Dr. Toy® Announces 100 Best Children’s Products of 2014

Guide to the Best Toys and Children’s Products
An Opportunity to be of Service to Families and Schools

100_Best_2014San Francisco, CA – (October 15, 2014) – Dr. Toy® today announced the list of the Best Children’s Products for 2014. The full report of the Dr. Toy 100 Best toys and children’s products is now available to parents, teachers and others interested in play and toys on Dr. Toy’s Guide.

Dr. Toy’s Best Children’s Products Awards were developed by noted child development authority, Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (a.k.a. Dr. Toy), and joined by Dr. Jennie Ito as associate to evaluate products; provide a valued service to consumers who desire to purchase safe, affordable, educationally-oriented and stimulating toys and play products for children.

Stevanne Auerbach, explained, “As a natural, ongoing 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. Our guide is offered to complement your observations and to help you in selecting the right products to enhance your child’s play and learning.”

“Buying decisions are based on lasting play value and product applicability to find a good balance of children’s active, creative, and educational experiences. We depend on the durability and versatility of such items as blocks, construction toys, games, puppets, and transportation toys. These products stimulate the imagination, engage the player, have value, and hold up over time. We apply these standards to all the play product choices we make. Often hear consumers describe their experience of making a purchase, but shortly after giving little Annie or Danny 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 and associate Dr. Ito spent a great deal of time reviewing a large quantity of varied products created by manufacturers and designers the world over. 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 lasting value. Durable products, properly designed and developmentally correct are worth the money. Children’s positive reactions are worth our care in selection. Dr. Toy and Dr. Ito utilize a comprehensive set of objective and subjective criteria to evaluate toys and other products.

Basic questions 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 and Dr. Ito are pleased to have the opportunity to share our 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 our high standards for design, durability, price, quality, safety, and value.

Dr. Toy and Dr. Ito want to remind 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 Select and Use the Best Toys and Games, just released in the expanded new 4th Edition, was written for new parents and others who care about children, and is available in toy and book stores or online. Dr. Toy invites consumers to take the time to describe play and product experiences, and ask questions about toys and products.

Following are the award-winning toys and products and their companies grouped in selected categories of “smart” play. You can find out more about each product in the tables that follow.

