Dr. Toy® Announces 100 Best Children’s Products of 2015dr toy 2015
Guide to the Best Toys and Children’s Products
An Opportunity to be of Service to Families and Schools

San Francisco, CA – (October 2, 2015) – 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. This guide is 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 the play product choices we make. We 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 spent a great deal of time reviewing a large quantity of varied products created by manufacturers and designers the world over. We make 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 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 utilizes a comprehensive set of objective criteria to evaluate toys and children’s 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 is pleased to again have the opportunity to share 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 wants 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 by assigned codes that designate types of 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 by assigned codes that designate types of products.

  • Ten Best ToysChronicle Books (Steam Train Dream Train Puzzle), Corolle Dolls (Mon Premier Bebe Calin Christmas Tales), Folkmanis (Folkmanis® Mountain Lion Cub Puppet), Ikonic Toys (Wooden Race Track), Learning Journey (Techno Gears Marble Mania Zoomerang), Magformers (Walking Robot 45Pc Set), Mme Alexander Doll (Madame Alexander’s Newborn Nursery 19″ Babblebaby), Snappets (Snappets: Dinosaurs), Rubbabu (Animal Puppets), Toy State (Nikko VaporizR 2).
  • Ten Best Educational ProductsDiscover w/ Dr. Cool (Rock Tumbler – Pro Series), Discovery Toys (Heartbeat M.D.), Eastcolight (375 Power 50mm Wide Angle HD Sport Telescope (with smartphone adapter)), Fun with Circuits (Fun with Circuits – Adventure with Darkness and more), Math for Love (Prime Climb), MGA (Ultimate Lab Kit), Mightyverse (¡Dígame! Spanish Learning Card Game), OWI (Kingii Dragon Robot), Sound for Life (Forbrain), Yellow Scope (Foundation Chemistry Kit),.
  • Ten Best Technology Products: Future of Play (Luv’n Learn Friends), Irish Fairy Door Co (Irish Fairy Door), LeapFrog (Epic), Learning Circle Kids (Reader Bee and The Story Tree), LeapFrog (Scout’s Build & Discover Tool Set), LightUp (LightUp Tesla Kit (Bluetooth Edition)), VTech (Kidizoom Action Cam), VTech (Kidzoom Smartwatch DX), Wonder Workshop (Dash), WowWee (R.E.V. (Robotic Enhanced Vehicles)),
  • Top Ten Best Socially Responsible ProductsDuneCraft (Ultimate Habitat, The); Fashion Angels (Garbage to Glam Upcycling), Green Toys (Sport Boats), Kidstir (Kidstir Cooking Kits), Music Together (Mr. Rabbit (Music Together® Singalong Storybook)), Patch Products (Chrono Bomb®), Resonance House (Digging Deep–A Journal For Young People Facing Health Challenges), SmartLab Toys (Girls Only Secret Message Lab), Snigglezoo Entertainment (Joe the Monkey and Friends Learn About Spending Smart), Whole Wide World Toys (World Village Playset – China).
  • Top Test Best Games: Blue Orange (Super Genius – First Words), Brybelly (Story Time Dice), EQtainment (Q’s Race to the Top), FoxMind Toys & Games (Maze Racers), Funnybone Toys (Juxtabo), GameWhys (mOre), Goldbrick Games (Skosh), LearningPlunge (GeoPlunge), Lee & Low Books (Compound It All!), Miniland Educational (Emotiblocks).
  • Ten Best Audio/Video Products: Happy Kids Songs (Happy Kids Songs), Just Play (Peanuts Happy Dance Snoopy), MGA (Mini Lalaloopsy Super Silly Party Musical Cake Playset), Music Together (Hey, Diddle, Diddle (Music Together® Singalong Storybook)), Music Together (Two Little Blackbirds (Music Together® Singalong Storybook)), Red Note Records (Red Grammer’s Circle of Light: Songs for Bucket Fillers), Sleeveless (“Love Is A Journey”), Sleeveless (Newborn, Too), VTech (Write & Learn Creative Center), Whistlefritz (Spanish for Kids: The Ultimate Collection).
  • Ten Best Creative Products: Colorforms Brands (Colorforms Classic Set), Crayola (Crayola Cling Creator), Edupress (Exploring Nonfiction Cards), Galison/Mudpuppy (Forest Friends Paper Bag Craft Kit), Grow’n Up (Qwikflip 2-Sided Glow Easel), Horizon Group (Just My Style Personalized Bracelet Maker), Luca and Co. (Luca and Company IVI 3D Play Rugs), Pegasus Toy-Kraft (Shadow Theatre), Write Brain World (Write Brain Author’s Kit), Zing Toys (StikBot).
  • Ten Best Active Products: B4Adventure (Playzone-Fit Starter Kit), Bigjigs Toy (Dinosaur Train Set), Diggin Active (Slimeball Dodgetag), Enlivenze (Flipstir Puzzle – Level 2 “Solar System”), NSI Int’l (WubbleX), Oribel (PortaPlay Convertible Activity Center), Pacific Play Tents (Galaxy Combo Junction W/ Glow in the Dark Stars), Tactic Games (Molkky), Tubby Table Toys (Tubby Table), Zorbitz (Twiddle-Fidget Toy & Shape Maker).
  • Ten Best Building Products: Brackitz (Brackitz), Build & Imagine (Fairytale Theater), Discovery Toys (Stacking Owls), IdentiToy (IdentiToy Interactive Baseplate), ImagAbility (WEDGNETiX ™), Itsphun (Itsphun Geometric Construction Set), Laser Pegs (Super Copter 30 in 1), Lazy Dog & Co. (Light Stax 36 piece Classic Set), LEGO Systems (My First Playhouse), MindWare (Pattern Play 3D).
  • Ten Best Children’s Products4M Indus.Develop. (Hover Racer), 77SPARX Studio (Puzzingo Kids Learning Puzzles), Adora Dolls (BabyTime), Ann Williams Grp (Craft-tastic Yarn Tree Kit), Fibre Craft (BUtiful Dolls), Green Kids Club (Grizzly Ghost Bear), Griddly Games (Just Add Milk),  Nina Charles LLC (Pumpkinheads Book Series), Preschool Prep (Meet the Math Facts), Purple Pancakes (SleeperHero).

