Toddlers

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For Infants and Toddlers
Posted: 2012-11-20 14:29:21

If you have a few babies and toddlers on your list, wrap up some of these choices for $20 and under.Click here.

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...

Watch our segment from the Today Show October 2nd
Tags: Awards, Today Show
Posted: 2012-09-30 12:32:00

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.

We are always grateful to the families that make this process so much fun. This year more of our first group of toy testers headed off to college-- how is that possible!  Our complete Platinum, Gold, Blue Chip and SNAP Award winners for 2012 can be viewed by clicking here. Congrats to all our award winners!

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 facebooktwitter, 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.

 

Posted: 2012-10-08 08:25:12 By: Joanne Oppenheim

At dinner in an upscale restaurant the other night, we sat beside a family with two small boys. One was probably about half past two and the other four at most. One sat with Mommy the other sat opposite with Dad. The two boys never looked up nor did the family talk about anything. Mom was eating dessert and dad was drinking his coffee. The boys were completely engrossed with their parents' smart phones. The younger boy seemed to be doing nothing but moving his finger from right to left. After a time he lifted the phone to hand it to mom, who didn't seem to notice until the phone fell on the floor as mother and child gasped. The child put his hands over his face in horror and when he was scolded looked totally mournful. He slowly formed the words, sorry mommy...and looked away.  Click here to find out what happened next....

Toys That Empower Your Baby and Toddler
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.

Twos & up
Tags: early learning, toddlers, language, active play
Posted: 2012-09-27 14:52:43 By: Joanne Oppenheim

Finding toys for twos can be a challenge. Twos have often outgrown their babyhood toys, but are not up for the frustration of a lot of preschool toys that go beyond their dexterity or problem solving skills. Click here to find out more...

Building Big Motor Skills
Tags: toddlers, active play, push toys, ride-ons
Posted: 2012-09-27 09:54:45

Toddlerhood is a sort of remarkable but often murkily defined time between babyhood and preschool. Toddlers are still closer to their inarticulate babyhood than the powerful preschoolers they will become when they can say what they want and don't want. Yet, they are increasingly able to get about and to take steps toward greater independence. Click here to find out what to choose.

Traveling Fun
Tags: on the go fun, good travel ideas, travel products
Posted: 2012-10-11 09:25:42


 As holidays and family get togethers approach, finfing ways to make the miles fly--from here to there--calls for special planning with kids. Getting there is rarely half the fun, but it can be a lot easier when you have some treats in your travel bag. Click here to find out what to pack....

 

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