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Dr. Toy's   100 Best Toys   of   2014

 

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#CompanyToy NameProduct CodesAgePriceCust.Svc.www.
1.4M Industrial Development, Ltd.Crystal Growing Experimental KitCP   ES   HM   SC   10y - 12y$18.00800-356-04744m-ind.com
2.ALEX BrandsScientific Explorer Color Mysteries KitAC   CP   ES   SC   5y - 14y$25.99201-750-8010alexbrands.com
3.ALEX BrandsWood Wonders Ultimate SetAC   CP   TY   WT   5y - 12y$25.00201-750-8010alexbrands.com
4.Ann Williams GroupLoopdeloomAC   CP   8y - 12y$29.99248-731-8588annwilliamsgroup.com
5.Art's IdeasJenga GiantAT   CT   OP   WT   10y - 12y$129.99310-424-4527artsideas.biz
6.Automoblox Co.Mini Emergency 3 packCP   GP   TR   WT   3y - 12y$40.00973-442-9444automoblox.com
7.Bananagrams, Inc.Bananagrams WildTilesES   GE   TY   7y - 12y$14.95888-234-5450bananagrams.com
8.Bigjigs Toys, Ltd.Learn to CountES   MA   PZ   2y - 4y$25.00866-459-7829bigjigstoys.co.uk
9.Brand 44 LLCSlackers 50' SlacklineAT   ES   OP   SR   5y - 12y$79.99866-925-8025brand44co.com
10.Brand 44 LLCSlackers Balance BloxAP   AT   OP   TY   3y - 10y$99.99303-339-0482brand44co.com
11.Cartwheel KidsPeter Rabbit Adventure Treehouse playsetDH   TY   2y - 5y$29.99888-906-4397cartwheelkids.com
12.Charm School RecordsDaycare Dance Party - CD by Preschool PopstarsDD,   EN   MM,   MU   18m - 12y$12.99434-250-2722preschoolpopstars.com
13.Chronicle BooksPress Here GameAC   BG   CP   ES   3y - 12y$19.99800-759-0190chroniclebooks.com
14.ClickN KidsClickN KIDS Family TabletES   MS   3y - 12y$99.00888-853-4032cnkdigital.com
15.Corolle DollsMon Premier Bebe Calin MariaDL   ES   FP   LA   18m - 4y$42.00800-214-9711corolledolls.com
16.Creatively CannyNATE The Dragon Stops BullyingBK   CP   ES   SR   8y - 12y$8.95920-220-1266creativelycany.com
17.Diggin Active Inc.Lazer Pitch BaseballAP   AT   MM   OP   5y - 12y$54.99888-388-8835digginactive.com
18.Discover with Dr. CoolReal Meteorite Excavation Kit!AT   ES   OP   SC   6y - 12y$11.99855-437-2665discoverwithdrcool.com
19.Discovery ToysBody Amazing PuzzleES   PZ   TY   WT   4y - 9y$23.00800-341-8697discoverytoys.net
20.b. dazzle, inc.Carousel Ponies Scramble SquaresĀ® PuzzleCG   ES   PZ   TI   4y - 12y$9.95800-809-4242b-dazzle.com




Dr. Toy's   10 Best Active Toys   of   2014

#CompanyToy NameProduct CodesAgePriceCust.Svc.www.
1.Brand 44 LLCSlackers 50' SlacklineAT   ES   OP   SR   5y - 12y$79.99866-925-8025brand44co.com
2.Brand 44 LLCSlackers Balance BloxAP   AT   OP   TY   3y - 10y$99.99303-339-0482brand44co.com

Dr. Toy's   10 Best Audio/DVD Toys   of   2014

#CompanyToy NameProduct CodesAgePriceCust.Svc.www.
1.Charm School RecordsDaycare Dance Party - CD by Preschool PopstarsDD,   EN   MM,   MU   18m - 12y$12.99434-250-2722preschoolpopstars.com

Dr. Toy's   10 Best Children's Products   of   2014

#CompanyToy NameProduct CodesAgePriceCust.Svc.www.
1.ALEX BrandsScientific Explorer Color Mysteries KitAC   CP   ES   SC   5y - 14y$25.99201-750-8010alexbrands.com

Dr. Toy's   10 Best Creative Toys   of   2014

#CompanyToy NameProduct CodesAgePriceCust.Svc.www.
1.ALEX BrandsWood Wonders Ultimate SetAC   CP   TY   WT   5y - 12y$25.00201-750-8010alexbrands.com
2.Ann Williams GroupLoopdeloomAC   CP   8y - 12y$29.99248-731-8588annwilliamsgroup.com

Dr. Toy's   10 Best Educational Toys   of   2014

#CompanyToy NameProduct CodesAgePriceCust.Svc.www.
1.4M Industrial Development, Ltd.Crystal Growing Experimental KitCP   ES   HM   SC   10y - 12y$18.00800-356-04744m-ind.com

Dr. Toy's   10 Best Games   of   2014

#CompanyToy NameProduct CodesAgePriceCust.Svc.www.
1.Art's IdeasJenga GiantAT   CT   OP   WT   10y - 12y$129.99310-424-4527artsideas.biz

Dr. Toy's   10 Best Socially Responsible Toys   of   2014

#CompanyToy NameProduct CodesAgePriceCust.Svc.www.
1.Creatively CannyNATE The Dragon Stops BullyingBK   CP   ES   SR   8y - 12y$8.95920-220-1266creativelycany.com

Dr. Toy's   10 Best Technology Toys   of   2014

#CompanyToy NameProduct CodesAgePriceCust.Svc.www.
1.ClickN KidsClickN KIDS Family TabletES   MS   3y - 12y$99.00888-853-4032cnkdigital.com

Dr. Toy's   10 Best Toys   of   2014

#CompanyToy NameProduct CodesAgePriceCust.Svc.www.
1.Automoblox Co.Mini Emergency 3 packCP   GP   TR   WT   3y - 12y$40.00973-442-9444automoblox.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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