The name of this game is actually "ping pong" spelled backwards and the updated version has been named a Dr.Toy Winner for 2009. Introduced 30 years ago, players send balls flying through holes and into their opponents courts by furiously pushing buttons. First one to get all six balls into the opponent's court wins. (ages 6-8) Don't you wish you still had that original ...?
Price: $4.99 to $11.99(for the large set)
Winner of the "Outdoor Toy of the Year" from the American Toy Industry, the large, dual-colored sidewalk chalk pieces are specially paired so when used together the colored drawing will "pop" out at different levels. 3D glasses included.
A super soft and plush shaggy monkey with embroidered face. 2009 winner of the Oppenheim Platinum Toy Portfolio Award for innovation. Who can say no to a face like that? Baby safe, for ages 0 -- 110.
Price: $7.99 - $19.99
Reported to outrace real bugs, these battery-operated ants, crabs and nanos are mini robots that respond to light and sound. Clap loudly and they will change direction, while bright light will send them scuttling toward the shadows. Original designs have an on/off switch. Creepy, crawly cool.(Not for children under 3)
Family Fun called this updated classic one of their favorite toys of 2009. The new version also allows for up to four people to play at a time. Mom note: easy clean-up and storage, the pieces lock inside when the game is over.
The elephant base hides a fan that blows air through the game's 4-foot elephant trunk and propels 30 colorful butterflies into the air. Kids ages 3-6 are kept busy trying to catch the butterflies in individual nets. Whoever catches the most wins! Kids never have to wait their turn because everyone can play at once.
Price - $15
The newest addition to the UberStix Scavenger Series, this toy encourage green thinking by getting kids to use recyclables to build real, working models. Plastic bottles double as flotation devices, spoons can be used as catapults, and paperclips are shaped into connection points. Compatible with other building systems (i.e. Knex, etc.).(ages 7-12)
This 54-piece red and blue set of pine blocks is CPSIA certified green and was named one of Dr. Toys Best Products of 2009. Ideal for budding engineers and architects who love to spend time figuring out how things work, the possibilities for creativity are endless. Timeless, old-fashioned fun.
Winner of a 2009 Oppenheim Platinum Toy Portfolio Award, kids simply dig these trucks. Front loaders, dump trucks and excavators are equipped with flip-open cabs, easy grab handles and truck-specific features. Kid-powered and perfect for pre-schoolers.
This brightly-colored textured toy with a spinning "Ferris wheel" design mounts to a high chair tray or other flat surface with a suction cup base, but can also be removed for hand play. The polka-dot ball lights up when baby spins or shakes the toy.
A plush, green puppy from Leapfrog that parents can personalize with the child's name and favorite things via a USB download. Scout then incorporates Junior's name and interests into activities, songs and dialogs. Five songs come pre-loaded, (ages 6 mo. to 4 years)