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Dr. Toy's Smart Play Smart Toys

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We've all heard of IQ but do you know your child's PQ or Play Quotient?

A child's ability to play does more than provide for fund and diversion; it is critical for his or her emotion and intellectual growth, an teaches everything from social skills to analytical thinking. For the developing mind of a child, learning to play is paramount--but is your child getting the most out of playtime?
Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D., more affectionately known as ...

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Overview

We've all heard of IQ but do you know your child's PQ or Play Quotient?

A child's ability to play does more than provide for fund and diversion; it is critical for his or her emotion and intellectual growth, an teaches everything from social skills to analytical thinking. For the developing mind of a child, learning to play is paramount--but is your child getting the most out of playtime?
Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D., more affectionately known as Dr. Toy has dedicated a lifetime to the importance of play and gives you specific advice on which toys to buy and what kind of games to play to emplower your child's overall development. You'll learn:

How to become your child's play Tutor How play can strengthen maturity levels and confidence The pros, cons, and facts of gender specific toys Guideance for the gifted and special-needs child

Plus practical advice on Evaluatin a toy's safety, learn which toy manufacturers Dr. Toy recommends Craft supplies you should always have on hand Dr Toy's 100 Best Children's Products And many more invaluable ways to make playtime a growing experience!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978554002
  • Publisher: Institute for Childhood Resources
  • Publication date: 7/10/2006
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,027,791
  • Product dimensions: 0.58 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

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    Recmmend for All parents of small children

    I have used www.Drtoy.com 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    With over 50 years of experience in the toy industry, Dr. Stevan

    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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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    Excellent Read and Highly Recommended to Parents!

    Dr. Toy does an excellent job marrying toys and skills for children. As a result, we realized the true benefits of the toys that we own and further honed in on how to best use them. In some other cases, we went out and bought some key toys to improve skills that she was lacking.

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  • Posted August 1, 2010

    wonderful

    As an inventor of games for children, this book has been so valuable in creating age-appropriate game play patterns. A great find.

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  • Posted October 28, 2009

    FABULOUS BOOK

    As a pediatrician, mother of two sets of twins, and toy inventor, I have tremendous respect for the comprehensive, interesting, fact-filled and sensible advice and learning Dr. Toy's book provides. This is a tremendous resource for parents, professionals working with children and buyers of products for kids. Play is so important in today's busy world, and Dr. Toy's approach to UNDERSTANDING play is unique and important. Fabulous book! Dr. Jen, inventor of the U-Play Mat!

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  • Posted March 13, 2009

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    Acclaimed industry masterpiece

    Nobody has done as much as Dr. Toy. Her internationally best-selling book, Smart Play/Smart Toys changed my understanding of play and toys. Dr. Toy's sharp analysis and fascinating accounts clearly encouraged me to be the best in a highly competitive field...toy design. My heartfelt thanks for a book that is an outstanding and acclaimed industry masterpiece!Anne Sheridan, CEO / Founder / Designer, Anne Sheridan Designs, Inc.

    I have also read and recommend the following books by Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D.: Toys for a Lifetime, The Toy Chest, Choosing Child Care, The Whole Child, and Confronting the Child Care Crisis.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2008

    One of the few independent sources of creative toy reviews

    In a world dominated by licensed characters and movies posing as toys, the Smart Play / Smart Toys guide is a refreshing resource. As a parent, it's great to have independent review of toys and games. An indispensable birthday or christmas gift guide for anyone who buys for kids and doesn't want to give a 'me-too' present.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2008

    A Must-Read!

    Smart Play/ Smart Toys provides valuable insights any parent should consider when selecting toys suitable for positive play experiences. The book provides readers to an insightful, in-depth look at the value of play development. The suggestions for best toys will benefit families with children of a wide range of ages and needs. This is a must-read for conscientious parents who want to make the most of their children's playtime.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2008

    Smart Play-Smart Toys Makes Smarter Children and Parents

    In a world where television and video games are dominating children¿s lives, it is absolutely uplifting to know that Dr. Auerbach¿s book, Smart Play - Smart Toys, is a resource that can help enlighten parents, as well as educators, to the importance of play in a child¿s life. More importantly, Smart Play ¿ Smart Toys reminds all of us that children can significantly excel their cognitive and emotional functions through engaging in creative, explorative, interactive, and cooperative behaviors, whether it¿s at home or at school. As a parent, I never stopped to think about the importance of buying toys that best relate to a child¿s developmental stage. However, after reading Dr. Auerbach¿s book, Smart Play ¿ Smart Toys, I was delighted to understand, among many other things, that there are specific toys that can best parallel my child¿s cognitive developmental juncture. Smart Play ¿ Smart Toys is the Dr. Spock book for raising a child¿s ¿Play Quotient.¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2008

    Every parent needs to read this book

    I've always believed that children learn more from playing the right games than they learn in most classrooms. This book gave me fresh insights along with guidelines on how to choose the best toys for my kids.

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    Posted December 25, 2009

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