DR. TOY'S BEST VACATION PRODUCTS  
1999

Selected by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (Dr. Toy)

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Summertime is a great time to explore many different activities at home, indoors, outdoors, at the beach, going to nature in any of its forms. The products Dr. Toy has selected provide your child with experiences to help them learn during the summertime activities. There are great products to take along on trips and to explore once you arrive at your destination. These are products that will give your child plenty of things to do if you're staying at home.

Summertime should be about fun and learning, testing limits and learning new skills. These products provide children with creativity activities. They will stimulate them with a whole range of new skills--- physical activity--- the fun of flying a kite to throwing a ball or bowling. Learning during the summer can include getting a jump start on skills like learning phonics, reading new books, playing math or other strategy games and well having fun from all kinds of great activities.

There is something for everyone in this vast array of products. All of the companies have provided best possible activities intended to give your child a running leap during the summertime. This summer will be about fun, exploration, and gaining new confidence.

We would like to hear from you about the experiences your child has with any of these products. We expect they will provide fun and learning, relaxation and stimulation, and a chance to test out all aspects of your child's abilities. HAVE A GREAT TIME! Tell Dr. Toy about any questions you have about play and toys. Thanks for telling others you learned about these products from Dr. Toys Award winners.

 

Monarch Butterfly


Key to Type: a=Active; ac=Arts & Crafts; ap=Activity Product; at=Audio Tape; b=Book; bg=Board Game; c=Computer-related; cd=CD-ROM; cons=Construction Toy; cp=Creative Product; d=Doll; dh=Dollhouse; e=Equipment ; esp=Educational Skills Product; g=Game; h=Hobby; mm=Multimedia; m=Musical; nov=Novelty; pl=Plush Toy; pub=Published Soon;  pup=Puppet; puz=Puzzle; sc=Science; sw=Software; t=Toy; trav=Travel; trans=Transportation; u=Unique Product; vg=Video Game; vt=Video Tape

