The Most Popular Toys of 2009 |

The 2009 Toy Industry Association awards have come and gone, but many of the toys that won awards are still popular with kids. Toys are selected based on several factors, such as excellent of product design and safety, creativity and novelty and of course overall presentation. If you are not sure what to get your kids for Christmas which is not that far away, then look through the 2009 TIA awards list and pick the ones that are appropriate for your kids, you will not go wrong.Bakugan is still very popular with younger kids, and in 2009 the Bakugan Battle Brawlers BattlePack Series 1 Spheres, Spin Master won the top award for Boy Toy of the Year. It also won the Toy of the Year award from the TIA.Another popular item in the Bakugan family is the Bakugan Battle Crawlers cartoon show that appears on the Cartoon Network. You can buy this on DVD for your budding Bakugan warrior.Where would toy awards be if Crayola were not mentioned? The Activity Toy of the Year was the Crayola Color Wonder Magic Light Brush. This no-mess activity is sure to be a hit again this year with parents of young children.LeapFrog frequently wins awards and 2009 was no different for them having won the Educational Toy of the Year for their LeapFrog TAG Reading System.We certainly cannot forget the girls in your family, and there have been a couple of great products for them as well. The first is Playmobil Horse Farm. The kit includes many accessories such as ponies, a kitten, wheel barrel, hay, ladder, and fences. While aimed at girls, boys may also enjoy this toy. This was given the Girl Toy of the Year award.Another fantastic toy that will keep her entertained, without all the mess of a real animal is the Electronic Entertainment Toy of the Year – FurReal Friends Biscuit My Lovin’ Pup by Hasbro. In fact year, after year we are starting to see more and more robotic toys make the awards lists. This goes to show that these types of toys are getting smarter and more realistic.If games are more appropriate for your kids then look at Bananagrams. Think of Scrabble without the board. Great game that allows kids to play without worrying about who is winning. Teaches kids how to build words, just like Scrabble.Lets not forget the infants/toddlers in your family. Elmo is still a popular toy for the really little ones, and in 2009 the award for Infant/Preschool Toy of the Year went to Elmo Live from Fisher-Price. Elmo is an interactive toy, just tickle his tummy, foot, back or nose, and you’ll find out. The little ones will have fun with this!