Manhattan Toy Travel + Comfort Chime Toy

(Manhattan Toy $8.00 each) Gold Seal Award We like the musical jingle of these fabric rattles. You can hang one from the infant seat or play mat bars, to bat at with little hands or feet or use them for tickle and track games. The two textures of the body and tail make for contrasting sensory experience; both soft and silky. Though the eyes are small and faces indistinct, these elongated critters are fun for travel diversions when you need a variety of props to entertain baby, who will rarely stay interested in anything for long. These all-plush rattles come in three different colors and will fit into little hands before long. We discovered that the Fox with it's brighter color attracted ou

Manhattan Toy Link and Play Monkey

(Manhattan Toy $15.99) Gold Seal Award A good take along toy for moments when you need to divert or entertain a restless baby in the doctor's office or on a flight. This jolly monkey done up in an eye-catching striped outfit with a green star and turquoise ruff around the neck, is ready to play around. It has clacking beads at the top and clacking rings attached to his tail. His little feet have crinkle sounds built inside and squeeze his soft body and he squeaks. Hang him in the stroller for gazing or on the infant seat or play mat bars. A nice little gift for big sisters or big brother to bring to their newest relative. Ages: Infants Award Year: Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 201

North American Bear Peacock

(North American Bear $18.00) A multicolored little bird with a very long velour tail that will double as a cozy baby will love to hold. Made of silk soft fabric, the little bird has a quiet rattle inside that will grab his attention. There is a larger version of this, but we really like the smaller one of this set. Also see the very friendly looking Fox in this line. Ages: Infants, Toddlers Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2015 Click here to purchase this product on Amazon.com

North American Bear Fox

(North American Bear $18.00-25.00) Gold Seal Award One of our favorites, a bright orange and yellow fox with red ears, black snout and a very long long tail that will double as a comforting cozy that baby will love to touch. The smaller fox is 5 ½ inches and has a quiet rattle inside. Their 11-inch variation is more like a toddler size huggable. Ages: Infants, Toddlers Award Year: Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2015 Click here to order this product on Amazon.com

North American Bear Sleepyhead Jumbo Cozy Set Blue or Pink

(North American Bear $25.00) An unstuffed 15" snuggle bunny plus a smaller baby bunny that has a crinkle sound when touched; both in velvety soft velour complete with stitched eyes and stripe jersey knit stocking cap. The oversized big cozy bunny can be embroidered with baby's name on the floppy long ears or flat body. Available in pink or baby blue with safe all-stitched features and ears that are white on one side. A likely lovable kids will grow attached to as that special comfort huggable. Ages:Infants, Toddlers Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2015 Click here to purchase the product from Amazon.com

Manhattan Toy Puppy Go Round

(Manhattan Toy $10.90) Gold Seal Award With a big red suction cup to hold it down, this highchair toy has plenty of action. It spins, squeaks and the little pups spin independently. The colorful Puppy Go Round calls for fine motor skills by little fingers rather than a simple swipe of the hand. A satisfying toy for empowering a sense of being able to make things happen and learning about cause and effect. 6 months & up. Ages: Infants Award Year: Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2015 Click here to purchase the product from Amazon.com

Fisher-Price Bright Beats Smart Touch Play Space

(Fisher-Price $60) Designed for infants and toddlers, this touch-sensitive light bar responds with music, lights, and songs. Talk about making things happen, the play space also includes a ball run, a spinner, and roller ball that provide lots of lessons in cause and effect. As baby grows from sitting to standing to toddling, the play space also has age appropriate games that invite exploration. We could have done without the alphabet and counting games for toddlers who are barely talking. That said, we know babies are going to like the making-things-happen aspect of this toy. This was tested with a range of ages and as we expected, it did well with older toddlers. One of our families felt t

Corolle Miss Fresh Riviera & Blanket

(Corolle $42.00) Gold Seal Award Babi Corolle Miss Fresh Riviera (9.5 inches) comes with her own little matching blanket. She has an easy to grasp soft fabric body with sewn-on clothes and a vinyl face. She has a delicate vanilla scent and is machine washable. Ages: Infants, Toddlers Award Year: Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award Click here to purchase the product from Amazon.com

Nancy B's Black Light Illuminator Journal

(Educational Insights $16.99) Platinum Award Part book/part black light this is a fun activity combo with a working black light, an invisible marker and a book full of do-able experiments that will challenge and hold their interest. Part of the Nancy B's Science Club collection, the packaging features girls doing the experiment and a picture of a Women in Science story; a great way to spark early interest and connections to science for young girls. We also like the Nature Keeper and Tree Diary in this collection. 8 & up. Ages: Tweens Award Year: Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2015 Click here to purchase the product from Amazon.com

Creativity for Kids Decorate Your Own Sunnies

(Creativity for Kids $22.99) Platinum Award Ready for sunny days, this summery craft kit comes with three pairs of sunglasses that have 100% UV protection-UV 400. One pair has a heart shape frame, another is oval and the most remarkable frame of all magically changes from white to dark purple in the sunlight! The kit includes stick on rhinestones, resin shapes, gem strips and glue so kids can design their own stylish look that makes every pair unique. Three colorful fabric sunglass cases make this a wining choice for 8's and up. Ages: Tweens Award Year: Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2015 Click here to purchase the product from Amazon.com

Alex Drawing Tool Box

(Alex $39.99) A tool kit for older school-aged kids packed with colored pencils, pastels, charcoal pencils, sketchpad, sharpener, blending stumps, a white and a kneaded eraser, and bendable mannequin figure for learning to draw the human figure. Everything fits into the easy to take along case with a shelf inside for easy storage. 8 & up. Ages: Tweens Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2015 Click here to purchase this product on Amazon.com

