Dr. Toy Announces 100 Best Children’s Products of 2013 
By Stevanne Auerbach, PhD/Dr. Toy™ 

San Francisco, CA – (September 16, 2013) – As a natural, on–going part of our work as parents, teachers, early childhood specialists, and others involved with children at home or elsewhere, we observe children at play. With our eyes we see what works…and what doesn’t hold up under tough testing – the normal barrage of active, inquisitive, and resourceful babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and older children. This guide is now offered to complement your observations and to help you in selecting the right products to enhance your child’s play and learning.

We make buying decisions based on lasting play value and product applicability to find a good balance of children’s active, creative, and educational experiences. We can depend on the durability and versatility of such items as blocks, construction toys, games, puppets, and transportation toys. They stimulate the imagination, engage the player, have value, and hold up over time. We want to apply these standards to all of the play product choices we make. We often hear consumers describe their experience of making a purchase, but shortly after giving little Suzy or Johnny the product it falls apart – a frustrating and often expensive experience. Products that do not meet safety standards can be dangerous, and cause harm to children. We want to avoid these problems and as always strive for excellence. Dr Toy spends a great deal of time reviewing a large quantity of varied products created by myriad manufacturers and designers the world over.  She makes sure the final selections match the extensive criteria for excellence.

Certainly age grading, name recognition, company dependability, versatility of design, and place of purchase are factors to obtain the right product.

Another aspect you can depend on is a warranty. Rising costs for products require everyone to be wise consumers to get extra lasting value. Certainly durable products, properly designed, and developmentally correct are worth the money. Children’s positive reactions are worth our care in selection.  Dr. Toy utilizes a complicated set of objective and subjective criteria to evaluate toys and other products.

Some questions to ask are:

  • Is this product worth the price?
  • Does it have lasting “play value”?
  • Is it appropriate?
  • Is it fun?
  • Does it meet safety standards?

Dr. Toy is pleased to have the opportunity to share her years of play and toy experiences with all parents, teachers and other consumers to assist them in their own selection process to match the child’s age and interests.

This timely report features information about l00 wonderful new toys and children’s products from large and small companies. The toys and products selected meet Dr. Toy’s high standards for design, durability, price, quality, safety, and value.

Dr. Toy reminds parents and teachers, “Let’s not forget that “play is children’s work” and ‘should be respected and understood by all adults. We should be thinking: What products or ‘tools for play’ can we obtain to provide wholesome experiences for our children and provide plenty of positive and meaningful play interactions.”

Dr Toy’s Smart Play/Smart Toys: How to Raise a Child with a High P.Q. (Play Quotient) was written for new parents, and others who care about children, and is available in toy, book stores or on line. Dr Toy invites consumers to take the time to describe play and product experiences, and ask questions about toys and products.

Following are examples of award-winning toys and products and the companies that grouped in selected categories of “smart” play. You can find out more about each product by assigned codes that designate types of products.

Ten Best Active Products – Bigjigs Toy (Around the World Train Set), Brand 44 (Slackers 90′ Eagle Series Zipline), Diggin Active (Soccer Challenge), Exploracize (My First Math Ball Numbers & Shapes), Ezyroller (EzyDrifter), GeoPalz (iBitz), JumpSport® (JumpSport® iBounce™ Kids Trampoline Videos), Rubbabu (Golf Set), Strider Sports (Strider St No-Pedal Balance Bike), Tangle Creations (Tangle NightBall).

Ten Best Audio/Video Tapes/CDs – 3D Magic Factory (GiggleBellies Sweet Songs & Lullabies), Hap-Pal Music (Fun with Math, Music, and Movement), Jazz for Babies Ltd (5 Album Instrumental-Themed Set), Learning Station (Action! Fun! Dance!), Mighty Sky (Mighty Sky), Mother Company (Ruby’s Studio: The Friendship Show), Music Together (Hello, Everyone!), NCircle Entertainment (WordWorld: Word Play), Rhythm Tree (Rhythm Tree Music & DVD Package), Super Simple Learning (Super Simple Songs – Video Collection).

Ten Best Building Products – Citiblocs (Doll House Building Set), Dress Up America (Playmags™ Magnetic Blocks), GoldieBlox (Spinning Machine), LaQ USA (Animal World Wild Kingdom), Laser Pegs Ventures (Mythology), LEGO Systems (Toddler Build and Play Cubes), Maykah/Roominate (Deluxe Roominate), MEGA Brands (Barbie Build n’ Play Super Star Stage), PAKA Preschool Products Limited (Popbo Blocs Fun Park), Thinkplay (Morphun Advanced Construction 500).

