Yesterday I had the pleasure of being invited to the Toy Industry Association’s press conference announcing their finalists for Toy of the Year in 11 different categories. The event was in Bryant Park and included an ice skating exhibition which was special. I was excited to see several PAL winners make the list:
Activity Toy of the Year: LEGO Friends. Referred to as “one of the most researched and exciting launches in company history,” these sets feature adventures with 5 girl characters in Heartlake City.
Educational Toy of the Year:
-Roll and Play by Thinkfun. “The first game ever designed for toddlers” this plush cube with follow-the-direction cards gets parents and toddlers moving, thinking and laughing as they follow picture cues.
-Zingo Sight Words by Thinkfun. This fun interactive game teaches early readers to recognize and read some of the most common and fundamental words in the English language that aren’t easy to sound out.
Game of the Year:
-Disney Jake and the Never Land Pirates-Never Land Challenge Game by Wonder Forge. Join the pirates to crawl, tiptoe and jump through the vine archways to earn gold doubloons and beat Captain Hook.
-Spot It Jr. Animals by Blue Orange Games. With 6 adorable animals on each card, little ones match the animals and can practice their sounds.
Girl Toy of the Year:
-Lego Friends: LEGO Friends. Referred to as “one of the most researched and exciting launches in company history,” these sets feature adventures with 5 girl characters in Heartlake City.
Infant/Toddler Toy of the Year:
-Lego Duplo Creative Sorter. This build and store bucket serves as a shape sorter and also provides three sorting plate lids with instructions to build a parrot, elephant and giraffe.
-Roll and Play by Thinkfun. “The first game ever designed for toddlers” this plush cube with follow the direction cards gets parents and toddlers moving, thinking and laughing as they follow directions.
Specialty Toy of the Year:
-Playmobil E-Rangers Headquarters. “Equipped with a spotlight to help illuminate the surrounding terrain, knockout cannon to disable enemy vehicles and a functional solar fan module, this galactic headquarters is filled with top-notch technology” for creative play.
Congratulations to the nominees! For the complete list go to www.toyawards.org and be sure to vote for your favorites by January 13, 2013!!