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August 2009 Notable Toys — Award Winners





Age Range: 1 to 3
Launch Date: April 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Apparel
Award Winners
Eco-Friendly



The Little Soles™ Squeaky Shoes collection is free from harmful dyes and toxins, utilizes premium materials sourced specifically to surpass standards in footwear testing set by Health Canada or the CPSC, and features inner and outer materials tested for the following: European Council directive 2002/62/EC testing for AZO colourants or dyes, formaldehyde content, and seven toxic elements (lead, arsenic, antimony, barium, mercury, cadmium and selenium). The flexible outsole is suited to pre-walking and early walking, and the shoes also have a padded ankle collar, an air-cushioned heel, an audible squeak that provides confidence for first steps and promotes a proper heel-to-toe step, as well as giving parents peace of mind by being aware of where their child is walking. The squeaker mechanism is removable and replaceable. This product received a 2009 iParenting Media Outstanding Products award. Launch date: April 30, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25219      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: 0 to 3
Launch Date: April 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Apparel
Award Winners
Eco-Friendly



Little Soles Urban Infants Collection is designed to suit early walkers in size 3 to 8. The shoes are free from harmful dyes and toxins, feature premium Leathers sourced specifically to surpass the standards in footwear testing set by Health Canada or the CPSC, and are tested for the following: European Council directive 2002/62/EC testing for AZO colourants or Dyes, formaldehyde content and seven toxic elements (lead, arsenic, antimony, barium, mercury, cadmium and selenium). A full leather upper, inside and out, allows for optimal comfort and breathability, and the soft, flexible outsole is suited to pre-walking and early walking. The shoes also offer heel counters for support, a padded ankle collar and a cushioned heel. They are sold in a reusable designer gift box and received a 2009 iParenting Media Outstanding Products award. Launch date: April 30, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25218      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: 0 to 1
Launch Date: December 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Apparel
Award Winners
Eco-Friendly



Baby Soles by Little Soles are toxin-free crib shoes in size 0-2 or 0-9 months. The Baby Soles line has gone through rigorous testing procedures by an independent, internationally accredited company, to ensure that the shoes are free of harmful dyes and toxins. The shoes feature TPR outsole inserts at the toe and heel for traction and durability, an outsole design that allows for optimal surface feel when baby starts to cruise, styling designed to present a true footwear appearance instead of a slipper form; and premium leather sourced specifically to surpass the standards in footwear testing set by Health Canada. There are four levels of testing conducted prior to the manufacture of Baby Soles; all leathers along with the outsole are tested for the following: European Council directive 2002/62/EC testing for AZO Colourants or Dyes, formaldehyde content, and seven Toxic Elements. Baby Soles received a 2009 iParenting Media Outstanding Products award. Launch date: December 31, 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25217      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: 3 to 12
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Award Winners
Family Games
Outdoor Fun



Coursing Around's first edition offers 15 activity courses using sidewalk chalk. Designed to motivate kids to get off the couch and be active outside, it also offers an educational dynamic by helping kids learn their shapes, colors, numbers, and lefts and rights. Coursing Around received a 2009 iParenting Media Award in the Outstanding Product Toys and Games Category. Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25202      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: All Ages
Target Age Range: 0 to 12
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: USA
Launch Date: August 2008
Gender: Girls
Category: Christmas
Gifts
Award Winners



A festive red pouch unveils a set of Piggy Paint nail polishes in red, green and clear sparkle topcoat. "Piggy Paint is a natural, eco-friendly nail polish designed for fancy girls. Not only is it made in the USA, but all of our raw materials come from here as well," Melanie Hurley, CEO of Piggy Paint, told TDmonthly. This ideal stocking stuffer was Safbaby's Mom Approved and received a Child Tested Excellence Award. Launch date: August 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25201      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: All Ages
SKU or Item #: LBCD-5500
Launch Date: August 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Audio & CD
Music
Award Winners



Designed to provide moments of serene rest and relaxation during pregnancy while positively influencing the development and well-being of the baby, this set includes three CDs. "From three months before birth, your baby will be able to listen to music," Gary Brody, president of Lovely Baby Music, told TDmonthly. "Our new grown-up titles are also suitable for the same infants and babies that listen to the regular Lovely Baby CD series." "Lovely Pregnancy" was named 2009 CD of the Year by Creative Child Magazine. Launch date: August 17, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25195      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: 0 to 0
SKU or Item #: ZAK
Launch Date: September 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Award Winners
Infant & Toddler
Gifts



