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Dr Toy's 100 Best Released
San Francisco , CA
Monday, September 12, 2011
 
For Immediate Release Media Contact:

Greg Walsh Public Relations

T: 203-292-6280; greg@walshpr.com

Dr. Toy Announces 100 Best Children's Products of 2011

Your Guide to Finding the Best Toys and Children's Products

An Opportunity to be of Service to Families and Schools

By Stevanne Auerbach, PhD/Dr. Toy™

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – (September 6, 2011) - 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 guide 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. We want 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. I spend a great deal of time reviewing a large quantity of products created by myriad manufacturers and designers. I make sure my 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. I utilize a complicated set of objective and subjective criteria to evaluate toys and other products. Some questions to ask are:

• Is this product worth the price?

• Does it have lasting play value?

• Is it appropriate?

• Is it fun?

• Does it meet safety standards?

Dr. Toy is pleased to have the opportunity to share her years of play and toy experiences with consumers to assist them in the selection process. This timely report features information about l00 wonderful new toys and products from large and small companies. The toys and products selected meet my 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 describe play and product experiences and ask questions about toys and products.

Following are examples of award-winning toys and products and the companies that make them grouped in selected categories of "smart" play. You can find more products by assigned codes that designate types of products.

Active Play – Alpha Toys (Alphabeasts), Carrera (Porto Corsa Racing), Constructive Eating (Three Garden Utensils), Fisher-Price (Big Action Construction Site), Funrise Toys (Tonka Strong Arm Cement Mixer), Funtastic/QuickSmart (QuickSmart Scramble Bug), Green Toys (Flatbed Truck & Race Car), Gryphon House (Budding Chef), iStar Entertainment (FyrFlyz), Jennara Productions (Miss Barbara's Pirate Adventure), Manhattan Toy (Quadrilla Twist & Rail Set), Metro Design (48" Play Wheel), MGA (Little Tikes Cozy Truck), Spin Master (Air Hogs Hyperactive), uKloo Kids (uKloo Treasure Hunt), Wishbone Design (Wishbone Flip), WowToyz (3D Dinosaur Puzzles).

Construction Play – Citiblocs(Little Builder Rattle Blocs), Fat Brain Toy (Tobbles ), Fisher-Price (Big Action Construction Site), HABA (Animal Upon Animal), Innovation First Labs (Hexbug Nano Hive Habitat), Laser Pegs Ventures (3D Lite Board), LEGO Systems (Ninjago: Fire Temple), Yoshiritsu (Hamacron Constructor).

Creativity & Art – Colorforms (Original Colorforms Set), Fat Brain Toy (Tobbles), Giddy Up! (Movie Make Up), Int'l Playthings (Glamology Enhancing Pack 4), Learning Materials (Coloraturo), Little Kids (Bend & Build Foamstructure), Patch Products (Design 'N' Doodle Silly Zoo), ThinkFun (Cartoon It!), Tiny Green Bee (Crunch a Color™), Wild Republic (Nuts & Bolts).

Creativity & Music – APA Animation Prod. (Sookie & Finn), Copy-Kids (Eat Fruits & Vegetables), Maestro Classics (My Name Is Handel), Music Intelligence Proj. (Tuneables:I Love Music!), MusiGo (Going Places), QuaverMusic.com (Quaver's Marvelous World of Music), Right Road Prod. (Right Road for Kids! Episode 1: You Are Special!), Rock 'N Learn (Sight Words), Sockeye Media (Nursery Rhyme Singing Time), Whistlefritz (Las Estaciones).

Technology – ClickN Kids (Looney Tunes ClickN READ), Cognitive Kid (Ansel & Clair's Adven.-Africa), Gund (Peek-A-Boo Bear), Hasbro (Cookie, My Playful Pup), Learning Journey (ABC WordPad), Smart Bomb Interactive (National Geographic Animal Jam), SmartLab Toys (Recon 6.0 Programmable Rover), Super Duper® Pub (Funzee Everyday Go-Togethers Software), Visions of the Millenium (Tell Me What Am I – Animal), VTech (2-in-1 Discovery Table), Your Baby Can (Your Child Can Discover!).

Language/Learning/Math & Reading Readiness – Abligio Books (Best Multiplication Workbook EVER!), Alpha Toys (Alphabeasts), Bailiwick Press (Cahoots ), BrillKids Int'l (Little Reader Deluxe), Critical Thinking (Crypto Mind Benders: Famous Quotes), Discover w/Dr. Cool (Break Open Real Geodes), Griddly Games (Oversight), Kids II (Sensory Plush Pals), Klutz (Guide to the Galaxy), K'NEX (Classic K'NEXosaurus Rex), Leo Marshall Designs (LeCardo), Lucky Cat Prod (Math Park).

