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#CompanyToy NameAgePriceProduct CodesCust.Svc.www.
1.Ann Williams GroupCraft-tastic Inspire Poster Kit8y - 12y19.99AC   CP   248-977-5831annwilliamsgroup.com
2.Ann Williams GroupYou Do6y - 12y19.99CG   GE   248-977-5831annwilliamsgroup.com
3.Art's IdeasJenga XXL® Gigantic Cardboard Edition Game12y - 12y299.95AE   BG   GE   OP   TY   WT   310-424-4527jengagiant.com
4.Art's IdeasJenga® Ocean Game8y - 12y49.95AE   BG   EC   GE   GN   SR   UN   310-424-4527jengagiant.com
5.Art's IdeasJenga® PREMIUM Hardwood Game12y - 12y79.95AE   BG   GE   TY   WT   310-424-4527jengagiant.com
6.Art's IdeasJenga® Throw 'N Go!™ Hardwood Game8y - 12y29.95AE   BG   GE   OP   310-424-4527jengagiant.com
7.Bigjigs Toys LtdMy First Fractions Puzzle3y - 12y25.95AE   ES   MA   WT   866-459-7829bigjigstoys.us
8.Boy Story LLCBoy Story Action Dolls3y - 7y99.00CT   DO   FP   SR   TY   UN   201-286-0722boystory.com
9.Buffalo Games LLCAnimal Act4y - 12y19.95AE   BG   CG   CP   ES   FP   GE   LA   855-895-4290wannaple.com
10.Build & Imagine LLCCreativity Castle4y - 8y59.95CO   CP   DO   ES   FP   LA   MA   TY   UN   866-751-5006buildandimagine.com
11.Creative Toys LLCSwivel-Snaps6y - 12y29.99AE   CO   ES   NO   UN   800-356-0474toysmith.com
12.DuneCraftSea Saurus Pirate & Fairy3y - 12y9.99AE   CP   ES   HO   OP   SC   UN   800-306-4168dunecraft.com
13.DuneCraftWorld Within A World (Girl & Boy Version)3y - 12y29.99AC   AS   CP   ES   HO   SC   UN   800-306-4168dunecraft.com
14.EPIK Learning CompanyHighQ Learning Tab 84y - 12y129.99ES   GE   MM   TC   TY   888-999-1244epiklearning.com
15.Eastcolight (Hong Kong) LimitedMagic Instrument - Piano Set8y - 12y28.92EG   EL   ES   GE   ML   TC   852-2333-6688eastcolight.com
16.Elly Lu LLCNorman the Narwhal Plush & Hawaiian Vacation0 - 10y34.00BO   EC   ES   OR   PL   SR   TY   907-240-1129ellyluorganics.com
17.Ezyroller LLCDexster Scooter6y - 12y119.00AE   OP   TY   866-713-8007dexster.com
18.Fibre-CraftDabitZ6y - 12y39.99AC   CP   HM   MM   UN   800-323-4316fibrecraft.com
19.Fibre-CraftMy Sistie2y - 12y12.99DO   FP   PL   TY   UN   800-323-4316fibrecraft.com
20.Folkmanis Inc.Folkmanis® Monarch Life Cycle Puppet3y - 12y39.99AE   ES   FP   OP   OT   PL   PU   SC   TY   800-654-8922folkmanis.com
21.Game Night in a Can LLCGame Night in a Can10y - 12y24.99AE   CP   EC   GE   GN   SR   323-363-5050gamenightinacan.com
22.Green Kids Club IncThe African Bush Fire and the Elephant5y - 9y7.00BO   ES   GN   SC   SR   208-520-8353greenkidsclub.com
23.Green Kids Club Inc.Pammee and the Looking Pond3y - 5y14.95AE   BO   CT   ES   GN   OP   PL   SR   TY   208-520-8353greenkidsclub.com
24.Green Piñata LLCGreen Piñata Toys6m - 5y24.99BG   CG   ES   GE   GN   LA   MA   OR   PZ   SR   TY   WT   781-375-7194greenpinatatoys.com
25.Griddly Games IncJust Add Glue8y - 12y24.95AC   CP   ES   SC   TY   604-249-5020griddlygames.com
26.Griddly Games Inc.Rocket Lander8y - 12y26.95BG   ES   GE   MA   SC   TY   604-249-5020griddlygames.com
27.Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta MusicHunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta HITS6m - 10y10.00AE   AT   CE   EC   ES   MM   TR   303-298-7122hunktabunkta.com
