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Dr. Toy's 100 Best! Always Year-Round Great Gifts!!
From:
Stevanne Auerbach -- Dr. Toy's Guide Stevanne Auerbach -- Dr. Toy's Guide
San Francisco , CA
Monday, November 27, 2017

 

For  Immediate Release:                   Greg Walsh PR  203-292-6280; greg@walshpr.com

Dr. Toy's Guide® Announces Dr. Toy's 100 Best Children's Products of 2017 for Year-Round Learning and Fun--Guide to the Best Toys, Games, Gifts, and Children's Products as  A Timely Service to Families and Schools

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 27, 2017) – As a natural, ongoing part of our role as parents, teachers, early childhood specialists, and others involved with children, we observe children at play. With our eyes we confirm 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, to offer new information, and to assist you in selecting the right products to enhance your child's play and learning experiences, and that last when what's HOT now, gets COLD!

We make buying decisions based on lasting play value and product applicability to find a good balance of children's active, creative, and educational participation. We can depend on the durability and versatility of such items as blocks, construction toys, dolls, games, puppets, puzzles, and transportation toys. They stimulate the imagination, engage the player, have greater play 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 Alice or Bobby, the product quickly falls apart – a frustrating, and often expensive experience. Products that do not meet safety standards can be dangerous, and cause anxiety and harm to children. We want to avoid these problems, and always strive for excellence for playthings.

Dr. Toy spends a great deal of time reviewing a large quantity of varied products created by manufacturers, new inventors, 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 each factors to consider the right product. Another aspect you can depend on is a warranty. Rising costs for products require everyone to be wise consumers to gain lasting value. Durable products, properly designed and developmentally correct, are worth the money. Children's positive reactions are worth our careful selection.

 Dr. Toy utilizes a comprehensive set of objective criteria to evaluate toys and children's products. 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.

Since 1992 Dr. Toy's valued annual report has featured information about l00 fun, 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' (essential for well-being at any age) and should be practiced, respected and better 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."

For more guidance obtain a copy of Dr. Toy's Smart Play/Smart Toys: How to Select and Use the Best Toys and Games, expanded 4th Edition, written for parents, teachers, and others who care about children, available in toy and book stores, and online. This book is published in 13 countries, recently in Arabic, and soon in Japanese..

Following for your consideration are the selected Dr. Toy's 100 Best Award-Winning Toys, Games, and Children's Products and their Companies for 2017 grouped in categories to enhance and expand "Smart Play." You can find out more about each product by referring to the codes that designate the types of products, then visiting websites, and stores. We are confident the Dr. Toy's Guide for 2017 will provide lots of fun for the whole family, and be of benefit to children who are learning, gaining and practicing skills, being creative, and actively playing. Let's Play!!!

Dr. Toy's Guide 2017:

Best Active Products – Ezyroller (Dexster Scooter), Kid O (Activity Board), MGA/Little Tikes (3-in-1 Sports Zone), Toysmith (Get Outside, GO! Bashminton), Tucker Toys (Kite-A-Pult), Tucker Toys (Slam N' Bounce), VTech (Pop-a-Ball™ Push & Pop Bulldozer™), Wai Lana (Stretch 'n Play Eco Ball Kit), Yvolution (Strolly Bike), Yvolution (Y Glider XL Deluxe).

Best Building Products – Art's Ideas (Jenga XXL® Gigantic Cardboard Ed. Game), Build & Imagine (Creativity Castle), Magnetykes (Magnetykes), MGA/Little Tikes (Waffle Blocks Steam Train), MindWare (Q-BA-MAZE 2.0: Extreme Rails), OWI (Rookie Solar Racer v2), Spin Master (Meccano M.A.X.), Strictly Briks (Brik Tower and Stackers), Toysmith (Swivel-Snaps), VTech (GearZooz™ Roll & Roar Animal Train™).

