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Dr. Toy's   100 Best Toys   of   2016

 

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Adora Baby Fairy

Adora Dolls - http://www.adoradolls.com

$15.99     Buy Now

Ages up thru 12 years      

Toy Type   TY --  

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ALEX Toys Knot-a-Quilt

Alex Brands - http://www.alexbrands.com

$33.99     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AC --   AS --   CP --   HM --  

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100+ Circuit Science

Amazing Toys Ltd. - http://www.amazing-toys.com.hk/

$47.00     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CP --   GE --   SA --   TC --  

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Amazing Eco Ten

Amazing Toys Ltd. - http://www.amazing-toys.com.hk/

$39.90     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CO --   CP --   ES --   GN --  

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Kindness Kit

Ann Williams Group - http://www.annwilliamsgroup.com/

$19.99     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   CH --   CP --  

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Rubber Band Game

Ann Williams Group - http://www.annwilliamsgroup.com/

$19.99     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   BG --   GE --   ID --  

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Jenga® GIANT™ Family Hardwood Game

Art's Ideas - http://www.artsideas.biz/

$99.95     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   ES --   GE --   OP --  

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Bizibots

Ateliers19 - http://www.bizibots.com/

$40.00     Buy Now

Age range 7 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AC --   CP --   GN --   WT --  

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Baby Jack Sensory Learning Lovey

Baby Jack and Company - http://www.babyjackco.com/

$27.95     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 5 years      

Toy Type   ES --   LA --   MA --   PL --  

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Ice Cool

Brain Games Publishing - http://www.brain-games.com/

$39.95     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   BG --   CH --   GE --   UN --  

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Story Time Dice: Fairy Tales

Brybelly Holdings Inc. - http://www.brybelly.com/

$9.99     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   BO --   FP --   GE --   LA --  

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Story Time Dice: Scary Tales

Brybelly Holdings Inc. - http://www.brybelly.com/

$9.99     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   BO --   FP --   GE --   LA --  

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Silly Street the Game

Buffalo Games, Inc. - http://playsillystreet.com/

$19.99     Buy Now

Age range 4 years thru 8 years      

Toy Type   BG --   GE --  

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Career Dolls

Build & Imagine, LLC - http://www.buildandimagine.com/

$14.99     Buy Now

Age range 4 years thru 8 years      

Toy Type   CP --   DA --   SA --   SR --  

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Good Duck

CelebriDucks - http://www.celebriducks.com/

$11.99     Buy Now

Ages up thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   BA --   GN --   OP --  

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Hide Inside Cottage

DT Learning Products - http://www.discoverytoys.net/

$45.00     Buy Now

Age range 9 months thru 3 years      

Toy Type   TY --  

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School House Play Tent

DT Learning Products - http://www.discoverytoys.net/

$100.00     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 10 years      

Toy Type   CH --   FP --  

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Sensory Sights

DT Learning Products - http://www.discoverytoys.net/

$25.00     Buy Now

Ages up thru 2 years      

Toy Type   TY --  

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Butterfly Glamour Dome

DuneCraft - http://www.dunecraft.com/

$24.99     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CF --   GN --   SA --   SC --  

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Q's Race to the Top

EQtainment - http://www.eqtainment.com/

$24.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 8 years      

Toy Type   AE --   CH --   CT --   GE --  

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Q's on the Go Pack

EQtainment - http://www.eqtainment.com/

$12.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 8 years      

Toy Type   AE --   CP --   ES --   GE --  

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Q-Time Buddy

EQtainment - http://www.eqtainment.com/

$19.99     Buy Now

Ages up thru 5 years      

Toy Type   ES --   ID --   PL --   TY --  

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Epic!

Epic Creations Inc. - http://www.getepic.com/

$4.99     Buy Now

Ages up thru 12 years      

Toy Type   BO --   IN --   LA --   SR --  

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Folkmanis® Monarch Life Cycle Puppet

Folkmanis Inc. - http://www.folkmanis.com/

$39.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   FP --   PU --   SC --  

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Shark and the Volcano

Green Kids Club Inc. - http://www.greenkidsclub.com/

$9.99     Buy Now

Age range 4 years thru 10 years      

Toy Type   BO --   EC --   ES --   SR --  

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Rescue Boat & Helicopter

Green Toys Inc. - http://www.greentoys.com/

$34.99     Buy Now

Age range 2 years thru 6 years      

Toy Type   BA --   EC --   GN --   TY --  

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Just Add Sun

Griddly Games Inc. - http://www.griddlygames.com/

$25.98     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CF --   CP --   EC --   SA --  

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Hide and Seek Interactive Plush

Hide and Seek LLC - http://www.hideandseektoy.com/

$24.95     Buy Now

Age range 1 year thru 5 years      

Toy Type   BO --   ES --   GE --   MM --  

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Creatify@Playhouse

Horizon Group USA, Inc. - http://www.horizongroupusa.com/

$16.99     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CP --   DH --   FP --   WT --  

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It's So Me Braid-tastic!