28.Kid O ProductsActivity Board6m - 3y37.50EL   ES   TC   TR   TY   212-366-5858kidotoys.com
29.LeapFrog Enterprises IncLeapStart™ Learning System2y - 7y39.99CP   EL   ES   FP   GE   MM   PZ   TC   TY   800-701-5327leapfrog.com
30.LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.LeapFrog Academy™3y - 6y7.00EG   ES   GE   SR   TC   800-701-5327leapfrog.com
31.LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart™2y - 10y39.99AE   CP   EL   ES   FP   LA   TC   TY   800-701-5327leapfrog.com
32.Linguacious LLCLinguacious® Around the Home Spanish Flashcard Game2y - 12y19.99AT   CG   CT   GE   MM   SR   515-441-3921linguacious.net
33.Love Smart Cards (Gift of My Heart)Love Smart Cards7y - 12y47.00CG   CT   EQ   ES   FP   GE   LA   SR   UN   415-779-5957lovesmartcards.com
34.Lulu Jr.IlluStory - Create Your Own Book!4y - 12y29.99AC   BO   CP   ES   844-639-3309lulujr.com
35.Lulu Jr.My Comic Book - Create Your Own Comic!4y - 12y29.99AC   BO   CP   ES   844-639-3309lulujr.com
36.MGA EntertainmentBaby Born Interactive Doll2y - 5y44.99DO   FP   TY   818-221-4326mgae.com
37.MGA EntertainmentLittle Tikes Light 'n Go 3-in-1 Sports Zone1y - 3y54.99AE   EG   ES   FP   GE   HO   LA   MA   UN   818-221-4326mgae.com
38.MGA EntertainmentLittle Tikes Waffle Blocks Steam Train2y - 12y59.99CO   EG   FP   GE   TR   TS   TY   818-221-4326mgae.com
39.MGA EntertainmentProject Mc2 Pixel Purse6y - 12y59.99DO   FP   TY   818-221-4326mgae.com
40.Magnetykes LLCMagnetykes4y - 12y22.95AE   ES   OP   SC   TY   917-626-5086magnetykes.com
41.Maple Landmark IncLift and Learn Puzzle, Solar System3y - 7y23.20ES   PZ   SC   TY   WT   800-421-4223maplelandmark.com
42.Master Theorem GamesSnippets12y - 12y24.99BG   BO   CG   CP   ES   GE   LA   MM   646-397-8434themastertheoremgames.com
43.MasterPieces Puzzle Co.Tetris Brain Teasers6y - 12y14.99AC   CO   CP   ES   GE   MA   PZ   TY   520-741-1315masterpiecesinc.com
44.MasterPieces Puzzle Co.Works of Ahhh6y - 12y14.99AC   CO   CP   HO   TY   WT   520-741-1315masterpiecesinc.com
45.Math for LoveTiny Polka Dot3y - 10y14.95AE   CG   CP   ES   GE   MA   PZ   UN   206-226-8869mathforlove.com
46.MindWare, Inc.Conduct Dough Lights5y - 12y34.95AE   CP   CT   ES   LA   NO   OP   SC   SR   TC   TY   UN   800-999-0398mindware.com
47.MindWare, Inc.Dig It Up! Discoveries: Wild Animals4y - 12y24.95AE   ES   LA   NO   OP   SC   TY   UN   800-999-0398mindware.com
48.MindWare, Inc.Q-BA-MAZE 2.0: Extreme Rails6y - 12y99.95AE   CO   ES   MA   NO   SC   TY   UN   800-999-0398mindware.com
49.MindWare, Inc.UNBORED: Time Capsule8y - 12y29.95AE   CP   CT   ES   LA   NO   OP   SR   TY   UN   800-999-0398mindware.com
50.NSI International IncWubble Brite6y - 12y24.99AE   CP   EQ   OP   TY   UN   888-425-9113nsi-intonline.com
51.OOZ & OZMorph-O-Scopes Sports of All Sorts Kit5y - 12y24.99CP   ES   SC   TY   UN   888-750-3338oozandoz.com
52.OWI Inc.Captain ROAM-E-O8y - 12y19.95AE   CO   CT   EC   ES   GN   HO   MA   OP   SC   SR   310-515-6800owirobot.com
53.OWI Inc.Rookie Solar Racer v28y - 12y11.95CO   EC   ES   HO   SR   310-515-6800owirobot.com
54.Office OxygenSwingOs5y - 12y5.95NO   TY   800-296-2812officeoxygen.com
