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Tags: great games under $20, math games, letter games, active games, family games, preschool, early school years, later school years
Posted: 2010-02-18 19:30:16 By: Joanne Oppenheim

Unlike a lot of novelty toys that often lose their luster, games are returned to again and again. They are not just entertaining; many have solid learning built into the fun. Here are some of the top choices we've tested and think you and your family will like playing. Click here to see our list!

And the Winners Are!
Tags: Music DVD's, Storybook DVD's, Feature Films, Science DVD's
Posted: 2010-01-11 08:27:42 By: Joanne Oppenheim

What do underwater sea creatures, sheep, and storybook characters have in common? You'll find them all on our short award list of DVD winners. Read the reviews!

Gifts for Aspiring Dancers
Tags: costumes for little dancers, ballerina dolls, books about ballet, videos about ballet
Posted: 2010-04-20 13:56:23 By: Joanne Oppenheim

As we were adding the newest tutus and ballet books to our award list, we realized how many wonderful gift choices there are to consider. Here are a handful of wonderful choices.

Posted: 2010-01-10 19:43:30 By: Joanne Oppenheim

If you spend a great deal of time going from point A to point B, having some wonderful stories and music to listen to can make the journey part of the fun (even if it's just coming home for school, soccer or Grandma's house).  As you know we complain most about this aspect of what we review.  So much of children's audio is really annoying...sugary sweet and full of good-for-you-messages. When we started reviewing children's audio, we literally used to sit in the car and anyone (young or old) could throw the audio out of the car. (The car was parked.)  After several afternoons in the car, the lawn would be full of rejects.  While we don't do that anymore (it is so not green), we do have the same high standards.  So a special congratulations to the winners this year!  Click here to see our list of award winners!

When trucks don't hit it off
Tags: Matchbox, Tonka, Mattel, Hasbro
Posted: 2010-01-10 19:41:55 By: by Stephanie Oppenheim

Matchbox Monty a bit bored by Tonka Chuck...

What to look for and our top picks
Tags: Toys for Kids with ADHD, Tips for Shopping for Kids with ADHD
Posted: 2012-12-11 15:27:41 By: by Stephanie Oppenheim and Joanne Oppenheim
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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.

Matchbox Rocky and Tonka Chuck
Tags: Mattel, Hasbro, Matchbox, Tonka, High TechToys
Posted: 2009-10-01 10:21:37
Tags: eeBoo, Games and Puzzles, Mia Galison
Posted: 2009-10-06 18:39:15 By: Stephanie Oppenheim
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eeBoo is one of our favorite game and puzzle companies. Founder Mia Galison has brought some of today's top illustrators to the world of boardgames and puzzles. As a result the products have a lovely retro feel to them. While so many games have cartoonish looks--these are happily and decidedly artistic. The art is married with games that are age appropriate for preschoolers and early school age kids. Read the interview.

Stephanie's segment on the TODAY SHOW
Tags: Today Show, Best Educational Toys
Posted: 2011-04-02 15:04:10
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Stephanie appeared this morning on the Today Show with Natalie Morales and shared some of the year's best educational toys that help build important skills - featuring products from Lego, Blue Orange Games, Playmobil, Leapfrog, Silver Dolphin, Eeboo, I Can Do That Games, Briarpatch, Gamewright and Citiblocks. 

 

You can watch her here! The full article with details on all the products she demonstrated can be found at our site.

Make it Hands On
Tags: Science toys
Posted: 2010-01-10 19:42:29
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One of the best ways to excite kids about science is to make it a hands-on experience. Here are some of  our favorite picks. Many require some adult involvement - providing a chance to make discoveries together.  Others give you an opportunity to talk about the wonders of nature. Read more here.

 

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