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The Toy Insider Kicks off Multitude of Holiday Toy Awards for Smart Toys and Games, Inc.

By lburke15
November 25th, 2013

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The Toy Insider Kicks off Multitude of Holiday Toy Awards for Smart Toys and Games, Inc.

NAPPA Awards, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, The National Parenting Center, PAL Awards and TIA Toy of the Year Awards all recognize company’s IQ-building fun

SAN FRANCISCO – November 25, 2013 – The Toy Insider, the source for the hottest toys and gifts for children of all ages, selected Smart Toys and Games, Inc.’s SmartMax Lighthouse as one of the hot toys, games, and gifts that kids will wish for this holiday season. As seen in the November 2013 issue of Women’s Day Magazine, the TOY INSIDER’s HOT HOLIDAY TOYS for 2013 is one of several awards the company has received that highlight the hottest toys for this holiday season.

Smart Toys and Games is a leading producer of award-winning single-player logic games and the SmartMax® magnetic construction system. Its award-winning products for this holiday season include SmartMax Lighthouse (MSRP $59.99), Back 2 Back (MSRP $14.99), Angry Birds On Top (MSRP $17.99), SmartMax Build & Light (MSRP $99.99), SmartMax Tommy Train (MSRP $22.99), and Bunny Peek A Boo (MSRP $24.99). Smart Toys and Games toys and games offer great playability with multiple levels of difficulty for both young and old.

“SmartMax Lighthouse immediately caught my eye when judging the hundreds of toys that were submitted to our eighth annual TOY INSIDER’s HOT HOLIDAY TOYS program,” said Laurie Schacht, Toy Insider Mom and Chief Toy Officer at The Toy Insider. “The large, colorful magnetic pieces offer super holding power, so children can build any number of structures. The LED lights included in the SmartMax Lighthouse set offer a fun and engaging opportunity for children to expand their creativity while learning about magnetism.”

Additional Holiday Honors
SmartMax Lighthouse also received a 2013 Gold Winner award from one of the longest running and most respected awards programs in the country, the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA). Judged by independent experts and family testers, NAPPA selects the most entertaining, appealing, safe, educational, age-appropriate, and enduring products as winners.

Back 2 Back, a single player logic game that takes puzzle building vertical with a unique grid-shaped vertical game board, received an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2013. The highly-respected Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Awards are educator, parent, and kid tested and recognize the best toys, books, videos, and audio for kids.

The National Parenting Center (TNPC) Seal of Approval, which identifies the finest products and services being marketed to the parent/child audience, was awarded to Angry Birds On Top for their Fall 2013 awards and to SmartMax Build & Light for the Holiday 2013 awards. SmartMax Build & Light is a large construction set that allows young children to embrace imaginative play and construct whatever comes to mind. According to TNPC, “Testers watched their kids gravitate to this colorful and dynamic set of magnetic balls and rods that lit up. Kids could not wait to feel that satisfying snap of pieces coming together…Seeing their creations, which included pyramids, towers and plenty of Avant-garde works of art, twinkle and shine was something special.”

SmartMax Tommy Train received a Play Advances Language (PAL) Award and was a Top 10 PAL Picks for 2013, Holiday Gift Guide. PAL Awards are recognition by the toy industry’s only program directed by a credentialed speech-language expert honoring the language learning edge in exceptional toys, games, and books.

Bunny Peek A Boo, Smart Toys and Games’ first game for children ages 2-5, was named a finalist in The Toy Industry Association’s Toy of the Year Awards in the Specialty Toy category. Products chosen for this award are the best sellers sold in specialty toy stores nationwide. Voting for the winner of these awards opens at 9 a.m. (EST) on Monday, November 25, 2013 and is open until 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, January 13, 2014. Vote for Bunny Peek A Boo today at ToyAwards.org.

SmartMax Lighthouse, Back 2 Back, Angry Birds On Top, SmartMax Build & Light, and Bunny Peek A Boo are available on Amazon.com, www.SmartToysAndGames.com, and quality toy stores everywhere. Additionally, the SmartMax line is now available at Target.com and Walmart.com.

Brain-building fun for both children and adults can also be had online at www.SmartGamesLive.com, where Smart has made fourteen of their single-player puzzle games available at various levels including Starter, Junior, Expert, or Master.

About Smart Toys and Games, Inc.
Smart Toys and Games products develop logical thinking and problem solving skills in all ages through fun, challenging play. Each multi-level game from the SmartGames line is designed to move players through carefully-sequenced levels of game play, from very easy to extremely difficult. These varied levels of difficulty help build confidence in children and adults. Fun, durable and compact, these games are perfect for travel. Additional product lines offered by Smart Toys and Games include SmartMax® construction sets that enable children to explore the fascinating world of magnetism in a safe and creative way through making strong building structures and vehicles; Tangoes®, based on the ancient Chinese Tangram puzzle combine artistic and mathematical elements to create a variety of designs; Twisterz Toys®, handheld, battery free toys that support early learning skills such as spelling and reading; and online brain-building fun for both children and adults at www.SmartGamesLive.com. For more information about Smart Toys and Games, Inc., including their entire product line for all brands, visit www.SmartToysAndGames.com. You may also connect on Facebook with SmartGames, SmartMax, and Twisterz.

About the Toy Insider:
The Toy Insider (www.toyinsider.com) is the source for the hottest toys and gifts for the holidays. Now in its eighth year, the Toy Insider is an annual guide featuring toy and gift recommendations broken down by age groups. The 2013 guide is jam-packed with 120 toy recommendations from more than 75 different manufacturers, each carefully selected by a team of experts with years of experience in the toy industry. The Toy Insider is published by Adventure Publishing Group, publisher of leading industry trades The Toy Book and The Licensing Book.

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