Puzzles & Logical Thinking Games – b. dazzle (Temple in Paradise), Bloco Toys (Primates of the World Collection), Blue Orange (Fastrack), Cepia (DaGeDar), Continuum Games (Barnyard Stampede), FoxMind Canada (Fauna), Fun and Function (Social (e)Motion), Gamewright (Mermaid Beach), GaZima Games (Stomple), INI (Dabble), Lindergaff (Synonyms), Non-Trivial Quest (Non-Trivial Quest), POOF-Slinky (Our America Game), Pressman Toy (Ultimate Mastermind), Techno Source (Tetris Link), University Games (Kids Battle the Grown Ups), USAOPOLY (Telestrations).

Social & Dramatic Play – ALEX (Ready, Set, Tell Time!), Alpha Toys (Alphabeasts), Aeromax (My 1st Career Gear Assortment), B. by Battat (Car Go CarGo), Berjuan Toys (Breast Milk Baby Doll), Corolle Dolls (Bébé Amour), Chicco (Lemmy My First Puppy), Fashion Angels (Fashion Design Projector Set), Giddy Up! (Movie Make Up), Golly Gee-pers! (Table Manners Cards), Int'l Playthings (Glamology Enhancing Pack 4), MGA (Mini Lalaloopsy Treehouse), Ragananda (Ragananda Doll), Royal Council (Every Kindness Counts), Zing Toys (IckeeStikeez).

Socially Responsible Products – ALEX (Ready, Set, Tell Time!), b. dazzle (Temple in Paradise), Berjuan Toys (Breast Milk Baby Doll), Connor's Science Universe (Crystal Explosion), DuneCraft (Rainforest Biosphere), Giddy Up! (Movie Make Up), Golly Gee-pers! (Table Manners Cards), Int'l Playthings (Glamology Enhancing Pack 4), Royal Council (Every Kindness Counts), Tiny Green Bee (Crunch a Color), Worry Chest System (Worry Chest System).

Ten Best Toys– Citiblocs (Little Builder Rattle Blocs), Fisher-Price (Big Action Construction Site), Green Toys (Flatbed Truck & Race Car), Innovation First Labs (Hexbug Nano Hive Habitat), iStar Entertainment (FyrFlyz), Laser Pegs Ventures(3D Lite Board)LEGO Systems (Ninjago: Fire Temple )Little Tikes/MGA(Little Tikes Cozy Truck), Spin Master (Air Hogs Hyperactive), Yoshiritsu (Hamacron Constructor).

And many more wonderful smart toys and children's products

Interviews regarding the recommended best smart toys and play 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

DR. TOY'S 100 BEST CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS FOR 2011

Selected by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (Dr. Toy)

# Company Product Type Top 10 Age Price CustSrv# Website

1. Abligio Books Best Multiplication Workbook EVER! ES 2 7-12 $29.95 480-272-6063 abligio.com

2. Aeromax My 1st Career Gear Assortment CP CS FP 3-5 $69.95 877-776-2291 aeromaxtoys.com

3. ALEX Ready, Set, Tell Time! ES SR TY 4 4-6 $21.95 800-666-2539 alextoys.com

4. Alpha Toys Alphabeasts PL AE ES SR 3-7 $20.00 800-474-0696 thealphabeasts.com

5. anamalz anamalz Prehistoric CP FP SR TR 7 3-8 $12.95 877-591-0006 anamalzna.com

6. APA Animation Prod. Sookie & Finn ES DV 6 12-36 mos $19.99 206-219-3773 sookieandfinn.com

7. B. by Battat Car Go CarGo ES TR TS TY 18 mos-4 $24.99 866-665-5524 justb-byou.com

8. b. dazzle Temple in Paradise CG ES PZ SR 4 4-12 $8.95 800-809-4242 b-dazzle.com

