RESOURCES

Looking for additional information? Follow the links below to see what other organizations, websites or resources have to say about toys and play.

This list is always being updated… Please let us know what additional resources we can provide that will make this site even better for you!

PLAY
  • Dr. Toy’s Guide
    A world’s leading expert on play, toys and children’s products
  • Entertainment Software Rating Board
    Helps parents make informed decisions about the computer and video games they choose for their families
  • Games for Educators
    Tips encouraging parents to get involved with games and activities to help their children learn while playing
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Inc.
    Reviews on the best toys, books, videos, and audio for kids
  • Parents’ Choice Foundation
    Parents Choice toys and a guide for parents on reading, learning, and play
  • Strong National Museum of Play
    A leading children’s museum that explores toys and the ways in which play encourages learning, creativity, and discovery and illuminates cultural history
  • ToyTips.com
    Independent product reviews, articles and tips to stimulate the intellectual, social, physical and individual personality development of the child

SAFETY

Toy safety standards and requirements

Organizations involved in Standards Development

Safety-related tips from other organizations

  • Safe Kids Worldwide
    A global network of organizations with a mission of preventing unintentional childhood injury, a leading cause of death and disability for children ages 14 and under.
  • CARU Update on Child-Directed Advertising 
    Experts from the Children's Advertising Review Unit (administered by the Council of Better Business Bureaus) explain how the advertising industry's self-regulatory body reviews and evaluates child-directed advertising in all media to help ensure accurate, responsible messaging to kids and the work that’s underway to help assure their privacy online.

SPECIAL NEEDS
  • Ability Index
    Study showing how to more accurately assess the dimensions of ability, including cognition, reasoning, intelligence, problem solving, and learning potential of your child.
  • Lekotech
    The country's central source on toys and play for children with special needs.
  • Toys ‘R’ Us Guide for Children with Special Needs
    Supporting the special needs community with safe play tips.

TOY RECOGNITION
  • Toy of the Year Awards
    The TOTY Awards recognize the best toys and youth entertainment products developed each year by the international toy industry for consumers in the United States. Below is the list of this year's winners and nominees.
  • National Toy Hall of Fame
    Recognizes toys that have inspired creative play and enjoyed popularity over a sustained period. Each year, the prestigious hall inducts new honorees and showcases both new and historic versions of classic toys beloved by generations.
  • Toy Industry Hall of Fame
    Distinguishes the special tradition that honors individuals who have made their mark on the North American toy industry.