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Dr.Toy Celebrates 26th Year of Best Picks
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Stevanne Auerbach -- Dr. Toy's Guide Stevanne Auerbach -- Dr. Toy's Guide
San Francisco , CA
Monday, November 26, 2018

 

San Francisco, CA (November 26, 2018) The Dr. Toy's Best Picks Children's Products Awards Report 2018 ® is now available to parents, teachers, and others in the online magazine, Dr. Toy's Guide. The Dr. Toy Best Picks Children's Products Award Program® was developed by noted play and child development authority, Stevanne Auerbach, PhD, (a.k.a. Dr. Toy) as a service to consumers who desire to purchase safe, affordable, educationally oriented, stimulating new smart toys and play products for children. The Best Picks Award began in 1992 by Dr. Toy in cooperation with the national publication, Early Childhood News, to recognize outstanding educational play products that deserve consideration and use at home and in school.

"As a childhood development, play, toys and learning specialist," says Dr. Toy, "I have seen the continuous, essential need for more year-round diverse resources for consumers to identify and choose the most appropriate, safe, and engaging learning and fun products for all children."

Dr. Toy reports that since the innovative online magazine Dr. Toy's Guide (the first website on toys on the Internet) has been available, "millions of visitors from around the world have easy access to our timely valued information." The website was the first online resource on the world wide web to inform about and evaluate toys, games, and children's products.

The report, "Dr. Toy's Best Picks for 2018," is being released to encourage parents and teachers to focus on the value of play as essential to the learning process."

Dr. Auerbach adds, "Smart play products selected from many excellent companies across the U.S.A., Canada, and other countries, provide children with exciting new developmentally appropriate tools to help them do better in school, and also provide more constructive activities after school." Dr. Toy believes "parents, grandparents and teachers need help to gain a head start locating new, diversified products that children will enjoy while increasing skills, enhancing instruction, and expanding imagination." The products selected are balanced among large and small companies and range from low to high tech for "hours of active, creative, educational, and stimulating fun."

"Children learn best through play," says Dr. Auerbach, "and these toys, games and products encourage children to maximize their potentials. This is a good time to 'take stock' and do an inventory of what your child is using for play, what is not used, and what is needed next for continued development." adds Dr. Toy.

Dr. Toy's Guide offers excellent ideas for choosing new products for use in learning, after school play, and during the holidays ahead. Dr. Toy's Best Picks were carefully chosen as worthy of attention from among hundreds that the Dr. Toy Team has reviewed at toy fairs, in catalogs, and through many other sources, and by using the extensive criteria Dr. Toy has developed over many years. Among the criteria used are: safety, age-appropriateness, design, durability, lasting play value, ecological, cultural and ethnic diversity, good transition from home to school, educational value, learning skills, creativity, improvement in the understanding of the community and the world, good value for price, and, naturally, fun. For complete information about these smart toys and products read the 2018 full report at www.drtoy.com. Dr. Toy selects products that include toys, active products, audio/visuals-video tapes/CDs/DVDs, creative products, educational products, games, socially responsible products, CD-ROMs, high tech, culturally relevant products, and more. Winning products are manufactured by established and new, large and small companies from around the world, including: Animoodles, Aurora World, b.dazzle, Banana Panda, Bizybeez, Bobby Susser Music, Candygrams, Cooperative Games, D & L Co., E-Blox, Golden Bell Studios, Green Toys, Griddly Games, Hansa Creations, Heroes Will Rise, Itty Bitty City, Kangaroo Mfg., Kellytoy, Kitki, Laser Pegs, Looney Labs, Maple Landmark, Miao Kids, NSI Int'l, OWI, Piccoli Horses, ReadySetz, Rival 5 Game, Serabeena, Sharingland, SmartFelt Toys, SmartLab Toys, Square Panda, Teknikio, Think Tank Scholar, Tralala Limited, Turing Tumble, Two Tons Media, and Whistlefritz.

These products were selected for additional recognition for their added value:

  • 10 Best Toys:

Animoodles (Animoodles), Aurora World (Little Pitter Pattern-Pup Rattle & Swaddle), b.dazzle (Cupcakes Scramble Squares® Puzzle), Banana Panda (Match the Baby Puzzles), E-Blox (Circuit Blox 115 Project Set), Green Toys (Tide Pool Bath Set), Kangaroo Mfg. (Pop-Oh_Ver Stove Set), NSI Int'l (Fuzzy Wubble), ReadySetz (Space Base Playset), Sharingland (Cardboard Playhouse Sets).

