100_best_2016Dr. Toy® Announces 100 Best Children’s Products of 2016
Guide to the Best Toys and Children’s Products
An Opportunity to be of Service to Families and Schools

San Francisco, CA – (November 21, 2016) – 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 affordable and 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 over 56 years of play, toy and educational experiences with parents, teachers, and other consumers to assist them in their own selection process to match the child’s age and interests.

This timely report has since 1992 features information about l00 wonderful new educational and developmentally appropriate toys, games 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 essential for well-being at any age) and should be practiced, 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 ourselves) and provide plenty of positive and meaningful playful learning interactions.”

Dr. Toy’s Smart Play/Smart Toys: How to Select and Use the Best Toys and Games, in expanded 4th Edition, written for new parents and others who care about children, is available in toy and book stores or online. Dr. Toy invites consumers to take the time for play, expand product experiences, and ask questions about toys and products to companies and retailers.

Following are the selected 100 Best award-winning toys and products and their companies grouped in categories of “smart” play. You can find out more about each product by the assigned codes that designate types of products and visiting sites and stores.

  • Best Active Products – Kinderfeets (Kinderfeets Tiny Tot Bamboo), LeapFrog (LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Mat), MGA (Little Tikes Light ‘n Go 3-in-1 Activity Walker), My Gnome on the Roam (My Gnome on the Roam Family Adventure Kit), NSI International (Smithsonian Plasma Ball), NSI International (Super Wubble), Schleich (Riding Center Rider Horses Accessories), Toy State (Nikko VelociTrax™), TreePod (TreePod Hanging Treehouses), VTech (Go! Go! Smart Friends® Enchanted Princess Palace™).
  • Best Building Products – Horizon Group (Kinetix Neon Light Board), LEGO Systems (31050 Creator Corner Deli), littleBits (littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 2nd Ed.), littleBits (littleBits Rule Your Room), Luke’s Toy Factory (Eco Truck Fire Truck), Magformers (WOW 16pc Set), MasterPieces Puzzle (Panoramic Stadium Puzzles), Paper Trax Toys (Paper Trax Super Pack), Quadro (Quadro Ultimate),Wonderhood (Wonderhood Grand Hotel).
  • Best Children’s Products – Amazing Toys (100+ Circuit Science), Amazing Toys (Amazing Eco Ten), Ann Williams (Kindness Kit), EQtainment (Q’s on the Go Pack), Horizon Group (It’s So Me Braid-tastic!), Horizon Group (Kinetix Code Bands), MGA/Little Tikes (Turtle Sandbox), NSI International (3D Coin Art), Tucker Toys (Trick Shot Sports), Victoria Chart (Let’s Eat Together Placemat).
  • Best Creative Products Alex Brands (ALEX Toys Knot-a-Quilt), Build & Imaagine (Career Dolls), Horizon Group (Creatify@Playhouse), MGA/Little Tikes (Project Mc2 H2O RC Car), MySelfie (BuppaLaPaloo), SAVVi (Bathtub Coloring Kit),Storey Publishing (Farmers Market Create-&-Play Activity Book), VTech (Bizzy the Mix & Move Bot), Wild Republic (Wild Republic Huggers), Wonderhood (Wonderhood Corner Shops).
  • Best Educational Products – DuneCraft (Butterfly Glamour Dome), LeapFrog (LeapFrog Count Along Register), LeapFrog (Leap Frog Leap Start), Muu Aps – Newmero (Joy of Numbers), NSI International (Smithsonian Planetarium Projector), SmartNoggin (NogginRings Reaching & Grasping Rings), Square Panda (Square Panda Phonics), SVAN (S.S. Ahoy Surprise Stacker), Tactic Games (Beanie Boos Domino Game), VTech (Touch & Learn Activity Desk™ Deluxe).
  • Best Games – AnnWilliams (Rubber Band Games), Art’s Ideas (Jenga® GIANT™ Family Hardwood Game), Brian Games Publishing (Ice Cool), Brybelly (Story Time Dice: Fairy Tales), Buffalo Games (Silly Street the Game), EQtainment (Q’s Race to the Top), LeapFrog (LeapFrog Melody the Musical Turtle), SimplyFun (Archery Dice), Tactic Games (Colorology), Tactic Games (We Detectives).
  • Best Socially Responsible Products -.Doll Kind (Fair Doll), Epic! Creations (Epic!),  Green Kids Club (Shark and the Volcano), Green Toys (Rescue Boat & Helicopter), Le Toy Van (TV292 Doctor’s Set), Moodsters (Moodster Feelings Flashlight), Office Oxygen (Loopeez), Teeth Fairies (A Baby Teeth Tradition), UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (Digit Y Do), Wild Republic (Creations Jewelry).
  • Best ToysAteliers19 (Bizibots), CelebriDucks (Good Duck), DT Learning Products (Sensory Sights), Folkmanis (Folkmanis® Monarch Life Cycle Puppet), Manhattan Toy (Winkel™), OWI (Hydraulic Arm Edge), Schoenhut Piano (18 Key Mini Grand), Toy State (Road Rippers Dino Hauler™), Tucker Toys (E-Z Grip Balls), Yvolution (NEON Street Rollers).
  • Additional 100 Best Gift Selections – Adora Dolls (Adora Baby Fairy), Baby Jack (Baby Jack Sensory Lovey), Brybelly (Story Time Dice: Scary Tales), DT Learning Products (Hide inside Cottage), DT Learning Products (School House Play Tent), EQtainment (Q-Time Buddy), Griddly Games (Just Add Sun), Hide and Seek (Hide and Seek Interactive Plush), Horizon Group (ThinkBox Forensic Science), KidO (Myland Houseboat), Moodsters (Meter), Moodsters (Mirror), Not Parent Approved (Not Parent Approved), Office Oxygen (Gyrobi), Piper Inc (Piper Computer Kit), Preschool of Rock (Michael & Rockness Monsters), Toy State (Barbie™ Convertible), Two of a Kind (We’re All Together), USAOPOLY (Telestrations® Original), Xtraodin Air Toys (Lumi-Niter® Disk Kit.
Dr. Toy wishes to warmly thank: Many in the toy business who supported our professional services for many years and responded with positive comments about benefits and value; Tangle Creations provided Tangle Toys to calm and delight children (imprinted- Dr. Toy’s Smart Play Smart Toys); Folkmanis provided puppets; www.theBloomreport.com referenced 4th edition-Dr. Toy’s Smart Play Smart Toys; Parents, teachers, retailers, researchers, students, inventors, and media who confirmed importance of information provided; Each member of Dr. Toy’s Team who cooperated, participated and provided expertise- Amanda, Amy, Angie, April, Carrie, Charles, Faye, Gail, Jennie, Hannah, Kaz, Laurie, Louise, Mo, Mona, Paulette, Rhona, Sarah, Selina, Sidia, Simone, Staci, Teresa, Virginia, Wendy, Wing and Alex, Andy, Ben, Bernie, Brian, Byron, Claude, Chris, David, Doug, Dustin, Fred, Harpreet, James, Jeff, Jim, Johnathan, Mannu, Mark, Michael, Paul, Prasad, Ralph, Richard, Rick, Ron, Spencer, Tom; and Greg Walsh who coordinated PR and interviews on best toys and products through Walsh Public Relations ( 203-292-6280 / greg@walshpr.com)

