Today's Parent reveals Top Toys for 2007

    Today's Parent has the inside scoop from the toughest toy critics - the
    Canadian kids in our toy-testing program.

    TORONTO, Nov. 1 /CNW/ - At a press conference today in Toronto, Today's
Parent revealed the Top Toys for 2007, toys which have been approved by the
toughest critic of all - kids. Not only will the Today's Parent Top Toys Guide
help alleviate the stress of holiday shopping, but it will ease parents'
worries about toy safety.
    "Recent revelations about unacceptable lead content in toys are causing
parents a good deal of worry this holiday season," says Contributing Toy
Editor Marcia MacQuarrie.

    Today's Parent has responded with two initiatives:

    1. We have sent all toys reviewed in the magazine (both in our November
    and December issues) to the McMaster University Occupational and
    Environmental Health Laboratory in Hamilton for testing to ensure they
    are completely lead-free.

    2. We have also published the detailed safety criteria we use when
    screening our toy selections in the hopes that sharing these guidelines
    will help parents know what to watch for when they purchase toys.

    As Marcia says, "Today's Parent is committed to providing our readers
with an excellent selection of toys that offer both kid-tested appeal as well
as lasting and safe, lead-free fun."
    The 2007 Top Toy Guide is available in the November issue of Today's
Parent, currently on newsstands. A full listing, including Latest Greatest, is
available online at

    2007 Top Toys (WOW marks the real standouts)

    Infant & Toddler

    WOW Storybook Station (12m+, Small World Toys, $60, includes 3
    AA batteries)
    Lamaze Balancing Bug Stacker (6m+, Learning Curve, $22)
    Animal Alphabet Zoo (6m+, LeapFrog, $25, includes 3 AA batteries)
    Animal Crack-Ups (2+, Learning Resources, $16)
    Taggies My Big Soft Blocks (1m+, International Playthings, $38 for
    4 jumbo-sized blocks)
    Busy Basics Go & Grow Giraffe (12m+, Hasbro, $35)


    My Little Pony So Soft Newborn Pinkie Pie (3+, Hasbro, $20, includes
    3 AAA batteries)
    Matchbox Mega Rigs: Wrecking Rig (4+, Mattel, $30, includes 3 button cell
    Puzzles Plus Seek & Find (3+, Cranium, $12)
    Gorilla Blocks (3+, Jakks Pacific, $25)
    WOW Froggy Boogie (4+, Blue Orange Games, $30)
    Lego Mosaics (4+, Lego, $15 and $30)
    Chicken Socks Paper Purses (4+, Klutz, $17)
    Shrek 3D Memory Matchup Game (3+, MGA Games, $13)
    Smart Cycle (3-6, Fisher-Price, $130, 4 D batteries required, TV
    Imaginext Adventures: Jungle series (3+, Fisher-Price, $5 and up)


    Fleece and Flower Picture Pillow (7+, Creativity for Kids, $23)
    Eye Clops Bionic Eye (6+, Jakks Pacific, $60, requires 5 AA batteries)
    Jam Pack Jam (6+, Cranium, $25, includes 3 AA batteries)
    Verticon Air Battle Arena (7+, Wild Planet, $30)
    Aqua Dots (4+, SpinMaster, Starter Pen Pack, $20; Super Studio, $30,
    requires 2 AA batteries)
    WOW Pirate Treasure & More (5+, Creativity for Kids, $20)


    WOW Guitar Hero (teen+, Red Octane, $99 and up)
    Stencil Art (8+, Klutz, $25)
    WOW Fashion Magazine Editor (8+, Fashion Angels, $90)
    Hit or Miss (10+, 3-8 players, Gamewright, $25)
    Net Jet Online Gaming System (8+, Tiger Electronics, $30; Game Keys, $17
    for 4 games)
    Pecking Order (13+, 2 players, Immortal Eyes/Winning Moves, $35)

    About Today's Parent:

    As Canada's No. 1 parenting magazine, Today's Parent is committed to
helping parents build happy, healthy families. Speaking to moms and dads of
children from birth to 14, articles tackle the complete range of parenting
issues, including health, education and behaviour.

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