Apr 12, 2019
ASTRA announces Best Toys for Kids finalists

Ninety-two specialty toys in seventeen categories selected from hundreds of nominations have been named finalists for ASTRA’s 2019 Best Toys for Kids list, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) announced. From this group of finalists, ASTRA member retailers will vote online to select the winning toys that will become “the year’s top picks from America’s play experts” for the 2019 holiday season.

“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,” noted 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.”

Voting to select the winning products has begun. The deadline for ASTRA member retailers to vote is May 8, 2019. Winners will be announced during at the opening of ASTRA Marketplace on Monday June 10, 2019 at ASTRA’s upcoming Marketplace & Academy, which will be held June 9-12, 2019 in Pittsburgh. Professionally designed four-color flyers featuring the winning products will be available for ASTRA retailers to order for use in their holiday marketing efforts.

More information on the Best Toys for Kids award program and on winning products is available here.

ASTRA’s 2019 finalists for the Best Toys for Kids awards program are:

ARTS & CRAFTS: UNDER 7

Crayon Clay| The Pencil Grip

Make Your Own Fuzzimals| Klutz

Klutz Jr. My Dino Finger Puppets| Klutz

SloFlo Motion Magic| Play Visions, Inc

 

ARTS & CRAFTS:  7+

Craft Crush Design Your Own Flower Art| Ann Williams

Craft-tastic Design Your Own Animal Necklaces| Ann Williams

Crystalize It! Ultimate Crystal Painting Set| Fashion Angels

Hey Clay| Fat Brain Toy Co

Klutz Maker Lab Radio Boombox| Klutz

Y’Art Craft Kit – Puppy | Kahootz Toys

 

CLASSIC

Beka Ultimate Easel| Beka Toys

Lite Brite|Schylling Inc

Loopdedoo Spinning Loom Kit| Ann Williams

SET Card Game| Set Enterprises, Inc

Stratego Original| PlayMonster

Sunshine Symphony| Small World Toys

The Original Waterfuls| Kahootz Toys

 

CONSTRUCTION

Architectural Engineering| Thames & Kosmos

Hubelino Basic Building Box| HABA USA

HAPE Junior Inventor Discovery Scientific Workbench| Hape International Inc

Magna-Tiles House 28-Piece Set| Valtech

Sidewinder Looping Coaster| CDX Blocks

 

GAMES: UNDER 7

Butts Up| PlayMonster

Chasing Fireflies| Toysmith

Fruit Punch| AMIGOGames

Pass the Pup| PlayMonster

Yeti or Not!| Fat Brain Toy Co

 

GAMES: 7+

Genius Square Game| MukikiM

Heist | Megableu USA

Just One| Repos Production

Planet | Blue Orange Games

The Mind| ACD Distribution/ Pandasaurus Games

Whozit | Gamewright, A Division of Ceaco

 

GAMES: FAMILY

Code Stack Game| AMIGO Games

Dirty Pig| North Star Games

JABUKA| Jubuka Games Inc

Kozo| Winning Moves

MORPHY| Fat Brain Toy Co

 

INFANT & TODDLER

Baby Bird Pull Along| Hape International Inc

Kid O Origami Color-Changing Boats| PlayMonster

Manhattan Ball| Manhattan Toy Company

Match the Baby Puzzles| Banana Panda

RollAgain Sorter| Fat Brain Toy Co

Sleepy Seas Sound & Lights Whale| GUND a Division of Spin Master

 

OUTDOOR & ACTIVE PLAY

Cosmic Glow Mini Golf – 5 Hole| b4adventure

Pop & Pass|Hog Wild, LLC

Slacker’s Tree Climbers 6pc| b4adventure

Wandini | Fun In Motion Toys

Warrior’s Mark Axe Throwing| Toysmith

Giant Kick Croquet| b4adventure

 

OUTDOOR & ACTIVE PLAY: RIDE-ON

PRIMO| Ambosstoys LLC

Hippopotomas Ride-On by Janod| Juratoys US

Scoot and Ride Highwaykick 1| Scoot & Ride US

 

PRESCHOOL

Animal High Rise| HABA USA

HAPE Sunny Valley Adventure Dome| Hape International Inc

Hedgehog Rally by Janod| Juratoys US

Mirari myStorymaker| PlayMonster

Monster Lock Box| Tender Leaf Toys

Wee Baby Stella Yoga Set| Manhattan Toy Company

 

PRETEND PLAY: IMAGINARY

Aqua-mals|Zorbitz, Inc

Crystal Palace| PLAYMOBIL

Kash, The Sasquatch| Douglas Toy Company, Inc

TimberToys Tree House| Fat Brain Toy Co

Mission Rocket w/Launch Site| PLAYMOBIL

 

PRETEND PLAY: ROLE PLAY

Animal Care Activity Center| Melissa & Doug

Dentist Set| Plan Toys, Inc

Doll Bike Seat – Flower Meadow| HABA USA

My Style Big Cooker by Janod| Juratoys US

Pillowie | Ready Set & Co LLC

Reversible Rainbow Cape| Creative Education of Canada, Inc

 

PRETEND PLAY: VEHICLES

INSANE Stunt Car| California Creations

HyperRunner Stunt| MukikiM Toys

Playviator| Fat Brain Toy Co

RoboDragon| Jupiter Creations

Spirit Sidecar Philip by Janod| Juratoys US

 

PUZZLES

Domino Maze| ThinkFun, Inc.

Shashibo – The Shap ShiftingBox| Fun in Motion Toys

SmartGames Brain Train| Smart Toys and Games

SmartGames Smart Farmer| Smart Toys and Games

Thinking Putty Puzzle – the Mind Stretching Game| ThinkFun, Inc

 

PUZZLES:  JIGSAW

Crazy Puzzle Aqua’zules| DJECO

Crocodile Alphabet Puzzle| Orange Tree Toys

Escape Puzzle – Space Observatory| Ravensburger

Follow and Spot Puzzle| Petit Collage

Goddesses & Warriors 500 Piece Puzzle| eeBoo

HAPE Solar System Puzzle| Hape International Inc

 

SCIENCE & DISCOVERY

100 om 1 STEM Lab| OWI INC

DoodleMatic|Tink Digital LLC

Gumball Machine Maker| Thames & Kosmos

My Robotic Pet – Tumbling Hedgehog| Thames & Kosmos

Foldscope Deluxe Individual Kit| FOLDSCOPE INTRUMENTS, INC

SmartCore 6| OWI INC




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