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Dr. Toy's 100 Best Toys and Gifts is Available Now
From:
Stevanne Auerbach -- Dr. Toy's Guide Stevanne Auerbach -- Dr. Toy's Guide
San Francisco, CA
Thursday, November 17, 2016

 

 

For Immediate Release                                                                                

Media Contact: Greg Walsh /Walsh Public Relations T: 203-292-6280; greg@walshpr.com

 

Dr. Toy® Announces 100 Best Toys Games and Children's Products of 2016

Ultimate Guide to the Best Toys, games and Children's Products!

An Opportunity to be of Service to Families and Schools for 25 years!

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 17, 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, safe and fun experiences for our children (and adults) 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. Dr. Toy is working to create a new International Toy Museum in the East Bay; She seeks support from collectors, companies and sponsors to recreate the wondrous SF International Toy Museum which closed after the earthquake.

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. See also  Dr Toy's Guide Facebook 

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 Toys - Ateliers19 (Bizibots), CelebriDucks (Good Duck), DT (Discovery Toys) 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 (Discovery Toys) Learning Products (Hide inside Cottage), DT (Discovery Toys) 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), Xtraordin 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, Itay, 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)

 

 

 

Alphabetical Listing of Award Winning Companies

 

 

DR. TOY'S 100 BEST CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS FOR 2016

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

 

 

#

Company

Producrt Type Category

Age

  Price

 CustSrv#

www.

1.

Adora Dolls

Adora Baby Fairy TY 10

0 -12 yrs

$15.99

800-779-5335

adoradolls.com

2.

Alex Brands

ALEX Toys Knot-a-Quilt AC AS CP HM 7

8-12

$33.99

800-666-2539

alexbrands.com

3.

Amazing Toys

100+ Circuit Science CP SA GE TC 10

8-12

$47.00

800-654-6357

amazing-toys.com.hk

4.

Amazing Toys

Amazing Eco Ten CO CP ES GN 10

8-12

$39.90

800-654-6357

amazing-toys.com.hk

5.

Ann Williams

Kindness Kit AE CH CP 10

6-12

$19.99

248-977-5831

annwilliamsgroup.com

6.

Ann Williams

Rubber Band Game AE ID GE BG 5

8-12

$19.99

248-977-5831

annwilliamsgroup.com

7.

Art's Ideas

Jenga® GIANT™ AE ES GE OP 5

6-12

$99.95

310-424-4527

jengagiant.com

8.

Ateliers19

Bizibots AC CP GN WT 1

7-12

$40.00

415-205-4994

bizibots.com

9.

Baby Jack

Baby Jack Sensory Lovey ES LA MA PL 10

3-5

$27.95

866-745-2491

babyjackco.com

10.

Brain Games

Ice Cool BG CH GE UN 5

6-12

$39.95

800-444-3552

brain-games.com

11.

Brybelly

Story Time Dice: Fairy Tales BO FP GE LA 5

6-12

$9.99

800-926-7241

brybelly.com

12.

Brybelly

Story Time Dice: Scary Tales BO FP GE LA 10

6-12

$9.99

800-926-7241

brybelly.com

13.

Buffalo Games

Silly Street the Game BG GE 5

4-8

$19.99

855-895-4290

buffalogames.com

14.

Build & Imagine

Career Dolls CP DO SA SR 7

4-8

$14.99

415-265-0299

buildandimagine.com

15.

CelebriDucks

Good Duck AE OP GN BA 1

0 -12

$11.99

415-456-3452

celebriducks.com

16.

Discovery Toys

Hide Inside Cottage TY 10

9 mo-3

$45.00

800-341-8697

discoverytoys.net

17.

Discovery Toys

School House Play Tent CH FP 10

3-10

$100.00

800-341-8697

discoverytoys.net

18.

Discovery Toys

Sensory Sights TY 1

0-2

$25.00

800-341-8697

discoverytoys.net

19.

Doll Kind

Fair Doll CT DO FP SR 4

3-12

$59.00

504-214-3003

thedollkind.com

20.

DuneCraft

Butterfly Glamour Dome CF GN SA SC 2

8-12

$24.99

800-306-4168

dunecraft.com

21.

