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Dr. Toy's   Best Toy Picks   of   2018

 

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#CompanyToy NameProduct CodesAgePriceCust.Svc.www.
1.AnimoodlesAnimoodlesAE   CO   CP   FP   OP   PL   TY   UN   3y - 12y$25.00N/Atheanimoodles.com
2.Aurora WorldLittle Pitter Pattern - Pup Rattle 8.5in & Swaddle 18inNO   PL   TR   0 - 6m$20.00888-287-6722auroragift.com
3.Banana PandaMatch the Baby PuzzlesBG   CO   ES   PZ   TY   18m - 3y$16.99856-720-0580bananapanda.com
4.Banana PandaSuuuper Size Memory GameAE   BG   ES   GE   NO   TY   2y - 5y$21.99(856) 720-0580bananapanda.com
5.Banana PandaThe Way I See It Educational Flash CardsAS   BO   CG   ES   NO   0 - 12m$16.99856-720-0580bananapanda.com
6.BizyBeezMagStixCO   ES   FP   MA   SC   3y - 8y$69.99801-895-4838bizybeez.com
7.Bobby Susser Music GroupGreen LightAE   AT   ML   MM   TC   2y - 8y$12.97516-466-6040bobbysusser.com
8.CandygramsCandygramsES   GE   LA   7y - 12y$24.99571-263-4511candygrams.com
9.CooperativeGames.comThe Baby Beluga GameBG   CT   EC   ES   GE   GG   GN   SC   SR   UN   3y - 10y$34.95800-328-1050cooperativegames.com
10.D&L CompanyDueling Stomp RocketAE   ES   HO   OP   TR   TY   6y - 12y$21.00775-782-3000stomprocket.com
11.D&L CompanyJunior Glow Stomp RocketAE   ES   HO   OP   TR   TY   3y - 12y$14.99775-782-3000stomprocket.com
12.D&L CompanyStomp Rocket Stunt PlanesAE   ES   HO   OP   TR   TY   5y - 12y$29.99775-782-3000stomprocket.com
13.E-Blox, Inc.Circuit Blox 115 Project SetCO   ES   8y - 12y$32.99855-693-2569myeblox.com
14.Golden Bell StudiosKeys to Capitals Board GameBG   ES   GE   GG   SR   7y - 12y$24.95855-271-6621goldenbellstudios.com
15.Golden Bell StudiosMarshfellows Stuffed ToysAC   AE   CP   PL   TY   0 - 1y$24.95855-271-6621goldenbellstudios.com
16.Golden Bell StudiosMovie Buff Card GameAE   CE   CG   CP   GE   MM   10y - 12y$24.95855-271-6621goldenbellstudios.com
17.Golden Bell StudiosPretending to Grownup GameAE   CE   CG   CP   GE   MM   OP   12y - 12y$29.95855-271-6621goldenbellstudios.com
18.Green Toys Inc.Tide Pool Bath SetBA   EC   ES   GN   PT   SR   TY   6m - 12y$19.99877-412-7467greentoys.com
19.Griddly Games, Inc.Just Add SugarCP   CR   EC   ES   SR   8y - 12y$24.95604-249-5020griddlygames.com
20.Hansa Creation USAGiraffe MediumAE   AS   HM   PL   SR   TY   3y - 12y$195.0018448880694hansacreationusa.com
21.Heroes Will RiseRigamajig JuniorAE   CO   EQ   ES   MA   SC   WT   5y - 12y$395.00202-464-6088rigamajig.com
22.Itty Bitty City, LLCMagnetic Wooden Blocks – 6 Piece Set, Cat/Dog SetAE   CH   CO   ES   SA   TY   WT   3y - 5y$19.99417-202-2025ittybitty.city
23.Itty Bitty City, LLCMagnetic Wooden Blocks-30-piece setCO   ES   TY   WT   3y - 5y$49.99417-202-2025ittybitty.city
24.Kangaroo ManufacturingPop-Oh-Ver Counter Top SetAE   AS   CP   DH   FP   HO   TY   UN   3y - 12y$39.95(480) 566-8686kangaroomfg.com
25.Kangaroo ManufacturingPop-Oh-Ver Stove SetAE   AS   CP   DH   FP   HO   TY   UN   3y - 12y$39.95(480) 566-8686kangaroomfg.com
26.KellytoySquishmallowsAE   AS   FP   PL   TY   UN   0 - 12y$2.99323-923-1300kellytoy.com
27.KitkiThree SticksAE   BG   CP   GE   8y - 12y$35.00+917382717816kitki.in
28.Laser PegsFire's FuryAE   CO   DO   EL   ES   FP   HO   MA   SC   TC   TY   6y - 12y$44.99941-371-0909laserpegs.com
29.Laser PegsMars RocketAE   CO   EL   ES   FP   HO   MA   SC   TC   7y - 12y$69.99941-371-0909laserpegs.com