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

Through the Dr. Toy Award Programs the best toys and play things are evaluated and recognized throughout the year. Every year, toys and children’s products are honored in many categories including, Best of the Year, Best Picks, Best Classics, Best Vacation, and Best Green. The Dr. Toy 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

dr toy 2015DR. TOY’S 100 BEST CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS FOR 2015
Selected by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (Dr. Toy)

Alphabetical Listing of Award Winning Companies

# Company Product  Type  Category Age Price CustSrv# www.
1. 4M Indus.Develop. Hover Racer CP ES SC NO 10 8-12 $18.00 800-356-0474 www.4m-ind.com
2. 77SPARX Studio Puzzingo Kids Learning Puzzles ES IN LA PZ 10 18m -5y $0 650-969-3948 www.77sparx.com
3. Adora Dolls BabyTime AE DO FP TY 10 3-12 $69.99 800-779-5335 www.adoradolls.com
4. Ann Williams Grp Craft-tastic Yarn Tree Kit AC CP 10 8m-12y $29.99 248-977-5831 www.annwilliamsgroup.com
5. B4Adventure Playzone-Fit Starter Kit AE OT AP TY 8 2-8 $399.99 303-339-0482 www.b4adventure.com
6. Bigjigs Toy Dinosaur Train Set FP OT TY WT 8 3-12 $89.95 866-459-7829 www.bigjigstoys.com
7. Blue Orange Super Genius – First Words ES MA GE CG 5 5-12 $12.99 415-252-0372 www.blueorangegames.com
8. Brackitz Brackitz ES MA SC CO 9 3-12 $29.95 720-446-5558 www.brackitz.com
9. Brybelly Story Time Dice CP ES GE FP 5 6-12 $9.99 800-926-7241 www.brybelly.com
10. Build & Imagine Fairytale Theater CP CO WT ES SR DO 9 4-8 $34.99 415-265-0299 www.buildandimagine.com
11. Chronicle Books Steam Train Dream Train Puzzle ES PZ TY 1 3-6 $14.99 800-759-0190 www.chroniclebooks.com
12. Colorforms Brands Colorforms Classic Set CP AC AP TR 7 3-12 $39.99 212-764-0266 www.colorforms.com
13. Corolle Dolls Mon Premier Bebe Calin Christmas Tales TY DO FP 1 1.5-3 $42.00 800-214-9711 www.us.corolle.com
14. Crayola Crayola Cling Creator AC AP CP HM 7 8-12 $24.99 212-373-6042 www.crayola.com
15. Diggin Active Slimeball Dodgetag AE OP GE NO 8 6-12 $24.99 888-388-8835 www.digginactive.com
16. Discover w/ Dr. Cool Rock Tumbler – Pro PZ GE SC 2 6-12 $119.99 855-437-2665 www.discoverwithdrcool.com
17. Discovery Toys Heartbeat M.D. ES TY WT FP 2 3-10 $40.00 925-455-0100 www.discoverytoys.com
18. Discovery Toys Stacking Owls ES TY CO WT 9 3-12 $25.00 925-455-0100 www.discoverytoys.com
19. DuneCraft Ultimate Habitat, The CP SC GN HO 4 3-12 $29.99 800-306-4168 www.dunecraft.com
20. Eastcolight 375 Power HD Sport Telescope ES SC MM TC 2 8-12 $110.10 425-349-3718 www.eastcolight.com
21. Edupress Exploring Nonfiction Cards ES LA 7 7-11 $12.99 800-835-7978 www.edupress.com
22. Enlivenze Flipstir Puzzle – “Solar System” ES GE PZ TR 8 7-12 $24.95 612-293-9749 www.enlivenze.com
23. EQtainment Q’s Race to the Top ES GE SR AP 5 3-7 $24.99 310-344-4287 www.eqtainment.com
24. Fashion Angels Garbage to Glam Upcycling AC AS CP GN 4 8-12 $16.99 800-492-3237 www.fashionangels.com
25. Fibre Craft BUtiful Dolls TY DO 10 4m-12y $39.99 847-929-5600 www.fibrecraft.com
26. Folkmanis Folkmanis® Mountain Lion Cub Puppet PL PU TY 1 3-12 $43.99 800-654-8922 www.folkmanis.com
27. FoxMind Toys & Games Maze Racers CP PZ BG CO 5 8-12 $39.95 514-369-7777 www.foxmind.com/en
28. Fun with Circuits Adventure with Darkness & more BO ES EL SC 2 5-10 $59.99 214-695-2455 www.funwithcircuits.com
29. Funnybone Toys Juxtabo ES PZ BG CG 5 8-12 $29.99 855-386-2663 www.funnyboneproducts.com