Epic! Creations

Epic! BO IN LA SR 4

0-12 yr

$4.99

620-255-4849

getepic.com

22.

EQtainment

Q-Time Buddy ES ID PL TY 10

0-5

$19.99

512-537-2192

eqtainment.com

23.

EQtainment

Q's on the Go Pack AE CP ES GE 10

3-8

$12.99

512-537-2192

eqtainment.com

24.

EQtainment

Q's Race to the Top AE CH GE CT 5

3-8

$24.99

512-537-2192

eqtainment.com

25.

Folkmanis

Monarch Life Cycle Puppet AE FP SC PU 1

3-12

$39.99

800-654-8922

folkmanis.com

26.

Green Kids Club

Shark and the Volcano BO ES SR GN 4

4-10

$9.99

208-881-5184

greenkidsclub.com

27.

Green Toys

Rescue Boat & Helicopter BA GN EC TY 4

2-6

$34.99

415-839-9971

greentoys.com

28.

Griddly Games

Just Add Sun CF CP SA EC

8-12

$25.98

604-249-5020

griddlygames.com

29.

Hide and Seek

Hide & Seek Plush BO ES GE MM 10

1-5

$24.95

800-921-4976

hideandseektoy.com

30.

Horizon Group

Creatify@Playhouse CP DH FP WT 7

6-12

$16.99

800-651-0616

horizongroupusa.com

31.

Horizon Group

It's So Me Braid-tastic! AS CF CP HM 10

6-9

$14.99

800-651-0616

horizongroupusa.com

32.

Horizon Group

Kinetix Code Bands CH CF CP SA 10

6-9

$9.99

800-651-0616

horizongroupusa.com

33.

Horizon Group

Kinetix Neon Light Board CO CP EL TC 9

6-9

$19.99

800-651-0616

horizongroupusa.com

34.

Horizon Group

ThinkBox Forensic Science AE HO SA SC 10

8-12

$14.99

800-651-0616

horizongroupusa.com

35.

Kid O

Myland Houseboat BA SA TC UN 10

2-12

$45.00

212-366-5858

kidotoys.com

36.

Kinderfeets

Tiny Tot Bamboo AE GN OP SR 8

12-24 mo

$100.00

415-738-4820

kinderfeets.com

37.

Le Toy Van

TV292 Doctor's Set OT UN 4

3-7

$50.00

 

letoyvan.com

38.

LeapFrog

Count Along Register CP ES MA SC 2

2-5

$24.99

800-701-5327

leapfrog.com

39.

LeapFrog

LeapStart ES GG LA SA 2

2-7

$39.99

800-701-5327

leapfrog.com

40.

LeapFrog

Learn & Groove Musical Mat AE ES ID ML 8

2-5

$29.99

800-701-5327

leapfrog.com

41.

LeapFrog

Melody the Musical Turtle AE ID ES GE 5

2-5

$19.99

800-701-5327

leapfrog.com

42.

LEGO Systems

31050 Creator Corner Deli CO TY 9

8-12

$39.99

860-749-2291

lego.com

43.

littleBits

Gizmos & Gadgets Kit CO EL HO SA 9

8-12

$199.95

917-464-4577

littlebits.cc

44.

littleBits

Rule Your Room AE CO ES SA 9

8-12

$99.95

917-464-4577

littlebits.cc

45.

Luke's Toy Factory

EcoTruck Fire Truck CO EC GN SR 9

3-6

$22.95

888-391-5488

lukestoyfactory.com

46.

Magformers

WOW 16pc Set CO ES TY 9

3-12

$49.99

877-817-4574

magformers.com

47.

Manhattan Toy

Winkel™ NO TY TR UN 1

0 -12 mo

$14.00

800-541-1345

manhattantoy.com

48.

MasterPieces Puzzle

Panoramic Stadium Puzzles CO SR EC PZ 9

10-12

$19.99

520-741-1315

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

mgae.com

50.

MGA/Little Tikes

Project Mc2 H2O RC Car CP EL SA TC 7

6-12

$69.99

800-222-4685

mgae.com

51.

MGA/Little Tikes

Turtle Sandbox AE OP 10

1-6

$59.99

800-222-4685

mgae.com

52.

