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#CompanyToy NameAgePriceProduct CodesCust.Svc.www.
1.4M Industrial Development, Ltd.Hover Racer8y - 12y18.00CP   ES   NO   SC   XK   800-356-04744m-ind.com
2.77SPARX StudioPuzzingo Kids Learning Puzzles1y+6m - 5y19.99ES   IN   LG   PZ   XK   650-969-394877sparx.com
3.AdoraBabyTime3y - 12y69.99AE   DO   FP   XK   800-779-5335adoradolls.com
4.Ann Williams GroupCraft-tastic Yarn Tree Kit2y - 8y29.99AC   CP   XK   248-977-5831annwilliamsgroup.com
5.B4 AdventurePlayzone-Fit Starter Kit2y - 8y399.99AE   AP   OT   TY   XA   303-339-0482b4adventure.com
6.Bigjigs ToysDinosaur Train Set3y - 12y89.95FP   OT   TY   WT   XA   866-459-7829bigjigstoys.co.uk
7.Blue Orange GamesSuper Genius - First Words5y - 12y12.99CG   ES   GE   MA   XG   415-252-0372blueorangegames.com
8.BrackitzBrackitz3y - 12y29.95CO   ES   MA   SC   XB   720-446-5558brackitz.com
9.Brybelly HoldingsStory Time Dice6y - 12y9.99CP   ES   FP   GE   XG   800-926-7241brybelly.com
10.Build & ImagineFairytale Theater4y - 8y34.99CO   CP   DO   ES   FP   SR   WT   XB   415-265-0299buildandimagine.com
11.Chronicle BooksSteam Train Dream Train Puzzle3y - 6y14.99ES   PZ   TY   XT   800-759-0190chroniclebooks.com
12.ColorformsColorforms3y - 12y39.99AC   AP   CP   TR   XC   212-764-0266colorforms.com
13.Corolle DollsMon Premier Bebe Calin Christmas Tales1y+6m - 3y42.00DO   FP   TY   XT   800-214-9711us.corolle.com
14.Crayola Cling CreatorCrayola Cling Creator8y - 12y24.99AC   AP   CP   HM   XC   212-373-6042crayola.com
15.Diggin ActiveSlimeball Dodgetag6y - 12y24.99AE   GE   NO   OP   XA   888-388-8835digginactive.com
16.Discover with Dr. CoolRock Tumbler - Pro Series6y - 12y119.99ES   GE   PZ   SC   XE   855-437-2665discoverwithdrcool.com
17.Discovery Toys / DT LearningHeartbeat M.D.3y - 10y40.00ES   FP   TY   WT   XE   925-455-0100discoverytoys.com
18.Discovery Toys / DT LearningStacking Owls3y - 12y25.00CO   ES   TY   WT   XB   925-455-0100discoverytoys.com
19.DuneCraftThe Ultimate Habitat3y - 12y29.99CP   GN   SC   SR   XS   800-306-4168 x125dunecraft.com
20.ENLIVENZEFlipstir Puzzle - Level 27y - 12y24.95ES   PZ   TR   TY   XA   612-293-9749enlivenze.com
21.EQtainmentQ's Race to the Top3y - 7y24.99AP   ES   GE   SR   XG   310-344-4287eqtainment.com
22.Eastcolight375 Power 50mm Wide Angle HD Sport Microscope8y - 12y110.10CR   ES   MM   SC   XE   425-349-3718eastcolight.com
23.EdupressExploring Nonfiction Cards7y - 11y12.99ES   LG   XC   800-835-7978edupress.com
24.Fashion AngelsGarbage to Glam Upcycling8y - 12y16.99AC   AD   GN   SR   XS   800-492-3237fashionangels.com
25.Fibre CraftBUtiful Dolls4m - 12y39.99DO   TY   XK   847-929-5600fibrecraft.com
26.FolkmanisFolkmanis® Mountain Lion Cub Puppet3y - 12y43.99PL   PU   TY   XT   800-654-8922folkmanis.com
27.FoxMind Toys & GamesMaze Racers8y - 12y39.95BG   CO   CP   PZ   XG   514-369-7777foxmind.com