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DR. TOY’S 100 BEST CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS FOR 2016
Selected by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (Dr. Toy)
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lphabetical Listing of Award Winning Companies

# Company Producrt Type Category Age Price Phone Website
1 Adora Dolls Adora Baby Fairy TY 10 0 -12 yrs $15.99 800-779-5335 www.adoradolls.com
2 Alex Brands ALEX Toys Knot-a-Quilt AC AS CP HM 7 8-12 $33.99 800-666-2539 www.alexbrands.com
3 Amazing Toys 100+ Circuit Science CP SA GE TC 10 8-12 $47.00 800-654-6357 www.amazing-toys.com.hk
4 Amazing Toys Amazing Eco Ten CO CP ES GN 10 8-12 $39.90 800-654-6357 www.amazing-toys.com.hk
5 Ann Williams Kindness Kit AE CH CP 10 6-12 $19.99 248-977-5831 www.annwilliamsgroup.com
6 Ann Williams Rubber Band Game AE ID GE BG 5 8-12 $19.99 248-977-5831 www.annwilliamsgroup.com
7 Art’s Ideas Jenga® GIANT™ AE ES GE OP 5 6-12 $99.95 310-424-4527 www.jengagiant.com
8 Ateliers19 Bizibots AC CP GN WT 1 7-12 $40.00 415-205-4994 www.bizibots.com
9 Baby Jack Baby Jack Sensory Lovey ES LA MA PL 10 3-5 $27.95 866-745-2491 www.babyjackco.com
10 Brain Games Ice Cool BG CH GE UN 5 6-12 $39.95 800-444-3552 www.brain-games.com
11 Brybelly Story Time Dice: Fairy Tales BO FP GE LA 5 6-12 $9.99 800-926-7241 www.brybelly.com
12 Brybelly Story Time Dice: Scary Tales BO FP GE LA 10 6-12 $9.99 800-926-7241 www.brybelly.com
13 Buffalo Games Silly Street the Game BG GE 5 4-8 $19.99 855-895-4290 www.playsillystreet.com.com
14 Build & Imagine Career Dolls CP DO SA SR 7 4-8 $14.99 415-265-0299 www.buildandimagine.com
15 CelebriDucks Good Duck AE OP GN BA 1 0 -12 $11.99 415-456-3452 www.celebriducks.com
16 DT Learning Products Hide Inside Cottage TY 10 9 mo-3 $45.00 800-341-8697 www.discoverytoys.net
17 DT Learning Products School House Play Tent CH FP 10 3-10 $100.00 800-341-8697 www.discoverytoys.net
18 DT Learning Products Sensory Sights TY 1 0-2 $25.00 800-341-8697 www.discoverytoys.net
19 Doll Kind Fair Doll CT DO FP SR 4 3-12 $59.00 504-214-3003 www.thedollkind.com
20 DuneCraft Butterfly Glamour Dome CF GN SA SC 2 8-12 $24.99 800-306-4168 www.dunecraft.com
21 Epic! Creations Epic! BO IN LA SR 4 0-12 yr $4.99 620-255-4849 www.getepic.com
22 EQtainment Q-Time Buddy ES ID PL TY 10 0-5 $19.99 512-537-2192 www.eqtainment.com
23 EQtainment Q’s on the Go Pack AE CP ES GE 10 3-8 $12.99 512-537-2192 www.eqtainment.com
24 EQtainment Q’s Race to the Top AE CH GE CT 5 3-8 $24.99 512-537-2192 www.eqtainment.com
25 Folkmanis Monarch Life Cycle Puppet AE FP SC PU 1 3-12 $39.99 800-654-8922 www.folkmanis.com
26 Green Kids Club Shark and the Volcano BO ES SR GN 4 4-10 $9.99 208-881-5184 www.greenkidsclub.com
27 Green Toys Rescue Boat & Helicopter BA GN EC TY 4 2-6 $34.99 415-839-9971 www.greentoys.com
28 Griddly Games Just Add Sun CF CP SA EC 8-12 $25.98 604-249-5020 www.griddlygames.com
29 Hide and Seek Hide & Seek Plush BO ES GE MM 10 1-5 $24.95 800-921-4976 www.hideandseektoy.com
30 Horizon Group Creatify@Playhouse CP DH FP WT 7 6-12 $16.99 800-651-0616 www.horizongroupusa.com
31 Horizon Group It’s So Me Braid-tastic! AS CF CP HM 10 6-9 $14.99 800-651-0616 www.horizongroupusa.com
32 Horizon Group Kinetix Code Bands CH CF CP SA 10 6-9 $9.99 800-651-0616 www.horizongroupusa.com
33 Horizon Group Kinetix Neon Light Board CO CP EL TC 9 6-9 $19.99 800-651-0616 www.horizongroupusa.com
34 Horizon Group ThinkBox Forensic Science AE HO SA SC 10 8-12 $14.99 800-651-0616 www.horizongroupusa.com