  • 10 Best Educational Products:

CooperativeGames.com (Baby Beluga Game), Golden Bell Studios (Keys to Capitals Board Game), Griddly Games (Just Add Sugar), Kellytoy (Squishmallows), Looney Labs (Pyramid Arcade), NSI Int'l (Smithsonian Robo Spider), OWI (Dodeca 12-in-1 Solar Hydraulic Robot), SmartLab Toys (Tiny Science), Square Panda (Square Panda Home Ed.), Whistlefritz (French Collection).

  • 10 Best Gifts:

Bobby Susser Music (Green Light), D & L Company (Junior Glow Stomp Rocket), Hansa Creations USA (Giraffe Medium), Heroes Will Rise (Rigamajig Junior), Itty Bitty City (Magnetic Wooden Blocks, 30-Pc), Laser Pegs Ventures (Mars Rocket), Maple Landmark (Rainmaker Rattle), SmartFelt Toys (My Little House), Teknikio (Activating Origami), Turing Tumble (Turing Tumble)

The Dr. Toy's Best Picks Award Report includes company customer service number, website URL, age range, price, full description of each product, and more. The award-winning, online magazine, Dr. Toy's Guide, features full color photos of each product, links to companies to learn more, interviews with and articles by Dr. Toy, plus hundreds of currently available products including: 100 Best, Best Classic, Best Vacation, and Best Green products. Over 6,000 outstanding products have been selected, evaluated and bestowed with Dr. Toy's Best Children's Product Awards since 1992. Dr. Toy's Best Picks (and the 10 Best Toys, 10 Best Educational Products, 10 Best Gifts) for 2018 are now available for play and learning at www.drtoy.com Interact with Dr. Toy on social media through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest

Interviews regarding recommended Dr. Toy's Best Picks 2018 can be arranged through Greg Walsh, Walsh PR (203-292-6280) greg@walshpr.com

Additional Points:

  • Dr. Toy's Guide lists resources on play, toys and parenting.
  • Dr. Toy presents the newest products to parents and teachers around the world.
  • Dr. Toy writes, speaks, and shares insights about the importance of toys, play, and learning.
  • All evaluated toys are donated to children.
  • Products and guidance information are available online.
  • Dr. Auerbach is the author of the 4th Edition of Dr. Toy's Smart Play/Smart Toys: How to Select and Use the Best Toys and Games (Regent Press), which provides useful tools to parents to enhance their child's P.Q (Play Quotient). The book, published in China, Croatia, Egypt, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and the USA, will soon be available in other countries.
  • Interviews with and about Dr. Toy have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and on radio and TV across the USA, and in Canada, and abroad in Dubai, Germany, Japan, Spain, and others.

About Dr. Toy:

Dr. Auerbach, a long-time resident of San Francisco, originally from New York City, lived in Washington, D.C., while working as a teacher, and then for the Department of Education where she approved the first proposal for "Sesame Street," evaluated Title One Programs, and established the first daycare center for children of federal employees. In San Francisco, she established the San Francisco International Toy Museum, the world's first "hands-on" toy museum visited by over 50,000 children. The author of 16 books, including The Toy Chest, Toys for a Lifetime, The Whole Child, Choosing Child Care, Confronting the Child Care Crises and hundreds of interviews and articles on toys and play. She is the only PhD in Child Development evaluating toys and children's products with extensive training, background, and over 50 years of experience evaluating, writing and speaking about toys and children's products. Dr. Auerbach is trained in child development, education, child psychology, and special education. She is an educator, consultant, parent, and playful grandparent. Her book, Dr. Toy's Smart Play/Smart Toys: How to Select and Use the Best Toys and Games (4th edition), published in 13 countries, may be obtained through Amazon and at other book/toy stores.

Dr. Toy® is a registered trademark of Dr. Toy LLC/Stevanne Auerbach, PhD.

© Stevanne Auerbach (2018). All rights reserved.

