Here’s what Dr. Toy just released concerning the winning Vacation Products… so excited our new animated DVD, “Big Bird, Little Bird” won (listed under my label, Sleeveless, below)!
I’m including the entire list so all you parents out there can see what other amazing items are available for you to resource and enjoy.
Sending summer love, year round,
Dr. Toy’s Names Best Children’s Vacation Products
Retail Editor 2 — Playthings, August 3, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO – The report of winning toys for Dr. Toy’s Best Children’s Vacation Products for summer 2010 is at http://www.drtoy.com.
The information is designed to assist children to play and learn at home and while on vacation. Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Products Awards were developed by noted child development authority, Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (a.k.a. Dr. Toy), as a service to consumers who desire to purchase safe, affordable, educationally-oriented, and stimulating toys and play products for children for vacation time at home or on the road.
“As a childhood specialist for 40 years,” said Auerbach, “I have seen the continuous, essential need for more year-round resources for consumers to identify and choose the most appropriate products for all children.”
Auerbach reports that in the years the online magazine, Dr. Toy’s Guide, has been available, “thousands of visitors daily from around the world have accessed its information.” It was the first Web site to evaluate toys and children’s products.
The report is being released, according to Auerbach, to “encourage parents and teachers to focus on the value of play during the summer as essential to the overall learning process.”
She added, “The Best Vacation Products a balanced selection from large and small, new and established, companies across the U.S.A., Canada, and overseas will provide children with exciting new learning tools that will help them not only do better in school, but also will provide more constructive activities while traveling or at vacation destinations.”
The award-winning products include innovative toys, books, CDs, crafts, DVDs, games, puzzles, and many other play products for children of all ages and interests.
Auerbach believes “parents need more help to get a head start locating new, diversified products that children will enjoy as they increase learning skills and expand creativity.” The products range from low to high tech for hours of constructive, educational, and stimulating fun.
“Children learn best through play and these Best Products encourage children to maximize their potential and make the most of Smart Play,” said Auerbach. “By making a renewed focus on summertime as a special time for choosing new products for children, parents improve their children’s development. This is a perfect time for parents to ‘take stock’ and do an inventory of what their children are playing with, what is not used, and what they need next in their development.”
Dr. Toy’s Best Children’s Vacation Products are carefully chosen, using extensive criteria she has developed over many years, from among hundreds she has reviewed at toy fairs, in catalogs, and through many other sources. The criteria she uses includes: safety, age-appropriateness, design, durability, lasting play value, 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.
These are products suitable for babies to older children, include products from hand-crafted to hi-tech, and range in price on the average from $10 to $50. The winning products are affordable, well designed, and reflect the wide range of children’s interests. Complete information about these and other products are included in the full report.
Dr. Toy’s report includes company customer service numbers, web site addresses, age range, price, and a full description of each product. 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 other Best Products for all reasons and seasons. At this time over 4000 products are included in the Dr. Toy’s Guide with direct links to companies and toy stores on line, plus toy history, parent resources, and much more.
adaptivePlay Mickey Melodies
Advance Games Say-N-Play
ALEX Ready, Set, Doodle!
ALEX Scribble & Doodle
All Mighty Productions Spoon Racers & Beanbots
Alton Road Publ Sabu & Me
Ape Park Picnic Pals Blankies
Ape Park Picnic Pals Plush
AroundSquare Deconstruction Blocks
b. dazzle Color ‘N Seek
b. dazzle Cows Scramble Squares
b. dazzle Fall Scramble Squares
b. dazzle GUITAR Scramble Squares
Big City Publ Angels from the Attic
Blue Orange Games Golden Gate
Blue Orange Games Pigzup!
Blue Orange Games Spot It!
