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Dr. Toy's   Best Toy Picks   of   2018


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#CompanyToy NameAgePriceProduct CodesCust.Svc.www.
1.AnimoodlesAnimoodles3y - 12y25.00AE   CO   CP   FP   OP   PL   TY   UN   N/
2.Aurora WorldLittle Pitter Pattern - Pup Rattle 8.5 in & Swaddle 18 in1m - 6m20.00NO   PL   TR
3.Banana PandaMatch the Baby Puzzles18m - 3y16.99BG   CO   ES   PZ   TY
4.Banana PandaSuuuper Size Memory Game2y - 5y21.99AE   BG   ES   GE   NO   TY   (856)
5.Banana PandaThe Way I See It Educational Flash Cards0 - 12m16.99AS   BO   CG   ES   NO
6.BizyBeezMagStix3y - 8y69.99CO   ES   FP   MA   SC
7.Bobby Susser Music GroupGreen Light2y - 8y12.97AE   AT   ML   MM   TC
8.CandygramsCandygrams7y - 12y24.99ES   GE   LA
9.CooperativeGames.comThe Baby Beluga Game3y - 10y34.95BG   CT   EC   ES   GE   GG   GN   SC   SR   UN
10.D&L CompanyDueling Stomp Rocket6y - 12y21.00AE   ES   HO   OP   TR   TY
11.D&L CompanyJunior Glow Stomp Rocket3y - 12y14.99AE   ES   HO   OP   TR   TY
12.D&L CompanyStomp Rocket Stunt Planes5y - 12y29.99AE   ES   HO   OP   TR   TY
13.E-Blox, Inc.Circuit Blox 115 Project Set8y - 12y32.99CO   ES
14.Golden Bell StudiosKeys to Capitals Board Game7y - 12y24.95BG   ES   GE   GG   SR
15.Golden Bell StudiosMarshfellows Stuffed Toys0 - 1y24.95AC   AE   CP   PL   TY
16.Golden Bell StudiosMovie Buff Card Game10y - 12y24.95AE   CE   CG   CP   GE   MM
17.Golden Bell StudiosPretending to Grownup Game12y - 12y29.95AE   CE   CG   CP   GE   MM   OP
18.Green Toys Inc.Tide Pool Bath Set6m - 12y19.99BA   EC   ES   GN   PT   SR   TY
19.Griddly Games, Inc.Just Add Sugar8y - 12y24.95CP   CR   EC   ES   SR
20.Hansa Creation USAGiraffe Medium3y - 12y195.00AE   AS   HM   PL   SR   TY
21.Heroes Will RiseRigamajig Junior5y - 12y395.00AE   CO   EQ   ES   MA   SC   WT
22.Itty Bitty City, LLCMagnetic Wooden Blocks – 6 Piece Set, Cat/Dog Set3y - 5y19.99AE   CH   CO   ES   SA   TY   WT
23.Itty Bitty City, LLCMagnetic Wooden Blocks-30-piece set3y - 5y49.99CO   ES   TY   WT
24.Kangaroo ManufacturingPop-Oh-Ver Counter Top Set3y - 12y39.95AE   AS   CP   DH   FP   HO   TY   UN   (480)
25.Kangaroo ManufacturingPop-Oh-Ver Stove Set3y - 12y39.95AE   AS   CP   DH   FP   HO   TY   UN   (480)
26.KellytoySquishmallows0 - 12y2.99AE   AS   FP   PL   TY   UN
27.KitkiThree Sticks8y - 12y35.00AE   BG   CP   GE
28.Laser PegsFire's Fury6y - 12y44.99AE   CO   DO   EL   ES   FP   HO   MA   SC   TC   TY
29.Laser PegsMars Rocket7y - 12y69.99AE   CO   EL   ES   FP   HO   MA   SC   TC
30.Looney LabsGet the MacGuffin8y - 12y10.00CG   CT   EC   GE   SR
31.Looney LabsNanofictionary8y - 12y16.00BO   CG   CP   ES   GE   LA   TR
32.Looney LabsPyramid Arcade8y - 12y77.00AE   BG   CP   ES   GE   MA   TR   UN
33.Maple Landmark WoodcraftRainmaker Rattle0 - 2y17.50EC   GN   OR   SR   TY   WT
34.MiaoKidsMiaoKids Smart Kit2y - 8y79.00EG   EL   ES   LA   MA   SC   TC   +86
35.MiaoKidsMiaoKids Wonder Math2y - 8y79.00EG   EL   ES   GE   LA   MA   MM   SW   TC   +86
37.NSI International, Inc.FUZZY WUBBLE4y - 12y17.99AE   EG   EL   EQ   FP   GE   OP   TC
38.NSI International, Inc.Smithsonian Fingerprint Kit8y - 12y14.99AE   EQ   ES   FP   HO   SC   TY
39.NSI International, Inc.Smithsonian Robo Spider8y - 12y14.99CO   EL   ES   FP   HO   SC   TC   UN
40.OWI KitOWI-893 KIKO.8938y - 12y43.95CO   CR   EC   EL   ES   GN   HM   HO   SC   SR
41.OWI KitOWI-MSK618 Dodeca 12 in 1 SolarHydraulic Robot8y - 12y33.95AE   CO   CP   EC   ES   GN   HM   HO   OP   SC   SR
42.Piccoli HorsesPiccoli Horses3y - 12y30.00ES   FP   LA   MM   PL   SW   TC   TY
43.RIVAL 5 GameRIVAL 5 The Number Strategy Game9y - 12y39.99AE   BG   CP   ES   GE   MA
44.ReadySetzReadySetz Space Base Playset3y - 12y65.00AE   DH   EC   FP   HO   NO   SR   TY   UN
45.ReadySetzReadySetz Urban Playset 2.03y - 12y65.00AE   DH   EC   FP   HO   NO   SR   TY
46.Reed'sReindeer In Here1m - 10y29.99BO   ES   FP   NO   PL   TY
47.SerabeenaBracelet Making Kit4y - 8y19.99AC   AE   CP   FP   GE   HM   HO   TR   TY   00 852 8191
48.SharinglandSharingland Cardboard Playhouse Sets3y - 8y99.99AE   CO   CS   DH   ES   FP   TY
49.SmartFelt ToysMy Little House2y - 5y34.99AE   ES   FP   LA   TY   UN   (818)
50.SmartLab ToysTiny Science8y - 14y19.99CP   EQ   ES   SC   UN   +1 425 822
51.Square PandaSquare Panda Home Edition2y - 8y59.95AT   EG   EL   ES   GE   LA   MM   SW   TC
52.TeknikioActivating Origami8y - 12y24.00AC   CO   CP   ES   MA   UN
53.Think Tank Scholar500+ Sight Words Flash Cards Bundle Set3y - 9y25.00AE   DH   EC   FP   H   NO   SR   TY   UN
54.Tralala Ltd.LALABOOM educational beads10m - 3y29.95AE   CO   EC   ES   LA   MA   TY   UN
55.Turing TumbleTuring Tumble8y - 12y69.95BG   CO   ES   GE   MA   PZ   SC   TY
56.WhistlefritzThe French Collection2y - 7y89.99AT   CT   ES   LA   ML   MM   SR   TC
57.b. dazzle, incHearts Scramble Squares® Puzzle4y - 12y12.99BG   CG   CT   ES   GE   MA   PZ   SR   TR   TY
58.b. dazzle, inc.Cupcakes Scramble Squares® Puzzle4y - 12y12.99CP   ES   MA   NO   PZ   TR   TY

