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#CompanyToy NameProduct CodesAgePriceCust.Svc.www.
1.Ann Williams GroupCraft-tastic Inspire Poster KitAC --   CP --   8y - 12y$19.99248-977-5831annwilliamsgroup.com
2.Ann Williams GroupYou DoCG --   GE --   6y - 12y$19.99248-977-5831annwilliamsgroup.com
3.Art's IdeasJenga XXL® Gigantic Cardboard Edition GameAE --   BG --   GE --   OP --   TY --   WT --   12y - 12y$299.95310-424-4527jengagiant.com
4.Art's IdeasJenga® Ocean GameAE --   BG --   EC --   GE --   GN --   SR --   UN --   8y - 12y$49.95310-424-4527jengagiant.com
5.Art's IdeasJenga® PREMIUM Hardwood GameAE --   BG --   GE --   TY --   WT --   12y - 12y$79.95310-424-4527jengagiant.com
6.Art's IdeasJenga® Throw 'N Go!™ Hardwood GameAE --   BG --   GE --   OP --   8y - 12y$29.95310-424-4527jengagiant.com
7.Bigjigs Toys LtdMy First Fractions PuzzleAE --   ES --   MA --   WT --   3y - 12y$25.95866-459-7829bigjigstoys.us
8.Boy Story LLCBoy Story Action DollsCT --   DO --   FP --   SR --   TY --   UN --   3y - 7y$99.00201-286-0722boystory.com
9.Build & Imagine LLCCreativity CastleCO --   CP --   DO --   ES --   FP --   LA --   MA --   TY --   UN --   4y - 8y$59.95866-751-5006buildandimagine.com
10.DuneCraftSea Saurus Pirate & FairyAE --   CP --   ES --   HO --   OP --   SC --   UN --   3y - 12y$9.99800-306-4168dunecraft.com
11.DuneCraftWorld Within A World (Girl & Boy Version)AC --   AS --   CP --   ES --   HO --   SC --   UN --   3y - 12y$29.99800-306-4168dunecraft.com
12.EPIK Learning CompanyHighQ Learning Tab 8ES --   GE --   MM --   TC --   TY --   4y - 12y$129.99888-999-1244epiklearning.com
13.Eastcolight (Hong Kong) LimitedMagic Instrument - Piano SetEG --   EL --   ES --   GE --   ML --   TC --   8y - 12y$28.92852-2333-6688eastcolight.com
14.Elly Lu LLCNorman the Narwhal Plush & Hawaiian VacationBO --   EC --   ES --   OR --   PL --   SR --   TY --   0 - 10y$34.00907-240-1129ellyluorganics.com
15.Ezyroller LLCDexster ScooterAE --   OP --   TY --   6y - 12y$119.00866-713-8007dexster.com
16.Fibre-CraftDabitZAC --   CP --   HM --   MM --   UN --   6y - 12y$39.99800-323-4316fibrecraft.com
17.Fibre-CraftMy SistieDO --   FP --   PL --   TY --   UN --   2y - 12y$12.99800-323-4316fibrecraft.com
18.Folkmanis Inc.Folkmanis® Monarch Life Cycle PuppetAE --   ES --   FP --   OP --   OT --   PL --   PU --   SC --   TY --   3y - 12y$39.99800-654-8922folkmanis.com
19.Game Night in a Can LLCGame Night in a CanAE --   CP --   EC --   GE --   GN --   SR --   10y - 12y$24.99323-363-5050gamenightinacan.com
20.Green Kids Club IncThe African Bush Fire and the ElephantBO --   ES --   GN --   SC --   SR --   5y - 9y$7.00208-520-8353greenkidsclub.com
21.Green Kids Club Inc.Pammee and the Looking PondAE --   BO --   CT --   ES --   GN --   OP --   PL --   SR --   TY --   3y - 5y$14.95208-520-8353greenkidsclub.com
22.Green Piñata LLCGreen Piñata ToysBG --   CG --   ES --   GE --   GN --   LA --   MA --   OR --   PZ --   SR --   TY --   WT --   6m - 5y$24.99781-375-7194greenpinatatoys.com
23.Griddly Games IncJust Add GlueAC --   CP --   ES --   SC --   TY --   8y - 12y$24.95604-249-5020griddlygames.com
24.Griddly Games Inc.Rocket LanderBG --   ES --   GE --   MA --   SC --   TY --   8y - 12y$26.95604-249-5020griddlygames.com