Horizon Group USA, Inc. - http://www.horizongroupusa.com/

$14.99     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 9 years      

Toy Type   AS --   CF --   CP --   HM --  

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Kinetix Hidden Message Code Bands

Horizon Group USA, Inc. - http://www.horizongroupusa.com/

$9.99     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 9 years      

Toy Type   CF --   CH --   CP --   SA --  

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Kinetix Neon Light Board

Horizon Group USA, Inc. - http://www.horizongroupusa.com/

$19.99     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 9 years      

Toy Type   CO --   CP --   EL --   TC --  

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ThinkBox Forensic Science

Horizon Group USA, Inc. - http://www.horizongroupusa.com/

$14.99     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   HO --   SA --   SC --  

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Myland Houseboat

Kid O Products - http://www.kidotoys.com/

$45.00     Buy Now

Age range 2 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   BA --   SA --   TC --   UN --  

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Kinderfeets Tiny Tot Bamboo

Kinderfeets LLC - http://www.kinderfeets.com/

$100.00     Buy Now

Age range 1 year thru 2 years      

Toy Type   AE --   GN --   OP --   SR --  

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31050 Creator Corner Deli

LEGO Systems Inc. - http://www.lego.com/

$39.99     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CO --   TY --  

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TV292 Doctor's Set

Le Toy Van - http://www.letoyvan.com/

$50.00     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 7 years      

Toy Type   OT --   UN --  

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LeapFrog Count Along Register

LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. - http://www.leapfrog.com/

$24.99     Buy Now

Age range 2 years thru 5 years      

Toy Type   CP --   ES --   MA --   SC --  

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LeapFrog LeapStart

LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. - http://www.leapfrog.com/

$39.99     Buy Now

Age range 2 years thru 7 years      

Toy Type   ES --   GG --   LA --   SA --  

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LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Mat

LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. - http://www.leapfrog.com/

$29.99     Buy Now

Age range 2 years thru 5 years      

Toy Type   AE --   ES --   ID --   ML --  

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LeapFrog Melody the Musical Turtle

LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. - http://www.leapfrog.com/

$19.99     Buy Now

Age range 2 years thru 5 years      

Toy Type   AE --   ES --   GE --   ID --  

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EcoTruck Fire Truck

Luke's Toy Factory - http://www.lukestoyfactory.com/

$22.95     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 6 years      

Toy Type   CO --   EC --   GN --   SR --  

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Little Tikes Light 'n Go 3-in-1 Activity Walker

MGA Entertainment - http://www.mgae.com/

$39.99     Buy Now

Age range 9 months thru 3 years      

Toy Type   AE --   CE --   ML --   TS --  

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Project Mc2 H2O RC Car

MGA Entertainment - http://www.mgae.com/

$69.99     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CP --   EL --   SA --   TC --  

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Turtle Sandbox

MGA Entertainment - http://www.mgae.com/

$59.99     Buy Now

Age range 1 year thru 6 years      

Toy Type   AE --   OP --  

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WOW 16pc Set

Magformers, LLC - http://www.magformers.com/

$49.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CO --   ES --   TY --  

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Winkel™

Manhattan Toy Company - http://www.manhattantoy.com/

$14.00     Buy Now

Ages up thru 1 year      

Toy Type   NO --   TR --   TY --   UN --  

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Panoramic (NFL, NHL,MLB, NCAA) Stadium Puzzles

MasterPieces Puzzle Co. - http://www.masterpiecesinc.com/

$19.99     Buy Now

Age range 10 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CO --   EC --   PZ --   SR --  

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The Joy of Numbers

Muu Aps - Newmero - http://www.newmero.dk/

$53.00     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 9 years      

Toy Type   ES --   GE --   SA --   SC --  

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My Gnome on the Roam Family Adventure Kit

My Gnome on the Roam - http://www.mygnomeontheroam.com/

$59.97     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   CR --   ES --   TR --  

