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The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) has revealed the winners of the 2013 Best Toys for Kids awards winners on the final day of the 2013 Marketplace & Academy in Nashville.

More than 550 independent and neighbourhood toy retailers voted to select 21 winners across 13 categories. The Best Toys for Kids program was created by ASTRA to help its retailer members attract media coverage and customers to their stores during the fourth quarter.

In a statement released by ASTRA, president Kathleen McHugh said: “ASTRA retailers are America's play experts; they know toys inside out and they watch children play with them every day in their stores.”

“Our Best Toys for Kids award program represents their collective expertise. Moms, dads, grandparents and other toy buyers cannot get this level of objective knowledge about toys and play in any other top toy list. It represents the fun, top-quality products with high play value that consumers can find in locally-owned neighbourhood toy stores around the country,” she said.

“The Best Toys for Kids awards program is one more way to differentiate the outstanding value of specialty toys. 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. We encourage specialty retailers to use this program to educate their customers and sell more toys."

The 2013 Best Toys for Kids award winners are:

Active Play
RingStix Lite by RingStix - System Enterprises LLC
Y'all Ball by Joint Merchant

Classic Play - 0-7 yrs
Skwish Classic by Manhattan Toy

Classic Play - 8 yrs+
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Constructive Play
Q-BA-MAZE 2.0 Mega Stunt Set by MindWare
Squigz by Fat Brain Toy Co.

Creative Arts Play
Potholder PRO by Harrisville Designs
X-treme Sticker Maker Set by Faber-Castell USA Inc.

Early Play
Green Toys Seaplane by Green Toys Inc.
Tatoo Xylo Roller by Juratoys US Corp (Janod)

Game Play - 3-7 yrs
Bunny Peek A Boo by Smart Toys and Games, Inc.
Zingo! Sight Words by ThinkFun, Inc.

Game Play - 8 yrs+
Laser Maze by ThinkFun, Inc.
Timeline Diversity by Asmodee Editions


Just for Fun
Curiosity Kits Pulsar Powerballs by The Orb Factory
Super Magnetic Tidal Wave Thinking Putty by Crazy Aaron's Puttyworld

Pretend - Doll Play
Calico Critters Supermarket by International Playthings

Pretend - Fantasy Play
Rainbow Fairy Wings with Glitter by Douglas Cuddle Toy

Pretend - Role Play
Cargo and Passenger Aircraft by Playmobil

Scientific Play
Air-Stream Machines by Thames & Kosmos (pictured main)
Snap Circuits Sound by Elenco Electronics

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