35 Kid O Myland Houseboat BA SA TC UN 10 2-12 $45.00 212-366-5858 www.kidotoys.com
36 Kinderfeets Tiny Tot Bamboo AE GN OP SR 8 12-24 mo $100.00 415-738-4820 www.kinderfeets.com
37 Le Toy Van TV292 Doctor’s Set OT UN 4 3-7 $50.00   www.letoyvan.com
38 LeapFrog Count Along Register CP ES MA SC 2 2-5 $24.99 800-701-5327 www.leapfrog.com
39 LeapFrog LeapStart ES GG LA SA 2 2-7 $39.99 800-701-5327 www.leapfrog.com
40 LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Mat AE ES ID ML 8 2-5 $29.99 800-701-5327 www.leapfrog.com
41 LeapFrog Melody the Musical Turtle AE ID ES GE 5 2-5 $19.99 800-701-5327 www.leapfrog.com
42 LEGO Systems 31050 Creator Corner Deli CO TY 9 8-12 $39.99 860-749-2291 www.lego.com
43 littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit CO EL HO SA 9 8-12 $199.95 917-464-4577 www.littlebits.cc
44 littleBits Rule Your Room AE CO ES SA 9 8-12 $99.95 917-464-4577 www.littlebits.cc
45 Luke’s Toy Factory EcoTruck Fire Truck CO EC GN SR 9 3-6 $22.95 888-391-5488 www.lukestoyfactory.com
46 Magformers WOW 16pc Set CO ES TY 9 3-12 $49.99 877-817-4574 www.magformers.com
47 Manhattan Toy Winkel™ NO TY TR UN 1 0 -12 mo $14.00 800-541-1345 www.manhattantoy.com
48 MasterPieces Puzzle Panoramic Stadium Puzzles CO SR EC PZ 9 10-12 $19.99 520-741-1315 www.masterpiecesinc.com
49 MGA/Little Tikes Light ‘n Go 3-in-1 Walker AE CE ML TS 8 9 -36 mo $39.99 800-222-4685 www.mgae.com
50 MGA/Little Tikes Project Mc2 H2O RC Car CP EL SA TC 7 6-12 $69.99 800-222-4685 www.mgae.com
51 MGA/Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox AE OP 10 1-6 $59.99 800-222-4685 www.mgae.com
52 Moodsters Feelings Flashlight ID OP BO TY 4 18 mo-7 $19.99 212-584-4311 www.themoodsters.com
53 Moodsters Meter ID OP BO TY 10 18 mos-7 $19.99 212-584-4311 www.themoodsters.com
54 Moodsters Mirror ID OP BO TY 10 18 mo-7 $19.99 212-584-4311 www.themoodsters.com
55 My Gnome Gnome Family Adventure Kit AE CR ES TR 8 3-12 $59.97 844-694-6663 www.mygnomeontheroam.com
56 MySelfie BuppaLaPaloo CP ES PL SR 7 2-7 $29.95 818-876-0386 www.buppabear.com
57 Newmero Joy of Numbers ES GE SA SC 2 3-9 $53.00 +45 2877 3907 www.newmero.dk
58 Not Parent Approved Not Parent Approved CG ID LA NO 10 8-12 $24.99 310-740-6630 www.notparentapproved.com
59 NSI Int’l 3D Coin Art CP GG HO PZ 10 8-12 $19.99 888-425-9113 www.nsi-intonline.com
60 NSI Int’l Smithsonian Plasma Ball ES MA SA EL 8 8-12 $29.99 888-425-9113 www.nsi-intonline.com
61 NSI Int’l Smithsonian Projector ID HO SA EL 2 8-12 $39.99 888-425-9113 www.nsi-intonline.com
62 NSI Int’l Super Wubble AE PT EQ TY 8 3-12 $19.99 888-425-9113 www.nsi-intonline.com
63 Office Oxygen Gyrobi CH NO UN SR CT 10 3-12 $3.95 800-296-2812 www.officeoxygen.com
64 Office Oxygen Loopeez CH NO UN SR CT 4 3-12 $3.95 800-296-2812 www.officeoxygen.com
65 OWI Hydraulic Arm Edge CO ES SA TC 1 10-12 $49.95 310-515-6800 www.owirobot.com
66 Paper Trax Toys Paper Trax Super Pack AE CO GN SC 9 3-12 $24.99 310-872-0303 www.papertraxtoys.com
67 Piper Inc Piper Computer Kit ES SA EG TC 10 7-12 $299.00 415-857-5021 www.playpiper.com
68 Preschool of Rock Michael & Rockness Monsters CE MM 10 2-9 $9.99 732-205-1971 www.michaelandtherocknessmonsters.com
68 Quadro Quadro Ultimate AP CO EQ OP 9 1-8 $599.99   www.quadroworld.com
70 SAVVi Bathtub Coloring Kit AC BA CP TY 7 3-6 $15.00 866-297-2884 www.savvistuff.com
71 Schleich Rider Horses Accessories AE CP ID NO 8 3-12 $99.00 888-269-0826 www.schleich-s.com
72 Schoenhut Piano 18 Key Mini Grand AE CP ML  TY 1 3-12 $79.95 888-414-2739 www.toypiano.com
