Do Hot Toys Cool Off After the Holiday? Parents’ Choice Foundation Releases 2005 Holiday Guide

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Parents' Choice Foundation, the nation’s oldest nonprofit guide to children’s media, has some suggestions for toys that connect with kids. In the 2005 Holiday Guide to debut Friday, November 18th, Parents’ Choice Foundation unveils its annual guide to toys that have staying power.

Good toys connect with kids. They connect with a child’s mind as well as a child’s heart and make sense within a child’s world. Good toys are fun and are filled with possibility

Parents' Choice Foundation, the nation’s oldest nonprofit guide to children’s media, has some suggestions for toys that connect with kids. In the 2005 Parents' Choice Holiday Guide to debut today Parents’ Choice Foundation unveils its annual guide to toys that have staying power.

In an increasingly complex landscape of toys, Parents’ Choice Foundation advises doing a bit of homework. Parents who shortcut their shopping equipped only with lists of the “hottest” toys, may find kids cooling off after the initial WOW of opening the present. Parents’ Choice stresses the importance of thinking about the children on the gift lists. Pay attention to their interests, be it for example art, science, construction, etc. and shop accordingly.

“Good toys connect with kids. They connect with a child’s mind as well as a child’s heart and make sense within a child’s world. Good toys are fun and are filled with possibility,” said Claire Green, President of Parents’ Choice Foundation.

This season, imagination and invention reign. Science toys rock. Board games offer both comic relief and relentless concentration. Puppets are inventive. Building toys are flexible. The 2005 Parents’ Choice Holiday Guide, organized by ages, areas of interest and price, is filled with products (toys, books, music, software, DVDs etc.) that promote curiosity and awaken a love of learning.

The categories for holiday gifts are listed below. The 2005 Parents’ Choice Holiday Guide will be available online today at http://www.parents-choice.org/holiday

·    ABCs & 123s

·    Animals

·    Astronomy

·    Arts and Crafts

·    Blocks, Gears & Magnets

·    Bugs, Butterflies & Backyard Exploration

·    Dinosaurs & Earth Science

·    Family Games

·    Fitness & Yoga

·    Geography

·    Music

·    Planes, Trains, Cars & Trucks

·    Portable Picks (Travel Toys)

·    Pretend Play

·    Puzzles, Mysteries & Mind Teasers

·    Ride-Ons

·    Science

·    Sports

About Parents’ Choice Foundation

Established in 1978, Parents' Choice Foundation is the nation's oldest nonprofit guide to quality children's books, videos, toys, audios, computer software, television, and magazines. The Foundation's mission is to provide parents with information to participate wisely in their children's learning.

Via the Parents' Choice Foundation's public service website, the foundation strives to impart solid information about the vast array of children's media products and toys that are on the market, helping parents and caregivers make informed decisions about which new products are right for their children.

The Foundation’s purpose is to search out and recommend products that help kids grow – imaginatively, physically, morally and mentally—fairly priced products that are fun, safe and socially sound.

Parents’ Choice Foundation has no commercial ties, maintaining its 27 year tradition as an independent voice.

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