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Best Toys for Early School Years: 2020 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Awards

We are delighted to announce the Best Toys in the Early School Years Category for 2020. 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 Courtney Moore Doll 1986 (American Girl)

Star Wars The Child Animatronic Edition “AKA Baby Yoda” The Mandalorian (Hasbro)

Lottie Kid Activist Doll (Lottie)

Mattel Breathe with me Barbie (Mattel)


Bye Bye Mr. Fox Cooperative Game (Blue Orange)

Snip Snap (Blue Orange)

Dragons Slips and Ladders (eeBoo)

Fancy Pachisi (eeBoo) Trucks and a Bus Matching Game (eeBoo)

Hi Lo Flip Game (Gamewright)

Quixx Card Game (Gamewright) Math for Love Tiny Polka Dot Game (Math for Love)

Butterfly Shaped Matching Game (Mudpuppy) Mix-the-Mutts! (Mudpuppy)

Pony Pile-Up Game (Mudpuppy)

Construction Toys LEGO City Ice-Cream Truck (Lego)

LEGO City Space Deep Space Rocket and Launch Control (Lego)

LEGO City Space Lunar Space Station (Lego)

LEGO Dots Jewelry Box (Lego)

Mindware Q-BA Maze 2.0 Mega Lights Set (Mindware)


Djeco Pirate Ship Floor Puzzle, 36 Pieces (Djeco)

eeBoo Climate March Puzzles (eeBoo)

eeBoo Planet Earth Puzzles 100 (eeBoo) eeBoo Vote for Women 100 Piece Puzzle (eeBoo)

Mudpuppy Monkey Cake Greeting Card Puzzle (Mudpuppy)

Peaceable Kingdom Shimmery Unicorn Floor Puzzle (Mindware)

Peaceable Kingdom Shiny Dinosaur Floor Puzzle (Mindware)


Educational Insights Drill and Design Bucket (Educational Insights)

Dig It Up! Giant Gem Discovery Kit (Mindware)

Mindware Academy Squishy Ball Lab (Mindware) KidiZoom Creator Cam (VTech)

Yoto Player (Yoto)


Creativity for Kids Holiday Big Gem Diamond Painting (Creativity for Kids)

Creativity for Kids Magical Mixing Hands on Science (Creativity for Kids)

Creativity for Kids #HatNotHate Quick Knit Loom (Creativity for Kids)

Story Magic Paint Your Own Light-up Unicorn (Horizon Group)

Latchkits Unicorn Mini Rug (Kahootz)

Kid Made Modern Shrink Art Jewelry Kit (Kid Made Modern)

Paint Your Own Porcelain Light: Rocket (Mindware)

Playful Chef Cake Decorating (Mindware)

Pretend Settings and Props for Pretend

Learning Resources Calculator Cash Register 25th Anniversary! (Learning Resources)

Playmobil Large Hospital (Playmobil)

Air Hogs Super Soft, Stunt Shot Indoor Remote Control Stunt Vehicle with Soft Wheels (Spin Master)

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