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#CompanyToy NameProduct CodesAgePriceCust.Svc.www.
1.77SPARX Studio, Inc.Wonster Words - ABC, Phonics, & SpellingES --   IN --   LG --   PZ --   2y - 7y$24.95650-969-394877sparx.com
2.Adora DollsMixxie MopsieAC --   CO --   CP --   DO --   4y - 12y$39.99800-779-5335adoradolls.com
3.Banana Peel PressPINK TULIP + Toothless Keepsake KitBK --   ES --   NO --   OT --   3y - 9y$34.95984-212-1794bananapeelpress.com
4.Brightz, Ltd.Wheel BrightzAP --   CP --   OP --   TS --   8y - 12y$14.99419-517-0049brightz-ltd.com
5.CrayolaCrayola Color Wonder Light-Up StamperAC --   AP --   CP --   HM --   RS --   3y - 12y$24.99212-373-6042crayola.com
6.CrayolaCrayola Crayon CarverAC --   AP --   CP --   HM --   6y - 12y$29.99212-373-6042crayola.com
7.CrayolaCrayola Thread WrapperAC --   AP --   CP --   HM --   8y - 12y$24.99212-373-6042crayola.com
8.Discover with Dr. CoolMoon Light - Remote Controlled Night LightES --   SC --   6y - 12y$24.95855-437-2665discoverwithdrcool.com
9.Discovery Toys / DT LearningMosaic Mysteries Heirloom EditionES --   PZ --   TY --   WT --   5y - 8y$50.00925-606-2600discoverytoys.net
10.Discovery Toys / DT LearningMy Friend's PuzzleES --   PZ --   TY --   WT --   19m - 5y$22.00800-341-8697discoverytoys.net
11.Dream FrenzDream FrenzPL --   TY --   3y - 12y$24.00941-993-5636dreamfrenz.com
12.EastcolightProfessional Human Torso SetES --   SC --   8y - 12y$40.35425-349-3718eastcolight.com
13.EdupressPete the Cat On-the-Go GamesCG --   GE --   3y - 12y$12.99800-835-7978edupress.com
14.Fashion AngelsPixel LoomAC --   AD --   CP --   HO --   8y - 12y$16.99800-492-3237fashionangels.com
15.FolkmanisFolkmanis® Collared Lizard PuppetPL --   PU --   TY --   3y - 12y$33.99800-654-8922folkmanis.com
16.FolkmanisFolkmanis® Pelican PuppetFP --   PL --   PU --   TY --   3y - 12y$33.99800-654-8922folkmanis.com
17.FolkmanisFolkmanis® Winged Dragon PuppetFP --   PL --   PU --   TY --   3y - 12y$29.99800-654-8922folkmanis.com
18.Four Boys IndustriesThe Switch Witch and the Magic of SwitchcraftBG --   ES --   GE --   3y - 12y$29.99720-979-9794switchcrafted.com
19.Fundamentals ToysKiss Naturals DIY Bubble BathAC --   BA --   GN --   SR --   6y - 12y$14.99877-617-1563kissnaturals.com
20.Fundamentals ToysKiss Naturals DIY Perfume KitAC --   CP --   HM --   SC --   6y - 12y$14.99877-617-1563kissnaturals.com
21.GUNAMUNAGunapod Wearable BlanketAD --   OT --   TR --   0 - 3y$32.00978-258-9273gunamuna.com
22.Galison/MudpuppyMythical Beasts Magnetic Build-ItAC --   CP --   FP --   TR --   8y - 12y$16.99212-354-8840galison.com
23.Haywire GroupWorry EatersES --   PL --   SR --   TY --   3y - 12y$22.99413-543-3020haywiregroup.com
24.Hide and SeekHide and Seek Interactive plushEL --   GE --   PL --   TY --   10m - 6y$29.95678-358-4204hideandseektoy.com
25.Horizon Group USA, Inc.Candy Cordtz On the Go Tattoo JewelryAC --   AP --   CP --   OT --   6y - 9y$9.97800-651-0616craftprojectideas.com
26.Horizon Group USA, Inc.Just My Style Alpha BeadsAC --   AP --   CP --   OT --   6y - 9y$9.97800-651-0616craftprojectideas.com
27.Horizon Group USA, Inc.Made by Me: Paint Your Own Glitter Plaster HorsesAC --   AD --   CP --   FP --   6y - 12y$12.97800-651-0616craftprojectideas.com
