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Dr. Toy's 100 Best Children's Products - 2002

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Welcome to Dr. Toy's Guide! To assist you with your gifts giving this holiday and into the new year we have a great selection of new products for you to consider. We have reviewed over two thousand toys and children's products over this past dozen years. It has been exciting and rewarding to see many new and innovative companies emerging, while many new and interesting improvements have been made among many established companies. Our 2002 products range across many different levels.

There is more to choose from today than ever before. It may also seem that way when you seek the right product for your child. By using Dr. Toy's Guide, you will find helpful guidance as you look for that perfect product, the one that will benefit your child the most.

Here are a few suggestions:

Dr. Toy selects the 10 Best from each of the following categories:

Play encompasses everything your child does. They need you to play with them. They need to learn simple games, and to have plenty of conversations. They need you to read stories to them, and they need to sing songs, play with puzzles, do crafts, and have fun. Whatever you and your child enjoy doing together is perfect.

Look for creative products to prepare for those times when there is a snow storm or rain fall and children are house-bound. This is the time to bring out those great creative products that have been packed away in storage. Open them on a bad weather day and the storm passes away while children are enjoying something satisfying.

Children can only focus on one toy at a time. Make toys something that you select year round to make their time interesting and challenging. Don't forget the products that help children with their activities, whether they are enjoying active play outdoors, or learning to do yoga or some other kind of physical activity.

Even play with pick-up sticks or marbles is physical and requires dexterity; the smallest activity brings the body into motion. Children like a variety of physical activity, so don't forget to add hula hoops, balls, and a bean bag toss.

Children also need time to play games, to think, to create, to use their imagination, and to learn strategy and how to figure things out. They need time to create, to play with dolls and puppets, and to use their skills.

These are the products we have looked for this year. We were looking for products with the potential to provide your child with learning and joy. During the next year, your child will have an opportunity to play and experience some of these toys directly. Be sure to look at our online review of toy buying services to find an array of different ways to purchase these products.

If you have a question about a toy, then "Ask Dr. Toy." If you have an answer or know of the availability of products, help us by looking at our "Ask Dr. Toy" feature and responding. You'll be fascinated with all of the queries that have come in, and we welcome your help as we find answers for all of these questions.

Search through our site, come back often, and have a fun, playful year!

Please be sure to examine a copy of our new book, Toys for a Lifetime, that highlights over 50 classic toys from the past as well as the toys of the future. And look for our Dr. Toy's Smart Play: How to Raise a Child with a High P.Q.(Play Quotient) to help you with ideas from baby to older children, plus 166 great ideas of ways to have fun with your children. What is most important is to have fun together as a family. Have a wonderful time with your child this holiday (and every day in the new year!).

Let's play!