Best Creative Products – Ann Williams (Craft-tastic Inspire Poster Kit), DuneCraft (Sea Saurus Pirate & Fairy), Game Night in a Can (Game Night in a Can), Lulu Jr. (IlluStory - Create Your Own Book!), MasterPieces Puzzle (Works of Ahhh), MindWare (Conduct Dough Lights), MindWare (UNBORED: Time Capsule), Serabeena (Sew Your Own Purses), Smart Toys & Games (SmartGames Jump In), Wacky Links (Wacky Links Connector Series).

Best Educational Products – b. dazzle (Scramble Squares® Frogs Puzzle), Bigjigs Toy (My First Fractions Puzzle), DuneCraft (World Within A World), Griddly Games (Just Add Glue), LeapFrog (LeapStart™ Learning System), Maple Landmark (Lift and Learn Puzzle, Solar System), Math for Love (Tiny Polka Dot), MindWare (Dig It Up! Discoveries! Wild Animals), OWI (Captain Roam-E-O), SmartLab Toys (Aftershock! Earthquake Lab).

Best Games – Ann Williams (You Do), Art's Ideas (Jenga® Ocean Game), Art's Ideas (Jenga® PREMIUM Hardwood Game), Art's Ideas (Jenga® Throw 'N Go!™ Hardwood Game), Master Theorem (Snippets), Quirky Engine Ent. (Hoagie), RoosterFin (Ninja Squirrels), Strictly Briks (Brik Buster), Tactic Games (Word Rush), Wannaple (Animal Act).

Best Socially Responsible Products – Boy Story (Boy Story Action Dolls), Elly Lu (Norman-Narwhal Plush & Hawaiian Vacation), Green Kids Club (African Bush Fire & Elephant), Griddly Games (Rocket Lander), LeapFrog (Leap Frog Academy™), Love Smart Cards (Love Smart Cards), One World Play (One World Futbol), Quirky Engine Entertainment (Trash War), Tactic Games (Some Bunny's Hiding), Taste 'n' Tell (Discovering Fruit with Holly Honeybee).

Best Technology – Eastcolight (Magic Instrument – Piano Set), EPIK Learning (HighQ Learning Tab 8" Kids Tablet), Fibre-Craft (DabitZ). MGA/Little Tikes (Project Mc2 Pixel Purse), NSI International (Wubble Brite), Piper Inc. (Piper Computer Kit), Pixl Toys (Pixlplay Camera), Spin Master (Luvabella), Storey Publishing (Journal Sparks), Toymail (Toymail Talkies).

Best Toys – Fibre-Craft (My Sistie), Folkmanis (Folkmanis® Monarch Life Cycle Puppet), LeapFrog (Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart™), MGA/Little Tikes (Baby Born Interactive Doll), Ooz&Oz (Morph-O-Scopes Sports of All Sorts Kit), Rubbabu (Cleanupper the Dumptruck), Schoenhut Piano (18 Key Mini Grand), Science Wiz™ (ScienceWiz Cells under a Microscope), Tangle Creations (ZURU Tangle), VTech (Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Race & Play).

Best Gifts– Green Kids Club (Pammee and the Looking Pond), Green Piñata (Green Piñata Toys), Hunk-ta-Bunk-Ta (Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta HITS), Linguacious (Around the home Spanish Flashcard Game), Lulu Jr. (My Comic Book), MasterPieces Puzzle (Tetris Brain Teasers), Office Oxygen (SwingOs), P.F. Shaggy (Rule Crazy Starter Ed.), Quirky Engine Ent. (Eyeball Boxing), SmartTrike (smarTfold™), Spin Master (PAW Patrol My Size Lookout Tower), Spin Master (Rusty Rivets Rivet Lab Playset), Star Kids Products (Snack & Play Travel Tray 2.0), Strictly Briks (AlphaBriks & MathBriks), Strictly Briks (Cube & the Creatorz), Tactic Games (Emojito), Taste 'n' Tell (Discovering Vegetable with Veggie Vole), Tucker Toys (Disc Jock-e), Wacky Links (Outer Space Glow-in-the-Dark Series), Wai Lana (Little Yogis™ Fun Songs Kit).

