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Dr. Toy's "Best Picks Children’s Products for 2011”Award Report

- More Smart Toys for Back to School, After-School and Holiday Gifts -

San Francisco, CA - (Sept. 30, 2011) - "Dr. Toy's Best Picks Children’s Products 2011" awards announced today is now available to parents, teachers and others in the online magazine, Dr. Toy's Guide, at

“Dr. Toy’s Best Picks Children's Products” Awards Program 2011 was developed by noted play and child development authority, Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (a.k.a. Dr. Toy) as a service to consumers who desire to purchase safe, affordable, educationally oriented, stimulating new toys and products for children.

"As a childhood specialist for over 40 years," says Dr. Toy, Director of the Institute for Childhood Resources, founded in San Francisco in 1975, "I have seen the continuous, essential need for more year-round resources for consumers to identify and choose the most appropriate, safe and engaging learning and developmental products for all children."

Dr. Toy reports that in the years the innovative on-line magazine, Dr.Toy’s Guide has been available “thousands of visitors daily from around the world have easily accessed information.” The site was the first on-line resource to evaluate toys and children’s products.

The report, “Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Picks Children’s Products for 2011”, is being released according to Dr. Toy to “encourage parents and teachers to focus on the value of play as essential to the learning process.” She 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. Auerbach believes “parents and grandparents need help to gain a head start locating new, diversified products that children will enjoy while increasing skills, enhance instruction, and expand imagination.” The products balanced among large and small companies, 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 smart new toys 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 playing with, what is not used and what they need next in their development.” adds Dr. Toy.” Dr. Toy’s Guide offers excellent ideas for choosing new products for use in learning, after school play and the holidays ahead.”

“Dr. Toy's Best Picks” were carefully chosen as worthy of attention from among thousands that she has reviewed at toy fairs, catalogs, and through many other sources, and by using extensive criteria she has developed over many years. Among the criteria used are: safety, age-appropriateness, design, durability, lasting play value, 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.

Complete information about these smart toys and products are included in the full report

Dr. Toy selects products that include Toys, Active Products, Audio/Visuals-Video Tapes/CDs/DVDs, Creative Products, Educational Products, Games, Socially Responsible Products, CD-ROM's/High Tech Products, culturally relevant, green toys and more.

Winning products are manufactured by new, small and large companies from around the world including: B. by Battat, b. dazzle, Blue Orange Games, Corolle Dolls, Educational Insights, Fashion Angels, Gamewright, Hasbro/Playskool, International Playthings, Leap Frog, Learning Materials Workshop, Learning Resources, Little Tikes/MGA Entertainment, Peaceable Kingdom, Pressman Toys, Spin Master, Think Fun, Wham-O, Yoshiritsu and many others.

Dr. Toy's annual report includes company customer service numbers, web site URL, age range, price, and full description of each product and more. The award-winning, on-line 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 Best Vacation and Best Green products. At this time over 4,500 products are included plus links direct to companies, toy stores online, toy history, “Ask Dr. Toy” feature, parent resources and much more.

Dr. Auerbach is the only Ph.D. evaluating toys and children’s products with extensive training, background and over 40 years of experience evaluating, writing and speaking about toys and children’s products. Dr. Auerbach is trained in education, child psychology, child development, and special education. She is a parent educator, consultant, parent and grandparent.

Obtain an easy access free copy of "Dr. Toy's Best Picks Children's Products 2011" at Dr. Toys Guide.

Additional Points:

  • Dr. Toy’s Guide provides many useful sites and resources on play, toys and parenting.
  • Dr. Toy presents newest products to parents and teachers around the world. Dr. Toy throughout the year writes, speaks and shares insights about the importance of learning through her book, Smart Play/Smart Toys. All toys are donated to the US Marines Toys for Tots, and presents product and guidance information at selected events and on line on and on other sites.
  • Dr. Toy is the author of Dr. Toy's Smart Play/Smart Toys to provide useful tools to parents to enhance their child's P.Q (Play Quotient). The book, published in China, Croatia, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the USA will soon be available in Egypt.
  • Interviews with and about Dr. Toy have appeared in newspapers, magazines, radio and TV across the country, in Canada, Germany, Japan, Spain and around the world.

