NAPPA's awardees this year include brain-teasers, spacial games
and (of course) the new American Girl dolls. This slide show start
with toys for younger kids, then goes up in age.
Ellen Metrick consults with major toy
manufacturers on product design. She has created systems to
research and evaluate toys' impact on childhood development and
their therapeutic value for children with special needs. She has
written extensively on creative applications for play products,
including a bi-monthly column for ASTRA (American Specialty Toy
Retailers Association). The lead evaluator for the Toys 'R' Us Toy
Guide for Differently-Abled Kids for 15 years, Metrick currently
serves as manager of business development at the National Lekotek
Center, a nationwide nonprofit that focuses on accessible play for
children of all abilities.