25.Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta MusicHunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta HITSAE --   AT --   CE --   EC --   ES --   MM --   TR --   6m - 10y$10.00303-298-7122hunktabunkta.com
26.Kid O ProductsActivity BoardEL --   ES --   TC --   TR --   TY --   6m - 3y$37.50212-366-5858kidotoys.com
27.LeapFrog Enterprises IncLeapStart™ Learning SystemCP --   EL --   ES --   FP --   GE --   MM --   PZ --   TC --   TY --   2y - 7y$39.99800-701-5327leapfrog.com
28.LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.LeapFrog Academy™EG --   ES --   GE --   SR --   TC --   3y - 6y$7.00800-701-5327leapfrog.com
29.LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart™AE --   CP --   EL --   ES --   FP --   LA --   TC --   TY --   2y - 10y$39.99800-701-5327leapfrog.com
30.Linguacious LLCLinguacious® Around the Home Spanish Flashcard GameAT --   CG --   CT --   GE --   MM --   SR --   2y - 12y$19.99515-441-3921linguacious.net
31.Love Smart Cards (Gift of My Heart)Love Smart CardsCG --   CT --   EQ --   ES --   FP --   GE --   LA --   SR --   UN --   7y - 12y$47.00415-779-5957lovesmartcards.com
32.Lulu Jr.IlluStory - Create Your Own Book!AC --   BO --   CP --   ES --   4y - 12y$29.99844-639-3309lulujr.com
33.Lulu Jr.My Comic Book - Create Your Own Comic!AC --   BO --   CP --   ES --   4y - 12y$29.99844-639-3309lulujr.com
34.MGA EntertainmentBaby Born Interactive DollDO --   FP --   TY --   2y - 5y$44.99818-221-4326mgae.com
35.MGA EntertainmentLittle Tikes Light 'n Go 3-in-1 Sports ZoneAE --   EG --   ES --   FP --   GE --   HO --   LA --   MA --   UN --   1y - 3y$54.99818-221-4326mgae.com
36.MGA EntertainmentLittle Tikes Waffle Blocks Steam TrainCO --   EG --   FP --   GE --   TR --   TS --   TY --   2y - 12y$59.99818-221-4326mgae.com
37.MGA EntertainmentProject Mc2 Pixel PurseDO --   FP --   TY --   6y - 12y$59.99818-221-4326mgae.com
38.Magnetykes LLCMagnetykesAE --   ES --   OP --   SC --   TY --   4y - 12y$22.95917-626-5086magnetykes.com
39.Maple Landmark IncLift and Learn Puzzle, Solar SystemES --   PZ --   SC --   TY --   WT --   3y - 7y$23.20800-421-4223maplelandmark.com
40.Master Theorem GamesSnippetsBG --   BO --   CG --   CP --   ES --   GE --   LA --   MM --   12y - 12y$24.99646-397-8434themastertheoremgames.com
41.MasterPieces Puzzle Co.Tetris Brain TeasersAC --   CO --   CP --   ES --   GE --   MA --   PZ --   TY --   6y - 12y$14.99520-741-1315masterpiecesinc.com
42.MasterPieces Puzzle Co.Works of AhhhAC --   CO --   CP --   HO --   TY --   WT --   6y - 12y$14.99520-741-1315masterpiecesinc.com
43.Math for LoveTiny Polka DotAE --   CG --   CP --   ES --   GE --   MA --   PZ --   UN --   3y - 10y$14.95206-226-8869mathforlove.com
44.MindWare, Inc.Conduct Dough LightsAE --   CP --   CT --   ES --   LA --   NO --   OP --   SC --   SR --   TC --   TY --   UN --   5y - 12y$34.95800-999-0398mindware.com
45.MindWare, Inc.DIG IT UP! DISCOVERIES: Wild AnimalsAE --   ES --   LA --   NO --   OP --   SC --   TY --   UN --   4y - 12y$24.95800-999-0398mindware.com
46.MindWare, Inc.Q-BA-MAZE 2.0: Extreme RailsAE --   CO --   ES --   MA --   NO --   SC --   TY --   UN --   6y - 12y$99.95800-999-0398mindware.com
47.MindWare, Inc.UNBORED: Time CapsuleAE --   CP --   CT --   ES --   LA --   NO --   OP --   SR --   TY --   UN --   8y - 12y$29.95800-999-0398mindware.com