Moodsters

Feelings Flashlight ID OP BO TY 4

18 mo-7

$19.99

212-584-4311

themoodsters.com

53.

Moodsters

Meter ID OP BO TY 10

18 mos-7

$19.99

212-584-4311

themoodsters.com

54.

Moodsters

Mirror ID OP BO TY 10

18 mo-7

$19.99

212-584-4311

themoodsters.com

55.

My Gnome

Gnome Family Adventure Kit AE CR ES TR 8

3-12

$59.97

844-694-6663

mygnomeontheroam.com

56.

MySelfie

BuppaLaPaloo CP ES PL SR 7

2-7

$29.95

818-876-0386

buppabear.com

57.

Newmero

Joy of Numbers ES GE SA SC 2

3-9

$53.00

+45 2877 3907

newmero.dk

58.

Not Parent Approved

Not Parent Approved CG ID LA NO 10

8-12

$24.99

310-740-6630

notparentapproved.com

59.

NSI Int'l

3D Coin Art CP GG HO PZ 10

8-12

$19.99

888-425-9113

nsi-intonline.com

60.

NSI Int'l

Smithsonian Plasma Ball ES MA SA EL 8

8-12

$29.99

888-425-9113

nsi-intonline.com

61.

NSI Int'l

Smithsonian Projector ID HO SA EL 2

8-12

$39.99

888-425-9113

nsi-intonline.com

62.

NSI Int'l

Super Wubble AE PT EQ TY 8

3-12

$19.99

888-425-9113

nsi-intonline.com

63.

Office Oxygen

Gyrobi CH NO UN SR CT 10

3-12

$3.95

800-296-2812

officeoxygen.com

64.

Office Oxygen

Loopeez CH NO UN SR CT 4

3-12

$3.95

800-296-2812

officeoxygen.com

65.

OWI

Hydraulic Arm Edge CO ES SA TC 1

10-12

$49.95

310-515-6800

owirobot.com

66.

Paper Trax Toys

Paper Trax Super Pack AE CO GN SC 9

3-12

$24.99

310-872-0303

papertraxtoys.com

67.

Piper

Piper Computer Kit ES SA EG TC 10

7-12

$299.00

415-857-5021

playpiper.com

68.

Preschool of Rock

Michael & Rockness Monsters CE MM 10

2-9

$9.99

732-205-1971

michaelandtherocknessmonsters.com

68.

Quadro

Quadro Ultimate AP CO EQ OP 9

1-8

$599.99

 

quadroworld.com

70.

SAVVi

Bathtub Coloring Kit AC BA CP TY 7

3-6

$15.00

866-297-2884

savvistuff.com

71.

Schleich

Rider Horses Accessories AE CP ID NO 8

3-12

$99.00

888-269-0826

schleich-s.com

72.

Schoenhut Piano

18 Key Mini Grand AE CP ML  TY 1

3-12

$79.95

888-414-2739

toypiano.com

73.

SimplyFun

Archery Dice ES GE BG 5

7-12

$26.00

877-557-7767

simplyfun.com

74.

SmartNoggin

NogginRings ES TY 2

0-12

$18.99

301-895-4608

smartnoggintoys.com

75.

Square Panda

Phonics Playset ES EG LA TC 2

18 mo-8

$119.00

877-807-2632

squarepanda.com

76.

Storey Publishing

Farmers Market Book BO CP CF FP 7

4-12

$14.95

800-827-7444

storey.com

77.

SVAN

S.S. Ahoy Surprise Stacker CP ES PZ WT 2

18 mo-5

$44.99

855-297-9516

svan.com

78.

Tactic Games

Beanie Boos Domino Game CH ES GE TY 2

4-12

$15.00

216-288-0087

tactic.net

79.

Tactic Games

Colorology CH ES BG TY 5

8-12

$19.99

216-288-0087

tactic.net

80.

Tactic Games

We Detectives CH ES GE SR 5

7-12

$19.99

216-288-0087

tactic.net

81.

Teeth Fairies

A Baby Teeth Tradition BO ES FP PL 4

4-12

$39.99

401-524-6027

teethfairies.com

82.

