• Pamela Brill

ASTRA Names Best Toys for Kids Finalists

PHILADELPHIA, PA. -- Seventy-seven specialty toys in seventeen categories selected from hundreds of nominations have been named finalists for ASTRA’s 2017 Best Toys for Kids list.  ASTRA member retailers were able to view the products at last week’s ASTRA’s Marketplace & Academy in Philadelphia, Penn. They will then vote to select the winning toys that will become “the year’s top picks from America’s play experts” for the 2017 holiday season.

ASTRA Unicorn FunThe Mickey Mouse Puppet from Folkmanis and Dreamycorns wearable Unicorn Fun from Douglas Company have been named ASTRA Best Toys for Kids finalists.

 “Best Toys for Kids is the only annual toy list that is compiled by a national network of grassroots play experts who know specialty toys inside out,” notes Kimberly Mosley, president of ASTRA.  “Those experts are ASTRA member retailers, and the list represents their collective experience in watching children play with products in their stores, combined with feedback they hear from parents and their own expertise about toys and child development.”

ASTRA Mickey MouseThe Mickey Mouse Puppet from Folkmanis and Dreamycorns wearable Unicorn Fun from Douglas Company have been named ASTRA Best Toys for Kids finalists.

Retailers touched, felt and played with the 2017 Best Toys for Kids finalists at a special display on the exhibit floor at ASTRA’s Marketplace & Academy. Voting to select the winning products has begun and will be continued online and on-site at Marketplace & Academy. Winners will be announced in late July and on display at a Best Toys for Kids Award reception event July 30 in Las Vegas. ASTRA retailers will also be able to order flyers featuring the winning products for use in their holiday marketing efforts. 

ASTRA’s 2017 finalists for the Best Toys for Kids awards program are:

ACTIVE PLAY

Party Wheel b4Adventure

Ninja Net b4Adventure

Jazzminton Deluxe Funsparks

Stikball Toss & Catch with Mitts Hog Wild Toys

Laser X 2-Pack Toysmith

Bashminton Toysmith

 

BOTS

Ozobot Evo Ozobot

Smart Bot Robot Play Visions Inc

 

CHOOSE YOUR OWN CATEGORY

Spinos Mega Trax Challenge Diggin Active Inc

Kinoptic Robots Hotaling/Djeco

HypnoGizmo Kahootz Toys

Zipes™ Speed Pipes Performance Pack Neat-Oh! International

The Jammer Sweets Kendama

Kite a Pult Tucker Toys

 

CLASSIC PLAY: 0-7 YEARS

Ball Track Roll N Roll N Roll HABA USA

Topanifarm Hotaling/Djeco

Rainbow Alligator PlanToys®

 

CLASSIC PLAY: 8+ YEARS

Gobblet Blue Orange Games

Foxtail Sport Cassidy Labs

Forbidden Island Gamewright a Div of Ceaco

Doink It Darts Marky Sparky

Beamo 30” Toysmith

 

CONSTRUCTIVE PLAY

Geomatrix California Creations

Gecko Blocks Cassidy Labs

Marbleocity Skate Park PlayMonster

Remote Control Machines: Construction Vehicles Thames & Kosmos

 

CREATIVE ARTS PLAY UNDER 7

Dreamland Mermaid Grotto Dreamland Fairy

Craft-tastic Puppy Love Kit Ann Williams Group

Loog Mini Loog Guitars

The Ultimate Brick Maker Relevant Play

 

CREATIVE ARTS PLAY 7+

Craft-tastic Make & Give - Heart Bowls Ann Williams Group

Do Art Fizzy Paint Mix & Make Colors Faber-Castell

Circuit Clay Klutz

Grow Your Own Crystal Jewelry Klutz

LEGO Make Your Own Movie Klutz

Linkt Craft Kits Bubble Loops Neat-Oh! International

 

EARLY PLAY

Activity Board Kid O

My 1st Zoo Rubber Rattles Creative Education of Canada

People Blocks Zoo Animals People Toy Company

Rainmaker Wormy HABA

SmartMax My First Safari Animals Smart Toys and Games, Inc

Spin ‘n Sort Spout Pro Yookidoo

 

FAMILY GAME NIGHT

Codenames: Pictures Czech Games Edition

Exit: The Secret Lab Thames & Kosmos

Gonuts for Donuts Gamewright A Div of Ceaco

Mole Rats in Space Peaceable Kingdom

Slapzi Carma Games

 

GAME PLAY: 2-5 YEARS

Bingo the Puppy JAX, LTD

Cha-Cha Chihuahua Gamewright A Div of Ceaco

Farm Alarm Fat Brain Toy Co

Hamster Clan HABA USA

Where’s Bear? Peaceable Kingdom

 

GAME PLAY: 5-8 YEARS

Rhino Hero Super Battle HABA USA

Go Gelato! Blue Orange Games

 

GAME PLAY 8+YEARS

Imhotep Thames & Kosmos

Braintopia Asmodee North America

Kingdomino Blue Orange Games

 

LOGIC SKILLS

Kanoodle Jr Educational Insights

Snow White Smart Games

Jump In Smart Games

Color Cube Sudoku ThinkFun

Roller Coaster Challenge ThinkFun

 

PRETEND: DOLL PLAY

Lance Llama Douglas Company, INC

Liese Doll HABA USA

Mickey Mouse Puppet Folkmanis

Nici Wonderland Doll Neat-Oh! International

Rahel from Ethiopia Hearts for Hearts Girls

Peggy Ann Bonika Doll Creative Education of Canada

 

PRETEND: ROLE & FANTASY PLAY

Caravane House Djeco/Hotaling

Dreamycorns Wearable Unicorn Fun Douglas Company, INC

Indoor Playhouse Food Truck Melissa & Doug

My Magical Sound & Lights Unicorn GUND

Ghostbusters Firehouse Playmobil

 

SCIENTIFIC PLAY

Happy Atoms Introductory Set (17 Atoms) Thames & Kosmos

Magnetic Levitation Express OWI Inc

Snap Circuits STEM ELENCO

Structural Engineering: Bridges & Skyscrapers Thames & Kosmos 

Pamela BrillPamela Brill | Editor-at-Large, Gifts and Decorative Accessories
pbrill@giftsanddec.com

Pamela Brill, the proud mother of two young daughters, has been writing about parenting and children's products for over a decade. Before she began her freelance writing career, she served at the helm of two industry publications: Small World, which specialized in baby products, and Playthings, which is now part of Gifts & Decorative Accessories. She is currently an Editor-at-Large for Gifts & Decorative Accessories. Her previous blog postings can be viewed at www.talkingwalnut.com

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