Ten Best Children’s Products – b. dazzle (Candy Scramble Squares® Puzzle), CelebriDucks (Pork Chopper), Gorgeous Products (Boikido Wooden Musical Train), Jay at Play (Tummy Stuffers), Learning Resources (New Sprouts Picnic Set), Makedo™ (Box Props People), Mudpuppy (Deluxe Puzzle Wheels), North Star Games (Clubs), Schoenhut Piano (Schoenhut Ukelule), SmartLab Toys (Demolition Lab: Triple Blast Warehouse), TREND enterprises (Alphabet, Numbers, Colors & Shapes Wipe-Off® Bingo).

Ten Best Creative Products – 4M (Friendship Bracelets), ALEX (Duct Tape Messenger Bag), BooKid Toys Ltd (Sticker Fun), Crorey Creations (My Image Button Maker), Discover w/Dr. Cool (Gemstone Dig Kit), Folkmanis (Red Octopus Puppet), General Pencil (How to Draw Cartoon Animation! Kit), Kiwi Crate (Kiwi Crate), MindWare (Paint-Your-Own Porcelain Bowls and Vases), Seedling New Zealand (Fashion Designer’s Kit).

Ten Best Educational Products – Foreign Languages for Kids (Spanish Vol. 1), FoxMind Games (Smart Cookies), Great Media (Dino Lingo Language Learning Program), Highlights for Children (Which Way USA), Learning Journey (Match It! Spelling), MandarinaKids (Chinese Starter Kit), Real Tooth Fairies (Real Tooth Fairies Book Series), RRKidz (Reading Rainbow App), ToysNTales (Wizarday), Wild Republic (Butterfly Nature Tubes).

Ten Best Games – Blue Orange (Spot It! Party), Eat to Win (FuNutritional Board Game), GameWhys (SkyGarden), Gamewright (Chef Pop de Pop), Griddly Games (Show Me the Kwan), LunchBox Kids (LunchBox Kids Board Game), Patch Products (Chain Letters), Peaceable Kingdom (What’s It?), R&R Games (Pluckin’ Pairs), USAOPOLY (CrossWays).

Ten Best High Technology Products – Artec Educational (Bipedal Walking Robot), Cognitive Kid (Ansel & Clair: Little Green Island), Creative Baby Inc (i-Mat), LeapFrog (LeapPad Ultra), littleBits Electronics (Deluxe Kit), Orbotix (Sphero), Pers (Ice Math Ninja), Ubooly (Ubooly), Virtual Piggy (Virtual Piggy), VTech (InnoTab 3S).

Ten Best Socially Responsible Products – Brushalot (Tooth Fairy Kit), B. toys by Battat (B. TeePee), Jester & Pharley Phund (Jester & Pharley Doll), Just Play (Get Better Checkup Center), Emotional ABC’s (Emotional ABCs), Yogiños (Story of Ganesha), DuneCraft (Mini-Cactus Garden LED Light Cube), Learning Journey (Go Green Recycle Truck), WowToyz (E-Z Crafts Paper Recycling Workshop.

Ten Best Toys– Adora Dolls (BathTime™ Babies), Automoblox (S9 Police Car), Hanz (Hanz Inventor’s Lab), LeapFrog (Read With Me Scout), Learning Resources (New Sprouts Picnic Set), Thames & Kosmos (Gyrobot), Tiny Love (Gymini Super Deluxe), Treasure Bay (Posh Balls), VTech (2-in-1 Shop & Cook Playset), WowWee (ArtSee Studio).

Ten Best Children’s Products – b. dazzle (Candy Scramble Squares® Puzzle), CelebriDucks (Pork Chopper), Gorgeous Products (Boikido Wooden Musical Train), Jay at Play (Tummy Stuffers), Learning Resources (New Sprouts Picnic Set), Makedo™ (Box Props People), Mudpuppy (Deluxe Puzzle Wheels), North Star Games (Clubs), Schoenhut Piano (Schoenhut Ukulele), SmartLab Toys (Demolition Lab: Triple Blast Warehouse), TREND enterprises (Alphabet, Numbers, Colors & Shapes Wipe Off® Bingo).

Interviews regarding the recommended best toys and products can be arranged through Walsh Public Relations at 203-292-6280 or by e-mail to greg@walshpr.com

 
100_Best_2013DR. TOY’S 2013 100 BEST CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS
Selected by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (Dr. Toy)
 

