Dr. Toyâ€™s Best Vacation Childrenâ€™s Products Awards were developed by noted child development authority, Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (a.k.a. Dr. Toy), as a valued service to consumers who desire to purchase safe, affordable, educationally-oriented, stimulating toys and play products for children for vacation time for use at home or on the road. â€œChildren learn best through play,â€ says Dr. Auerbach, â€œand these Best Vacation Products encourage children to maximize their potential and make the most of Smart Play. By making a renewed focus on Summertime as a special time for choosing new products for children, parents help to improve their childrenâ€™s development. This is a perfect time for parents to â€˜take stock, â€™ do an inventory of what their children are playing with, what is not being used, and what they need next in their development.â€
Dr. Toyâ€™s Best Vacation Childrenâ€™s Products are very carefully chosen, using extensive criteria she has developed over many years, from among hundreds she has reviewed at toy fairs, in catalogs, and through many other sources. The criteria she uses includes: safety, age-appropriateness, design, durability, lasting play value, cultural and ethnic diversity, good transition from home to school, educational value, learning skills, creativity, improvement in the understanding of the community and the world, good value for price, and, naturally, fun.