Gifts for Baby's First Holiday
Posted: 2014-10-06 09:02:23
Shopping for the newest member of the family? For babies, variety is the spice of life. Their interest in objects tends to be fleeting. Though older babies may have a special security "lovie" they cling to, for the most part babies tend to stop looking at things that are always there. Want to keep them interested? Move and or remove toys they gaze at from time to time. Similarly, for the restless baby, having a bag of tricks is your best bet for lap time. Also, keep in mind that babies learn through their senses, so you want to find toys that involve interesting sights to see, hear, touch and even taste. Of course, no single toy needs to be all of the above at once. In fact that might be a sensory overload. As baby grows from gazing to grasping to making things happen, choose toys that tool their play and change to fit their rapidly changing abilities.
You don't need to break the bank to find special playthings. Here are some small gifts that will be most welcome.
Choosing Dolls to Fit Your Child's Developmental Stage
Posted: 2014-09-19 14:46:07
By: Joanne Oppenheim
While the toy companies vie for the honor of introducing the Doll of the Year, for parents and grandparents, the best choice for that honor needs to connect to your child's age and stage. As I recall, when Stephanie, your toy guru, was a preschooler she had--click here to continue.
Toys for Kids with Special Needs
Posted: 2013-11-25 15:24:40
By: Joanne Oppenheim
Featured on NBC's TODAY Show
Posted: 2013-10-17 18:40:35
Many of the top toys of the year are not just fun, but they provide your kids with valuable play experiences that can help build their language skills, confidence, ability to weave stories, follow instructions, and stay with a challenging task. The good news is that many of these toys will not break the bank. Click here to take a look at just a few of our favorites for the year.
Choosing Their First Toys
Posted: 2013-10-04 06:43:03
If you are a new parent, grandparent, or 1st time auntie or uncle--have fun! Finding welcoming gifts for the new baby has never been easier. Quite aside from the traditional stuffed bear there are so many colorful and interesting choices that will please the littlest player. Check our infant lists by clicking on the Infant image to your left. Click here for a few of our newest favorites.
Posted: 2012-12-26 11:58:57
If you feel like you need a few more small gifts, consider some of these less pricey, but entertaining choices. Check this and scroll down to look at other lists on our front page for small but winning gifts from $10-$20. Click here
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.
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.
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.
Watch our segment from the Today Show October 2nd
Posted: 2012-09-30 12:32:00
This year's Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2012 Awards cap off another wonderful busy year of testing for the best. As always we looked at hundreds and hundreds of toys. We're looking for the most engaging, innovative, well-designed toys of the year. The best of the best go on to our network of toy testers all over the country to give us their feedback. For this season we had testers as far as Alaska, Hawaii and even London in the mix. In additional you'll find books, audios and DVDs to enjoy together.
We are always grateful to the families that make this process so much fun. This year more of our first group of toy testers headed off to college-- how is that possible! Our complete Platinum, Gold, Blue Chip and SNAP Award winners for 2012 can be viewed by clicking here. Congrats to all our award winners!
Our mission remains the same: to take the guesswork out of finding wonderful products to share with your kids. We hope you'll find our list useful! Please join us on facebook, twitter, and pinterest as we update our coverage as toy season heats up!
All our best,
Joanne and Stephanie
You can watch Stephanie's segment on the Today Show here.