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

An Overview of The Best Toys of 2001

Welcome to Dr. Toy’s Guide! To assist you with your gifts giving this holiday and into the new year we have a great selection of new products for you to consider. We have reviewed over two thousand toys and children’s products over this past dozen years. It has been exciting and rewarding to see many new and innovative companies emerging, while many new and interesting improvements have been made among many established companies. Our 2001 products range across many different levels.

There is more to choose from today than ever before. It may also seem that way when you seek the right product for your child. By using Dr. Toy’s Guide, you will find helpful guidance as you look for that perfect product, the one that will benefit your child the most.

Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Know your child and his or her interests;
  2. Understand what she is studying in school and what she needs to learn;
  3. Expand his interests and help him to develop a well-rounded approach to play;
  4. Give her new experiences that stimulate and that challenge different abilities;
  5. Help him develop both sides of the left and right sides of the brain, and help him to think and to be creative;
  6. Challenge and build her strengths and help her to learn new information.

Play encompasses everything your child does. They need you to play with them. They need to learn simple games, and to have plenty of conversations. They need you to read stories to them, and they need to sing songs, play with puzzles, do crafts, and have fun. Whatever you and your child enjoy doing together is perfect.

Look for creative products to prepare for those times when there is a snow storm or rain fall and children are house-bound. This is the time to bring out those great creative products that have been packed away in storage. Open them on a bad weather day and the storm passes away while children are enjoying something satisfying.

Children can only focus on one toy at a time. Make toys something that you select year round to make their time interesting and challenging. Don't forget the products that help children with their activities, whether they are enjoying active play outdoors, or learning to do yoga or some other kind of physical activity.

Even play with pick-up sticks or marbles is physical and requires dexterity; the smallest activity brings the body into motion. Children like a variety of physical activity, so don’t forget to add hula hoops, balls, and a bean bag toss.

Children also need time to play games, to think, to create, to use their imagination, and to learn strategy and how to figure things out. They need time to create, to play with dolls and puppets, and to use their skills.

These are the products we have looked for this year. We were looking for products with the potential to provide your child with learning and joy. During the next year, your child will have an opportunity to play and experience some of these toys directly. Be sure to look at our online review of toy buying services to find an array of different ways to purchase these products.

If you have a question about a toy, then “Ask Dr. Toy.” If you have an answer or know of the availability of products, help us by looking at our “Ask Dr. Toy” feature and responding. You'll be fascinated with all of the queries that have come in, and we welcome your help as we find answers for all of these questions.

Search through our site, come back often, and have a fun, playful year!

Please be sure to examine a copy of our new book, , that highlights over 50 classic toys from the past as well as the toys of the future. And look for our to help you with ideas from baby to older children, plus 166 great ideas of ways to have fun with your children. What is most important is to have fun together as a family. Have a wonderful time with your child this holiday (and every day in the new year!). Let’s play!

—Dr. Stevanne Auerbach, "Dr.Toy"

Key to Type:

