Shopping Picks in Toy of the Year Award Winners
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The Dangerous Book for Boys-Classic Chemistry by Thames & Kosmos was a finalist for Specialty Toy of the Year at the 2010 TOTY Awards. The kit is based on the popular book by the same name, and presents chemistry in an engaging way using fun experiments and activities. It teaches them about atoms, elements, compounds, bonding, and chemical reactions. And while it's based on the popular book for boys, we think that it will... more
The Bakugan brand has only been around for a few years, but it has quickly become a leader in the boys' action market, and recently won Property of the Year for the 2010 TOTY Awards. Bakugan Battle Brawlers for the Nintendo DS is just one product from the brand, but it's a great game for boys to use their imagination and to learn strategy skills. The game allows them to create and customize their... more
This winner of the 2010 TOTY Preschool Toy of the Year just proves that toys don't have to be complicated to be loads of fun. Bilibo by Active People is an open-ended play object that encourages children to use their imagination and creativity. It is a simple shell that can be used as a rocking chair, a spinning top, a cradle, a tunnel, and more. It's made of nearly indestructible high-density polyethylene and is... more
Radio Flyer has been around since 1917 and the brand still inspires kids to get outside and play. Winner of the 2010 TOTY Outdoor Toy of the Year, My 1st Scooter by Radio Flyer is a great beginner scooter that will help kids practice balance and coordination. It features a wide base, and two front wheels and one back wheel for stability. Parents will love its ability to fold down for easy travel and... more
Nerf N-Strike Raider Rapid Fire CS-35 Zhu Zhu Pets won Most Innovative Toy of the Year at the 2010 TOTY Awards, but we think, as a finalist, the Nerf N-Strike Raider Rapid Fire CS-35 is worth mentioning, too. Nerf is another brand that has been around for a long time, providing soft, safe toys. This fun toy holds 35 darts and features a pump-action handle that lets you control your rate of fire... more
Winner of the 2010 TOTY Infant Toy of the Year, Crayola Beginnings Color Me A Song combines drawing and music to help toddlers build creativity and confidence. The set lets toddlers create music as they color. The music changes based on the speed of the scribbling, so the faster they scribble, the faster the music tempo. They can switch between different musical instruments (piano, banjo, trumpet, drums), and even switch between different musical styles.... more
Zhu Zhu Pets dominated at the 2010 TOTY Awards, but we feel that another finalist for Girl Toy of the Year, Harumika by Bandai America, is worth checking out. It's a fun activity toy that centers around fashion and lets girls design their own looks with fabrics that don't require sewing, gluing, or cutting. They can then upload and share their latest fashion creations on the safe Harumika online community.
Sort It Out! by University Games won Game of the Year at the 2010 TOTY Awards. This engaging party game involves putting things in order based on a single topic. Once a list is read from the topic card, players must scramble to arrange information in the right order using colored tiles. Suitable for ages eight and up, it's a fun game that the whole family will enjoy playing together.
This is definitely not the Rubik's Cube that we had as children. Winner of the 2010 TOTY Electronic Entertainment Toy of the Year, Rubik's TouchCube by Techno Source uses touch sensor technology that mimics the twisting and turning motions of the original cube. All you have to do is simply swipe your finger across the row of three squares to "turn" a side. It even includes a built-in hint feature and solver.
This winner of the 2010 TOTY Educational Toy of the Year combines LEGO play with robotics. The Mindstorms NXT 2.0 comes with everything you need to create and program your robot in about an hour. Suitable for ages 10 and up, the kit comes with a 32-bit microprocessor, a large matrix display, four input and three output ports, and Bluetooth and USB communication link. It's a great toy for instilling an appreciation for science... more
Kids familiar with Bakugan Battle Brawlers will want to experience this latest addition to the Bakugan brand. This fun game won Boy Toy of the Year at the 2010 TOTY Awards. The Master Heaters Bakugan 7-in-1 Maxus Dragonoid combines action figures and card play to create a unique strategy game. Kids will get to build their very own fierce Bakugan battle monster. The game is suitable for children ages five and up.
This coloring set won Activity Toy of the Year at the 2010 TOTY Awards. The Wild Planet Crayola Crayon Town - My House combines the fun of coloring with three-dimensional toys. Kids are allowed to build an entire town using their imagination and the actual crayons. The townincluding animals, buildings, and figureschanges as the crayons used to create them change. The set comes with a playmat, pop-up buildings, vehicles, and crayons.
Bakugan had a big presence in the Toy Association's annual awards. It won for Toy of the Year, Boy Toy of the Year, and Property of the Year. For the latter, the association chooses the "licensor that had the greatest success spreading its brand or property throughout the industry while generating interest and excitement." Kids will not care about this award, but parents should, because all that buzz makes Bakugan-themed items the must-have decorations... more
What makes reading a book to the kids even more fun? When you read a book they made with the Create Your Own Pop-Up Books kit. The Toy Association picked this as the Specialty Toy of the Year, but don't worry, you won't need any special skills to make your books. The set has all you'll need -- two pop-up books, stickers, markers, and illustrated instructions to guide you. Your kids just need to... more
The only danger with giving the Air Hogs Zero Gravity Micro to your favorite race car fan is that you might have to buy one for yourself because they're so addictive. These remote control cars won the Toy Association's Most Innovative Toy of the Year award, and once you see one in action, you'll quickly know why. Sure, they work great on the floor, but the fun is watching them race up walls and... more
If your kids have been clamoring for a pet to play with, but you're not ready for the real thing, the Fur Real Friends Biscuit My Lovin' Pup is as close as it gets. The Toy Association's winner of the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Toy of the Year, this cute pup recognizes up to six voice commands. He also barks, shakes paws with you, and wags his tail. It does require six "D" batteries, but... more
If only our parents would have had the Crayola Color Wonder Magic Brush, they wouldn't have needed to strategically place pillows over the purple paint splotches on the couch. Chosen as the winner of the Toy Association's Activity Toy of the Year, this drawing set includes the Magic Light Brush, six paint colors, and drawing tablet. Kids will love that the brush lights up to match the color they're painting with, and parents will... more
What does it take to get the kids of today to tear themselves away from the television (or computer)? The same thing it took twenty years ago a bit of chalk and ample sidewalk space. Crayola adds a twist, though, with their 3-D Giant Chalk set. Chosen as the Toy Association's Outdoor Toy of the Year, it comes with oversized chalk and two pairs of 3-D glasses that will make simple sidewalk drawings... more
Beginning readers will get all the help they need with the LeapFrog TAG Reading System. Winner of the Toy Association's Educational Toy of the Year, this versatile learning tool "reads" the pages of more than 20 different books and games. All parents need to do is hook up the Tag Reader to a computer and load the audio for up to five books at a time. Kids just hold the Tag Reader over the... more
Although we're not sure what bananas have to do with word games, we love the bright yellow banana carrier that the letter tiles for Bananagrams come in. We also love how portable this game is versus typical board games just zip up your banana and you're ready to go! The Toy Association liked this game too, choosing it for the 2009 Game of the Year. It's suitable for ages seven and up, and... more