Company Product Age Range Price Telephone
Action Products Logiblocs Zapper Kit, co es eg sc
7-12
$29.95
800-772-2846
Anatex Enterprises Magnetic Circle Express, es ts ty
3-8
$25.00
800-999-9599
Artware by You Artware By You, ac es cr tr
6-12
$20.00
800-609-8337
Azar Enterprises Mazzle, bg pz es 6-12
$19.99
800-349-3676
Backyard Productions Baby Songs, vt
12 mo-24 mo
$12.98
800-745-1145
Backyard Productions Baby Songs Goodnight, vt
12 mo-24 mo
$12.98
800-745-1145
Backyard Productions More Baby Songs, vt
12 mo-24 mo
$12.98
800-745-1145
Banyan Tree Karadi Tales, bo es cp at
3-5
$11.99
888-468-0334
Belle Curve Records 28 Instant Songames, bo at
3-8
$20.00
888-357-5867
Belle Curve Records Danceland, bo at
3-10
$20.00
888-357-5867
Big Bear Music There's A Light in You, at cd
1 mo-5 yr
$10.00
413-637-4210
Big Bear Music We're All Americans,vt
3-12
$20.00
413-637-4210
Big Eye Games Feeding Frenzy, ge esp sc
6-12
$4.95
415-861-0606
Binary Arts Railroad Rush Hour, bg pz
6-12
$20.00
800-468-1864
Bioviva Bioviva, bg
8-12
$29.95
707-568-3111
Book Peddlers KoKo Doll & Potty Book Package, bo pl
2-5
$17.95
800-255-3379
Branbec Kidtown Kids-Island Playmat, bk pu es cp
2-6
$29.50
800-553-5988
Briarpatch Franklin's Treasure Hunt Game, bg
5-8
$19.95
800-232-7427
BRIO Builder Toolbox Set, co ty
3-5
$29.95
888-274-6869
BRIO Sightsee Camper, tr ts ty
3-5
$32.00
888-274-6869
BRIO Train Station Set, ts ty  
3-5
$80.00
888-274-6869
Bruder Toys Cement Mixer, tr co es
3-5
$44.00
877-450-5152
Bruder Toys Garbage Truck, tr ty co es
3-5
$44.00
877-450-5152
Bruder Toys Loader Backhoe, tr ty co es
3-5
$39.99
877-450-5152
Bruder Toys Tractor, tr ty co es
3-5
$34.00
877-450-5152
Cadaco Pet World, bg
7-12
$14.99
800-621-5426
Callirobics Callirobics-Advanced, bo es at
6-12
$19.95
800-769-2891
Camp Corner Camp Journal, bo es cp
8-15
$10.00
800-473-4927
Carpe Diem Games Count Your Chickens, ge es tr
3-8
$9.95
781-944-2838
Chicco Festival Orchestra, es ml
1 1/2-4
$29.99
877-424-4226
Chicco Hobby Work Kit, ho co
3-7
$19.99
877-424-4226
Cognitive Concepts Earobics Step Two, es sw
7-10
$59.00
888-328-8199
Compoz-A-Puzzle Compoz-A-Puzzle, ac ho pz
3-5
$0.50
800-343-5887
DaMert Folding Microscope, sc
8-12
$8.00
800-231-3722
Discovery Toys Gravity Gears, ty
3-5
$12.98
800-426-4777
Discovery Toys Wiz Kidz,ts ty tr
6-12
$6.98
800-426-4777
Disha Loxtoys Builder's Set, pz co es
4-8
$26.99
248-577-8155
DSI Toys Spintrek, no
6-12
$12.99
Out of Business
Duncan Toys Imperial Yo-Yo, ty es
7-12
$2.99
800-232-3474
EDC Publishing Travel Kid Kit, pr tr
7-12
$12.95
800-475-4522
First Years Drive Along Doggy, cp tr
9 mo-24 mo
$14.99
800-533-6708
First Years Taggly, pl
birth-24 mo
$5.99
800-533-6708
Folkmanis Iguana Puppet, pu
5-12
$23.95
800-654-8922
Folkmanis Large Rabbit in Hat, pu
3-10
$14.95
800-654-8922
Fox Ridge Music Songs for a Kinder World, at
4-9
$10.00
540-579-7421
Frank A. Crossen Exact Change, es tr
7-10
$8.95
732-422-0463
Frank Schaffer Homework Magic-Addition, es
6-7
$3.95
877-833-5524
Frank Schaffer Metamorphosis of A Butterfly, pz
4-10
$14.95
877-833-5524
Frank Schaffer Race Track, pz
4-10
$14.95
877-833-5524
