Experts pass on poop-themed toys but recommend so many other great toys for all ages and budgets

NEW YORK, NY, October 24, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — The independent consumer organization, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, reveals their annual Platinum Awards for the most outstanding toys of 2018 on their website, Co-founder Stephanie Oppenheim will appear on NBC’s TODAY Show on October 24, 2018.

Toyland trends to watch noted by child development experts and co-founders Joanne and Stephanie Oppenheim:

Poop. The big trend of the year are toys that involve poop. The game play involves such goals as trying not to step in it to trying to catch it. “While bathroom humor can be funny, we don’t believe kids need to invest their play time in plastic poop,” notes Joanne Oppenheim.

Diversity in Dolls. We love that we’re seeing more multi-ethnic dolls this year from many manufacturers. And there are also more boy dolls this year as well.

STEM learning. We found outstanding STEM toys that include robots that require coding, learning about circuitry, digging for artifacts and microscopes to engage kids in science and math.

Games and Puzzles. Our testers continue to give low-tech games and puzzles the highest marks. Families are looking for ways to connect without electronics. They also provide some of the best values with many games and puzzles under $20.

Assembly Required. Toys require more and more assembly at home. Don’t wait for the last moment to put the toys together. You’ll need tools and patience.

The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Awards are given to the most outstanding and innovative products of the year. Other notable awards: the 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 winners are online at

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