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.
Crib companion, on-the-go amigo and teacher of tots-this hand-held electronic learning toy can entertain and soothe babies. Plus, the 20 educational cartoons, 288 learning games and other neat activities will prepare them for school-time success as they grow. The Ohio Art Company; $199.99; ohioart.com; infants and up.