Play is how children learn. Through play, children learn to build structures and relationships. Pretend play builds vocabularies and character. Active play builds muscles and cooperative skills. Playing games builds skills of patience and strategy. Scheduling playtime for children should be a priority, not a postscript
Lutherville Timonium, MD (Vocus) October 29, 2009
The Fall 2009 Parents’ Choice® Toy Awards reinforce the principle that learning isn’t all fun and games, but it’s close. This year’s winners, some rooted in tradition others launched by technology, are toys, games and puzzles that not only have staying power, they offer new ways of thinking, seeing and creating.
Through play, children develop skills in a variety of areas - from social to physical to educational - all while making learning fun and enjoyable. Whether it's a family game tournament, an afternoon spent building imaginary cities with blocks, or bringing puppets to life, play is an integral part of a happy, healthy childhood.
“Play is how children learn. Through play, children learn to build structures and relationships. Pretend play builds vocabularies and character. Active play builds muscles and cooperative skills. Playing games builds skills of patience and strategy. Scheduling playtime for children should be a priority, not a postscript,” said Claire Green, president of Parents’ Choice Foundation.
Designed to help parents and caregivers 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 and toys.
Rigorous evaluation standards and a combination of concept, quality, originality, age-appropriateness, fun, educational value, appeal, and long term play value help determine Parents’ Choice Award-winning toys and games.
The following products have been selected for the Fall 2009 Parents’ Choice Toy Awards:
Parents' Choice Award Winners: games
Parents' Choice Award Winners: toys
About Parents' Choice Foundation
Parents' Choice Foundation is the nation's oldest and most respected nonprofit guide to quality children's media and toys. An independent testing and information organization since 1978, Parents' Choice is dedicated to providing trusted recommendations for books, toys, music, video games, digital media and more.
Parents’ Choice reviews, evaluate and recommend products that help kids grow – imaginatively, physically, morally and mentally – fairly priced products that are fun, safe and socially sound. The Parents' Choice website, a public service resource, serves as a clearinghouse for children's media and toys. For more than 30 years, parents, grandparents, educators, librarians and healthcare professionals have relied on Parents' Choice for suggestions to help foster an environment for kids to read more, play more and learn more.
About Parents' Choice Award Seals
Parents' Choice Foundation's panels of educators, scientists, performing artists, librarians, parents and, yes, kids themselves, identify the very best products for children of varied skill and interest levels from infants to young adults. The Parents' Choice Award seals are a distinguishing mark of quality and achievement.