Best Toys for Early School Years: 2021 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Awards

We are delighted to announce the Best Toys in the Early School Years Category for 2021. 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.


Ken Fashionistas Dolls with Wheelchair (Mattel)

American Girl World By Us Collection (American Girl)

Skyrocket Moji the Lovable Labradoodle (Skyrocket)


Gamewright Hedgehog Roll (Gamewright)

Petite Collage Rush to Recycle Game (Petite Collage)

Osmo Math Wizard and the Amazing Airships (Osmo)

Construction Toys

LEGO CITY Main Square (LEGO)

LEGO Friends Olivia’s Electric Car (LEGO)


Creativity for Kids Color By Number Puzzles – Jungle Animals (Creativity for Kids)

Mudpuppy Campfire Friends & Cosmic Fruit Scrat ch and Sniff Puzzles 60 Pieces (Mudpuppy)

Peaceable Kingdom Shimmery Castle Floor Puzzle (Mindware)

Activities and Crafts

Gift Box Ornament Decorator (HEY Buddy, HEY Pal)

Magic Swirl Kaleidoscope (Creativity for Kids)

Craft-tastic Glow in the Dark Bracelets (Ann Williams)


Spinmaster Airhogs Super Soft Jump Fury RC (Spinmaster)

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