  • Ten Best Active Toys – Brand 44 (Slackers 50′ Slackline), Brand 44 (Slackers Balance Blox), Diggin Active (Lazer Pitch Baseball), Grow’n Up (2-in-1 Slide To Rocker), Jumpport (iBounce Too & RompyRoo’s Toy Store Adventure), Kid O Toys (Tree Push Toy), LeapFrog (LeapBand), Pacific Play Tents (Space Station), Upside Down Games (Yoga Spinner), Yvolution (Y Fliker Lift).
  • Ten Best Audio/Video Tapes/CDs – Charm School Records (“Daycare Dance Party” CD by Preschool Popstars), Foreign Languages for Kids (Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids®: Spanish, Volumes 1 and 2), Green Kids Club (Gorilla’s Roar Cartoon), Music Together (All Around the Kitchen Music Together Singalong Storybook), Music Together (May All Children Music Together Singalong Storybook), Music Together (Ridin’ in the Car Music Together Singalong Storybook), Sprout Recordings (American Heroes #4), Whistlefritz (French for Kids: On Va Jouer (Let’s Play)), Whistlefritz (Sabor!), YouthLight (Drama Llama Interactive).
  • Ten Best Building Toys– Geomagworld (Geomag Mechanics (Item #722)), Kiwi Crate (Tinker Crate), Laser Pegs (30 in 1 NG500 National Geographic Landmarks & Archaeology), LEGO Systems (LEGO DUPLO Treasure Attack), Magformers (Magnets in Motion 61 Piece Gear Set), MEGA Brands (Mega Bloks First Builders Fast Tracks Rescue Team), Morphun Education (Junior Starter Rainbow 400 Set with Guide Book), Paper Punk (Urban Fold-Build Your Own Paper Block City), Roominate (Roominate Chateau), Smart Toys & Games (SmartMax Mega Ball Run).
  • Ten Best Children’s Products – ALEX Brands (Scientific Explorer’s Color Mysteries Kit), b. dazzle (Carousel Ponies Scamble Squares® Puzzle), DuneCraft (Slick Sand Mini Kit), InRoad Toys (PlayTape), Kitchen Kid (Raddish), Senseez Pillows (Senseez Orange Circle), Shepherd Kit (Oriental Culture Discovery Kit), Sparkup (Magical Book Reader, The), Treasured Passages (One Little Mailbox), Wild Republic (Creations by Wild Republic).
  • Ten Best Creative Products – ALEX Brands (Alex Toys Wood Wonders Ultimate Set), Ann Williams Grp (Loopdeloom), Fashion Angels (It’s My Biz), Galison/Mudpuppy (Dinosaur Planet Shadow Puppet Set), Hermosa Beach Concepts (Magnet Friends), Horizon Group (My First Wood Shop), Kahootz (Spirograph Super Kit), MGA (Lalaloopsy Color Me), OgoSport (OgoBILD with AnimateIt! Studio Kit), Seedling (Design your own Superhero Mask).
  • Ten Best Educational Products – 4M Indus.Develop. (Crystal Growing Experimental Kit), Bigjigs Toy (Learn to Count), Discover w/Dr. Cool (Real Meteorite Excavation Kit!), DT Learning Products, Inc. (Body Amazing Puzzle), Learning Journey (Magnetic Spell and Learn Board), LightUp, Inc. (LightUp Edison Kit), Maple Landmark (My Activity Clock), NumbersAlive! (myPi), Realtimes Products (Multiples Early Years Set, The), TREND enterprises (A to Z Dino Dot-to-Dot Dino-Mite Pals™ Wipe-Off® Book (T94161)).
  • Ten Best Games – Art’s Ideas (Jenga Giant), Bananagrams (Bananagrams® WildTiles), Chronicle Books (Press Here Game), Funnybone Toys (Disruptus – The Game Designed to Open Every Mind), GameBrotherZ (MimiQ), Gamewright (Pyramix), MindWare (Seek-a-Boo), na2ure (Ani-gram-it), Tactic USA (Junior Alias), uKloo Kids Inc (uKloo, Riddle Edition Treasure Hunt Game)
  • Ten Best High Technology Products – ClickN Kids (ClickN KIDS Family Tablet), Evollve (Ozobot), Learning Circle Kids (Reader Bee and the Story Tree), Paz Toys (Webee), Physical Apps (TheO™ SmartBall), Tangible Play (Osmo), Tiggly (Tiggly Shapes), VTech (InnoTab 3S Plus Learning Tablet), Wonder Workshop (Dash), WowWee (MiP).
  • Ten Best Socially Responsible Products – Creatively Canny (Nate The Dragon Stops Bullying), Fiammetta Toy Co. (Stork Babies), fischertechnik (fischertechnik Solar #520396), FoxMind Games (Time in a Box), Green Kids Club (Wolf Howls Gift Set), Happy Smiles for Kids (Hospital Buddy), Just Play (Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile), Mother Company (The Safety Show), UnitedHealthcare Child.Found. (Oliver & Hope’s Amusing Adventure), Zeenie Dollz (Zeenie Dollz Sini).
  • Ten Best Toys – Automoblox (Mini Emergency 3-pack), Cartwheel Kids (Peter Rabbit Adventure Treehouse playset), Corolle Dolls (Mon Premier Bebe Calin Maria), Dream Big Toy (Go! Go! Sports Girl Read & Play), Folkmanis (Grunting Pig Puppet), Gorgeous Products (Boikido Wooden Multi-Activity Center), LeapFrog (LeapTV), Mme Alexander Doll (Travel Friends Play Doll, Bonjour From France), Saban Brands (Julius Jr. Rock ‘n Playhouse Box), SmartNoggin (NogginStik Developmental Rattle).

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.

 

