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Best Toys for Early School Years: 2019 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Awards

We are delighted to announce the Best Toys in the Early School Years Category for 2019. These toys have been awarded our top honor, the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award!

Early School Years children like more complex building toys, puzzles, and games. They're also ready to use fine motor skills for crafts. they need toys for social and active play as well as quiet solo time. To read our full review of each toy click through the titles below. You'll find our entire evaluation and shopping information and be sure to read the reviews of our OTP Gold Award Winners, as well.


American Girl Julie's Pinball Machine (American Girl)

American Girl Bowling Ally (American Girl)

Peaceable Kingdom Tic Tac Surprise! (Mindware)

Twin It! (Gamewright)

Sushi Roll Game (Gamewright)

Pencil Nose Game (Fat Brain Toys)

Guju Guju Game (Gamewright)

Friends of a Feather (Ravensburger)

Stink Bug Game (Winning Move)

Construction Toys

LEGO CITY Downtown Fire Brigade (LEGO)


Beautiful World 100 piece Puzzle (eeBoo)

Outer Space Secret Picture Puzzle (Mudpuppy)

Quercetti Peg Brite (Quercetti)


Big Gem Diamond Painting (Creativity for Kids)

World Color Pencils (Faber Castell)Creativity for Kids Sticker Create Your Own Story Books (Creativity for Kids)

Paint Your Own Elephant Planter (Mindware)

Space Scratch Paper (eeBoo)

Space Adventure or Rainbow & Friends Scratch Paper Stickers (eeBoo)

Pretend Settings and Props for Pretend

Mission Rocket with Launch Site (Playmobil)

Mars Research Vehicle (Playmobil)

Space Station (Playmobil)

Imaginext Fisher-Price DC Super Friends Transforming Batmobile R/C (Mattel)

Dolls and Props

Barbie You Can Be Anything Astronaut (Mattel)

National Geographic Astrophysicist Barbie (Mattel)

National Geographic Entomologist Barbie (Mattel)

Creatable World Dolls (Mattel)

American Girl Blaire (American Girl)

Mon Grand Poupon Carriage Stroller with Adjustable Handle, Folding Design Design (Corolle)

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