Dr. Toy Vacation 2003 Seal DR. TOY'S BEST VACATION PRODUCTS
2003
Selected by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (Dr. Toy
)
Dr. Toy Vacation 2003 Seal

Summer is a great time to explore many different activities at home, either indoors or outdoors. And it is also a grand time to explore nature in any of its forms.

The products Dr. Toy has selected provide children with experiences to help them learn during the summertime. There are great products to take along and use on a trip, and to explore once you arrive at your destination. There are products that will give children 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 creative activities. They will stimulate them with a whole range of new skills. Learning during the summer can include getting a jump start on skills like learning phonics, reading new books, playing math or strategy games. as well as having fun from all kinds of great activities.

There is something for everyone in this vast array of products. All of the companies selected have provided their best possible offerings. 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. Toy's Award winners.

Note: The individual entries are still undergoing final revisions. Any missing images will be available as soon as possible


Key to Type:

AE = Active Toy AP = Activity Product AS = Accessories Decorations Furniture AT = Audio Tape
BG = Board Game BO = Book CD = CD CE = Children's Entertainment
CG = Card Game CM = CD-ROM CO = Construction Toy CP = Creative Product
CR = Computer-Related CS = Costume DH = Dollhouse DO = Doll
DV = DVD EG = Electronic Game EL = Electronic Product EQ = Equipment
ES = Educational Skills Product FP = Fantasy Play GE = Game HO = Hobby
ML = Musical MM = Multimedia NO = Novelty OP = Outdoor Play
OT = Other PL = Plush Toy PT = Pool Toy PU = Puppet
PZ = Puzzle RS = Rubber Stamp SC = Science SR = Socially Responsible
ST = Stamps SW = Software TR = Travel TS = Transportation
TY = Toy UN = Unique Products VG = Video Game VT = Video Tape