Company Product Type Age Price Customer Service Website
3D Magic Factory GiggleBellies Musical Adv #1 ML MM DV 6 0-5 yrs $14.98 512-968-3357 www.thegigglebellies.com
4M Friendship Bracelets AC CP OT HM 7 5-12 $12.00 253-863-0886 www.4m-ind.com
Adora Dolls BathTime™ Babies AE PL TY 1 1-6 $34.99 800-779-5335 www.adoradolls.com
ALEX Duct Tape Messenger Bag AC CP 7 7-10 $27.95 800-666-2539 www.alextoys.com
Artec Educational Bipedal Walking Robot CP HO NO SC 3 8-12 $12.99 310-933-4710 www.artec-educational.com
Automoblox S9 Police Car CP TY UN EC 1 3-12 $45.00 973-442-9444 www.automoblox.com
b. dazzle Candy Scramble Squares® Puzzle ES PZ 10 4-12 $9.95 800-809-4242 www.b-dazzle.com
B. toys by Battat B. TeePee CP FP UN EC SR 4 3-8 $35.00 866-665-5524 www.justb-byou.com
Bigjigs Toy Around the World Train Set AE CO FP NO TY 8 3-10 $95.00 866-459-7829 www.bigjigstoys.com
Blue Orange Spot It! Party BG ES GE MA LA 5 10-12 $19.99 415-252-0372 www.blueorangegames.com
BooKid Toys Ltd Sticker Fun AC BO CP MA TR 7 5-7 $2.99 972-9-8866777 www.bookidtoys.com
Brand 44 Slackers 90′ Eagle Series Zipline AE OP 8 8-12 $169.00 866-925-8025 www.slackersline.com
Brushalot Tooth Fairy Kit CP ES FP PL SC SR 4 3-7 $22.99 289-339-6072 www.brushalot.com
CelebriDucks Pork Chopper AE NO OP PT 10 0-7 yrs $14.99 415-456-3452 www.celebriducks.com
Citiblocs Doll House Building Set CO EC ES GN TY 9 3-12 $32.99 813-769-9462 www.citiblocs.com
Cognitive Kid Ansel-Clair Little Green Island CP ES SR 3 6-12 $4.99 650-766-8024 www.anselandclair.com
Creative Baby Inc i-Mat CP EL ES LA TR 3 18 mo-6 $79.99 855-661-1119 www.creativebabyinc.com
Crorey Creations My Image Button Maker AC CP MM TY 7 8-12 $29.99 866-693-2648 www.myfbm.com
Diggin Active Soccer Challenge AE EG ES MM 8 5-12 $49.99 888-388-8835 www.digginactive.com
Discover Dr. Cool Gemstone Dig Kit AE ES OP SC HO CP 7 6-12 $14.95 855-437-2665 www.discoverwithdrcool.com
Dress Up America Playmags™ Magnetic Blocks CO CP ES TY PZ 9 3-12 $119.99 718-436-0031 www.dressupamerica.com
DuneCraft Mini-Cactus Garden LED Cube ES GN SR 4 4-12 $34.99 800-306-4168 www.dunecraft.com
Eat to Win FuNutritional Board Game AE ES GE SC 5 6-12 $29.95 248-224-8011 www.eattowingame.com
Emotional ABC’s Emotional ABCs ES ML MM DV SR 4 4-8 $129.99 888-253-1849 www.EmotionalABCs.com
Exploracise Math Ball Numbers & Shapes AE OP MA 8 1-5 $22.50 877-503-9756 www.exploracise.com
Ezyroller EzyDrifter AE OP 8 7-12 $119.00 866-713-8007 www.ezyroller.com
Folkmanis Red Octopus Puppet CP ES GG PL PU 7 3-9 $34.00 800-654-8922 www.folkmanis.com
Foreign Lang. Kids Spanish Vol. 1 MM DV ES 2 4-12 $29.99 301-299-8000 www.spanishforkidsbykids.com
FoxMind Games Smart Cookies ES GE PZ MA LA 2 6-12 $24.99 866-369-6463 www.foxmind.com
GameWhys SkyGarden CG CP SR OT GE 5 10-12 $25.00 415-533-6770 www.gamewhys.com
Gamewright Chef Pop de Pop AE BG OT UN GE 5 6-12 $16.99 800-638-7568 www.gamewright.com
General Pencil Draw Cartoon Animation! AC CP ES 7 6-12 $14.99 800-537-0734 www.generalpencil.com
GeoPalz iBitz AE EL IN MM OP 8 5-12 $34.99 877-546-4803 www.geopalz.com
