Toy of the Year Award

christmas-present-596300_640The American Toy Industry Association (TIA), the not-for-profit association representing all businesses involved in creating and bringing toys to kids of all ages, invites you to vote for the Toy of the Year!

Voting is open until January 13.  For every category you vote in you are automatically entered to win all of the toys in that category! Simply visit toyawards.org to vote!   Winners will be announced in February.

Below please find the list of toys.

4Mothers voted in the categories that applied to them, and here is what we thought about the best and about what is missing from the list.

Nathalie:

Activity, Boy Toy, Educational: Lego.  Of course.  My youngest two had Lego and only Lego on their Christmas lists, and they played with it all vacation long.  I regret not a penny spent on Lego.

Board Game: My vote goes to one not on the list: Katamino.  It’s a spatial reasoning game, in which you have to fit shapes together to fill a grid.  You can play alone, compete with another player or work co-operatively.  There are dozens of solutions to the problem and dozens of ways to play it.  I loved it.

2014 Toy of the Year Nominees

ACTIVITY TOY OF THE YEAR

Arts and crafts, construction and other indoor toys that inspire creative play
  •  Hot      Wheels® Car Maker by Mattel, Inc.
  •  Rainbow      Loom® by Choon’s Design LLC
  •  Crayola      Melt ‘n Mold Factory by Crayola
  •  LEGO®      Minecraft by The LEGO Group
  •  PLAY-DOH      PERFECT TWIST ICE CREAM Playset by Hasbro, Inc.
  •  GLITZI      GLOBES™ GLITZI SHOWCASE by Moose Toys
  •  Spirograph™      Deluxe Kit by Kahootz Toys


BOY TOY OF THE YEAR

Toys developed for boys of any age

  •  Battroborg      3-in-1 Battle Arena by TOMY
  •  Despicable      Me 2™ Special Feature Minion Dave Talking Action Figure by Thinkway Toys©
  •  DISNEY      INFINITY by DISNEY
  •  LEGO      Legends of Chima™ by The LEGO Group
  •  Skylanders      SWAP Force™ by Activision Publishing, Inc..
  •  TRANSFORMERS™      CONSTRUCT-BOTS by Hasbro, Inc.
  •  Disney©      Planes U-Command® Supercharged Dusty by Thinkway Toys©

E-CONNECTED TOY OF THE YEAR

A physical toy or game that is app-enabled or otherwise interacts with a smartphone, tablet or gaming device

  •  LEGO®      MINDSTORMS® EV3 by The LEGO Group
  •  Skylanders      SWAP Force™ by Activision Publishing, Inc.
  •  DISNEY      INFINITY by DISNEY
  •  Barbie®      Digital Makeover by Mattel, Inc.
  •  LeapPad      Ultra™ by LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.
  • Kurio      Touch 4s Handheld by Techno Source
  • Photo      Mix & Mash by Crayola


EDUCATIONAL TOY OF THE YEAR

Toys that help children to develop special skills and knowledge through play

  • GoldieBlox™      and the Spinning Machine by GoldieBlox™ Inc.
  • LeapPad      Ultra™ by LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.
  • LeapReader™      by LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.
  • LEGO®      MINDSTORMS® EV3 by The LEGO Group
  • Demolition      Lab: Triple Blast Warehouse by SmartLab Toys
  • Magformers®      62 Piece Set by Magformers, LLC
  • Nancy      B’s Science Club MoonScope™ and Sky Gazer’s Activity Journal by Educational Insights®

GAME OF THE YEAR

Children’s board, card, electronic or other physical game formats and puzzles

(does not include video games or apps).

  • BOOM      BOOM BALLOON™ by SPIN MASTER LTD
  • Chain      Letters® by Patch Products
  • DRAW      SOMETHING™ PARTY Game by Hasbro Inc.
  • HEDBANZ      ACT UP by SPIN MASTER LTD
  • Settlers      of Catan® by Mayfair Games
  • Skylanders      SWAP Force™ by Activision Publishing, Inc.
  • WordARound™      by ThinkFun

