Early School Years

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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).

Posted: 2011-03-30 12:00:19

Floating over head at Toy Fair, flying fish!  From William Mark Co.

Tags: Toy Fair, Fijits, Mattel, Girl Toys, High Tech Toys
Posted: 2011-03-30 12:00:44

FIJITS from Mattel

Posted: 2011-03-18 14:49:52

We previewed the new Polly Pocket  Race to the Concert playset. Take a look:

Tags: TEGU, Building Toys, Construction Toys
Posted: 2011-03-30 12:01:31 By: by Stephanie Oppenheim

What do Wall Street bankers have to do with building blocks?  Usually not too much...unless you are brothers Will and Chris Haughey of TEGU The brothers left the financial world behind to start their own toy company that brings the best of wooden blocks and magnets together for a wonderful open-ended building experience. Read my interview. You can also send requests of objects to built live on their website by their TEGU Genius.  (He just built an Elmo!)  

Posted: 2011-03-30 12:08:19 By: by Stephanie Oppenheim

Radio Flyer has become an iconic American brand since it was officially launched at the 1933 Chicago World Fair.  While we've talked to lots of people who are new to the toy industry, it was interesting to speak with Robert Pasin, a grandson of the founder and the current Chief "Wagon" Officer of Radio Flyer.  Unlike many of the start-up companies we've focused on as part of the Meet the Toymakers Series, I was curious to know what pressures exist when you are responsible for such a long-standing and beloved brand. Read our interview.

a game plan
Tags: math games, math books,
Posted: 2014-02-25 07:54:41 By: Joanne Oppenheim

Math and Science skills--or the lack of them--continue to make the news. While educators debate what to do about it, what can parents do? First things first, avoid turning your child into a math phobic worrier with dreaded flash card sessions and extra workbooks. Forget about pre-teaching kids in hopes of giving them a leg up. Your way of doing math may involve techniques that are very different from current classroom methods. Click here for positive ways to help your child become a math whiz: 

Tags: Star Wars, Joanne Oppenheim
Posted: 2011-03-30 12:06:53

The force is clearly with Joanne as she demonstrates the new General Greivous Spinning Electronic Lightsaber. For a complete review, click here.

When Less is More
Tags: under $10, play power, stocking stuffers,
Posted: 2010-12-14 20:23:49 By: by Joanne Oppenheim

Are you are shopping for Merry Christmas stocking stuffers, multiple gifts for the many nights of Hanukah or Kwanza? Aside from the novelty fads of the moment there are some good choices that will be enjoyed for more than a moment. We've found some with real play value. Click here to find out more.

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