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Wonster Words - ABC, Phonics, & Spelling

77SPARX Studio, Inc. - http://www.77sparx.com/

$24.95     Buy Now

Age range 2 years thru 7 years      

Toy Type   ES --   IN --   LG --   PZ --  

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Mixxie Mopsie

Adora Dolls - http://www.adoradolls.com/

$39.99     Buy Now

Age range 4 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AC --   CO --   CP --   DO --  

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PINK TULIP + Toothless Keepsake Kit

Banana Peel Press - http://www.bananapeelpress.com/

$34.95     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 9 years      

Toy Type   BK --   ES --   NO --   OT --  

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Wheel Brightz

Brightz, Ltd. - http://www.brightz-ltd.com/

$14.99     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AP --   CP --   OP --   TS --  

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Crayola Color Wonder Light-Up Stamper

Crayola - http://www.crayola.com/

$24.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AC --   AP --   CP --   HM --   RS --  

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Crayola Crayon Carver

Crayola - http://www.crayola.com/

$29.99     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AC --   AP --   CP --   HM --  

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Crayola Thread Wrapper

Crayola - http://www.crayola.com/

$24.99     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AC --   AP --   CP --   HM --  

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Moon Light - Remote Controlled Night Light

Discover with Dr. Cool - http://www.discoverwithdrcool.com/

$24.95     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   ES --   SC --  

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Mosaic Mysteries Heirloom Edition

Discovery Toys / DT Learning - http://discoverytoys.net/

$50.00     Buy Now

Age range 5 years thru 8 years      

Toy Type   ES --   PZ --   TY --   WT --  

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My Friend's Puzzle

Discovery Toys / DT Learning - http://discoverytoys.net/

$22.00     Buy Now

Age range 19 months thru 5 years      

Toy Type   ES --   PZ --   TY --   WT --  

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Dream Frenz

Dream Frenz - http://www.dreamfrenz.com/

$24.00     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   PL --   TY --  

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Professional Human Torso Set

Eastcolight - http://www.eastcolight.com/

$40.35     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   ES --   SC --  

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Pete the Cat On-the-Go Games

Edupress - http://edupress.com/

$12.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CG --   GE --  

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Pixel Loom

Fashion Angels - http://www.fashionangels.com/

$16.99     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AC --   AD --   CP --   HO --  

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Folkmanis® Collared Lizard Puppet

Folkmanis - http://www.folkmanis.com/

$33.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   PL --   PU --   TY --  

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Folkmanis® Pelican Puppet

Folkmanis - http://www.folkmanis.com/

$33.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   FP --   PL --   PU --   TY --  

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Folkmanis® Winged Dragon Puppet

Folkmanis - http://www.folkmanis.com/

$29.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   FP --   PL --   PU --   TY --  

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The Switch Witch and the Magic of Switchcraft

Four Boys Industries - http://www.switchcrafted.com/

$29.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   BG --   ES --   GE --  

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Kiss Naturals DIY Bubble Bath

Fundamentals Toys - http://www.kissnaturals.com/

$14.99     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AC --   BA --   GN --   SR --  

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Kiss Naturals DIY Perfume Kit

Fundamentals Toys - http://www.kissnaturals.com/

$14.99     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AC --   CP --   HM --   SC --  

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Gunapod Wearable Blanket

GUNAMUNA - http://www.gunamuna.com/

$32.00     Buy Now

Ages up thru 3 years      

Toy Type   AD --   OT --   TR --  

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Mythical Beasts Magnetic Build-It

Galison/Mudpuppy - http://www.galison.com/

$16.99     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AC --   CP --   FP --   TR --  

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Worry Eaters

Haywire Group - http://www.haywiregroup.com/

$22.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   ES --   PL --   SR --   TY --  

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Hide and Seek Interactive plush

Hide and Seek - http://www.hideandseektoy.com/

$29.95     Buy Now

Age range 10 months thru 6 years      

Toy Type   EL --   GE --   PL --   TY --  

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Candy Cordtz On the Go Tattoo Jewelry

Horizon Group USA, Inc. - http://www.craftprojectideas.com/

$9.97     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 9 years      

Toy Type   AC --   AP --   CP --   OT --  

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Just My Style Alpha Beads

Horizon Group USA, Inc. - http://www.craftprojectideas.com/

$9.97     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 9 years      

Toy Type   AC --   AP --   CP --   OT --  

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Made by Me: Paint Your Own Glitter Plaster Horses

