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Educator, parent & kid testing goes into each product considered for an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award. We don't accept ads or charge "review fees" from manufacturers or publishers, so you know you're always getting independent opinions. We have awards for the best toys, books, videos, and audio for kids.
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Loaded with Play Power
Posted: 2011-10-26 10:02:03 By: Joanne Oppenheim

For all the little ones on your shopping list there are plenty of choices that pay-off in play power without your paying out buckets. Click here for five great choices.

Active Learners
Tags: toddlers, active play, making things happen, wheeled toys
Posted: 2011-10-04 12:10:45 By: by Joanne Oppenheim

Sad, but true, toddlers are often more interested in the box and wrappings than the gift inside. We found some toys that won't disappoint. These are entertaining products that will match their curiosity and new found locomotion. Toys that involve making things happen and getting about on their own two feet are always good choices for toddlers. Click here to see our list.

Seven New Favorites
Posted: 2011-09-22 12:48:06 By: Joanne Oppenheim

If you would like a change of pace from your tried and true (and still great) Monopoly, Candyland, and Scrabble, have we got good news for you! This was the year of innovative games. Try these for now and stay tuned, more games to come. Click here to find some of the top picks of the season.

That Build New Skills
Tags: building toys build skills, dexterity, math concepts, eye hand coordination, creativity, imagination, language
Posted: 2011-09-22 12:34:16 By: Joanne Oppenheim

Construction toys are more than fun. They are basic gear for many important kinds of learning. Age appropriate building toys change as children grow from toddlers to teens. Click here to see the review.

Science Books for Young Readers
Tags: bugs, dinosaurs, tadpoles, experiments, aquatic creatures
Posted: 2011-07-07 10:53:32 By: Joanne Oppenheim

For many of us, the thought of science books is a reminder of some old boring textbooks we "had" to read. Forget about that. Click here for some of the new choices books for young scientists in the making.

For Girls and Boys
Tags: gender free toys
Posted: 2010-10-20 13:44:54 By: Joanne Oppenheim

Finding toys that do not play on gender stereotypes is a lot easier these days than it used to be. Although there is still plenty of pink and lavender out there that screams--Girls Only and plenty of black with skulls and eyeballs shouting--Boys Only, there are less gender specific choices that will be enjoyed by children of either sex. Click here to read more.

Posted: 2012-12-21 16:17:55

As promised, we are going to keep bringing you last minute suggestions that will not break the bank. Scroll down and check out earlier lists. Here are five winners that are sure to please.

Watch our segment from the TODAY SHOW
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.

Perchance to Dream...
Tags: open-ended. creative play, child-centered
Posted: 2010-03-29 07:51:12 By: Joanne Oppenheim

So many parts of the day do not allow for creativity. Our children's busy lives are often shaped by daily routines that leave little time for daydreaming. Click here for suggestions that will spark your child's imagination.

Forget the Flashcards!
Tags: Beginning readers, matching skills, word games, visual discrimination, storytelling
Posted: 2010-01-10 20:17:08 By: Joanne Oppenheim

In our eagerness to help beginning readers parents often think that books that are harder will give their kids an advantage. With the best intentions, beginners get bogged down with flashcards, workbooks and are urged to "sound-it-out!" Instead of books being a shared pleasure, too often they become a source of tension. If you want to build a love of reading begin with books that build your child's fluency and ease with reading. Children need a sense of success and can-do power that comes with feeling confident. This is more important than trying to rush them to the next level. Bring home easy to read books with few words, even books with no words that your child tells from the picture clues. 

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