Toy State

Barbie™ Convertible AE CH TS TY 10

3-12

$34.99

857-300-2057

toystate.com

83.

Toy State

Nikko VelociTrax™ AE CH TS TY 8

8-12

$39.99

857-300-2057

toystate.com

84.

Toy State

Road Rippers Dino Hauler™ AE CH TS TY 1

3-12

$19.99

857-300-2057

toystate.com

85.

TreePod

Hanging Treehouses AE EQ OP 8

6-12

$325.00

303-443-0163

mytreepod.com

86.

Tucker Toys

E-Z Grip Balls AE TY 1

2-12

$12.99

609-438-9800

tuckertoys.com

87.

Tucker Toys

Trick Shot Sports AE CP TY 10

3-12

$9.99

609-438-9800

trickshotsports.com

88.

Two of a Kind

We're All Together AT CE ML MM 10

3-10

$14.98

215-782-8258

twoofakind.com

89.

UnitedHealthcare

Digit'Y Do CH ID GE SR 4

8-12

$24.95

855-698-4223

uhccf.org

90.

USAOPOLY

Telestrations® Original BG GE 10

1-12

$29.95

888-876-7659

usaopoly.com

91.

Victoria Chart

Let's Eat Together Placemat AP CP ES SR 10

3-12

$12.50

727-466-4719

victoriachartcompany.com

92.

VTech

Bizzy Bot™ CP LA ML TC 7

2-5

$24.99

800-521-2010

vtechkids.com

93.

VTech

Go! Go! Smart Friends® AE DO DH FP 8

1.5-5

$59.99

800-521-2010

vtechkids.com

94.

VTech

Touch & Learn Desk™ EL EQ ES TC 2

2-5

$54.99

800-521-2010

vtechkids.com

95.

Wild Republic

Creations Jewelry AS NO SC SR 4

3-12

$4.00

800-800-9678

kmtoys.com

96.

Wild Republic

Huggers CH NO PL TY 7

3 mo-8

$7.99

800-800-9678

kmtoys.com

97.

Wonderhood

Corner Shops CO CP ES SA 7

5-10

$29.99

800-205-6129

wonderhoodtoys.com

98.

Wonderhood

Grand Hotel CO CP ES SA 9

5-10

$59.99

800-205-6129

wonderhoodtoys.com

99.

Xtraordin Air Toys

Lumi-Niter® Disk Kit AE OP PT UN 10

7-12

$17.99

312-656-7890

flitebynite.com

100.

Yvolution

NEON Street Rollers AE OP TS TY 1

6-12

$29.99

855-981-7177

yvolution.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

 

 

 "SMART" PLAY CATEGORY:

Active Products = 8                                                  Creative Products = 7                                                    Socially Responsible Products = 4

Building Toys = 9                                                     Educational Products = 2                                              Toys = 1

Children's Products = 10                                         Games = 5                                                                        Additional 100 Best Gift Selections

 

 

 

 

 

DR. TOY'S BEST CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS BY CATEGORY

FOR 2016

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

 

 

BEST ACTIVE

Company

Product Type Category

Age

Price

CustSrv

www.

Kinderfeets

Kinderfeets Tiny Tot Bamboo AE GN OP SR

12 -24 mo

$100.00

415-738-4820

kinderfeets.com

LeapFrog

Learn & Groove Musical Mat AE ES ID ML

2-5

$29.99

800-701-5327

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

mgae.com

My Gnome

Gnome Family Adventure Kit AE CR ES TR

3-12

$59.97

844-694-6663

mygnomeontheroam.com

NSI Int'l

Smithsonian Plasma Ball ES MA SA EL

8-12

$29.99

888-425-9113

nsi-intonline.com

NSI Int'l

Super Wubble AE PT EQ TY

3-12

$19.99

888-425-9113

nsi-intonline.com

Schleich

Rider Horses Accessories AE CP ID NO

3-12

$99.00

888-269-0826

schleich-s.com

Toy State

Nikko VelociTrax™ AE CH TS TY

8-12

$39.99

857-300-2057

toystate.com

TreePod

Hanging Treehouses AE EQ OP

6-12

$325.00

303-443-0163

mytreepod.com

VTech

Go! Go! Smart Friends® AE DO DH FP

1.5-5

$59.99

800-521-2010

vtechkids.com

 

BEST BUILDING

Company

Product Type

Age

Price

CustSrv#

www.