73 SimplyFun Archery Dice ES GE BG 5 7-12 $26.00 877-557-7767 www.simplyfun.com
74 SmartNoggin NogginRings ES TY 2 0-12 $18.99 301-895-4608 www.smartnoggintoys.com
75 Square Panda Phonics Playset ES EG LA TC 2 18 mo-8 $119.00 877-807-2632 www.squarepanda.com
76 Storey Publishing Farmers Market Book BO CP CF FP 7 4-12 $14.95 800-827-7444 www.storey.com
77 SVAN S.S. Ahoy Surprise Stacker CP ES PZ WT 2 18 mo-5 $44.99 855-297-9516 www.svan.com
78 Tactic Games Beanie Boos Domino Game CH ES GE TY 2 4-12 $15.00 216-288-0087 www.tactic.net
79 Tactic Games Colorology CH ES BG TY 5 8-12 $19.99 216-288-0087 www.tactic.net
80 Tactic Games We Detectives CH ES GE SR 5 7-12 $19.99 216-288-0087 www.tactic.net
81 Teeth Fairies A Baby Teeth Tradition BO ES FP PL 4 4-12 $39.99 401-524-6027 www.teethfairies.com
82 Toy State Barbie™ Convertible AE CH TS TY 10 3-12 $34.99 857-300-2057 www.toystate.com
83 Toy State Nikko VelociTrax™ AE CH TS TY 8 8-12 $39.99 857-300-2057 www.toystate.com
84 Toy State Road Rippers Dino Hauler™ AE CH TS TY 1 3-12 $19.99 857-300-2057 www.toystate.com
85 TreePod Hanging Treehouses AE EQ OP 8 6-12 $325.00 303-443-0163 www.mytreepod.com
86 Tucker Toys E-Z Grip Balls AE TY 1 2-12 $12.99 609-438-9800 www.tuckertoys.com
87 Tucker Toys Trick Shot Sports AE CP TY 10 3-12 $9.99 609-438-9800 www.trickshotsports.com
88 Two of a Kind We’re All Together AT CE ML MM 10 3-10 $14.98 215-782-8258 www.twoofakind.com
89 UnitedHealthcare Digit’Y Do CH ID GE SR 4 8-12 $24.95 855-698-4223 www.uhccf.org
90 USAOPOLY Telestrations® Original BG GE 10 1-12 $29.95 888-876-7659 www.usaopoly.com
91 Victoria Chart Let’s Eat Together Placemat AP CP ES SR 10 3-12 $12.50 727-466-4719 www.victoriachartcompany.com
92 VTech Bizzy Bot™ CP LA ML TC 7 2-5 $24.99 800-521-2010 www.vtechkids.com
93 VTech Go! Go! Smart Friends® AE DO DH FP 8 1.5-5 $59.99 800-521-2010 www.vtechkids.com
94 VTech Touch & Learn Desk™ EL EQ ES TC 2 2-5 $54.99 800-521-2010 www.vtechkids.com
95 Wild Republic Creations Jewelry AS NO SC SR 4 3-12 $4.00 800-800-9678 www.wildrepublic.com
96 Wild Republic Huggers CH NO PL TY 7 3 mo-8 $7.99 800-800-9678 www.wildrepublic.com
97 Wonderhood Corner Shops CO CP ES SA 7 5-10 $29.99 800-205-6129 www.wonderhoodtoys.com
98 Wonderhood Grand Hotel CO CP ES SA 9 5-10 $59.99 800-205-6129 www.wonderhoodtoys.com
99 Xtraordin Air Toys Lumi-Niter® Disk Kit AE OP PT UN 10 7-12 $17.99 312-656-7890 www.flitebynite.com
100 Yvolution NEON Street Rollers AE OP TS TY 1 6-12 $29.99 855-981-7177 www.yvolution.com
BEST ACTIVE
Company Product Type Category Age Price Phone Website
Kinderfeets Kinderfeets Tiny Tot Bamboo AE GN OP SR 12 -24 mo $100.00 415-738-4820 www.kinderfeets.com
LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Mat AE ES ID ML 2-5 $29.99 800-701-5327 www.leapfrog.com
MGA/Little Tikes Light ‘n Go 3-in-1 Activity Walker AE CE ML TS 9 -36 mo $39.99 800-222-4685 www.mgae.com
My Gnome Gnome Family Adventure Kit AE CR ES TR 3-12 $59.97 844-694-6663 www.mygnomeontheroam.com
NSI Int’l Smithsonian Plasma Ball ES MA SA EL 8-12 $29.99 888-425-9113 www.nsi-intonline.com
NSI Int’l Super Wubble AE PT EQ TY 3-12 $19.99 888-425-9113 www.nsi-intonline.com
Schleich Rider Horses Accessories AE CP ID NO 3-12 $99.00 888-269-0826 www.schleich-s.com
Toy State Nikko VelociTrax™ AE CH TS TY 8-12 $39.99 857-300-2057 www.toystate.com
TreePod Hanging Treehouses AE EQ OP 6-12 $325.00 303-443-0163 www.mytreepod.com
VTech Go! Go! Smart Friends® AE DO DH FP 1.5-5 $59.99 800-521-2010 www.vtechkids.com 

