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Dr. Toy's   Best Toy Picks   of   2015


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10 Best Lists


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#CompanyToy NameAgePriceProduct CodesCust.Svc.www.
1.77SPARX Studio, Inc.Wonster Words - ABC, Phonics, & Spelling2y - 7y24.95ES   IN   LG   PZ
2.Adora DollsMixxie Mopsie4y - 12y39.99AC   CO   CP   DO
3.Banana Peel PressPINK TULIP + Toothless Keepsake Kit3y - 9y34.95BK   ES   NO   OT
4.Brightz, Ltd.Wheel Brightz8y - 12y14.99AP   CP   OP   TS
5.CrayolaCrayola Color Wonder Light-Up Stamper3y - 12y24.99AC   AP   CP   HM   RS
6.CrayolaCrayola Crayon Carver6y - 12y29.99AC   AP   CP   HM
7.CrayolaCrayola Thread Wrapper8y - 12y24.99AC   AP   CP   HM
8.Discover with Dr. CoolMoon Light - Remote Controlled Night Light6y - 12y24.95ES   SC
9.Discovery Toys / DT LearningMosaic Mysteries Heirloom Edition5y - 8y50.00ES   PZ   TY   WT
10.Discovery Toys / DT LearningMy Friend's Puzzle19m - 5y22.00ES   PZ   TY   WT
11.Dream FrenzDream Frenz3y - 12y24.00PL   TY
12.EastcolightProfessional Human Torso Set8y - 12y40.35ES   SC
13.EdupressPete the Cat On-the-Go Games3y - 12y12.99CG   GE
14.Fashion AngelsPixel Loom8y - 12y16.99AC   AD   CP   HO
15.FolkmanisFolkmanis® Collared Lizard Puppet3y - 12y33.99PL   PU   TY
16.FolkmanisFolkmanis® Pelican Puppet3y - 12y33.99FP   PL   PU   TY
17.FolkmanisFolkmanis® Winged Dragon Puppet3y - 12y29.99FP   PL   PU   TY
18.Four Boys IndustriesThe Switch Witch and the Magic of Switchcraft3y - 12y29.99BG   ES   GE
19.Fundamentals ToysKiss Naturals DIY Bubble Bath6y - 12y14.99AC   BA   GN   SR
20.Fundamentals ToysKiss Naturals DIY Perfume Kit6y - 12y14.99AC   CP   HM   SC
21.GUNAMUNAGunapod Wearable Blanket0 - 3y32.00AD   OT   TR
22.Galison/MudpuppyMythical Beasts Magnetic Build-It8y - 12y16.99AC   CP   FP   TR
23.Haywire GroupWorry Eaters3y - 12y22.99ES   PL   SR   TY
24.Hide and SeekHide and Seek Interactive plush10m - 6y29.95EL   GE   PL   TY
25.Horizon Group USA, Inc.Candy Cordtz On the Go Tattoo Jewelry6y - 9y9.97AC   AP   CP   OT
26.Horizon Group USA, Inc.Just My Style Alpha Beads6y - 9y9.97AC   AP   CP   OT
27.Horizon Group USA, Inc.Made by Me: Paint Your Own Glitter Plaster Horses6y - 12y12.97AC   AD   CP   FP
28.InRoad ToysThomas & Friends Track PlayTape3y - 12y9.99CO   FP   TS
29.Just PlayDoc McStuffins Take Care of Me Lambie3y - 12y49.99CE   MM   PL   TY
30.LeapFrogImagicard Paw Patrol3y - 9y24.99CR   EG   ES   GE   MA
31.LeapFrogNumber Lovin' Oven2y - 6y24.99DH   ES   MM   PZ
32.LeapFrogPlatinum3y - 9y129.99CR   EL   ES   IN
33.LeapFrogWord Whammer4y - 8y19.99AP   ES   GE   LG
34.Learning Circle KidsReader Bee and the First Story Marker3y - 6y0.99CP   ES   GE   MM
35.Learning Journey, Intnl.Learn with Me Sort and Learn Apple2y - 6y24.99ES   GE   LG   SR
36.Learning Journey, Intnl.Learning Journey International3y - 8y24.99AE   AP   OP   TY
37.MGA EntertainmentBratz Create-It-Yourself (C.I.Y) Fashion Set With Doll5y - 12y44.99AC   AD   CP   DO
38.MGA EntertainmentLil' Ocean Explorers™ 3-in-1 Adventure Course™6m - 3y79.99AE
39.MGA EntertainmentProject Mc2 McKeyla McAlister and Lava Light Experiment6y - 10y24.99CP   DO   ES   SC
40.MGA EntertainmentStand 'N Dance Starfish9m - 3y24.99AP   EQ   MM