GoldieBlox Spinning Machine CO ES SC MA TY 9 3-9 $29.99 805-717-7838 www.goldieblox.com
Gorgeous Products Boikido Wood Musical Train ES NO TY 10 18 mo-3 $39.99 847-984-6158 www.boikido.com
Great Media Dino Lingo Language Learning ES ML DV 2 2-7 $159.95 614-636-3466 www.dinolingo.com
Griddly Games Show Me the Kwan BG CP GE LA 5 8-12 $19.99 203-292-6280 www.griddlygames.com
Hanz Hanz Inventor’s Lab CO ES SC IN TY 1 8-12 $65.00 530-355-6190 www.hanztoys.com
Hap-Pal Music Fun w/ Math, Music, Movement CD ES ML 6 3-8 $14.95 818-710-0737 www.happalmer.com
Highlights for Child. Which Way USA CP ES IN GG 2 6-12 $16.35 800-255-9517 www.highlights.com
Jay at Play Tummy Stuffers PL TY 10 3-10 $19.99 888-481-0237 www.tummystuffers.com
Jazz for Babies Ltd 5 Album Instrumental AT CD ML MM 6 0-12 $57.45 608-767-1102 www.jazzforbabies.org
Jester-Pharley Phund Jester & Pharley Doll AE CP ES PL SR 4 3-12 $40.00 800-953-7637 www.thejester.org
JumpSport iBounce™ Trampoline Videos AE SW OP 8 2-6 $25.95 888-567-5867 www.jumpsport.com
Just Play Doc McStuffins Check-Up Center ES OT TY SR 4 3-12 $79.99 800-317-3245 www.justplaytoys.com
Kiwi Crate Kiwi Crate AC CP ES UN 7 3-7 $16.95 888-574-6387 www.kiwicrate.com
LaQ USA Animal World Wild Kingdom CO CP HO 9 5-12 $90.00 972-231-9131 www.laqusa.com
Laser Pegs Ventures Mythology CO CP ES NO TY 9 5-12 $39.99 866-432-3735 www.laserpegs.com
LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra EL ES MM TY 3 4-9 $149.99 800-701-5327 www.leapfrog.com
LeapFrog Read With Me Scout ES MM PL LA 1 2-5 $34.99 800-701-5327 www.leapfrog.com
Learning Journey Go Green Recycle Truck EL ES GE LA SR 4 18 mo-4 $34.99 877-839-3969 www.thelearningjourney.com
Learning Journey Match It! Spelling CG ES GE PZ LA 2 4-8 $11.99 877-839-3969 www.thelearningjourney.com
Learning Resources New Sprouts Picnic Set ES TY 1 2-12 $24.99 800-222-3909 www.learningresources.com
Learning Station Action! Fun! Dance! AE ES CD ML 6 3-8 $15.00 800-789-9990 www.learningstationmusic.com
LEGO Systems Toddler Build and Play Cubes CO TY 9 18 mo-3 $12.99 800-838-9647 www.lego.com
littleBits Electronics Deluxe Kit AC CO CP SC 3 8-12 $199.00 917-464-4577 www.littlebits.cc
LunchBox Kids LunchBox Kids Board Game AE GE SR ES 5 6-12 $55.00 866-276-3130 www.playlunchboxkids.com
Makedo™ Box Props People AC CP SR GN 10 4-6 $10.00 800-356-0474 www.mymakedo.com
MalZac Music Bully, Bystander, Bullied CD ML MM SR 4 8-12 $169.99 516-826-3898 www.lylecogen.com
MandarinaKids Chinese Starter Kit DV ES CT LA 2 4mo-6yr $45.00 +65 9011 7672 www.mandarinakids.com
Maykah/Roominate Deluxe Roominate CO CP DH ES SC TY 9 6-12 $49.99 206-384-5413 www.roominatetoy.com
MEGA Brands Barbie Build n’ Play Stage CO ML MM TY 9 4-12 $59.99 800-465-6342 www.megabrands.com
Mighty Sky Mighty Sky ES ML MM SC 6 1-12 $10.99 615-604-7773 www.themightysky.com
MindWare Paint-Your-Own Porcelain Bowls AC CP 7 8-12 $24.95 800-999-0398 www.mindwarewholesale.com
Mother Company Ruby’s Studio: Friendship Show ES MM SR CT 6 2-7 $16.99 310-826-2400 www.rubysstudio.com
