2010 Top Ten Toys for Tykes

Dec 01, 2010
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It’s that time of year when many of us are laboring over the perfect gift to get for someone special.  I was curious how to find recommendations for toys for kids with disabilities so I did some looking around (on the internet of course) and found myself directed to http://www.abilitypath.org/, a site that provides support for parents of kids with disabilities.  From there it was recommended to check out The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio (http://www.toyportfolio.com/) that provides awards for the best toys, books, videos, and audio for kids in various age groups (infants, toddlers, preschoolers, early school years, and later school years).  I liked that educator, parent & kid testing goes into each product that is considered for an award and that they don’t accept ads or charge fees to review a product, so you know you’re always getting independent opinions.  Here’s the breakdown for their awards:

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award represent the most innovative, engaging new products of the year.

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award is given to outstanding new products that enhance the lives of children. Products listed with four play balls  ()  have received this award.

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blue Chip Classic Award is reserved for classic products that should not be missed just because they weren’t invented yesterday. Products must be in the marketplace for five years to be considered.

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio SNAP Award is the Special Needs Adaptable Product Award and is given to products that can be used by or easily adapted for children with special needs.

So I went through all the 2010 awards and developed my own Top Ten based on the following criteria:

  • The toy must have received 4.5  or 5  play balls.
  • The toy must have received the SNAP Award as well as at least one of the other awards.
  • It must apply to more than one age group.  Why, you ask?  Well, there were tons of great toys so I had to break it down somehow, and as a mother, I find that I tend to buy more toys that my kids can/will want to play with for a longer period of time.

*These are not in any specific order and many of them do have “SNAP” suggestions for additional ways to use the toy or ways to adapt it.  Click on the link to find out more general information as well as SNAP specific details on these highly rated toys.

1. Rubbabu Funky Ball Assortment
(Rubbabu $6 Score:)

Age: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool.

2. Playskool Explore ‘N Grow Musical Gear Center
(Hasbro $24 Score:)

Age: Infants, Toddlers.

3. Stack ‘n Surprise Blocks Musical Croc Block Wagon

(Fisher-Price $29.99 Score:)

Age: Infants, Toddlers.

4. Playskool Press ‘n Pop Shapes
(Hasbro $19.99 Score:)

Age: Infants, Toddlers.

5. eeBoo Baby Animals, Simple Puzzle Pairs

(eeBoo $14.95 Score:)

Age: Preschool, Early School Years.

6. Wonder World Eco House
(Wonderworld $140 Score:)

Age: Preschool, Early School Years.

7. Corolle Calin Laughing Cerise

(Corolle $35 Score:)

Age: Toddlers, Preschool.

8. iplay Scoop ‘Em Up
(International Playthings $19.95 Score:)

Age: Preschool, Early School Years.

9. Rubbabu Magnetic Alphabet Set Upper Case Large
(Rubbabu $59.99 Score:)

Age: Preschool, Early School Years.

10. Creativity for Kids My First Scissors Kit
(Creativity for Kids $14.95 Score:)

Age: Preschool, Early School Years.

The only thing that I was disappointed NOT to find, were toys for the “Later School Years”.  Anyone have suggestions??

Author: Blythe



  • Sbonne2

    I was at ToysRus yesterday and saw this catalog front and center near the entrance called Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids (with Holly Robinson-Peete on the front). It does denote that some toys got awards, but it also has a key to tell you what each toy targets (fine motor, social skills, etc.). I especially like that it’s titled “differently-abled” as opposed to “special” or “disabled”. But just an FYI!

  • Tdw

    You read my mind! That was my blog for tomorrow! Thank you for the suggestion. I hope you will be able to come back and read the blog! Tanya

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    Toys are really fun to play especially when they are so colorful and you could do many things with them. However, even they are fun to play with, proper guidance and attention of the parents are needed for their safety while playing them.