28.Fun with CircuitsFun with Circuits - Adventure with darkness and more5y - 10y59.99BK   EL   ES   SC   XE   214-695-2455funwithcircuits.com
29.Funnybone ToysJuxtabo8y - 12y29.99BG   CG   ES   PZ   XG   855-386-2663funnyboneproducts.com
30.Future of PlayLuv'n Learn Friends3y - 7y49.99EG   ES   MM   PL   XI   310-426-2839buildandimagine.com
31.Galison/MudpuppyForest Friends Paper Bag Craft Kit4y - 12y19.99AC   AP   CP   SR   XC   212-354-8840galison.com
32.GameWhysmOre10y - 12y25.00CG   ES   GE   SR   XG   415-533-6770gamewhys.com
33.Goldbrick GamesSkosh10y - 12y29.99BG   GE   XG   603-878-3819goldbrickgames.com
34.Green Kids Club, Inc.Grizzly Ghost Bear5y - 9y9.95BK   GN   SC   SR   XK   208-881-5184greenkidsclub.com
35.Green Toys, Inc.Sport Boats2y - 12y11.99AE   BA   GN   SR   TY   XS   415-839-9971greentoys.com
36.Griddly GamesJust Add Milk5y - 12y14.50AC   CP   ES   SC   XK   604-249-5020griddlygames.com
37.Grow'n Up, Ltd.Qwikflip 2-Sided Glow Easel4y - 12y49.99AC   EP   ES   XC   888-468-9898grow-n-up.com
38.Happy Kids SongsHappy Kids Songs4y - 8y4.95AC   AP   ES   MM   XD   805-969-6041happykidssongs.com
39.Horizon Group USAJust My Style Personalized Bracelet Maker6y - 9y9.97AC   AP   CP   OT   XC   800-651-0616craftprojectideas.com
40.ITSPHUNITSPHUN Geometric Construction Set5y - 12y29.99CO   CP   ES   MA   XB   650-321-6207itsphun.com
41.IdentiToyIdentiToy Interactive Baseplate4y - 12y9.99CE   CP   MM   TY   XB   510-298-5050identitoy.com
42.Ikonic ToysWooden Race Track3y - 8y72.33CO   TR   TY   WT   XT   0031-15-887-1314ikonictoys.nl/en
43.ImagAbilityWEDGNETiX5y - 12y39.99CO   CP   ES   TY   XB   530-295-8570wedgits.com
44.Irish Fairy DoorIrish Fairy Door2y - 10y20.00CP   ES   FP   WT   XI   212-777-2220theirishfairydoorcompany.com/us
45.Just PlayPeanuts Happy Dance Snoopy3y - 12y29.99CE   MM   PL   TY   XD   800-317-3245justplayproducts.com
46.KidstirKidstir5y - 10y19.95AP   CE   ES   SR   XS   914-318-1534kidstir.com
47.LEGO Systems, Inc.My First Playhouse1y+6m - 5y19.99CO   CP   ES   TY   XB   860-835-4386lego.com
48.Laser PegsSuper Copter 30 in 15y - 12y99.99AP   CO   CP   ES   XB   941-371-0909laserpegs.com
49.Lazy DogLight Stax 36 piece Classic Set3y - 12y39.99CO   CP   ES   SC   XB   201-770-0039lightstax.com
50.LeapFrogEpic3y - 9y139.99CR   EL   ES   IN   XI   510-420-4886leapfrog.com
51.LeapFrogScout's Build & Discover Tool Set2y - 5y19.99CO   ES   MA   TY   XI   510-420-4886leapfrog.com
52.Learning Circle KidsReader Bee and The Story Tree3y - 6y1.99CP   ES   GE   MM   XI   650-350-6011readerbee.com
53.Learning Journey, Intnl.Techno Gears Marble Mania Zoomerang6y - 12y19.99CO   ES   SC   TY   XT   602-787-1115thelearningjourney.com
54.LearningPlungeGeoPlunge5y - 12y17.76CG   ES   GE   XG   977-555-9324geoplunge.com
55.Lee & Low BooksCompound It All!9y - 12y29.95ES   GE   LG   PZ   XG   212-779-4400leeandlow.com
56.LightUpLightUp Tesla Kit (Bluetooth Edition)8y - 12y99.99CO   CR   EL   IN   XI   804-404-5678lightup.io
