Product Awards

“Dr. Toy’s Best Children’s Products” Awards

Dr. Toy’s Best Children’s Products Awards were developed by noted child development authority, Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. – Dr. Toy – as a service to consumers who want to purchase safe, affordable, educationally oriented, and stimulating toys and products for children. Dr Toy assists consumers to identify the most appropriate, engaging learning and developmental products.

Products Awards winners display Dr. Toy’s Best Products seals on their product packaging, advertising, print media, and on the web, helping consumers to easily identify Dr. Toy’s award winners in stores, and providing creators of excellent children’s products a valuable promotional tool.

Products are carefully selected from among many hundreds Dr. Auerbach reviews at toy fairs, catalogs and through many sources, and by using extensive criteria developed over many years (including safety, age-appropriateness, design, durability, play value, cultural and ethnic diversity, transition from home to school, educational value, learning skills, creativity, understanding community and world, good value for price, and, naturally, fun).

The winning products include innovative toys, games, books, videos, audiotapes, software/CD’s, DVD’s, crafts, socially responsible, high tech, and other innovative children’s products.

Dr. Toy’s Best Products Awards include:

100 Best – Most useful, outstanding new toys and products to promote activity, creativity and learning, fun and entertainment that build skills, and support social and emotional development. 100 Best — 8 Categories include:

1. 10 Best Active
2. 10 Best Audio – DVDs
3. 10 Best Creative
4. 10 Best Educational
5. 10 Best Games
6. 10 Best Socially-Responsible
7. 10 Best Technology (Software, CD Rom/High Tech)
8. 10 Best Toys
9. 10 Best Building, and
10. 10 Best Children’s Products

Best Classic — Outstanding toys, games, products available for five years or more.

Best Vacation – Products that promote activity, creativity and learning; compliment children’s experiences after school and during vacations at home and on travel.

Best Green — Eco friendly products and about or related to ecological issues.

Best Picks – Products that extend beyond 100 Best that are valuable for learning, after school, and holidays.

Submitting Toys to Dr. Toy for Awards Consideration

Dr. Toy’s annual Best Product Awards winners are announced each year on the same anniversary/announce date. Applications must be received on or before the deadline for each category, as noted here.

Award Application Deadline
Classic March 21 April 11
Green May 2 May 16
Vacation June 3 June 17
100 Best September 15 September 29

Best Picks are a part of the 100 Best application process, so they do not have a separate application. Best Picks are noteworthy runners-up for 100 Best.