Lincoln Logs 100th Anniversary Set

(Knex $73.00) A giant size tin container holds a 111-piece set of Lincoln Logs; truly a collector's item with all wooden pieces. This is your dad's all wooden Lincoln Log set...if he is old enough. In any case, it is just the way today's grandparents remember their Lincoln Logs before pre-made plastic eaves and roof pieces came along. A great set for multiple kids to enjoy together. Pull this out of the closet if you have frequent visiting grandkids. It will keep them busy and why not get down on the floor and build a village of log structures with them. Labels on Lincoln Logs are often marked for 3 and up. Forget that! All a three year old can do is watch you build, knock them down or be fr

Hasbro Jurassic World Heroes Indominus Rex

(Hasbro $34.99) Lights, sounds and a T-Rex that not only roars, she changes skin color on her thorny grey back when she eats. Even more frightening, you can hear her chomp, chew and swallow. This is the biggie in the Jurassic line-up, a giant grey T-Rex with eyes that flash, spikes all over, and a mouth full of teeth. Super Ferocious, and how! Maybe a bit over the top for some preschoolers who have not sorted out real and make believe. Marked 4 and up. Ages: Preschoolers, Early School Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award Click here to purchase the product from

Jurassic Park Tyrannosaurus Rex

( Hasbro 29.99 ) Lights, sounds and a T-Rex that not only roars, you can hear it chew and swallow. This is one of the biggies in the Jurassic line-up, a giant green T-Rex with eyes that flash, spikes on its back, and a mouth full of teeth. Tip him forward and his jaw closes with a snap and the sounds of chewing and swallowing begins. Ferocious, and how! Being from the movies he comes with a handler who is small but tough and has his own leg gripper for grabbing T-Rex from behind. If you prefer a less noisy version, consider the brownish Tyrannosaurus Rex with a snapping jaw but no sounds or lights. Ages:Preschool, Early School Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award Click here to purchase th

Jurassic World Heroes Dilophosaurus

(Hasbro $14.95) Kids will no doubt love the sounds and lights as they press the tail of this fierce blue and orange trimmed Dilophosaurus. His jaw opens and his claws move as he roars. Small enough to use with building blocks; scary enough to add drama to pretend stories of prehistoric dimensions. If you need a lot of birthday gifts that will not break the bank, this is a likely pleaser. Ages: Preschoolers, Early School Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2015 Click here to purchase the product from

Crayola Color Wonder Light-up Stamper

(Crayola $19.99) Color Wonder has added a mess-free stamping set that will be satisfying for preschoolers. Kids put the stamper over the orange ink pad and the handle magically lights up orange! Stamp and you get an orange image. Hold it over the green ink pad and the handle will light up green. Now stamp it on the paper and you have a green image. Do the same with the purple ink pad. The kit comes with 12 pages of special paper for stamping. Three mini markers and 10 ocean-themed stamps. You simply change the images by slipping them on and off the stamper. SNAP: A playful way to get kids to build grasping and eye hand skills. The gripper on the stamper is pretty chunky, but it can be adapte

Fisher-Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex

(Fisher-Price $99.99) For dino-haulics of a certain age, this Ultra T-Rex will be a heavily promoted and therefore a heavily desired holiday gift. This is no toy for the timid. It walks, it stomps, it roars and goes from crouching to standing at full height—2 ½ feet tall! But that's not all; it opens its toothy jaws and closes them with chomping sounds. Sound and motion are blended with lights on its spikes and eyes that will scare off any little sisters or brothers. T-Rex can even fire boulders from its chest and claws (they do not go far; they sort of fall to the ground so they are not a safety problem as so many projectile toys can be.) Okay, it's true, this is a novelty toy that will pro