Interviews regarding the book and/or the smart toys and products can be arranged with
Greg Walsh, 203- 292-6280,

Full information on products on


Alphabetical Listing of Award Winning Companies


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

Product Type
1 ALEX ABC - 123 - First Words ES TY GN
2 Altered Images Des. My Star Rewards® ES SR TR
3 b. dazzle Ladybugs Scramble Squares® CG ES PZ SR
4 Bag-O-Loot Bag-O-Loot CG TR
5 Big Time Toys Incredible Shrinky Dinks® Maker AC CP TY
6 Black Belt Goals Goal Bands Game CP EQ ES OP SR
7 Blue Orange Pixy Cubes AC CP
8 Blue Orange Tell Tale CP ES FP TR
9 Blue Orange Trigger TR
10 BrickStix BrickStix™ CO CP FP TY
11 Cabeau BlanKid Buddy™ PL TR TS
12 ClickN Kids ClickN SPELL CP EG ES SR SW
13 Connor's Science Univ. Polymer Power AE CP HO SC GN
14 Constructive Eating Garden Plate CP ES NO
15 Corolle Dolls Les Classiques Cradle DO ES FP SR TR TY
16 Crorey Creations My Ribbon Barrette Maker AC CP TR
17 Discover w/Dr. Cool Glow Rocks Science Kit ES OP SC TY
18 DuneCraft Bonsai Village CP ES SC SR GN
19 DuneCraft Hydroponic Fly Traps CP ES SC SR GN
20 DuneCraft Mermaid's Growing Grotto CP ES SC SR GN
21 Dynacraft Cyco Cycle AE OP TS
22 Educational Insights Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game™ BG ES
23 Educational Insights Talking Electron Microscope™ EG ES SC
24 Fairytale Wishes Sweet Dreams Spray CP GN
25 Fashion Angels Barbie Fashion Design Portfolio AC CP DO HO
26 Fashion Angels Monster Maker Machine AC CO CP DO
27 Fun Q Games Befuzzled CG
28 Funrise Toys Gazillion Bump-N-Go Bubble Bug TS TY
29 Gamewright Knock Your Blocks Off BG CO CP TY
30 Gamewright Splish Splash! BG TY
31 GeoPalz Kids Pedmeters AE OP TR TY
32 Giddy Up! Stik Pics DRTV Kit AC CP TY
33 Glow Crazy Distance Doodler AC AE BG CP EG
34 Griddly Games Wise Alec Travel/Expansion BG ES TR TY
35 Gryphon House Budding Gardener, The AE BO CP OP
36 Gunamuna Gunapod NO
37 Happy Blankie Stomp the Happy Frog CP NO PL SR
38 Hasbro/Playskool Transformer Rescue Bots FP TY
39 Imagination Int'l Pickles to Penguins Card Game CG TR
40 Int'l Playthings Musical Super Skipper® AE ML OP
41 Int'l Playthings Whirl N Wear™ Charms AC CP HO NO
42 Jordle Productions Snapatoonies-DVD Series DV ES
43 Just Play Cars 2 Talking Race Pals FP PL TY
44 K'NEX DoubleShot Roller Coaster CO CP ES FP
45 LeapFrog LeapPad BO EG ES SC SW
46 LeapFrog Learn to Write & Draw BO ES
47 LeapFrog My OwnStory Time Pad ES ML TY
48 LeapFrog Solar System Adventure Pack BG CP ES SC
49 Learning Journey Marble Mania Accelerator CO CP ES TY
50 Learning Journey Puzzle Doubles! 3D Ocean AC CP ES PZ
51 Learning Journey Shop & Learn Cash Register EG ES TY
52 Learning Materials Tavolino CO CP ES TY
53 Learning Materials Villetta CO CP ES TY