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Dinosaur Excavation ae es fp ty $19.99 5-11 877-772-2846
Rocking Horse ae cp fp ho ty $80.00 3-5 800-666-2539
Baby Songs Silly Songs vt $12.98 0-6 847-933-9884
Baby Dolittle Neighborhood Video es ml vt $15.98 1-4 800-793-1454
Paint the Wild: Tic-Tac-Toe ae cp bg $15.00 6-12 609-936-8807
Phone Station cp fp sr $36.00 3-5 800-822-8828
Art Table Set ac cp es $151.00 3-7 888-999-2352
Boppy 5-in-1 Fun ae es ty $45.00 1-12 mos 303-526-2626
Hello Kitty Best Friends' Game bg $19.99 6-12 800-232-7427
Muck & Bob ty $15.00 3-5 888-274-6869
Wild cg $11.99 8-12 800-621-5426
Time to Sing! cd cp ml $16.99 0-6 yrs 800-262-8052
Fab Fashion Fun Dawn & Friends do sr $9.99 6-8 888-350-3296
Lou do $70.00 3-5 800-668-4846
Mini Windowsill Garden ac sr $14.00 7-11 800-311-8684
Curious Little Ones My Own Band ae ac cp ml ty $20.00 3-5 800-584-5487
Time Tutor es sr tr $27.99 5-10 800-426-4777
Book of the Seasons ae ac bo $16.95 6-9 800-475-4522
GeoSafari Laptop es el $49.95 3-8 800-995-4436
KidSafe TV no sr $24.95 3-8 888-983-5555
Astronaut Hat ae cs cp fp $19.80 6-10 800-553-5673
Pop Smarts bg $29.99 10-12 201-386-9465
Magnetic Portfolios es $34.95 6-12 800-445-5985
Wiggles ae pl ty $6.49 6 mo-10 yrs 800-533-6708
Play With Letters Desk cp es el $29.99 3-7 800-432-5437
My First Puppets Soft Book bo cp es pl pu $35.00 6-36 mos. 800-654-8922
Claymania ge $17.99 9-12 800-638-7568
Get Real Girl do $25.00 6-12 866-474-4747
Golden Pegged Puzzle Books bo cp es pz sr $12.99 2-4 800-558-5972
3-D Undersea Jigsaw Puzzle pz $7.00 6-8 800-922-1194
Wiggly Giggly Plush ae pl $18.00 6-24 mos 888-442-6376
Magic Screen Learning Desk ty $45.99 12-36 mos 800-752-9755
Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Chants cd es ml tr $15.99 5-12 888-663-7122
My Best English Vol. 2 Colors es vt $16.95 12-36 mos 800-851-7115
Movies in My Mind ae at bg $19.95 5-7 800-546-4440
Kidspiration es sw $69.00 grades k-3 800-877-4292
Amazing Animal Trivia Game bg es $19.99 6-8 800-445-8347
KookaZoo Tunnel Gym ae es ty $29.99 birth-2 770-751-0442
Kids' Learning Network www.KLNlive.com website free 9-12 617-542-6500
Toddler Alphabet Sing-Along at bo cd $14.99 3-5 888-321-5437
Castles, Knights & Unicorns at cd cp fp ml $14.95 cd 3-7 800-631-2187
Klutz Kwiz es el $17.95 5-10 800-737-4123
Math Blaster: Cross Terrain Challenge cd-rom sw $19.99 9-12 800-545-7677
Imagination Desk ae ac cp es ml $44.99 3-7 800-701-5327
Clue Finders 5th Grade Adventure cd-rom es fp sw $29.95 9-12 319-395-0115
Madeline Doll House cp dh $150.00 2-5 800-704-8697
BUCO co cp es ty $79.00 3-8 800-693-7164
Tick, Tac, Tock! Game bg cp es $13.95 6-8 888-800-7893
Bob the Builder--Bob and Lofty Meet the Mice co $14.99 2-6 860-763-6606
Cow Starter Set by Toytrain es fp ho $220.00 8-12 800-669-0607
The Tic Toc Clocks bo cd $16.95 1-5 888-678-5636
Ready-Step-Go Roller Skates ae op ty $14.99 1-3 800-321-0183
Bug Bingo bg es ty $14.95 3-12 888-420-7585
Remmy and the BrainTrain bo cd ml $16.95 4-8 607-347-4590
Madacy Kids Fun with Mommy & Me ae ml vt $39.98 0-5 416-756-2800
Handy Work pu es cp sr $10.00 3-7 800-541-1345
Families of the World Video Series es sr tr vt $19.95 5-11 800-888-9681
McWiz Junior bg es $29.99 6-12 888-691-2849
Learning Station es ty $34.99 1½-6 800-465-6342
DJ Mixer cp ml $49.99 6-10 800-222-4685
Wheels on the Bus bg el $19.99 3-6 888-836-7025
SquashBlox Castle Set ae co cp fp pl ty $129.95 3-7 201-792-5451
Sing With Me Magic Cube ae cp es el ho ml $39.99 2-7 800-344-2229
Sunshine Symphony ml pl $49.99 0-36 mos 800-220-3669
Orchard Books Why Butterflies Go By on Silent Wings bo sr $16.95 4-10 800-242-7737
Original San Francisco Toymakers Yano cp ty es $59.99 3-6 650-952-7701
Rockit Robot co es ho ty $24.95 10-12 800-638-1694
Woodkins do es cp $15.00 3-11 800-966-3762
Three for All bg $25.00 10-12 800-524-4263
Cool Mad Libs bo es tr $3.99 7-14 800-788-6262
Learn in Your Car for Kids at bo cd es tr $19.95 7-12 800-748-5804
Classical Board Game bg es $15.00 9-12 716-662-7794
Poetry Pals Learning Center bo es pz vt cp $89.95 2-7 877-463-6896
Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Jr. bg $24.99 8-12 800-800-0298
WordXchange bg es $28.95 10-12 514-932-4744
We Sign--ABC, Numbers, Colors, Animals, Rhymes ae es vt $14.95 3-12 800-535-8368
Petite Performer Puppet & Props ae cp fp pu $8.99 pu 3-12 801-544-7899
Yarn Critters ac cp es tr $12.99 7-10 800-342-8458
Pentagonia bg es sr $20.00 8-12 306-652-1280
Clifford Learning Activities cd-rom es sw sr $19.95 4-6 800-724-4718
Same or Different cd-rom es sw $19.99 3-5 800-253-0564
Millino 1452 ty $7.50 1-12 mos 518-273-0726
Boo Boo Buddy no sr $5.95 12 mo-12 yr 800-346-4655
Toddler ae cd cp es ml $15.99 0-4 yrs 888-606-6874
You Are A Masterpiece es sr vt $19.95 5-12 800-521-5311
Deluxe Feltland Doll House ae co cp do dh $100.00 3-5 800-421-4153
Colorations Colored Puffy Paint ac cp es $12.99 3-5 800-293-9314
Incredible Shrinky Dinks ac cp es ho ty $29.99 6-9 800-622-8339
Spin Driver ty $39.99 18-36 mos 800-423-2597
Original Tangle with Texture no ty $16.00 0-12 888-829-3808
Imagination Playmat el ml ty $49.99 3-24 mos 800-486-0898
Bob-Builder Build & Learn es el $24.99 2-4 800-844-3733
Scrabble Jr Game: Wildlife bg es $19.95 5-8 888-876-7659
Me-Mo-Mo es op ty tr $49.99 5-8 800-521-2010
Inside-Out Sleep Game ae at ml $12.95 cd 3-12 805-969-5654
Lego Racers bg $14.99 7-10 800-447-2151
Make Your Own Birdhouses ae bo cp sr $7.95 8-12 800-234-8791
Totally Extreme Rock Climber ty $39.99 8-12 514-344-1250
Good Night, Mr. Night Toy cp do fp pl sr $19.99 3-8 800-554-1447
Rock-A-Bye Chou Chou do ty $34.99 3-7 800-629-9273

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