Award Winning Companies   

 

 

DR. TOY'S 100 BEST CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS FOR 2017

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

 

 

Company

Product Type Category

Age

$Price

CustSrv#

www.

1.

Ann Williams

Craft-tastic Inspire Poster Kit AC CP 7

8-12

$19.99

248-977-5831

annwilliamsgroup.com

2.

Ann Williams

You Do GE CG 5

6-12

$19.99

248-977-5831

annwilliamsgroup.com

3.

Art's Ideas

Jenga XXL® Gigantic Cardboard Game AE GE BG 9

12-12

$299.95

310-424-4527

jengagiant.com

4.

Art's Ideas

Jenga® Ocean Game AE CH GE SR 5

8-12

$49.95

310-424-4527

jengagiant.com

5.

Art's Ideas

Jenga® Premium Hardwood Game AE GE WT 5

12-12

$79.95

310-424-4527

jengagiant.com

6.

Art's Ideas

Jenga® Throw 'N Go!™ Game AE CH GE BG 5

8-12

$29.95

310-424-4527

jengagiant.com

7.

b. dazzle

Scramble Squares® Frogs Puzzle AE ES GE PZ 2

4-12

$12.99

800-809-4242

b-dazzle.com

8.

Bigjigs Toy

First Fractions Puzzle AE ES MA SA 2

3-12

$25.95

866-459-7829

bigjigstoys.us

9.

Boy Story

Boy Story Action Dolls FP SR CT TY 4

3-7

$99.00

201-286-0722

boystory.com

10.

Build & Imagine

Creativity Castle FP CP SA DO 9

4-8

$59.95

866-751-5006

buildandimagine.com

11.

DuneCraft

Sea Saurus Pirate & Fairy AE FP SC 7

3-12

$9.99

800-306-4168

dunecraft.com

12.

DuneCraft

World Within A World CH CP SC GN 2

3-12

$29.99

800-306-4168

dunecraft.com

13.

Eastcolight

Magic Instrument-Piano EL ML SA TC 3

8-12

$28.92

425-349-3718

eastcolight.com

14.

Elly Lu

Norman-Narwhal Plush BO ES PL SR 4

0 mo-10

$34.00

907-240-1129

ellyluorganics.com

15.

EPIK Learning Co.

HighQ Learning 8" Kids Tablet ES GE MM TC 3

4-12

$129.99

888-999-1244

epiklearning.com

16.

Ezyroller

Dexster Scooter AE ID TS TY 8

6-12

$119.00

866-713-8007

ezyroller.com

17.

Fibre-Craft

DabitZ CH AC AA UN 3

6-12

$39.99

800-323-4316

fibrecraft.com

18.

Fibre-Craft

My Sistie FP UN TY DO PL 1

2-12

$12.99

800-323-4316

fibrecraft.com

19.

Folkmanis

Monarch Life Cycle Puppet PL ES PU TY 1

3-12

$39.99

800-654-8922

folkmanis.com

20.

Game Night in Can

Game Night in a Can AE CP GE SR GN 7

10-12

$24.99

323-363-5050

gamenightinacan.com

21.

Green Kids Club

African Bush Fire & Elephant ES BO SR GN 4

5-9

$7.00

208-520-8353

greenkidsclub.com

22.

Green Kids Club

Pammee & Looking Pond AE ES  SR TY 10

3-5

$14.95

208-520-8353

greenkidsclub.com

23.

Green Piñata

Green Piñata Toys ES LA GE GR TY 10

6 mo-5

$24.99

781-375-7194

greenpinatatoys.com

24.

Griddly Games

Just Add Glue CP AC ES SC SA 2

8-12

$24.95

604-249-5020

griddlygames.com

25.

Griddly Games

Rocket Lander MA SC SA GE BG 4

8-12

$26.95

604-249-5020

griddlygames.com

26.

Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta

Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta HITS AE ES SA MM CE 10

6 mo-10

$10.00

303-298-7122

hunktabunkta.com

27.

Kid O

Activity Board CH ES SA TC EL TY TR 8

6 mo-3

$37.50

212-366-5858

kidotoys.com

28.

LeapFrog

LeapFrog Academy™ AA EG ES SA 4

3-6

$7.00

800-701-5327

leapfrog.com

29.

LeapFrog

LeapStart™ Learning Sys. CP ES GE TC 2

2-7

$39.99

800-701-5327

leapfrog.com

30.

LeapFrog

Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart™ AE FP LA TY 1

2-10

$39.99

800-701-5327

leapfrog.com

31.

Linguacious

Spanish Flashcard Game AT CG CT SR 10

2-12

$19.99

515-441-3921

linguacious.net

32.

Love Smart Cards

Love Smart Cards CG CT ES LA SR 4

7-12

$47.00

415-779-5957

lovesmartcards.com

33.

Lulu Jr.

IlluStory - Create Your Own Book! CP AC BO ES 7

4-12

$29.99

844-639-3309

lulujr.com

34.

Lulu Jr.

My Comic Book CP AC BO ES 10

4-12

$29.99

844-639-3309

lulujr.com

35.

Magnetykes

Magnetykes AE CH ES SA 9

4-12

$22.95

917-626-5086

magnetykes.com

36.

Maple Landmark

Lift & Learn Puzzle, Solar SysES SC SA PZ 2

3-7

$23.20

800-421-4223

maplelandmark.com

37.

Master Theorem

Snippets CP ES GE LA 5

12-12

$24.99

646-397-8434

snippetsgame.com

38.

MasterPieces Puzz.

Tetris Brain Teasers CO AC MA GE PZ 10

6-12

$14.99

520-741-1315

masterpiecesinc.com

39.

MasterPieces Puzz.

Works of Ahhh CH CO CP AC TY 7

6-12

$14.99

520-741-1315

masterpiecesinc.com

40.

Math for Love

Tiny Polka Dot CH MA SA CG 2

3-10

$14.95

206-226-8869

mathforlove.com

41.

MGA/Little Tikes

3-in-1 Sports Zone AE CP ES EG 8

1-3

$54.99

818-221-4326

mgae.com

42.

MGA/Little Tikes

Baby Born Interactive Doll CH FP TY DO 1

2-5

$44.99

818-221-4326

mgae.com

43.

MGA/Little Tikes

Project Mc2 Pixel Purse CH SA AA AS 3

6-12

$59.99

818-221-4326

mgae.com

44.

MGA/Little Tikes

Waffle Blocks Steam Train FP CO EG TS 9

2-12

$59.99

818-221-4326

mgae.com

45.

MindWare

Conduct Dough Lights AE ES SA TC 7

5-12

$34.95

800-999-0398

mindware.com

46.

MindWare

Dig It Up! Discoveries: Wild Animals AE ES SC 2

4-12

$24.95

800-999-0398

mindware.com

47.

MindWare

Q-BA-MAZE 2.0: Extreme Rails AE CH CO SA 9

6-12

$99.95

800-999-0398

mindware.com

48.

MindWare

UNBORED: Time Capsule AE CP SA TC 7

8-12

$29.95

800-999-0398

mindware.com

49.

NSI Int'l

Wubble Brite AE EQ UN CP TY 3

6-12

$24.99

888-425-9113

nsi-intonline.com

50.

Office Oxygen

SwingOs CH NO TY 10

5-12

$595.00

800-296-2812

officeoxygen.com

51.

One World Play

One World Futbol AE SR CT TY UN 4

6-12

$39.50

888-993-8826

oneworldplayproject.com

52.

OOZ&OZ

Morph-O-Scopes Sports Kit CP CP ES SA 1

5-12

$24.99

888-750-3338

oozandoz.com

53.

OWI

Captain ROAM-E-O AE HO CO GN SA 2

8-12

$19.95

310-515-6800

owirobot.com

54.