9. Bailiwick Press Cahoots BO ES 2 8-12 $12.95 970-672-4878 bailiwickpress.com

10. Be Good Co. Triazzle Kids CP ES PZ 7 2-5 $9.99 650-488-4477 begoodcompany.com

11. Berjuan Toys Breast Milk Baby Doll DO ES SR TY 4 2-10 $69.99 352-227-1363 thebreastmilkbaby.com

12. Bloco Toys Primates of the World Collection CO CP ES PZ 5-12 $14.99 514-940-8410 blocotoys.com

13. Blue Orange Fastrack GE HO TR GN 5 5-12 $19.99 415-252-0372 blueorangegames.com

14. BrillKids Int'l Little Reader Deluxe BO CD ES SW 2 4 mos-5 $250.00 707-336-2022 brillkids.com

15. Carrera Porto Corsa Racing AE ES HO TY 8 8-12 $119.99 609-409-8510 carrera-toys.com

16. Cepia DaGeDar™ AE CP FP GE 5 6-9 $4.99 800-225-9319 dagedar.com

17. Chicco Lemmy My First Puppy PL 12-24 mos $29.99 877-424-4226 chiccousa.com

18. Citiblocs Little Builder Rattle Blocs CO CP ES GN 1 2-4 $35.00 866-967-9748 citiblocs.com

19. ClickN Kids Looney Tunes ClickN READ CP EG ES SR 3 4-8 $9.95 877-254-2522 clicknkids.com

20. Cognitive Kid Ansel & Clair's Adven.-Africa EG ES SW IN 3 4-9 $4.99 650-766-8024 anselandclair.com

21. Colorforms Original Colorforms Set AC CP ES FP 7 3-12 $39.98 800-347-4818 ugames.com

22. Connor's Science Univ. Crystal Explosion CP ES SC SR 4 6-12 $17.95 800-883-7042 kitsforkids.com

23. Constructive Eating Three Garden Utensils AE CP NO TR 8 2-5 $17.49 734-418-3241 constructiveeating.com

24. Continuum Games Barnyard Stampede AE CG TR 4-6 $9.99 877-405-2662 continuumgames.com

25. Copy-Kids Eat Fruits & Vegetables DV 6 6 mos-5 $19.95 310-498-6764 copy-kids.com

26. Corolle Dolls Bébé Amour DO ES FP SR 3-5 $110.00 800-668-4846 corolle.com

27. Critical Thinking Crypto Mind Benders: Famous Quotes BO ES 2 8-12 $9.99 800-458-4849 criticalthinking.com

28. Discover w/Dr. Cool Break Open Real Geodes ES OP SC TY 2 6-12 $49.95 855-437-2665 discoverwithdrcool.com

29. DuneCraft Rainforest Biosphere CP ES SC SR 4 3-12 $24.99 800-306-4168 dunecraft.com

30. Fashion Angels Fashion Design Projector Set AC CP DO ES 9-12 $31.99 800-492-3237 fashionangels.com

31. Fat Brain Toy Tobbles CP ES TY 7 12-36 mos $24.99 800-590-5987 fatbraintoyco.com

32. Fisher-Price Big Action Construction Site FP TY 1 2 1/2-7 $59.99 800-432-5437 fisher-price.com

33. FoxMind Canada Fauna BG ES 8-12 $39.95 866-369-6463 foxmind.com

34. Fun and Function Social (e)Motion BG CP ES TR 5 5-12 $23.99 800-231-8329 funandfunction.com

35. Funrise Toys Tonka Strong Arm Cement Mixer AE TS TY 8 3-5 $24.99 800-882-3808 funrise.com

36. Gamewright Mermaid Beach CG FP TY 6-12 $10.99 800-638-7568 gamewright.com

37. GaZima Games Stomple™ BG 5 7-12 $29.95 800-622-8339 gazimagames.com

38. Giddy Up! Movie Make Up AC CP SC SR 4 8-12 $19.99 734-302-4444 giddyup.com

39. Golly Gee-pers! Table Manners Cards CG ES SR 4 4-12 $14.95 925-324-4418 gollygee-pers.com

40. Green Toys Flatbed Truck & Race Car TS TY GN 1 1-5 $32.99 415-839-9971 greentoys.com

41. Griddly Games Oversight BG ES HO TY 2 9-12 $24.95 604-249-5020 griddlygames.com

42. Gryphon House Budding Chef BO CP HO 3-5 $9.95 800-638-0928 ghbooks.com

43. Gund Peek-A-Boo Bear™ PL 9 mos-3 $40.00 800-436-3726 gund.com

44. HABA Animal Upon Animal SR TY 2-5 $36.00 800-468-6873 habausa.com

45. Hasbro Cookie, My Playful Pup FP PL TY 3 4-8 $59.99 800-327-8264 hasbro.com

46. INI DABBLE BG ES PZ 5 10-12 $24.99 800-278-7279 dabblegame.com

47. Innovation First Labs Hexbug Nano Hive Habitat CP ES SC TY 1 3-12 $34.99 903-453-0804 hexbug.com

48. Int'l Playthings Glamology Enhancing Pack 4 AC CP SC SR 4 8-12 $29.99 800-631-1272 intplay.com

49. iStar Entertainment FyrFlyz NO OP TY 1 8-12 $9.99 800-313-1446 fyrflyz.com

50. Jennara Productions Miss Barbara's Pirate Adventure AE FP DV 8 3-5 $14.95 514-636-3152 creativemovementkids.com

51. Kids II Sensory Plush Pals ES PL TR TS 2 0-6 mos $9.99 770-751-0442 brightstarts.com

52. Klutz Guide to the Galaxy BO ES SC 2 8-12 $19.99 800-268-3848 klutz.com

53. K'NEX Classic K'NEXosaurus Rex CO CP ES FP 2 7-12 $24.99 800-543-5639 knex.com

54. Laser Pegs Ventures 3D Lite Board CO CP EG TY 1 5-12 $99.95 866-432-3735 laserpegs.com

55. Learning Journey ABC WordPad EG ES TR TY 3 3-7 $19.99 877-839-3969 thelearningjourney.com

56. Learning Materials Coloraturo CP ES TY 7 3-12 $75.00 800-693-7164 learningmaterialswork.com

57. LEGO Systems Ninjago: Fire Temple CP ES TY 1 8-12 $119.99 800-838-9647 lego.com

58.