41.Madame Alexander Doll CompanyMadame Alexander's Jazzberry Pink Pixie Doodle3y - 12y27.95AC   CP   DO   TY
42.Madame Alexander Doll CompanyMadame Alexander's Little Sister Babblebaby3y - 12y99.00DO   TY
43.Magformers LLCInspire 100Pc Set3y - 12y99.99CO   TY
44.Magformers LLCUnique 44Pc Set3y - 12y99.99CO   TY
45.Magformers LLCWalking Dinosaur 81Pc Set3y - 12y189.99CO   TY
46.MindWareAnimal Trivia Challenge7y - 12y24.95BG   CE   ES   MM
47.MindWareMake Your Own Doggy Day Camp8y - 12y29.95AE   AP   CP   OP
48.MindWareUNBORED Treasure Hunt8y - 12y29.95AP   CE   CP   MM
49.My Happy PillowMy Happy Pillow2y - 10y19.99ES   FP   LG   PL
50.Napa Valley Toys USANightBuddies3y - 12y19.99CT   PL   SR   TY
51.Paper PunkJewelry Fold-Square6y - 12y19.95AC   CO   CP   GN
52.Patch Products LLCOK to Wake!® Alarm Clock & Night-Light3y - 5y32.99AD   CR   EL   MM
53.Smart Toys and GamesBuild & Connect3y - 12y59.99AE   CO   ES
54.SmartLab ToysDrop Zone Cargo Release Glider8y - 12y39.99AE   CS   OP   TS
55.Snigglezoo EntertainmentSub Shop6y - 12y14.99BG   ES   LG   MA
56.Star Kids ProductsSnack & Play 2.018m - 12y29.99AC   AP   EQ   TR
57.Tactic GamesBeanie Boos Friends Game3y - 12y11.99BG   ES   GE   TY
58.TalkplacesPLYT4y - 12y30.00BG   ES   GE   MA
59.Tonni-coTAG the Art Game7y - 12y40.00AC   CP   ES   GE
60.Toy StateCat Buildin' Crew Roll 'N Go Machines2y - 5y14.99AE   OP   TS   TY
61.Toy StateRoad Rippers Dancing Car3y - 7y19.99TS   TY
62.VTECHBaby Amaze Learn to Talk and Read Baby Doll2y - 5y29.99BK   DO   ES   LG
63.VTECHFlipsides Sandy's House & Ocean Cruiser4y - 9y39.99EG   ES   MM   TY
64.VTECHGo! Go! Smart Animals Grow & Learn Farm1y - 5y39.99EL   ES   GE   MM
65.VTECHGo! Go! Smart Wheel Ultimate RC Speedway1y - 5y59.99EG   ES   MM   TY
66.VTECHLil' Critters Roll & Discover Ball6m - 2y14.99AE   LG   ML   TY
67.VTECHLil' Critters Soothing Starlight Hippo0 - 2y24.99CE   ML   MM   PL
68.VTECHSit-to-Stand Alphabet Train1y - 3y49.99CR   EL   ES   TR
69.Wonder WorkshopDot5y - 12y49.99CR   EL   ES   SC
70.ZIPIT Ltd.ZIPIT Monstar 3 Ring Pouch6y - 12y9.99CP   CR   IN   NO
71.ikikiikiki shoes with adjustable squeaker8m - 5y29.95AE   CS   NO   OP   OT

Dr. Toy's   10 Best Toys   of   2015

#CompanyToy NameAge
Product CodesCust.Svc.www.
1.Chronicle BooksSteam Train Dream Train Puzzle3y - 6y14.99ES   PZ   TY   XT
2.Corolle DollsMon Premier Bebe Calin Christmas Tales1y+6m - 3y42.00DO   FP   TY   XT
3.FolkmanisFolkmanis® Mountain Lion Cub Puppet3y - 12y43.99PL   PU   TY   XT
4.Ikonic ToysWooden Race Track3y - 8y72.33CO   TR   TY   WT   XT
5.Learning Journey, Intnl.Techno Gears Marble Mania Zoomerang6y - 12y19.99CO   ES   SC   TY   XT
6.Madame Alexander Doll CompanyNewborn Nursery 193y - 12y119.95DO   TY   XT
7.MagformersWalking Robot 45Pc Set3y - 12y109.99CO   TY   XT
8.RubbabuAnimal Puppets10m - 5y11.99CP   GN   LG   PU   XT
9.SnappetsSnappets: Dinosaurs5y - 12y19.99AC   ES   OP   TY   XT
10.Toy StateNikko VaporizR 27y - 11y49.99AE   CR   OP   TR   XT

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: (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

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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 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)

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