30. Future of Play Luv’n Learn Friends ES EG MM PL 3 3-7 $49.99 310-426-2839 www.futureofplay.com
31. Galison/Mudpuppy Forest Friends Paper Bag Craft Kit AC CP AP SR 7 4-12 $19.99 212-354-8840 www.galison.com
32. GameWhys mOre CG ES GE SR 5 10-12 $25.00 415-533-6770 www.gamewhys.com
33. Goldbrick Games Skosh GE BG 5 10-12 $29.99 603-878-3819 www.goldbrickgames.com
34. Green Kids Club Grizzly Ghost Bear BO GN SC SR 10 5-9 $9.95 208-881-5184 www.greenkidsclub.com
35. Green Toys Sport Boats AE BA GN TY 4 2-12 $11.99 415-839-9971 www.greentoys.com
36. Griddly Games Just Add Milk CP AC ES SC 10 5-12 $14.50 604-249-5020 www.griddlygames.com
37. Grow’n Up Qwikflip 2-Sided Glow Easel CP AC ES 7 4-12 $49.99 888-468-9898 www.grow-n-up.com
38. Happy Kids Songs Happy Kids Songs AC ES MM AP 6 4-8 $4.95 805-969-6041 www.happykidssongs.com
39. Horizon Group Just My Style Personalized Bracelet Maker AC AP CP OT 7 6-9 $9.97 800-651-0616 www.craftprojectideas.com
40. IdentiToy IdentiToy Interactive Baseplate CE CP MM TY 9 4-12 $9.99 510-298-5050 www.identitoy.com
41. Ikonic Toys Wooden Race Track CO TY TR WT 1 3-8 $72.33 0031 15 887 1314 www.ikonictoys.nl/en/
42. ImagAbility WEDGNETiX CP ES TY CO 9 5-12 $39.99 530-295-8570 www.wedgits.com
43. Irish Fairy Door Co Irish Fairy Door CP ES FP WT 3 2-10 $20.00 212-777-2220 www.theirishfairydoorcompany.com
44. Itsphun Itsphun Geometric Construction Set CP MA CO ES 9 5-12 $29.99 650-321-6207 www.itsphun.com
45. Just Play Peanuts Happy Dance Snoopy CE MM PL TY 6 3-12 $29.99 800-317-3245 www.justplayproducts.com
46. Kidstir Kidstir Cooking Kits CE ES SR AP 4 5-10 $19.95 914-318-1534 www.kidstir.com
47. Laser Pegs Super Copter 30 in 1 CO CP ES AP 9 5-12 $99.99 866-432-3735 www.laserpegs.com
48. Lazy Dog & Co. Light Stax 36 piece Classic Set CP CO ES SC 9 3-12 $39.99 201-771-0039 www.lightstax.com
49. LeapFrog Epic EL ES IN TC 3 3-9 $139.99 800-701-5327 www.leapfrog.com
50. LeapFrog Scout’s Build & Discover Tool Set CO ES MA TY 3 2-5 $19.99 800-701-5327 www.leapfrog.com
51. Learning Circle Kids Reader Bee and The Story Tree CP ES GE MM 3 3-6 $1.99 650-350-6011 www.readerbee.com
52. Learning Journey Techno Gears Marble Mania Zoomerang CO ES SC TY 1 6-12 $19.99 877-839-3969 www.thelearningjourney.com
53. LearningPlunge GeoPlunge CG ES GE GG  5 5-12 $17.76 977-555-9324 www.geoplunge.com
54. Lee & Low Books Compound It All! ES LA PZ GE 5 9-12 $29.95 888-320-3190 www.leeandlow.com
55. LEGO Systems My First Playhouse CP ES TY CO 9 1.5-5 $19.99 860-835-4386 www.lego.com
56. LightUp LightUp Tesla Kit (Bluetooth Edition) CO EL IN TC 3 8-12 $99.99 804-404-5678 www.lightup.io
57. Luca and Co. Luca and Company IVI 3D Play Rugs CP ES CO DO 7 0-7 $150.00 310-623-7370 www.lucaandcompany.com
58. Mme Alexander Doll Newborn Nursery 19″ Babblebaby TY DO 1 3-12 $119.95 800-229-5192 www.madamealexanderdoll.com
59. Magformers Walking Robot 45Pc Set TY CO 1 3-12 $109.99 877-817-4574 www.magformers.com
60. Math for Love Prime Climb ES MA GE BG 2 10-12 $35.00 206-226-8869 www.mathforlove.com
61. MGA Mini Lalaloopsy Musical Cake Playset DH DO ML FP 6 4-10 $39.99 800-222-4685 www.mgae.com
62. MGA Ultimate Lab Kit CP ES SC TY 2 6-10 $54.99 800-222-4685 www.mgae.com
63. Mightyverse ¡Dígame! Spanish Learning Card Game ES BG SR AP 2 8-12 $24.99 415-331-6975 www.mightyverse.com
64. MindWare Pattern Play 3D CO CP MA PZ 9 5-12 $34.95 651-268-2814 www.mindware.com