57.Luca and CompanyLuca and Company IVI 3D Play Rugs0 - 7y150.00CO   CP   DH   ES   XC   310-623-7370https//lucaandcompany.com
58.MGA EntertainmentMini Lalaloopsy Super Silly Party Musical Cake Playset4y - 10y39.99DH   DO   FP   ML   XD   800-222-4685mgae.com
59.MGA EntertainmentUltimate Lab Kit6y - 10y54.99CP   ES   SC   TY   XE   800-222-4685mgae.com
60.Madame Alexander Doll CompanyNewborn Nursery 193y - 12y119.95DO   TY   XT   212-244-4500madamealexander.com
61.MagformersWalking Robot 45Pc Set3y - 12y109.99CO   TY   XT   877-817-4574magformers.com
62.Math for LovePrime Climb10y - 12y35.00BG   ES   GE   MA   XE   206-226-8869mathforlove.com
63.Mightverse¡Dígame! Spanish Learning Card Game8y - 12y24.99AP   BG   ES   SR   XE   415-331-6975mightyverse.com
64.MindWarePattern Play 3D5y - 12y34.95CO   CP   MA   PZ   XB   651-582-0555mindware.com
65.Miniland EducationalEmotiblocks2y - 6y19.98CO   CP   LG   NO   XG   786-369-7875minilandeducationalusa.com
66.Music TogetherHey, Diddle, Diddle - Music Together® Singalong Storybook1y - 8y13.95AC   AP   BK   ES   XD   800-728-2692musictogether.com
67.Music TogetherMr. Rabbit - Music Together® Singalong Storybook1y - 8y13.95AC   BK   ES   ML   SR   XS   800-728-2692musictogether.com
68.Music TogetherTwo Little Blackbirds - Music Together® Singalong Storybook1y - 8y13.95AC   AP   BK   ML   XD   800-728-2692musictogether.com
69.NSI International, Inc.WubbleX6y - 12y7.99AE   XA   888-425-9113nsi-intonline.com
70.Nina CharlesPumpkinheads Book Series3y - 6y5.99BK   ES   SR   XK   954-309-3640pumpkinheads.com
71.OWI Inc.Kingii Dragon Robot0 - 7y41.95CO   EG   ES   MM   XE   310-515-1900owirobot.com
72.OribelPortaPlay Convertible Activity Center5m - 5y149.00ES   800-967-4235loveoribel.com/us
73.Pacific Play TentsGalaxy Combo Junction W/ Glow in the Dark Stars3y - 12y142.50AP   CP   FP   OP   XA   877-722-0083pacificplaytents.com
74.Patch ProductsChrono Bomb7y - 12y29.99AE   AP   EG   ES   SR   XS   800-524-4263patchproducts.com
75.Pegasus Toy-KraftShadow Theater4y - 12y12.98AP   ES   FP   PZ   XC   888-623-6557toy-kraft.com
76.Preschool Prep CompanyMeet the Math Facts3y - 9y14.95BK   ES   MA   MM   XK   866-451-5600preschoolprepco.com
77.Purple PancakesSleeperHero3y - 7y49.99BK   DO   FP   MM   XK   513-205-1097sleeperhero.com
78.Red Note RecordsRed Grammer's Circle of Light: Songs for Bucket Fillers5y - 8y15.00CT   ML   MM   SR   XD   800-824-2980redgrammer.com
79.Resonance HouseDigging Deep - A Journal For Young People Facing Health Challenges10y - 12y24.95BK   ES   SR   XS   800-488-3202diggingdeep.org
80.RubbabuAnimal Puppets10m - 5y11.99CP   GN   LG   PU   XT   855-782-2228rubbabu.com
81.SleevelessLove is a Journey1m - 12y14.99CT   ML   MM   SR   XD   888-606-6874sarahickman.com
82.SleevelessNewborn, Too1m - 12y14.99ML   OT   XD   888-606-6874sarahickman.com
83.SmartLab ToysGirls Only Secret Message Lab7y - 12y24.99BK   CP   ES   SC   SR   XS   866-319-5900smartlabtoys.com