Horizon Group

Kinetix Neon Light Board CO CP EL TC

6-9

$19.99

800-651-0616

horizongroupusa.com

LEGO Systems

31050 Creator Corner Deli CO TY

8-12

$39.99

860-749-2291

lego.com

littleBits

Gizmos & Gadgets Kit CO EL HO SA

8-12

$199.95

917-464-4577

littlebits.cc

littleBits

Rule Your Room AE CO ES SA

8-12

$99.95

917-464-4577

littlebits.cc

Luke's Toy Factory

EcoTruck Fire Truck CO EC GN SR

3-6

$22.95

888-391-5488

lukestoyfactory.com

Magformers

WOW 16pc Set CO ES TY

3-12

$49.99

877-817-4574

magformers.com

MasterPieces Puzzle

Panoramic Stadium Puzzles CO SR EC PZ

10-12

$19.99

520-741-1315

masterpiecesinc.com

Paper Trax Toys

Paper Trax Super Pack AE CO GN SC

3-12

$24.99

310-872-0303

papertraxtoys.com

Quadro

Quadro Ultimate AP CO EQ OP

1-8

$599.99

 

quadroworld.com

Wonderhood

Wonderhood Grand Hotel CO CP ES SA

5-10

$59.99

800-205-6129

wonderhoodtoys.com

 

BEST CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS

Company

Product Type Category

Age

Price

CustSrv

www.

Amazing Toys

100+ Circuit Science CP SA GE TC

8-12

$47.00

800-654-6357

amazing-toys.com.hk

Amazing Toys

Amazing Eco Ten CO CP ES GN

8-12

$39.90

800-654-6357

amazing-toys.com.hk

Ann Williams

Kindness Kit AE CH CP

6-12

$19.99

248-977-5831

annwilliamsgroup.com

EQtainment

Q's on the Go Pack AE CP ES GE 1

3-8

$12.99

512-537-2192

eqtainment.com

Horizon Group

It's So Me Braid-tastic! AS CF CP HM

6-9

$14.99

800-651-0616

horizongroupusa.com

Horizon Group

Kinetix Code Bands CH CF CP SA

6-9

$9.99

800-651-0616

horizongroupusa.com

MGA/Little Tikes

Turtle Sandbox AE OP 1

12 mo-6

$59.99

800-222-4685

mgae.com

NSI Int'l

3D Coin Art CP GG HO PZ 1

8-12

$19.99

888-425-9113

nsi-intonline.com

Tucker Toys

Trick Shot Sports AE CP TY 1

3-12

$9.99

609-438-9800

trickshotsports.com

Victoria Chart

Let's Eat Together Placemat AP CP ES SR 1

3-12

$12.50

727-466-4719

victoriachartcompany.com

 

BEST CREATIVE

Company

Product Type Category

Age

Price

CustSrv

www.

Alex Brands

ALEX Toys Knot-a-Quilt AC AS CP HM

8-12

$33.99

800-666-2539

alexbrands.com

Build & Imagine

Career Dolls CP DO SA SR

4-8

$14.99

415-265-0299

buildandimagine.com

Horizon Group

Creatify@Playhouse CP DH FP WT

6-12

$16.99

800-651-0616

horizongroupusa.com

MGA/Little Tikes

Project Mc2 H2O RC Car CP EL SA TC

6-12

$69.99

800-222-4685

mgae.com

MySelfie

BuppaLaPaloo CP ES PL SR

2-7

$29.95

818-876-0386

buppabear.com

SAVVi

Bathtub Coloring Kit AC BA CP TY

3-6

$15.00

866-297-2884

savvistuff.com

Storey Publishing

Farmers Market Activity Book BO CP CF FP

4-12

$14.95

800-827-7444

storey.com

VTech

Bizzy the Mix & Move Bot™ CP LA ML TC

2-5

$24.99

800-521-2010

vtechkids.com

Wild Republic

Huggers CP NO PL TY

3mo-8y

$7.99

800-800-9678

kmtoys.com

Wonderhood

Wonderhood Corner Shops CO CP ES SA

5-10

$29.99

800-205-6129

wonderhoodtoys.com

 

BEST EDUCATIONAL

Company

Product Type Category

Age

Price

CustSrv#

www.