65. Miniland Educational Emotiblocks CP ES LA NO 5 2-6 $19.98 786-369-7875 www.minilandeducational.com
66. Music Together Hey, Diddle, Diddle AC BO ES AP 6 1-8 $13.95 800-728-2692 www.musictogether.com
67. Music Together Mr. Rabbit AC ES BO ML 4 1-8 $13.95 800-728-2692 www.musictogether.com
68. Music Together Two Little Blackbirds AC BO AP ML 6 1-8 $13.95 800-728-2692 www.musictogether.com
69. Nina Charles LLC Pumpkinheads Book Series ES BO SR 10 3-6 $5.99 954-309-3640 www.pumpkinheads.com
70. NSI Int’l WubbleX AE 8 6-12 $7.99 888-425-9113 www.nsi-intonline.com
71. Oribel PortaPlay Convertible Activity Center AE AP EQ TY 8 5m-5y $149.00 800-967-4235 www.loveoribel.com/us/
72. OWI Kingii Dragon Robot ES EG MM CO 2 10-12 $41.95 310-515-6800 www.owirobot.com
73. Pacific Play Tents Galaxy Combo Junction AE OP CP FP 8 3-12 $142.50 877-722-0083 www.pacificplaytents.com
74. Patch Products Chrono Bomb AE ES EG AP 4 7-12 $29.99 800-524-4263 www.patchproducts.com
75. Pegasus Toy-Kraft Shadow Theatre ES PZ AP FP 7 4-12 $12.98 888-623-6557 www.toy-kraft.com
76. Preschool Prep Meet the Math Facts BO ES MA MM 10 3-9 $14.95 866-451-5600 www.preschoolprepco.com
77. Purple Pancakes SleeperHero BO MM FP DO 10 3-7 $49.99 513-205-1097 www.sleeperhero.com
78. Red Note Records Songs for Bucket Fillers CT ML SR MM 6 5-8 $15.00 800-824-2980 www.redgrammer.com
79. Resonance House Digging Deep–A Journal ES BO SR 4 10-12 $24.95 800-488-3202 www.diggingdeep.org
80. Rubbabu Animal Puppets CP GN LA PU 1 10m-5y $11.99 855-782-2228 www.rubbabu.com
81. Sleeveless “Love Is A Journey” SR CT MM ML 6 1m-12y $14.99 888-606-6874 www.sarahickman.com
82. Sleeveless Newborn, Too OT ML 6 1m-12y $14.99 888-606-6874 www.sarahickman.com
83. SmartLab Toys Girls Only Secret Message Lab CP BO ES SC 4 7-12 $24.99 866-319-5900 www.smartlabtoys.com
84. Snappets Snappets: Dinosaurs OP AC ES TY 1 5-12 $19.99 914-439-3323 www.snappets.biz
85. Snigglezoo Entertainment Joe-Monkey-Friends Learn About Spending Smart BO CT ES SR  4 2-10 $5.99 323-962-6828 www.themoneymammals.com
86. Sound for Life Forbrain ES LA OT EQ 2 3-12 $359.00 305-423-7185 www.forbrain.com
87. Tactic Games Molkky AE GE OP WT 8 6-12 $49.99 216-288-0087 www.tactic.net/fp.php?lang=US
88. Toy State Nikko VaporizR 2 AE OP TC TR 1 7-11 $49.99 781-349-1000 www.toystate.com
89. Tubby Table Toys Tubby Table AP BA CP EQ 8 1.5-4 $39.99 818-274-2525 www.tubbytabletoys.com
90. VTech Kidizoom Action Cam OP MM PT TR 3 4-9 $59.99 847-400-3600 www.vtechkids.com
91. VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX 3 4-9 $64.99 847-400-3600 www.vtechkids.com
92. VTech Write & Learn Creative Center CP ES LA CE 6 3-6 $24.99 847-400-3600 www.vtechkids.com
93. Whistlefritz Spanish for Kids: The Ultimate Collection ES CT LA ML 6 1-7 $115.00 866-944-7859 www.whistlefritz.com
94. Whole Wide World Toys World Village Playset – China CT ES LA TR 4 4-10 $59.99 717-756-5705 www.wholewideworldtoys.com
95. Wonder Workshop Dash ES EL SC TC 3 5-12 $169.99 844-966-3311 www.makewonder.com
96. WowWee R.E.V. (Robotic Enhanced Vehicles) EG EL MM TC 3 8-12 $99.99 858-729-6580 www.wowwee.com
97. Write Brain World Write Brain Author’s Kit CP ES LA TC 7 5-12 $39.95 855-929-6753 www.writebrainbooks.com
98. Yellow Scope Foundation Chemistry Kit CP EQ ES SC 2 8-12 $44.00 503-880-4485 www.yellow-scope.com
99. Zing Toys StikBot CE ES IN TC 7 4-12 $4.99 877-503-9464 www.zingtoys.com
100. Zorbitz Twiddle-Fidget Toy & Shape Maker AP CP PZ TY 8 6-12 $9.99 866-967-2489 www.zorbitz.net