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BuppaLaPaloo

MySelfie LLC dba BuppaLaPaloo - http://www.buppabear.com/

$29.95     Buy Now

Age range 2 years thru 7 years      

Toy Type   CP --   ES --   PL --   SR --  

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3D Coin Art

NSI International Inc. - http://www.nsi-intonline.com/

$19.99     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CP --   GG --   HO --   PZ --  

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Smithsonian Planetarium Projector

NSI International Inc. - http://www.nsi-intonline.com/

$39.99     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   EL --   HO --   ID --   SA --  

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Smithsonian Plasma Ball

NSI International Inc. - http://www.nsi-intonline.com/

$29.99     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   EL --   ES --   MA --   SA --  

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Super Wubble

NSI International Inc. - http://www.nsi-intonline.com/

$19.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   EQ --   PT --   TY --  

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Not Parent Approved

Not Parent Approved - http://www.notparentapproved.com/

$24.99     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CG --   ID --   LA --   NO --  

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Hydraulic Arm Edge

OWI Inc. - http://www.owirobot.com/

$49.95     Buy Now

Age range 10 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CO --   ES --   SA --   TC --  

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Gyrobi

Office Oxygen - http://www.officeoxygen.com/

$3.95     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CH --   CT --   NO --   SR --   UN --  

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Loopeez

Office Oxygen - http://www.officeoxygen.com/

$3.95     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CH --   CT --   NO --   SR --   UN --  

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Paper Trax Super Pack

Paper Trax Toys - http://www.papertraxtoys.com/

$24.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   CO --   GN --   SC --  

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Piper Computer Kit

Piper Inc. - http://www.playpiper.com/

$299.00     Buy Now

Age range 7 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   EG --   ES --   SA --   TC --  

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Michael & Rockness Monsters

Preschool of Rock - http://www.michaelandtherocknessmonsters.com/

$9.99     Buy Now

Age range 2 years thru 9 years      

Toy Type   CE --   MM --  

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Quadro Ultimate

Quadro der Grossbaukasten - http://www.quadroworld.com/

$599.99     Buy Now

Age range 1 year thru 8 years      

Toy Type   AP --   CO --   EQ --   OP --  

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Bathtub Coloring Kit

SAVVi - http://www.savvistuff.com/

$15.00     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 6 years      

Toy Type   AC --   BA --   CP --   TY --  

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Svan S.S. Ahoy Surprise Stacker

SVAN - http://www.svan.com/

$44.99     Buy Now

Age range 1 year + 6 months thru 5 years      

Toy Type   CP --   ES --   PZ --   WT --  

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Riding Center with Rider, Horses and Accessories

Schleich USA Inc. - http://www.schleich-s.com/

$99.00     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   CP --   ID --   NO --  

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18 Key Mini Grand

Schoenhut Piano Co., Inc. - http://www.toypiano.com/

$79.95     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   CP --   ML --   TY --  

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Archery Dice

SimplyFun - http://www.simplyfun.com/

$26.00     Buy Now

Age range 7 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   BG --   ES --   GE --  

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NogginRings Reaching & Grasping Rings

SmartNoggin, Inc. - http://www.smartnoggintoys.com/

$18.99     Buy Now

Ages up thru 12 years      

Toy Type   ES --   TY --  

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Square Panda Phonics Playset

Square Panda - http://www.squarepanda.com/

$119.00     Buy Now

Age range 1 year + 6 months thru 8 years      

Toy Type   EG --   ES --   LA --   TC --  

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Farmers Market Create-and-Play Activity Book: 100 Stickers + Games, Crafts & Fun!

Storey Publishing LLC - http://www.storey.com/

$14.95     Buy Now

Age range 4 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   BO --   CF --   CP --   FP --  

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Beanie Boos Domino Game

Tactic Games USA Inc - http://www.tactic.net/

$15.00     Buy Now

Age range 4 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CH --   ES --   GE --   TY --  

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Colorology

Tactic Games USA Inc. - http://www.tactic.net/

$19.99     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   BG --   CH --   ES --   TY --  

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We Detectives

Tactic Games USA Inc. - http://www.tactic.net/

$19.99     Buy Now

Age range 7 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CH --   ES --   GE --   SR --  

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Teeth Fairies: A Baby Teeth Tradition

Teeth Fairies, Inc. - http://www.teethfairies.com/

$39.99     Buy Now

Age range 4 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   BO --   ES --   FP --   PL --  

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Fair Doll

The Doll Kind - http://www.thedollkind.com/

$59.00     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CT --   DO --   FP --   SR --  