Mudpuppy Deluxe Puzzle Wheels CP ES PZ 10 2-12 $14.99 800-759-0190 www.mudpuppy.com
Music Together Hello, Everyone! CP ES ML MM LA 6 2-8 $12.95 800-728-2692 www.musictogether.com
NCircle Entertain. WordWorld: Word Play MM DV 6 2-5 $19.99 800-381-0954 www.ncircleentertainment.com
North Star Games Clubs CG GE 10 8-12 $13.99 240-558-3850 www.northstargames.com
Orbotix Sphero EL ES EG SW TY VG 3 8-12 $129.00 303-502-9466 www.gosphero.com
K’s Kids Popbo Blocs Fun Park CO CP ES TY 9 6 mo-3 $36.80 800-718-5365 www.kskids.com
Patch Products Chain Letters ES GE 5 8-12 $21.99 800-524-4263 www.patchproducts.com
Peaceable Kingdom What’s It? AE ES GE SR LA 5 8-12 $24.99 877-444-5195 www.peaceablekingdom.com
Pers Ice Math Ninja ES GE MM MA 3 6-12 $2.99 800-505-7377 www.pers.com
R&R Games Pluckin’ Pairs BG ES GE 5 12-12 $19.95 888-874-3353 www.rnrgames.com
Real Tooth Fairies Real Tooth Fairies Books ES FP SR CT 2 6-10 $19.99 910-509-0565 www.therealtoothfairies.com
Rhythm Tree Rhythm Tree Music CP ES ML DV 6 3-12 $89.99 603-793-1941 www.therhythmtree.com
RRKidz Reading Rainbow App ES GE MM LA 2 3-9 $9.99 310-464-6333 www.rrkidz.com
Rubbabu Golf Set CP ES GN AE 8 2-7 $109.95 732-428-5544 www.rubbabu.com
Schoenhut Piano Schoenhut Ukulele CP ES ML MM 10 6-12 $43.99 888-414-2739 www.toypiano.com
Seedling N Zealand Fashion Designer’s Kit AC CP 7 8-12 $49.99 649-530-8058 www.seedling.co.nz
SmartLab Toys Demolition Lab: Triple Blast CO ES SC TY 10 8-12 $39.99 866-319-5900 www.smartlabtoys.com
Strider Sports No-Pedal Balance Bike AE OP TS TY 8 18 mo-5 $99.00 605 342 0266 www.stridersports.com
Super Simple Learn. Super Simple Songs- Collection ES ML MM 6 3-5 $16.99 206-829-9254 www.supersimplelearning.com
Tangle Creations Tangle NightBall AE EQ NO OP 8 3-12 $19.99 888-829-3808 www.tanglecreations.com
Thames & Kosmos Gyrobot CO ES HO SC TY 1 8-12 $44.95 800-587-2872 www.thamesandkosmos.com
Thinkplay Morphun Adv Construct 500 CO TY MA 9 5-11 $99.99 718-851-2615 www.morphun.com
Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe AE TY 1 0-12 mos $59.99 888-846-9568 www.tinylove.com
ToysNTales Wizarday CP ES GE SR TR TY 2 8-12 $29.95 800-869-7682 www.toysntales.com
Treasure Bay Posh Balls AE NO OP TY UN 1 3-12 $4.99 800-476-6416 www.poshballs.com
TREND enterprises Alpha. Numb. Colors, Shapes ES LA MA 10 4-8 $7.99 800-860-6762 www.trendenterprises.com
Ubooly Ubooly ES PL SW MM 3 4-9 $29.95 800-658-2030 http://ubooly.com
USAOPOLY CrossWays AE BG ES GE MA 5 8-12 $24.95 888-876-7659 www.usaopoly.com
Virtual Piggy Virtual Piggy ES MM SR SW MA 3 5-12 $0 855-203-1747 www.virtualpiggy.com
VTech 2-in-1 Shop & Cook Playset HO OT TY 1 2-5 $49.99 800-521-2010 www.vtechkids.com
VTech InnoTab 3S EL ES MM LA 3 3-9 $99.99 800-521-2010 www.vtechkids.com
Wild Republic Butterfly Nature Tubes ES NO SC GG 2 3-12 $9.99 800-800-9678 www.wildrepublic.com
WowToyz E-Z Crafts Paper Recycling AC CP ES SR 4 8-12 $19.95 800-350-1007 www.wowtoyz.com
WowWee ArtSee Studio AC CP EL MM TY 1 3-12 $39.99 514-738-2140 www.wowwee.com
Yogiños

