Creativity for Kids Sticker Create Your Own Story Books

(Creativity for Kids $10.00) For the aspiring author/artist, this is a perfect gift that they can use to create their own storybooks and illustrations. There are two blank hardcover books (6x8 and 8x11) each with lined pages and pre-made boxes where art can go. Young artists can use the 12 colors of the half and half markers plus 75 colorful stickers to enhance their art. This is a fun way to keep school skills alive during the summer. Ages: Early School Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2019 Click here to purchase the product from Amazon.com

Peaceable Kingdom Topper Takes a Trip

(Mindware $21.99) Designed for twos who are not exactly game players, yet. It’s really a matching game to play with older twos. There’s a little suitcase, that's loaded with the items on each trip card. First, you and your game player decide where you are going…to Grandma’s to go sledding, the beach, the forest or school. Put the illustrated list in plain sight. Now put the playing pieces out, so they can be chosen to match the list. Count the pieces to be sure you have them all. Now close the bag and go to the selected spot. Here’s where pretend comes in. Talk about or pretend to enjoy being at the place you’ve traveled to. Use some of the things in the suitcase as you pretend. When it’s ti

Child's Play Wild Opposites

(Company Name $0.00) Introduce preschoolers to concepts of opposites with this board book featuring wild animals that are shown clearly in pairs of opposites…an elephant and a bird that are big and small, a giraffe and a kitten that are short and tall, a tortoise and a hare for fast and slow, a sloth and another sloth one above and one below. There are other pairs and lots to talk about. After you read, look for other big and small opposites or high and lows. Ages:older toddlers, preschoolers Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award 2019 Click here to purchase the product from Amazon.com

VTech PAW Patrol Chase Learning Watch

(VTech $14.99) Bring home their favorite Paw Patrol character on the face of this oversized wrist-watch. It has a digital readout that tells the time and a small screen with four mini games. You can change the Paw Patrol faces on the face of the watch and use the watch as a stop watch. Marked for 3-6, be forewarned, the games will be too hard for threes and most fours, but our preschooler testers loved wearing the watch. As a working watch and game show, this is really a better bet for fives and sixes. Ages: Older preschoolers, early school Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award 2019 Click here to purchase the product from Amazon.com

Disney Blast-off Buzz Lightyear

(Disney $19.99) There is a flood of Toy Story 4 related products. Of them all, we liked this mid-priced Blast-Off Buzz best (try saying that four times fast!) He's one guy that won't break the bank. If you need more than one, you'll find Buzz and his buddies at almost every price point. Plain posable ones will not be more than $10, but for twice that, we think this Blast-of version is cool. Push his legs together and you’ll see what we mean—Buzz Lightyear’s wings pop out! No ordinary action figure, this one has both lights and sound. Press his chest gear and he lights up and beeps and speaks! There is also a Walking Buzz ($22.99) but be forewarned...he’s a slow walker. Also, a fun novelty

Mattel Barbie Fashionistas in Wheel Chairs #132 & #133

(Mattel $19.99 each) Barbie gets around in a working wheelchair! Dressed in jeans with a striped knit blouse and totally fashionable cape sleeves and bare shoulders. She’s dressed for the sun and even has a pair of sunglasses on her head…hope she’s wearing sunblock, too. Choose blonde Barbie #132 or African American Barbie #133 with wonderful natural hair style. Ages: Early School Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award 2019 Click here to purchase the African American Version from Amazon.com Click here to purchase the Blonde Version from Amazon.com

Fat Brain Dimpl duo

(Fat Brain $24.95) A two sided learning center with silicone mounds that children press down. One side has six colorful founds with the color word in English and (though it may be hard to see from the picture) it's also imprinted in Braille above the color. Flip it over and each of the mounds has an embossed shape and the words in English and Braille for circle, triangle, square, rectangle, diamond, oval. It’s marked for 12 months and up. Of course, babies are not going to care about the words; they’ll just like pushing the “button” mounds and turning it over and doing the same thing again and again. For older toddlers, knowing and naming the colors may become part of the fun as will introdu