Blue Orange Games Sumoku
Box Girls Family Dinner Box of Quotations
Buckle Toy Buckle Buddy “Bucky”
Carrera Mario Kart DS 2
Carson Dellosa Summer Bridge Activities
Citiblocs Skyline Color Sets
Community Music Little Ditties for Itty Bitties
Constructive Eating Construction Plate
Constructive Eating Set of Utensils
Corolle Dolls Tidoo Poppy
Creatively Canny Bug’s Adventure Series
Critical Thinking Balance Benders Level 1
Crorey Creations Friendship Bracelet Maker
Debbie and Friends More Story Songs & Sing Alongs
Dig-It! Games Roman Town
DreamBox Learning K-3 Math
Educational Insights Hot Dots Jr.
Educational Insights Stix & Stones
EducationalGames.Biz All-Star Math Game
Eye Think Strobotop Lightphase Animator
FoxMind Canada Dig-It!
Free Spirit Pub. Treasury Hunt for Primary
Fun & Function Amazing Peanut Ball
Galloping Minds Preschooler Learns Numbers DV
GameWhys Icecap app for iPhone
Gamewright Can You See What I See?
Gamewright Order’s Up
Gamewright Take the Cake
Giddy Up! Barbie Blendy Pens
Giddy Up! Spiderman Color Book
Griddly Games Chronicle of the Mind
Griddly Games Words of the Wise
Growing Sound I Can Do It
HABA Bucket With Valve
Haywire Group Flickin’ Chicken
Idea Storm Products Yamodo! Good To Go!
Ideopolis Alphabetz Decoder
Innovation First Int’l Hexbug Na
Inspiration Software Inspiration 9
Inspiration Software Kidspiration 3
ISEO Chemdis Pvt Rubbabu City Life Playset
ISEO Chemdis Pvt Rubbabu 3D Shape Sorter
ISEO Chemdis Pvt Rubbabu Educational Balls
ISEO Chemdis Pvt RubbaBlox Just Triangles
Itty Bitty Toy Co Sneako
Julie K Music A Sunny Day
Kreg-Kid Hip Kid Hip
Learning Resources Alphabet Suitcase
Learning Station Book About Tony Chestnut
LEGO Systems Atlantis Guardian
Lucid Publishing Reef Fish Coloring Book
Maru & Friends Doll Maru Latina Girl
Mindfull Games Verbal Volley
Mindlogic Consensus Jr Edition
North Star Games Wits & Wagers Family
Original Toy What Zit
Oshi mat LLC Oshi Mat
Out of the Box Word on the Street Jr
OWI Transforming Solar Robot
Pay Your Family First ThriveTime
PBS Home Video Super Why!
PBS Home Video WordGirl: Earth Day
Peaceable Kingdom Really Ridiculous
Prime Time Toys Sash Paddle
Russ Berrie Raggedy Ann & Andy
Safari Forest Dragon #10155
SenseAbility Games SenseAbility
SepToys SepToys Design Blocks
Sleeveless: Big Bird, Little Bird DVD
Smithsonian Folkways Go Waggaloo
Spin Master Aqua Sand Creation Kit
Spin Master Air Hogs Titan
Spin Master Bow Rod Fishing Rod
Spin Master Magic Fabric Creation
Star Kids Products Airplay
Star Kids Products Snack & Play Travel Tray
Steps4Kids Modern Manuscript
Storytime By Design It’s A StoryTime Jam
Tech Source Bubble Talk
TenMarks Education Online Summer Math Program
Think-A-Lot Toys Think-ets Genius
ThinkFun Zingo! To Go
Tier Toys Animal Sea Xplorer
Trenna Productions One To Grow On!
Vraney Pocket Referee
VTech V.Reader Animated e-Reading
VTech MobiGo Touch Learning
Wild Republic Mini Morphs
Wild Republic Chompers
Wild Republic Audubon Baby Birds
Yoshiritsu LaQ Imaginal Zoo
Yoshiritsu LaQ Hobby Flower Kit
Youthlight. Snoots Toots!
Zany World Games Zany World Games
Zoobies Furbie the Feline