NEW YORK, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The independent consumer organization, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, announces their annual awards for the best toys of 2012 on their website, www.toyportfolio.com.
"After a year of testing hundreds of new toys, the strongest categories continue to be games, construction sets, and props for pretend. While there was a great deal of initial buzz about hybrid toys, our testers gave the highest ratings to more traditional toys," notes Co-Founder Joanne Oppenheim.
Stephanie Oppenheim adds: "We really get to do what parents wished they could do if they had unlimited time and money. Each toy is rated in terms of its age-appropriateness, quality of design, ease of instructions and assembly, and most importantly, whether kids are engaged by the product. With the majority of a family's "toy dollars" spent during the holidays, it's important to get it right. Our network of family testers from all over the country are our ultimate experts on whether a toy makes our list."
The organization's top award, the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award is given to the most outstanding and innovative products of the year. Other notable awards: the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award is given to highly recommended products; Blue Chip Award honors classic products; and the Special Needs Adaptable Product Award recognizes toys most appropriate for kids with special needs. Complete reviews of all toy winners, as well as awards for best books, audios, and dvds are online at www.toyportfolio.com.
About the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
Founded in 1989 by child development and toy experts, Joanne Oppenheim and her daughter Stephanie Oppenheim. The organization does not accept entry fees for reviewing products. The Oppenheims are Contributors to NBC's TODAY Show. Stephanie will be on the TODAY Show on October 2nd to share some of the organization's winners.
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