The Olympics are the perfect opportunity to make a connection for your kids that they are part of a global community. Watch Stephanie from the TODAY SHOW on how to make the most of the Olympics with your kids.
Our testers have been busy at work since the new toys started arriving for 2012. Wondering how the new LEGO FRIENDS did with our testers? Or what kind of games you can bring home to build your child's ability to problem solve? What kind of toys match your toddler's new mobility? Which science toys are worth your child's time? We have it covered.
Watch our segment on the TODAY SHOW November 10th!
Tags: Hot toys, NBC's Today Show
Posted: 2012-01-03 09:48:34
By: by Joanne and Stephanie Oppenheim
Hot toys are a big part of the news cycle this time of year. They tend to be toys that have been heavily promoted. The hype often leads to shortages and then more news stories! So if you find yourself with one of these toys on your child's holiday wish list, you may want to buy yours earlier rather than later. You'll see that Elmo is back and Star Wars LEGO holds the top spot in construction toys--they are joined by a flying shark, monsters, and interactive dancing toys.
Posted: 2012-08-13 07:40:33
By: by Joanne and Stephanie Oppenheim
The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2011 Platinum Award winners were announced on the Today Show on September 27th. Watch Stephanie here.
We're delighted to announce the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Awards for 2011. (Click here to see complete list of award winners.) We congratulate the toy companies and their designers for producing award-winning products that engaged and entertained our toy testers. As always, we thank our dedicated family testers (all over the country) who take our process to heart. Once we have looked at toys in terms of whether they work, are fun, and are developmentally appropriate - the toys are then sent out to families for their feedback. These families join us in our mission: to take the guesswork out of finding quality playthings that will entertain your kids. With budgets tighter than ever, we know that no one wants to bring home a toy that is a waste of time or money. For those of you just discovering us, you should know that we do not take fees from toy companies. This has allowed us to be able to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly in toyland. You can click on the 2011 Award Page to view all of our winners including Platinum, Gold, Blue Chip and SNAP (Special Needs Adaptable Product) Awards.
Tags: Active Physical Play, Toddlers, Preschoolers, Early School, NBC's TODAY SHOW
Posted: 2011-09-22 12:36:26
By: by Stephanie
We love this time of year! Your kids pull on last summer's play clothes--and they soon discover how much they have grown. During the course of the year, you'll also notice that the "growing up" goes way beyond the notch on the family growth chart. A year older also means that they'll approach play differently. Your now sure-footed toddler is ready to just go, go, go. Your four year old can now play a game that would have been frustrating and tear-producing just a year ago. Your five year old who enjoyed pretend play with his whole body may now have a new found fascination in miniature play figures. Here are some of our new favorite toys that promote active play. Click here to read the article. You can also watch Stephanie with MSNBC's Tamron Hall on NBC's TODAY SHOW from June 17th by clicking on the video below...
Tags: School Skills, Science games, Math Games, Geography, Today Show
Posted: 2011-09-22 12:46:29
By: by Stephanie Oppenheim
Are you finding that your child is having trouble with math? science? geography? reading? sticking with a task? How to help without causing conflict in your house can be tricky. The key is to remind your child that learning can be fun - and give them opportunities to be successful learners in more playful settings. Stephanie was on NBC's TODAY Show on April 6th to discuss some of the toyportfolio.com's top solutions with Ann Curry. Click here to read the article. Watch the Segment, by clicking here.
Watch Stephanie's bird calling (right before the segment).
The good news is that there are great toys this year for every budget. Our Platinum and Gold Award list is chock full of construction sets, props for pretend, dolls, games, remote control vehicles (and bugs) and craft kits. If you missed Stephanie's segment on NBC's TODAY Show, you can watch it here. To read about the products featured in the segment, click here. Of course this is only a small selection of our award winners--please be sure to take a look at all of our winners for 2010! For a behind the scenes look at the segment, read Stephanie's blog.
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