Leo Marshall Designs LeCardo™ CG CP ES TR 2 8-12 $12.00 800-669-4263 lecardo.com

59. Lindergaff Synonyms BG CP ES 5 12-12 $19.99 415-377-6061 synonymsthegame.com

60. Little Kids Bend & Build Foamstructure CO CP ES FP 7 3-5 $24.99 800-545-5437 littlekidsinc.com

61. Little Tikes/MGA Little Tikes Cozy Truck FP OP TY 1 18 mos-5 $79.99 800-321-0183 mgae.com

62. Lucky Cat Prod. Math Park ES DV 7-11 $20.00 626-796-9344 mathparkvideos.org

63. Maestro Classics My Name Is Handel CD ML 6 6-12 $16.98 888-540-2811 maestroclassics.com

64. Manhattan Toy Quadrilla® Twist & Rail Set AE CO CP NO 8 4-12 $150.00 800-541-1345 manhattantoy.com

65. Metro Design 48" Play Wheel AE HO OP TY 8 3-5 $15.00 732-462-2001 metrodesignusa.com

66. MGA Mini Lalaloopsy Treehouse CP DH DO FP 4-12 $39.99 800-222-4685 mgae.com

67. Music Intelligence Proj. Tuneables:"I Love Music!" CD ES ML DV 6 3-8 $29.99 855-866-3225 thetuneables.com

68. MusiGo "Going Places" CD CD ML 6 6 mos-8 $16.95 905-261-7345 musigokids.com

69. Non-Trivial Quest Non-Trivial Quest BG ES SR TR 5 10-12 $29.95 888-755-1490 non-trivialquest.com

70. Patch Products Design 'N' Doodle Silly Zoo AC CP ES FP 7 3-7 $9.99 800-524-4263 patchproducts.com

71. POOF-Slinky Our America Game BG ES SR 8-12 $34.99 800-329-8697 poof-slinky.com

72. Preschool Prep Meet the Phonics Series™ ES DV 6 15 mos-7 $14.95 866-451-5600 preschoolprepcompany.com

73. Pressman Toy Ultimate Mastermind BG ES 8-12 $19.99 800-800-0298 pressmantoy.com;

74. QuaverMusic.com Quaver's Marvelous World of Music CP ES DV 6-12 $69.95 866-917-3633 quavermusic.com

75. Funtastic/QuickSmart QuickSmart™ Scramble Bug AE EQ OP TS 8 1-3 $49.99 855-438-6827 quicksmartgo.com

76. Ragananda Ragananda Doll CD CP DO ML 7 1-8 $39.99 303-443-3532 ragananda.com

77. Right Road Prod. Episode 1: You Are Special! CP ES SW DV 6 6-12 $20.00 805-582-2482 rightroadkids.org

78. Rock 'N Learn Sight Words DVD ES DV 6 3-7 $19.95 800-348-8445 rocknlearn.com

79. Royal Council Every Kindness Counts CP ES SR 4 6-10 $22.99 888-973-2479 therealtoothfairies.com

80. Smart Bomb Interactive National Geographic Animal Jam SC SW VG 3 6-11 $5.95 801-355-4440 animaljam.com

81. SmartLab Toys Recon 6.0 Programmable Rover EL ES TY 3 9-12 $69.99 866-319-5900 smartlabtoys.com

82. Sockeye Media Nursery Rhyme Singing Time AE ES ML DV 6 2-5 $15.00 212-696-2707 mothergooseclub.com

83. Spin Master Air Hogs Hyperactive AE OP SC TY 1 12-12 $49.99 800-622-8339 spinmaster.com