GIRL TOY OF THE YEAR

Toys developed for girls of any age

  • Disney      Princess Palace Pets: Furry Tail Friends by Blip Toys
  • FLUTTERBYE      FAIRY by SPIN MASTER LTD
  • FURREAL      FRIENDS CUDDLES, MY GIGGLY MONKEY by Hasbro, Inc.
  • LEGO®      Friends Heartlake High by The LEGO Group
  • Monster      High® 13 Wishes Doll Assortment by Mattel
  • NERF      REBELLE HEARTBREAKER Bow by Hasbro Inc.
  • Rainbow      Loom® by Choon’s Design LLC

INFANT/TODDLER TOY OF THE YEAR

Toys developed for infant children and toddlers (ages up to 36 months) 

  • BIG      HUGS ELMO by Playskool
  • Fisher-Price®      Laugh & Learn™ Crawl Around™ Car by Mattel
  • Go!      Go! Smart Wheels™ Train Station Playset by VTech®
  • Lamaze®      Franky the Hanky Whale by TOMY
  • Farm      Mash-Up by LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.
  • Mirari®      Pop! Pop! Piano® by Patch Products
  • Skwish®      Stix by      Manhattan Toy

INNOVATIVE TOY OF THE YEAR

Toys that utilize innovative design, technology, or manufacturing processes to enhance play value

  • Barbie®      Digital Makeover by Mattel
  • Battroborg      3-in-1 Battle Arena by TOMY
  • FLUTTERBYE      FAIRY by SPIN MASTER LTD
  • GoldieBlox™      and the Spinning Machine by GoldieBlox™ Inc.
  • Laser      Maze™ by ThinkFun
  • Skylanders      SWAP Force™ by Activision Publishing, Inc.
  • Zoomer      by SPIN MASTER LTD

OUTDOOR TOY OF THE YEAR

Toys designed for outdoor play

  • Crayola      Washable Sidewalk Chalk by Crayola
  • Razor®      Crazy Cart™ by Razor USA LLC
  • SKY      RIPPERZ™ by Zing
  • Sky      Viper Stunt Quadcopter by Skyrocket Toys
  • SkyTrix®      by Daydream Toy
  •  Y      Glider 3 in 1 by Yvolution
  • Ziggle™      by Radio Flyer®

PRESCHOOL TOY OF THE YEAR

Toys developed for preschool-aged children (aged 3-5)

  • BIG      HUGS ELMO by Playskool
  • Dino      Construction Company™ by Educational Insights®
  • Doc      McStuffins Get Better Check-Up Center by Just Play
  • FURREAL      FRIENDS CUDDLES, MY GIGGLY MONKEY by Hasbro Inc.
  • Go!      Go! Smart Wheels™ Airport Playset by VTech®
  • Shelby’s      Snack Shack Game™ by Educational Insights®
  • Sofia      the First Talking Sofia and Animal Friends by Mattel

PROPERTY OF THE YEAR

Property that had the greatest success spreading its brand throughout the industry

  • Despicable      Me 2™  (Universal Partnerships & Licensing)
  • Disney      Junior’s Doc McStuffins (Disney Consumer Products)
  • Disney      Junior’s Sofia the First (Disney Consumer Products)
  • Minecraft™      (Mojang AB)
  • Monster      High® (Mattel)
  • Skylanders      SWAP Force™ (Activision Publishing, Inc.)
  • Teenage      Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nickelodeon)

SPECIALTY TOY OF THE YEAR

Toys primarily distributed through specialty retailers

  • Animal      Parade A to Z Puzzle by BeginAgain
  • Bunny      Peek A Boo™ by Smart Toys and Games, Inc.
  • Laser      Maze™ by ThinkFun
  • Nanoblocks      Deluxe Space Shuttle by Ohio Art
  • Rainbow      Loom® by Choon’s Design LLC
  • Spirograph™      Deluxe Kit by Kahootz Toys
  • Magnetic Wooden Blocks 42-Piece Set by Tegu®
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4 thoughts on “Toy of the Year Award

  1. I voted for the Rainbow Loom. As much as I want to snap it over my knee in frustration, I am amazed at how my 7 & 5 year-olds patiently weave together creations. They look up videos on-line and sit for (what seems like) hours mirroring the motions. It’s a great toy and worth all the hype!

  2. My husband got Settlers of Catan for Christmas, and my 7-year-old daughter and 8-year-old nephew really enjoyed it too.

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