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Dr. Toy’s Smart Play/Smart Toys: How to Select and Use the Best Toys & GamesFourth Edition on Sale Now!

A child’s ability to play is more than fun and diversion; play is critical for his or her emotional, physical, creative, and intellectual growth, and teaches everything from social skills to critical thinking. For the developing mind, learning to play is paramount — but is your child getting the most from playtime? Learn to expand your child’s ability to be playful, and increase PQ.

Stevanne Auerbach, PhD, affectionately known as Dr. Toy, has dedicated a lifetime to the importance of play, and evaluating toys, games and children’s products. She offers special advice on which types of toys and games to buy for baby to older children and how to best use them. She also provides play pointers, child development principles, and many useful resources.


You’ll learn:

  • How to be your child’s “Play Guide.”
  • How play can strengthen confidence, maturity levels, and thinking.
  • Benefits of play with toys, games, and many other objects to expand playfulness.
  • Criteria for selecting the right playthings to match each child’s needs.

You’ll get practical advice:

  • Evaluating toys and games to select those most beneficial.
  • Supplies to always have available to encourage play.
  • Selecting principles based on Dr. Toy’s Best Children’s Toys and Products.
  • 200 invaluable suggested playtime activities for fun over a lifetime!

drtoyauerbachStevanne Auerbach, PhD, author of 15 books, evaluates toys, games and children’s products for the original, popular, award-winning website, Dr. Toy’s Guide (this website).

Published by Regent Press, Berkeley, California
Distributed by Ingram and Baker & Taylor
Available online: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, et. al.
Customized Edition available:
Contact Mark Weiman, Regent Press, 510-845-1196
Paperback / $19.95 / ISBN 978-1-58790-275-8
E-book / $9.95 / ISBN 978-1-58790

What People Are Saying

Dr. Toy’s long and thoughtful immersion in the world of play and toys has established her as the premier authority for this often difficult combination. She “gets it” that the best use of toys is for them to serve as an extension of a child’s own imaginative play drive. She also understands children’s developmental stages so her book. Dr. Toy’s Smart PLAY/Smart TOYS is of inestimable help to parents and grandparents as they struggle to make good choices from among the often dazzling and confusing array offered by the toy industry.
- Stuart L Brown MD, Founder and President, The National Institute for Play and Author, Play How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul.

Dr. Toy is simply the expert on the importance of play. In the new edition of her book. Dr. Toy’s Smart PLAY/Smart TOYS, she not only provides helpful guidelines for selecting toys, she also gives hundreds of practical and easy ideas for using everyday objects for creative play. Parents and caregivers will want to keep this book handy.
- Beth Blenz-Clucas. Sugar Mountain PR,

As a pediatrician, mother of two sets of twins, and toy inventor, I have tremendous respect for the comprehensive, interesting. fact-filled and sensible advice and learning that Dr. Toy’S Smart PLAY/Smart TOYS provides. This is a tremendous resource for parents, professionals working with children and buyers of products for kids. Play is so important in today’s busy world. and Dr. Toy’s approach to understanding play is unique and important. Fabulous book!
- Dr. Jennifer Canter, Inventor, U·Play Mat!

As a Toy industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and product development I enjoyed reading Dr. Toy’s Smart PLAY/Smart TOYS. I particularly appreciate the vast array of knowledge, information, and love for toys that Dr. Toy shares with her readers. This book is a great guide for parents to use when considering purchasing toys, and best of all, it reminds us that we’re all kids at heart and never really outgrow the joy of playing with toys. It’s a great read for anyone that remembers how much they enjoyed playing as they were growing up. Thank you, Dr. Toy!
- Ron Cantor, President Rainbow Concepts Inc.

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