84. Super Duper® Pub. Funzee Everyday Go-Togethers Softw ES SW 3 4-11 $29.99 800-277-8737 superduperinc.com

85. Techno Source Tetris® Link™ BG ES 5 6-12 $24.99 212-929-5200 technosourceusa.com

86. ThinkFun Cartoon It! AC ES GE 7 6-12 $19.99 800-468-1864 thinkfun.com

87. Tiny Green Bee Crunch a Color™ CG ES SR GN 4 4-8 $12.95 650-539-8682 crunchacolor.com

88. uKloo Kids Inc uKloo Treasure Hunt AE CG ES 8 4-8 $14.95 416-691-4071 ukloo.com

89. University Games Kids Battle the Grown Ups BG ES GE 5 8-12 $24.98 800-347-4818 ugames.com

90. USAOPOLY Telestrations™ BG CP 5 12-12 $29.95 888-876-7659 usaopoly.com

91. Visions of Millenium Tell Me What Am I - Animal ES DV 3 5-7 $14.99 734-281-3376 animalrhyme.com

92. VTech 2-in-1 Discovery Table CP EL ES FP 3 12-36 mos $39.99 800-521-2010 vtechkids.com

93. Whistlefritz Las Estaciones ES ML SR DV 6 2-7 $19.99 866-944-7859 whistlefritz.com

94. Wild Republic Nuts & Bolts AC CO CP ES 7 9-12 $13.00 800-800-9678 wildrepublic.com

95. Wishbone Design Wishbone Flip AE TS TY 8 1-5 $149.00 888-748-7453 wishbonedesign.com

96. Worry Chest System Worry Chest System BO ES SR 4-12 $25.00 973-464-3032 theworrychest.com

97. WowToyz 3D Dinosaur Puzzles AE CO ES PZ 8 6-12 $3.95 800-350-1007 wowtoyz.com

98. Yoshiritsu Hamacron Constructor CO CP ES TY 1 5-12 $22.99 972-436-3867 roboporium.com

99. Your Baby Can Your Child Can Discover! BO CP ES DV 3 1-7 $79.99 877-881-7323 yourbabycan.com

100. Zing Toys IckeeStikeez CP FP NO TY 4-12 $1.25 503-324-8018 ickeez.com

RANK:

1 = Top 10 Best Toys

2 = Top 10 Educational Products

3 = Top 10 High Tech Products

4 = Top 10 Socially Responsible Products

5 = Top 10 Games

6 = Top 10 Best Audio/Visuals

7 = Top 10 Best Creative Products

8 = Top 10 Best Active Products

KEY:

ac = arts & craft

ae = active

bg = board game

bo = book

cd = CD

cg = card game

co = construction

cp = creative

cs = costume or accessories

do = doll

dh = dollhouse

dv = DVD

eg = electronic game

el = electronic product

eq = equipment

es = educational skills

fp = fantasy play

ge = game

gn = green

ho = hobby

in = internet

ml = musical

no = novelty

op = outdoor play

pl = plush

pz = puzzle

sc = science

sr = socially responsible

sw = software

tr = travel product

ts = transportation

ty = toy

vg = video game

DR. TOY'S 100 BEST CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS FOR 2011

Selected by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (Dr. Toy)

