The Few, The Proud…The Award-Winning Toys
Who Made the Cut This Year?
By Alison Marek and Julie L. Jones
of products are introduced to the toy industry every year, but only a
limited number are good enough, playable enough and innovative enough
to garner an award.
In addition to issuing
Magazine regularly asks manufacturers
to present their award winners to our readers so that retailers can quickly
identify products with great potential and manufacturers can learn and
be inspired by others' successes. Here are the most recent responses:
Dragonflies Scramble Squares® 9-piece Puzzle by b. dazzle, inc.
The Dragonflies Scramble Squares® puzzle features some of the most beautiful of the varied Dragonflies’ coloration. The object of the Scramble Squares® puzzle game is to arrange the nine colorfully illustrated 4” x 4” square pieces into a 3 x 3 pattern to form a 12” square so that the realistic graphics of the dragonflies match perfectly. Each puzzle package includes a panel of facts on dragonflies, as well as a trivia question and hidden answer to the trivia question.
Awards: Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products - 2010
10/11/2010 (Price: $8.95; Age: 4 to 12) ENTER b. dazzle, inc. TOYSHOW [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Jungle Gym by JUSTIN ROBERTS
Jungle Gym aims to ascend through the collective memories of childhood, from the joys of trick or treating and sleepovers to the magic stillness of snow days and gym class parachutes. The recording takes listeners on a journey through iconic experiences that kids will relate to and parents will remember. It's an often funny and unexpectedly rocking ride, from magic moments sailing on a moonlit cardboard box, through the temporary traumas of getting lost, to the anticipation and wonder of a school fire drill. Giant pounding drums, vintage electric guitars, strange and fanciful time changes, soaring vocals and elegant French horns yearn toward the conquering heights of the jungle gym. Awards: Parent's Choice Foundation Audio Award Fall 2010
10/1/2010 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Uncle Rock: The Big Picture by JACKPOT MUSIC
Uncle Rock's fourth CD is a salute to his musical heroes, with stylistic nods to Bowie, the Stones, Cat Stevens, and Johnny Cash. This album is cross-generational rock written for kids ages 2 to 92. Awards: Parent's Choice Foundation Audio Award Fall 2010
10/1/2010 (Age: 2 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Moo & Baa by HABA USA/HABERMAASS CORP.
In this game for 2 to 4 players, kids help Farmer Bert find his lost animals. Awards: 2010 iParenting Media Award for Outstanding Product; Parents’ Choice Approved Award, Fall 2010 Games.
9/28/2010 (Price: $20.00; Age: 3 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Partners for Safety Infant and Child CPR Training by PULSE CPR DIRECT LLC
This step-by-step CPR training program for parents contains a 20-minute DVD and a care kit. The DVD includes training modules, chapter summary reviews and an on-screen quiz. The kit includes a practice guide, diagrams, flash review cards and a babysitter information sheet.
Awards: Mom's Best Award 2010
9/16/2010 (Price: $23.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
PortaChair by BAMBINOZ LLC
The PortaChair is designed to keep chilrden secure on the go, in locations where there are no highchairs in sight. It is compact, lightweight and folds small enough to fit in a baby bag, at the bottom of a stroller or even in a purse. The innovative design fits a wide variety of chairs and is flexible to accommodate a growing child. The PortaChair is machine washable and safety-tested. Awards: Mom's Best Award 2010
9/16/2010 (Price: $55.00; Age: 0 to 3) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Soja Collection Dream Haven Mattress by SIMMONS JUVENILE FURNITURE COMPANY
This mattress features a resilient renewable soy enhanced core to provide a firm sleeping surface for a restful sleep. It is made from luxurious, breathable natural blend fabrics and is designed to be durable. Awards: Mom's Best Award 2010
9/16/2010 (Age: 0 to 3) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Beautyrest Beginnings Nighttime Whimsy Luxury Firm Mattress by SIMMONS JUVENILE FURNITURE COMPANY
This mattress features springs designed to conform to childrens' bodies. It also has a MoistureBan cover designed to repel spills and stains, a coating to reduce allergens, and firm edge support. Awards: Mom's Best Award 2010
9/16/2010 (Age: 0 to 3) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Leg Warmers by BABYLEGS LLC
These children's accessories are designed to keep kids both warm and stylish. BabyLegs leg warmers are made from 80-percent organic cotton, with 18 percent nylon and two percent spandex for stretch. One size fits most, and newborn sizes are also available. Awards: Mom's Best Award 2010
9/16/2010 (Price: $12.00; Age: 1 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
4 in 1 Fashion Design Super Set by FASHION ANGELS
This set features four activities for girls to take their designing skills to their own clothing and accessories. Girls can choose between airbrushing, tie dying, glitter paint and stamping, and gem and stud setting for taking their t-shirts from drab to fab. Awards: Creative Child 2010 Preferred Choice Award
9/3/2010 (Price: $24.99; Age: 8 and up) ENTER FASHION ANGELS TOYSHOW [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Following are some of the programs represented in TDmonthly.com's section of award winners: Dr.
Media Awards, TIA
Toy Portfolio, The
National Parenting Center, and Parents'
You may also access TDmonthly's review
section to see which products earned 5 TD stars.