SAN FRANCISCO, CA – (December 10, 2010) - As a natural, on–going part of our work as parents, teachers, early childhood specialists, and others involved with children at home or elsewhere, we observe children at play. With our own 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 unique guide to the Top Ten Best Products in 8 categories is offered to complement your observations and to help you in selecting the right products to enhance play and learning. We make buying decisions based on lasting play value and product applicability to 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. She wants to apply these standards to all the choices we make. We often hear consumers describe their experience of making a purchase, but shortly after giving little Sally or Sammy the product it falls apart – a frustrating and expensive process. Products that do not meet safety standards can be dangerous and can cause harm to children. We want to avoid these problems and always strive for excellence. Dr Toy spends a great deal of time reviewing a large quantity of products created by myriad manufacturers and designers. She makes sure selections match the 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 us to be wise consumers and to get extra lasting value. Certainly durable products, properly designed, and developmentally correct are worth the money. Children's positive reactions are worth the extra effort. Dr Toy utilizes a complicated set of objective and subjective criteria to evaluate toys and other products. Some questions to ask are: Is the product worth the price? Does it have lasting play value? Is it appropriate? Is it fun? Does it meet Safety standards? Dr. Toy is pleased to have the special opportunity to share her extensive years of play and toy experiences with parents and teachers to assist them in the selection process. This timely report features information about the Ten Best focuses on wonderful new toys and products from large and small companies. The toys and products selected meet her high standards for design, durability, price, quality, safety, and value.
Dr. Toy reminds parents and teachers, "Let's not forget that "play is children's work" and should be respected and understood by all adults. We should be thinking: "What products or "tools for play" can we obtain to provide wholesome experiences for children and provide plenty of positive play interactions." Dr Toy's Smart Play/Smart Toys: How to Raise a Child with a High P.Q. (Play Quotient) was written for new parents, and others who care about children, and is available in toy, book stores or on line. Dr Toy invites consumers to take the time to get involved in play select products based on the interests and needs of children, and ask questions about toys and products.
Following is summary of Dr. Toy's Ten Best award-winning toys and products in Eight Categories and the companies that make them grouped in selected categories of "smart" play. You can learn more by the codes and descriptions for each product in the summary and on Dr Toy's Guide www.drtoy.com where you will find many other excellent products across a wide range of types that match the interests and abilities of each child plus many resources.
Dr Toy's Ten Best Active Toys and Products – Carrera (Police Chase), GeoPalz (Kids Pedometer), Hallmark Cards (Interactive Story Book/Buddy), Hap-Pal Music (Learning in Two Languages), Int'l Playthings (Shop'n Cart), Maranda Enterprises (Rollors), Monkey Business (E-Z Bat), MGA (Cozy Shopping Cart), Music Together (Family Favorites® 2), North American Bear (Pet Doctor), One World Futbol Project (e World Futbol), Patch Products (3D Sneaky Singin' Sea Creatures), Rubbabu (2Skoolbus), Tangle Creations (Hairy Tangle Jr), Tot Talk (Let's Play Soccer Placemat).
Best Audio Visual - Discovery Bay Games (Call-It!), Juno Company (Day the Music Stopped), Little Pim (Spanish Deluxe Gift Set), Look Out World (New York Adventure Kit), Maestro Classics (Tortoise and the Hare), Music Together(Family Favorites®), PBS Home Video (Dinosaurs in the Snow), Rock 'N Learn (Phonics Vol. 1 & 2), Smithsonian Folkways (Sunny Day), Whistlefritz (Cha, Cha, Cha).
Best Creative -- Innovation First Labs (Hexbug Nano Habitat Set), LEGO Systems (Minotaurus), Safari (Fairy Fantasy Tea Set), Spin Master (Moon Dough Barnyard), Velcro Kids® (Royal Princess Castle), Waba Fun (Superstructs Custom Kit), Wikki Stix (Wikki Stix for Rainy Day), Wooky Entertainment (Block Crayon), Giddy Up!(Fuzzoodles), Yoshiritsu Co (LaQ Imaginal Hamacron).
Best Educational-Abligio Books (Best Multiplication Songs), b. dazzle (Dragonflies Scramble Squares®), Grasshopper Kits (Grasshopper Preschool Prep Kit), Hap-Pal Music (Learning in Two Languages), Learning Resources (Gingerbread Shape Sorter), Patch Products (3D Sneaky Singin' Sea Creatures), Pearson (Stay-on-Track Packs,) Sandvik Innovations (Jump into Numbers), Tier Toys (Animal Stackers Barn Yard), Wild Republic (Audubon Birds – Babies).
Best Games - Wonder Chess (WonderElla), Griddly Games (Chronicles of the Mind), Purrfect Games & Puzzles (Architectural Collection), Big Voorah Prod.(Staccabees), Blue Orange Games (Spot It!), Bright Spots Games (Feelings in the Wild-Bingo), Gamewright (Sounds Like a Plan), HABA (Domino Zippy Scooters), Kabongo (GoGo Kabongo), Pressman Toy (Animal Mastermind Towers), Volcano Video ( Volcanic Disaster).
Best Socially Responsible Products – Gestalt Institute of New Orleans (T'was the Night Before the Storm), Brainy Baby (Natura Nativa Learning Media), Corolle Dolls (Lou), Dream Big Toy (Go! Go! Sports Girls), Free Spirit Pub. (Going Blue), Playmates Toys (Hearts for Hearts Girls), One World Futbol Project (One World Futbol), Plushy Feely (Kimochis-Toys w/Feelings Inside®), Publications Intl (Record a Story), Free Spirit Pub. (Going Blue), Green Toys ™ (Fire Truck), Jade's ToyBox (Moody Foodie Mini Box), No. American Bear (Pet Doctor).
Best Technology –ATP Electronics (Sesame Street Video USB), Cepia (ZhuZhu Pet Wild Bunch), Chicco (Magic Window Talking Farm), Eye Think (Strobotop Light Phase Animator), GoLearn Toys (TimeBuddy), Hallmark Cards (Interactive Story Book/Buddy), Inspiration Software (Kidspiration 3), Learning Journey (ABC Melody Maker), Publications Int'l (Record a Story), WowWee (Paper Jamz).
Ten Best Toys – ALEX (Talk of the Farm), Bloco Toys (Velociraptor & Pterosaur), Bright Starts (Activi-Tree), Discovery Toys (Story Stacker), Goldberger Co. (Zip-ity Princess), MGA (Cozy Shopping Cart), Monkey Business (E-Z Bat), Rubbabu (2Skoolbus), Schoenhut Piano (Dog Piano), WowToyz (Deluxe Classic Train Set).
About Dr Toy
Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. is Toy Expert, consultant and author; former teacher, administrator with federal government in Washington DC; published 15 books including Smart Play/Smart Toys translated in 12 countries; approved first grant for "Sesame Street"; created first model childcare center for federal government; developed $2.5 M National R&D Program on childcare; in San Francisco in 1985 created San Francisco International Toy Museum; created valued toy award program, and in 1990 the first website on toys "Dr. Toy's Guide" www.drtoy.com and evaluations of over 4,000 developmentally appropriate, educational toys and much more.
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1. 10 BEST TOYS
Company Product Type Age Price CustSrv# Website
ALEX Talk of the Farm EG ES FP 18-36 m $47.99 800-666-2539 alextoys.com