STREETSBORO, OHIO — July 22, 2008 — The Step2 Company®, the nation’s largest manufacturer of preschool and toddler toys and famous for its signature play kitchens, houses, ride on toys and outdoor toys, has earned yet another prestigious award for its line of products. Step2′s Sand & Water Cart has been recognized by Dr. Toy as one of the “Best Play and Learn Products.”
Dr. Toy’s Best Play and Learn Product Awards were designed by noted child development authority, Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (a.k.a. Dr. Toy), as a service to consumers who desire to purchase safe, affordable, educationally-oriented, stimulating toys and products for children.
“As a childhood specialist for 40 years I have seen the continuous, essential need for more year-round resources for consumers to identify and choose the most appropriate, safe, engaging and developmental products for all children.” Says Dr. Toy. “I chose to recognize Step2′s Sand & Water Cart because it is a developmentally friendly, safe and affordable product that is also convenient, unique and versatile for indoor or outdoor use.”
The Step2 Sand & Water Cart is new this summer to the Step2 family of outdoor toys. This best-selling item is easy for parents to move with its cart-on-wheels, while the raised sandbox play area helps keep kids’ clothes dry and their shoes sand-free. A protective lid keeps debris and water out and the underneath shelf can be used to store additional outside games or as a place to let wet toys dry. The cart also comes equipped with a tilt-able umbrella to provide shade during hours of outdoor enjoyment.
Step2 makes durable, well-made, stylish children’s toys that promote role-modeling, motor skills, creative play development and, most importantly, provide hours of fun for children. Step2 puts all of their toys through rigorous safety testing and produces the highest quality products for families, with over 90 percent of manufacturing taking place in the United States.
“The Step2 Company is committed to creating toys that provide hours of safe, fun imaginative play and development for children,” said Step2 CEO Scott Levin. “We are thrilled to be honored as one of Dr. Toy’s best products.”
“Dr. Toy’s Best Products for Summer 2008″ were selected as award winning products and carefully chosen from among the hundreds reviewed by using extensive criteria developed over many years. Among the criteria used are: safety, age-appropriateness, design, durability, lasting play value, cultural and ethnic diversity, good transition from home to school, educational value, learning skills, creativity, improvement in the understanding of the community and the world, good value for price, and, naturally, fun.
Complete information about the Step2 Sand & Water Cart and other products are included in the full report available at drtoy.com. Winning products are manufactured by new, small and large companies from around the world.
About the Step2 Company
The Step2 Company is a family company with brands including Step2, Infantino, and Thinkativity that foster learning and development through creative play in children from birth to school-age years. Step2, based in Streetsboro, Ohio, is the largest American manufacturer of preschool and toddler toys and the world’s largest rotational molder of children’s and home products, including children’s play kitchens, playhouses, outdoor toys and ride on toys, as well as home products such as mailboxes, outdoor furniture and trash cans. Infantino, headquartered in San Diego, Calif. is a leading designer and international distributor of innovative and original infant, toddler, and preschool products. Featuring fashion-forward designs, the popular product lines include classic creative baby toys and puzzles, innovative soft baby carriers, and simple, no-fuss baby travel systems. New Jersey-based Thinkativity is a leading innovator of electronic and early learning toys promoting inventive play patterns through original musical compositions and stories that inspire children to explore, play and learn. Visit Step2.com and Infantino.com to learn more about the Step2 Company brands.
About Dr. Toy
Dr. Toy’s Guide, the world’s first website to provide information on the best in toys and educational products, offers year-round, award-winning toy and children’s product information plus timely articles, useful resources, links and much more. Over the years 3,000 toys and children’s products have been selected for awards by Dr. Toy. These items are displayed with product descriptions and images, and company contact information.
This award-winning site is a free public service provided by The Institute for Childhood Resources, a not-for-profit organization. Dr. Toy provides children, parents, teachers, grandparents and other adults with important year-round information about Dr. Toy award winning products. These include toys, dolls, games, puzzles, books, software, CDs, audio and video discs and tapes, creative materials, construction toys, and much more!
Dotti Franks, Vice President Marketing Communications
Margaux Vega, Current Lifestyle Marketing
email@example.com ; 415-449-0126