Futech Interactive Talking Pages Picture Books, bo
3-7
$5.00
Out of Business
Gamewright Toot & Puddle Game,bg
4-10
$18.99
800-638-7568
GirlTech/Radica Games Password Journal, eg
8-12
$19.95
800-728-5993
Hasbro Play-Doh Seaside Playworld, cp
3-5
$14.99
800-327-8264
Hasbro Play-Doh Spaghetti Playshop, cp
3-5
$9.99
800-327-8264
Hasbro Games Candyland, eg
6-12
$19.99
617-437-7722
Hasbro Games Frogger, eg
6-12
$17.99
617-437-7722
Hasbro Games Mr. Potato Head, eg
6-12
$19.99
617-437-7722
Hasbro Games Operation, eg
6-12
$17.99
617-437-7722
Heartsong Sing, Dance 'n Sign, bo at cd
4-7
$19.95
800-484-8041
Hoberman Designs Expandagon Construction System, co es
6-12
$39.95
888-229-3653
Hoberman Designs Hoberman MiniSphere, es no cp tr
4-12
$18.00
888-229-3653
Hoberman Designs Hoberman Sphere, es no cp tr
3-12
$39.95
888-229-3653
Hoberman Designs Pocket Flight Ring, ho no cp
6-12
$6.95
888-229-3653
Hooray! Huggy Buggy Helicopter, ts ty
3-5
$10.00
212-989-3660
Hooray! Huggy Buggy Plane, ts ty
3-5
$10.00
212-989-3660
Hooray! Huggy Buggy Train, ts ty
3-5
$10.00
212-989-3660
Hooray! Huggy Buggy Truck, ts ty
3-5
$10.00
212-989-3660
Hot Off The Press Scrapbooking for Kids Series, bo ac cp
7-12
$6.95
800-227-9595
Imaginazium Imagination Adventure Kit, bo cp tr at
4-8
$19.95
800-800-7008
Inspiration Software Inspiration,es sw
6-12
$69.00
800-877-4292
Instructional Fair Animal Discovery Kit-Horse, bo pz es
6-12
$13.95
800-253-5469
JAKKS Pacific Baby Twinkle Tunes Soft Radio, es pl at
1-12 mo
$9.99
310-274-3587
JAKKS Pacific Talking Car Phone, ts ty es at
1-12 mo
$9.99
310-274-3587
Jamin Jam Packed Vacation Backpack, bo ac es
3-11
$59.95
888-779-0091
Judy/Instructo Snakes and Ladders, bg
6-9
$14.95
800-421-5533
Junior Net Corporation Junior Net, sw es cd
3-12
$9.95
800-586-4676
Kathe Kruse Doll Co. Back Pack, tr
2-5
$39.80
518-273-0726
Kidpower Little Bear Talks & Laughs, pl
1-5
$24.99
800-545-7529
Kids II Baby 500 Car Seat Toy, tr
6 mo-24 mo
$23.99
770-751-0442
Kids II Car Activity Center, tr
Birth-24 mo
$7.99
770-751-0442
Kids II Searchin' Safari Activity Block, pl no cp tr
6 mo-24 mo
$16.99
770-751-0442
Learning Curve Kid Classics Puzzle Case, pz
3-6
$14.99
800-704-8697
Learning Curve Lamaze Stroll & Go Hippo, pl
birth-24 mo
$19.99
800-704-8697
Learning Passport Chef's Play Center, ae
2-8
$349.00
800-853-2762
Learning Resources Fast Track LearningMath Card Games, es
6-9
$9.95
888-800-7893
Learning Resources Investigator Scout, es
6-9
$15.95
888-800-7893
Learning Resources Pretend & Play Teaching Telephone, es
3-5
$39.95
888-800-7893
LEGO Systems Medium Bucket, co
5-10
$5.99
800-233-8756
Magnet Source Magnet Mania, es tr
2-5
$16.99
888-293-9190
Manhattan Toy Enchanted Finger Puppet Theater Set, pu
3-5
$50.00
800-541-1345
Manhattan Toy Merry Meadows Activity Bar, ts es pl cp
birth-24 mo
$20.00
800-541-1345
Manhattan Toy Soft Stories, bg ts ty es pl cp tr
birth-18 mo
$20.00
800-541-1345
Manhattan Toy Whoozit Playmat, ts ty es pl cp tr
birth-24 mo
$60.00
800-541-1345
Manley Toy Quest Paddle Bop, eg
6-12
$19.99
310-277-7855
MGA Entertainment Color FX Classic Arcade, ts ty eg
6-12
$19.99
818-894-2525