55.One World Play ProjectOne World Futbol6y - 12y39.50AE   CT   OP   SR   TY   UN   888-993-8826oneworldplayproject.com
56.P.F. ShaggyRule Crazy, Starter Edition5y - 8y19.99BG   CG   CT   ES   GE   LA   SR   UN   323-451-2425rulecrazy.com
57.Piper Inc.Piper Computer Kit8y - 12y299.00CP   EG   EL   ES   GE   SC   TC   415-857-5021buildpiper.com
58.Pixl Toys IncPixlplay Camera3y - 12y24.94AE   EL   ES   MA   MM   OP   TC   415-992-1076pixltoys.com
59.Quirky Engine EntertainmentEyeball Boxing8y - 12y19.50CG   CP   GE   TY   UN   801-544-8989quirkyengine.com
60.Quirky Engine EntertainmentHoagie5y - 12y17.50CG   CP   GE   TY   801-544-8989quirkyengine.com
61.Quirky Engine EntertainmentTrash War10y - 12y17.50CG   CP   GE   TY   UN   801-544-8989quirkyengine.com
62.RoosterFin Inc.Ninja Squirrels5y - 12y25.99BG   CG   GE   UN   855-591-4263roosterfin.com
63.Rubbabu LLCCleanupper the Dumptruck3m - 5y8.00AE   EC   GN   SR   TR   TS   TY   855-782-2228rubbabu.com
64.Schoenhut Piano Co. Inc.18 Key Mini Grand3y - 6y79.95ML   888-414-2739toypiano.com
65.Science Wiz® CompanyScienceWiz Cells Under a Microscope8y - 12y24.99AE   BO   EQ   ES   IN   MM   SC   510-222-2638sciencewiz.com
66.SerabeenaSew Your Own Purses4y - 8y14.99AC   CP   ES   TR   TY   +852-358-2681serabeena.com
67.Smart Toys and GamesSmartGames Jump In, SmartGames Jump In7y - 12y14.99BG   ES   GE   LA   PZ   TR   TY   800-542-6375smarttoysandgames.com
68.SmartLab ToysAftershock! Earthquake Lab8y - 12y39.99AE   BO   CO   ES   GG   SC   866-319-5900smartlabtoys.com
69.Spin Master LtdMeccano M.A.X.10y - 12y149.99EL   ES   HM   MM   TC   416-364-6002spinmaster.com
70.Spin Master LtdRusty Rivets Rivet Lab Playset3y - 12y39.99ES   FP   TY   416-364-6002spinmaster.com
71.Spin Master Ltd.Luvabella4y - 12y99.99DO   EL   ES   FP   LA   TC   TY   416-364-6002spinmaster.com
72.Spin Master Ltd.PAW Patrol My Size Lookout Tower3y - 12y99.99FP   TY   416-364-6002spinmaster.com
73.Star Kids ProductsSnack & Play Travel Tray 2.02y - 12y24.99AE   AS   CP   EQ   OP   TR   TY   UN   303-887-9017snackandplaytraveltray.com
74.Storey Publishing LLCJournal Sparks10y - 12y16.95AE   BO   CP   ES   800-827-7444storey.com
75.Strictly Briks / Brian's ToysAlphaBriks & MathBriks3y - 12y24.99CP   ES   LA   MA   TY   608-687-7572strictlybriks.com
76.Strictly Briks / Brian's ToysBrik Buster3y - 12y29.99AE   CO   GE   TY   UN   608-687-7572strictlybriks.com
77.Strictly Briks / Brian's ToysBrik Tower and Stackers3y - 12y29.99AE   CO   CP   ES   608-687-7572strictlybriks.com
78.Strictly Briks / Brian's ToysCreatorz & The Cube8y - 12y24.99AE   CO   CP   ES   UN   608-687-7572strictlybriks.com
79.Tactic GamesEmojito8y - 12y14.99BG   ES   GE   LA   TY   216-288-0087tactic.net
80.Tactic GamesSome Bunny's Hiding3y - 12y19.99BG   ES   GE   TY   216-288-0087tactic.net
81.Tactic GamesWord Rush3y - 12y19.99BG   ES   GE   LA   TY   216-288-0087tactic.net
82.Tangle CreationsZURU Tangle3y - 12y2.99ES   NO   PZ   TY   888-829-3808tanglecreations.com
83.Taste 'n' TellDiscovering Fruit with Holly Honeybee1y - 5y24.00BO   ES   GE   SR   UN   44 7787 289499tastentell.co.uk
84.Taste 'n' TellDiscovering Vegetable with Veggie Vole1y - 5y24.00BO   ES   GE   SR   UN   44 7787 289499tastentell.co.uk