54 Learning Resources Pizza Mania™ Early Math Game EG ES TY
55 Little Kids Bend & Pretend Foamstructure CO CP ES FP
56 Little Tikes/MGA Cupcake Kitchen CP ES FP TY
57 Manhattan Toy Parents® Jungle Pals Zebra™ PZ TY
58 Metro Design Stacking Rings AE CP ES OP
59 MGA Masquerade by Bratz CP DO FP TY
60 MOGO Design Charms & Charmbands CP
61 Mrs. Pinkelmeyer Silliest, Warmest Bunch BO DO PL SR
62 Patch Products Tales to Play Berenstain Bears BG CP ES SR
63 Peaceable Kingdom Hoot Owl Hoot AE BG OP SR
64 Periodic Quest Periodic Quest™ BG EG NO SC
65 Pressman Toy Who's Riding on the Bus? BG ES;
66 RedwoodVentures Defiants 4x4s Maximum Mayhem Playset AE OP TS
67 ReMarkable Reading DoodleMark CP ES NO TR TY
68 Rokenbok Toy ROK Works Construction AE CO CP ES
69 Royal Council Real Tooth Fairies Book Series BO FP SR IN
70 Royal Council CP ES SR IN
71 ScreenLife Harry Potter Cinematic Journey BG EG DV
72 Sensory World Active Imagination Activity Book AE BO ES OP
73 K-BEU Mom Pillow ES PL PU SR
74 Skippy Dimpledot Skippy Dimpledot BO CP DO ES PL
75 Smart Trike Smart Trike™ Recliner AE CP OP TY
76 Smart Trike Smart Trike™ Zoo AE CP OP TY
77 Smart/Tangoes SmartMax CO CP ES TY
78 SmartLab Toys All-Natural Spa Day ES SC TY GN
79 Spin Master Bizu AC CP HO TY
80 Spin Master Dr. Dreadful Zombie Lab AC CP HO SC
81 Spin Master Redakai CG FP HO SC
82 Style Paige Shallie Starter AC CP ES FP
83 Super Duper® Pub. Cool in School BG ES
84 Super Duper® Pub. HearBuilder Auditory Memory Software ES SW
85 Super Duper® Pub. Party Pup BG ES
86 Think-A-Lot Toys Think-ets Holiday Collection CP ES SR TR
87 ThinkFun PathWords ES GE PZ TR
88 ThinkFun Snack Attack! ES GE
89 ThinkFun Tilt ES GE PZ TR
90 Thinkway Toys Happy Feet 2 Dancing Erik TY
91 Thinkway Toys Laser Stunt Chaser TY
92 Thinkway Toys Lots O’ Laughs Woody TY
93 Thinkway Toys Power Up Buzz Lightyear TY
94 Toys'NTayls Wizarday! When Our Stuff Went Away BG ES SR
95 VC Distributions Go Anywhere Booster Set EQ SR TR
96 VTech Tote & Go Laptop EG ES ML TR TY
97 Wham-O Hula Hoop® Twilight Blast AE HO OP TY
98 Winning Moves Go For Broke™ BG CG
99 WowToyz Microscope Set ES SC TY
100 WowToyz Telescope 20x, 30x, 40x ES HO OP SC
101 Yoshiritsu Pax56 AC CO CP ES
102 Young Minds First Jigsaw Puzzle - Square ES PZ GN
103 Your Baby Can Your Child Can Read! ES DV


AC = arts & craft

AE = active

AS = accessory

AT = audio tape

BG = board game

BO = book


CG = card game

CO = construction

CP = creative

DO = doll


EG = electronic game

ES = educational

FP = fantasy play

GE = game

GN = green

HO = hobby

ML = musical

NO = novelty

OP = outdoor play

PL = plush

PZ = puzzle

SC = science

SR = socially responsible

SW = software

TR = travel

TS = transportation

TY = toy

VG = video game