OWI

Rookie Solar Racer v2 CO ES SA HO EC 9

8-12

$11.95

310-515-6800

owirobot.com

55.

P.F. Shaggy

Rule Crazy, Starter Ed. UN ES LA GE CT 10

5-8

$19.99

323-451-2425

rulecrazy.com

56.

Piper Inc

Piper Computer Kit CP ES SA TC EL 3

8-12

$299.00

415-857-5021

buildpiper.com

57.

Pixl Toys

Pixlplay Camera ES MA AA TC EL 3

3-12

$24.94

415-992-1076

pixltoys.com

58.

Quirky Engine Ent.

Eyeball Boxing CH CP GE CG TY 10

8-12

$19.50

801-544-8989

quirkyengine.com

59.

Quirky Engine Ent.

Hoagie CH CP CG GE TY 5

5-12

$17.50

801-544-8989

quirkyengine.com

60.

Quirky Engine Ent.

Trash War CH CP CG GE TY 4

10-12

$17.50

801-544-8989

quirkyengine.com

61.

RoosterFin

Ninja Squirrels CH BG CG GE UN 5

5-12

$25.99

855-591-4263

roosterfin.com

62.

Rubbabu

Cleanupper Dumptruck AE SR GN TR TS 1

3 mo-5

$8.00

855-782-2228

rubbabu.com

63.

Schoenhut Piano

18 Key Mini Grand CH ML 1

3-6

$79.95

888-414-2739

toypiano.com

64.

Science Wiz™

ScienceWiz Cells_under Microscope EQ ES SA 1

8-12

$24.99

510-222-2638

sciencewiz.com

65.

Serabeena

Sew Your Own Purses CP AC ES TY TR 7

4-8

$14.99

+852-358-2681

serabeena.com

66.

Smart Toys & Games

SmartGames Jump In BG ES PZ LA TR 7

7-12

$14.99

800-542-6375

smarttoysandgames.com

67.

SmartLab Toys

Aftershock! Earthquake Lab AE CO GG SA 2

8-12

$39.99

866-319-5900

smartlabtoys.com

68.

SmartTrike

smarTfold™ AE EQ TY TR TS 10

6 mo-3

$99.99

855-768-7453

smartrike.com

69.

Spin Master

Luvabella CH FP ES LA EL 3

4-12

$99.99

416-364-6002

spinmaster.com

70.

Spin Master

Meccano M.A.X. CH HM CO ES SA 9

10-12

$149.99

416-364-6002

spinmaster.com

71.

Spin Master

PAW Patrol My Size Lookout Tower CH FP TY 10

3-12

$99.99

416-364-6002

spinmaster.com

72.

Spin Master

Rusty Rivets Rivet Lab Playset CH ES LA TY 10

3-12

$39.99

416-364-6002

spinmaster.com

73.

Star Kids Products

Snack & Play Travel Tray 2.0 AS EQ TR 10

2-12

$24.99

303-887-9017

snackandplaytraveltray.com

74.

Storey Publ.

Journal Sparks ID AC BO CP 3

10-12

$16.95

800-827-7444

storey.com

75.

Strictly Briks

AlphaBriks & MathBriks ID CH CP ES TY 10

3-12

$24.99

608-687-7572

strictlybriks.com

76.

Strictly Briks

Brik Buster AE CH CO GE TY 5

3-12

$29.99

608-687-7572

strictlybriks.com

77.

Strictly Briks

Brik Tower & Stackers ID CO CP ES 9

3-12

$29.99

608-687-7572

strictlybriks.com

78.

Strictly Briks

Creatorz & Cube UN CO ES SA 10

8-12

$24.99

608-687-7572

strictlybriks.com

79.

Tactic Games

Emojito ES LA GE BG TY 10

8-12

$14.99

216-288-0087

tactic.net

80.

Tactic Games

Some Bunny's Hiding ES GE BG TY 4

3-12

$19.99

216-288-0087

tactic.net

81.

