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The 11 Best Toys of 2009: Toy Industry Awards

Every year, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) selects the best representatives of 11 categories of toys. They are selected on the basis of excellence of product design and safety, creativity and novelty, and overall presentation. This year's line up of Toy of the Year (TOTY) winners include some breakthrough technologies that adults will appreciate as much as their kids enjoy playing with them

Mom, Do Your Balls Recharge? More Earth Friendly Gifts For Mom

Shouldn't every day be Mother's Day? Mother's everywhere will probably shout, "Yes!" This year show your mom how much she is appreciated. Then help her relax with gifts like the unique earth friendly gifts ideas below. 

The Farm Scene Wooden Book – Go Ahead and Chew on This!

By Selecta, this little book is sure to be a great big favorite for children and parents alike. The Farm Scene Wooden Book is "bound" to make a wonderful heirloom too.

Wheely Bugs – Great Rides for Kids

This is the type of critter any mom can love! Wheely Bugs, from Prince Lionhart, are award-winning ride-on toys that are guaranteed to be great big hits with little children and parents too.

Hood Mounted Air Bag Could Provide Much Needed Protection for Pedestrians

As long as there are cars on the road, there will be accidents. Because of this auto manufacturers have spent substantial amounts of time and money trying to develop safety features that will decrease the chance of a serious injury in the event of a crash. While this is all fine and dandy, what about when the object being struck by the vehicle isn't another vehicle, but rather a pedestrian? What can we do to improve their chances of survival? This is exactly the question that a team of crash specialists from Cranfield University have set out to answer.

Totally Stylin’ Tattoos Barbie – The Stink over Ink!

Whoever said we should grow old gracefully, obviously hasn't met Barbie!  Even at 50, Barbie has still got it goin' on!  The new Totally Stylin' Barbie has ink!

 

Fabric Ball Miniland – Have a Ball!

The Fabric Ball Miniland is almost like having your very own town right at your fingertips! If you happen to have a little explorer, budding-architect or landscape artist in your family, this would make a great gift too.

Move Over, Chia - Adorable Nyokki Grass Pets are Here

If your kids aren't ready for a new kitten or puppy quite yet, why not start them off with something that doesn't require too much TLC? The Nyokki Grass Pets are not only cute, they help teach children how to care for and nurture real pets.

LEGO Walkie Talkies

The folks at Digital Blue have done it again. The company has joined forces with the LEGO Systems, Inc., and is launching another fun line of electronic goodies - LEGO Walkie Talkies.

 

Kid Not Smart Enough? Reward His Learning & Skill Building Using Children’s Educational Company SmartyCard

Wasn't it great when you were a kid and you came home from school with a great report card, and were immediately rewarded for your efforts with a treat, a toy, or sometimes even cash? Well, today's lucky kids can receive similar benefits from learning with new children's educational business SmartyCard, and the parents don't even need to chip in!


Lovely Teddy Bear Stuffed Toy Charm Makes Nice on Mothers Day

The Lovely Teddy Bear Stuffed Toy Charm makes it easy to show Mom you care on Mothers Day - a pretty carnation and a cute gift card are part of the pretty package.

Ford Transit Family One is a Parent’s Best Friend on Long Road Trips

Soon after the Ford Transit Concept was unveiled, rumors began flying around about a family oriented version of the concept that was being developed. Skip ahead to the 2009 New York International Auto Show, and you can see what could become the next big seller in the minivan market.

Trebimbi Puppet Cutlery Set

 If you've been looking for that perfect gift for a new parent or grandparent, this three-piece utensil set from Trebimbi is the cat's meow!

Boon Benders Bendable Utensils – Perfect for Babies

If you have a baby or grandchild who is just learning how to use utensils, these products are just plain perfect. From Boon Benders, these bendable forks and spoons will make meal-time fun.

Babies Go Green with Dandelion’s Organic Teethers

Babies who are teething often mean very long nights with very little sleep for mom and dad.  So why not nip the problem in the bud and have a few teethers on hand, just in case?  These two teething products, from Dandelion, are not only cute, they are organic too.

The Safe Sippy Cup – Sleek Stainless Steel Sippy

The Safe Sippy is not your average, run-of-the-mill sippy cup. The sleek, stainless steel design is not only attractive, it is functional to boot.

Want Your Kid To Bathe In Goo? If So, Gelli Baff Is For You

Are your kids just plain bored with taking a bath?  If so, why not throw them into a tub full of multi-colored sludge?  It's all the rage!  All the cool kids are doin' it!  Gelli Baff is the answer to all of those non-glob baths that have plagued kids for centuries.

Dandelion Tableware for Toddlers: Going Green has Never Been Cooler

These have got to be the coolest tableware products on the planet, hands down!   And you'll never believe what these bowls, plates, cups and utensils from Dandelion are made out of.

 

Adorable Eco-Friendly Frizzle Sizzle Kitchen Play Set

If you have ever wondered how to talk to your small children about recycling or the purpose of Earth Day a Frizzle Sizzle or Splish Splash might be the answer. No, I'm not writing nonsense. Frizzle Sizzle and Splish Splash are the names of two very adorable eco-friendly kitchen play sets designed by Rafinesse and Tristesse. 

Souper – The Super Spoon for Your Little Super Hero

For many parents, getting kids to eat can be quite the challenge.  But parents, your luck is about to change.  Move over Batman and Spidey, Souper is coming to a table near you!