Horizon Group USA, Inc. - http://www.craftprojectideas.com/

$12.97     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AC --   AD --   CP --   FP --  

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Thomas & Friends Track PlayTape

InRoad Toys - http://discoverytoys.net/

$9.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CO --   FP --   TS --  

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Doc McStuffins Take Care of Me Lambie

Just Play - http://discoverytoys.net/

$49.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CE --   MM --   PL --   TY --  

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Imagicard Paw Patrol

LeapFrog - http://leapfrog.com/

$24.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 9 years      

Toy Type   CR --   EG --   ES --   GE --   MA --  

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Number Lovin' Oven

LeapFrog - http://leapfrog.com/

$24.99     Buy Now

Age range 2 years thru 6 years      

Toy Type   DH --   ES --   MM --   PZ --  

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Platinum

LeapFrog - http://leapfrog.com/

$129.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 9 years      

Toy Type   CR --   EL --   ES --   IN --  

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Word Whammer

LeapFrog - http://leapfrog.com/

$19.99     Buy Now

Age range 4 years thru 8 years      

Toy Type   AP --   ES --   GE --   LG --  

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Reader Bee and the First Story Marker

Learning Circle Kids - http://www.readerbee.com/

$0.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 6 years      

Toy Type   CP --   ES --   GE --   MM --  

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Learn with Me Sort and Learn Apple

Learning Journey, Intnl. - http://www.thelearningjourney.com/

$24.99     Buy Now

Age range 2 years thru 6 years      

Toy Type   ES --   GE --   LG --   SR --  

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Learning Journey International

Learning Journey, Intnl. - http://www.thelearningjourney.com/

$24.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 8 years      

Toy Type   AE --   AP --   OP --   TY --  

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Bratz Create-It-Yourself (C.I.Y) Fashion Set With Doll

MGA Entertainment - http://www.mgae.com/

$44.99     Buy Now

Age range 5 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AC --   AD --   CP --   DO --  

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Lil' Ocean Explorers™ 3-in-1 Adventure Course™

MGA Entertainment - http://www.mgae.com/

$79.99     Buy Now

Age range 6 months thru 3 years      

Toy Type   AE --  

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Project Mc2 McKeyla McAlister and Lava Light Experiment

MGA Entertainment - http://www.mgae.com/

$24.99     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 10 years      

Toy Type   CP --   DO --   ES --   SC --  

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Stand 'N Dance Starfish

MGA Entertainment - http://www.mgae.com/

$24.99     Buy Now

Age range 9 months thru 3 years      

Toy Type   AP --   EQ --   MM --  

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Madame Alexander's Jazzberry Pink Pixie Doodle

Madame Alexander Doll Company - http://www.madamealexander.com/

$27.95     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AC --   CP --   DO --   TY --  

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Madame Alexander's Little Sister Babblebaby

Madame Alexander Doll Company - http://www.madamealexander.com/

$99.00     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   DO --   TY --  

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Inspire 100Pc Set

Magformers LLC - http://www.magformers.com/

$99.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CO --   TY --  

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Unique 44Pc Set

Magformers LLC - http://www.magformers.com/

$99.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CO --   TY --  

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Walking Dinosaur 81Pc Set

Magformers LLC - http://www.magformers.com/

$189.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CO --   TY --  

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Animal Trivia Challenge

MindWare - http://www.mindware.com/

$24.95     Buy Now

Age range 7 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   BG --   CE --   ES --   MM --  

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Make Your Own Doggy Day Camp

MindWare - http://www.mindware.com/

$29.95     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   AP --   CP --   OP --  

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UNBORED Treasure Hunt

MindWare - http://www.mindware.com/

$29.95     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AP --   CE --   CP --   MM --  

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My Happy Pillow

My Happy Pillow - http://myhappypillow.com/

$19.99     Buy Now

Age range 2 years thru 10 years      

Toy Type   ES --   FP --   LG --   PL --  

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NightBuddies

Napa Valley Toys USA - http://www.nightbuddies.com/

$19.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CT --   PL --   SR --   TY --  

