HABA + Hubelino Nominated for 2019 ASTRA Best Toys For Kids Awards

HABA + Hubelino Nominated for 2019 ASTRA Best Toys For Kids Awards

Posted by Andrea Elliott on Apr 22nd 2019

We’re so proud to announce that two HABA products have been nominated for ASTRA Best Toys!

Category: OUTDOOR & ACTIVE PLAY / PRESCHOOL 

Product: Animal High Rise - The high rise looks deceptively simple but with the various edges it's not so easy. 15 colorful wooden pieces can be stacked in several ways. This toy challenges fine motor skills and fosters color recognition and patterns while the cute illustrations make for fun stories.

Category: PRETEND PLAY: ROLE PLAY
Product: Doll Bike Seat – Flower Meadow - Children will love to bring their favorite dolls on a bike ride! Washable floral fabric seat that easily and securely attaches to bicycle handlebars and will hold any HABA doll. It can also be attached to a push bike, scooter or a sled in the winter! Also a winner of a Parents "Best of Toy Fair 2019" Award!

In addition to our products, we’re excited to also share that Hubelino’s Basic Building set has been nominated as well! Hubelino is a German brand that makes building bricks and marble run sets that are fully compatible with common systems for interlocking toy blocks. We’re so proud to be their exclusive US distributor!

Category: CONSTRUCTION

Hubelino Basic Building Box - The basic kit is ideal for exploring what Hubelino has to offer. We polished our classic building box, put in some new elements to have even more possibilities for building different marble runs. This set includes everything important: two base plates, lots of run elements, building blocks and of course marbles.

About ASTRA

Here at HABA, we are big believers in the power of play and the importance of quality specialty toys for children. We are a proud member of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association because they share in and support our philosophies on play. ASTRA is a non profit dedicated to providing children with healthy, quality play materials that have high play value. ASTRA members build their businesses around specialty toys, which are designed with a focus on what the child can do, rather than what the toy can do. ASTRA members are leaders who have a positive influence the economy, culture and creativity of the communities they serve.

About the Best Toys for Kids Awards

Every year, ASTRA members can nominate their favorite new products. The list is then reviewed by a committee made up of fellow veteran independent specialty toy store owners.

As the only program of its kind, the Best Toys for Kids Award is intended to heighten consumer awareness of the value of creative, open-ended play and the role that independent, locally owned toy stores play in providing children quality playthings that promote happy, healthy, and productive childhoods.

Winners are then selected by a vote from ASTRA's retailer membership. The final award list is circulated to local and national media in the fall. There is no cost to enter or cost to any product winners.

This year, 92 specialty toys in 17 categories, which were selected from 100’s of nominations have been named finalists for ASTRA’s 2019 Best Toys for Kids list. From this group of finalists, ASTRA member retailers will vote online to select the winning toys that will become “the year’s top picks from America’s play experts” for the 2019 holiday season.

“Best Toys for Kids is the only annual toy list that is compiled by a national network of grassroots play experts who know specialty toys inside out,” notes Kimberly Mosley, President of ASTRA.

“Those experts are ASTRA member retailers, and the list represents their collective experience in watching children play with products in their stores, combined with feedback they hear from parents and their own expertise about toys and child development.”

Voting to select the winning products has begun. The deadline for ASTRA member retailers to vote is May 8, 2019. Winners will be announced during at the opening of ASTRA Marketplace on Monday June 10, 2019 at ASTRA’s upcoming Marketplace & Academy, which will be held June 9- 12, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA.

If you are a retailer - VOTE for your FAVORITES: http://besttoys.astratoy.org/vote

More information on the Best Toys for Kids award program and on winning products is available at http://besttoys.astratoy.org/home.