Alphabetical Listing of Award-Winning Companies and Products

 

 

 

DR. TOY'S 2018 BEST PICKS CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS

Selected by Stevanne Auerbach, PhD (Dr. Toy)

 

 

#

Company

Product Name, Type, Top10

Age

Price

CustServ#

URL

1

Animoodles

Animoodles AE CH CO TY 1

0-3

$25.00

650-542-9332

theanimoodles.com

2

Aurora World

Little Pitter Pattern ID CH UN TY PL 1

0-6 mos

$20.00

888-287-6722

auroragift.com

3

b. dazzle

Cupcakes Scramble Squares® CP ES PZ 1

4-12

$12.99

800-809-4242

b-dazzle.com

4

b. dazzle

Hearts Scramble Squares® CG CT PZ SR

4-12

$12.99

800-809-4242

b-dazzle.com

5

Banana Panda

Match Baby Puzzles CO ES BG TY PZ 1

18 mos-3

$16.99

856-720-0580

bananapanda.com

6

Banana Panda

Suuuper Size Memory Game NO ES BG

2-5

$21.99

856-720-0580

bananapanda.com

7

Banana Panda

Way I See It Flash Cards CH ES BO CG

0-12 mos

$16.99

856-720-0580

bananapanda.com

8

Bizybeez

MagStix CH CO ES SC SA

3-8

$69.99

801-895-4838

bizybeez.com

9

Bobby Susser Music

Green Light AE CH DD ML MM 3

2-8

$12.97

516-466-6040

bobbysusser.com

10

Candygrams

Candygrams ES LA GE

7-12

$24.99

571-263-4511

candygrams.com

11

CooperativeGames.com

Baby Beluga Game UN ES GG SA GN 3

3-10

$34.95

800-328-1050

cooperativegames.com

12

D & L Co.

Dueling Stomp Rocket AE HO ES SA TY

6-12

$21.00

800-632-8869

stomprocket.com

13

D & L Co.

Junior Glow Stomp Rocket AE ES SA TY 3

3-12

$14.99

800-632-8869

stomprocket.com

14

D & L Co.

Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes AE HO SA TY

5-12

$29.99

800-632-8869

stomprocket.com

15

E-Blox

Circuit Blox 115 Project Set CO ES 1

8-12

$32.99

855-693-2569

myeblox.com

16

Golden Bell Studios

Keys to Capitals Board Game ES GG SR 2

7-12

$24.95

855-271-6621

goldenbellstudios.com

17

Golden Bell Studios

Marshfellows Stuffed Toys AE CH CP PL

0 mo-12

$24.95

855-271-6621

goldenbellstudios.com

18

Golden Bell Studios

Movie Buff Card Game CP AR GE CE MM

10-12

$24.95

855-271-6621

goldenbellstudios.com

19

Golden Bell Studios

Pretending to Grownup Game CP CG CE

12-12

$29.95

855-271-6621

goldenbellstudios.com

20

Green Toys

Tide Pool Bath Set EC GN SR PT 1

6 mo-12

$19.99

877-412-7467

greentoys.com

21

Griddly Games

Just Add Sugar CP ES SA SR EC 2

8-12

$24.95

604-249-5020

griddlygames.com

22

Hansa Creations

Giraffe Medium AE CH SR TY PL 3

3-12

$195.00

844-888-0694

HansaCreationUSA.com

23

Heroes Will Rise

Rigamajig Junior AE EQ CO CP ES 3

5-12

$395.00

202-464-6088

rigamajig.com

24

Itty Bitty City

Magnetic Wood Blocks–30 Pc CO SA WT 3

3-5

$49.99

417-202-2025

ittybitty.city

25

Itty Bitty City

Magnetic Wooden–Cat/Dog CO SA WT

3-5

$19.99

417-202-2025

ittybitty.city

26

Kangaroo Mfg.

Pop-Oh-Ver Counter Top Set AE FP TY

3-12

$39.95

480-566-8686

kangaroomfg.com

27

Kangaroo Mfg.

