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Best Toys for Early School Years: 2022 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Awards

We are delighted to announce the Best Toys in the Early School Years Category for 2022. 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 Claudie (American Girl)


Fat Brain Toys Heap-O-Sheep Game (Fat Brain Toys)

Fat Brain Forklift Frenzy (Fat Brain Toys)

Hey Buddy Hey Pal Cake-n-Bake Challenge Game (Hey Buddy Hey Pal)

Construction Toys

LEGO CITY Train Station (LEGO Systems)

Playmobil Wiltopia Research Tower; Animal Care Station; Boat Trip to the Manatees (Playmobil)

LEGO FRIENDS Olivia's Space Academy (LEGO Systems)


eeBoo Good Deeds 36-Piece Round Giant Puzzle (eeBoo)

eeBoo 100 Piece Round Puzzles Busy Cats & Under the Sea (eeBoo)

Activities and Crafts

Creativity for Kids Plant and Grow Woodland Forest Terrarium (Creativity for Kids)

Horizon Let It Snow Wooden Magnets (Horizon)

Crayola Glow Fusion (Crayola)

eeBoo Double-Sided Pencils Jumbo, Metallic & Fluorescent (eeBoo)

Shuttle Art Tempera Paint Sticks (Shuttle Art)

Colorforms - 70th Anniversary Set (Colorforms)

Dig It UP The Big Egg Dragons (Mindware)

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


Monster Jam RC Mega Megalodon (SpinMaster)

Basic Fun Tonka Mighty Monster RC (Basic Fun)

SpinMaster Air Hogs Flippin’ Frenzy (SpinMaster)

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