48.NSI International IncWubble BriteAE --   CP --   EQ --   OP --   TY --   UN --   6y - 12y$24.99888-425-9113nsi-intonline.com
49.OOZ & OZMorph-O-Scopes Sports of All Sorts KitCP --   ES --   SC --   TY --   UN --   5y - 12y$24.99888-750-3338oozandoz.com
50.OWI Inc.Captain ROAM-E-OAE --   CO --   CT --   EC --   ES --   GN --   HO --   MA --   OP --   SC --   SR --   8y - 12y$19.95310-515-6800owirobot.com
51.OWI Inc.Rookie Solar Racer v2CO --   EC --   ES --   HO --   SR --   8y - 12y$11.95310-515-6800owirobot.com
52.Office OxygenSwingOsNO --   TY --   5y - 12y$5.95800-296-2812officeoxygen.com
53.One World Play ProjectOne World FutbolAE --   CT --   OP --   SR --   TY --   UN --   6y - 12y$39.50888-993-8826oneworldplayproject.com
54.P.F. ShaggyRule Crazy, Starter EditionBG --   CG --   CT --   ES --   GE --   LA --   SR --   UN --   5y - 8y$19.99323-451-2425rulecrazy.com
55.Piper Inc.Piper Computer KitCP --   EG --   EL --   ES --   GE --   SC --   TC --   8y - 12y$299.00415-857-5021buildpiper.com
56.Pixl Toys IncPixlplay CameraAE --   EL --   ES --   MA --   MM --   OP --   TC --   3y - 12y$24.94415-992-1076pixltoys.com
57.Quirky Engine EntertainmentEyeball BoxingCG --   CP --   GE --   TY --   UN --   8y - 12y$19.50801-544-8989quirkyengine.com
58.Quirky Engine EntertainmentHoagieCG --   CP --   GE --   TY --   5y - 12y$17.50801-544-8989quirkyengine.com
59.Quirky Engine EntertainmentTrash WarCG --   CP --   GE --   TY --   UN --   10y - 12y$17.50801-544-8989quirkyengine.com
60.RoosterFin Inc.Ninja SquirrelsBG --   CG --   GE --   UN --   5y - 12y$25.99855-591-4263roosterfin.com
61.Rubbabu LLCCleanupper the DumptruckAE --   EC --   GN --   SR --   TR --   TS --   TY --   3m - 5y$8.00855-782-2228rubbabu.com
62.Schoenhut Piano Co. Inc.18 Key Mini GrandML --   3y - 6y$79.95888-414-2739toypiano.com
63.Science Wiz® CompanyScienceWiz Cells Under a MicroscopeAE --   BO --   EQ --   ES --   IN --   MM --   SC --   8y - 12y$24.99510-222-2638sciencewiz.com
64.SerabeenaSew Your Own PursesAC --   CP --   ES --   TR --   TY --   4y - 8y$14.99+852-358-2681serabeena.com
65.Smart Toys and GamesSmartGames Jump In, SmartGames Jump InBG --   ES --   GE --   LA --   PZ --   TR --   TY --   7y - 12y$14.99800-542-6375smarttoysandgames.com
66.SmartLab ToysAftershock! Earthquake LabAE --   BO --   CO --   ES --   GG --   SC --   8y - 12y$39.99866-319-5900smartlabtoys.com
67.Spin Master LtdMeccano M.A.X.EL --   ES --   HM --   MM --   TC --   10y - 12y$149.99416-364-6002spinmaster.com
68.Spin Master LtdRusty Rivets Rivet Lab PlaysetES --   FP --   TY --   3y - 12y$39.99416-364-6002spinmaster.com
69.Spin Master Ltd.LuvabellaDO --   EL --   ES --   FP --   LA --   TC --   TY --   4y - 12y$99.99416-364-6002spinmaster.com
70.Spin Master Ltd.PAW Patrol My Size Lookout TowerFP --   TY --   3y - 12y$99.99416-364-6002spinmaster.com
71.Star Kids ProductsSnack & Play Travel Tray 2.0AE --   AS --   CP --   EQ --   OP --   TR --   TY --   UN --   2y - 12y$24.99303-887-9017snackandplaytraveltray.com
72.Storey Publishing LLCJournal SparksAE --   BO --   CP --   ES --   10y - 12y$16.95800-827-7444storey.com
73.Strictly Briks / Brian's ToysAlphaBriks & MathBriksCP --   ES --   LA --   MA --   TY --   3y - 12y$24.99608-687-7572strictlybriks.com
74.Strictly Briks / Brian's ToysBrik BusterAE --   CO --   GE --   TY --   UN --   3y - 12y$29.99608-687-7572strictlybriks.com
