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Choosing Dolls to Fit Your Child's Developmental Stage
Posted: 2014-09-19 14:46:07 By: Joanne Oppenheim


While the toy companies vie for the honor of introducing the Doll of the Year, for parents and grandparents, the best choice for that honor needs to connect to your child's age and stage. As I recall,  when Stephanie, your toy guru, was a preschooler she had--click here to continue.

Toys for Kids with Special Needs
Tags: SNAP Awards, toys for special needs,
Posted: 2013-11-25 15:24:40 By: Joanne Oppenheim

Finding toys for kids with special needs is not that different from choosing toys for all kids. Good toys match children's developmental skills, their interests, and most of all are really appealing. Click here for Top Toys For Kids with Special Needs.

Featured on NBC's TODAY Show
Posted: 2013-10-17 18:40:35

Many of the top toys of the year are not just fun, but they provide your kids with valuable play experiences that can help build their language skills,  confidence, ability to weave stories, follow instructions, and stay with a challenging task. The good news is that many of these toys will not break the bank.  Click here to take a look at just a few of our favorites for the year

Choosing Their First Toys
Posted: 2013-10-04 06:43:03

If you are a new parent, grandparent, or 1st time auntie or uncle--have fun! Finding welcoming gifts for the new baby has never been easier. Quite aside from the traditional stuffed bear there are so many colorful and interesting choices that will please the littlest player. Check our infant lists by clicking on the Infant image to your left. Click here for a few of our newest favorites.

Posted: 2012-12-26 11:58:57

If you feel like you need a few more small gifts, consider some of these less pricey, but entertaining choices. Check this and scroll down to look at other lists on our front page for small but winning gifts from $10-$20. Click here

For Infants and Toddlers
Posted: 2012-11-20 14:29:21

If you have a few babies and toddlers on your list, wrap up some of these choices for $20 and under.Click here.

Posted: 2012-10-24 14:08:00 By: by Joanne Oppenheim

Dolls are classic gifts that fill a special place in the imaginary life of children. To toddlers and preschoolers, a doll or stuffed animal can be a comfort to hold onto in tight situations, or an imaginary playmate that will listen and take orders. For older children, a doll or action figure can be a far more elaborate character in their pretend play. Dolls from history, fashion figures or action heroes can be used for trying on grown up roles or making up imaginary adventures.  Dolls are not one-size-fits all

2012 SNAP AWARDS
Tags: special needs,
Posted: 2012-10-25 17:04:36 By: Joanne Oppenheim


Shopping for kids with special needs can be challenging but not daunting. To simplify we look for ordinary toys that you can adapt to build skills while they are having fun. Keep in mind that kids want toys that are like their siblings and you want to bring home toys that play to their strengths. Check all of our lists. Go to Search at the top of the home page and check the SNAP box and enter the year. We have dozens of SNAP items for 2012, but check out 2011 as well. Many of our SNAP reviews have games and adaptation suggestions. Here are a handful of our favorites.

Watch our segment from the Today Show October 2nd
Tags: Awards, Today Show
Posted: 2012-09-30 12:32:00

This year's Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2012 Awards cap off another wonderful busy year of testing for the best. As always we looked at hundreds and hundreds of toys.  We're looking for the most engaging, innovative, well-designed toys of the year.  The best of the best go on to our network of toy testers all over the country to give us their feedback. For this season we had testers as far as Alaska, Hawaii and even London in the mix.  In additional you'll find books, audios and DVDs to enjoy together.

We are always grateful to the families that make this process so much fun. This year more of our first group of toy testers headed off to college-- how is that possible!  Our complete Platinum, Gold, Blue Chip and SNAP Award winners for 2012 can be viewed by clicking here. Congrats to all our award winners!

Our mission remains the same: to take the guesswork out of finding wonderful products to share with your kids. We hope you'll find our list useful! Please join us on facebooktwitter, and pinterest as we update our coverage as toy season heats up!

All our best,

Joanne and Stephanie

You can watch Stephanie's segment on the Today Show here.

 

What's in the Box?
Posted: 2012-09-27 13:52:25


Chances are the rattling paper and easy to grab boxes will fascinate baby as much as anything you bring home. Does that mean toys are a waste? Not at all. Just keep in mind that most toys will have a short shelf life and... Click here for toys that will be as good as the wrappings.

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  • Developmentally, babies learn from active, real-life experiences rather than being 'plugged in' to passively watching others at such an early age. We believe a mirror would be more interactive and age-apropriate than a video screen. Reading books and talking about pictures, or interacting as you sing songs and recite rhymes, will do more to build language than plugging them into the TV to look at pretty pictures with music. For kids under two (and for all kids), less is more! We are delighted that the American Pediatric Association has agreed with our position.

 

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