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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.

Ready Made or Ready to Build and Play
Tags: miniature settings,dramatic play, story-telling,
Posted: 2013-11-25 10:16:45 By: Joanne Oppenheim

Pretend play is often played with mini props that children move about as they spin their stories of make-believe. Though some kids prefer to dress-up and play pretend with their entire beings, others like playing multiple parts in miniature settings where they can move figures and vehicles about. Click here to see some of the newest settings that will launch your child's imagination.

Recycling 101
Tags: recycling, gift wraps, card making,
Posted: 2013-11-25 09:45:14 By: Joanne Oppenheim

Instead of buying packages of costly cards and gift wrap here are some craft items that kids can use to make their very own. How to turn trash to treasures...

Preschoolers--Budding STEM Learners
Tags: STEM, toys
Posted: 2013-11-22 08:47:31 By: joanne Oppenheim

While educators look for ways to prepare students with stronger STEM skills (an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) parents and preschool teachers know that little children are natural scientists who love to explore how things work. Click here for ways to nurture budding STEM learning...

Ready Made or Ready to Build for Dramatic Play
Tags: minitature settings, pretend play, construction sets
Posted: 2013-10-08 12:08:35 By: Joanne Oppenheim

Though some kids like to dress up and play pretend with their entire beings, others prefer miniature worlds where they can move figures and vehicles about. For them premade settings such as garages, barns, castles, doll houses, and roadways come ready for action. Others prefer the fun of construction kits with all the themed pieces for building a setting that can be used for pretending. Click here to see some of the newest settings that will launch your child's imagination.

Be sure to check some of the other choices by clicking on the age group on the left and then searching earlier award winners.

Look at the Toy...not just the license
Tags: licensed items, familiar characters.
Posted: 2013-10-11 16:50:06 By: by Joanne Oppenheim

Licensed toys are often short lived. Many are more like souvenirs of a movie or TV series. Since the toymaker has to pay extra for the license, they are often a bit pricier and as the movie fades, like most toys de jour, they tend to lose their appeal. The truth is, a Mickey Mouse puppet is no more educational than any other puppet. It may be easier for a child to play scenes with characters they know, but a puppet made from a paper bag may invite more original story-telling, language, and imagination than premade characters. As with most things, we are not absolutists. We prefer to look at the toy itself rather than the license.

This season we found quite a few well-known licensed toys that have play value. Click here to see some worth considering.

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

A Few Choice Ways to Play the Numbers Game
Posted: 2013-10-04 08:36:51

Meaningless counting skills are often offered on crib toys that look more educational than they turn out to be. We're always on the look out for games and toys that build children's true understanding of number concepts with concrete experiences. Click here for a few new products that do just that for preschoolers, early school grades and beyond.

Active Play
Posted: 2013-10-03 12:39:51

Now that the cooler days of fall have come, outdoor play takes on a new vigor. It may be too cold for the beach, but not for the sandbox. This is the season for active games of hopscotch, learning to balance on ride-ons, for raking and jumping in the leaves. It's also a great time take photos of the changing season...go on a hunt for five signs of fall. Here are a few good choices for outdoor fun.

As Seen on NBC's TODAY Show
Posted: 2013-06-13 17:12:32 By: by Stephanie and Joanne Oppenheim

Planning a family reunion can be daunting. It sounds fun in theory - but making sure the day is a success requires some advanced planning. Knowing how your family plays well together is also key. Are you like the Kennedy family that enjoys a competitive game of football on the lawn or is a calmer game of bocce more your speed?  Here are some suggestions that will engage a multi-generational crowd with something for everyone. You can watch Stephanie's  segment  from NBC's TODAY SHOW below and Click here to read the complete article.

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