Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Toy Industry Association Websites: ToyInfo.org & ToyAwards.org

With so many toys on the shelves, it is hard to know which toys are the best ones for your kids. Toy safety remains a main concern for many parents, grandparents and other consumers when purchasing toys.

The Toy Industry Association's (TIA) special website www.ToyInfo.org provides consumers with detailed information on toy safety and toy buying tips. The one-stop resource includes safety tips, videos, information on the benefits of playtime, play guides, toy trends, toy suggestions and discussion boards and recall update information. Specifically designed for parents and consumers, the helpful website helps ensure safe and fun play in the home.

I found a number of helpful resources on the website. The Links/Resources section is my favorite area. This is the first time I've seen links to all the toy related websites that mention safety and toy awards (Dr. Toy, Parents’ Choice, Oppenheim and more). The related play publications list includes several informative pdf documents. I also enjoyed the videos featuring discussions with The Moms of Toy Safety. The Toy Safety Tips page offers reminders on what to look for when purchasing toys this holiday season.

America Loves TOTY 2010The Toy Industry Association also just launched a new website for consumers that lists the best toys of this year, selected by toy industry experts. The website, www.toyawards.org, shows the top toys that have been nominated for the 2010 Toy of the Year Awards (TOTY). (The TOTY winners will be announced on Saturday, February 13, 2010.) There's even a downloadable pdf holiday toy shopping list.

Those that visit toyawards.org can vote for their favorite toys and also enter to win a prize package. I entered to win all the toys in the Outdoor Toy of the Year category, valued at $639.94! For more details, visit TOY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION’S "AMERICA LOVES TOTY 2010" SWEEPSTAKES official rules. The promotion ends 1/12/2010.

Thanks to TIA and Team Mom for this review opportunity and for the chance to win one of three packages of toys and games. (View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)

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