84.SnappetsSnappets: Dinosaurs5y - 12y19.99AC   ES   OP   TY   XT   914-439-3323snappets.biz
85.Snigglezoo EntertainmentJoe the Monkey and Friends Learn About Spending Smart2y - 10y5.99BK   CT   ES   SR   XS   323-962-6828themoneymammals.com
86.Sound For LifeForBrain3y - 12y359.00EQ   ES   LG   OT   XE   305-423-7185forbrain.com
87.Tactic GamesMolkky6y - 12y49.99AE   GE   OP   WT   XA   216-288-0087tactic.net/fp.php?lang=US
88.Toy StateNikko VaporizR 27y - 11y49.99AE   CR   OP   TR   XT   781-349-1000toystate.com
89.Tubby Table ToysTubby Table1y+6m - 4y39.99AP   BA   CP   EQ   XA   818-274-2525tubbytabletoys.com
90.VTECHKidizoom Action Cam4y - 9y59.99MM   OP   TR   XI   847-400-3600vtechkids.com
91.VTECHKidizoom Smartwatch DX4y - 9y64.99CP   EG   ES   OP   XI   847-400-3600vtechkids.com
92.VTECHWrite & Learn Creative Center3y - 6y24.99CE   CP   ES   LG   XD   847-400-3600vtechkids.com
93.WhistlefritzSpanish for Kids: The Ultimate Collection1y - 7y115.00CT   ES   LG   ML   XD   866-944-7859whistlefritz.com
94.Whole Wide World ToysWorld Village Playset - China4y - 10y59.99CT   ES   LG   SR   TR   XR   717-756-5705wholewideworldtoys.com
95.Wonder WorkshopDash5y - 12y169.99CR   EL   ES   SC   XI   844-966-3311makewonder.com
96.WowWee USAR.E.V. Robotic Enhanced Vehicles8y - 12y99.99CR   EG   GE   MM   XI   858-729-6580wowwee.com
97.Write Brain WorldWRiTE BRAiN PUBLiSHED AUTHOR'S KiT5y - 14y43.99CP   CR   ES   LG   XC   855-922-6657writebrainbooks.com
98.Yellow ScopeFoundation Chemistry Kit8y - 12y44.00CP   EQ   ES   SC   XE   503-880-4485yellow-scope.com
99.ZingStikBot4y - 12y4.99CE   CR   ES   IN   XC   877-503-9464zingtoys.com
100.ZorbitzTwiddle-Fidget Toy & Shape Maker6y - 12y9.99AP   CP   PZ   TY   XA   866-967-2489zorbitz.net




Dr. Toy's   10 Best Toys   of   2015

#CompanyToy NameAge
BUY NOW Price
Product CodesCust.Svc.www.
1.Chronicle BooksSteam Train Dream Train Puzzle3y - 6y14.99ES   PZ   TY   XT   800-759-0190chroniclebooks.com
2.Corolle DollsMon Premier Bebe Calin Christmas Tales1y+6m - 3y42.00DO   FP   TY   XT   800-214-9711us.corolle.com
3.FolkmanisFolkmanis® Mountain Lion Cub Puppet3y - 12y43.99PL   PU   TY   XT   800-654-8922folkmanis.com
4.Ikonic ToysWooden Race Track3y - 8y72.33CO   TR   TY   WT   XT   0031-15-887-1314ikonictoys.nl/en
5.Learning Journey, Intnl.Techno Gears Marble Mania Zoomerang6y - 12y19.99CO   ES   SC   TY   XT   602-787-1115thelearningjourney.com
6.Madame Alexander Doll CompanyNewborn Nursery 193y - 12y119.95DO   TY   XT   212-244-4500madamealexander.com
7.MagformersWalking Robot 45Pc Set3y - 12y109.99CO   TY   XT   877-817-4574magformers.com
8.RubbabuAnimal Puppets10m - 5y11.99CP   GN   LG   PU   XT   855-782-2228rubbabu.com
9.SnappetsSnappets: Dinosaurs5y - 12y19.99AC   ES   OP   TY   XT   914-439-3323snappets.biz
10.Toy StateNikko VaporizR 27y - 11y49.99AE   CR   OP   TR   XT   781-349-1000toystate.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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