Alphabetical Listing of Award Winning Companies

# Company Product Name and Type Code Age Price CustSrv# www.
1. 4M Indus.Develop. Crystal Growing Exptl Kit CP ES SC HM 2 10-12 $18.00 800-356-0474 4m-ind.com
2. ALEX Brands Alex Wood Wonders Ultimate Set CP AC TY WT 7 5-12 $25.00 800-666-2539 alexbrands.com
3. ALEX Brands Scientific Explorer’s Color Mysteries CP AC ES SC 10 5-12 $25.99 800-666-2539 alexbrands.com
4. Ann Williams Grp Loopdeloom CP AC 7 8-12 $29.99 248-731-8588 annwilliamsgroup.com
5. Art’s Ideas Jenga Giant AE OP CO WT 5 10-12 $129.99 310-424-4527 artsideas.biz
6. Automoblox Mini Emergency 3-pack CP GN TS WT 1 3-12 $40.00 973-442-9444 automoblox.com
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Carousel Ponies Scamble Squares® CG ES PZ TR 10 4-12 $9.95 800-809-4242 b-dazzle.com
8. Bananagrams WildTiles ES GE TY 5 7-12 $14.95 888-234-5450 bananagrams.com
9. Bigjigs Toy Learn to Count ES MA PZ 2 1-4 $25.00 866-459-7829 bigjigstoys.com
10. Brand 44 Slackers 50′ Slackline AE OP ES SR 8 5-12 $79.99 303-339-0482 brand44co.com
11. Brand 44 Slackers Balance Blox AE OP AP TY 8 3-10 $99.99 303-339-0482 brand44co.com
12. Cartwheel Kids Peter Rabbit Adventure Treehouse DH TY 1 2-5 $29.99 888-906-4397 cartwheelkids.com
13. Charm School Records “Daycare Dance Party” DV CE ML MM 6 18mo-12 $12.99 434-250-2722 preschoolpopstars.com
14. Chronicle Books Press Here Game CP AC ES BG 5 3-12 $19.99 800-759-0190 chroniclebooks.com
15. ClickN Kids ClickN KIDS Family Tablet ES MM SW 3 3-12 $99.00 877-254-2522 clicknkids.com
16. Corolle Dolls Mon Premier Bebe Calin Maria ES LA FP DO 1 18mo-4 $42.00 800-214-9711 us.corolle.com
17. Creatively Canny Nate The Dragon Stops Bullying CP ES SR BO 4 8-10 $8.95 920-220-1266 creativelycanny.com
18. Diggin Active Lazer Pitch Baseball AE MM OP AP 8 5-12 $54.99 888-388-8835 digginactive.com
19. Discover w/Dr. Cool Real Meteorite Excavation Kit! AE OP ES SC 2 6-12 $11.99 855-437-2665 discoverwithdrcool.com
20. DT Learning Products Body Amazing Puzzle ES PZ TY WT 2 4-9 $23.00 800-341-8697 discoverytoys.net
21. Dream Big Toy Go! Go! Sports Girl Read & Play BO ES DO SR 1 5-10 $24.99 877-351-1031 gogosportsgirls.com
22. DuneCraft Slick Sand Mini Kit ES GN SC NO 10 3-12 $4.99 800-306-4168 dunecraft.com
23. Evollve Ozobot CP ES BG TC 3 8-12 $49.99 310-318-0070 ozobot.com
24. Fashion Angels It’s My Biz AC CP ES HM 7 8-12 $19.99 800-492-3237 fashionangels.com
25. Fiammetta Toy Stork Babies AE ES GG DO 4 4-10 $6.99 778-871-7177 mystorkbabies.com
26. fischertechnik fischertechnik Solar CO CP ES GN 4 7-12 $27.00 888-561-7521 fischertechnik.com
27. Folkmanis Grunting Pig Puppet CP TY PL PU 1 3-12 $29.99 800-654-8922 folkmanis.com
28. Foreign Languages for Kids Spanish Vols. 1 & 2 ES LA DV CT 6 3-12 $49.99 301-299-8000 foreignlanguagesforkids.com
29. FoxMind Games Time in a Box AE GE SR UN 4 4-12 $17.95 866-369-6463 foxmind.com
30. Funnybone Toys Disruptus CG CP LA CG 5 10-12 $24.99 855-386-2663 funnybonetoys.com
31. Galison/Mudpuppy Dinosaur Shadow Puppets CP CE FP PU 7 3-12 $16.99 212-354-8840 galison.com
32. GameBrotherZ MimiQ CG GE 5 4-12 $6.99 514-564-6379 gamebrotherz.com