Company Name/Website Product Name Type Price Age Range Company Phone
Action Products International Drop Zone Extreme ty $9.99 5-12 800-772-2846
ALEX Car Valet (Item #45) ac cp es no ts $25.00 3-12 800-666-2539
ALEX Games to Go (Item #44) bg cp es no tr $25.00 3-12 800-666-2539
ALEX Giant Flower Raft (Item #763) pt tr $12.00 5-12 800-666-2539
Anchor Bay Entertainment James & the Red Balloon vt $12.98 3-5 800-233-3738
Baby Prodigy Baby Prodigy vt $14.99 0-4 888-813-2408
Basic Fun Mad Libs Electronic Keychain el es no ty $9.99 6-12 800-662-3380
Battat 35mm Easy Camera (BB4661) sc tr ty $25.00 8-12 800-822-8828
Battat Fishing Chair (BB2801) ho tr ty $34.99 3-12 800-822-8828
Big Truck Music Music in My Heart cd $15.00 3-5 973-202-3111
Binary Arts River Crossing bg es pz tr $14.99 8-12 800-468-1864
Binary Arts Word Sense es tr ts $9.99 10-12 800-468-1864
Boggle Goggle Enterprises Pinatta's View-A Trip to the Dentist vt $14.95 2-5 978-287-4628
Briarpatch I Spy Travel Edition bg tr $9.99 4-12 800-232-7427
Brooklyn Gear Kids Percussion ml $8.95 1-12 877-700-4327
Chicco Travel Cassette Player ml tr $19.99 3-12 877-424-4226
Cranium Cariboo bg es $16.95 3-6 877-272-6486
Curriculum Rocks First Grade Rocks at cd $15.00 4-8 650-578-9704
DaMert Best of Junior Triazzle-Sea Life pz $7.00 4-7 800-356-0474
DaMert Career Kids--Professional Cartoonist ac cp $20.00 8-12 800-356-0474
DaMert Frantic Fish pz $10.00 5-12 800-356-0474
Developing Hearts Systems Bonding with Baby Developmental Books bo $20.00 1-12 mos 866-527-8463
Discovery Toys Cushie Croquet ae es no $29.99 5-10 800-426-4777
Discovery Toys Gotcha Gator no ty $8.99 3-7 800-426-4777
Dr. Mac Productions A Pocket of Tunes cd es $16.95 3-9 877-886-3723
Educational Insights Blokus bg $29.95 6-12 800-995-4436
Educational Insights Multi Colored Coin Struction co ty $19.95 6-12 800-995-4436
Elope Alien/Robot Reversible (K3402) ty $25.00 3-12 800-553-5673
Elope Rabbit in the Hat Reversible (K3403) ty $25.00 3-12 800-553-5673
Flashmaster FlashMaster eg es tr ts $49.95 7-12 800-884-3531
Fun Spin Board Games Wall Street Spin bg cp es $29.95 10-12 888-388-7746
Funrise Toys Silly Putty ac no ty $4.99 3-12 800-882-3808
Games for All Reasons Red-Handed bg $29.95 12-up 781-648-2029
Gamewright Hocus Focus: The Magical Game of Visual Trickery ge $5.99 6-12 800-638-7568
Gamewright Stampede: The Wild & Frenzy Animal Card Game ge $5.99 6-12 800-638-7568
Giddy Up Color n Carry 2 Activity Travelers ac tr $5.99 3-12 734-302-4444
Green Grass Enterprises Tug Bug - The World Wide Traffic Game bg cp es ge tr $14.95 5-12 877-782-8463
Haba Mini Memo cp $6.00 2-12 800-468-6873
Hands On Toys Crunch Art Travel Kit ac tr $12.00 5-12 888-442-6376
Hands On Toys Funny Football ae ty $10.00 3-6 888-442-6376
Hands On Toys Nobby Wobbly Beach Ball 10" op ty $5.50 3-12 888-442-6376
Holigames Holiday USA bg $24.95 8-12 888-612-0699
Hooray! Jumbo Jet ty $9.99 2-12 866-278-7785
International Playthings Imaginetics License Plate Game cp ge tr ts $7.99 3-5 800-445-8347
International Playthings My First Baby Doll Set do pl tr $19.99 24-36 mos 800-445-8347
Joy Stories Joy Stories cd pu $18.99 2-8 866-339-5300
Kid Galaxy Bendos Backpack eq tr $9.99 3-6 800-816-1135
Kid Galaxy Bendos Bumper Car el ho ty $25.00 5-12 800-816-1135
Kid Galaxy My First RC Excavator co cp el ty $14.99 3-5 800-816-1135
Klutz My Anytime Anywhere Autograph Book bo $12.95 8-12 800-737-4123
kSERO Metanon: The Biocode Adventure bg es $29.99 5-12 866-305-7376
LeapFrog LeapPad Learning System bo eg es tr $49.99 4-8 800-701-5327
Learning Curve Thomas & Friends Tidmouth Station Travel Set ty $79.99 3-5 800-704-8697
Learning Horizons Learn on the Go Workbooks bo es tr $2.95 3-12 800-532-8876
Learning Resources Reading Rods Phonics Activity Sets es tr $29.95 6-12 888-800-7893
LEGO Systems African Adventures co ty $19.99 12-24 mos 800-453-4652
LEGO Systems Star Wars Mini Collector Sets co ty $15.96 7-12 800-453-4652
LEGO Systems Trendy Tote co ty $14.99 6-12 800-453-4652
Madacy Kids Crayola Music Box ac cd cp $9.98 3-5 800-784-0991
Mattel Ello: Ello-opolis & Ello Aquaria co cp $19.99 5-12 800-514-8697
Mega Bloks Alien Agency DNA Lab sc $39.99 6-12 800-465-6342