Story of Ganesha ES DV SR CT LA 4

4-12 $12.95 361-563-7448 www.yoginos.com

KEY:

AC = arts and crafts
AE = active
AT = audio tape
BG = board game
BO = book
CD = CD
CG = card game
CO = construction
CP = creative product
CR = computer-related
CT = cultural
DH = doll house
DO = doll
DV = DVD
EG = electronic game
EL = electronic product
EQ = equipment
ES = educational
FP = fantasy play
GE = game
HM = handmade
HO = hobby
IN = internet
MA = math
ML = musical
MM = multimedia
NO = novelty
OP = outdoor play
OT = other
PL = plush
PZ = puzzle
RS = rubber stamp
SC = science
SR = socially responsible
SW = software
TR = travel
TS = transportation
TY = toy
UN = unique
VG = video game

RANK:

1 = Top 10 Best Toys
2 = Top 10 Educational Products
3 = Top 10 High Tech Products
4 = Top 10 Socially Responsible Products
5 = Top 10 Games
6 = Top 10 Best Audio/Visuals
7 = Top 10 Best Creative Products
8 = Top 10 Best Active Products
9 = Top 10 Building Toys
10 = Top 10 Children’s Products

 

1.     10 BEST TOYS

# Company Product Type Age Price Customer Service Website
1 Adora Dolls BathTime™ Babies AE PL TY 1-6 $34.99 800-779-5335 www.adoradolls.com
2 Automoblox S9 Police Car CP TY UN EC 3-12 $45.00 973-442-9444 www.automoblox.com
3 Hanz Hanz Inventor’s Lab CO ES SC IN TY 8-12 $65.00 530-355-6190 www.hanztoys.com
4 LeapFrog Read With Me Scout ES MM PL LA 2-5 $34.99 800-701-5327 www.leapfrog.com
5 Learning Resources New Sprouts Picnic Set ES TY 2-12 $24.99 800-222-3909 www.learningresources.com
6 Thames & Kosmos Gyrobot CO ES HO SC TY 8-12 $44.95 800-587-2872 www.thamesandkosmos.com
7 Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe AE TY 0-12 mos $59.99 888-846-9568 www.tinylove.com
8 Treasure Bay Posh Balls AE NO OP TY UN 3-12 $4.99 800-476-6416 www.poshballs.com
9 VTech 2-in-1 Shop & Cook Playset HO OT TY 2-5 $49.99 800-521-2010 www.vtechkids.com
10 WowWee ArtSee Studio AC CP EL MM TY 3-12 $39.99 514-738-2140 www.wowwee.com

2.     10 BEST EDUCATIONAL PRODUCTS

# Company Product Type Age Price Customer Service Website
1 Foreign Languages for Kids Spanish Vol. 1 ES MM DV 4-12 $29.99 301-299-8000 www.spanishforkidsbykids.com
2 FoxMind Games Smart Cookies ES GE PZ MA LA 6-12 $24.99 866-369-6463 www.foxmind.com
3 Great Media Dino Lingo Learning Program ES ML DV 2-7 $159.95 614-636-3466 www.dinolingo.com
4 Highlights for Children Which Way USA CP EG ES IN GG 6-12 $16.35 800-255-9517 www.highlights.com
5 Learning Journey Match It! Spelling CG ES GE PZ LA 4-8 $11.99 877-839-3969 www.thelearningjourney.com
6 MandarinaKids Chinese Starter Kit DV ES CT LA 4 mo-6 yrs $45.00 +65 9011 7672 www.mandarinakids.com
7 Real Tooth Fairies Real Tooth Fairies Books ES FP SR CT 6-10 $19.99 910-509-0565 www.therealtoothfairies.com
8 RRKidz Reading Rainbow App ES GE MM LA 3-9 $9.99 310-464-6333 www.rrkidz.com
9 ToysNTales Wizarday CP ES GE SR TR TY 8-12 $29.95 800-869-7682 www.toysntales.com
10 Wild Republic Butterfly Nature Tubes ES NO SC GG 3-12 $9.99 800-800-9678 www.wildrepublic.com

 3.     10 BEST HIGH TECH PRODUCTS  

# Company Product Type Age Price Customer Service Website
1 Artec Educational Bipedal Walking Robot CP HO NO SC TY 8-12 $12.99 310-933-4710 www.artec-educational.com
2 Cognitive Kid Ansel Clair Little Green Island CP ES SR GN 6-12 $4.99 650-766-8024 www.anselandclair.com
3 Creative Baby Inc i-Mat CP EL ES LA TR 18 mos-6 $79.99 855-661-1119 www.creativebabyinc.com
4 LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra EL ES MM TY 4-9 $149.99 800-701-5327 www.leapfrog.com
5 littleBits Electronics Deluxe Kit AC CO CP SC 8-12 $199.00 917-464-4577 www.littlebits.cc
6 Orbotix Sphero EL ES EG SW TY VG 8-12 $129.00 303-502-9466 www.gosphero.com
7 Pers Ice Math Ninja ES GE MM MA 6-12 $2.99 800-505-7377 www.pers.com
8 Ubooly Ubooly ES LA PL SW MM 4-9 $29.95 800-658-2030 http://ubooly.com
9 Virtual Piggy Virtual Piggy ES MM SR SW MA 5-12 $0 855-203-1747 www.virtualpiggy.com
10 VTech InnoTab 3S EL ES MM LA 3-9 $99.99 800-521-2010