30.Looney LabsGet the MacGuffinCG   CT   EC   GE   SR   8y - 12y$10.00301-441-1019looneylabs.com
31.Looney LabsNanofictionaryBO   CG   CP   ES   GE   LA   TR   8y - 12y$16.00301-441-1019looneylabs.com
32.Looney LabsPyramid ArcadeAE   BG   CP   ES   GE   MA   TR   UN   8y - 12y$77.00301-441-1019looneylabs.com
33.Maple Landmark WoodcraftRainmaker RattleEC   GN   OR   SR   TY   WT   0 - 2y$17.50800-421-4223maplelandmark.com
34.MiaoKidsMiaoKids Smart KitEG   EL   ES   LA   MA   SC   TC   2y - 8y$79.00+86 18518208646miaokids.com
35.MiaoKidsMiaoKids Wonder MathEG   EL   ES   GE   LA   MA   MM   SW   TC   2y - 8y$79.00+86 18518208646miaokids.com
36.NSI INTERNATIONAL, INC.LASER X FUSIONAE   EG   EL   EQ   FP   GE   OP   TC   6y - 12y$79.99888-425-9113getlaserx.com
37.NSI International, Inc.FUZZY WUBBLEAE   EG   EL   EQ   FP   GE   OP   TC   4y - 12y$17.99888-425-9113wubbleball.com
38.NSI International, Inc.Smithsonian Fingerprint KitAE   EQ   ES   FP   HO   SC   TY   8y - 12y$14.99888-425-9113nsi-int.com
39.NSI International, Inc.Smithsonian Robo SpiderCO   EL   ES   FP   HO   SC   TC   UN   8y - 12y$14.99888-425-9113nsi-int.com
40.OWI KitOWI-893 KIKO.893CO   CR   EC   EL   ES   GN   HM   HO   SC   SR   8y - 12y$43.95310-515-1900owirobot.com
41.OWI KitOWI-MSK618 Dodeca 12 in 1 SolarHydraulic RobotAE   CO   CP   EC   ES   GN   HM   HO   OP   SC   SR   8y - 12y$33.95310-515-1900owirobot.com
42.Piccoli HorsesPiccoli HorsesES   FP   LA   MM   PL   SW   TC   TY   3y - 12y$30.00859-469-4343piccolihorses.com
43.RIVAL 5 GameRIVAL 5 The Number Strategy GameAE   BG   CP   ES   GE   MA   9y - 12y$39.99717-917-5471rival5game.com
44.ReadySetzReadySetz Space Base PlaysetAE   DH   EC   FP   HO   NO   SR   TY   UN   3y - 12y$65.00949-429-8687readysetz.com
45.ReadySetzReadySetz Urban Playset 2.0AE   DH   EC   FP   HO   NO   SR   TY   3y - 12y$65.00949-429-8687readysetz.com
46.Reed'sReindeer In HereBO   ES   FP   NO   PL   TY   1m - 10y$29.99310-308-6810reindeerinhere.com
47.SerabeenaBracelet Making KitAC   AE   CP   FP   GE   HM   HO   TR   TY   4y - 8y$19.9900 852 8191 5577serabeena.com
48.SharinglandSharingland Cardboard Playhouse SetsAE   CO   CS   DH   ES   FP   TY   3y - 8y$99.99513-808-5588sharingland.com
49.SmartFelt ToysMy Little HouseAE   ES   FP   LA   TY   UN   2y - 5y$34.99(818)822-5269smartfelttoys.com
50.SmartLab ToysTiny ScienceCP   EQ   ES   SC   UN   8y - 14y$19.99+1 425 822 1950SmartLabToys.com
51.Square PandaSquare Panda Home EditionAT   EG   EL   ES   GE   LA   MM   SW   TC   2y - 8y$59.95877-80-PANDAsquarepanda.com
52.TeknikioActivating OrigamiAC   CO   CP   ES   MA   UN   8y - 12y$24.00718-773-8301teknikio.com
53.Think Tank Scholar500+ Sight Words Flash Cards Bundle SetAE   DH   EC   FP   H   NO   SR   TY   UN   3y - 9y$25.00301-801-4959thinktankscholar.com
54.Tralala Ltd.LALABOOM educational beadsAE   CO   EC   ES   LA   MA   TY   UN   10m - 3y$29.950085269085698lalaboom.toys
55.Turing TumbleTuring TumbleBG   CO   ES   GE   MA   PZ   SC   TY   8y - 12y$69.95651-231-0617turingtumble.com
56.WhistlefritzThe French CollectionAT   CT   ES   LA   ML   MM   SR   TC   2y - 7y$89.993014663937whistlefritz.com
57.b. dazzle, incHearts Scramble Squares® PuzzleBG   CG   CT   ES   GE   MA   PZ   SR   TR   TY   4y - 12y$12.99800-809-4242b-dazzle.com
58.b. dazzle, inc.Cupcakes Scramble Squares® PuzzleCP   ES   MA   NO   PZ   TR   TY   4y - 12y$12.99800-809-4242b-dazzle.com