Mega Bloks Tiny n' Tuff Vehicle Asst. ts ty $9.99 1-5 800-465-6342
MGA Entertainment MicroBlast Racers Race & Chase Set cp el ty $24.99 6-12 800-222-4685
MindWare Bella's Mystery Deck 2 cg $14.95 10-12 800-274-6123
MindWare Kanji Game bg $19.95 5-12 800-274-6123
My Mommy Doll My Mommy Doll/My Daddy Doll do ts $59.95 9 mos-7 866-781-4044
Nana Banana Classics Buttercup Goes to New York City bo es tr ty $15.95 6-12 800-337-6717
Neurosmith MagnaPhonics el es $49.99 4-6 800-220-3669
Neurosmith Pet Me Platypus el es $19.99 birth-12 800-220-3669
Old Fashioned Products Knock-Out/Muggins ge $39.95 6-12 800-962-8849
Oregon Scientific Barbie Talking Storybook bo el es tr $34.99 5-12 800-853-8883
Oregon Scientific Big Brain Book Interactive Encyclopedia bo el es tr $39.99 5-12 800-853-8883
Oregon Scientific Hot Wheels Quick Start el es tr ts $39.99 3-5 800-853-8883
Out of the Box Publishing Wheedle cg $10.00 6-12 800-540-2304
Outset Media Conjecture for Kids bg cp es tr $16.99 6-12 877-592-7374
Outset Media Professor Noggin's Card Game Series cg es tr $9.99 7-12 877-592-7374
Pamela Drake Madeline & Nicole Shopping cp do ty $20.00 4-12 800-966-3762
Patch Products SWAP! cg $4.99 7-12 800-524-4263
Plastwood Supermag co cp es tr ts $11.00 6-12 800-647-9989
Pockets of Learning Spelling Bee Travel Bag es tr $35.00 2-5 800-635-2994
ProDiJeux WordXchange Junior bg $25.99 5-10 866-386-9673
Purple Pebble Games E-Z as ABC es ge $15.99 3-7 781-639-0209
Purple Pebble Games Numbers Count es ge $15.99 3-7 781-639-0209
Rhino Toys SkyO tr ty $5.95 3-12 831-458-5118
Schoenhut Piano My First Piano ml ty $79.95 1-5 888-414-2739
Schylling Musical Wind Up TVs no $9.99 24-36 mos 800-767-8697
Small World Toys Small World Kids My Life & Times ac bo cp $16.00 4-12 800-421-4153
Spin Master Toys Astrojax no $7.99 8-12 800-622-8339
Spin Master Toys Snatch ge $14.99 8-12 800-622-8339
Spring International dig it up! co cp pz sc $15.95 6-12 888-238-8303
Storyboard Toys! ArtHouse co cp dh es ho $199.00 4-11 720-652-0237
Strombecker/Tootsie Toy Bubble Blizzard op $8.00 6-12 800-944-8697
Swingset Press FrendzPakz-Friendship bo ge ty $4.99 6-12 888-543-9366
Tangle Toys Doodle Dolls cp pz tr ts $8.00 3-12 888-829-3808
Tormont Let's Make Stencil Art bg bo es pz ts $12.00 6-12 450-698-2322
Tree Toys Fairyland Adventure Game bg $9.95 6-12 612-98996133
Tree Toys Triopolis es sc $19.95 6-12 612-98996133
Trend Enterprises Transportation Pocket Flash Cards es ts $3.99 6-12 800-860-6762
Uniset Create, See & Draw ac bo cp es tr $10.00 6-12 404-614-1742
Vida Games Green Alligators cg es $9.99 4-8 866-769-0269
Visual Development Baby Eyes vt $14.95 1-36 mos 877-439-3843
VTech Smart Doodles & Tunes ty $19.99 3-5 800-521-2010
Walrus Factory Amazing Magic Kit cp es ho vt $19.99 6-12 800-505-8066
Walter Foster Publishing Learn to Draw & Paint with Wyland ac bo cp es ho $14.95 8-12 800-426-0099
WHAM-O JELL-O Frozen Pudding Treat Maker no $19.99 5-12 888-942-6650
WHAM-O Splash Tangle ae ge $12.99 5-12 888-942-6650
Wild Planet Toys Waterball SL 175 op tr ty $14.99 6-12 800-247-6570
Wild Republic USA State Birds Collection cp pl $6.00 3-12 800-800-9678
Winning Moves Games Rubik's Tic Tac Toe pz tr $9.95 6-12 800-578-2468
Zapf Creation Maggie Raggies Boo Boo Buddy do $9.99 2-12 877-629-9273
Zapf Creation My First Baby Annabell do $19.99 1-12 877-629-9273

Key to Type:

AE = Active Toy AP = Activity Product AS = Accessories Decorations Furniture AT = Audio Tape
BG = Board Game BO = Book CD = CD CE = Children's Entertainment
CG = Card Game CM = CD-ROM CO = Construction Toy CP = Creative Product
CR = Computer-Related CS = Costume DH = Dollhouse DO = Doll
DV = DVD EG = Electronic Game EL = Electronic Product EQ = Equipment
ES = Educational Skills Product FP = Fantasy Play GE = Game HO = Hobby
ML = Musical MM = Multimedia NO = Novelty OP = Outdoor Play
OT = Other PL = Plush Toy PT = Pool Toy PU = Puppet
PZ = Puzzle RS = Rubber Stamp SC = Science SR = Socially Responsible
ST = Stamps SW = Software TR = Travel TS = Transportation
TY = Toy UN = Unique Products VG = Video Game VT = Video Tape


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