33. Gamewright Pyramix ES GE BG 5 8-12 $23.99 800-924-6006 gamewright.com
34. Geomagworld Geomag Mechanics CP ES SC HO 9 5-12 $100.00 301-895-5593 geomagworld.com
35. Gorgeous Products Boikido Multi-Activity Ctr. AE ES SR TY 1 12-3 $44.99 847-984-6158 boikido.com
36. Green Kids Club Gorilla’s Roar Cartoon ES SR GN MM 6 3-12 $8.50 208-881-5183 green-kids-club.com
37. Green Kids Club Wolf Howls Gift Set CP AC GN SR 4 3-10 $29.98 208-881-5183 green-kids-club.com
38. Grow’n Up 2-in-1 Slide To Rocker AE OP TY 8 18mo-3 $69.99 888-468-9898 grow-n-up.com
39. Happy Smiles for Kids Hospital Buddy CP DO SR TY 4 0-12 $22.99 541-232-8689 happysmilesforkids.com
40. Hermosa Beach Concepts Magnet Friends AC AP CP OT 7 4-12 $39.99 818-554-9352 magnetfriends.com
41. Horizon Group My First Wood Shop CP HM CO WT 7 6-9 $9.97 908-810-1111 craftprojectideas.com
42. InRoad Toys PlayTape AE CP ES SR 10 3-10 $1.99 888-311-7165 inroadtoys.com
43. Jumpport iBounce Too & RompyRoo AE ES OP DV 8 3-5 $79.99 888-567-5867 jumpsport.com
44. Just Play Doc McStuffinsTalking Mobile CP ES OT TY 4 3-12 $49.99 800-317-3245 justplaytoys.com
45. Kahootz Spirograph Super Kit CP ES AP AC 7 8-12 $39.99 734-222-9798 kahootztoys.com
46. Kid O Toys Tree Push Toy AE ES TY 8 1-3 $30.00 212-366-5858 kidotoys.com
47. Kitchen Kid Raddish CP ES SC SR 10 3-12 $20.00 310-450-3462 raddishkids.com
48. Kiwi Crate Tinker Crate AC AP CP ES 9 9-12 $16.95 888-574-6387 kiwicrate.com
49. Laser Pegs 30 in1 NG500 Ldmks & Archaeol ES SR CO HO 9 5-12 $79.99 866-432-3735 laserpegs.com
50. LeapFrog LeapBand CE EL EG GE 8 4-7 $39.99 800-701-5327 leapfrog.com
51. LeapFrog LeapTV ES EL TC VG 1 3-8 $149.99 800-701-5327 leapfrog.com
52. Learning Circle Kids Reader Bee and the Story Tree ES LA GE MM 3 3-6 $1.99 650-350-6011 readerbee.com
53. Learning Journey Magnetic Spell & Learn Board CP ES GE TR 2 3-6 $19.99 877-839-3969 thelearningjourney.com
54. LEGO Systems LEGO DUPLO Treasure Attack TY CO 9 2-5 $29.99 860-835-4386 lego.com
55. LightUp, Inc. LightUp Edison Kit ES MM TC CO 2 5-10 $49.99 804-404-5678 lightup.io
56. Mme Alexander Doll Travel Friends Play Doll AE GG CT DO 1 3-12 $19.95 800-229-5192 madamealexanderdoll.com
57. Magformers Magnets in Motion 61 Piece Gear Set CP ES TY CO 9 3-12 $99.99 877-817-4574 magformers.com
58. Maple Landmark My Activity Clock CP ES WT SR 2 3-7 $26.00 800-421-4223 maplelandmark.com
59. MEGA Brands 1st Builders Fast Tracks Rescue Team ES AP HO CO 9 12-5 $34.99 800-465-6342 megabloks.com
60. MGA Lalaloopsy Color Me AC AP FP DO 7 4-12 $29.99 800-222-4685 littletikes.com
61. MindWare Seek-a-Boo ES LA CG AP 5 12-3 $19.95 800-999-0398 mindware.com
62. Morphun Education Junior Starter Rainbow 400 Set AP CO CP MM 9 3-7 $85.00 718-851-2615 morphun.com
63. Mother Company The Safety Show SR CT MM DV 4 2-8 $14.99 800-826-8150 rubysstudio.com
64. Music Together All Around the Kitchen BO CP ML MM 6 1-8 $13.95 800-728-2692 musictogether.com
65. Music Together May All Children Singalong BO CP ES ML 6 1-7 $13.95 800-728-2692 musictogether.com
66. Music Together Ridin’ in the Car Singalong BO CP ES ML 6 1-7 $13.95 800-728-2692 musictogether.com