Dr. Toy's 100 Best Children's Products - 2002 (alphabetized by manufacturer)
Company Item Type(s) Ages Price Phone
Company Item Type(s) Ages Price Phone
Accord Publishing Barnyard Boogie--Puppet Book bo cp es ml $15.95 3-8 888-333-1676
Action Products International Kidz Workshop EZ Build Projects ac ho $9.99 8-10 800-772-2846
Active People Bilibo ae cp eq op $20.00 2-7 416-481-5407
Advanced Brain Technologies Music for Babies cd es ml $15.95 0-3 888-228-1798
ALEX My First Desk ac as cp es $70.00 3-5 800-666-2539
All By Myself All By Myself "Getting Dressed" cp es sr vt $14.95 2-5 866-408-5437
Anchor Bay Entertainment Thomas & Friends Salty's Secret
& Other Thomas Adventures
vt $12.98 2-6 800-233-3738
Anthony Innovations The Touch Game bg es $39.99 5-12 800-828-7002
Atollo Systems Atollo a120 Building Kit ac co cp ho ty $12.99 5-10 866-428-6556
Atori Publishing Finny Finds Friends in the Forest bo cd es ml $18.95 3-5 570-383-2579
b. dazzle Scramble Squares Puzzles es no pz sr $8.95 4-12 800-809-4242
Baby Einstein Company Baby Beethoven Symphony of Fun vt $14.99 0-4 800-793-1454
Baby Gourmet Spring-Summer Harvest cd es ml sr vt $14.98 1-48 mos 800-380-1213
Baby Playtime Playtime for You and Me es vt $39.95 0-15 mos 888-205-7529
Basic Fun Clip Crafts ac no tr $4.99 6-8 800-662-3380
Battat Mega Tube Traxx co ty $22.50 5-10 800-822-8828
Binney & Smith Crayola Crayon Maker ac cp $29.99 8-12 800-272-9652
Blue Orange Games Gobblet bg $29.95 7-12 415-572-3885
Briarpatch I Spy Rhyme-A-Thon Game bg cp es $24.99 8-12 800-232-7427
Chicco Chiccoland Tree House ae cp es tr ty $39.99 1-4 877-424-4226
Child Smart Your Tiny Jungle Tot cp es ml sr vt $12.95 3-36 mos 877-559-5100
Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment Maggie and the Ferocious Beast vt $12.95 3-5 310-244-4000
Cranium Cariboo bg es ty $16.95 3-6 312-297-7575
Design Your Own Design Your Own Kit ac ae cp op ty $19.99 8-12 800-584-6848
Discovery Toys Air-Musement Park es no ty $26.99 8-13 800-426-4777
EDC Publishing First North Americans Kid Kit ac bo cp es $14.95 6-10 800-475-4522
Educational Insights GeoSafari USA Search el es $99.95 8-12 800-995-4436
Elenco Electronics Electronic Snap Circuits eg es ho sc $59.95 8-12 800-533-2441
Endurance Publications Marcel The Mountain Biker ae bo fp op sr $24.95 3-7 818-706-9812
Family Pastimes There's A Growly in the Garden! bg $15.00 5-9 888-267-4414
Fisher-Price Kasey the Kinderbot ae eg es sr sw $64.99 3-7 800-432-5437
Folkmanis Puppet Theater cp es fp ty $80.00 3-12 800-654-8922
Free Spirit Publishing Hands Are Not For Hitting Board Book bo es sr $7.95 1.5-3 800-735-7323
FunZone Company Record-Your-Voice Book bo cp es no sr $29.99 3-10 888-386-9673
Gamewright Scrambled States of America ae cg es $11.99 8-12 800-638-7568
Global Toys Lena Mercedes Fire Engine ae fp no op ts $50.00 3-6 877-902-8697
Gotz Dolls Aquini Drink & Wet Baby do $19.99 2-7 800-959-3655
Hands On Toys Cosmosphere ty $10.00 10-48 mos 888-442-6376
Hasbro Games Electronic Hand Held Boggle eg $10.99 8-12 888-836-7025
Hasbro/Playskool Playskool Air-Tivity Table ty $29.99 0.75-3 800-844-3733
Innovative Kids My First Amazing Game Board Book bg bo $19.99 3-6 203-838-6400
International Playthings Honey Bee Tree ae $14.99 3-5 800-631-1272
Irwin Toys Caillou Sing Along do $24.99 3-7 Out of Business
Just Enough Learning Co. Just Enough Vocals Kit bo cd es sr vt $29.95 11-12 800-260-5119
Kid Galaxy Bendos Camper fp op ty $24.99 6-10 800-816-1135
KIDdesigns, Inc. Tuff Stuff Stereo CD Player ae cd fp ho ml $69.99 4-7 888-867-8697
KidPhD.Inc That's My Name vt $16.99 1-24 mos 800-444-7336
Kids Collection Kids Collection of
Greatest Classics, Vol. 3
cd cp ml tr $14.98 0-12 978-369-0766
Kids II My First Lunchbox
& My First Toolbox Toy
ae cp es fp ty $24.99 0.5-3 770-751-0442
Kimbo Educational Jump Start Action Songs ae at cd fp ml $14.95 4-8 800-631-2187
Klutz Wraps es tr $7.95 5-10 800-737-4123
Knowledge Adventure JumpStart Advanced Preschool cm es sw $29.99 2-4 800-545-7677
LeapFrog Quantum Pad Learning System bo eg es sr $49.99 5-12 800-701-5327
Learning Curve International FeltKids FeltHouse
& Story Pieces Collection
fp tr ty $19.99 3-12 800-704-8697
Learning Horizons Learn Every Day Preschool bo es $14.95 3-5 800-532-8876