1. 10 BEST TOYS

# Company Product Type Age Price CustSrv# www.

1. Citiblocs Little Builder Rattle Blocs CO CP ES GN 2-4 $35.00 866-967-9748 citiblocs.com

2. Fisher-Price Big Action Construction Site FP TY 2 1/2-7 $59.99 800-432-5437 fisher-price.com

3. Green Toys Flatbed Truck & Race Car TS TY GN 1-5 $32.99 415-839-9971 greentoys.com

4. Innovation First Labs Hexbug Nano Hive Habitat CP ES SC TY 3-12 $34.99 903-453-0804 hexbug.com

5. iStar Entertainment FyrFlyz NO OP TY 8-12 $9.99 800-313-1446 fyrflyz.com

6. Laser Pegs Ventures 3D Lite Board BG CO CP EG SC TY 5-12 $99.95 866-432-3735 laserpegs.com

7. LEGO Systems Ninjago: Fire Temple CP ES TY 8-12 $119.99 800-838-9647 lego.com

8. Little Tikes/MGA Little Tikes Cozy Truck FP OP TY 18 mos-5 $79.99 800-321-0183 mgae.com

9. Spin Master Air Hogs Hyperactive AE HO OP SC TY 12-12 $49.99 800-622-8339 spinmaster.com

10. Yoshiritsu Hamacron Constructor CO CP ES TY 5-12 $22.99 972-436-3867 roboporium.com

2. 10 BEST EDUCATIONAL PRODUCTS

# Company Product Type Age Price CustSrv# www.

1. Abligio Books Best Multiplication Workbook EVER! ES 7-12 $29.95 480-272-6063 abligio.com

2. Bailiwick Press Cahoots BG ES 8-12 $12.95 970-672-4878 bailiwickpress.com

3. BrillKids Int'l Little Reader Deluxe BO CD ES SW 4 mos-5 $250.00 707-336-2022 brillkids.com

4. Critical Thinking Crypto Mind Benders: Famous Quotes BO ES 8-12 $9.99 800-458-4849 criticalthinking.com

5. Discover w/Dr. Cool Break Open Real Geodes ES OP SC TY 6-12 $49.95 855-437-2665 discoverwithdrcool.com

6. Griddly Games Oversight BG ES HO TY 9-12 $24.95 604-249-5020 griddlygames.com

7. Kids II Sensory Plush Pals ES PL TR TS 0-6 mos $9.99 770-751-0442 brightstarts.com

8. Klutz Guide to the Galaxy BO ES SC 8-12 $19.99 800-268-3848 klutz.com

9. K'NEX Classic K'NEXosaurus Rex CO CP ES FP 7-12 $24.99 800-543-5639 knex.com

10. Leo Marshall Designs LeCardo™ CG CP ES TR 8-12 $12.00 800-669-4263 lecardo.com

3. 10 BEST HIGH TECH PRODUCTS

# Company Product Type Age Price CustSrv# www.

1. ClickN Kids Looney Tunes ClickN READ CP EG ES SR 4-8 $9.95 877-254-2522 clicknkids.com

2. Cognitive Kid Ansel & Clair's Adven.-Africa EG ES SW IN 4-9 $4.99 650-766-8024 anselandclair.com

3. Hasbro Cookie, My Playful Pup FP PL TY 4-8 $59.99 800-327-8264 hasbro.com

4. Learning Journey ABC WordPad EG ES TR TY 3-7 $19.99 877-839-3969 thelearningjourney.com

5. Smart Bomb Interactive National Geographic Animal Jam SC SW VG 6-11 $5.95 801-355-4440 animaljam.com

6. SmartLab Toys Recon 6.0 Programmable Rover EL ES TY 9-12 $69.99 866-319-5900 smartlabtoys.com

7. Super Duper® Pub. Funzee Everyday Go-Togethers Softw ES SW 4-11 $29.99 800-277-8737 superduperinc.com

8. Visions of the Millenium Tell Me What Am I - Animal ES DV 5-7 $14.99 734-281-3376 animalrhyme.com

9. VTech 2-in-1 Discovery Table CP EL ES FP 12-36 mos $39.99 800-521-2010 vtechkids.com

10. Your Baby Can Your Child Can Discover! BO CP ES DV 1-7 $79.99 877-881-7323 yourbabycan.com

4. 10 BEST SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE PRODUCTS

# Company Product Type Age Price CustSrv# www.

1. ALEX Ready, Set, Tell Time! ES SR TY 4-6 $21.95 800-666-2539 alextoys.com

2. b. dazzle Temple in Paradise CG ES PZ SR 4-12 $8.95 800-809-4242 b-dazzle.com

3. Berjuan Toys Breast Milk Baby Doll DO ES SR TY 2-10 $69.99 352-227-1363 thebreastmilkbaby.com

4. Connor's Science Universe Crystal Explosion CP ES SC SR 6-12 $17.95 800-883-7042 kitsforkids.com

