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#CompanyToy NameAgePriceProduct CodesCust.Svc.www.
1.Adora DollsAdora Baby Fairy0 - 12y15.99TY   800-779-5335adoradolls.com
2.Alex BrandsALEX Toys Knot-a-Quilt8y - 12y33.99AC   AS   CP   HM   800-666-2539alexbrands.com
3.Amazing Toys Ltd.100+ Circuit Science8y - 12y47.00CP   GE   SA   TC   800-654-6357amazing-toys.com.hk
4.Amazing Toys Ltd.Amazing Eco Ten8y - 12y39.90CO   CP   ES   GN   800-654-6357amazing-toys.com.hk
5.Ann Williams GroupKindness Kit6y - 12y19.99AE   CH   CP   248-977-5831annwilliamsgroup.com
6.Ann Williams GroupRubber Band Game8y - 12y19.99AE   BG   GE   ID   248-977-5831annwilliamsgroup.com
7.Art's IdeasJenga® GIANT™ Family Hardwood Game6y - 12y99.95AE   ES   GE   OP   310-424-4527artsideas.biz
8.Ateliers19Bizibots7y - 12y40.00AC   CP   GN   WT   415-205-4994bizibots.com
9.Baby Jack and CompanyBaby Jack Sensory Learning Lovey3y - 5y27.95ES   LA   MA   PL   866-745-2491babyjackco.com
10.Brain Games PublishingIce Cool6y - 12y39.95BG   CH   GE   UN   800-444-3552brain-games.com
11.Brybelly Holdings Inc.Story Time Dice: Fairy Tales6y - 12y9.99BO   FP   GE   LA   800-926-7241brybelly.com
12.Brybelly Holdings Inc.Story Time Dice: Scary Tales6y - 12y9.99BO   FP   GE   LA   800-926-7241brybelly.com
13.Buffalo Games, Inc.Silly Street the Game4y - 8y19.99BG   GE   855-895-4290playsillystreet.com
14.Build & Imagine, LLCCareer Dolls4y - 8y14.99CP   DA   SA   SR   415-265-0299buildandimagine.com
15.CelebriDucksGood Duck0 - 12y11.99AE   BA   GN   OP   415-456-3452celebriducks.com
16.DT Learning ProductsHide Inside Cottage9m - 3y45.00TY   800-341-8697discoverytoys.net
17.DT Learning ProductsSchool House Play Tent3y - 10y100.00CH   FP   800-341-8697discoverytoys.net
18.DT Learning ProductsSensory Sights0 - 2y25.00TY   800-341-8697discoverytoys.net
19.DuneCraftButterfly Glamour Dome8y - 12y24.99CF   GN   SA   SC   800-306-4168dunecraft.com
20.EQtainmentQ's Race to the Top3y - 8y24.99AE   CH   CT   GE   512-537-2192eqtainment.com
21.EQtainmentQ's on the Go Pack3y - 8y12.99AE   CP   ES   GE   512-537-2192eqtainment.com
22.EQtainmentQ-Time Buddy0 - 5y19.99ES   ID   PL   TY   512-537-2192eqtainment.com
23.Epic Creations Inc.Epic!0 - 12y4.99BO   IN   LA   SR   620-255-4849getepic.com
24.Folkmanis Inc.Folkmanis® Monarch Life Cycle Puppet3y - 12y39.99AE   FP   PU   SC   800-654-8922folkmanis.com
25.Green Kids Club Inc.Shark and the Volcano4y - 10y9.99BO   EC   ES   SR   208-881-5184greenkidsclub.com
26.Green Toys Inc.Rescue Boat & Helicopter2y - 6y34.99BA   EC   GN   TY   415-839-9971greentoys.com
27.Griddly Games Inc.Just Add Sun8y - 12y25.98CF   CP   EC   SA   604-249-5020griddlygames.com
28.Hide and Seek LLCHide and Seek Interactive Plush1y - 5y24.95BO   ES   GE   MM   800-921-4976hideandseektoy.com
29.Horizon Group USA, Inc.Creatify@Playhouse6y - 12y16.99CP   DH   FP   WT   800-651-0616horizongroupusa.com