BEST ACTIVE

Company
Product Type
Age
Price
Phone
Website
B4Adventure
Playzone-Fit Starter Kit AE OT AP TY
2-8
$399.99
303-339-0482
www.b4adventure.com
Bigjigs Toy
Dinosaur Train Set FP OT TY WT
3-12
$89.95
866-459-7829
www.bigjigstoys.com
Diggin Active
Slimeball Dodgetag AE OP GE NO
6-12
$24.99
888-388-8835
www.digginactive.com
Enlivenze
Flipstir Puzzle – “Solar System” ES GE PZ TR
7-12
$24.95
612-293-9749
www.enlivenze.com
NSI Int’l
WubbleX AE
6-12
$7.99
888-425-9113
www.nsi-intonline.com
Oribel
PortaPlay Convertible Activity Center AE AP EQ TY
5 mo-5y
$149.00
800-967-4235
www.loveoribel.com/us/
Pacific Play Tents
Galaxy Combo Junction AE OP CP FP
3-12
$142.5
877-722-0083
www.pacificplaytents.com
Tactic Games
Molkky AE GE OP WT
6-12
$49.99
216-288-0087
www.tactic.net/fp.php?lang=US
Tubby Table Toys
Tubby Table AP BA CP EQ
18 mo-4y
$39.99
818-274-2525
www.tubbytabletoys.com
Zorbitz
Twiddle-Fidget Toy & Shape Maker AP CP PZ TY
6-12
$9.99
866-967-2489
www.zorbitz.net