5. DuneCraft Rainforest Biosphere CP ES SC SR 3-12 $24.99 800-306-4168 dunecraft.com

6. Giddy Up! Movie Make Up AC CP SC SR 8-12 $19.99 734-302-4444 giddyup.com

7. Golly Gee-pers! Table Manners Cards CG ES SR 4-12 $14.95 925-324-4418 gollygee-pers.com

8. Int'l Playthings Glamology Enhancing Pack 4 AC CP SC SR 8-12 $29.99 800-631-1272 intplay.com

9. Royal Council Every Kindness Counts CP ES SR 6-10 $22.99 888-973-2479 therealtoothfairies.com

10. Tiny Green Bee Crunch a Color™ CG ES SR GN 4-8 $12.95 650-539-8682 crunchacolor.com

5. 10 BEST GAMES

# Company Product Type Age Price CustSrv# www.

1. Blue Orange Fastrack GE HO TR GN 5-12 $19.99 415-252-0372 blueorangegames.com

2. Cepia DaGeDar™ AE CP FP GE HO SC TY 6-9 $4.99 800-225-9319 dagedar.com

3. Fun and Function Social (e)Motion BG CP ES TR 5-12 $23.99 800-231-8329 funandfunction.com

4. GaZima Games Stomple™ BG 7-12 $29.95 800-622-8339 gazimagames.com

5. INI DABBLE BG ES PZ 10-12 $24.99 800-278-7279 dabblegame.com

6. Lindergaff Synonyms BG CP ES 12-12 $19.99 415-377-6061 synonymsthegame.com

7. Non-Trivial Quest Non-Trivial Quest BG ES SR TR 10-12 $29.95 888-755-1490 non-trivialquest.com

8. Techno Source Tetris® Link™ BG ES 6-12 $24.99 212-929-5200 technosourceusa.com

9. University Games Kids Battle the Grown Ups BG ES GE 8-12 $24.98 800-347-4818 ugames.com

10. USAOPOLY Telestrations™ BG CP 12-12 $29.95 888-876-7659 usaopoly.com

6. 10 BEST AUDIO/VISUALS

# Company Product Type Age Price CustSrv# www.

1. APA Animation Prod. Sookie & Finn ES DV 12-36 mos $19.99 206-219-3773 sookieandfinn.com

2. Copy-Kids Eat Fruits & Vegetables DV 6 mos-5 $19.95 310-498-6764 copy-kids.com

3. Maestro Classics My Name Is Handel CD ML 6-12 $16.98 888-540-2811 maestroclassics.com

4. Music Intelligence Proj. Tuneables:"I Love Music!" CD ES ML DV 3-8 $29.99 855-866-3225 thetuneables.com

5. MusiGo "Going Places" CD CD ML 6 mos-8 $16.95 905-261-7345 musigokids.com

6. Preschool Prep Meet the Phonics Series™ ES DV 15 mos-7 $14.95 866-451-5600 preschoolprepcompany.com

7. Right Road Prod. Episode 1: You Are Special! CP ES SW DV 6-12 $20.00 805-582-2482 rightroadkids.org

8. Rock 'N Learn Sight Words DVD ES DV 3-7 $19.95 800-348-8445 rocknlearn.com

9. Sockeye Media Nursery Rhyme Singing Time AE ES ML DV 2-5 $15.00 212-696-2707 mothergooseclub.com

10. Whistlefritz Las Estaciones ES ML SR DV 2-7 $19.99 866-944-7859 whistlefritz.com

7. 10 BEST CREATIVE PRODUCTS

# Company Product Type Age Price CustSrv# www.

1. anamalz anamalz Prehistoric CP FP SR TR 3-8 $12.95 877-595-0006 anamalzna.com

2. Be Good Company Triazzle Kids CP ES PZ 2-5 $9.99 650-488-4477 begoodcompany.com

3. Colorforms Original Colorforms Set AC CP ES FP 3-12 $39.98 800-347-4818 ugames.com

4. Fat Brain Toy Tobbles CP ES TY 12-36 mos $24.99 800-590-5987 fatbraintoyco.com

5. Learning Materials Coloraturo CP ES TY 3-12 $75.00 800-693-7164 learningmaterialswork.com

6. Little Kids Bend & Build Foamstructure CO CP ES FP 3-5 $24.99 800-545-5437 littlekidsinc.com

7. Patch Products Design 'N' Doodle Silly Zoo AC CP ES FP 3-7 $9.99 800-524-4263 patchproducts.com

8. Ragananda Ragananda Doll CD CP DO ML 1-8 $39.99 303-443-3532 ragananda.com

9. ThinkFun Cartoon It! AC ES GE 6-12 $19.99 800-468-1864 thinkfun.com

10. Wild Republic Nuts & Bolts AC CO CP ES 9-12 $13.00 800-800-9678 wildrepublic.com

8. 10 BEST ACTIVE PRODUCTS