Pop-Oh-Ver Stove Set AE CH AS FP TY 1

3-12

$39.95

480-566-8686

kangaroomfg.com

28

Kellytoy

Squishmallow AE CH FP PL 2

0-12

$2.99

323-432-5800

squishmallows

29

Kitki

Three Sticks ID CP CP GE BG

8-12

$35.00

+91 7382717816

kitki.in

30

Laser Pegs

Fire's Fury CO EL ES FP SA

6-12

$44.99

941-371-0909

laserpegs.com

31

Laser Pegs

Mars Rocket CO EL ES FP SA 3

7-12

$69.99

941-371-0909

laserpegs.com

32

Looney Labs

Get the MacGuffin GE CG SR CT EC

8-12

$10.00

301-441-1019

looneylabs.com/edu

33

Looney Labs

Nanofictionary ES BO LA SA GE TR

8-12

$16.00

301-441-1019

looneylabs.com/edu

34

Looney Labs

Pyramid Arcade CP ES MA SA BG 2

8-12

$77.00

301-441-1019

looneylabs.com/edu

35

Maple Landmark

Rainmaker Rattle SR EC GN OR TY 3

0-2

$17.50

800-421-4223

maplelandmark.com

36

MiaoKids

MiaoKids Smart Kit ES SA EG TC EL

2-8

$79.00

+86 18518208646

http://miaokids.com

37

MiaoKids

MiaoKids Wonder Math ES SA EG AA TC

2-8

$0.01

+86 18518208646

http://miaokids.com

38

NSI Int'l

Fuzzy Wubble AE CH NO PL TY 1

4-12

$17.99

888-425-9113

nsi-intonline.com

39

NSI Int'l

Laser X Fusion AE EQ FP EG TC EL

6-12

$79.99

888-425-9113

nsi-intonline.com

40

NSI Int'l

Smithsonian Fingerprint Kit AE HO ES SA

6-12

$14.99

888-425-9113

nsi-intonline.com

41

NSI Int'l

Smithsonian Robo Spider FP CO SA TC 2

6-12

$14.99

888-425-9113

nsi-intonline.com

42

OWI

Dodeca SolarHydraulic Robot HM CO CR 2

8-12

$33.95

310-515-6800

owirobot.com

43

OWI

OWI-893 KIKO.893 HO CO SC SR

8-12

$43.95

310-515-6800

owirobot.com

44

Piccoli Horses

Piccoli Horses FP ES LA MM PL

3- 12

$30.00

859-469-4343

piccolihorses.com

45

ReadySetz

Space Base Playset AE FP EC SR DH 1

3-12

$65.00

949-429-8687

readysetz.com

46

ReadySetz

Urban Playset 2.0 AE FP SR EC DH

3-12

$65.00

949-429-8687

readysetz.com

47

Rival 5 Game

Number Strategy Game CP MA SA BG

9-12

$39.99

717-917-5471

rival5game.com

48

Serabeena

Bracelet Making Kit HM HO AC TY

4-8

$19.99

00 852 8191 5577

serabeena.com

49

Sharingland

Cardboard Playhouse Sets FP CO SA 1

3-8

$99.99

513-808-5588

sharingland.com

50

SmartFelt Toys

My Little House AE CH ES TY 3

2-5

$34.99

818-822-5269

smartfelttoys.com

51

SmartLab Toys

Tiny Science CP EQ ES SA SC 2

8-12

$19.99

425-822-1950

smartlabtoys.com

52

Square Panda

Square Panda Home Ed. ES AA EG TC 2

2-8

$59.95

877-807-2632

squarepanda.com

53

Teknikio

Activating Origami UN CO CP ES SA 3

8-12

$24.00

718-773-8301

teknikio.com

54

Think Tank Scholar

500+Sight Words Flash Cards ES LA CG

3-9

$25.00

310-801-4959

thinktankscholar.com

55

Tralala Limited

LalaBoom Educ.Beads AE CO ES SR TY

10 mos-3

$29.95

0085269085698

lalaboom.toys

56

Turing Tumble

Turing Tumble CO ES SA BG PZ 3

8-12

$69.95

651-231-0617

turingtumble.com

57

Two Tons Media

Reindeer in Here CH FP ES BO PL

1 mo-10

$29.99

310-308-6810

reindeerinhere.com

58

Whistlefritz

French Collection ES LA MM CT ML 2

2-7

$89.99

301-466-3937

whistlefritz.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

    DR. TOY'S 2018 BEST PICKS  BY CATEGORY

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

 

 

10 BEST TOYS

Company

Product Type

Age

Price

CustSrv

www.

Animoodles

Animoodles AE CH CO TY

0-3

$25.00

650-542-9332

theanimoodles.com

Aurora World

Little Pitter Pattern Pup Rattle & Swaddle CH UN TY PL

0-6 mos

$20.00

888-287-6722

auroragift.com

b. dazzle

Cupcakes Scramble Squares® Puzzle CH CP ES PZ

4-12

$12.99

800-809-4242

b-dazzle.com

Banana Panda

Match the Baby Puzzles CO ES BG TY PZ

18 mos-3

$16.99

856-720-0580

bananapanda.com

E-Blox

Circuit Blox 115 Project Set CO ES

8-12

$32.99

855-693-2569

myeblox.com

Green Toys

Tide Pool Bath Set EC GN SR TY PT

6 mo-12

$19.99

877-412-7467

greentoys.com

Kangaroo Mfg

Pop-Oh-Ver Stove Set AE CH AS FP TY

3-12

$39.95

480-566-8686

kangaroomfg.com

NSI International

Fuzzy Wubble AE CH NO PL TY

4-12

$17.99

888-425-9113

nsi-intonline.com

ReadySetz LLC

ReadySetz Space Base Playset AE FP EC SR DH

3-12

$65.00

949-429-8687

readysetz.com

Sharingland

Cardboard Playhouse Sets AE CS FP CO SA

3-8

$99.99

513-808-5588

sharingland.com

 

10 BEST EDUCATIONAL PRODUCTS

Company

Product Type Category

Age

Price

CustSrv#

www.