MGA Entertainment Power Rangers Walkie Talkies, ts ty no
6-12
$16.99
818-894-2525
MGA Entertainment Rugrats Squeezable Lights, ts ty no
6-12
$4.99
818-894-2525
Milton Bradley Fishin' Around, bg
3-6
$19.99
888-836-7025
Milton Bradley Sonny the Seal Ring Toss Game, bg
3-6
$19.99
888-836-7025
Milton Bradley Teletubbies Match & Stamp Game, bg
2-5
$14.99
888-836-7025
Munchkin Teether Babies, do ts ty pl
1 mo-12 mo
$4.99
800-344-2229
Neurosmith Music Blocks, es cr eg
3-5
$69.95
800-220-3669
New Englander Crafts Felt Art Kids, ac es
6-12
$13.00
805-987-8085
New Hope Records Songs In My Pocket, es cr at cd
2-8
$10.98
800-989-3611
Nibble Me Books Dave the Dinotourist, bo
3-5
$5.99
800-762-6775
North American Bear Hush Little Baby Activity Book, bo es pl
infant-24 mo
$40.00
800-682-3427
North American Bear Muffy VanderBear Starter Set, do pl
3-5
$30.00
800-682-3427
North American Bear Wheelie Bag Pony Express, pl ts ty no cp
3-5
$50.00
800-682-3427
Oddz On Tonka Bubble Fire Truck, ty
2-5
$19.99
201-222-9118
Oddz On Vortex Power Bat & Baseball, ho
8-12
$19.99
201-222-9118
Oddz On Vortex T3, ho
5-12
$12.99
201-222-9118
Oregon Scientific Special Agent Bravo, es eg
9-12
$99.95
212-297-2100
Oregon Scientific Zip the Robot, es eg
5-8
$49.95
212-297-2100
Pamela Drake Woodkins, do ts ty es cp tv
3-11
$15.00
800-966-3762
Patail Enterprises Jitterbug-Dragonfly, ty es sc
8-12
$17.50
Out of Business
Peaceable Planet Peaceables, es pl
6-12
$7.99
877-473-2232
Penton Overseas Hear Say-Learning Spanish, bo es at
3-12
$12.95
800-748-5804
Perfection Enterprises My First Business, ac es cp
6-12
$24.95
315-689-7891
Pinck & Whyte Ragtags' Peewees, ac ho do co es pl no
6-12
$4.99
888-724-8247
Porchlight Entertainment Jay Jay the Jet Plane: Herky Jerky, vt
2-7
$12.95
310-477-8400
Porchlight Entertainment Jay Jay the Jet Plane: Missing You, vt
2-7
$12.95
310-477-8400
Porchlight Entertainment Jay Jay the Jet Plane: Wing Wigglin', vt
2-7
$12.95
310-477-8400
Pro-Duke / Imaginary World My First House, co
2-7
$89.99
800-221-3853
Proverbial Wisdom Proverbial Wisdom, bg
10-12
$34.95
877-462-7579
Quadro Quadro Construction Kits, co
5-12
$75.99
617-244-7551
Rand McNally Kids' Road Atlas, bo es cp tr
7-12
$3.95
800-333-0136
Real Music for Kidz Dana's Best Rock & Roll Fairy Tales, at
2-10
$9.95
800-557-3262
Resort Gifts Unlimited Diamondback Rattlesnake, pl no
3-12
$18.00
800-266-5265
Rock 'N Learn Spiders & Insects, at
6-12
$9.95
800-348-8445
Rokenbok Toy Company Construction World, ts ty co
5-12
$99.99
888 476-5265
Rokenbok Toy Company Power Chutes Start Set, ts ty co
5-12
$99.99
888 476-5265
Rokenbok Toy Company Rokenbok Down-A-Vator, ts ty co
5-12
$34.99
888 476-5265
Rokenbok Toy Company Rokenbok Power Sweeper, ts ty co
5-12
$64.99
888 476-5265
Roundtable Dolls Nursery Rhyme Doll Collection, do
3-12
$25.00
703-532-3414
Rumpus Toys Benny Blanket, bo tr
1 mo-24 mo
$24.00
Out of Business
Rumpus Toys Monster in My Closet, bo pl tr
3-5
$24.00
Out of Business
Rumpus Toys Puppet 4, pu pl tr
3-5
$19.99
Out of Business
Rumpus Toys Sally Satchel, do tr
3-5
$14.99
Out of Business
Rumpus Toys Wake Me Willy, pl tr
3-5
$24.99
Out of Business
