Search Results for -
Product Type: Toys
Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Activity and Craft Kits

 

 
2011 Awards
Faber Castell Young Artist Finger Painting Set
(Creativity for Kids $25 Score:)

A jumbo see-through paint can with four big tubes of finger paints, two interesting textured rollers, two sponge stampers (a star and a circle), 25 sheets of finger paint paper, a mixing dish, a disposable apron and for those who need more--instructions and ideas. Just be sure to cover your work surface and stand back. This is a kit that will give hours of satisfying discoveries.  3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 


2011 Award
Groovy Girls Flower Frills Handbag
(Manhattan Toy $25 Score:)

Young Groovy Girl fans will love designing their own pink, orange, and chartreuse fabric handbag with Velcro premade flowers, bows, and stick-on gemstones. Unlike so many crafty toys this one can be redesigned over and over again. An easy to use fun kit for dress-up play. There is also a necklace in the same line that ties on with a ribbon. We prefer the handbag.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2011.

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 


2011 Award
Puppy Spa
(Creativity for Kids $19.99 Score:)

Granted there isn't a whole lot of "arts and crafts" in this kit, but it was a hit with our testers who loved the little puppy.  Comes with a tutu, a crown, pearls, bows and little stick on "gems" to add to the crown. At the end of the day this is a very cute puppy with a wardrobe!  It also comes with a comb and brush.   There is also a mask for the eyes--for serious spa time rest.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 

 
2011 Awards
My First Dress-Up Play Set
(Creativity for Kids $21.99 Score:)

If you're looking for an activity set that will keep your older three and four year old engrossed, take a look at this set. At first we thought this was just a coloring set, but it really is much more. It comes with both a boy and girl figure (both made of sturdy stock).  The set comes with a variety of preprinted outfits (swimsuits, party gear, priates, baseball, princess, etc.).  The various aspects of these outfits (also done in sturdy stock) can be attached by velcro. The box opens up to an background for the dolls. Our tester also loved that there were also outfits to be "colored" in with the dual tip Faber-Castell markers.  In otherwords, there is lots to do here--and at the end of the day you have a pretend setting and two characters.  Similar to old-fashioned paper dolls, but so much more durable and age appropriate to the 3 & up crowd. Fun!

A perfect toy for working on knowing and naming parts of the body, clothing and activities. Take out some clothes for one of the dolls and ask your child to pick what piece of clothing they want to use first. You can reinforce and discuss their selections.  "Great, so the hat goes?...."  "What else does the boy need?", etc.

The premade clothes attach with Velcro - giving this activity kit a more satisfying finished look for kids who may not be able to draw. There are clothing pieces that can be colored in.  They have a pre-printed design on each of them- again giving kids a finished product they may not otherwise be able to achieve.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2011. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 


2010 Award
Play-Doh Mega Fun Factory
(Hasbro $34.99 Score:)

This is the 50th Anniversary of the Fun Factory, a toy you may have had when you were a kid. It's a big toy with a cool conveyer belt that makes premade shapes and may be more about nostalgia than long term play value. We prefer play-doh for making shapes and smushing and flattening out like a pancake—all done with the hands. Will this toy be fun? Sure, for a while. Is it a must have? Not at all. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 

 
2010 Awards
Creativity for Kids My First Scissors Kit
(Creativity for Kids $14.95 Score:)

Learning to use a pair of scissors to cut along a line is not an instantaneous skill. Doing so, just got easier with these cleverly designed plastic scissors that can be used by both righties and lefties. No little fingers have to slip into place, you grip them with the whole hand and snip away. You can buy the scissors separately or in a kit with cut out creatures that kids cut, assemble and glue into place. The sturdy patterned paper has guide lines for beginners and the kit everything (glue stick, wiggly eyes, animal print paper, frames, and scissors) they need for making a menagerie of ten animals. There are no sharp points and the scissors cut through thick paper without a problem. There are simple directions as well as yarn to hang their finished creature creations. Be forewarned: these marvelous safety scissors are capable of cutting hair, so be on the look-out for small barbers in training. They say 4 & up...we'd say 5's are likely to have more success.
         The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

The design of these scissors will make cutting a lot easier for children who would have difficulty with the finger holds in classic scissors. Don't get caught up with cutting on the lines for beginners. Just the act of cutting a line or a curve is a big deal. The scissors are sold without the kit and are a good craft item to introduce--without the structure of the kit. Use them for cutting scrap paper and making colorful collages.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 


2010 Award
Crayola 3D Activity Set Disney Pixar Toy Story
(Crayola $19.99 Score:)

The latest addition to Crayola's fun line of 3D Chalk Sets.  Comes with one pair of 3D glasses, a really satisfying 16 chalk sticks, 5 sidwalk crayons, a how to book, and 3 jumbo Toy Story inspired stencils.  Just right for making your own sidewalk art show and/or hopscotch board.  Our favorite recommend activity for seeing the 3D effect--make a Target-styled design and you'll see the rings pop off the pavement.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 


2010 Award
Creativity for Kids Designer Doggie
(Creativity for Kids $17.99 Score:)

There's not a lot to do here but it is likely to be a big hit with the older preschooler set.  The  little white  doggie is super cute (and super soft).  She comes in a little pink carrying case that can be decorate with the included felt stickers.  We like the open-ended aspect of this kit which is obviously designed for young crafters. They can add as many or as few stickers as they see fit.  The doggie also comes with a dog tag--so your child can personalize the name of her pet.   Many kids get anxious about traveling--so giving them a special new travel companion can help them get through the uncertainly of being in new places. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements.  We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 


2010 Award
Creativity for Kids Create Your Own 3 Bitty Books
(Creativity for Kids $9.99 Score:)

One of the most charming kits we've reviewed this season.  The set comes with three small (hence the name bitty) books...each are hardcover and have 12 pages. In addition, you also get a holder for the books that you can also decorate.  Kids can use their own drawings and/or use the preprinted stickers that may help prompt some of their story telling.  This is the type of project that you'll have on your shelf for years to come.   The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements.  We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 

 
2010 Awards
Faber Castell Young Artist Texture Painting Set
(Creativity for Kids $17.99 Score:)

If you're in the painting zone with your older preschooler or early school age child, this set is fun to expand their painting experience. The set comes with five different "brushes" that will create different patterns with the tempera paint (5 colors are included).  This type of set is right on target for talking about layering colors, changing colors based on combining them and the types of patterns they can create with the brushes. The handy vinyl bag is perfect for storing art supplies after they are cleaned up.

The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

SNAP: For kids who may not like getting their hands in the paint, these brushes give them another opportunity for exploring applying paint to paper in interesting ways. The handles are wide but you can also add a foam hair curler to make them easier to grasp.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

Comments: Be the first to post _______________________________________________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

Products for Infants
Products for Toddlers
Products for Preschoolers
Products for Early School Years
Products for Later School Years
Twitter   Facebook     YouTube 

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio - All Rights Reserved. Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, and Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blue Chip Award are Registered Trademarks of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio.


Instructions for submitting product to the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio for review.

 

 

Contact the Toyportfolio by phone at (212) 598-0502 or by email at Webmaster@Toyportfolio.com.

Copyright 1995-2013

 

Products reviewed by the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio are provided by the manufacturer at their cost. The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio does not require or accept fees for reviewing products.