Tactic Games

Word Rush ES GE BG TY 5

3-12

$19.99

216-288-0087

tactic.net

82.

Tangle Creations

ZURU Tangle CH NO ES SA PZ 1

3-12

$2.99

888-829-3808

tanglecreations.com

83.

Taste 'n' Tell

Discover Fruit CH ES GE SR 4

1-5

$24.00

44 7787 289499

tastentell.co.uk

84.

Taste 'n' Tell

Discover w/Veggie Vole ES GE SR 10

1-5

$24.00

44 7787 289499

tastentell.co.uk

85.

Toymail

Toymail Talkies AE FP TC SW PL 3

3-8

$59.99

888-723-5741

toymail.co

86.

Toysmith

Get Outside, GO! Bashminton AE OP TY 8

5-12

$19.99

800-356-0474

toysmith.com

87.

Toysmith

Swivel-Snaps AE ES UN CO SA 9

6-12

$29.99

800-356-0474

toysmith.com

88.

Tucker Toys

Disc Jock-e AE CE ML TC TY 10

6-12

$24.99

609-438-9800

tuckertoys.com

89.

Tucker Toys

Kite-A-Pult AE CH HO OP TY 8

6-12

$19.99

609-438-9800

tuckertoys.com

90.

Tucker Toys

Slam N' Bounce AE CH OP TY 8

5-12

$14.99

609-438-9800

tuckertoys.com

91.

VTech

GearZooz™ Animal Train™ ID CH ES TY 9

18 mo-4

$29.00

800-521-2010

vtechkids.com

92.

VTech

Go! Go! Smart Wheels® AE CH ES TY 1

1-4

$39.99

800-521-2010

vtechkids.com

93.

VTech

Pop-a-Ball™ Bulldozer™ SA TC EL TR 8

6 mo-36

$24.99

800-521-2010

vtechkids.com

94.

Wacky Links

Outer Space Glow-in-Dark CO CP ES TY 10

3-12

$9.99

646-598-8210

wackylinks.com

95.

Wacky Links

Wacky Links Connector CO CP ES SA 7

3-12

$9.99

646-598-8210

wackylinks.com

96.

Wai Lana

Little Yogis™ Fun Songs AE CP DV ML10

3-12

$39.95

800-228-5145

wailana.com

97.

Wai Lana

Stretch 'n Play Eco Ball AE CH EC SR 8

3-12

$24.95

800-228-5145

wailana.com

98.

Wannaple

Animal Act ID FP CP ES LA BG CG 5

4-12

$19.95

855-895-4290

wannaple.com

99.

Yvolution

Strolly Bike AE OP TY TR TS 8

10 mo-3

$169.99

855-981-7177

yvolution.com

100.

Yvolution

Y Glider XL Deluxe AE OP CH TY TR 8

5-8

$89.99

855-981-7177

yvolution.com

Key: AA = APP  AC = Arts and Craft AE = Active AS = Accessories/ Decorations/ Furniture AT = Audio Tape  BG = Board Game  BO = Book CE = Children's Entertainment CG = Card Game CH = Children's Products CO = Construction CP = Creative Product CR = Computer-Related CT = Cultural DO = Doll DV = DVD\ EC = Eco-friendly 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 ID = Indoor Play IN = Internet LA = Language MA = Math ML = Musical MM = Multimedia NO = Novelty OP = Outdoor Play OR = Organic PL = Plush PU = Puppet PZ = Puzzle SA = STEM/STEAM SC = Science SR = Socially Responsible SW = Software TC = Technology TR = Travel TS = Transportation TY = Toy UN = Unique WT = Wooden Toy

SMART PLAY CATEGORY: Active Products = 8 Gifts = 1   Building Toys = 9  Creative Products = 7 Educational Products = 2 Games = 5 Socially Responsible Products = 4 Technology = 3 Toys = 1 ##

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 
Stevanne Auerbach, PhD /Dr.Toy
Consultant/Author/Speaker
Dr. Toy's Guide
San Francisco, CA
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