The Kangaroo Zak facilitates skin-to-skin contact and is designed to assure safety and comfort of parents and baby (baby will not fall and lines will stay put), maximize the area of contact between the baby and the adult, assures proper positioning, provide containment and sense of security, allow mom or dad to kangaroo "hands free" to read a book or and even fall asleep while kangarooing. It is created to support and complement all the benefits of Kangaroo Mother Care (constant natural temperature, breathing, stable blood pressure, increase of the mother's milk supply) and is made so that moms and dads can hold their babies safely and for longer periods of time. Kangaroo Zak is adjustable and each fits three sizes. It also gives moms coverage so they are not "exposed" when holding their babies. "Kangaroo Zak helps parents show how much they love their babies and it provides a nice and safe transition between womb and world," Yamile Jackson, president and founder of Zakeez, Inc., told TDmonthly. Zakeez received a 2009 Outstanding Women-Owned Business of the Year Award (Small Business Administration - SCORE Foundation). Launch date: September 13, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25143      (added 8/27/2009)
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Age Range: 1 to 3
SKU or Item #: 001262
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Award Winners
Infant & Toddler
Musical Toys



This butterfly character design toy comes in a book style with each page of the butterfly wings featuring a different activity. Children can explore all the activities as the butterfly head lights up. Launch date: January 10, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25043      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 0 to 4
SKU or Item #: 1000
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
Safety
Award Winners



The Safe Sizer, a colorful child’s plate with a distinctive safety feature, is designed to help parents reduce the risk of their young child choking on food. It incorporates a half-inch diameter raised ring that reminds parents and caregivers of the recommended maximum bite size for kids under 4 who are eating solid foods, and helps them measure it properly. Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25032      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 6 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Award Winners
Books
Puppets



Children can make moving figures of a dozen world-changing individuals from thousands of years ago. Cut-and-color or pre-colored action figures really move as they play out the lives of Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, King David, Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi (builder of the Great Wall of China), Hannibal (and his elephant!) and others. Their stories are right in the book — or kids can make up their own stories about these historic figures. Launch date: April 15, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25028      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 00009
Launch Date: September 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Gifts
Award Winners



Kids can personalize a lovable fabric dog with this kit that includes a stuffed dog (measures 8" from paw to the top of his head and 12" from his snout to the tip of his tail) and a set of permanent fabric markers. Children can use their creativity to create a one-of-a-kind work of art and treasured keepsake, featuring messages, autographs and designs to commemorate a special event, sleepover or graduation. It could even be used as a "guest book" at a party. Launch date: September 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25011      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 3 to 7
Launch Date: June 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Videos & DVDs
Award Winners



Crayola Color Stories are interactive coloring activities that tell the stories of Jerome, Pedro, Sadie and others from the Undersea Adventures world. Kids progress through the story by coloring on their pages along with the characters on the screen, learning as they go. Activities are randomized so that kids can play Crayola Color Stories again and again. "Interactive DVD story and coloring activities keep children engaged and entertained while they learn," Anita Lavine, director of public relations for Screenlife, told TDmonthly. This product received a 2009 iParenting Media Award and a 2009 Creative Child Award. Launch date: June 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24983      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 5 and up
SKU or Item #: MGZ7000
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Girls
Category: Fashion & Accessories
Award Winners
Apparel



Mag-tagz are magnetic “tagz” that can be changed regularly to reflect a girl’s ever-changing mood and style. Mag-tagz begins with a large or a small necklace base that sports a magnetic center. Girls just pop in the tagz that suits the look and mood of the moment, from bees and butterflies to slang and slogans. They can be worn, traded and collected. Mag-Tagz received two 2009 Seal of Excellence Awards from Creative Child Magazine. Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24968      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 0 to 3
Launch Date: February 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Award Winners
Apparel
Fashion & Accessories