BEST AUDIO/VIDEO TAPES/CDs/DVDs

Company
Product Type
Age
Price
Phone
Website
Happy Kids Songs
Happy Kids Songs AC ES MM AP
4-8
$4.95
805-969-6041
www.happykidssongs.com
Just Play
Peanuts Happy Dance Snoopy CE MM PL TY
3-12
$29.99
800-317-3245
www.justplayproducts.com
MGA
Mini Lalaloopsy Musical Cake Playset DH DO ML FP
4-10
$39.99
800-222-4685
www.mgae.com
Music Together
Hey, Diddle, Diddle AC BO ES AP
1-8
$13.95
800-728-2692
www.musictogether.com
Music Together
Two Little Blackbirds AC BO AP ML
1-8
$13.95
800-728-2692
www.musictogether.com
Red Note Records
Songs for Bucket Fillers CT ML SR MM
5-8
$15.00
800-824-2980
www.redgrammer.com
Sleeveless
“Love Is A Journey” SR CT MM ML
1 mo-12 yr
$14.99
888-606-6874
www.sarahickman.com
Sleeveless
Newborn, Too OT ML
1 mo-12 yr
$14.99
888-606-6874
www.sarahickman.com
VTech
Write & Learn Creative Center CP ES LA CE
3-6
$24.99
847-400-3600
www.vtechkids.com
Whistlefritz
Spanish for Kids: The Ultimate Collection ES CT LA ML
1-7
$115.00
866-944-7859
www.whistlefritz.com

BEST BUILDING

Company
Product Type
Age
Price
Phone
Website
Brackitz
Brackitz ES MA SC CO
3-12
$29.95
720-446-5558
www.brackitz.com
Build & Imagine
Fairytale Theater CP CO WT ES SR DO
4-8
$34.99
415-265-0299
www.buildandimagine.com
Discovery Toys
Stacking Owls ES TY CO WT
3-12
$25.00
925-455-0100
www.discoverytoys.com
IdentiToy
IdentiToy Interactive Baseplate CE CP MM TY
4-12
$9.99
510-298-5050
www.identitoy.com
ImagAbility
WEDGNETiX CP ES TY CO
5-12
$39.99
530-295-8570
www.wedgits.com
Itsphun
Itsphun Geometric Construction Set CP MA CO ES
5-12
$29.99
650-321-6207
www.itsphun.com
Laser Pegs
Super Copter 30 in 1 CO CP ES AP
5-12
$99.99
866-432-3735
www.laserpegs.com
Lazy Dog & Co.
Light Stax 36 piece Classic Set CP CO ES SC
3-12
$39.99
201-771-0039
www.lightstax.com
LEGO Systems
My First Playhouse CP ES TY CO
18mo-5y
$19.99
860-835-4386
www.lego.com
MindWare
Pattern Play 3D CO CP MA PZ
5-12
$34.95
651-268-2814
www.mindware.com

 BEST CHILDREN’S

Company
Product Type
Age
Price
Phone
Website
4M Indus.Develop.
Hover Racer CP ES SC NO
8-12
$18.00
800-356-0474
www.4m-ind.com
77SPARX Studio
Puzzingo Kids Learning Puzzles ES IN LA PZ
18 mo-5y
$0
650-969-3948
www.77sparx.com
Adora Dolls
BabyTime AE DO FP TY
3-12
$69.99
800-779-5335
www.adoradolls.com
Ann Williams Grp
Craft-tastic Yarn Tree Kit AC CP
8 mo-12y
$29.99
248-977-5831
www.annwilliamsgroup.com
Fibre Craft
BUtiful Dolls TY DO
4 mo-12y
$39.99
847-929-5600
www.fibrecraft.com
Green Kids Club
Grizzly Ghost Bear BO GN SC SR
5-9
$9.95
208-881-5184
www.greenkidsclub.com
Griddly Games
Just Add Milk CP AC ES SC
5-12
$14.50
604-249-5020
www.griddlygames.com
Nina Charles LLC
Pumpkinheads Book Series ES BO SR
3-6
$5.99
954-309-3640
www.pumpkinheads.com
Preschool Prep
Meet the Math Facts BO ES MA MM
3-9
$14.95
866-451-5600
www.preschoolprepco.com
Purple Pancakes
SleeperHero BO MM FP DO
3-7
$49.99
513-205-1097
www.sleeperhero.com