Peaceable Kingdom The Fairy Game

(Peaceable Kingdom $15.99) For that special time when fairies fill the imagination this is a game that will please as well as challenge players to remember the rules for saving the fairies garden from Mr. Winter who wants to turn the garden to ice. Players use teamwork to rescue the flowers with cards they can play to move the four jewels from the flowers to the magic wand. There are a good number of rules and playing cards that players will need to remember and use to out wit Mr. Winter. Designed for 5’s, we think this may suit slightly older players of 6 and 7. Ages: Early School Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2016 Click here to purchase the product from

Educational Insights Design & Drill SparkleWorks

(Educational Insights $38.99) Remember last season’s Design and Drill? This has it beat with exciting new add on’s that are sure to please. Sparkle Works, designed to appeal to girls, has a-see through drill that lights up as the flower and heart shaped bolts are put into ( and out of) the board. Turn on the switch and clap or sing and the lights on the sound-activated glow in the dark board dance to music and voices. Kids can make their own patterns and designs or follow the twelve designs in the package. Marked 3 & up, we think it will be enjoyed even more by slightly older kids with better eye hand control. Ages: Preschoolers, Early School Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2016 Click

Green Toys Farm Playset

(Green Toys $49.99) A small but solid miniature farm setting. A two storied barn has doors that open front and back so animals and farmers can get in and out. It comes with 12 pieces plus a truck. There are two cow farmer characters, two pigs, two sheep, four fences, a hog shed, and pick-up truck. Everything stores in the barn when playtime ends and it has a handle for taking along on a play date. Made in the USA with recycled milk containers, Green Toys lives up to its name and this setting is designed for 2’s and up. You may want to add some miniature horses and cows to the mix. We think the sweet spot for this will be older 2’s and 3’s. Ages: Toddlers, Preschoolers Oppenheim Toy Portfolio

Green Toys Fire Station Playset

(Green Toys $49.99) An action packed miniature setting for pretend fire fighters, this two-storied fire station has doors front, back, and side so the fire truck and fire fighters can get in and out. It has seven pieces plus a fire engine with a moving water cannon. Though the station is not huge, it is packed full of play value. There’s a loft where the two firefighter characters (cats, in fact) can rest in a bunk bed or slide down the pole with a lift mechanism kids can operate with ease. Everything stores inside the station when playtime is done. It also has a carry handle built in so it can go along on a play date. Made in the USA with recycled milk containers, Green Toys lives up to its

Corolle Les Classiques Paul Drink-and-Wet Bath Baby

(Corolle $64.99) Paul is a 14” all vinyl drink-and-wet doll. He's anatomically correct and comes with his own potty. Paul is a good bath toy as well as an excellent prop for "big brother" gifting, learning about cause and effect and for the potty training stage. He costs a little more than the soft and non-anatomically correct Mon Premier Calin Boy doll. 18 months and up Ages: Toddlers, Preschoolers Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blue Chip Award Click here to purchase the product from

Corolle Mon Premier Calin Sky Baby Doll

(Corolle $39.99) A soft bean filled body, this lightweight 12” doll has a sweet face, a vinyl head, arms and legs and is dressed in a blue and white romper and knit hat. He can sit, snuggle, and enjoys being nurtured. Vanilla scented like all Corolle dolls, he’s a nice armful for the new “big” brother. Corolle also makes an anatomically correct boy doll (see: Paul Drink and Wet Bath Baby) that costs a little more for the extra feature. 18 months and up Ages: Toddlers, Preschoolers Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blue Chip Award Click here to purchase the product from

LEGO Juniors Supermarket Suitcase

(LEGO $19.99) For your older preschooler and early school age child who has outgrown Duplos and is ready for a little more complex building, this 134-piece Lego Juniors Supermarket Suitcase is a great transition set. It includes an easy to build supermarket with an ice cream bar, vegetable stand plus a bright red scooter and two mini-figures and a cat. It becomes a mini-setting for dramatic play as they sort the fruit and other accessories, such as flowers, bread, bottles, and veggies. Testers liked all the small details, including a cash register, money and ice cream. We think it's unfortunate that this one is packed in pink.Supermarkets are fun for boys and girls and this one could have be

eeBoo Back to School Magnetic Playboard

(eeBoo $15.00) A new version of the 'make me a story' collection that may be very helpful for kids with back to school jitters. It's a metal playboard with a school setting provides the background for a classroom full of playful creatures and their wise old owl teacher. The magnetic backing on the playing pieces can be moved about as kids make up their own stories using the characters created by illustrator, Kevin Hawkes. A good prop for dramatic play or talking through typical angst over the opening of school and new situations. Also a good choice for travel. This is not for kids who still mouth their toys. The playing pieces are large and reasonably easy to move about. Good for story telli

