PLATINUM AWARD: PRESCHOOLERS

We are delighted to announce the Best Toys in the Preschool Category for 2019. These toys have been awarded our top honor, the  Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award

Preschoolers need a a mix of toys for active big muscle play as well as sit down quiet time. Toys for solo time as well as social play. To read our full review of each toy click through the titles below. You'll find our entire evaluation and shopping information...

October 24, 2019

(Corolle $63.99)

Who wouldn’t love this doll carriage that collapses so it can easily go along on trips out of town or to the park. It has a bag for bottles, change of clothes and all the typical stuff a doll might need. The hood goes up and down, just like any real baby carriage should. It even has a storage compartment under the carriage for all those shopping trips and goodies needed for a day out. A very pink patterned fabr...

October 24, 2019

(Fisher-Price $67.99)

For kids in the transformer zone, this RC Batmobile is going to be THE toy of the season. It's a really big novelty toy with all the bells and whistles that make it a wow-wee kind of holiday gift. Kids can send Batman forward, back, right, left or spinning! If you want a toy that will get them off the screen and the couch, this will do it. Of course, novelty toys often have a short but intense play life. B...

September 11, 2019

(eeBoo $19.99)

Kids can often say their numbers by rote, but giving meaning to number values and seeing the relationship between the word and one for one value takes time and repeated experiences. Counting out cookies so everyone at the table to have one, or counting how many spoons are needed for everyone’s ice cream are the way to make concrete and meaningful connections. Games like Puppy Fuffle also give beginners practice w...

August 20, 2019

(Hasbro $99  )

A new FurReal interactive bear that like his bottle and honey comb snack and makes eating sounds of enjoyment, to prove it. His ears and nose move, as well as his mouth and he babbles like a baby when you speak to him. Cubby likes to play peek-a-boo when he’s in the mood. But he’s a sleepy cub and has big sleepy eyes that close when he settles down to sleep. In fact, he plays soft sleep time music for five minute...

August 20, 2019

(Fisher-Price $59.99)

For all the very young Frozen fans out there, here's a charming pretend setting for replaying and making up new stories. This Little People version comes with two important characters: Elsa and Olaf and has magical sounds, lights and action built in. Open the doors, and tap a button and Elsa’s song begins as the palace lights up. Turn a button on the left to make the staircase appear. Spin the snowflake an...

August 14, 2019

(Corolle $38.99)

Padded and lined with a playful cat printed fabric this lightweight doll carrier will hold a 14-17 inch doll. It’s perfect for take-along pretend. Dolly can nap or ride in the car on the way to Grandma’s or a play date. It has a nice handle and a curved bottom so kids can even rock their dolly to sleep. A special gift for nurturing play. Makes a nice big sister gift for the family with a new little sibling.

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August 11, 2019

(Fisher-Price  $59.99)

Unlike many beginning coding toys, this one has a very intuitive design.

The color buttons that run the Kinderbot are right on top and point in the directions forward, left, right, and back. It’s easy for kids to see the connection between the directions they give and the movements the Kinderbot will make. It can and should be played with in "free coding" mode, with the child taking charge before moving o...

July 31, 2019

(Mudpuppy  $14.99)

A charming woodland scene with highly stylized images of woodland creatures. Kids will like the novelty of the soft fuzzy pieces as they put this puzzle together. Although marked 3+ we think the 42-piece puzzle will be a challenge for all but the most experienced preschoolers. Beginners will need some strategies for finding the straight edges for building the frame and hints on how to match up body parts of t...

July 31, 2019

(Cuddle + Kind $60-$80)

Once again, we applaud the charming dolls handcrafted by talented women in Peru, who make their living with these lovable creations. This year’s beauties are once again winning choices for gift giving. It will be hard to choose just one favorite; each is special in its own way. Perhaps the standout is a pink ballerina Penelope, a 20” tall knitted flamingo with a floral crown above her tiny black eyes, pi...

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