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Play, especially active, creative, and educational play, helps children develop such basic social and academic skills as concentration, problem solving, communication, and cooperation. Factors such as safety, durability, flexibility, and age appropriateness complicate the challenge parents face in choosing the right toys for their children at the right time. Auerbach applies her scientific but not preachy expertise to that challenge. She relies as much on common sense and parenting insight as on scholarly research to suggest toys ranging from brooms and plastic cups to books and watercolors to amuse, stimulate, and activate children. Individual chapters describe developmental progress from infancy through age 12, advising age-appropriate toys and products as well as items for children with special needs. For backup to the book, Auerbach, familiar to many for her syndicated column, "Dr. Toy," maintains a Web site for toy evaluation. Kathryn Carpenter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D, is the director of the Institute of Childhood Resources, founded in 1975. She has written many book, and has a weekly syndicated column, "Dr. Toy," for King Features Syndicate, and a popular award-winning web site, www.drtoy.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Institute for Childhood Resources (July 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978554000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978554002
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,328,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would like to say that this is definitely one of the most informational books on children's play habits that I have ever heard of. Dr. Toy explains why it's important for kids to play, what they learn through play and makes very detailed suggestions for appropriate playthings for children from birth to pre-teens. Forget about asking some department store associate for suggestions! A must-have for any parent or grandparent.
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This book is organized very well and easy to read. I found everything I want here. It tells me that the steps of children growing up, the right way of playing with the child according to her different needs and valuable resorces for the child with special needs. All suggestions and methods I need to bring up my son are in this book except the nutritions. This is the best book I would like to recommend to all parents. Great book! Thanks Stevanne.
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Even though Smart Play is written by someone who calls herself Dr. Toy, the book is much more about smart parenting than it is about toys.
Yes, the book has a great deal to tell us about toys. But it's really not for parents who are looking for things to keep their kids occupied, busy, out of what remains of their parental hair.
Toys, in Dr. Toy's remarkably informed view, are tools for good parenting. The right toy is the one that helps the parent connect to their children, and vice versa.
In many ways, this is a great book for grandparents, because it takes the perspective of a grandparent to realize how incredibly valuable it can be to take the time play with your children - for the growth of the parent as well as the child.
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I have used [...] for guides for buying gifts for children often. When I learned that Dr. Toy launched a book called, "Smart Play, Smart Toys", I purchased ten, one for myself and to give as gifts to friends with small kids. I love the book in how it is organized. It is easy to find the right age group and it is a fast read with the most pertinent stuff you need to know. I also like that it lists milestones by age and suggestion of toy lists by age category. I recommend this book for anyone with small children. It covers up to age 10+. It stimulates new ideas for exposing and educating and entertaining children and you can use it as a guide over the years.
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With over 50 years of experience in the toy industry, Dr. Stevanne Auerbach has dedicated her life to helping parents create meaningful play experiences for their children. Her extensive knowledge and passion for everything involving play and toys is evidenced in this thoughtfully written, easy to read book, full of play ideas, as well as tips and advice on everything from toy safety to toy storage. Smart Play Smart Toys is more than just a guide to choosing the best toys, it is a timeless resource on play and how play contributes to children’s social, cognitive, physical, and emotional development.
Jennie Ito, Ph.D.
Play and Toy Consultant
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Every parent, grandparent, and educator needs to read Smart Play/Smart Toys. It is the best book I have come across that teaches caregivers how to stimulate the brain of the child with toys that correspond to their age and will stimulate them to be imaginative, creative and confident well into their adult years. In this age of electronics, it is so important that we "get back to basics" with the toys and games that we expose our children to. Additionally, it gives us all reason to revisit our own childhoods again and see the wonder through our kid's eyes. I am giving a copy to a new parent.

Debbie Glickman President, CEO,Fairytale Wishes,[...]
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As a parent of two kids, I know how much we spend on toys and how we constantly struggle to get the right toy, appropriate for the age and the growth of our kids. After reading Smart Play /Smart Toys, I wish I had read this gem of a book a long time back! This is an excellent book for all parents. It is a fun and fast read and has information that a parent with any background, from any culture, would find useful. Honestly, I feel this book is more than about toys. It has a ton of information about how to raise a healthy child, both physically and emotionally. In my humble opinion, every family should have this book. As a matter of fact, after reading this book I have decided to gift this book along with 'What to expect when you're expecting' to all of my friends who are expecting their first bundle of joy. My advice to all the parents out there, including those who are expecting: Please get this book. You would be amazed by the science behind toy selection! The book will guide you step by step for every stage of your children's growth, and help make you a more playful parent.

Ramesh Samy
President,Twin City Toys
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As a Toy Industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, product Development and general management, I enjoyed reading Smart Play/Smart Toys very much. 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 for their children, and best of all it reminds us that we're all kids at heart that never really outgrow the joy of playing with toys. It's a great read for anyone that remembers how much they enjoyed playing with their own toys while they were growing up, or anyone that is about to buy toys for the children they love in their life. Thank you, Dr. Toy!!!
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