Tween Scene Kimani Prettie Girl Doll

(One World Doll Project $29.99) One of a new collection of Prettie Girls, only younger looking than earlier models. Meet Kimani, a tween and a creative type, dressed in colorful floral tights, a pink and white cut-off top, yellow rain boots and matching bag. Inspired by her childhood love of Barbie and a career that started with designing dolls of color for Mattel, Stacey McBride-Irby introduced her first Prettie dolls as young women; these Tweens are larger than a Barbie, but clearly designed to look like girls not women. Like girls of color, the Tween Scene Prettie Girls come in varying skin tones and hair. Consider Valencia, Dahlia, and Lena, other Prettie girls in this collection. Marke

North American Bear Ballerina en point

(North American Bear $25.00 each) For your aspiring ballerina chose the beautiful dancing doll in pink, purple or dramatic black tutu. They are 20 inches long and all fabric. With those long legs it will be fun for little dancers to twirl and leap with their pretty ballerina partner. A charming gift for the holidays or a dance recital. 3 & up Ages: Preschoolers Oppenheim Toyportfolio Gold Seal Award 2015 Click here to purchase the product from

Fisher Price Turbo Flip Thomas

(Fisher-Price $49.99) Newest remote control Thomas. This season he sports a light that that looks like a small piece of track as he rolls along. The remote control will make him do several tricks as he goes forward, back, runs in circles and even flip over, all the while saying what he's doing. A novelty toy will make a quick hit with preschoolers. However, it may run out of steam (aka novelty power) before the batteries run out. Ages: Preschoolers Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2015 Click here to purchase the product from

Magformer 44 Piece Unique Set

(Magformers $99.00) You'll be amazed at all the constructions kids can make with the five geometric shapes that come in this 44 piece set. It includes squares, sectors, arches, cones and sphere sectors. A step-by-step booklet will show the way and before long they will be making their own creations. These magnetic building pieces are safe since all the magnets are inside the geometric forms. Happily, they are also compatible with all other magformer sets. Marked for 3 & up, but will probably be a better choice for older 4-7. Like other sets in this line, these are open-ended, even though they come with models kids can replicate. Ages: Preschoolers, Early School Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold S

Educational Insights Brownie Match Game

(Educational Insights $19.99) Playing around with the spatula and realistic pan full of chocolate brownies may be a sweet way to develop number recognition and matching skills. Players spin the the spinner and then try to find a brownie square with the matching numeral underneath. If it matches they keep the piece. If not they piece goes back. Watch out! You don’t want to spin spilled milk, burnt brownie or the brownie bandit. A game that calls for memory as well as number recognition, learning about taking turns, and winning and losing. 4 & up. Ages: Preschoolers, Early School Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2016 Click here to purchase the product from

Educational Insights Design & Drill Power Play Vehicles Race Car

(Educational Insights $19.99) Like the Design & Drill Helicopter, this race car is both a construction toy and a fun prop for pretend play. Kids love the action of the motorized mini-drill that they use to build the vehicle. The clear bolts go into the colorful snap together pieces to create a racing car. Best of all this isn’t a once and done kind of toy. It’s just as much fun to use the drill to undo the bolts and start all over again. Think of this as a kind of 3-D puzzle with the added charm of a toy they can play with after it’s built. Marked 3 and up, we think 3's will need a lot of adult help. A better choice for older 4-6's. Ages: Preschoolers, Early School Years Oppenheim Toy Portfo

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