TIA Celebrated Mother's Day with "How Does Your Family Play" Contest

Toy Industry Association celebrated Moms and all that they do with its first special Mother’s Day “How Does Your Family Play” contest. Mothers from across the country wrote in and described their favorite ways to play with their kids… many including photos!

Even though our contest has closed, TIA would still like to hear from you about your favorite ways to play with your family. We hope you write in to for a chance to be featured on and Toy Industry Association's Facebook.


Seven moms were selected in a random drawing to win these great prizes:

  • Grand Prize Winner
    Tina B. from Montclair, CA received a $200 American Express Gift Card.
  • Second Prize Winners
    Roxanne M. from Fort Worth, TX and Candice L. from Idaho were selected to receive $50 gift certificates
  • Third Prize Winners
    Evans S. of Green Cove Springs, FL; Jodi of Tampa Bay, FL; Dara B. of East Meadow, NY and Kim L. of Forest Hills, NY all received $25 Starbucks gift cards.

Below are some great, random entries from our “How Does Your Family Play” contest. TIA hopes you continue the great play and visit for more information on safe play and tips on toys.

“My kids and I love to build towers and knock them down. My three year old uses blocks, legos, tupperware, you name it, and we build up the tallest tower we can and my one year old comes and knocks it all down. We also love using the blocks to create obstacle courses that include a balance beam and markers to jump over. We can build, balance and jump all night long!”

– Sara T, New York, NY

“One of my favorite things to do is to watch my two girls play together. They are 4 and 2 years old. Their creativity and imagination floor me. The toys that are available today do such a wonderful job encouraging children to have free play and be creative. My girls love to cook for me in their pretend kitchen and serve me in the restaurant they set up, they enjoy pushing their babies in strollers or putting them in the shopping cart to go to the store to buy cookies. I thoroughly enjoy the time I get to spend playing with my children and wouldn’t change it for the world.”

– Kelley M, Long Island, NY

“An ever-changing assortment of three or four stuffed animals have always lived in the family room, where the family gathers to watch television, do homework, read, or socialize. Some have names; most do not. But what they all have in common is that they all talk, and most dance. Each has a distinct personality and "voice", and participates in family gatherings in unique ways. My daughters are now 19 and 22, but they have never outgrown our family play. When they come home to visit the animals continue their conversations right where they left off.”

– Melinda K, Wellsley, MA

“My kids are all grown, and I have ten grandkids. We enjoy Wii,which is fun for all ages. But I think that we have the most funwhen we play board games like "Apples to Apples". It is so funny to get multi generation idea on different subjects!”

– Joanne H, Warsaw, MO