Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children's Entertainment (TRUCE) is a national group of educators deeply concerned about how children's entertainment and toys are affecting the play and behavior of children in our classrooms. Every year TRUCE puts out a toy guide during the holiday season to help parents navigate the craziness that can be children's toys.
You can find the 2008/09 TRUCE Action Guide here. This guide includes sections on: Toys, Play and Young Children; What Parents and Other Adults Can Do; Choosing Toys of Value; Toys and Toy Trends to Avoid; Shoebox Gifts; and many other resources.
The great news is that it is available for you to freely print and distribute amongst your friends, parents of children in your classrooms, or perhaps even email/send a copy to the grandparents as they begin to prepare for the holiday gift-giving frenzy that might occur.