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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 http://www.drtoy.com.

“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 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-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 www.drtoy.com 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 www.drtoy.com 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, Greg@walshpr.com.

Full information on products on www.drtoy.com.

 

Alphabetical Listing of Award Winning Companies

DR. TOY'S BEST PICKS FOR 2011

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

#
Company
Product Type
website
1 ALEX ABC - 123 - First Words ES TY GN alextoys.com
2 Altered Images Des. My Star Rewards® ES SR TR alteredimagesdesign.com
3 b. dazzle Ladybugs Scramble Squares® CG ES PZ SR b-dazzle.com
4 Bag-O-Loot Bag-O-Loot CG TR bag-o-loot.com
5 Big Time Toys Incredible Shrinky Dinks® Maker AC CP TY bigtimetoys.com
6 Black Belt Goals Goal Bands Game CP EQ ES OP SR goalbandsgame.com
7 Blue Orange Pixy Cubes AC CP blueorangegames.com
8 Blue Orange Tell Tale CP ES FP TR blueorangegames.com
9 Blue Orange Trigger TR blueorangegames.com
10 BrickStix BrickStix™ CO CP FP TY brickstix.com
11 Cabeau BlanKid Buddy™ PL TR TS cabeautravel.com
12 ClickN Kids ClickN SPELL CP EG ES SR SW clicknkids.com
13 Connor's Science Univ. Polymer Power AE CP HO SC GN kitsforkids.com
14 Constructive Eating Garden Plate CP ES NO constructiveeating.com
15 Corolle Dolls Les Classiques Cradle DO ES FP SR TR TY corolle.com
16 Crorey Creations My Ribbon Barrette Maker AC CP TR myfbm.com
17 Discover w/Dr. Cool Glow Rocks Science Kit ES OP SC TY discoverwithdrcool.com
18 DuneCraft Bonsai Village CP ES SC SR GN dunecraft.com
19 DuneCraft Hydroponic Fly Traps CP ES SC SR GN dunecraft.com
20 DuneCraft Mermaid's Growing Grotto CP ES SC SR GN dunecraft.com
21 Dynacraft Cyco Cycle AE OP TS cycocyclecrazyfun.com
22 Educational Insights Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game™ BG ES educationalinsights.com
23 Educational Insights Talking Electron Microscope™ EG ES SC educationalinsights.com
24 Fairytale Wishes Sweet Dreams Spray CP GN fairytalewishesinc.com
25 Fashion Angels Barbie Fashion Design Portfolio AC CP DO HO fashionangels.com
26 Fashion Angels Monster Maker Machine AC CO CP DO fashionangels.com
27 Fun Q Games Befuzzled CG funqgames.com
28 Funrise Toys Gazillion Bump-N-Go Bubble Bug TS TY funrise.com
29 Gamewright Knock Your Blocks Off BG CO CP TY gamewright.com
30 Gamewright Splish Splash! BG TY gamewright.com
31 GeoPalz Kids Pedmeters AE OP TR TY geopalz.com
32 Giddy Up! Stik Pics DRTV Kit AC CP TY giddyup.com
33 Glow Crazy Distance Doodler AC AE BG CP EG glowcrazy.com
34 Griddly Games Wise Alec Travel/Expansion BG ES TR TY griddlygames.com
35 Gryphon House Budding Gardener, The AE BO CP OP ghbooks.com
36 Gunamuna Gunapod NO gunamuna.com
37 Happy Blankie Stomp the Happy Frog CP NO PL SR happyblankie.com
38 Hasbro/Playskool Transformer Rescue Bots FP TY playskool.com
39 Imagination Int'l Pickles to Penguins Card Game CG TR imaginationgames.com
40 Int'l Playthings Musical Super Skipper® AE ML OP intplay.com
41 Int'l Playthings Whirl N Wear™ Charms AC CP HO NO intplay.com
42 Jordle Productions Snapatoonies-DVD Series DV ES snapatoonies.com
43 Just Play Cars 2 Talking Race Pals FP PL TY justplayproducts.com
44 K'NEX DoubleShot Roller Coaster CO CP ES FP knex.com
45 LeapFrog LeapPad BO EG ES SC SW leapfrog.com
46 LeapFrog Learn to Write & Draw BO ES leapfrog.com
47 LeapFrog My OwnStory Time Pad ES ML TY leapfrog.com
48 LeapFrog Solar System Adventure Pack BG CP ES SC leapfrog.com
49 Learning Journey Marble Mania Accelerator CO CP ES TY thelearningjourney.com
