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My Favorite Toy Brands

It’s Cyber Monday, which means if you weren’t standing in line in the middle of the night on Friday then you may be preparing for some serious online shopping today (will the madness never end?).

These are a select group of toy makers who (I think) have really figured out how to make fun, stimulating (and often green) developmental toys.  Under each brand are a few of my favorite items but they’re there solely as a jumping off point.  Almost any toys made by these companies will be a sure hit.


The low down:
A boutique toy manufacturer that specializes in educational games and gifts that are 100% original (no licenses).  Literacy, story telling, drawing, imaginative play and basic math are among the skills that eeBoo products encourage and a good share of the line has been awarded Oppenheim Best Toy Awards and other honors.

1) Tell Me A Story – Fairy Tale Mix-Up  
2) Eeboo Life on Earth Matching Game
3) Playing Cards Go Fish
4) Eeboo Alphabet and Number Puzzle Pairs


The low down:
Committed to maintaining the highest standard of ethics while creating innovative educational toys for every developmental stage of childhood, their products are made from non-toxic, natural materials such as organic rubberwood. These toys inspire children’s imagination as well as promoting their physical and intellectual development.


2) Plan Toys Cone Sorting
3) Plan Toys Plan Preschool Walk N Roll, Push and Pull
4) Plan Toy Baby Walker


The low down:
Green Toys Inc. makes an awesome line of classic children’s toys constructed from recycled plastic and other environmentally friendly materials. This helps reduce fossil fuel use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improving the overall health and happiness of the planet.

3) Green Toys School Bus
4) Dump Truck – Pink


The low down:
Products are thoughtfully designed with lots of opportunities to explore built right in. Toys engage and stimulate children again and again with a rich variety of shapes, colors, and sizes — so the possibilities for open-ended, creative play are limitless. And when children’s play is powered by their own imaginations, they develop skills they’ll use for a lifetime.


2) KID O Arranging Short To Tall Puzzle
3) Kido Go Car Pink
4) KID O Stack and Nest Cups


The low down:
From puzzles to puppets, plush to play food, magnetic activities, music and more, Melissa & Doug is one of the leading designers and manufacturers of educational toys and children’s products.

1) Melissa & Doug Car Carrier
2) Melissa & Doug Multi-Level Wooden Dollhouse
3) Melissa & Doug Shopping Cart
4) Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel
5) Melissa & Doug Food Groups
6) Melissa & Doug Deluxe Role Play Costume Bundle: Fire Chief, Construction Worker & Conductor

The low down:
It all began with a messy toddler bathtub. Designer Rebecca Finell’s wheels started turning and the Frog Pod was born.  But the problem solving didn’t stop there. She had lots of ideas for other parenting innovations so she sought out a partner, Ryan Fernandez—who could create a successful business—and together they founded Boon Inc. Today Boon offers a wide range of products that help parents all over the world.  They’re committed to creating nothing but the most innovative gear—and keeping it affordable.

1) Boon Flo Water Deflector, Faucet Cover With Bubble Bath Dispenser
2) Boon Water Bugs Floating Bath Toys with Net
3) Boon Bath Tub Appliques, Dive
4) Boon Pod Bath Toy Scoop, Green Frog



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