Over the years, Manhattan Toy has received numerous awards from trusted toy review organizations.  At Manhattan Toy, we take pride in our whimsical and imaginative toy designs and celebrate our award achievements.  We have received a wide array of awards for numerous products.  View the information below to find out more about several organizations who have awarded countless toys within the Manhattan Toy collection.


Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Awards

"Outstanding products selected by [Oppenheim toy] testers are awarded one of four honors:

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award: These represent the most innovative, engaging new products of the year. Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award: Given to outstanding new products that enhance the lives of children. Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blue Chip Classic Award: Reserved for classic products that should not be missed just because they weren't invented yesterday. Products must be in the marketplace for five years to be considered for this award.

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio SNAP Award: Our Special Needs Adaptable Product Award is given to products that can be used by or easily adapted for children with special needs."

The above information was found on the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio official website; March 14, 2013.

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ASTRA’s Best Toys for Kids

How are ASTRA’s Best Toys for Kids Chosen?

“The Best Toys for Kids Award list features toys that stretch a child’s imagination, toys that invite discovery and exploration, toys that get little ones moving, toys that helps kids build creativity, toys that fascinate and delight babies, and even toys that will help preteens unplug from electronic games and rediscover the joy of play. “ASTRA’s top picks are different. Instead of being financed by the companies that make the toys, ASTRA's list is chosen by a community of people who care deeply about quality toys,” said Kathleen McHugh, President of ASTRA. “Winners are selected by neighborhood toy store owners around the country who watch kids play in their store all day long and talk with parents about which toys sustain their child’s attention and become beloved additions to their toy box.” Parents, grandparents, and others can find the 2013 Best Toys for Kids Award list at About the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) With more than 1000 members, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) is the largest association for companies in the toy and children’s products arenas. ASTRA and its member companies promote the growth of the toy industry by delivering products that serve children’s best interests. For more information, visit Because Community Matters, ASTRA members thank you for shopping locally.

The above information was found on The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association official website March 14, 2013.

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Parents’ Choice

What is the Parents' Choice Award?

"Designed to help parents and caregivers of all achievements and backgrounds make informed decisions about which new products are right for their children, the Parents' Choice Awards is the nation's oldest nonprofit program created to recognize quality children's media. The Parents' Choice Awards program honors the best material for children: books, toys, music and storytelling, magazines, software, videogames, television and websites. Parents' Choice Foundation's panels of educators, scientists, performing artists, librarians, parents and, yes, kids themselves, identify the very best products for children of different ages and backgrounds, and of varied skill and interest levels."

The above information was found on Parents’ Choice official website; March 13, 2013.

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Dr. Toys

What are the Dr. Toy's Children's Product Awards?

"Dr. Toy’s Best Children’s Products Awards were developed by noted child development authority, Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. – Dr. Toy – as a service to consumers who want to purchase safe, affordable, educationally oriented, and stimulating toys and products for children. Dr Toy assists consumers to identify the most appropriate, engaging learning and developmental products.

Products are carefully selected from among many hundreds Dr. Auerbach reviews at toy fairs, catalogs and through many sources, and by using extensive criteria developed over many years (including safety, age-appropriateness, design, durability, play value, cultural and ethnic diversity, transition from home to school, educational value, learning skills, creativity, understanding community and world, good value for price, and, naturally, fun).

The winning products include innovative toys, games, books, videos, audiotapes, software/CD’s, DVD’s, crafts, socially responsible, high tech, and other innovative children’s products.

Dr. Toy’s Best Products Awards include:

• 100 Best – Most useful, outstanding new toys and products to promote activity, creativity and learning, fun and entertainment that build skills, and support social and emotional development. 100 Best — 8 Categories include:

1. 10 Best Active

2. 10 Best Audio – DVDs

3. 10 Best Creative

4. 10 Best Educational

5. 10 Best Games

6. 10 Best Socially-Responsible

7. 10 Best Technology (Software, CD Rom/High Tech), and

8. 10 Best Toys

• Best Classic — Outstanding toys, games, products available for ten years or more.

• Best Vacation – Products promote activity, creativity and learning; compliment children’s experiences after school and during vacations at home and on travel.

• Best Green — Eco friendly products and about or related to ecological issues.

• Best Picks – Products that extend beyond 100 Best that are valuable for learning, after school, and holidays."

The above information was found on the Dr. Toys website; March 13, 2013.

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Canadian Toy Testing Council

"The Canadian Toy Testing Council (CTTC) is a highly innovative organization – an international leader in the world of toys!

Every year, hundreds of toys are selected as representative of those being offered on the market. These toys are then tested by Canadian children in everyday settings, to assess design, function, durability and play value. The Council rates each toy, awarding Three Stars, Two Stars, One Star, Novelty or Not Recommended. You can find the ratings and a review of each toy tested in editions of the TOY REPORT, published by the CTTC. The Council also reviews and evaluates Canadian children’s books to promote child literacy.

Since 1952, the Canadian Toy Testing Council (CTTC) has been assessing toys on the basis of design, function, durability and play value, to help parents choose good toys. We do this by putting toys right into the hands of children themselves.

In our program, children test toys in their own homes for a period of six to twelve weeks. As nearly as possible, we try to duplicate the circumstances under which consumers will assess the value of a toy after it has been purchased. Our home testers treat the toys we give them as if they were their own–no special measures are taken either to encourage the children’s attention, or to prevent normal wear and tear.

After the evaluation period, information is gathered from the home testing families and analyzed by the CTTC. We then arrive at a rating and an age recommendation for each toy. We also convey our findings directly to the manufacturer or distributor of the toy, in order to help companies understand the expectations of children and parents, and to encourage toy-makers to keep these expectations in mind when they design other toys.”

The above information was found on the Canadian Toy Testing Council March 14, 2013.

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Creative Child Awards Program

"Creative Child Magazine is a national bi-monthly publication that provides parents with the latest information on how to nurture their child's creativity. With departments such as Kids at Play, Health and Safety, Discovering Creativity, Nurturing Talent and Tomorrow's Child - Investing for Your Child's Future Creative Child Magazine is essential and the most complete parenting publication for raising well-balanced children.

Creative Child Awards Program

Creative Child Magazine's Awards Program is unique in that all products submitted are reviewed by parents, educators and professionals alike. Products are not reviewed by any one person. They are reviewed by many people-the very people who purchase them." All products submitted, including award winners, are officially announced on our website, In addition, all products submitted are published in our big Holiday issue which is distributed in November.

The above Information was found on the Creative Child official website: June 24, 2013.

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