BEST BUILDING   
 Company  Product Type  Age  Price  Phone  Website
Horizon Group Kinetix Neon Light Board CO CP EL TC 6-9 $19.99 800-651-0616 www.horizongroupusa.com
LEGO Systems 31050 Creator Corner Deli CO TY 8-12 $39.99 860-749-2291 www.lego.com
littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit CO EL HO SA 8-12 $199.95 917-464-4577 www.littlebits.cc
littleBits Rule Your Room AE CO ES SA 8-12 $99.95 917-464-4577 www.littlebits.cc
Luke’s Toy Factory EcoTruck Fire Truck CO EC GN SR 3-6 $22.95 888-391-5488 www.lukestoyfactory.com
Magformers WOW 16pc Set CO ES TY 3-12 $49.99 877-817-4574 www.magformers.com
MasterPieces Puzzle Panoramic Stadium Puzzles CO SR EC PZ 10-12 $19.99 520-741-1315 www.masterpiecesinc.com
Paper Trax Toys Paper Trax Super Pack AE CO GN SC 3-12 $24.99 310-872-0303 www.papertraxtoys.com
Quadro Quadro Ultimate AP CO EQ OP 1-8 $599.99 www.quadroworld.com
Wonderhood Wonderhood Grand Hotel CO CP ES SA 5-10 $59.99 800-205-6129 www.wonderhoodtoys.com