Designed to be every parent's solution for droolers, teethers, eczema, reflux and everyday feeding, Wonder Bibs are made from super-absorbent cotton towelling and have a water-resistant nylon backing. A double-snap adjustable neckline means one bib will last from infant to toddler. The bright color bibs are machine washable and dryer safe. A standard Wonder Bib holds 1/4 cup of water. This product received 2008 iParenting Media Outstanding Product Award, a 2008 iParenting Media Greatest Product Award, and a 2008 Mom's Best Award. Launch date: February 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24886      (added 8/6/2009)
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Age Range: 12 and up
SKU or Item #: CC-mini
Launch Date: March 2004
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Award Winners
Educational
Books



This planner is designed to help young adults set short- and long-term goals and demystifies the world of banking, investing and credit. It features a 36-page handbook, four sturdy, zippered pouches for saving, spending, donating and investing, convenient storage pockets, and a privacy padlock. It is available in durable ballistic silver nylon. "This personal finance organizer is simple and easy-to-use. ... A perfect product for the current economic environment," Melinda Voelcker, director of operations and marketing for Money Savvy Generation, told TDmonthly in summer 2009. This product has received the following awards: 2004 Parents' Choice Silver Award, 2008 NAPPA Gold Award, and 2008 Product of the Year (Creative Toy Awards) from Creative Child Magazine. Launch date: March 2004.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24863      (added 8/6/2009)
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Age Range: 4 to 11
SKU or Item #: FOOTBALL
Launch Date: December 2006
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Award Winners
Educational
General Toys



This distinctive bank has a patented, four-chambered design created to help kids (ages 4-11) and their parents or grandparents begin a conversation about money. It helps teach basic money skills (Fiscal Fitness Training for Money - Smart Kids™) by introducing four choices: SAVE, SPEND, DONATE and INVEST. It is available in brown with white stripes and laces. The Money Savvy Football Bank received a 2008 NAPPA Gold Award and a 2008 Preferred Choice Award from Creative Child Magazine. Launch date: December 2006.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24862      (added 8/6/2009)
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Age Range: 4 to 11
SKU or Item #: Moolah-clear
Launch Date: November 2004
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Award Winners
Educational
General Toys



A cousin to the award-winning Money Savvy Pig® piggy bank, this four-chambered bank is designed to help kids (ages 4-11) and their parents or grandparents begin a conversation about money. It helps teach basic money skills by introducing four choices: SAVE, SPEND, DONATE and INVEST. It is available in clear with black cow spots. "Its unique four-chambered design allows children to deposit their money through four separate slots on the top of the bank — one slot for each money choice — and empty each money chamber individually through the feet on the bank," Melinda Voelcker, director of operations and marketing for Money Savvy Generation, told TDmonthly. It has received the following awards: 2004 Parents' Choice Gold Award and 2008 NAPPA Gold Award (National Parenting Publications Awards). Launch date: November 2004.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24861      (added 8/6/2009)
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A unique patent-pending abdominal wrap design that allows a post-maternal woman to regain her healthy waistline naturally and comfortably with a single wrap. The Cinch comes in two sizes, 26-34” or 33-42”. An internal measuring tape helps to track progress baby weight loss. Front inner pocket feature allows for a warm/cold pack insert. Side zipper allows for ease of wear. Elastic bands in the front and back help with extra support. Compact and light. Designed to be comfortable enough to be worn for hours at one time.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24850      (added 8/5/2009)
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Age Range: 4 to 11
SKU or Item #: LMSP+color
Launch Date: January 2002
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Award Winners
Educational
General Toys



The Money Savvy Pig® is a four-chambered bank designed to help kids and their parents or grandparents begin a conversation about money. It is designed to help teach basic money skills by introducing four choices: SAVE, SPEND, DONATE and INVEST. "Its unique four-chambered design allows children to deposit their money through four separate slots on the top of the bank — one slot for each money choice — and empty each money chamber individually through the feet on the bank," Melinda Voelcker, director of operations and marketing for Money Savvy Generation, told TDmonthly. It is available in six colors.
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Magazine Top Toy Award; 2002 Parents' Choice Gold Award; 2008 National Parenting Publications Gold Award; 2008 Preferred Choice Creative Toy Award; and 2008 National Parenting Center Seal of Approval. Launch date: 2002.
— As of 05/12/2011 this product had 4.3 out of 5 stars from 34 customer reviews on Amazon.com. Cons: Three customers reported that the bank broke when they dropped it.
— The Money Savvy Pig is a traditional piggy bank on steroids. Instead of holding a child’s money in a single chamber, it utilizes four,  labeled save, spend, donate and invest. Reviewers found that it works well with an allowance system. Trent Hamm of The Simple Dollar explains that even if children cannot completely understand the concepts behind the Money Savvy Pig, it can make it “so that saving seems like a completely natural thing.” See also 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24747      (added 7/23/2009)
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Age Range: All Ages
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Award Winners
Personalized
Eco-Friendly