Sagoma Plastics No Ends, ho co es
3-5
$80.00
800-459-9513
Sassy Tote & Tinker Activity Center, ty
6 mo-24 mo
$7.99
800-323-6336
Scientific Explorer Meteor Lightning Machine, ac ho es cp
10-12
$20.00
800-900-1182
Scientific Explorer Meteor Rocket, ac ho es cp sc
6-12
$20.00
800-900-1182
Scientific Explorer Room Alarm, sc
10-12
$10.00
800-900-1182
Scientific Explorer Smithsonian Aerial Camera, ho es cp sc
10-12
$28.00
800-900-1182
Scientific Explorer Smithsonian Amazon Fragrances, cp sc
10-12
$20.00
800-900-1182
Seasons of a Child Beat Bucket, es at cd ml
4-10
$39.95
800-557-5650
Seasons of a Child On The Day I Was Born, at cd
3-10
$9.95
800-557-5650
Set Enterprises Quiddler, ge es tr
5-12
$11.95
800-351-7765
Sony Wonder Sesame St. Kids Favorite Songs, vt, m,
3-5
$9.98
800 555-1212
Spin Master Toys Road Rippers, ts ty pub
6-12
$39.99
800-622-8339
Stak-Its Toy Stak-Its Building Cards, co es cp
2-12
$14.99
519-254-5222
Street Gold Records Doo-Wop & Lollipops, at cd
2-12
$9.95
800-720-5152
Swingset Press My First Phonebook, bo ac ho es cp tr
4-9
$9.95
888-543-9366
Swingset Press ZipMy People: Stuff Directory, bo no cp tr
10-12
$14.95
888-543-9366
T.I. Multimedia Yellowstone Journey, sw
6-12
$34.95
941-365-3264
Taurus Toy Block-N-Roll, co es
6-12
$29.99
877-267-2565
Timbuk II Games Palenque, bg
8-12
$59.95
800-863-9053
TK Designs Crazy 8ths Musical Card Games, es ml ge
6-12
$12.95
303-494-1066
Totline Books Little Builder Stacking Cards, ge
2-6
$12.95
800-421-5565
Twin Sisters Softly We Sing, cd
1-12 mo
$12.99
800-248-8946
U.S. Games Systems Lucky 13 Card Game, es ge
7-12
$10.00
800-544-2637
VTECH Alphabet Apple, es tr
3-5
$17.99
800-521-2010
VTECH Little Smart Count 'n Call Phone, es tr
2-6
$14.99
800-521-2010
VTECH Industries Little Smart Groovy Tunes, es tr
6 mo-24 mo
$14.99
800-521-2010
VTECH Industries Ultra Power House, es tr
6-12
$69.99
800-521-2010
Whacky Music Boomwhackers Percussion Tubes, es no ml
3-12
$24.98
520-282-3860
What's Next B.C. Apollo YoYo, ac ho ty es no cp tr
6-12
$11.00
800-450-8635
What's Next B.C. Paddle Ball Blaster, ho es no cp tr
6-12
$8.00
800-450-8635
What's Next B.C. Phantom YoYo, ac ho ty es no cp tr
6-12
$5.00
800-450-8635
What's Next B.C. Spin Top, ac ho ty es no cp tr
6-12
$5.00
800-450-8635
Wild Goose Company Brain Ticklers, es sc
8-12
$25.00
888-621-1040
Wild Goose Company Jurassic Quest, es sc
6-12
$25.00
888-621-1040
Wild Planet Toys Bin-Aqua-Lars, ty
5-10
$11.99
800-247-6570
Wild Planet Toys Metal Detector, ae ty
6-12
$22.00
800-247-6570
Zoki Game Zoki, ge
6-12
$10.00
310-260-1019
Zometool Zome System Bubble Kit, co es sc
6-12
$9.95
888-966-3386

Key to Type: a=Active; ac=Arts & Crafts; ap=Activity Product; at=Audio Tape; b=Book; bg=Board Game; c=Computer-related; cd=CD-ROM; cons=Construction Toy; cp=Creative Product; d=Doll; dh=Dollhouse; e=Equipment ; esp=Educational Skills Product; g=Game; h=Hobby; mm=Multimedia; m=Musical; nov=Novelty; pl=Plush Toy; pub=Published Soon; pup=Puppet; puz=Puzzle; sc=Science; sw=Software; t=Toy; trav=Travel; trans=Transportation; u=Unique Product; vg=Video Game; vt=Video Tape


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