BEST CREATIVE

Company
Product Type
Age
Price
Phone
Website
Colorforms Brands
Colorforms Classic Set CP AC AP TR
3-12
$39.99
212-764-0266
www.colorforms.com
Crayola
Crayola Cling Creator AC AP CP HM
8-12
$24.99
212-373-6042
www.crayola.com
Edupress
Exploring Nonfiction Cards ES LA
7-11
$12.99
800-835-7978
www.edupress.com
Galison/Mudpuppy
Forest Friends Paper Bag Craft Kit AC CP AP SR
4-12
$19.99
212-354-8840
www.galison.com
Grow’n Up
Qwikflip 2-Sided Glow Easel CP AC ES
4-12
$49.99
888-468-9898
www.grow-n-up.com
Horizon Group
Just My Style Personalized Bracelet Maker AC AP CP OT
6-9
$9.97
800-651-0616
www.craftprojectideas.com
Luca and Co.
Luca and Company IVI 3D Play Rugs CP ES CO DO
0-7
$150.00
310-623-7370
www.lucaandcompany.com
Pegasus Toy-Kraft
Shadow Theatre ES PZ AP FP
4-12
$4.67
888-623-6557
www.toy-kraft.com
Write Brain World
Write Brain Author’s Kit CP ES LA TC
5-12
$39.95
855-929-6753
www.writebrainbooks.com
Zing Toys
StikBot CE ES IN TC
4-12
$4.99
877-503-9464
www.zingtoys.com

BEST EDUCATIONAL

Company
Product Type
Age
Price
Phone
Website
Discover w/ Dr. Cool
Rock Tumbler – Pro PZ GE SC
6-12
$119.99
855-437-2665
www.discoverwithdrcool.com
Discovery Toys
Heartbeat M.D. ES TY WT FP
3-10
$40.00
925-455-0100
www.discoverytoys.com
Eastcolight
375 Power HD Sport Telescope ES SC MM TC
8-12
$110.10
425-349-3718
www.eastcolight.com
Fun with Circuits
Adventure with Darkness & more BO ES EL SC
5-10
$59.99
214-695-2455
www.funwithcircuits.com
Math for Love
Prime Climb ES MA GE BG
10-12
$35.00
206-226-8869
www.mathforlove.com
MGA
Ultimate Lab Kit CP ES SC TY
6-10
$54.99
800-222-4685
www.mgae.com
Mightyverse
¡Dígame! Spanish Learning Card Game ES BG SR AP
8-12
$24.99
415-331-6975
www.mightyverse.com
OWI
Kingii Dragon Robot ES EG MM CO
10-12
$41.95
310-515-6800
www.owirobot.com
Sound for Life
Forbrain ES LA OT EQ
3-12
$359.00
305-423-7185
www.forbrain.com
Yellow Scope
Foundation Chemistry Kit CP EQ ES SC
8-12
$44.00
503-880-4485
www.yellow-scope.com

BEST GAMES

Company
Product Type
Age
Price
Phone
Website
Blue Orange
Super Genius – First Words ES MA GE CG
5-12
$12.99
415-252-0372
www.blueorangegames.com
Brybelly
Story Time Dice CP ES GE FP
6-12
$9.99
800-926-7241
www.brybelly.com
EQtainment
Q’s Race to the Top ES GE SR AP
3-7
$24.99
310-344-4287
www.eqtainment.com
FoxMind Toys & Games
Maze Racers CP PZ BG CO
8-12
$39.95
514-369-7777
www.foxmind.com/en
Funnybone Toys
Juxtabo ES PZ BG CG
8-12
$29.99
855-386-2663
www.funnyboneproducts.com
GameWhys
mOre CG ES GE SR
10-12
$25.00
415-533-6770
www.gamewhys.com
Goldbrick Games
Skosh GE BG
10-12
$29.99
603-878-3819
www.goldbrickgames.com
LearningPlunge
GeoPlunge CG ES GE GG
5-12
$17.76
977-555-9324
www.geoplunge.com
Lee & Low Books
Compound It All! ES LA PZ GE
9-12
$29.95
888-320-3190
www.leeandlow.com
Miniland Educational
Emotiblocks CP ES LA NO
2-6
$19.98
786-369-7875
www.minilandeducational.com