67. na2ure Ani-gram-it PZ SC SR GN 5 8-12 $60.00 212-447-0034 na2ure.com
68. NumbersAlive! myPi ES PL OT TY 2 3-12 $35.00 202-652-1820 numbersalive.org
69. OgoSport OgoBILD with AnimateIt! Studio Kit CP MM TC CO 7 6-12 $70.00 718-554-0777 ogosport.com
70. Pacific Play Tents Space Station AE OP FP SC 8 3-8 $179.99 877-722-0083 pacificplaytents.com
71. Paper Punk Urban Fold Paper Block City AC CP ES PZ 9 6-12 $24.95 415-380-1940 paperpunk.com
72. Paz Toys Webee ES EG EL CP 3 1-5 $69.00 855-422-8697 paztoys.com
73. Physical Apps TheO SmartBall AE ES MM GE 3 3-12 $39.95 603-305-3948 physicalapps.com
74. Realtimes Products Multiples Early Years, The ES SR OT MA 2 3-6 $34.99 802-345-1182 themultiples.com
75. Roominate Roominate Chateau CO DH ES CP 9 6-12 $49.99 206-384-5413 roominatetoy.com
76. Saban Brands Julius Jr. Rock ‘n Playhouse Box AP DH OT TY 1 2-5 $44.99 310-557-5230 sabanbrands.com
77. Seedling Design your own Superhero Mask AE AC CS FP 7 4-12 $23.99 855-500-9260 seedlingusa.com
78. Senseez Pillows Senseez Orange Circle ES OT MM TY 10 4-12 $39.99 866-837-3851 senseez.com
79. Shepherd Kit Oriental Culture Discovery Kit AC CP CT ES 10 3-6 $54.99 626-254-3012 shepherdkit.com
80. Smart Toys & Games SmartMax Mega Ball Run CO SC ES CP 9 3-12 $119.99 800-542-6375 smartmax.eu/en
81. SmartNoggin NogginStik Developmental Rattle TY ES 1 0-12 $22.99 574-612-5295 smartnoggintoys.com
82. Sparkup Magical Book Reader CP ES BO MM 10 0-12 $59.99 866-322-4675 sparkupreader.com
83. Sprout Recordings American Heroes #4 ES MM CE ML 6 7-11 $12.99 800-577-7688 jonsprout.com
84. Tactic USA Junior Alias ES LA GE BG 5 4-12 $14.99 800-554-1447 tactic.net
85. Tangible Play Osmo EL CP EG TC 3 6-12 $99.00 650-450-3585 playosmo.com
86. Tiggly Tiggly Shapes CP ES MM TY 3 18mo-4 $29.95 203-247-0415 tiggly.com
87. Treasured Passages One Little Mailbox CP ES GE OT 10 3-10 $36.00 800-590-1633 treasuredpassages.com
88. TREND enterprises A to Z Dino Dot-to-Dot Dino-Mite Pals AP BO ES TR 2 3-6 $4.99 800-860-6762 trendenterprises.com
89. uKloo Kids Inc Riddle Ed. Treasure Hunt Game AE ES LA CG 5 7-9 $17.95 416-407-2562 ukloo.com
90. Utd Healthcare Child.Found. Oliver & Hope’s Adventure CP ES SR CT 4 3-8 $16.95 855-698-4223 uhccf.org
91. Upside Down Games Yoga Spinner AE ES GE SR 8 5-12 $15.99 888-746-1453 upsidedowngames.us
9*2. VTech InnoTab 3S Plus Learning Tablet ES MM IN TR 3 3-9 $79.99 800-521-2010 vtechkids.com
93. Whistlefritz French for Kids: On Va Jouer ES SR MM OT 6 1-7 $19.99 866-944-7859 whistlefritz.com
94. Whistlefritz Sabor! AE ES SR MM 6 0-12 $14.99 866-944-7859 whistlefritz.com
95. Wild Republic Creations GN OT SR UN 10 3-12 $2.99 800-800-9678 wildrepublic.com
96. Wonder Workshop Dash MM TC ES SW 3 5-12 $169.00 415-217-9682 makewonder.com
97. WowWee MiP MM EL TC TY 3 8-12 $99.99 858-729-6580 wowwee.com
98. YouthLight Drama Llama Interactive CP ES LA MM 6 4-8 $24.95 803-345-1070 youthlight.com
99. Yvolution Y Fliker Lift AE OP AP TY 8 7-12 $149.99 855-373-1235 yvolution.com/en
100. Zeenie Dollz Zeenie Dollz Sini ES SR GN DO 4 4-12 $49.99 714-898-3019 zeeniedollz.com