CooperativeGames.com

Baby Beluga Game UN ES GG SA GN

3-10

$34.95

800-328-1050

cooperativegames.com

Golden Bell Studios

Keys to Capitals Board Game CH ES GG BG SR

3-10

$34.95

800-328-1050

cooperativegames.com

Griddly Games

Just Add Sugar CF ES SA SR EC

8-12

$24.95

604-249-5020

griddlygames.com

Kellytoy

Squishmallows AE CH FP PL

0-12

$2.99

323-432-5800

squishmallows

Looney Labs

Pyramid Arcade CP ES MA SA BG

8-12

$77.00

301-441-1019

looneylabs.com/edu

NSI Int'l

Smithsonian Robo Spider FP HO CO SA TC

6-12

$14.99

888-425-9113

nsi-intonline.com

OWI

Dodeca 12-in-1 SolarHydraulic Robot HM CO CR ES EC

8-12

$33.95

310-515-6800

owirobot.com

SmartLab Toys

Tiny Science CP EQ ES SA SC

8-12

$19.99

425-822-1950

smartlabtoys.com

Square Panda

Square Panda Home Ed. ES LA AA EG TC

2-8

$59.95

877-807-2632

squarepanda.com

Whistlefritz

French Collection ES LA MM CT ML

2-7

$89.99

301-466-3937

whistlefritz.com

 

10 BEST GIFTS

Company

Product Type Category

Age

Price

CustSrv#

www.

Bobby Susser Music

Green Light AE CH DD ML MM

2-8

$12.97

516-466-6040

bobbysusser.com

D & L Company

Junior Glow Stomp Rocket AE HO ES SA TY

3-12

$14.99

800-632-8869

stomprocket.com

Hansa Creations USA

Giraffe Medium AE CH SR TY PL

3-12

$195.00

844-888-0694

HansaCreationUSA.com

Heroes Will Rise

Rigamajig Junior AE EQ CO CP ES

5-12

$395.00

202-464-6088

rigamajig.com

Itty Bitty City, LLC

Magnetic Wooden Blocks 30 Pc CH CO ES SA WT

3-5

$49.99

417-202-2025

ittybitty.city

Laser Pegs Ventures

Mars Rocket CO EL ES FP SA

7-12

$69.99

941-371-0909

laserpegs.com

Maple Landmark

Rainmaker Rattle CH SR EC GN OR TY

0-2

$17.50

800-421-4223

maplelandmark.com

SmartFelt Toys

My Little House AE CH ES TY

2-5

$34.99

818-822-5269

smartfelttoys.com

Teknikio

Activating Origami UN CO CP ES SA

8-12

$24.00

718-773-8301

teknikio.com

Turing Tumbler

Turing Tumbler CO ES SA BG TY PZ

8-12

$69.95

651-231-0617

turingtumble.com

 

 

Key:

AA = Application, App

AC = arts & crafts

AE = active

AS = accessories, decorations

AT = audio/audio tape

BA = bath

BG = board game

BO = book

CE = children's entertainment

CG = card game

CH = children's product

CO = construction

CP = creative product

CR = computer-related

CS = costume, other accessories

CT = cultural

 

DD = digital disc

DH = doll house

DO = doll

EC = eco-friendly

EG = electronic game

EL = electronic product

EQ = equipment

ES = educational

FP = fantasy play

GE = game

GG = geography

GN = green

HM = hand-made

HO = hobby

ID - indoor

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

SW = software

TC = technology

TR = travel

TY = toy

UN = unique

WT = wooden toy

10 BEST PICKS CHILDREN'S  PRODUCTS CATEGORY:

1 = Toys

2 = Educational Products

3 = Gifts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Stevanne Auerbach, PhD /Dr.Toy
Consultant/Author/Speaker
Dr. Toy's Guide
San Francisco, CA
510-540-0111
510-540-0171
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