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Tags: Today Show, Olympics, London Olympics 2012, toys, geography, APPS, Games
Posted: 2012-08-13 14:31:13 By: by Stephanie and Joanne Oppenheim

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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.

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Tags: Today Show, Spring Toys, Active Play, Construction Toys, Science, Games
Posted: 2012-08-13 14:32:48

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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.

Click here to see our ratings/reviews.  Stephanie shared the top toys for spring with the TODAY Show's Savannah Guthrie on April 24th.

Click here to read Stephanie's Behind the Scenes blog.

Tags: Today Show
Posted: 2012-08-13 14:33:27

We always feel so grateful to our network of family testers from all over the country that help us find the best toys of the year. To these families we say a special thank you! 

And to all we wish you a healthy and happy new year! 

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.

Click here to see our list.

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Tags: Awards, Today Show
Posted: 2012-08-13 07:40:33 By: by Joanne and Stephanie Oppenheim

Stephanie on Today 2011 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.  

  - All our best, Joanne & Stephanie

Tags: Breast Milk Doll, Weekend Today Show
Posted: 2011-09-21 10:29:16 By: Stephanie Oppenheim

Stephanie was on NBC's Weekend Today Show on August 7th to discuss the Breast Milk Doll. Read her blog to get the scoop on this latest media-hyped toy.

Get Your Kids Moving!
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... 

 

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...without being a drill master
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).

Stephanie's segment on the TODAY SHOW
Tags: Toys at Every Budget, NBC's TODAY Show
Posted: 2011-03-30 12:06:07

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.

Watch Stephanie's segment on the TODAY SHOW November 16th
Tags: Stephanie Oppenheim, Today Show, High Tech Toys
Posted: 2011-02-01 11:02:33

Watch Stephanie's segment by clicking here. She shared the toyportfolio.com's picks for the Best High Tech Toys for 2010 with Al Roker. This year's recommended list includes video cameras, bugs, and a red eyed snake!  Click here to see the toyportfolio.com's list of Best High Tech Toys of 2010. You can also read Stephanie's behind the scenes at the Today Show blog by clicking here.

 

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