DuneCraft

Butterfly Glamour Dome CF GN SA SC

8-12

$24.99

800-306-4168

dunecraft.com

LeapFrog

Count Along Register CP ES MA SC

2-5

$24.99

800-701-5327

leapfrog.com

LeapFrog

LeapStart ES GG LA SA

2-7

$39.99

800-701-5327

leapfrog.com

Newmero

Joy of Numbers ES GE SA SC

3-9

$53.00

 

newmero.dk

NSI Int'l

Smithsonian Projector ID HO SA EL

8-12

$39.99

888-425-9113

nsi-intonline.com

SmartNoggin

NogginRings Reaching & Grasping Rings ES TY

0-12

$18.99

301-895-4608

smartnoggintoys.com

Square Panda

Phonics Playset ES EG LA TC

18 mo-8

$119.00

877-807-2632

squarepanda.com

SVAN

S.S. Ahoy Surprise Stacker CP ES PZ WT

18 mo-5

$44.99

855-297-9516

svan.com

Tactic Games

Beanie Boos Domino Game CH ES GE TY

4-12

$15.00

216-288-0087

tactic.net

VTech

Touch & Learn Activity Desk™ Deluxe EL EQ ES TC

2-5

$54.99

800-521-2010

vtechkids.com

 

BEST GAMES

Company

Product Type Category

Age

Price

CustSrv

www.

Ann Williams

Rubber Band Game AE ID GE BG

8-12

$19.99

248-977-5831

annwilliamsgroup.com

Art's Ideas

Jenga® GIANT™ AE ES GE OP

6-12

$99.95

310-424-4527

jengagiant.com

Brain Games

Ice Cool BG CH GE UN

6-12

$39.95

800-444-3552

brain-games.com

Brybelly

Story Time Dice: Fairy Tales BO FP GE LA

6-12

$9.99

800-926-7241

brybelly.com

Buffalo Games

Silly Street the Game BG GE

4-8

$19.99

855-895-4290

buffalogames.com

EQtainment

Q's Race to the Top AE CH GE CT

3-8

$24.99

512-537-2192

eqtainment.com

LeapFrog

Melody the Musical Turtle AE ID ES GE

2-5

$19.99

800-701-5327

leapfrog.com

SimplyFun

Archery Dice ES GE BG

7-12

$26.00

877-557-7767

simplyfun.com

Tactic Games

Colorology CH ES BG TY

8-12

$19.99

216-288-0087

tactic.net

Tactic Games

We Detectives CH ES GE SR

7-12

$19.99

216-288-0087

tactic.net

 

BEST SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE

Company

Product Type

Age

Price

CustSrv#

www.

Doll Kind

Fair Doll CT DO FP SR

3-12

$59.00

504-214-3003

thedollkind.com

Epic! Creations

Epic! BO IN LA SR

0-12

$4.99

620-255-4849

getepic.com

Green Kids Club

Shark and the Volcano BO ES SR GN EC

4-10

$9.99

208-881-5184

greenkidsclub.com

Green Toys

Rescue Boat & Helicopter BA GN EC TY

2-6

$34.99

415-839-9971

greentoys.com

Le Toy Van

TV292 Doctor's Set OT UN

3-7

$50.00

 

letoyvan.com

Moodsters

Moodster Feelings Flashlight ID OP BO TY

18 mo-7

$19.99

212-584-4311

themoodsters.com

Office Oxygen

Loopeez CH NO UN SR CT

3-12

$3.95

800-296-2812

officeoxygen.com

Teeth Fairies

A Baby Teeth Tradition BO ES FP PL

4-12

$39.99

401-524-6027

teethfairies.com

UnitedHealthcare

Digit'Y Do CH ID GE SR

8-12 yr

$24.95

855-698-4223

uhccf.org

Wild Republic

Creations Jewelry AS NO SC SR

3-12

$4.00

800-8010-9678

kmtoy.com

 

BEST TOYS

Company

Product Type Category

Age

Price

CustSrv

www.