Mindware Leaps and Ledges

(MindWare $30.00) Platinum Award They call this a towering game of strategy and luck and that is a good description of a challenging but entertaining fast-paced game. Players try to be first to the top of the tall tower without getting sabotaged by opponents who can send them down or even knock them off. The going back down feels a bit like Candy Land! Our testers and their parents gave this a 5+ rating, which says a lot, since they are regular game testers. It does require a fair amount of sportsmanship when your playing pieces get knocked down, so it may be better to play as teams or play this with the older members of the family. 8 & up. Almost all of our families raved about this toy in

Hasbro Scrabble Twist

(Hasbro $20.00) How many words can you make with the same five letter choices that come up on the hand held game machine? Tap the letters and give it a twist and make as many words as possible before the timer runs out. You get 3 points for 3 letter words, 5 points for four letter words and 7 points for five letter words. You can play Solo, set it for two players on Turbo, or set it for Party for 2-8 players that gets passed around a circle. If the word is good the machine will play a ‘you got it’ sound. If it’s not good you will see all X’s on the screen. Take this along for waiting games in the car or elsewhere. 8 & up. Ages: Tweens, Teens Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2015 Click

Gamewright Dragonwood

(Gamewright $14.99) Billed as a game of dice and daring, we have to say, enter the mythical forest at your own risk! Dragonwood is the frightful habitat of all manner of nasty ogres, goblins and firebreathing-you-know-what. Our test family gave it high grades for entertaining kids and adults alike. When asked, 'What did you like about it?' they said, 'Everything!' What didn't they like? Their answer was 'Nothing!'You’ll need to collect adventurer cards to earn dice to out-toss your opponents. It takes strategy to make your way through and a good dose of courage will help, too. There are a lot of rules to master here, but this is the kind of game that goes on for at least 20 minutes and will

Thames and Kosmos Dimension Game

(Thames and Kosmos $39.99) Platinum Award Dimension is a handsome looking and fast paced game with players racing the timer and other players to arrange their balls to match the image on the task card. Everyone plays at the same time. Players get a point for every ball they use correctly and win a bonus if they manage to use all five. But watch out! You lose two points for any task card you do wrong. 1-4 players. Testers gave this a high five. 10 & up. Ages: Tweens, Teens Award Year: Oppenheim Toyportfolio Platinum Award 2015 Click here to purchase the product from Amazon.com

MiP Robot Miposaur

(Wow Wee $119.99) Platinum Award In terms of what they can do,these are the most elaborate of the year's dinos. The company says their MiP Robot has "evolving intelligence" for progressive play. Yikes. You can take him through his paces through hand gestures or using an APP that also allows you to make him go, dance, chase, etc. Comes with a "Beacon Sense" infused trackball so that Miposaur can't get lost. 8 & up. Ages: Tweens Award Year: Oppenheim Toyportfolio Platinum Award 2015 Click here to purchase the product from Amazon.com

Max Traxxx Infinity Loop Set

(Skullduggery $119.99) Platinum Award Here's the ultimate Max Traxxx Tracer Racers RC Set with a glow-in-the-dark dual loop, 6 dual glow-in-the-dark corners, over 46-feet of glow-in-the-dark track plus 2 remote control Tracer Racers. Kids can set up a variety of their own customized racing circuits and then—let the races begin! Like previous Platinum Award winners, these Tracer Racers utilize Light Trail Technology as they streak along leaving a trail of lights on the showy Glow-in-the-Dark track. Each Tracer Racer beams down purple light rays from its undercarriage onto the specially engineered track and leaves a glow long after the racer has passed. This is fun to use in light or dark, bu

Project Mc2 Doll Camryn and Skateboard Experiment

(MGA $24.99) One of a new collection of Mc2 dolls that comes with a different science experiment for each doll--experiments that really work! Fashionably dressed in patterned stretch tights, glitzy patterned shorts, a chartreuse knit top, and patterned headband on her long glorious red hair. Camryn, is a beauty who also likes science and the thrill of skateboarding. She comes with blueprint paper that magically reveals the directions for assembling a skateboard she will be able to use. Like the other dolls in this line she’s more than just a pretty face. A playful way into STEM learning. 6 & up. Ages: Early School, Tweens Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2015 Click here to purchase the

Project Mc2 Doll Mckeyla and Lava Lamp Experiment

(MGA $24.99) One of a new collection of Mc2 dolls that comes with a different science experiment for each doll--experiments that really work! Fashionably dressed in patterned knee highs and boots, jean shorts and jacket and a stylish black fedora and long glorious brunette hair. Mckeyla is a beauty who also likes reading detective stories and doing science. She comes with directions and parts for assembling a a working lava lamp that really bubbles. Her kit does not include the food coloring, veggie oil or effervescent tablet (as in Polident or Alka-selter) she needs. That said, the little lamp is very cool! Like the other dolls in this line she's more than just a pretty face. A playful way

Stikbot Studio

(Zing $19.99) Platinum Award For any fan of stop-motion movies, the Stikbot Studio set from Zing is one of the best toys around. With two Stikbots and one tripod to hold you phone, you can explore the art of making your own movie. What makes this set so great is the flexibility and stability of the Stikbots. The suction cups at the end of their arms and legs are strong enough to allow creativity when posing the models. The tripod is also well made, allowing users to change the height of the camera. And who doesn't want to make a stop motion video of Stikbots break-dancing their little hearts out? Includes a free app for i phone and Android, the company calls this a social media toy that is

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