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Moodster Feelings Flashlight

The Moodsters - http://www.themoodsters.com/

$19.99     Buy Now

Age range 1 year + 6 months thru 7 years      

Toy Type   BO --   ID --   OP --   TY --  

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Moodster Meter

The Moodsters - http://www.themoodsters.com/

$19.99     Buy Now

Age range 1 year + 6 months thru 7 years      

Toy Type   BO --   ID --   OP --   TY --  

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Moodster Mirror

The Moodsters - http://www.themoodsters.com/

$19.99     Buy Now

Age range 1 year + 6 months thru 7 years      

Toy Type   BO --   ID --   OP --   TY --  

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Let's Eat Together Placemat

The Victoria Chart Co. - http://www.victoriachartcompany.com/

$12.50     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AP --   CE --   CP --   ES --   MM --   OT --   SR --   TY --  

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Nikko RC Barbie™ Convertible R/C

Toy State - http://www.toystate.com/

$34.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   CH --   TS --   TY --  

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Nikko RC VelociTrax™

Toy State - http://www.toystate.com/

$39.99     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   CH --   TS --   TY --  

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Road Rippers Dino Hauler™

Toy State - http://www.toystate.com/

$19.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   CH --   TS --   TY --  

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Hanging Treehouses

TreePod Hanging Treehouses LLC - http://www.mytreepod.com/

$325.00     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   EQ --   OP --  

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E-Z Grip Balls

Tucker Toys - http://www.trickshotsports.com/

$12.99     Buy Now

Age range 2 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   TY --  

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Trick Shot Sports

Tucker Toys - http://www.trickshotsports.com/

$9.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   CP --   TY --  

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We're All In This Together

Two of a Kind Ltd. - http://www.twoofakind.com/

$14.98     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 10 years      

Toy Type   AT --   CE --   DD --   ML --   MM --   TC --  

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Telestrations® 8 Player: The Original

USAOPOLY - http://www.usaopoly.com/

$29.95     Buy Now

Age range 1 year thru 12 years      

Toy Type   BG --   GE --  

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Digit'Y Do

UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation - http://www.uhccf.org/

$24.95     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CH --   GE --   ID --   SR --  

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Bizzy the Mix & Move Bot™

VTech Electronics North America LLC - http://www.vtechkids.com/

$24.99     Buy Now

Age range 2 years thru 5 years      

Toy Type   CP --   LA --   ML --   TC --  

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Go! Go! Smart Friends® Enchanted Princess Palace™

VTech Electronics North America LLC - http://www.vtechkids.com/

$59.99     Buy Now

Age range 1 year + 6 months thru 5 years      

Toy Type   AE --   DH --   DO --   FP --  

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Touch & Learn Activity Desk™ Deluxe

VTech Electronics North America LLC - http://www.vtechkids.com/

$54.99     Buy Now

Age range 2 years thru 5 years      

Toy Type   EL --   EQ --   ES --   TC --  

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Creations Jewelry

Wild Republic - http://www.kmtoys.com/

$4.00     Buy Now

Age range 3 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AS --   NO --   SC --   SR --  

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Wild Republic Huggers

Wild Republic - http://www.kmtoys.com/

$7.99     Buy Now

Age range 3 months thru 8 years      

Toy Type   CH --   NO --   PL --   TY --  

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Wonderhood Corner Shops - Creative Building Set

Wonderhood LLC - http://www.wonderhoodtoys.com/

$29.99     Buy Now

Age range 5 years thru 10 years      

Toy Type   CO --   CP --   ES --   SA --  

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Wonderhood Grand Hotel-Creative Building Set

Wonderhood LLC - http://www.wonderhoodtoys.com/

$59.99     Buy Now

Age range 5 years thru 10 years      

Toy Type   CO --   CP --   ES --   SA --  

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Lumi-Niter® Disk Kit

Xtraordin Air Toys - http://www.flitebynite.com/

$17.99     Buy Now

Age range 7 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   OP --   PT --   UN --  

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NEON Street Rollers

Yvolution USA Inc. - http://www.yvolution.com/

$29.99     Buy Now

Age range 6 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   OP --   TS --   TY --  

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littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, 2nd Edition

littleBits Electronics Inc. - http://www.littlebits.cc/

$199.95     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   CO --   EL --   HO --   SA --  

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littleBits Rule Your Room

littleBits Electronics Inc. - http://www.littlebits.cc/

$99.95     Buy Now

Age range 8 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE --   CO --   ES --   SA --  

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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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