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REDONDO BEACH, CA… May 18, 2012… b. dazzle, inc. of Redondo Beach, California, has announced that two (2) of its Scramble Squares® 9-piece educational brain teaser puzzles for all ages have been honored by The Institute for Childhood Resources in San Francisco as among only seventeen (17) products selected worldwide as “Dr. Toy’s Best Green Products for 2012.” The two honored Scramble Squares® puzzles are “Bald Eagles” and “Salmon.”

For the sixth year Stevanne Auerbach, PhD/ Dr. Toy has recognized the Best Green Toys and Children’s Products. According to Dr. Auerbach, she provides attention to the kinds of innovative products and companies “that are working towards making a difference in playthings and reducing the impact of production.” In bestowing Dr. Toy’s Best Green Products Awards for 2012, Dr. Toy said, “The award winning Green Products are made by companies striving to inspire children to appreciate the environment and help them learn to take better care of our natural resources.” “These companies are making products to teach children more about our planet or producing playthings that are based on Green Principles. These are excellent examples of playthings that are made safely, are healthy to use, and have plenty of other special play and learning values. These green products constitute a small number among all the choices of the many play products available, but we need to start somewhere. As awareness grows more families are thinking and considering new directions that are safer, more balanced, and healthier,” Dr. Toy explained.

Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D., known as Dr. Toy, has been tracking trends in the toy business for more than 30 years. She is the author of Dr. Toy’s Smart Play/Smart Toys, which provides tools to enhance the child’s “PQ” (Play Quotient) from baby to age 12 and has published in the USA and in many other countries 15 books, and hundreds of articles on toys and play. She is the only Ph.D. in Child Development evaluating the best developmentally appropriate toys and children’s products, which she describes on her innovative on-line magazine Dr.Toy’s Guide, which has links to many related useful sites and resources for parents, teachers, children, and toy enthusiasts.” The site was the first on-line resource to evaluate toys and children’s products. Dr. Toy reports that in the years that Dr.Toy’s Guide has been available, “thousands of visitors from around the world have accessed information daily. Dr. Auerbach is Director of the Institute for Childhood Resources, founded in San Francisco in 1975 and is the only Ph.D. with extensive training, background and experience evaluating, writing and speaking about toys and children’s products. Dr. Auerbach is trained in education, child psychology, child development, and special education. She is an educator, consultant, parent and grandparent.

The object of the Scramble Squares® puzzle game is to arrange the nine colorfully illustrated 4” x 4” square pieces into a 12” square so that the realistic graphics on the pieces’ edges match perfectly to form completed pictures in every direction. They make inexpensive, but highly valued gifts for all ages.” Adults and seniors love made in America Scramble Squares® puzzles as much as do children, teenagers and college students. Although each Scramble Squares® puzzle has only nine 4″ x 4″ squarepieces, award winning Scramble Squares® puzzles are Perhaps the World’s Most Challenging Puzzle®! At under $10.00 each suggested retail, Scramble Squares® puzzles make inexpensive, but highly valued gifts for both men and women alike. Over 135 styles of exquisite original art are available on nature, sports, history, culture, geography, science, technology, gourmet, occupations, fantasy, hobbies and activities, and more new styles are added throughout each year. Scramble Squares® puzzles teach critical thinking skills, fine motor skills, patience, perseverance, and they help maintain mental agility in older persons, while providing stimulating entertainment as either a solitaire game or as a cooperative activity. Each puzzle package includes a panel of fascinating facts on the subject of the puzzle, as well as a trivia question and hidden answer, all packaged in a unique and handy resealable heavy duty 101/2” long x 53/4” wide x 3/8” deep vinyl travel pouch which can be collected and stored easily in a standard 3-ring binder.

Founded by Kathleen Gavin in 1993, b. dazzle, inc. manufactures award-winning, made-in-America gifts, puzzles, games and activities at under $10 retail for the gift, educational, museum, souvenir and health care industries that are entertaining, informative and mind-stimulating for children, teens, adults and senior citizens. In 1994 b. dazzle, inc. introduced its a high quality made-in-America, ecologically conscious consumer product, Scramble Squares® educational puzzles, which are made from all recyclable materials including, vegetable-based printing ink. The subject matter of Scramble Squares® puzzles heavily emphasizes nature, especially endangered species and protected natural regions. Examples of endangered species featured as Scramble Squares® puzzles, among the over 70 nature puzzles offered overall thus far, are Alligators, American Desert Southwest Wildlife (with a gila monster), Bald Eagles, Buffalos, Coho Salmon, Dolphins, Ferocious Felines (including the tiger) Frogs, Manatees, Sharks, Snakes of North America, Polar Bears, Turtles, Wetlands Birds and Whales. Alaska’s Denali National Park, the Rocky Mountain National Park in the United States, Serengeti National Wildlife Refuge in Africa (with the rhinoceros and AfricanElephant), coral reef sea life (Tropical Fish and Seahorses) and American NativeFlowers (created with the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center in Texas) are among theecological marvels of our planet that are featured as Scramble Squares® puzzles, as well as a“Planets” Scramble Squares® puzzle of our solar system, itself.