What our Scores mean:
numeric scores of 1-5 in the toy ratings indicate how
strong a particiular skill is used during play. A score
of 5 indicates the highest score and a score of 1 is
the lowest. However, keep in mind not all toys utilize
the same skills so do not use this as a key to evaluate
the toy overall. The Toy Tips rating score is a bettter
indication of this. Click on any skill for a complete
explanation of what that skill means. Products are ONLY
listed on toytips.com if it surpasses our strict standards
of durability, ease of use, sensibility and value to
The Toy Tips Rating is a combination of our researchers'
observation of enjoyment and development skills.
Each researcher uses an original survey written
by psychologists so results are accurate, independent
and academic. The total score is weighted and calculated
into a 1-5 rating scale and Toy Tips only reports
the toys with the highest ratings of 5, 4 and 3.
These observations are independent of the fun score,
which is determined by the children who actually
test the toys.
This "Fun" rating is solely based on subjective
evaluations and interviews with the actual children
testing the toy. The children "score" each toy on
a rating scale of 1-5 and we only publish toys that
have a "FUN" score of 3, 4 or 5. If a toy does not
score high on the fun scale, there is a reasonably
good chance a child will not learn from the play
experience. These scores are reported by the thousands
of children we test toys with. NOTE: The fun score
for toys in the infant and toddler category are
based on our researcher's observation since the
children are too young to speak.
These skills can be fine or gross motor skills.
Fine motor skills prepare children for coloring,
buttoning, zippering, and other daily tasks. Gross
motor skills are needed for a sense of balance and
muscle tone. Look for toys that allow your children
to run, throw, crawl, and climb.
Encourages logic, imagination, concentration and
creativity. Enhances intellectual thinking, deductive
reasoning and cognitive development.
Skills that facilitate a child to do their best,
share, work with others and to be responsible. Honesty,
integrety, telling the truth, doing the right thing
all contribute to teaching children skills they
can use later in life.
Promotes interaction with other children and family
members or encourages a child to voice an opinion.
Enhances participation, group activties, and seeking