www.vtechkids.com

4.     10 BEST SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE PRODUCTS

# Company Product Type Age Price Customer Service Website
1 B. toys by Battat B. TeePee CP FP UN EC SR 3-8 $35.00 866-665-5524 www.justb-byou.com
2 Brushalot Tooth Fairy Kit CP ES FP PL SC SR 3-7 $22.99 289-339-6072 www.brushalot.com
3 DuneCraft Mini-Cactus Garden LED Light Cube ES NO GN SR 4-12 $34.99 800-306-4168 www.dunecraft.com
4 Emotional ABC’s Emotional ABCs ES ML MM DV SR 4-8 $129.99 888-253-1849 www.EmotionalABCs.com
5 Jester & Pharley Phund Jester & Pharley Doll AE CP ES PL SR 3-12 $40.00 800-953-7637 www.thejester.org
6 Just Play Doc McStuffins Check-Up Center ES OT TY SR 3-12 $79.99 800-317-3245 www.justplaytoys.com
7 Learning Journey Go Green Recycle Truck EL ES GE TY LA SR 18 mo-4 $34.99 877-839-3969 www.thelearningjourney.com
8 MalZac Music Bully, Bystander, Bullied CD ML MM SR 8-12 $169.99 516-826-3898 www.lylecogen.com
9 WowToyz E-Z Crafts Paper Recycling AC CP ES SR GN 8-12 $19.95 800-350-1007 www.wowtoyz.com
10 Yogiños Story of Ganesha ES DV SR CT LA 4-12 $12.95 361-563-7448

www.yoginos.com

5.     10 BEST GAMES

# Company Product Type Age Price Customer Service Website
1 Blue Orange Spot It! Party BG ES GE MA LA 10-12 $19.99 415-252-0372 www.blueorangegames.com
2 Eat to Win FuNutritional Board Game AE ES GE SC 6-12 $29.95 248-224-8011 www.eattowingame.com
3 GameWhys SkyGarden CG CP GE SR OT 10-12 $25.00 415-533-6770 www.gamewhys.com
4 Gamewright Chef Pop de Pop AE BG GE OT UN 6-12 $16.99 800-638-7568 www.gamewright.com
5 Griddly Games Show Me the Kwan BG CP GE LA 8-12 $19.99 203-292-6280 www.griddlygames.com
6 LunchBox Kids LunchBox Kids Board Game AE GE SR ES 6-12 $55.00 866-276-3130 www.playlunchboxkids.com
7 Patch Products Chain Letters ES GE 8-12 $21.99 800-524-4263 www.patchproducts.com
8 Peaceable Kingdom What’s It? AE ES GE SR LA 8-12 $24.99 877-444-5195 www.peaceablekingdom.com
9 R&R Games Pluckin’ Pairs BG ES GE 12-12 $19.95 888-874-3353 www.rnrgames.com
10 USAOPOLY CrossWays AE BG ES GE MA 8-12 $24.95 888-876-7659 www.usaopoly.com

6.     10 BEST AUDIO/VIDEO TAPES/CDs

# Company Product Type Age Price Customer Service Website
1 3D Magic Factory GiggleBellies Sweet Songs/Lullabies ML MM DV 0-5 $14.98 512-968-3357 www.thegigglebellies.com
2 Hap-Pal Music Fun w/Math, Music, Movement CD ES ML 3-8 $14.95 818-710-0737 www.happalmer.com
3 Jazz for Babies Ltd 5 Album Instrumental Set AT CD ML MM 0-12 $57.45 608-767-1102 http://JazzForBabies.org
4 Learning Station Action! Fun! Dance! AE ES CD ML 3-8 $15.00 800-789-9990 www.learningstationmusic.com
5 Mighty Sky Mighty Sky ES ML MM SC 1-12 $10.99 615-604-7773 www.themightysky.com
6 Mother Company Ruby’s Studio: Friendship Show ES MM SR CT 2-7 $16.99 310-826-2400 www.rubysstudio.com
7 Music Together Hello, Everyone! CP ES ML MM LA 28 $12.95 800-728-2692 www.musictogether.com
8 NCircle Entertainment WordWorld: Word Play MM DV 2-5 $19.99 800-381-0954 www.ncircleentertainment.com
9 Rhythm Tree Rhythm Tree Music CP ES ML MM DV 3-12 $89.99 603-793-1941 www.therhythmtree.com
10 Super Simple Learning Super Simple Songs Collection CP ES ML MM 3-5 $16.99 206-829-9254 www.supersimplelearning.com

7.     BEST CREATIVE PRODUCTS

# Company Product Type Age Price Customer Service Website
1 4M Friendship Bracelets AC CP OT HM 5-12 $12.00 253-863-0886 www.4m-ind.com
2 ALEX Duct Tape Messenger Bag AC CP 7-10 $27.95 800-666-2539 www.alextoys.com
3 BooKid Toys Ltd Sticker Fun AC BO CP MA TR 5-7 $2.99 -8865814 www.bookidtoys.com
4 Crorey Creations My Image Button Maker AC CP MM TY 8-12 $29.99 866-693-2648 www.myfbm.com
5 Discover w/Dr. Cool Gemstone Dig Kit AE CP ES OP SC HO 6-12 $14.95 855-437-2665 www.discoverwithdrcool.com
6 Folkmanis Red Octopus Puppet CP ES GG PL PU 3-9 $34.00 800-654-8922 www.folkmanis.com
7 General Pencil Draw Cartoon Animation! Kit AC CP ES 6-12 $14.99 800-537-0734 www.generalpencil.com
8 Kiwi Crate Kiwi Crate AC CP ES UN 3-7 $16.95 888-574-6387 www.kiwicrate.com
9 MindWare Paint-Your-Own Porcelain Bowls AC CP 8-12 $24.95 800-999-0398 www.mindwarewholesale.com
10 Seedling N. Zealand Fashion Designer’s Kit AC CP 8-12 $49.99 6495308058 www.seedling.co.nz