Mattel Toy Story Epic Moves Bo Peep

(Mattel $24.99) Right off the big screen of Toy Story 4, this Bo Peep posable doll is dressed in her ruffled bloomers and comes with her action staff, plus a dress with puffed sleeves and reversible satin skirt that turns into a cape. Of course, she has a bonnet, headband, shoes, comb, bandages and miniature Officer Giggle McDimples. You can put her into three iconic poses from the movie. Marked 3 and up. Ages: Older Preschoolers Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award 2019 Click here to purchase the product from Amazon.com

Gamewright Rat-a-tat Roll

(Gamewright $18) A new take on the original Platinum Award Seal winner, Rat-a-Tat Cat. It's a board version of the original card game and easy to learn. The object here is still to collect the least number of points, and cat cards are still the low cards while rats are high. In this board game version, players roll one, two or three dice to move the Cat-tue of Liberty around to reach the place on the board they want to get to. Once there, players have to make further choices— to roll again or take a card they can see or one from the downturned pile…lots of decisions that they’ll have to live with once they make them! So, there are some little life lessons built into the play. It’s a game wi

Fat Brain Playviators

(Fat Brain $19.99) A sleek plastic plane in red or blue has a special action when tipped upward or down. The weights inside the plane move back and forth as the plane is tilted and that sets the gears off to spin the propeller. The package calls it a STEM-venture, but this is more like a rather simple little lesson in cause and effect. You can see the gears in the see-through propeller mechanism. You can only feel the weights shift as they click from front to back. Too bad there isn’t a see- through panel so we can see the weights as shown on the box. That said, this is a novelty toy without batteries, powered by kids putting the plane through its paces. A good preschool prop for play. Ages:

Corolle Leonie, 40th Anniversary Doll

(Corolle $70) Dressed in a charming pink dress with a matching headband and floral trim,, Leonie is a 14” huggable baby doll with sleepy eyes and soft body. Her bald head makes her safe enough for toddlers, who still mouth their toys. Like all Corolle dolls she’s scented with vanilla. Or, consider the adorable new Madeleine ($39) a 12” baby doll with a printed blouse that celebrates Corolle’s 40th year as a preeminent French doll maker. Both dolls have soft bodies, vinyl heads, legs and arms. Their sweet gentle faces will bring a smile and loving role play possibilities to the lucky little ones who receive either of these dolls. Ages: Preschoolers, Early School Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platin

Gamewright This Game Goes to Eleven

(Gamewright $12.99) This game is based on the movie Spinal Tap, not a film most kids will know. If you’re looking for nostalgia this is probably not for you. It’s a relatively easy game to learn and requires pretty simple adding skills. Players begin with three cards each and three cards on display on the table. As play begins, the first player adds one card to the displayed cards on the table. If he puts down one that adds up to less than eleven, the game continues. If the card played adds up with the others to exactly 11, the player hands off all the cards on display to an opposing player. If the player puts down a card that adds up to more than 11, the player must take all the displayed c

Gamewright Twin It!

(Gamewright $15) This is a deceptively easy-looking matching game. It’s a lot harder than Concentration, although you will be looking for matching pairs. But, in Twin It the cards can look the same at first glance…but look again and you’ll see you’ve been fooled. The patterns are similar but they have to really match before you can claim a pair. There are several fun variations suggested that can make the game even harder. It’s all about being fast to spot the twins and grab a match before the other players. You can play head to head, team vs. team or as a cooperative game. 8 and up. Ages: Older Early School, Tweens Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2019 Click here to purchase the produ

