The results are in from the annual Best Toy Awards by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.
The 2010 toy awards don't just assess what toys will be most popular with kids. The Research Institute first looks at toys to assess their quality and safety, ensuring that the toys meet their standards -- and also don't pose a choking hazard, among other qualifications.
Engineers and scientists check out new toys in four categories: ages 3 to 5, ages 5 to 8, ages 8+, and board games. The top 75 toys are then put to the test by nearly 100 kid testers who range in age from 4 to 16. Once the toys are narrowed down more, they are also evaluated to ensure they meet industry safety standards.
"With an increasing number of recalls in the children's product category, our readers are concerned about buying safe, quality products for their families," said Rosemary Ellis, editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping. "Parents can feel confident that our Best Toy Award winners are safe and fun, and encourage their kids' creativity, too."
The winners of the 2010 Best Toy Awards are published in the December issue of Good Housekeeping.
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