# Company Product Type Age Price CustSrv# www.

1. Carrera Porto Corsa Racing AE ES HO TY 8-12 $119.99 609-409-8510 carrera-toys.com

2. Constructive Eating Three Garden Utensils AE CP NO TR 2-5 $17.49 734-418-3241 constructiveeating.com

3. Funrise Toys Tonka Strong Arm Cement Mixer AE TS TY 3-5 $24.99 800-882-3808 funrise.com

4. Jennara Productions Miss Barbara's Pirate Adventure AE FP DV 3-5 $14.95 514-636-3152 creativemovementkids.com

5. Manhattan Toy Quadrilla® Twist & Rail Set™ AE CO CP NO 4-12 $150.00 800-541-1345 manhattantoy.com

6. Metro Design 48" Play Wheel AE HO OP TY 3-5 $15.00 732-462-2001 metrodesignusa.com

7. QuickSmart QuickSmart™ Scramble Bug AE EQ OP TS 1-3 $49.99 855-438-6827 quicksmartgo.com

8. uKloo Kids Inc uKloo Treasure Hunt AE CG ES 4-8 $14.95 416-691-4071 ukloo.com

9. Wishbone Design Wishbone Flip AE TS TY 1-5 $149.00 888-748-7453 wishbonedesign.com

10. WowToyz 3D Dinosaur Puzzles AE CO ES PZ 6-12 $3.95 800-350-1007 wowtoyz.com

20 BEST ADDITIONAL PRODUCTS OF 100 BEST

# Company Product Type Age Price CustSrv# www.

1. Aeromax My 1st Career Gear Assortment CP CS FP 3-5 $69.95 877-776-2291 aeromaxtoys.com

2. Alpha Toys Alphabeasts PL AE ES SR 3-7 $20.00 800-474-0696 thealphabeasts.com

3. B. by Battat Car Go CarGo ES TR TS TY 18 mos-4 $24.99 866-665-5524 justb-byou.com

4. Bloco Toys Primates of the World Collection CO CP ES PZ 5-12 $14.99 514-940-8410 blocotoys.com

5. Chicco Lemmy My First Puppy PL 12-24 mos $29.99 877-424-4226 chiccousa.com

6. Continuum Games Barnyard Stampede AE CG TR 4-6 $9.99 877-405-2662 continuumgames.com

7. Corolle Dolls Bébé Amour DO ES FP SR 3-5 $110.00 800-668-4846 corolle.com

8. Fashion Angels Fashion Design Projector Set AC CP DO ES 9-12 $31.99 800-492-3237 fashionangels.com

9. FoxMind Canada Fauna BG ES 8-12 $39.95 866-369-6463 foxmind.com

10. Gamewright Mermaid Beach CG FP TY 6-12 $10.99 800-638-7568 gamewright.com

11. Gryphon House Budding Chef BO CP HO 3-5 $9.95 800-638-0928 ghbooks.com

12. Gund Peek-A-Boo Bear™ PL 9 mos-3 $40.00 800-436-3726 gund.com

13. HABA Animal Upon Animal SR TY 2-5 $36.00 800-468-6873 habausa.com

14. Lucky Cat Prod. Math Park ES DV 7-11 $20.00 626-796-9344 mathparkvideos.org

15. MGA Mini Lalaloopsy Treehouse CP DH DO FP 4-12 $39.99 800-222-4685 mgae.com

16. POOF-Slinky Our America Game BG ES SR 8-12 $34.99 800-329-8697 poof-slinky.com

17. Pressman Toy Ultimate Mastermind BG ES 8-12 $19.99 800-800-0298 pressmantoy.com;

18. QuaverMusic.com Quaver's Marvelous World of Music CP ES DV 6-12 $69.95 866-917-3633 quavermusic.com

19.. Worry Chest Sys. Worry Chest System BO ES SR 4-12 $25.00 973-464-3032 theworrychest.com

20. Zing Toys IckeeStikeez CP FP NO TY 4-12 $1.25 503-324-8018 ickeez.com

KEY:

ac = arts & crafts

ae = active

bg = board game

bo = book

cd = CD

cg = card game

co = construction

cp = creative product

cs = costume or accessories

do = doll

dh = doll house

dv = DVD

eg = electronic game

el = electronic product

eq = equipment

es = educational skill

fp = fantasy play

ge = game

gn = green

ho = hobby

in = internet

ml = musical

no = novelty

op = outdoor play

pl = plush

pz = puzzle

sc = science

sr = socially responsible

sw = software

tr = travel

ts = transportation

ty = toy

video game

 
Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. /Dr.Toy
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Dr Toy's Guide
San Francisco, CA
510-540-0111
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