Holiday Gift Guide: Scholastic Parent & Child® 2017 Gold Star Toys Announced

Scholastic Parent & Child® is excited to announce the winners of its fifth annual Gold Star Toy Awards. This year’s 15 winning children’s toys and games are being featured as a 2017 online holiday gift guide here!

Winners of the 2017 Gold Star Toy Awards:

For the little ones:

  • Mr. Ray Ocean Lights Activity Gym (Kids II, $80 / Ages 0+)
  • Pop-a-Balls Push & Pop Bulldozer (V-Tech, $25 / Ages 1-3)
  • PLAY-DOH Letters and Language Set (Hasbro, $20 / Ages 2+)
  • Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart (LeapFrog, $40 / Ages 2+)

For your energetic toddler:

  • Mr. Dusty: The Super Duper Eating Garbage Truck (JAKKS Pacific, $25 / Ages 3+)
  • Think & Learn Teach 'n Tag Movi (Fisher-Price, $50 / Ages 3-6) 
  • Antsy Pants Build & Play Kits (Antsy Pants, various prices / Ages 4+)
  • Our Generation Row Your Boat Set (Our Generation, $70 / Ages 4+)
  • Future Coders Robot Races! (Alex Toys, $29 / Ages 4+)
  • Kanoodle Jr. (Educational Insights, $15 / Ages 4-7)
  • The Dance Code featuring Disney Princess Belle (Hasbro, $100 / Ages 5+)

For your ever-growing kid:

  • 4Way Spelldown (Alex Brands, $24 / Ages 6+)
  • Fizzy Paint Mix & Make Colors (Faber-Castell, $20 / Ages 8+)
  • Marblecity Mini Coaster (Play Monster, $20 / Ages 9+)
  • R2-D2 Droid Inventor Kit (littleBits, $100 / Ages 12+)

After reviewing hundreds of submissions from toy manufacturers this year, Scholastic Parent & Child® sent their top selections to a panel of parents and children to test at home. The winning toys and games were selected based on the following criteria:

  • The toy must have: replay value for repeated engagement; cool, new, entertaining feature; mind-expanding or educational; user-friendly for both parents and kids; and an excellent value to the consumer
  • The toy must also be newly released for 2017
  • The toy must adhere to applicable safety laws, regulations and codes.

Check out the winning toys here!