Product Type Code:


  • AC = arts and craft
  • AE = active
  • AP = activity product
  • BG = board game
  • BO = book
  • CE = children’s entertainment
  • CG = card game
  • CO = construction
  • CP = creative product
  • CS = costume
  • CT = cultural
  • DH = doll house
  • DO = doll
  • DV = DVD
  • EC = Children’s entertainment
  • EG = electronic game
  • EL = electronic product
  • EQ = equipment
  • ES = educational skills
  • FP = fantasy play
  • GE = game
  • GG = geography
  • GN = green
  • HM = hand made
  • 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 = wooden toy

 

Listing of Award Winning Products by Category

TEN BEST ACTIVE TOYS

Company Product Name and Type Code Age Price CustSrv# www.
Brand 44 Slackers 50′ Slackline AE OP ES SR 5-12 $79.99 303-339-0482 brand44co.com
Brand 44 Slackers Balance Blox AE OP AP TY 3-10 $99.99 303-339-0482 brand44co.com
Diggin Active Lazer Pitch Baseball AE MM OP AP 5-12 $54.99 888-388-8835 digginactive.com
Grow’n Up 2-in-1 Slide To Rocker AE OP TY 18mo-3 $69.99 888-468-9898 grow-n-up.com
Jumpport iBounce Too & RompyRoo AE ES OP DV 3-5 $79.99 888-567-5867 jumpsport.com
Kid O Toys Tree Push Toy AE ES TY 1-3 $30.00 212-366-5858 kidotoys.com
LeapFrog LeapBand CE EL EG GE 4-7 $39.99 800-701-5327 leapfrog.com
Pacific Play Tents Space Station AE OP FP SC 3-8 $179.99 877-722-0083 pacificplaytents.com
Upside Down Games Yoga Spinner AE ES GE SR 5-12 $15.99 888-746-1453 upsidedowngames.us
Yvolution Y Fliker Lift AE OP AP TY 7-12 $149.99 855-373-1235 yvolution.com/en

TEN BEST AUDIO/VIDEO TAPES/CDs

Company Product Name and Type Code Age Price CustSrv# www.
Charm School Records “Daycare Dance Party” DV CE ML MM 18mo-12 $12.99 434-250-2722 preschoolpopstars.com
Foreign Languages for Kids Spanish Vols. 1 & 2 ES LA DV CT 3-12 $49.99 301-299-8000 foreignlanguagesforkids.com
Green Kids Club Gorilla’s Roar Cartoon ES SR GN MM 3-12 $8.50 208-881-5183 green-kids-club.com
Music Together All Around the Kitchen BO CP ML MM 1-8 $13.95 800-728-2692 musictogether.com
Music Together May All Children Singalong BO CP ES ML 1-7 $13.95 800-728-2692 musictogether.com
Music Together Ridin’ in the Car Singalong BO CP ES ML 1-7 $13.95 800-728-2692 musictogether.com
Sprout Recordings American Heroes #4 ES MM CE ML 7-11 $12.99 800-577-7688 jonsprout.com
Whistlefritz French for Kids: On Va Jouer ES SR MM OT 1-7 $19.99 866-944-7859 whistlefritz.com
Whistlefritz Sabor! AE ES SR MM 0-12 $14.99 866-944-7859 whistlefritz.com
YouthLight Drama Llama Interactive CP ES LA MM 4-8 $24.95 803-345-1070 youthlight.com

TEN BEST BUILDING TOYS

Company Product Name and Type Code Age Price CustSrv# www.
Geomagworld Geomag Mechanics CP ES SC HO 5-12 $100.00 301-895-5593 geomagworld.com
Kiwi Crate Tinker Crate AC AP CP ES 9-12 $16.95 888-574-6387 kiwicrate.com
Laser Pegs 30 in1 NG500 Ldmks & Archaeol ES SR CO HO 5-12 $79.99 866-432-3735 laserpegs.com
LEGO Systems LEGO DUPLO Treasure Attack TY CO 2-5 $29.99 860-835-4386 lego.com
Magformers Magnets in Motion 61 Piece Gear Set CP ES TY CO 3-12 $99.99 877-817-4574 magformers.com
MEGA Brands Mega Bloks 1st Builders Fast Tracks Rescue Team ES AP HO CO 12-5 $34.99 800-465-6342 megabloks.com
Morphun Education Junior Starter Rainbow 400 Set AP CO CP MM 3-7 $85.00 718-851-2615 morphun.com
Paper Punk Urban Fold Paper Block City AC CP ES PZ 6-12 $24.95 415-380-1940 paperpunk.com
Roominate Roominate Chateau CO DH ES CP 6-12 $49.99 206-384-5413 roominatetoy.com
Smart Toys & Games SmartMax Mega Ball Run CO SC ES CP 3-12 $119.99 800-542-6375 smartmax.eu/en

