Every year we see a lot of toys that are "refreshed" with just enough tweeking to make them feel almost new. We sometimes forget that to kids most things are new. It would be a shame if kids missed out on building blocks or crayons or trucks, just because they weren't invented yesterday. Don't be afraid to bring home some of the favorites you played with not so-o-o-o long ago. Here is a short list of some of this year's Blue Chip list.
If you prefer the classic look and feel of wooden toys, you are not alone. Most have a longer play life since they avoid the toy dejour stamp of licensed characters; they are not tied into the latest movie or TV hit. Classic toys can be passed from one child to another, even one generation to the next. Click here for some of the best wooden toys on this year's list.
Posted: 2012-08-13 07:40:33
By: by Joanne and Stephanie Oppenheim
The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2011 Platinum Award winners were announced on the Today Show on September 27th. Watch Stephanie here.
We're delighted to announce the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Awards for 2011. (Click here to see complete list of award winners.) We congratulate the toy companies and their designers for producing award-winning products that engaged and entertained our toy testers. As always, we thank our dedicated family testers (all over the country) who take our process to heart. Once we have looked at toys in terms of whether they work, are fun, and are developmentally appropriate - the toys are then sent out to families for their feedback. These families join us in our mission: to take the guesswork out of finding quality playthings that will entertain your kids. With budgets tighter than ever, we know that no one wants to bring home a toy that is a waste of time or money. For those of you just discovering us, you should know that we do not take fees from toy companies. This has allowed us to be able to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly in toyland. You can click on the 2011 Award Page to view all of our winners including Platinum, Gold, Blue Chip and SNAP (Special Needs Adaptable Product) Awards.
Tags: Active Physical Play, Toddlers, Preschoolers, Early School, NBC's TODAY SHOW
Posted: 2011-09-22 12:36:26
By: by Stephanie
We love this time of year! Your kids pull on last summer's play clothes--and they soon discover how much they have grown. During the course of the year, you'll also notice that the "growing up" goes way beyond the notch on the family growth chart. A year older also means that they'll approach play differently. Your now sure-footed toddler is ready to just go, go, go. Your four year old can now play a game that would have been frustrating and tear-producing just a year ago. Your five year old who enjoyed pretend play with his whole body may now have a new found fascination in miniature play figures. Here are some of our new favorite toys that promote active play. Click here to read the article. You can also watch Stephanie with MSNBC's Tamron Hall on NBC's TODAY SHOW from June 17th by clicking on the video below...
Tags: Hot toys, high tech toys, iphones, apps, Fisher-Price
Posted: 2011-03-30 12:05:45
We wondered how the toy industry was going to respond to this new category of game play for the toddler/preschooler set...Read Stephanie's Blog's for the latest gadgets on the horizon. Here's one of the less expensive accessories that may save your iPhone from sippy cup damage! Fisher-Price's Laugh & Learn I Can Play Case.
Tags: toddlers, active play, making things happen, wheeled toys
Posted: 2011-10-04 12:10:45
By: by Joanne Oppenheim
Sad, but true, toddlers are often more interested in the box and wrappings than the gift inside. We found some toys that won't disappoint. These are entertaining products that will match their curiosity and new found locomotion. Toys that involve making things happen and getting about on their own two feet are always good choices for toddlers. Click here to see our list.
Posted: 2010-12-14 20:23:49
By: by Joanne Oppenheim
Are you are shopping for Merry Christmas stocking stuffers, multiple gifts for the many nights of Hanukah or Kwanza? Aside from the novelty fads of the moment there are some good choices that will be enjoyed for more than a moment. We've found some with real play value. Click here to find out more.
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