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.
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 facebook, twitter, 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.
Tags: Making things happen, cause and effect, babies, toddlers
Posted: 2012-09-27 13:45:21
By: Joanne Oppenheim
Lots of toys for babies and toddlers are designed for parent child interaction. The playful moments between parent and child are part of the fun as well as learning. Toys that involve children with little lessons in cause and effect are often the most interesting playthings they return to again and again, until they have mastered them with some independence. These are toys that call upon developing dexterity, memory and the excitement of making things happen. Here are a few choices that empower children to make something happen.
Every year we see a lot of toys that are "refreshed" with just enough tweeking to make them feel almost new. We sometimes forget that to kids most things are new. It would be a shame if kids missed out on building blocks or crayons or trucks, just because they weren't invented yesterday. Don't be afraid to bring home some of the favorites you played with not so-o-o-o long ago. Here is a short list of some of this year's Blue Chip list.
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: Hot toys, high tech toys, iphones, apps, Fisher-Price
Posted: 2011-03-30 12:05:45
We wondered how the toy industry was going to respond to this new category of game play for the toddler/preschooler set...Read Stephanie's Blog's for the latest gadgets on the horizon. Here's one of the less expensive accessories that may save your iPhone from sippy cup damage! Fisher-Price's Laugh & Learn I Can Play Case.
Tags: crawling, making things happen, teething, cause and effect
Posted: 2014-11-10 11:49:15
By: Joanne Oppenheim
In a matter of months they learn to turn over, sit up, and before long work at crawling and pulling themselves upright. Now, instead of just watching and listening, the sitting up infant is ready to take hold of things and pass them from hand to hand. Toys are not just for gazing at any longer. They need to be tasted, tossed, banged, and examined from every angle. Babies continue to learn through all their senses. For your baby there is real excitement and a new-found sense of power in being able to make things happen. They are beginning to get a sense of cause and effect and thier own active part in that equation. Do they need all of these? No, but here are some good choices. Click here for several basic learning tools your vertical baby needs:
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