50 Learning Journey Puzzle Doubles! 3D Ocean AC CP ES PZ thelearningjourney.com
51 Learning Journey Shop & Learn Cash Register EG ES TY thelearningjourney.com
52 Learning Materials Tavolino CO CP ES TY learningmaterialswork.com
53 Learning Materials Villetta CO CP ES TY learningmaterialswork.com
54 Learning Resources Pizza Mania™ Early Math Game EG ES TY learningresources.com
55 Little Kids Bend & Pretend Foamstructure CO CP ES FP littlekidsinc.com
56 Little Tikes/MGA Cupcake Kitchen CP ES FP TY mgae.com
57 Manhattan Toy Parents® Jungle Pals Zebra™ PZ TY manhattantoy.com
58 Metro Design Stacking Rings AE CP ES OP metrodesignusa.com
59 MGA Masquerade by Bratz CP DO FP TY mgae.com
60 MOGO Design Charms & Charmbands CP mogocharm.com
61 Mrs. Pinkelmeyer Silliest, Warmest Bunch BO DO PL SR mrspinkelmeyer.com
62 Patch Products Tales to Play Berenstain Bears BG CP ES SR patchproducts.com
63 Peaceable Kingdom Hoot Owl Hoot AE BG OP SR peaceablekingdom.com
64 Periodic Quest Periodic Quest™ BG EG NO SC periodicquest.com
65 Pressman Toy Who's Riding on the Bus? BG ES pressmantoy.com;
66 RedwoodVentures Defiants 4x4s Maximum Mayhem Playset AE OP TS defiants4x4s.com
67 ReMarkable Reading DoodleMark CP ES NO TR TY doodlemark.com
68 Rokenbok Toy ROK Works Construction AE CO CP ES rokenbok.com
69 Royal Council Real Tooth Fairies Book Series BO FP SR IN therealtoothfairies.com
70 Royal Council TheRealToothFairies.com CP ES SR IN therealtoothfairies.com
71 ScreenLife Harry Potter Cinematic Journey BG EG DV screenlifegames.com
72 Sensory World Active Imagination Activity Book AE BO ES OP sensoryworld.com
73 SillyCreatures.com K-BEU Mom Pillow ES PL PU SR sillycreatures.com
74 Skippy Dimpledot Skippy Dimpledot BO CP DO ES PL skippydimpledot.com
75 Smart Trike Smart Trike™ Recliner AE CP OP TY smart-trike.com
76 Smart Trike Smart Trike™ Zoo AE CP OP TY smart-trike.com
77 Smart/Tangoes SmartMax CO CP ES TY smarttangoes.com
78 SmartLab Toys All-Natural Spa Day ES SC TY GN smartlabtoys.com
79 Spin Master Bizu AC CP HO TY spinmaster.com
80 Spin Master Dr. Dreadful Zombie Lab AC CP HO SC spinmaster.com
81 Spin Master Redakai CG FP HO SC spinmaster.com
82 Style Paige Shallie Starter AC CP ES FP stylepaige.com
83 Super Duper® Pub. Cool in School BG ES superduperinc.com
84 Super Duper® Pub. HearBuilder Auditory Memory Software ES SW superduperinc.com
85 Super Duper® Pub. Party Pup BG ES superduperinc.com
86 Think-A-Lot Toys Think-ets Holiday Collection CP ES SR TR think-a-lot.com
87 ThinkFun PathWords ES GE PZ TR thinkfun.com
88 ThinkFun Snack Attack! ES GE thinkfun.com
89 ThinkFun Tilt ES GE PZ TR thinkfun.com
90 Thinkway Toys Happy Feet 2 Dancing Erik TY thinkwaytoys.com
91 Thinkway Toys Laser Stunt Chaser TY thinkwaytoys.com
92 Thinkway Toys Lots O’ Laughs Woody TY thinkwaytoys.com
93 Thinkway Toys Power Up Buzz Lightyear TY thinkwaytoys.com
94 Toys'NTayls Wizarday! When Our Stuff Went Away BG ES SR toysntayls.com
95 VC Distributions Go Anywhere Booster Set EQ SR TR aparentcompany.com
96 VTech Tote & Go Laptop EG ES ML TR TY vtechkids.com
97 Wham-O Hula Hoop® Twilight Blast AE HO OP TY wham-o.com
98 Winning Moves Go For Broke™ BG CG winning-moves.com
99 WowToyz Microscope Set ES SC TY wowtoyz.com
100 WowToyz Telescope 20x, 30x, 40x ES HO OP SC wowtoyz.com
101 Yoshiritsu Pax56 AC CO CP ES roboporium.com
102 Young Minds First Jigsaw Puzzle - Square ES PZ GN youngmindsatplay.com
103 Your Baby Can Your Child Can Read! ES DV yourbabycan.com

KEY

AC = arts & craft

AE = active

AS = accessory

AT = audio tape

BG = board game

BO = book

CD = CD

CG = card game

CO = construction

CP = creative

DO = doll

DV = DVD

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