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Jewelry Fold-Square

Paper Punk - http://www.paperpunk.com/

$19.95     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AC --   CO --   CP --   GN --  

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OK to Wake!® Alarm Clock & Night-Light

Patch Products LLC - http://www.patchproducts.com/

$32.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 5 years      

Toy Type   AD --   CR --   EL --   MM --  

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Build & Connect

Smart Toys and Games - http://www.smartmaxusa.com/

$59.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   CO --   ES --  

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Drop Zone Cargo Release Glider

SmartLab Toys - http://www.smartlabtoys.com/

$39.99     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   CS --   OP --   TS --  

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Sub Shop

Snigglezoo Entertainment - http://www.themoneymammals.com/

$14.99     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   BG --   ES --   LG --   MA --  

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Snack & Play 2.0

Star Kids Products - http://www.snackandplaytraveltray.com/

$29.99     Buy Now

Age range 18 months thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AC --   AP --   EQ --   TR --  

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Beanie Boos Friends Game

Tactic Games - http://www.tactic.net/fp.php?lang=US

$11.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   BG --   ES --   GE --   TY --  

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PLYT

Talkplaces - http://www.plyt.co.uk/

$30.00     Buy Now

Age range 4 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   BG --   ES --   GE --   MA --  

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TAG the Art Game

Tonni-co - http://www.tagtheartgame.com/

$40.00     Buy Now

Age range 7 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AC --   CP --   ES --   GE --  

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Cat Buildin' Crew Roll 'N Go Machines

Toy State - http://toystate.com/

$14.99     Buy Now

Age range 2 years thru 5 years      

Toy Type   AE --   OP --   TS --   TY --  

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Road Rippers Dancing Car

Toy State - http://toystate.com/

$19.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 7 years      

Toy Type   TS --   TY --  

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Baby Amaze Learn to Talk and Read Baby Doll

VTECH - http://www.vtechkids.com/

$29.99     Buy Now

Age range 2 years thru 5 years      

Toy Type   BK --   DO --   ES --   LG --  

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Flipsides Sandy's House & Ocean Cruiser

VTECH - http://www.vtechkids.com/

$39.99     Buy Now

Age range 4 years thru 9 years      

Toy Type   EG --   ES --   MM --   TY --  

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Go! Go! Smart Animals Grow & Learn Farm

VTECH - http://www.vtechkids.com/

$39.99     Buy Now

Age range 1 year thru 5 years      

Toy Type   EL --   ES --   GE --   MM --  

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Go! Go! Smart Wheel Ultimate RC Speedway

VTECH - http://www.vtechkids.com/

$59.99     Buy Now

Age range 1 year thru 5 years      

Toy Type   EG --   ES --   MM --   TY --  

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Lil' Critters Roll & Discover Ball

VTECH - http://www.vtechkids.com/

$14.99     Buy Now

Age range 6 months thru 2 years      

Toy Type   AE --   LG --   ML --   TY --  

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Lil' Critters Soothing Starlight Hippo

VTECH - http://www.vtechkids.com/

$24.99     Buy Now

Ages up thru 2 years      

Toy Type   CE --   ML --   MM --   PL --  

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Sit-to-Stand Alphabet Train

VTECH - http://www.vtechkids.com/

$49.99     Buy Now

Age range 1 year thru 3 years      

Toy Type   CR --   EL --   ES --   TR --  

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Dot

Wonder Workshop - http://www.makewonder.com/

$49.99     Buy Now

Age range 5 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CR --   EL --   ES --   SC --  

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ZIPIT Monstar 3 Ring Pouch

ZIPIT Ltd. - http://www.zipitstore.com/monstar

$9.99     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CP --   CR --   IN --   NO --  

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ikiki shoes with adjustable squeaker

ikiki - http://www.discoverwithdrcool.com/

$29.95     Buy Now

Age range 8 months thru 5 years      

Toy Type   AE --   CS --   NO --   OP --   OT --  

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Message from Dr Toy

The Dr. Toy Best Picks Children's Products Award Program® was developed 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 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."

We are pleased to report 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." I wish to add, "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."" I believe, "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, 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."

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. 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.

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For more Information please obtain a copy 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, ailand, Turkey, and the USA, will soon be available in other countries. Obtain book at www.amazon.com and at other book/toy stores with access to Ingram.

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




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