Educator, parent & kid testing goes into each product considered for an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award. We don't accept ads or charge "review fees" from manufacturers or publishers, so you know you're always getting independent opinions. We have awards for the best toys, books, videos, and audio for kids.
What to look for and our top picks
Posted: 2012-12-11 15:27:41
By: by Stephanie Oppenheim and Joanne Oppenheim
If you have a child with ADHD on your gift list, finding the right toy can feel more challenging. Here are our basic guidelines to keep in mind when you're shopping. Our recommendation is to share these tips with family members! We also have listed some of our favorites. Click here to read more.
Another Five Good Choices
Posted: 2012-12-05 09:16:59
Here are another five fun toys that will be perfect for Christmas stocking stuffers, grab bag classroom gifts or the many nights of the Festival of Lights. Be sure to check our other great buy gift lists. Also, check our book lists for titles that will will be new favorites. Click here.
Wrap 'em Up!
Posted: 2012-11-27 14:20:19
Small But Nice
Posted: 2012-11-27 11:25:11
Playful Card Games
Posted: 2012-11-20 15:56:20
For Infants and Toddlers
Posted: 2012-11-20 14:29:21
If you have a few babies and toddlers on your list, wrap up some of these choices for $20 and under.Click here.
Good Choices For Less
Posted: 2012-11-19 09:20:37
Need a lot of little gifts for baby's first holidays, for stocking stuffers, the school party, the many nights of Channukah? We will add new choices for mixed age groups every few days. Watch for more at $10, $15 and $20 tops. Here are good choices that will make a hit without breaking the bank. Click here...
Top picks of the Season
Posted: 2012-11-12 14:13:36
Among the best gifts of the season are art materials that can be used for getting into the spirit of the holidays and those that will be used after the festivities are over. Among the craft kits we found this year are those for making gifts for others. We also found many outstanding open-ended art supplies for school projects or quiet afternoons--glitter glue, double sided colored pencils, fat crayons and more. Arts and crafts are not just fun. They invite kids to use their creativity while developing their fine motor skills and the important ability to follow step-by-step directions. You will find many more art materials in our age appropriate lists. Here are some of the top choices we found this season.
2012 SNAP AWARDS
Posted: 2012-10-25 17:04:36
By: Joanne Oppenheim
Shopping for kids with special needs can be challenging but not daunting. To simplify we look for ordinary toys that you can adapt to build skills while they are having fun. Keep in mind that kids want toys that are like their siblings and you want to bring home toys that play to their strengths. Check all of our lists. Go to Search at the top of the home page and check the SNAP box and enter the year. We have dozens of SNAP items for 2012, but check out 2011 as well. Many of our SNAP reviews have games and adaptation suggestions. Here are a handful of our favorites.
Posted: 2012-10-24 14:08:00
By: by Joanne Oppenheim
Dolls are classic gifts that fill a special place in the imaginary life of children. To toddlers and preschoolers, a doll or stuffed animal can be a comfort to hold onto in tight situations, or an imaginary playmate that will listen and take orders. For older children, a doll or action figure can be a far more elaborate character in their pretend play. Dolls from history, fashion figures or action heroes can be used for trying on grown up roles or making up imaginary adventures. Dolls are not one-size-fits all.