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Stephanie on NBC's TODAY SHOW
Tags: Today Show, Hot Toys, Toy Fair
Posted: 2010-04-16 14:52:43

Stephanie shared some of the early front runners for top toys of 2010 on NBC's TODAY Show on Friday, March 5th.  Click here to watch the segment. After attending the American International Toy Fair in New York last month, the toyportfolio.com kicks into gear for a new season of toy testing with their testers throughout the country. As the toys start rolling in, we'll be posting reviews as we go- rather than making consumers wait until the end of the year.  Toys that receive an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award during the Spring and Summer, will be nominated for the year-end Platinum AwardsRead Stephanie's blog for a preview of some promising toys.

Tags: Toy Fair, New Hot Toys, Mattel
Posted: 2010-05-06 19:51:31

Following the success of Rocky the Talking Truck, Mattel is rolling out Stinky the Garbage Truck. He sings, dances, eats garbarge and yes, he farts.  Take a look at his video.

Hail to the Chief!
Tags: Presidents, White House,
Posted: 2010-02-18 19:29:28 By: Joane Oppenheim

Celebrate President's Day with a few good books and a great new video. Here are some good choices you will find in the bookstore or the local library.

Big Time Learning
Tags: dinosaurs, science, construction,
Posted: 2010-04-20 13:18:42 By: Joanne Oppenheim

What is it that fascinates children about dinosaurs? Is it their enormous size? Their monstrous looking teeth and claws? Is it their deliciously long complicated names that six and seven year olds take pride in mastering? Could it be that they represent a kind of safe scare kids can conquer by knowing what the prehistoric giants ate or when and where they lived?

More Than Knowing the ABCs
Tags: preschoolers, preliterate learning skills, ready to read, alphabet,
Posted: 2011-03-30 15:44:50 By: Joanne Oppenheim

 Learning the alphabet is the first thing that pops into mind when we think of getting preschoolers ready to read. But knowing letter names and sounds are just one of the many skills needed for reading. Although preschoolers like playing around with letters as they sing the alphabet song and try writing their names, there are other equally important skills they need to develop that are easy to build on during these preliterate years. 

Patience is More Than a Virtue...It's a Must!
Tags: patience, frustration, stick-ability
Posted: 2010-01-04 17:46:17 By: Joanne Oppenheim

Patience is one of those skills that does not always come naturally or easily. Yet, developing the ability to wait for an event or to deal with the frustration of working at a difficult task and bring it to completion. These are important life skills children need. Whether they are learning to read, writing a term paper, or baking cookies, patience is often the key to success. Unfortunately you can't teach patience by talking about it. Lectures don't help. Click here for ideas that do help!

Great Gifts for Under $20
Tags: Gifts Under $20,
Posted: 2010-01-10 19:39:04 By: Joanne Oppenheim

Wondering how to make your gift giving dollars stretchchchch? Look no further!
Many of our favorite picks of the year happen to be very affordable. Click here for affordable choices.

Huggables, Trucks and Radios, oh my!
Tags: Green Toys, Best Green Toys for Kids, Green Building Toys, Green Dolls, Green Trucks
Posted: 2010-01-11 08:25:54

It used to be a huge stretch to come up with our green list.  Happily, that's no longer the case.  Toy makers are responding to consumer demand for green products for their kids.  We have rejected many of the "good-for-you-but-looks-sad" green toys...you know the ones - they're very muted in color or made from material that may be climate friendly, but you really don't want to cuddle up with!  We are particularly thrilled with the 100% recycled trucks from both Sprig Toys and Green Toys, the gorgeous Plan Toys Green Dollhouse (complete with solar panels) and the ever so huggable dolls from blablakids.com and Fair Indigo.  Congrats to all our winners!!

Busy Hands are Happy Hands!
Tags: crafts, drawing, painting, pasting,
Posted: 2010-01-10 19:40:53 By: Joanne Oppenheim


Craft kits are among the best holiday toys. Kids love trying their hands at cutting, pasting, and painting. They don't need to know that crafts are more than fun. Click here to read more.

Tags: great games under $20, math games, letter games, active games, family games, preschool, early school years, later school years
Posted: 2010-02-18 19:30:16 By: Joanne Oppenheim

Unlike a lot of novelty toys that often lose their luster, games are returned to again and again. They are not just entertaining; many have solid learning built into the fun. Here are some of the top choices we've tested and think you and your family will like playing. Click here to see our list!

 

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