30.Horizon Group USA, Inc.It's So Me Braid-tastic!6y - 9y14.99AS   CF   CP   HM   800-651-0616horizongroupusa.com
31.Horizon Group USA, Inc.Kinetix Hidden Message Code Bands6y - 9y9.99CF   CH   CP   SA   800-651-0616horizongroupusa.com
32.Horizon Group USA, Inc.Kinetix Neon Light Board6y - 9y19.99CO   CP   EL   TC   800-651-0616horizongroupusa.com
33.Horizon Group USA, Inc.ThinkBox Forensic Science8y - 12y14.99AE   HO   SA   SC   800-651-0616horizongroupusa.com
34.Kid O ProductsMyland Houseboat2y - 12y45.00BA   SA   TC   UN   212-366-5858kidotoys.com
35.Kinderfeets LLCKinderfeets Tiny Tot Bamboo1y - 2y100.00AE   GN   OP   SR   415-738-4820kinderfeets.com
36.LEGO Systems Inc.31050 Creator Corner Deli8y - 12y39.99CO   TY   860-749-2291lego.com
37.Le Toy VanTV292 Doctor's Set3y - 7y50.00OT   UN   +44 (0) 20 8979 2036letoyvan.com
38.LeapFrog Enterprises Inc.LeapFrog Count Along Register2y - 5y24.99CP   ES   MA   SC   800-701-5327leapfrog.com
39.LeapFrog Enterprises Inc.LeapFrog LeapStart2y - 7y39.99ES   GG   LA   SA   800-701-5327leapfrog.com
40.LeapFrog Enterprises Inc.LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Mat2y - 5y29.99AE   ES   ID   ML   800-701-5327leapfrog.com
41.LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.LeapFrog Melody the Musical Turtle2y - 5y19.99AE   ES   GE   ID   800-701-5327leapfrog.com
42.Luke's Toy FactoryEcoTruck Fire Truck3y - 6y22.95CO   EC   GN   SR   888-391-5488lukestoyfactory.com
43.MGA EntertainmentLittle Tikes Light 'n Go 3-in-1 Activity Walker9m - 3y39.99AE   CE   ML   TS   800-222-4685mgae.com
44.MGA EntertainmentProject Mc2 H2O RC Car6y - 12y69.99CP   EL   SA   TC   800-222-4685mgae.com
45.MGA EntertainmentTurtle Sandbox1y - 6y59.99AE   OP   800-222-4685mgae.com
46.Magformers, LLCWOW 16pc Set3y - 12y49.99CO   ES   TY   877-817-4574magformers.com
47.Manhattan Toy CompanyWinkel™0 - 1y14.00NO   TR   TY   UN   800-541-1345manhattantoy.com
48.MasterPieces Puzzle Co.Panoramic (NFL, NHL,MLB, NCAA) Stadium Puzzles10y - 12y19.99CO   EC   PZ   SR   520-741-1315masterpiecesinc.com
49.Muu Aps - NewmeroThe Joy of Numbers3y - 9y53.00ES   GE   SA   SC   +45 2877 3907newmero.dk
50.My Gnome on the RoamMy Gnome on the Roam Family Adventure Kit3y - 12y59.97AE   CR   ES   TR   844-694-6663mygnomeontheroam.com
51.MySelfie LLC dba BuppaLaPalooBuppaLaPaloo2y - 7y29.95CP   ES   PL   SR   818-876-0386buppabear.com
52.NSI International Inc.3D Coin Art8y - 12y19.99CP   GG   HO   PZ   888-425-9113nsi-intonline.com
53.NSI International Inc.Smithsonian Planetarium Projector8y - 12y39.99EL   HO   ID   SA   888-425-9113nsi-intonline.com
54.NSI International Inc.Smithsonian Plasma Ball8y - 12y29.99EL   ES   MA   SA   888-425-9113nsi-intonline.com
55.NSI International Inc.Super Wubble3y - 12y19.99AE   EQ   PT   TY   888-425-9113nsi-intonline.com
56.Not Parent ApprovedNot Parent Approved8y - 12y24.99CG   ID   LA   NO   310-740-6630notparentapproved.com