75.Strictly Briks / Brian's ToysBrik Tower and StackersAE --   CO --   CP --   ES --   3y - 12y$29.99608-687-7572strictlybriks.com
76.Strictly Briks / Brian's ToysCreatorz & The CubeAE --   CO --   CP --   ES --   UN --   8y - 12y$24.99608-687-7572strictlybriks.com
77.Tactic GamesEmojitoBG --   ES --   GE --   LA --   TY --   8y - 12y$14.99216-288-0087tactic.net
78.Tactic GamesSome Bunny's HidingBG --   ES --   GE --   TY --   3y - 12y$19.99216-288-0087tactic.net
79.Tactic GamesWord RushBG --   ES --   GE --   LA --   TY --   3y - 12y$19.99216-288-0087tactic.net
80.Tangle CreationsZURU TangleES --   NO --   PZ --   TY --   3y - 12y$2.99888-829-3808tanglecreations.com
81.Taste 'n' TellDiscovering Fruit with Holly HoneybeeBO --   ES --   GE --   SR --   UN --   1y - 5y$24.0044 7787 289499tastentell.co.uk
82.Taste 'n' TellDiscovering Vegetable with Veggie VoleBO --   ES --   GE --   SR --   UN --   1y - 5y$24.0044 7787 289499tastentell.co.uk
83.Toymail IncToymail TalkiesAE --   ES --   FP --   PL --   SW --   TC --   TY --   3y - 8y$59.99888-723-5741toymail.co
84.ToysmithGet Outside, GO! BashmintonAE --   OP --   TY --   5y - 12y$19.99800-356-0474toysmith.com
85.ToysmithSwivel-SnapsAE --   CO --   ES --   NO --   UN --   6y - 12y$29.99800-356-0474toysmith.com
86.Tucker ToysDisc Jock-eAE --   CE --   ML --   MM --   OP --   TC --   TY --   6y - 12y$24.99609-438-9800tuckertoys.com
87.Tucker ToysKite-A-PultAE --   HO --   OP --   TY --   6y - 12y$19.99609-438-9800tuckertoys.com
88.Tucker ToysSlam N' BounceAE --   OP --   TY --   5y - 12y$14.99609-438-9800tuckertoys.com
89.VTech Electronics North America LLCGearZooz® Roll & Roar Animal Train™AE --   ES --   TY --   18m - 4y$29.00800-521-2010vtechkids.com
90.VTech Electronics North America LLCGo! Go! Smart Wheels® Race & Play Adventure Park™AE --   ES --   TY --   1y - 4y$39.99800-521-2010vtechkids.com
91.VTech Electronics North America LLCPop-a-Ball™ Push & Pop Bulldozer™EL --   ES --   TC --   TR --   TY --   UN --   6m - 3y$24.99800-521-2010vtechkids.com
92.Wacky LinksWacky Links Connector SeriesAS --   CO --   CP --   ES --   HM --   HO --   ST --   TR --   TY --   UN --   3y - 12y$9.99646-598-8210wackylinks.com
93.Wacky LinksWacky Links Outer Space Glow-in-the-Dark SeriesAC --   CO --   CP --   ES --   LA --   MA --   SC --   TR --   TY --   3y - 12y$9.99646-598-8210wackylinks.com
94.Wai Lana Productions LLCStretch 'n Play Eco Ball KitAE --   EC --   GN --   NO --   OP --   SR --   UN --   3y - 12y$24.95800-228-5145wailana.com
95.Wai Lana Productions LLCWai Lana's Little Yogis™ Fun Songs KitAE --   AT --   BO --   CE --   ES --   GE --   LA --   MA --   ML --   3y - 12y$39.95800-228-5145wailana.com
96.WannapleAnimal ActAE --   BG --   CG --   CP --   ES --   FP --   GE --   LA --   4y - 12y$19.95855-895-4290wannaple.com
97.Yvolution USA Inc.Strolly BikeAE --   OP --   TR --   TS --   TY --   10m - 3y$169.99855-981-7177yvolution.com
98.Yvolution USA Inc.Y Glider XL DeluxeAE --   OP --   TR --   TS --   TY --   5y - 8y$89.99855-981-7177yvolution.com
99.b. dazzle, inc.Scramble Squares® Frogs PuzzleAE --   CG --   ES --   GE --   GN --   MA --   NO --   PZ --   SR --   TR --   TY --   UN --   4y - 12y$12.99800-809-4242b-dazzle.com
100.smarTrikesmarTfold™AE --   CP --   EQ --   TR --   TS --   TY --   6m - 3y$99.99855-768-7453smartfold.net




