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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

Another Five Good Choices
Tags: under $10
Posted: 2012-12-05 09:16:59

Here are another five fun toys that will be perfect for Christmas stocking stuffers, grab bag classroom gifts or the many nights of the Festival of Lights. Be sure to check our other great buy gift lists. Also, check our book lists for titles that will will be new favorites. Click here.

Small But Nice
Posted: 2012-11-27 11:25:11

We will keep adding good choices for the multiple gift nights of Hanukkah or for Stocking Stuffers. Click here for today's picks.

Playful Card Games
Tags: under $15, games
Posted: 2012-11-20 15:56:20

A few new games are fun for the family to enjoy during the holiday season when school is closed and the "What can we do now?" time rolls around. Here is a mixed bag of games for various ages...from preschool to middle school.

Top picks of the Season
Posted: 2012-11-12 14:13:36

Among the best gifts of the season are art materials that can be used for getting into the spirit of the holidays and those that will be used after the festivities are over. Among the craft kits we found this year are those for making gifts for others. We also found many outstanding open-ended art supplies for school projects or quiet afternoons--glitter glue, double sided colored pencils, fat crayons and more. Arts and crafts are not just fun. They invite kids to use their creativity while developing their fine motor skills and the important ability to follow step-by-step directions. You will find many more art materials in our age appropriate lists. Here are some of the top choices we found this season.

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.

Constructive Learning
Posted: 2012-10-11 09:49:11 By: Joanne Oppenheim

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

What Makes Goldie Run?
Posted: 2012-10-11 09:43:30 By: Joanne Oppenheim

When you think of a perfect children's story, Goldilocks and the Three Bears is almost always on the list. What makes the Three Bears such an evergreen? What makes Goldie run? As stories go it just works so perfectly. It has repetition, simple counting, size concepts, and a fun story. Click here for new takes on Goldie.

Featured on the Today Show
Tags: Awards, Today Show
Posted: 2012-10-24 13:59:16

As a kick off to the 2012 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Awards, we were featured on the TODAY Show. The focus of the segment -- the best educational toys of the year. There are so many products that make this list in our book, but alas we can't show all of them in four minutes.  Click here to read the complete reviews of the products featured. At the same time we encourage you to look through your child's age range to find so many other outstanding award winners.  To watch Stephanie's segment with Al Roker, click here.

 

 

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