 

BEST CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS
Company Product Type Category Age Price Phone Website
Amazing Toys 100+ Circuit Science CP SA GE TC 8-12 $47.00 800-654-6357 www.amazing-toys.com.hk
Amazing Toys Amazing Eco Ten CO CP ES GN 8-12 $39.90 800-654-6357 www.amazing-toys.com.hk
Ann Williams Kindness Kit AE CH CP 6-12 $19.99 248-977-5831 www.annwilliamsgroup.com
EQtainment Q’s on the Go Pack AE CP ES GE 1 3-8 $12.99 512-537-2192 www.eqtainment.com
Horizon Group It’s So Me Braid-tastic! AS CF CP HM 6-9 $14.99 800-651-0616 www.horizongroupusa.com
Horizon Group Kinetix Code Bands CH CF CP SA 6-9 $9.99 800-651-0616 www.horizongroupusa.com
MGA/Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox AE OP 1 12 mo-6 $59.99 800-222-4685 www.mgae.com
NSI Int’l 3D Coin Art CP GG HO PZ 1 8-12 $19.99 888-425-9113 www.nsi-intonline.com
Tucker Toys Trick Shot Sports AE CP TY 1 3-12 $9.99 609-438-9800 www.trickshotsports.com
Victoria Chart Let’s Eat Together Placemat AP CP ES SR 1 3-12 $12.50 727-466-4719 www.victoriachartcompany.com

 

BEST CREATIVE
Company Product Type Category Age Price Phone Website
Alex Brands ALEX Toys Knot-a-Quilt AC AS CP HM 8-12 $33.99 800-666-2539 www.alexbrands.com
Build & Imagine Career Dolls CP DO SA SR 4-8 $14.99 415-265-0299 www.buildandimagine.com
Horizon Group Creatify@Playhouse CP DH FP WT 6-12 $16.99 800-651-0616 www.horizongroupusa.com
MGA/Little Tikes Project Mc2 H2O RC Car CP EL SA TC 6-12 $69.99 800-222-4685 www.mgae.com
MySelfie BuppaLaPaloo CP ES PL SR 2-7 $29.95 818-876-0386 www.buppabear.com
SAVVi Bathtub Coloring Kit AC BA CP TY 3-6 $15.00 866-297-2884 www.savvistuff.com
Storey Publishing Farmers Market Activity Book BO CP CF FP 4-12 $14.95 800-827-7444 www.storey.com
VTech Bizzy the Mix & Move Bot™ CP LA ML TC 2-5 $24.99 800-521-2010 www.vtechkids.com
Wild Republic Huggers CP NO PL TY 3mo-8y $7.99 800-800-9678 www.wildrepublic.com
Wonderhood Wonderhood Corner Shops CO CP ES SA 5-10 $29.99 800-205-6129 www.wonderhoodtoys.com

