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Folkmanis Puppets: 35 Years and Going Strong!

Judy Folkmanis selling puppets on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, CA

Folkmanis® Puppets believes imagination is the key to a healthy childhood, encouraging play and discovery to develop the skills necessary in life. The company has been making the most innovative and engaging specialty puppets in the world since 1976, delighting imaginations and winning nearly every industry, child development, and kid-tested award, many repeatedly. 35 Years [...]

The Right Toys for Toddlers


  by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. – “Dr. Toy” Toddlers actively explore their world and want to touch, smell and taste everything. Watch carefully and “child proof” your home and the child’s playspace. This is a great time for lots of good, safe toys that offer varied play experiences. The right toys help your toddler learn [...]

Picking Perfect Toys for Children of Any Age


Dr. Toy has assembled a series of articles, re-posted from the Huffington Post, to help you decide what to get your little loved ones. Picking Perfect Baby Gifts The Right Toys for Toddlers Best Toys for Preschoolers Best Toys for Children in Primary Grades Best Toys for Older Children

Best Toys for Older Children


  by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. – “Dr. Toy” Parents want to know more about play for children between age 9 and 12. During this period of development, children experience rapid social maturation and physical growth. They are in transition. No longer so young, their interests grow more sophisticated. Despite the many changes, they still benefit [...]

Best Toys for Children in Primary Grades


  by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. – “Dr. Toy” Children enrolled in the primary grades are actively involved in friendships, interested in learning, happily engaged in outdoor play, rapidly gaining skills, and expanding a wide variety of interests. Peers are very important as are their activities and a range of toys, especially the products their friends [...]

Best Toys for Preschoolers


  by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. – “Dr. Toy” Preschool children are curious, inquisitive and have a lot of energy. Everything around them is of interest. Their vocabulary, self-expression and imagination is rapidly expanding. Their play is dramatic, creative and active. Preschool is an important, fun, learning opportunity where your child expands social skills and practices [...]

Picking Perfect Baby Gifts


  by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. – “Dr. Toy” Anytime of the year is the right time to find a great gift for a child, or for an adult who enjoys “the child within.” How do you go about finding that special gift of a toy, plaything or game? Children and adults love bears, stuffed animals, [...]

Madame Alexander Doll Company: Celebrating World Cultures


WITH TRAVEL FRIENDS™ – INTERNATIONAL COLLECTION Playful, Poseable, Portable and Practical . These are the top reasons the new Travel Friends™ – International Collection of dolls being introduced by the Madame Alexander Doll Company is a must have for children this Holiday season. This new series of play dolls, celebrates world cultures. It is a [...]

10 Tips for Selecting Great Games


  by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. – “Dr. Toy” Playing games is a perfect way for your child to learn and have fun. Games offer many benefits including challenge, communication, and creativity. Games are enjoyed with friends, siblings, parents, and grandparents. Many games are useful and adaptable for a wide range of ages and abilities. I [...]