TEN BEST CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS

Company Product Name and Type Code Age Price CustSrv# www.
ALEX Brands Scientific Explorer’s Color Mysteries Kit CP AC ES SC 5-12 $25.99 800-666-2539 alexbrands.com
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Carousel Ponies Scamble Squares® Puzzle CG ES PZ TR 4-12 $9.95 800-809-4242 b-dazzle.com
DuneCraft Slick Sand Mini Kit ES GN SC NO 3-12 $4.99 800-306-4168 dunecraft.com
InRoad Toys PlayTape AE CP ES SR 3-10 $1.99 888-311-7165 inroadtoys.com
Kitchen Kid Raddish CP ES SC SR 3-12 $20.00 310-450-3462 raddishkids.com
Senseez Pillows Senseez Orange Circle ES OT MM TY 4-12 $39.99 866-837-3851 senseez.com
Shepherd Kit Oriental Culture Discovery Kit AC CP CT ES 3-6 $54.99 626-254-3012 shepherdkit.com
Sparkup Magical Book Reader CP ES BO MM 0-12 $59.99 866-322-4675 sparkupreader.com
Treasured Passages One Little Mailbox CP ES GE OT 3-10 $36.00 800-590-1633 treasuredpassages.com
Wild Republic Creations GN OT SR UN 3-12 $2.99 800-800-9678 wildrepublic.com

TEN BEST CREATIVE PRODUCTS

Company Product Name and Type Code Age Price CustSrv# www.
ALEX Brands Alex Wood Wonders Ultimate Set CP AC TY WT 5-12 $25.00 800-666-2539 alexbrands.com
Ann Williams Grp Loopdeloom CP AC 8-12 $29.99 248-731-8588 annwilliamsgroup.com
Fashion Angels It’s My Biz AC CP ES HM 8-12 $19.99 800-492-3237 fashionangels.com
Galison/Mudpuppy Dinosaur Shadow Puppets CP CE FP PU 3-12 $16.99 212-354-8840 galison.com
Hermosa Beach Concepts Magnet Friends AC AP CP OT 4-12 $39.99 818-554-9352 magnetfriends.com
Horizon Group My First Wood Shop CP HM CO WT 6-9 $9.97 908-810-1111 craftprojectideas.com
Kahootz Spirograph Super Kit CP ES AP AC 8-12 $39.99 734-222-9798 kahootztoys.com
MGA Lalaloopsy Color Me AC AP FP DO 4-12 $29.99 800-222-4685 littletikes.com
OgoSport OgoBILD w AnimateIt! Studio Kit CP MM TC CO 6-12 $70.00 718-554-0777 ogosport.com
Seedling Design your own Superhero Mask AE AC CS FP 4-12 $23.99 855-500-9260 seedlingusa.com

TEN BEST EDUCATIONAL PRODUCTS

Company Product Name and Type Code Age Price CustSrv# www.
4M IndustrialDevelop. Crystal Growing Exptl Kit CP ES SC HM 10-12 $18.00 800-356-0474 4m-ind.com
Bigjigs Toy Learn to Count ES MA PZ 1-4 $25.00 866-459-7829 bigjigstoys.com
Discover w/Dr. Cool Real Meteorite Excavation Kit! AE OP ES SC 6-12 $11.99 855-437-2665 discoverwithdrcool.com
DT Learning Prod. Body Amazing Puzzle ES PZ TY WT 4-9 $23.00 800-341-8697 discoverytoys.net
Learning Journey Magnetic Spell & Learn Board CP ES GE TR 3-6 $19.99 877-839-3969 thelearningjourney.com
LightUp, Inc. LightUp Edison Kit ES MM TC CO 5-10 $49.99 804-404-5678 lightup.io
Maple Landmark My Activity Clock CP ES WT SR 3-7 $26.00 800-421-4223 maplelandmark.com
NumbersAlive! myPi ES PL OT TY 3-12 $35.00 202-652-1820 numbersalive.org
Realtimes Products Multiples Early Years, The ES SR OT MA 3-6 $34.99 802-345-1182 themultiples.com
TREND enterprises A to Z Dino Dot-to-Dot Dino-Mite Pals AP BO ES TR 3-6 $4.99 800-860-6762 trendenterprises.com

TEN BEST GAMES

Company Product Name and Type Code Age Price CustSrv# www.
Art’s Ideas Jenga Giant AE OP CO WT 10-12 $129.99 310-424-4527 artsideas.biz
Bananagrams WildTiles ES GE TY 7-12 $14.95 888-234-5450 bananagrams.com
Chronicle Books Press Here Game CP AC ES BG 3-12 $19.99 800-759-0190 chroniclebooks.com
Funnybone Toys Disruptus CG CP LA CG 10-12 $24.99 855-386-2663 funnybonetoys.com
GameBrotherZ MimiQ CG GE 4-12 $6.99 514-564-6379 gamebrotherz.com
Gamewright Pyramix ES GE BG 8-12 $23.99 800-924-6006 gamewright.com
MindWare Seek-a-Boo ES LA CG AP 12-3 $19.95 800-999-0398 mindware.com
na2ure Ani-gram-it PZ SC SR GN 8-12 $60.00 212-447-0034 na2ure.com
Tactic USA Junior Alias ES LA GE BG 4-12 $14.99 800-554-1447 tactic.net
uKloo Kids Inc Riddle Ed. Treasure Hunt Game AE ES LA CG 7-9 $17.95 416-407-2562 ukloo.com

