow ES FP LA PL||2-10||$19.99||203-722-3844||www.myhappypillow.com|
|52.||Napa Valley Toys||NightBuddies CT PL SR TY||3-9||$19.99||800 455-1081||www.nightbuddies.com|
|53.||Paper Punk||Jewelry Fold – Square AC CO CP GN||6-12||$19.95||415-380-1940||www.paperpunk.com|
|54.||Patch Products||OK to Wake! Alarm Clock & Night-Light AS EL TC MM||3-5||$32.99||800-524-4263||www.patchproducts.com|
|55.||Smart Toys & Games||Build & Connect AE CO CR ES||3-12||$59.99||800-542-6375||www.smartgamesusa.com|
|56.||SmartLab Toys||Drop Zone Cargo Release Glider AE OP SC TS||8-12||$39.99||866-319-5900||www.smartlabtoys.com|
|57.||Star Kids Products||Snack & Play 2.0 AP AC EQ TR||18 mos-12||$29.99||303-887-9017||www.snackandplaytraveltray.com|
|58.||Tactic Games||Beanie Boos Friends Game ES GE BG||3-12||$11.99||216-288-0087||www.tactic.net|
|59.||Talkplaces||Plyt BG ES GE MA||4-12||$30.00||447956352926||www.plyt.co.uk|
|60.||Tonni-Co||Tag the Art Game AC CP ES GE||7-12||$40.00||201-938-0686||www.tagtheartgame.com|
|61.||Toy State||Cat Buildin’ Crew Roll ‘N Go Machines AE OP TY TS||2-5||$14.99||781-349-1000||www.toystate.com|
|62.||Toy State||Road Rippers Dancing Car TS TY||3-7||$19.99||781-349-1000||www.toystate.com|
|63.||VTech||Baby Amaze Learn to Talk & Read Baby Doll BO DO ES LA||2-5||$29.99||847-400-3600||www.vtechkids.com|
|64.||VTech||Flipsies Sandy’s House & Ocean Cruiser TY MM EG ES||4-9||$39.99||847-400-3600||www.vtechkids.com|
|65.||VTech||Go! Go! Smart Animals Grow & Learn Farm EL ES MM GE||12 mos-5||$39.99||847-400-3600||www.vtechkids.com|
|66.||VTech||Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate RC Speedway TY MM EG ES||1-5||$59.99||847-400-3600||www.vtechkids.com|
|67.||VTech||Lil’ Critters Roll & Discover Ball LA ML TY AE||6 mos-2||$14.99||847-400-3600||www.vtechkids.com|
|68.||VTech||Lil’ Critters Soothing Starlight Hippo CE MM ML PL||0-2||$24.99||847-400-3600||www.vtechkids.com|
|69.||VTech||Sit-to-Stand Alphabet Train ES EL TC TR||12 mos-3||$49.99||847-400-3600||www.vtechkids.com|
|70.||Wonder Workshop||Dot ES EL SC TC||5-12||$49.99||844-966-3311||www.makewonder.com|
|71.||Zipit||ZIPIT Monstar 3 Ring Pouch CP IN NO TC||6-12||$9.99||800-511-6239||www.zipitstore.com/monstar|
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
CO = construction
CP = creative product
CR = computer-related
CS = costume
CT = cultural
DH = doll house
DO = doll
EC = eco-friendly
EG = electronic game
EL = electronic product
EQ = equipment
ES = educational skills
FP = fantasy play
GE = game
GG = geography
GN = green
HM = handmade
HO = hobby
IN = internet
LA = language
MA = math
ML = musical
MM = multimedia
NO = novelty
OP = outdoor play
OT = other
PL = plush
PU = puppet
PZ = puzzle
SC = science
SR = socially responsible
SW = software
TC = technology
TR = travel
TS = transportation
TY = toy
UN = unique
VG = video game
WT = wood toy