Dr. Toy's   10 Best Toys   of   2018

#CompanyToy NameProduct CodesAgePriceCust.Svc.www.
1.AnimoodlesAnimoodlesAE   CO   CP   FP   OP   PL   TY   UN   3y - 12y$25.00N/Atheanimoodles.com
2.Aurora WorldLittle Pitter Pattern - Pup Rattle 8.5in & Swaddle 18inNO   PL   TR   0 - 6m$20.00888-287-6722auroragift.com
3.Banana PandaMatch the Baby PuzzlesBG   CO   ES   PZ   TY   18m - 3y$16.99856-720-0580bananapanda.com
4.b. dazzle, inc.Cupcakes Scramble Squares® PuzzleCP   ES   MA   NO   PZ   TR   TY   4y - 12y$12.99800-809-4242b-dazzle.com
5.E-Blox, Inc.Circuit Blox 115 Project SetCO   ES   8y - 12y$32.99855-693-2569myeblox.com
6.Green Toys Inc.Tide Pool Bath SetBA   EC   ES   GN   PT   SR   TY   6m - 12y$19.99877-412-7467greentoys.com
7.Kangaroo ManufacturingPop-Oh-Ver Stove SetAE   AS   CP   DH   FP   HO   TY   UN   3y - 12y$39.95(480) 566-8686kangaroomfg.com
8.NSI International, Inc.FUZZY WUBBLEAE   EG   EL   EQ   FP   GE   OP   TC   4y - 12y$17.99888-425-9113wubbleball.com
9.ReadySetzReadySetz Space Base PlaysetAE   DH   EC   FP   HO   NO   SR   TY   UN   3y - 12y$65.00949-429-8687readysetz.com
10.SharinglandSharingland Cardboard Playhouse SetsAE   CO   CS   DH   ES   FP   TY   3y - 8y$99.99513-808-5588sharingland.com

Dr. Toy's   10 Best Gifts   of   2018

#CompanyToy NameProduct CodesAgePriceCust.Svc.www.
1.Bobby Susser Music GroupGreen LightAE   AT   ML   MM   TC   2y - 8y$12.97516-466-6040bobbysusser.com
2.D&L CompanyJunior Glow Stomp RocketAE   ES   HO   OP   TR   TY   3y - 12y$14.99775-782-3000stomprocket.com
3.Hansa Creation USAGiraffe MediumAE   AS   HM   PL   SR   TY   3y - 12y$195.0018448880694hansacreationusa.com
4.Heroes Will RiseRigamajig JuniorAE   CO   EQ   ES   MA   SC   WT   5y - 12y$395.00202-464-6088rigamajig.com
5.Itty Bitty City, LLCMagnetic Wooden Blocks-30-piece setCO   ES   TY   WT   3y - 5y$49.99417-202-2025ittybitty.city
6.Laser PegsMars RocketAE   CO   EL   ES   FP   HO   MA   SC   TC   7y - 12y$69.99941-371-0909laserpegs.com
7.Maple Landmark WoodcraftRainmaker RattleEC   GN   OR   SR   TY   WT   0 - 2y$17.50800-421-4223maplelandmark.com
8.SmartFelt ToysMy Little HouseAE   ES   FP   LA   TY   UN   2y - 5y$34.99(818)822-5269smartfelttoys.com
9.TeknikioActivating OrigamiAC   CO   CP   ES   MA   UN   8y - 12y$24.00718-773-8301teknikio.com
10.Turing TumbleTuring TumbleBG   CO   ES   GE   MA   PZ   SC   TY   8y - 12y$69.95651-231-0617turingtumble.com

Dr. Toy's   10 Best Educational Products   of   2018

#CompanyToy NameProduct CodesAgePriceCust.Svc.www.
1.CooperativeGames.comThe Baby Beluga GameBG   CT   EC   ES   GE   GG   GN   SC   SR   UN   3y - 10y$34.95800-328-1050cooperativegames.com
2.Golden Bell StudiosKeys to Capitals Board GameBG   ES   GE   GG   SR   7y - 12y$24.95855-271-6621goldenbellstudios.com
3.Griddly Games, Inc.Just Add SugarCP   CR   EC   ES   SR   8y - 12y$24.95604-249-5020griddlygames.com
4.KellytoySquishmallowsAE   AS   FP   PL   TY   UN   0 - 12y$2.99323-923-1300kellytoy.com
5.Looney LabsPyramid ArcadeAE   BG   CP   ES   GE   MA   TR   UN   8y - 12y$77.00301-441-1019looneylabs.com
6.NSI International, Inc.Smithsonian Robo SpiderCO   EL   ES   FP   HO   SC   TC   UN   8y - 12y$14.99888-425-9113nsi-int.com
7.OWI KitOWI-MSK618 Dodeca 12 in 1 SolarHydraulic RobotAE   CO   CP   EC   ES   GN   HM   HO   OP   SC   SR   8y - 12y$33.95310-515-1900owirobot.com
8.SmartLab ToysTiny ScienceCP   EQ   ES   SC   UN   8y - 14y$19.99+1 425 822 1950SmartLabToys.com
9.Square PandaSquare Panda Home EditionAT   EG   EL   ES   GE   LA   MM   SW   TC   2y - 8y$59.95877-80-PANDAsquarepanda.com
10.WhistlefritzThe French CollectionAT   CT   ES   LA   ML   MM   SR   TC   2y - 7y$89.993014663937whistlefritz.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.

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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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