Dr. Toy's   10 Best Toys   of   2017

#CompanyToy NameProduct CodesAgePriceCust.Svc.www.
1.Rubbabu LLCCleanupper the DumptruckAE --   EC --   GN --   SR --   TR --   TS --   TY --   3m - 5y$8.00855-782-2228rubbabu.com
2.Folkmanis Inc.Folkmanis® Monarch Life Cycle PuppetAE --   ES --   FP --   OP --   OT --   PL --   PU --   SC --   TY --   3y - 12y$39.99800-654-8922folkmanis.com
3.OOZ & OZMorph-O-Scopes Sports of All Sorts KitCP --   ES --   SC --   TY --   UN --   5y - 12y$24.99888-750-3338oozandoz.com
4.MGA EntertainmentBaby Born Interactive DollDO --   FP --   TY --   2y - 5y$44.99818-221-4326mgae.com
5.Fibre-CraftMy SistieDO --   FP --   PL --   TY --   UN --   2y - 12y$12.99800-323-4316fibrecraft.com
6.Science Wiz® CompanyScienceWiz Cells Under a MicroscopeAE --   BO --   EQ --   ES --   IN --   MM --   SC --   8y - 12y$24.99510-222-2638sciencewiz.com
7.Tangle CreationsZURU TangleES --   NO --   PZ --   TY --   3y - 12y$2.99888-829-3808tanglecreations.com
8.Schoenhut Piano Co. Inc.18 Key Mini GrandML --   3y - 6y$79.95888-414-2739toypiano.com
9.LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart™AE --   CP --   EL --   ES --   FP --   LA --   TC --   TY --   2y - 10y$39.99800-701-5327leapfrog.com
10.VTech Electronics North America LLCGo! Go! Smart Wheels® Race & Play Adventure Park™AE --   ES --   TY --   1y - 4y$39.99800-521-2010vtechkids.com




Message from Dr Toy

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 that range from the basics to today's technology.

We can depend on the durability and versatility of such items as blocks, construction toys, games, dolls, puppets, and transportation toys. They stimulate the imagination, engage the player, have value, and hold up over time.

We 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.

Some 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, 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." It is also essential for well-being at any age and should be actively practiced, respected, and 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.

Dr. Toy's Smart Play/Smart Toys: How to Select and Use the Best Toys and Games, in its expanded 4th Edition, written for parents, teachers and others who care about children, is available in toy and book stores and online.

Dr. Toy invites consumers to take time for play, expand diverse product experiences, and ask questions about toys and products to companies and retailers.

Following are Dr. Toy's 100 Best Award-Winning Toys, Games, and Children's 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 by visiting websites and stores.

Have a playful, safe, and healthy rest of the year. Continue to play together for all the beneficial, positive, and right reasons!

Let's Play!




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