Holiday Toy Shopping Never Easier With Award-Winning Toys List

Nov 24, 2008, 17:16 ET from Child's Play Communications

- This year, winning toys combine quality with affordability -

NEW YORK, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- During the holiday season, parents are faced with the tough decision of buying the right gift for their child. This holiday why not enlist the help of the experts!

Each year, certain toys are so outstanding that they win numerous awards from independent testing organizations. With awards as a guideline, you can improve the odds that the toys you buy are what your kids want, and what parents can feel confident about purchasing.

An added plus for these harsh economic times, when the right choice and the right price are more important than ever: Almost all of these award-winning toys are $20 or under.

The following toys have been awarded some of the industry's top honors for their creative, fun and educational value.

    Critter Conga (Parents(R) Magazine)
    Winner: BabyZone Amazing Toy Award, Dr. Toy
    Put on your dancing shoes and prepare to embark on a wonder-filled musical
    safari with the colorful, creative and creature-filled Critter Conga
    percussion set. Up-and-coming musicians and pint-sized animal lovers alike
    will eagerly pounce on the impressive black-spotted orange Leopard Conga
    Drum, whose friendly expression invites little ones to remove its
    functional Tambourine Lid to discover the African animals within.
    18 months +. $20

    Hannah Montana Glitter Studio (Elmer's)
    Winner: Dr. Toy - Creativity and Art
    This jam-packed set includes Shimmer & Shine Art Glazes, Paper Stencils,
    Stickers, Markers, Jewels, Message Cards, Art Pad, Glitter Pens and
    Watercolor Tray with Brush. With over 100 pieces, young fans can spend
    hours creating their very own Hannah-themed stationery.
    6 years +. $14.99

    Thrill Rides SawBlade (K'NEX)
    Winner: iParenting Outstanding Products, Parent's Choice Foundation, and
    National Parenting Center Seal of Approval
    Hold on tight! The incredible two-sided SawBlade Thrill Ride features
    motorized dual-spinning wheels to give its eight passengers a ride they
    will never forget. Standing over four feet tall, the SawBlade Thrill Ride
    provides a challenging building experience.
    9 years +. $59.99

    Sour Candy Factory (Elmer's)
    Winner: Amazing Toy Award
    What child doesn't love sour candy? This lip-puckering kit lets kids test
    their sour threshold, create their own lollipops, sour powder, liquid
    candy and hard candy, and is filled with lots of educational activities
    having to do with all things sour.
    8 years +. $19.99

    Sesame Street Abby Cadabby Building Set (K'NEX)
    Winner: NAPPA, Parents Magazine Best Toys
    Pre-school girls everywhere will be tickled pink at the Sesame Street(R)
    Abby Cadabby 30-piece building set. This cute set is filled with
    everything needed to create Sesame Street's(R) newest Muppet and
    fairy-in-training, from a tulle skirt and pink fairy wings to a
    flowery wand and perky pigtails. The set also includes a bright orange
    pumpkin -- perhaps the product of one of Abby's still-to-be-perfected
    spells! The set includes fun, interactive parent/child activity sheets.
    Preschoolers. $14.99

SOURCE Child's Play Communications