Los Angeles-based artisan studio Terra Traditions offers its pieces with customized covers — photo albums, journals, guest books, Baby’s Journey books, pillows, candles and LaTela Wall art. Our items may be used for weddings, baby gifts, favors and everyday life. They can be crystallized with Swarovski elements (optional). Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24654      (added 7/17/2009)
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Age Range: 3 and up
SKU or Item #: 2247
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Drop Ship
Award Winners



This two-sided Dry Erase Paddle Board has one lined side and one blank side. It comes with an EZ pen and storage for the pen right in the handle. The durable, lightweight paddles may be used by both young students and adults. They are sold in a four-pack reusable mesh tote with an activity booklet and four extra dry erase markers/erasers. The boards can be cleaned with soap and water. Launch date: July 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24637      (added 7/17/2009)
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Age Range: 4 to 15
SKU or Item #: DB1010
Launch Date: November 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Eco-Friendly
Award Winners



This hands-on, interactive science collection is full of fossils, minerals, marine life and insects that children can touch and examine. The wooden box includes more than 30 items, such as trilobites fossils, pyrite, geode, sand dollar, starfish, murex shells and an insect in lucite. Also included is a hand lens and activity guide. "It stimulates a child's sense of curiosity and encourages kids to make discoveries in the back yard, at the beach or on a hike. The Discovery Box becomes an heirloom that children will share with their own children and grandchildren in the future. The activity guide provides parents with great activities to do with their kids," John Skowlund, president of World Discovery Box, told TDmonthly. This product received a 2009 Dr. Toy Best Classic Toy award and was named a Homeschool.com Best Educational Gift 2008. Launch date: November 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24361      (added 6/29/2009)
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Age Range: 2 to 8
SKU or Item #: 60355
Launch Date: June 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Videos & DVDs
Educational
Award Winners



Wild Animal Baby is created to have kids laughing and smiling at the antics of Izzy, Rosie, Sandy and Skip as they solve mysteries and learn about the natural world. Brought to you by the National Wildlife Federation and Sunwoo Entertainment featuring high-quality animation and live action footage, these endearing animals aim to make learning fun and keep children glued to every educational episode. "Wild Animal Baby helps preschoolers develop important skills through 3-D animated characters, footage of real-life animals, animal sounds and intriguing puzzles. This multi-sensory approach is a feast for the eyes, ears and the entire body!" Aaron Zeigler, national account manager for TOPICS Entertainment, told TDmonthly. Single titles received a 2006 iParenting Media Award. Launch date: June 9, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24256      (added 6/29/2009)
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Age Range: 3 to 7
Launch Date: March 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Books
Eco-Friendly
Award Winners



Kids can join EnviroGirl as she learns about saving the environment. "In Go Green With Me," parents and children will learn simple, eco-friendly tips that will help protect the planet. From recycling and solar power to worm composting and so much more, "Go Green With Me" is designed to make these important lessons fun to read and learn. The company's books are printed on 100-percent recycled paper with 100-percent post-consumer waste that is processed chlorine-free, using environmentally friendly inks/toner. This book received a 2009 Book of the Year award from Creative Child Magazine. Launch date: March 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24247      (added 6/29/2009)
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Age Range: 2 to 8
Launch Date: April 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Books
Award Winners
Educational



"ALLEY LOO: A Spooky Swamp Tale" is the children's picture book written by C. E. Walz. It was the winner of the "2008 DFP Award for Best Children Book" manuscript. "Written in a delightful rhyming style, ALLEY LOO takes children on a spooky tour of the swamps of the southeastern United States. It was illustrated in full-color by Pamela Wedel, who also did the artwork for 'GRIZZELDA GORILLA,' the EPPIE 2008 Best Children's Book," Terri Branson, publisher for Dragonfly Publishing, told TDmonthly. Launch date: April 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24245      (added 6/29/2009)
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