57.OWI Inc.Hydraulic Arm Edge10y - 12y49.95CO   ES   SA   TC   310-515-6800owirobot.com
58.Office OxygenGyrobi3y - 12y3.95CH   CT   NO   SR   UN   800-296-2812officeoxygen.com
59.Office OxygenLoopeez3y - 12y3.95CH   CT   NO   SR   UN   800-296-2812officeoxygen.com
60.Paper Trax ToysPaper Trax Super Pack3y - 12y24.99AE   CO   GN   SC   310-872-0303papertraxtoys.com
61.Piper Inc.Piper Computer Kit7y - 12y299.00EG   ES   SA   TC   415-857-5021playpiper.com
62.Preschool of RockMichael & Rockness Monsters2y - 9y9.99CE   MM   732-205-1971michaelandtherocknessmonsters.com
63.Quadro der GrossbaukastenQuadro Ultimate1y - 8y599.99AP   CO   EQ   OP   004940 79005080quadroworld.com
64.SAVViBathtub Coloring Kit3y - 6y15.00AC   BA   CP   TY   866-297-2884savvistuff.com
65.SVANSvan S.S. Ahoy Surprise Stacker1y+6m - 5y44.99CP   ES   PZ   WT   855-297-9516svan.com
66.Schleich USA Inc.Riding Center with Rider, Horses and Accessories3y - 12y99.00AE   CP   ID   NO   888-269-0826schleich-s.com
67.Schoenhut Piano Co., Inc.18 Key Mini Grand3y - 12y79.95AE   CP   ML   TY   888-414-2739toypiano.com
68.SimplyFunArchery Dice7y - 12y26.00BG   ES   GE   877-557-7767simplyfun.com
69.SmartNoggin, Inc.NogginRings Reaching & Grasping Rings0 - 12y18.99ES   TY   301-895-4608smartnoggintoys.com
70.Square PandaSquare Panda Phonics Playset1y+6m - 8y119.00EG   ES   LA   TC   877-807-2632squarepanda.com
71.Storey Publishing LLCFarmers Market Create-and-Play Activity Book: 100 Stickers + Games, Crafts & Fun!4y - 12y14.95BO   CF   CP   FP   800-827-7444storey.com
72.Tactic Games USA IncBeanie Boos Domino Game4y - 12y15.00CH   ES   GE   TY   216-288-0087tactic.net
73.Tactic Games USA Inc.Colorology8y - 12y19.99BG   CH   ES   TY   216-288-0087tactic.net
74.Tactic Games USA Inc.We Detectives7y - 12y19.99CH   ES   GE   SR   216-288-0087tactic.net
75.Teeth Fairies, Inc.Teeth Fairies: A Baby Teeth Tradition4y - 12y39.99BO   ES   FP   PL   401-524-6027teethfairies.com
76.The Doll KindFair Doll3y - 12y59.00CT   DO   FP   SR   504-214-3003thedollkind.com
77.The MoodstersMoodster Feelings Flashlight1y+6m - 7y19.99BO   ID   OP   TY   212-584-4311themoodsters.com
78.The MoodstersMoodster Meter1y+6m - 7y19.99BO   ID   OP   TY   212-584-4311themoodsters.com
79.The MoodstersMoodster Mirror1y+6m - 7y19.99BO   ID   OP   TY   212-584-4311themoodsters.com
80.The Victoria Chart Co.Let's Eat Together Placemat3y - 12y12.50AP   CE   CP   ES   MM   OT   SR   TY   victoriachartcompany.com
81.Toy StateNikko RC Barbie™ Convertible R/C3y - 12y34.99AE   CH   TS   TY   857-300-2057toystate.com
82.Toy StateNikko RC VelociTrax™8y - 12y39.99AE   CH   TS   TY   857-300-2057toystate.com
83.Toy StateRoad Rippers Dino Hauler™3y - 12y19.99AE   CH   TS   TY   857-300-2057toystate.com
84.TreePod Hanging Treehouses LLCHanging Treehouses6y - 12y325.00AE   EQ   OP   303-443-0163mytreepod.com