 

BEST EDUCATIONAL
Company Product Type Category Age Price Phone Website
DuneCraft Butterfly Glamour Dome CF GN SA SC 8-12 $24.99 800-306-4168 www.dunecraft.com
LeapFrog Count Along Register CP ES MA SC 2-5 $24.99 800-701-5327 www.leapfrog.com
LeapFrog LeapStart ES GG LA SA 2-7 $39.99 800-701-5327 www.leapfrog.com
Newmero Joy of Numbers ES GE SA SC 3-9 $53.00   www.newmero.dk
NSI Int’l Smithsonian Projector ID HO SA EL 8-12 $39.99 888-425-9113 www.nsi-intonline.com
SmartNoggin NogginRings Reaching & Grasping Rings ES TY 0-12 $18.99 301-895-4608 www.smartnoggintoys.com
Square Panda Phonics Playset ES EG LA TC 18 mo-8 $119.00 877-807-2632 www.squarepanda.com
SVAN S.S. Ahoy Surprise Stacker CP ES PZ WT 18 mo-5 $44.99 855-297-9516 www.svan.com
Tactic Games Beanie Boos Domino Game CH ES GE TY 4-12 $15.00 216-288-0087 www.tactic.net
VTech Touch & Learn Activity Desk™ Deluxe EL EQ ES TC 2-5 $54.99 800-521-2010 www.vtechkids.com

BEST GAMES

Company Product Type Category Age Price Phone Website
Ann Williams Rubber Band Game AE ID GE BG 8-12 $19.99 248-977-5831 www.annwilliamsgroup.com
Art’s Ideas Jenga® GIANT™ AE ES GE OP 6-12 $99.95 310-424-4527 www.jengagiant.com
Brain Games Ice Cool BG CH GE UN 6-12 $39.95 800-444-3552 www.brain-games.com
Brybelly Story Time Dice: Fairy Tales BO FP GE LA 6-12 $9.99 800-926-7241 www.brybelly.com
Buffalo Games Silly Street the Game BG GE 4-8 $19.99 855-895-4290 www.playsillystreet.com.com
EQtainment Q’s Race to the Top AE CH GE CT 3-8 $24.99 512-537-2192 www.eqtainment.com
LeapFrog Melody the Musical Turtle AE ID ES GE 2-5 $19.99 800-701-5327 www.leapfrog.com
SimplyFun Archery Dice ES GE BG 7-12 $26.00 877-557-7767 www.simplyfun.com
Tactic Games Colorology CH ES BG TY 8-12 $19.99 216-288-0087 www.tactic.net
Tactic Games We Detectives CH ES GE SR 7-12 $19.99 216-288-0087 www.tactic.net


BEST SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE
Company Product Type Age Price Phone Website
Doll Kind Fair Doll CT DO FP SR 3-12 $59.00 504-214-3003 www.thedollkind.com
Epic! Creations Epic! BO IN LA SR 0-12 $4.99 620-255-4849 www.getepic.com
Green Kids Club Shark and the Volcano BO ES SR GN EC 4-10 $9.99 208-881-5184 www.greenkidsclub.com
Green Toys Rescue Boat & Helicopter BA GN EC TY 2-6 $34.99 415-839-9971 www.greentoys.com
Le Toy Van TV292 Doctor’s Set OT UN 3-7 $50.00   www.letoyvan.com
Moodsters Moodster Feelings Flashlight ID OP BO TY 18 mo-7 $19.99 212-584-4311 www.themoodsters.com
Office Oxygen Loopeez CH NO UN SR CT 3-12 $3.95 800-296-2812 www.officeoxygen.com
Teeth Fairies A Baby Teeth Tradition BO ES FP PL 4-12 $39.99 401-524-6027 www.teethfairies.com
UnitedHealthcare Digit’Y Do CH ID GE SR 8-12 yr $24.95 855-698-4223 www.uhccf.org
Wild Republic Creations Jewelry AS NO SC SR 3-12 $4.00 800-8010-9678 www.wildrepublic.com

 