BEST TECHNOLOGY

Company
Product Type
Age
Price
Phone
Website
Future of Play
Luv’n Learn Friends ES EG MM PL
3-7
$49.99
310-426-2839
www.futureofplay.com
Irish Fairy Door Co
Irish Fairy Door CP ES FP WT
2-10
$20.00
212-777-2220
www.theirishfairydoorcompany.com
LeapFrog
Epic EL ES IN TC
3-9
$139.99
800-701-5327
www.leapfrog.com
LeapFrog
Scout’s Build & Discover Tool Set CO ES MA TY
2-5
$19.99
800-701-5327
www.leapfrog.com
Learning Circle Kids
Reader Bee and The Story Tree CP ES GE MM
3-6
$1.99
650-350-6011
www.readerbee.com
LightUp
LightUp Tesla Kit (Bluetooth Ed.) CO EL IN TC
8-12
$99.99
804-404-5678
www.lightup.io
VTech
Kidizoom Action Cam OP MM PT TR
4-9
$59.99
847-400-3600
www.vtechkids.com
VTech
Kidizoom Smartwatch DX
4-9
$64.99
847-400-3600
www.vtechkids.com
Wonder Workshop
Dash ES EL SC TC
5-12
$169.99
844-966-3311
www.makewonder.com
WowWee
R.E.V. (Robotic Enhanced Vehicles) EG EL MM TC
8-12
$99.99
858-729-6580
www.wowwee.com

BEST SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE

Company
Product Type
Age
Price
Phone
Website
DuneCraft
Ultimate Habitat, The CP SC GN HO
3-12
$29.99
800-306-4168
www.dunecraft.com
Fashion Angels
Garbage to Glam Upcycling AC AS CP GN
8-12
$16.99
800-492-3237
www.fashionangels.com
Green Toys
Sport Boats AE BA GN TY
2-12
$11.99
415-839-9971
www.greentoys.com
Kidstir
Kidstir Cooking Kits CE ES SR AP
5-10
$19.95
914-318-1534
www.kidstir.com
Music Together
Mr. Rabbit AC ES BO ML
1-8
$13.95
800-728-2692
www.musictogether.com
Patch Products
Chrono Bomb AE ES EG AP
7-12
$29.99
800-524-4263
www.patchproducts.com
Resonance House
Digging Deep–A Journal ES BO SR
10-12
$24.95
800-488-3202
www.diggingdeep.org
SmartLab Toys
Girls Only Secret Message Lab CP BO ES SC
7-12
$24.99
866-319-5900
www.smartlabtoys.com
Snigglezoo Entertainment
Joe-Monkey & Friends Learn About Spending Smart BO CT ES SR
2-10
$5.99
323-962-6828
www.themoneymammals.com
Whole Wide World Toys
World Village Playset – China CT ES LA TR
4-10
$59.99
717-756-5705
www.wholewideworldtoys.com

BEST TOYS

Company
Product Type
Age
Price
Phone
Website                        
Chronicle Books
Steam Train Dream Train Puzzle ES PZ TY
3-6
$14.99
800-759-0190
www.chroniclebooks.com
Corolle Dolls
Mon Premier Bebe Calin Christmas Tales TY DO FP
1.5-3
$42.00
800-214-9711
www.us.corolle.com
Folkmanis
Folkmanis® Mountain Lion Cub Puppet PL PU TY
3-12
$43.99
800-654-8922
www.folkmanis.com
Ikonic Toys
Wooden Race Track CO TY TR WT
3-8
$72.33
0031 15 887 1314
www.ikonictoys.nl/en/
Learning Journey
Techno Gears Marble Mania Zoomerang CO ES SC TY
6-12
$19.99
877-839-3969
www.thelearningjourney.com
Magformers
Walking Robot 45Pc Set TY CO
3-12
$109.99
877-817-4574
www.magformers.com
Mme Alexander Doll
Newborn Nursery 19″ Babblebaby TY DO
3-12
$119.95
800-229-5192
www.madamealexanderdoll.com
Rubbabu
Animal Puppets CP GN LA PU
10m-5y
$11.99
855-782-2228
www.rubbabu.com
Snappets
Snappets: Dinosaurs OP AC ES TY
5-12
$19.99
914-439-3323
www.snappets.biz
Toy State
Nikko VaporizR 2 AE OP TC TR
7-11
$49.99
781-349-1000
www.toystate.com


KEY:

  • 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

 “SMART” PLAY CATEGORY:

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

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