Ateliers19

Bizibots AC CP GN WT

7-12

$40.00

415-205-4994

bizibots.com

CelebriDucks

Good Duck AE OP GN BA

0-12 yrs

$11.99

415-456-3452

celebriducks.com

Discovery Toys

Sensory Sights TY

0-2

$25.00

800-341-8697

discoverytoys.net

Folkmanis

Monarch Life Cycle Puppet AE FP SC PU

3-12

$39.99

800-654-8922

folkmanis.com

Manhattan Toy

Winkel™ NO TY TR UN

0-12 mo

$14.00

800-541-1345

manhattantoy.com

OWI

Hydraulic Arm Edge CO ES SA TC

10-12

$49.95

310-515-6800

owirobot.com

Schoenhut Piano

18 Key Mini Grand AE CP ML  TY

3-12

$79.95

888-414-2739

toypiano.com

Toy State

Road Rippers Dino Hauler™ AE CH TS TY

3-12

$19.99

857-300-2057

toystate.com

Tucker Toys

E-Z Grip Balls AE TY

2-12

$12.99

609-438-9800

tuckertoys.com

Yvolution

NEON Street Rollers AE OP TS TY

6-12

$29.99

855-981-7177

yvolution.com

 

Additional 100 Best Gift Selections

Company

Product Type Category

Age

Price

CustSrv#

www.

Adora Dolls

Adora Baby Fairy TY

0-12 yrs

$15.99

800-779-5335

adoradolls.com

Baby Jack

Baby Jack Sensory Lovey ES LA MA PL

3-5

$27.95

866-745-2491

babyjackco.com

Brybelly

Story Time Dice: Scary Tales BO FP GE LA

6-12

$9.99

800-926-7241

brybelly.com

Discovery Toys

Hide Inside Cottage TY

9 mo-3

$45.00

800-341-8697

discoverytoys.net

Discovery Toys

School House Play Tent CH FP

3-10

$100.00

800-341-8697

discoverytoys.net

EQtainment

Q-Time Buddy ES ID PL TY

0-5

$19.99

512-537-2192

eqtainment.com

Griddly Games

Just Add Sun CF CP SA EC

8-12

$25.98

604-249-5020

griddlygames.com

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek Plush BO ES GE MM

12 mo-5

$24.95

800-921-4976

hideandseektoy.com

Horizon Group

ThinkBox Forensic Science AE HO SA SC

8-12

$14.99

800-651-0616

horizongroupusa.com

Kid O

Myland Houseboat BA SA TC UN

2-12

$45.00

212-366-5858

kidotoys.com

Moodsters

Meter ID OP BO TY

18 mo-7

$19.99

212-584-4311

themoodsters.com

Moodsters

Mirror ID OP BO TY

18 mo-7

$19.99

212-584-4311

themoodsters.com

Not Parent Approved

Not Parent Approved CG ID LA NO

8-12

$24.99

310-740-6630

notparentapproved.com

Office Oxygen

Gyrobi CH NO UN SR CT

3-12

$3.95

800-296-2812

officeoxygen.com

Piper Inc

Piper Computer Kit ES SA EG TC

7-12

$299.00

415-857-5021

playpiper.com

Preschool of Rock

Michael & Rockness Monsters CE MM

2-9

$9.99

732-205-1971

michaelandtherocknessmonsters.com

Toy State

Barbie™ Convertible AE CH TS TY

3-12

$34.99

857-300-2057

toystate.com

Two of a Kind

We're All Together CE ML MM

3-10

$14.98

215-782-8258

twoofakind.com

USAOPOLY

Telestrations® Original BG GE

1-12

$29.95

888-876-7659

usaopoly.com

Xtraordin Air Toys

Lumi-Niter® Disk Kit AE OP PT UN

7-12

$17.99

312-656-7890

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

 

 

"SMART" PLAY CATEGORY:

 

Active Products = 8

Building Toys = 9

Children's Products = 10

Creative Products = 7

Educational = 2

Games = 5

Socially Responsible = 4

Toys = 1

Additional Best 100 Gift Selection

 

 

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