BEST TOYS

Company Product Type Category Age Price Phone Website
Ateliers19 Bizibots AC CP GN WT 7-12 $40.00 415-205-4994 www.bizibots.com
CelebriDucks Good Duck AE OP GN BA 0-12 yrs $11.99 415-456-3452 www.celebriducks.com
DT Learning Products Sensory Sights TY 0-2 $25.00 800-341-8697 www.discoverytoys.net
Folkmanis Monarch Life Cycle Puppet AE FP SC PU 3-12 $39.99 800-654-8922 www.folkmanis.com
Manhattan Toy Winkel™ NO TY TR UN 0-12 mo $14.00 800-541-1345 www.manhattantoy.com
OWI Hydraulic Arm Edge CO ES SA TC 10-12 $49.95 310-515-6800 www.owirobot.com
Schoenhut Piano 18 Key Mini Grand AE CP ML  TY 3-12 $79.95 888-414-2739 www.toypiano.com
Toy State Road Rippers Dino Hauler™ AE CH TS TY 3-12 $19.99 857-300-2057 www.toystate.com
Tucker Toys E-Z Grip Balls AE TY 2-12 $12.99 609-438-9800 www.tuckertoys.com
Yvolution NEON Street Rollers AE OP TS TY 6-12 $29.99 855-981-7177 www.yvolution.com

 

Additional 100 Best Gift Selections

Company Product Type Category Age Price Phone Website
Adora Dolls Adora Baby Fairy TY 0-12 yrs $15.99 800-779-5335 www.adoradolls.com
Baby Jack Baby Jack Sensory Lovey ES LA MA PL 3-5 $27.95 866-745-2491 www.babyjackco.com
Brybelly Story Time Dice: Scary Tales BO FP GE LA 6-12 $9.99 800-926-7241 www.brybelly.com
DT Learning Products Hide Inside Cottage TY 9 mo-3 $45.00 800-341-8697 www.discoverytoys.net
DT Learning Products School House Play Tent CH FP 3-10 $100.00 800-341-8697 www.discoverytoys.net
EQtainment Q-Time Buddy ES ID PL TY 0-5 $19.99 512-537-2192 www.eqtainment.com
Griddly Games Just Add Sun CF CP SA EC 8-12 $25.98 604-249-5020 www.griddlygames.com
Hide and Seek Hide and Seek Plush BO ES GE MM 12 mo-5 $24.95 800-921-4976 www.hideandseektoy.com
Horizon Group ThinkBox Forensic Science AE HO SA SC 8-12 $14.99 800-651-0616 www.horizongroupusa.com
Kid O Myland Houseboat BA SA TC UN 2-12 $45.00 212-366-5858 www.kidotoys.com
Moodsters Meter ID OP BO TY 18 mo-7 $19.99 212-584-4311 www.themoodsters.com
Moodsters Mirror ID OP BO TY 18 mo-7 $19.99 212-584-4311 www.themoodsters.com
Not Parent Approved Not Parent Approved CG ID LA NO 8-12 $24.99 310-740-6630 www.notparentapproved.com
Office Oxygen Gyrobi CH NO UN SR CT 3-12 $3.95 800-296-2812 www.officeoxygen.com
Piper Inc Piper Computer Kit ES SA EG TC 7-12 $299.00 415-857-5021 www.playpiper.com
Preschool of Rock Michael & Rockness Monsters CE MM 2-9 $9.99 732-205-1971 www.michaelandtherocknessmonsters.com
Toy State Barbie™ Convertible AE CH TS TY 3-12 $34.99 857-300-2057 www.toystate.com
Two of a Kind We’re All Together CE ML MM 3-10 $14.98 215-782-8258 www.twoofakind.com
USAOPOLY Telestrations® Original BG GE 1-12 $29.95 888-876-7659 www.usaopoly.com
Xtraordin Air Toys Lumi-Niter® Disk Kit AE OP PT UN 7-12 $17.99 312-656-7890 www.flitebynite.com

KEY:

AE = active

AP = activity product

AT = audio tape

BA = bath toy

BG = board game

BO = book

CE = children’s entertainment

CF = crafts

CG = card game

CH = children’s product

CO = construction

CP = creative product

CT = cultural

DD = digital disk

DH = dollhouse

DO = doll

EC = eco-friendly

EL = electronic product

EQ = equipment

ES = educational skills

FP = fantasy product

GE = game

GG = geography

GN = green

HO = hobby

ID = indoor activity

IN = internet, website, APP

LA = language

MA = math

ML = musical

MM = multimedia

NO = novelty

OP = outdoor play

PL = plush

PT = pool toy

PZ = puzzle

SA = STEM/STEAM

SC = science

SR = socially responsible

TC = technology

TS = transportation

TY = toy

UN = unique

WT = wooden toy

 

 

 

 

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