Gamewright Sushi Roll Game

(Gamewright $24.99) Our testers loved the original Sushi Go! card game that inspired this more complex game with playing board trays, menus, swap cards, chopstick and pudding tokens. They liked this even more! The object here is to collect the most points by making great combos with sashimi and tempura cards. One problem, this is a game that could make you and others hungry for the real thing! Alternative idea: plan ahead and order in a boatload of sushi to feast on as you play! 8 and up. Ages: Older Early School, Tweens Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2019 Click here to purchase the product from Amazon.com

Horizon Paint Your Own Elephant Planter

(Horizon $9.99) The white plaster Elephant comes out of the box ready for a paint job. Kids can be as creative as they like with the six pots of paint and tiny brush. You might want to give your crafter a larger brush for the first coat of paint. There is a plastic inset for planting a very, very small plant. This would make a nice Mother’s Day or holiday gift for Grandma or a dear Auntie! The end-product is bound to be one of a kind, even if all the elephants came out of a mold. There is also a Paint Your Own Cactus, also a pre-made plaster form packed with paint and a brush, but this is not a planter, just a tabletop decoration for a Grandma or Auntie, or teacher with Southwest ties. 6 and

Horizon Made By Me Make Your Own Unicorn Pillow

(Horizon $12.99) We get a lot of craft kits marked for younger crafters that are really way beyond beginners. This is marked six and up and it really is for early school aged kids who are getting expert at doing a simple double knot (an important skill for getting those sneakers tied!) This will give the beginning knot maker plenty of practice in a fun way. The pre-made pillow needs no sewing. It’s ready to stuff with fiber that comes in a separate bag with a warning to be sure to stuff the unicorns horn well. After that they fill up the pillow and then the colorful strips of fabric are tied on to make a flowing rainbow of a mane. The little holes for the fabric strips are pre-made and may t

BizyBeez MagStix Sensory Magnetic System

(BizyBeez $69.99) A versatile 41-piece magnetic construction set with a base, 8 curved rods, 16 straight rods, 8 balls, 4 half balls, and four wheeled pieces that can turn constructions into working vehicles. Since all the pieces are magnetic, there is a lot of hands-on learning about the opposite and same poles and how the attract or repel each other. There are sample constructions, but really this is an open-ended building set that can be used to invent games and inventions for the creative hands and minds of children and their caregivers. The storage box is sturdy, but it also includes a drawstring bag for storing these colorful building pieces. An engaging STEM toy that children will use

Fat Brain Pencil Nose Game

(Fat Brain $24.95) A fun game for a party with not too many kids, since there’s a fair amount of watching going on., along with the laughter. Split the group into teams, give the orange glasses and nose to one team and the green pair to the other team. Teams take turns with one player choosing a card and drawing as many of the items on the card with the nose marker, while his team tries to name the picture…on the drawing board. The team gets a point for naming each of the items before time runs out. Now it’s the other teams turn. A funny game for a mixed age group, such as a family gathering or a birthday party for school aged kids. 8 and up. Ages: older early school years, tweens Oppenheim

Edushape TubFun Magic Mirror Shapes

(Edushape $16.99) Three safety mirrors are sealed into three different foam shapes...a circle, square and triangle that can stick to the walls of the tub when wet. Gives your favorite toddler a chance to admire his favorite person. They will no doubt want to see how their hair looks dripping wet, how many funny faces they can make, and test to see how many toys can float on these colorful shaped islands. They can also be enjoyed on dry land. 1 and up Ages: Older Infants, Toddlers Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2019 Click here to purchase the product from Amazon.com

Thinkfun Yoga Dice

(Thinkfun $14.99) Now you can use this cooperative game to get kids actively involved with learning Yoga moves. It's an active fun game that helps kids learn 36 yoga poses pictured on the cubes they roll. A good way to grow their focus and flexibility. This can turn a rainy day into a silly time with active fun. They are not playing against each other but together to beat moves of the focus symbol, which just might beat everyone. 6 and up. Ages: Early School Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2019 Click here to purchase the product from Amazon.com

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