8.     BEST ACTIVE TOYS

# Company Product Type Age Price Customer Service Website
1 Bigjigs Toy Around the World Train Set AE CO FP NO TY 3-10 $95.00 866-459-7829 www.bigjigstoys.com
2 Brand 44 Slackers 90′ Eagle Series Zipline AE OP 8-12 $169.00 866-925-8025 www.slackersline.com
3 Diggin Active Soccer Challenge AE EG ES MM 5-12 yrs $49.99 888-388-8835 www.digginactive.com
4 Exploracise First Math Ball Numbers & Shapes AE OP MA 1-5 $22.50 877-503-9756 www.exploracise.com
5 Ezyroller EzyDrifter AE OP 7-12 $119.00 866-713-8007 www.ezyroller.com
6 GeoPalz iBitz AE EL IN MM OP 5-12 $34.99 877-546-4803 www.geopalz.com
7 JumpSport iBounce™ Trampoline Videos AE EG SW OP 2-6 $25.95 888-567-5867 www.jumpsport.com
8 Rubbabu Golf Set CP ES GN AE 24 mo-7 $109.95 732-428-5544 www.rubbabu.com
9 Strider Sports Strider St No-Pedal Balance Bike AE OP TS TY 18 mo-5 $99.00 605 342 0266 www.stridersports.com
10 Tangle Creations Tangle NightBall AE EQ NO OP 3-12 $19.99 888-829-3808 www.tanglecreations.com

9.     BEST BUILDING TOYS

# Company Product Type Age Price Customer Service Website
1 Citiblocs Doll House Building Set CO EC ES GN TY 3-12 $32.99 813-769-9462 www.citiblocs.com
2 Dress Up America Playmags™ Magnetic Blocks CO CP ES PZ TY 3-12 $119.99 718-436-0031 www.dressupamerica.com
3 GoldieBlox Spinning Machine CO ES SC MA TY 3-9 $29.99 805-717-7838 www.goldieblox.com
4 LaQ USA Animal World Wild Kingdom CO CP HO TY 5-12 $90.00 972-231-9131 www.laqusa.com
5 Laser Pegs Ventures Mythology CO CP ES TY 5-12 $39.99 866-432-3735 www.laserpegs.com
6 LEGO Systems Toddler Build and Play Cubes CO TY 18 mo-3 $12.99 800-838-9647 www.lego.com
7 Maykah/Roominate Deluxe Roominate CO CP DH ES SC TY 6-12 $49.99 206-384-5413 www.roominatetoy.com
8 MEGA Brands Barbie Build n’ Play Star Stage CP ML MM TY 4-12 $59.99 800-465-6342 www.megabrands.com
9 K’s Kids Popbo Blocs Fun Park CO CP ES TY 6 mos-3 $36.80 800-718-5365 www.kskids.com
10 Thinkplay Morphun Advanced Construction 500 CO MA TY 5-11 $99.99 718-851-2615 www.morphun.com

10.    BEST CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS

# Company Product Type Age Price Customer Service Website
1 b. dazzle Candy Scramble Squares® Puzzle ES PZ SR 4-12 $9.95 800-809-4242 www.b-dazzle.com
2 CelebriDucks Pork Chopper AE NO OP PT 0-7 $14.99 415-456-3452 www.celebriducks.com
3 Gorgeous Products Boikido Wooden Musical Train ES NO TY UN 18 mo-3 $39.99 847-984-6158 www.boikido.com
4 Jay at Play Tummy Stuffers PL TY 3-10 $19.99 888-481-0237 www.tummystuffers.com
5 Makedo™ Box Props People AC CP SR GN 4-6 $10.00 800-356-0474 www.mymakedo.com
6 Mudpuppy Deluxe Puzzle Wheels CP ES PZ 2-12 $14.99 800-759-0190 www.mudpuppy.com
7 North Star Games Clubs CG GE 8-12 $13.99 240-558-3850 www.northstargames.com
8 Schoenhut Piano Schoenhut Ukulele CP ES ML MM 6-12 $43.99 888-414-2739 www.toypiano.com
9 SmartLab Toys Demolition Lab Triple Blast Warehouse CO ES SC 8-12 $39.99 866-319-5900 www.smartlabtoys.com
10 TREND enterprises Alphabet, Numbers, Colors Shapes ES GE LA MA 4-8 $7.99 800-860-6762 www.trendenterprises.com