Dr. Toy's   10 Best Toys   of   2018

#CompanyToy NameAge
Product CodesCust.Svc.www.
1.AnimoodlesAnimoodles3y - 12y25.00AE   CO   CP   FP   OP   PL   TY   UN   N/
2.Aurora WorldLittle Pitter Pattern - Pup Rattle 8.5 in & Swaddle 18 in1m - 6m20.00NO   PL   TR
3.b. dazzle, inc.Cupcakes Scramble Squares® Puzzle4y - 12y12.99CP   ES   MA   NO   PZ   TR   TY
4.Banana PandaMatch the Baby Puzzles18m - 3y16.99BG   CO   ES   PZ   TY
5.E-Blox, Inc.Circuit Blox 115 Project Set8y - 12y32.99CO   ES
6.Kangaroo ManufacturingPop-Oh-Ver Stove Set3y - 12y39.95AE   AS   CP   DH   FP   HO   TY   UN   (480)
7.NSI International, Inc.FUZZY WUBBLE4y - 12y17.99AE   EG   EL   EQ   FP   GE   OP   TC
8.ReadySetzReadySetz Space Base Playset3y - 12y65.00AE   DH   EC   FP   HO   NO   SR   TY   UN
9.SharinglandSharingland Cardboard Playhouse Sets3y - 8y99.99AE   CO   CS   DH   ES   FP   TY
10.Green Toys Inc.Tide Pool Bath Set6m - 12y19.99BA   EC   ES   GN   PT   SR   TY

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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