28.InRoad ToysThomas & Friends Track PlayTapeCO --   FP --   TS --   3y - 12y$9.99888-311-7165discoverytoys.net
29.Just PlayDoc McStuffins Take Care of Me LambieCE --   MM --   PL --   TY --   3y - 12y$49.99800-317-3245discoverytoys.net
30.LeapFrogImagicard Paw PatrolCR --   EG --   ES --   GE --   MA --   3y - 9y$24.99800-701-5327leapfrog.com
31.LeapFrogNumber Lovin' OvenDH --   ES --   MM --   PZ --   2y - 6y$24.99800-701-5327leapfrog.com
32.LeapFrogPlatinumCR --   EL --   ES --   IN --   3y - 9y$129.99800-701-5327leapfrog.com
33.LeapFrogWord WhammerAP --   ES --   GE --   LG --   4y - 8y$19.99800-701-5327leapfrog.com
34.Learning Circle KidsReader Bee and the First Story MarkerCP --   ES --   GE --   MM --   3y - 6y$0.99650-350-6011readerbee.com
35.Learning Journey, Intnl.Learn with Me Sort and Learn AppleES --   GE --   LG --   SR --   2y - 6y$24.99877-839-3969thelearningjourney.com
36.Learning Journey, Intnl.Learning Journey InternationalAE --   AP --   OP --   TY --   3y - 8y$24.99877-839-3969thelearningjourney.com
37.MGA EntertainmentBratz Create-It-Yourself (C.I.Y) Fashion Set With DollAC --   AD --   CP --   DO --   5y - 12y$44.99800-222-4685mgae.com
38.MGA EntertainmentLil' Ocean Explorers™ 3-in-1 Adventure Course™AE --   6m - 3y$79.99800-222-4685mgae.com
39.MGA EntertainmentProject Mc2 McKeyla McAlister and Lava Light ExperimentCP --   DO --   ES --   SC --   6y - 10y$24.99800-222-4685mgae.com
40.MGA EntertainmentStand 'N Dance StarfishAP --   EQ --   MM --   9m - 3y$24.99800-222-4685mgae.com
41.Madame Alexander Doll CompanyMadame Alexander's Jazzberry Pink Pixie DoodleAC --   CP --   DO --   TY --   3y - 12y$27.95212-244-4500madamealexander.com
42.Madame Alexander Doll CompanyMadame Alexander's Little Sister BabblebabyDO --   TY --   3y - 12y$99.00212-244-4500madamealexander.com
43.Magformers LLCInspire 100Pc SetCO --   TY --   3y - 12y$99.99877-817-4574magformers.com
44.Magformers LLCUnique 44Pc SetCO --   TY --   3y - 12y$99.99877-817-4574magformers.com
45.Magformers LLCWalking Dinosaur 81Pc SetCO --   TY --   3y - 12y$189.99877-817-4574magformers.com
46.MindWareAnimal Trivia ChallengeBG --   CE --   ES --   MM --   7y - 12y$24.95651-268-2814mindware.com
47.MindWareMake Your Own Doggy Day CampAE --   AP --   CP --   OP --   8y - 12y$29.95651-268-2814mindware.com
48.MindWareUNBORED Treasure HuntAP --   CE --   CP --   MM --   8y - 12y$29.95651-268-2814mindware.com
49.My Happy PillowMy Happy PillowES --   FP --   LG --   PL --   2y - 10y$19.99203-722-3844myhappypillow.com
50.Napa Valley Toys USANightBuddiesCT --   PL --   SR --   TY --   3y - 12y$19.99800-455-1081nightbuddies.com
51.Paper PunkJewelry Fold-SquareAC --   CO --   CP --   GN --   6y - 12y$19.95415-380-1940paperpunk.com
52.Patch Products LLCOK to Wake!® Alarm Clock & Night-LightAD --   CR --   EL --   MM --   3y - 5y$32.99800-524-4263patchproducts.com
53.Smart Toys and GamesBuild & ConnectAE --   CO --   ES --   3y - 12y$59.99800-542-6375smartmaxusa.com
54.SmartLab ToysDrop Zone Cargo Release GliderAE --   CS --   OP --   TS --   8y - 12y$39.99866-319-5900smartlabtoys.com
55.Snigglezoo EntertainmentSub ShopBG --   ES --   LG --   MA --   6y - 12y$14.99800-926-7241themoneymammals.com
56.Star Kids ProductsSnack & Play 2.0AC --   AP --   EQ --   TR --   18m - 12y$29.99303-887-9017snackandplaytraveltray.com