85.Tucker ToysE-Z Grip Balls2y - 12y12.99AE   TY   609-438-9800trickshotsports.com
86.Tucker ToysTrick Shot Sports3y - 12y9.99AE   CP   TY   609-438-9800trickshotsports.com
87.Two of a Kind Ltd.We're All In This Together3y - 10y14.98AT   CE   DD   ML   MM   TC   215-782-8258twoofakind.com
88.USAOPOLYTelestrations® 8 Player: The Original1y - 12y29.95BG   GE   888-876-7659usaopoly.com
89.UnitedHealthcare Children's FoundationDigit'Y Do8y - 12y24.95CH   GE   ID   SR   855-698-4223uhccf.org
90.VTech Electronics North America LLCBizzy the Mix & Move Bot™2y - 5y24.99CP   LA   ML   TC   800-521-2010vtechkids.com
91.VTech Electronics North America LLCGo! Go! Smart Friends® Enchanted Princess Palace™1y+6m - 5y59.99AE   DH   DO   FP   800-521-2010vtechkids.com
92.VTech Electronics North America LLCTouch & Learn Activity Desk™ Deluxe2y - 5y54.99EL   EQ   ES   TC   800-521-2010vtechkids.com
93.Wild RepublicCreations Jewelry3y - 12y4.00AS   NO   SC   SR   800-800-9678kmtoys.com
94.Wild RepublicWild Republic Huggers3m - 8y7.99CH   NO   PL   TY   800-800-9678kmtoys.com
95.Wonderhood LLCWonderhood Corner Shops - Creative Building Set5y - 10y29.99CO   CP   ES   SA   800-205-6129wonderhoodtoys.com
96.Wonderhood LLCWonderhood Grand Hotel-Creative Building Set5y - 10y59.99CO   CP   ES   SA   800-205-6129wonderhoodtoys.com
97.Xtraordin Air ToysLumi-Niter® Disk Kit7y - 12y17.99AE   OP   PT   UN   312-656-7890flitebynite.com
98.Yvolution USA Inc.NEON Street Rollers6y - 12y29.99AE   OP   TS   TY   855-981-7177yvolution.com
99.littleBits Electronics Inc.littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 2nd Edition8y - 12y199.95CO   EL   HO   SA   917-464-4577littlebits.cc
100.littleBits Electronics Inc.littleBits Rule Your Room8y - 12y99.95AE   CO   ES   SA   917-464-4577littlebits.cc




Dr. Toy's   10 Best Toys   of   2016

#CompanyToy NameAge
BUY NOW Price
Product CodesCust.Svc.www.
1.Ateliers19Bizibots7y - 12y40.00AC   CP   GN   WT   415-205-4994bizibots.com
2.CelebriDucksGood Duck0 - 12y11.99AE   BA   GN   OP   415-456-3452celebriducks.com
3.DT Learning ProductsSensory Sights0 - 2y25.00TY   800-341-8697discoverytoys.net
4.Folkmanis Inc.Folkmanis® Monarch Life Cycle Puppet3y - 12y39.99AE   FP   PU   SC   800-654-8922folkmanis.com
5.Manhattan Toy CompanyWinkel™0 - 1y14.00NO   TR   TY   UN   800-541-1345manhattantoy.com
6.OWI Inc.Hydraulic Arm Edge10y - 12y49.95CO   ES   SA   TC   310-515-6800owirobot.com
7.Schoenhut Piano Co., Inc.18 Key Mini Grand3y - 12y79.95AE   CP   ML   TY   888-414-2739toypiano.com
8.Tucker ToysE-Z Grip Balls2y - 12y12.99AE   TY   609-438-9800trickshotsports.com
9.Toy StateRoad Rippers Dino Hauler™3y - 12y19.99AE   CH   TS   TY   857-300-2057toystate.com
10.Yvolution USA Inc.NEON Street Rollers6y - 12y29.99AE   OP   TS   TY   855-981-7177yvolution.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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