Classic Toys tomorrow on the Today Show: Take a Toy Inventory is one of our favorite posts on the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio blog: Stephanie Oppenheim on Toys.
The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio is a respected independent consumer review of children’s media. It was founded in 1989 as the only independent consumer review of children’s media by mother daughter team and child development experts Joanne and Stephanie Oppenheim.
Entrants for consideration in The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio are not charged entry fees. Winners are selected by noted experts in child development, children’s literature, and education. They choose their award winners based on a number of criteria. Some of their topics of consideration include:
- What is the product designed to do and how well does it do it?
- Does it invite active doing and thinking or simply passive watching?
- Is it safe and well-designed, and can it withstand the unexpected?
- Does it “fit” the developmental needs, interests and typical skills of the children for whom it was designed? What message does it convey?
- What will a child learn from this product?
The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blog: Stephanie Oppenheim on Toys posts about Thoughts on Toys from the Founder of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio. Classic Toys tomorrow on the Today Show: Take a Toy Inventory is one of our favorite posts. Stephanie talks about how important it is to bring home toys with lasting play value. These toys “place your child at the center of the play experience” and often tend to be the more open ended, classic toys.
When taking an inventory of your toys, Stephanie suggests that parents pay attention to these criteria:
- Does your child have variety in their types of toys? For a well-rounded play experience, kids need many different types of toys.
- Are your child’s toys gender-free? Gender specific toys often teach a specific type of lesson. Having gender free toys introduce kids to a variety of lessons.
- Does your child have art supplies? Art supplies encourage creativity during play.
- What about family games? Games are one of the best ways to play together.
Read more toy tips on Stephanie Oppenheim on Toys and see some of our favorite classic toys below.