57.Tactic GamesBeanie Boos Friends GameBG --   ES --   GE --   TY --   3y - 12y$11.99216-288-0087tactic.net/fp.php?lang=US
58.TalkplacesPLYTBG --   ES --   GE --   MA --   4y - 12y$30.0044-795-635-2926plyt.co.uk
59.Tonni-coTAG the Art GameAC --   CP --   ES --   GE --   7y - 12y$40.00201-938-0686tagtheartgame.com
60.Toy StateCat Buildin' Crew Roll 'N Go MachinesAE --   OP --   TS --   TY --   2y - 5y$14.99781-349-1000toystate.com
61.Toy StateRoad Rippers Dancing CarTS --   TY --   3y - 7y$19.99781-349-1000toystate.com
62.VTECHBaby Amaze Learn to Talk and Read Baby DollBK --   DO --   ES --   LG --   2y - 5y$29.99847-400-3600vtechkids.com
63.VTECHFlipsides Sandy's House & Ocean CruiserEG --   ES --   MM --   TY --   4y - 9y$39.99847-400-3600vtechkids.com
64.VTECHGo! Go! Smart Animals Grow & Learn FarmEL --   ES --   GE --   MM --   1y - 5y$39.99847-400-3600vtechkids.com
65.VTECHGo! Go! Smart Wheel Ultimate RC SpeedwayEG --   ES --   MM --   TY --   1y - 5y$59.99847-400-3600vtechkids.com
66.VTECHLil' Critters Roll & Discover BallAE --   LG --   ML --   TY --   6m - 2y$14.99847-400-3600vtechkids.com
67.VTECHLil' Critters Soothing Starlight HippoCE --   ML --   MM --   PL --   0 - 2y$24.99847-400-3600vtechkids.com
68.VTECHSit-to-Stand Alphabet TrainCR --   EL --   ES --   TR --   1y - 3y$49.99847-400-3600vtechkids.com
69.Wonder WorkshopDotCR --   EL --   ES --   SC --   5y - 12y$49.99844-966-3311makewonder.com
70.ZIPIT Ltd.ZIPIT Monstar 3 Ring PouchCP --   CR --   IN --   NO --   6y - 12y$9.99800-511-6239zipitstore.com/monstar
71.ikikiikiki shoes with adjustable squeakerAE --   CS --   NO --   OP --   OT --   8m - 5y$29.95801-356-3823discoverwithdrcool.com




Dr. Toy's   10 Best Toys   of   2015

#CompanyToy NameProduct CodesAgePriceCust.Svc.www.
1.Chronicle BooksSteam Train Dream Train PuzzleES --   PZ --   TY --   XT --   3y - 6y$14.99800-759-0190chroniclebooks.com
2.Corolle DollsMon Premier Bebe Calin Christmas TalesDO --   FP --   TY --   XT --   1y+6m - 3y$42.00800-214-9711us.corolle.com
3.FolkmanisFolkmanis® Mountain Lion Cub PuppetPL --   PU --   TY --   XT --   3y - 12y$43.99800-654-8922folkmanis.com
4.Ikonic ToysWooden Race TrackCO --   TR --   TY --   WT --   XT --   3y - 8y$72.330031-15-887-1314ikonictoys.nl/en
5.Learning Journey, Intnl.Techno Gears Marble Mania ZoomerangCO --   ES --   SC --   TY --   XT --   6y - 12y$19.99602-787-1115thelearningjourney.com
6.Madame Alexander Doll CompanyNewborn Nursery 19DO --   TY --   XT --   3y - 12y$119.95212-244-4500madamealexander.com
7.MagformersWalking Robot 45Pc SetCO --   TY --   XT --   3y - 12y$109.99877-817-4574magformers.com
8.RubbabuAnimal PuppetsCP --   GN --   LG --   PU --   XT --   10m - 5y$11.99855-782-2228rubbabu.com
9.SnappetsSnappets: DinosaursAC --   ES --   OP --   TY --   XT --   5y - 12y$19.99914-439-3323snappets.biz
10.Toy StateNikko VaporizR 2AE --   CR --   OP --   TR --   XT --   7y - 11y$49.99781-349-1000toystate.com




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.

Interact with Dr. Toy on social media through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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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