85.Toymail IncToymail Talkies3y - 8y59.99AE   ES   FP   PL   SW   TC   TY   888-723-5741toymail.co
86.ToysmithGet Outside, GO! Bashminton5y - 12y19.99AE   OP   TY   800-356-0474toysmith.com
87.Tucker ToysDisc Jock-e6y - 12y24.99AE   CE   ML   MM   OP   TC   TY   609-438-9800tuckertoys.com
88.Tucker ToysKite-A-Pult6y - 12y19.99AE   HO   OP   TY   609-438-9800tuckertoys.com
89.Tucker ToysSlam N' Bounce5y - 12y14.99AE   OP   TY   609-438-9800tuckertoys.com
90.VTech Electronics North America LLCGearZooz® Roll & Roar Animal Train™18m - 4y29.00AE   ES   TY   800-521-2010vtechkids.com
91.VTech Electronics North America LLCGo! Go! Smart Wheels Race & Play Adventure Park™1y - 4y39.99AE   ES   TY   800-521-2010vtechkids.com
92.VTech Electronics North America LLCPop-a-Ball™ Push & Pop Bulldozer™6m - 3y24.99EL   ES   TC   TR   TY   UN   800-521-2010vtechkids.com
93.Wacky LinksWacky Links Connector Series3y - 12y9.99AS   CO   CP   ES   HM   HO   ST   TR   TY   UN   646-598-8210wackylinks.com
94.Wacky LinksWacky Links Outer Space Glow-in-the-Dark Series3y - 12y9.99AC   CO   CP   ES   LA   MA   SC   TR   TY   646-598-8210wackylinks.com
95.Wai Lana Productions LLCStretch 'n Play Eco Ball Kit3y - 12y24.95AE   EC   GN   NO   OP   SR   UN   800-228-5145wailana.com
96.Wai Lana Productions LLCWai Lana's Little Yogis™ Fun Songs Kit3y - 12y39.95AE   AT   BO   CE   ES   GE   LA   MA   ML   800-228-5145wailana.com
97.Yvolution USA Inc.Strolly Bike10m - 3y169.99AE   OP   TR   TS   TY   855-981-7177yvolution.com
98.Yvolution USA Inc.Y Glider XL Deluxe5y - 8y89.99AE   OP   TR   TS   TY   855-981-7177yvolution.com
99.b. dazzle, inc.Scramble Squares® Frogs Puzzle4y - 12y12.99AE   CG   ES   GE   GN   MA   NO   PZ   SR   TR   TY   UN   800-809-4242b-dazzle.com
100.smarTrikesmarTfold™6m - 3y99.99AE   CP   EQ   TR   TS   TY   855-768-7453smartfold.net




Dr. Toy's   10 Best Toys   of   2017

#CompanyToy NameAge
BUY NOW Price
Product CodesCust.Svc.www.
1.Rubbabu LLCCleanupper the Dumptruck3m - 5y8.00AE   EC   GN   SR   TR   TS   TY   855-782-2228rubbabu.com
2.Folkmanis Inc.Folkmanis® Monarch Life Cycle Puppet3y - 12y39.99AE   ES   FP   OP   OT   PL   PU   SC   TY   800-654-8922folkmanis.com
3.OOZ & OZMorph-O-Scopes Sports of All Sorts Kit5y - 12y24.99CP   ES   SC   TY   UN   888-750-3338oozandoz.com
4.MGA EntertainmentBaby Born Interactive Doll2y - 5y44.99DO   FP   TY   818-221-4326mgae.com
5.Fibre-CraftMy Sistie2y - 12y12.99DO   FP   PL   TY   UN   800-323-4316fibrecraft.com
6.Science Wiz® CompanyScienceWiz Cells Under a Microscope8y - 12y24.99AE   BO   EQ   ES   IN   MM   SC   510-222-2638sciencewiz.com
7.Tangle CreationsZURU Tangle3y - 12y2.99ES   NO   PZ   TY   888-829-3808tanglecreations.com
8.Schoenhut Piano Co. Inc.18 Key Mini Grand3y - 6y79.95ML   888-414-2739toypiano.com
9.LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart™2y - 10y39.99AE   CP   EL   ES   FP   LA   TC   TY   800-701-5327leapfrog.com
10.VTech Electronics North America LLCGo! Go! Smart Wheels Race & Play Adventure Park™1y - 4y39.99AE   ES   TY   800-521-2010vtechkids.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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