TEN BEST HIGH TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS

Company Product Name and Type Code Age Price CustSrv# www.
ClickN Kids ClickN KIDS Family Tablet ES MM SW 3-12 $99.00 877-254-2522 clicknkids.com
Evollve Ozobot CP ES BG TC 8-12 $49.99 310-318-0070 ozobot.com
Learning Circle Kids Reader Bee and the Story Tree ES LA GE MM 3-6 $1.99 650-350-6011 readerbee.com
Paz Toys Webee ES EG EL CP 1-5 $69.00 855-422-8697 paztoys.com
Physical Apps TheO SmartBall AE ES MM GE 3-12 $39.95 603-305-3948 physicalapps.com
Wonder Workshop Dash MM TC ES SW 5-12 $169.00 415-217-9682 makewonder.com
Tangible Play Osmo EL CP EG TC 6-12 $99.00 650-450-3585 playosmo.com
Tiggly Tiggly Shapes CP ES MM TY 18 mo-4 $29.95 203-247-0415 tiggly.com
VTech InnoTabS Plus Learning Tablet ES MM IN TR 3-9 $79.99 800-521-2010 vtechkids.com
WowWee MiP MM EL TC TY 8-12 $99.99 858-729-6580 wowwee.com

TEN BEST SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE PRODUCTS

Company Product Name and Type Code Age Price CustSrv# www.
Creatively Canny Nate The Dragon Stops Bullying CP ES SR BO 8-10 $8.95 920-220-1266 creativelycanny.com
Fiammetta Toy Co. Stork Babies AE ES GG DO 4-10 $6.99 778-871-7177 mystorkbabies.com
fischertechnik fischertechnik Solar CO CP ES GN 7-12 $27.00 888-561-7521 fischertechnik.com
FoxMind Games Time in a Box AE GE SR UN 4-12 $17.95 866-369-6463 foxmind.com
Green Kids Club Wolf Howls Gift Set CP AC GN SR 3-10 $29.98 208-881-5183 green-kids-club.com
Happy Smiles for Kids Hospital Buddy CP DO SR TY 4 0-12 $22.99 541-232-8689 happysmilesforkids.com
Just Play Doc McStuffinsTalking Mobile CP ES OT TY 3-12 $49.99 800-317-3245 justplaytoys.com
Mother Company The Safety Show SR CT MM DV 2-8 $14.99 800-826-8150 rubysstudio.com
UnitedHealthcare Child Found. Oliver & Hope’s Adventure CP ES SR CT 3-8 $16.95 855-698-4223 uhccf.org
Zeenie Dollz Zeenie Dollz Sini ES SR GN DO 4-12 $49.99 714-898-3019 zeeniedollz.com

 

TEN BEST TOYS

Company Product Name and Type Code Age Price CustSrv# www.
Automoblox Mini Emergency 3-pack CP GN TS WT 3-12 $40.00 973-442-9444 automoblox.com
Cartwheel Kids Peter Rabbit Adventure Treehouse DH TY 2-5 $29.99 888-906-4397 cartwheelkids.com
Corolle Dolls Mon Premier Bebe Calin Maria ES LA FP DO 18mo-4 $42.00 800-214-9711 us.corolle.com
Dream Big Toy Go! Go! Sports Girl Read & Play BO ES DO SR 5-10 $24.99 877-351-1031 gogosportsgirls.com
Folkmanis Grunting Pig Puppet CP TY PL PU 3-12 $29.99 800-654-8922 folkmanis.com
Gorgeous Products Boikido Multi-Activity Ctr. AE ES SR TY 12-3 $44.99 847-984-6158 boikido.com
LeapFrog LeapTV ES EL TC VG 3-8 $149.99 800-701-5327 leapfrog.com
Mme Alexander Doll Travel Friends Play Doll AE GG CT DO 3-12 $19.95 800-229-5192 madamealexanderdoll.com
Saban Brands Julius Jr. Rock ‘n Playhouse Box AP DH OT TY 2-5 $44.99 310-557-5230 sabanbrands.com
SmartNoggin NogginStik Developmental Rattle TY ES 0-12 $22.99 574-612-5295 smartnoggintoys.com

 

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.

Additional Points:

  • 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) greg@walshpr.com