Learning Resources Talking Clever Clock and Workbook el es $34.95 5-7 888-800-7893
LEGO Systems Theatre Stories co cp es fp ml $29.99 4-8 800-233-8756
Lionel Trains Ballyhoo Brothers Circus Train ho $299.95 8-12 586-949-4100
Lolo Company RohSzamBo bg $14.95 5-10 800-760-9930
Lucy Hammett Games Lewis & Clark Bingo bg es ty $13.95 4-12 888-420-7585
Maple Landmark Woodcraft Name Train cp es sr ts ty $4.75 3-5 800-421-4223
Master Communications Families of Russia es sr vt $29.95 3-12 800-765-5885
MGA Entertainment Land-Sea R/C ae cp op ty $69.99 5-10 800-222-4685
My Baby and Me Exercise My Grandbaby and Me vt $17.95 1-12 mos 888-741-2229
MyStorySong.com Winky Wizard--The Birthday Burglar
and (Your Child's Name)
bo cd cp ml sr $14.99 3-7 888-800-3150
Neurosmith Musini ae eg es ml $59.99 3-8 800-220-3669
New Hope Records I Need You and You Need Me at cd es sr $14.98 2-8 516-466-6040
North Bay Entertainment Ultimate Baby CD ae cp es ml sr $16.99 0-3 707-224-0364
Odyssey Toys World Stars cp fp sr ty $7.95 6-8 866-869-7639
Oregon Scientific Hot Wheels Accelerator Laptop eg es $59.99 5-10 800-853-8883
OWI Jungle Robot co es ho ty $19.95 10-12 800-638-1694
P&M Products USA Color Workshop Blopens
Magic Color Change Kit
ac cp $14.99 4-8 888-661-9421
PAKA Preschool Products Cubee Tunnels ae co cp es ho $30.00 0-3 800-387-2587
Pamela Drake Woodkins Design Studio ac cp do fp sr $18.00 7-12 800-966-3762
Parent's Magazine/Battat Busy Park Playground es ty $49.99 1-2 800-822-8828
PicturePages Partnership Bill Cosby's Picture Pages--
Early Learning Readiness Series
cd es sr sw $29.95 3-5 877-877-2887
Plastwood Corporation Geomag co cp es ho tr $19.95 3-10 800-647-9989
Playmobil 3186 - Airport cp fp sr ts ty $89.99 4-8 800-752-9662
Playstages Incorporated Playstages Theater Set cp es pu ty $159.99 6-12 866-646-4546
Proverbial Wisdom Proverbial Wisdom Jr. bg es $19.95 7-12 877-462-7579
Quincrafts Corporation Makit & Bakit Charm Jewelry ac cp ho no $5.99 8-12 800-342-8458
R & R Games Time's Up ae bg cg $19.99 10-12 888-874-3353
Redfly Seven Horses of the Redfly Sacred Circle bg sr tr $7.00 5-12 406-254-7316
Rising Stars Toys Squeeze Me Music Soft Piano es ml pl ty $29.95 2-5 317-566-8778
Rock 'N Learn Beginning Fractions & Decimals Video es ml vt $14.99 7-10 800-348-8445
S&S Worldwide Gee-Perz! Great Projects to Share ac cp ho ty $19.99 5-10 866-386-7799
Scholastic Entertainment Clifford The Big Red
Dog Wooden Shape Sorter
es tr ts ty $24.99 3-5 800-724-6527
Sing 2 School Multiplication Hip-Hop cd cp es ml $13.99 6-12 718-637-6447
Small World Toys It's 2 Cute Ryan's Room dh $100.00 2-7 800-421-4153
The First Years Animal Sounds Pals pl ty $5.99 1-12 mos 800-225-0382
Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe Lights & Music ae es ml ty $59.95 0-10 888-846-9568
Trend Enterprises Monopoly Activity Books bo es tr $3.99 4-12 800-860-6762
Uncle Milton Industries Star Theater 2 es op ty $29.99 8-12 800-869-7555
University Games Fun-in-a-Box,
The Dr. Seuss Matching Game
bg es $15.99 4-7 800-471-0641
VTech Electronics Knights of Knowledge es ty $49.99 5-8 800-521-2010
Walter Foster Publishing Code Busters ac bo cp $14.95 8-12 800-426-0099
Warren Industries LEGO Creator Deluxe Game bg $24.99 4-12 800-447-2151
Young Scientists Club Young Scientists Club
Science Kits Curriculum
es $10.99 4-12 800-964-1320
Zapf Creation Baby Annabell do $49.99 3-12 877-629-9273
Zometool Zome DNA Kit co cp es sr ty $11.95 10-12 888-966-3386

Key to Item Types:
AC - Arts & Crafts AE - Active Toy AP - Activity Product AT - Audio Tape
BG - Board Game BO - Book CD - CD CE - Entertainment
CG - Card Game CM - CD-ROM CO - Construction Toy CP - Creative Product
CR - Computer Related CS - Costume DH - Dollhouse DO - Doll
DV - DVD EG - Electronic Game EL - Electronic Product EQ - Equipment
ES - Educational Skills FP - Fantasy Play GE - Game GN- Green Product
HO - Hobby ML - Musical MM - Multimedia NO - Novelty
OP - Outdoor Play OT - Other PL - Plush Toy PT - Pool Toy
PU - Puppet PZ - Puzzle RS - Rubber Stamp SC - Science
SR - Socially Responsible ST - Stamps SW - Software TR - Travel Item
TS - Transportation TY - Toy UN - Unique Product VG - Video Game
VT - Video Tape
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