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Top kids toys of 2021: Oppenheim Toy Portfolio winners

Looking for children's gifts before the shopping rush starts? We've got you covered.

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Holiday shopping is starting even earlier this year, with many looking to avoid shipping delays and beat the usual gift-buying crowds. So it's no surprise that everyone wants to know what the trendy toys are this year, so you can get them before they sell out.

Stephanie Oppenheim, co-founder of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, joined TODAY to share the winners of this year's Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Awards. The company's experts run all their toys by a panel of kid-testers and take into account educational and play value, safety, age, parental feedback and more. So you can trust everything on their list is something your child might love.

Add these award-winning toys to your shopping cart if you're looking to "wow" the little ones on your list.

Best toys for babies and toddlers

Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Learning Bot Fisher Price

Babies who are starting to sit up on their own and toddlers alike will love this new robot from Fisher-Price. It is composed of three separate sections that can be combined to form the full robot or taken apart and played with separately to encourage interactive play. From the googly eyes to the mini ball game, it's sure to be a hit.

Manhattan Toy Playmate Friends Collection

Gift them their first hugger this year, plus an adorable included little pet. These plush dolls have options for both boys and girls and are also machine washable. Plus, the outfits are removable and interchangeable.

Best toys for preschoolers

Spinmaster Paw Patrol Ultimate City Transforming Tower

Parents of Paw Patrol fans know how big of a hit this toy will be. This three-foot tower is a replica of the tower from Adventure City and includes a command center, pup elevator, lights, sounds and everything else they'll need to create adventures of their own. Since it is so big, they can let their imagination run wild while playing with friends or family this year.

Dig It Up! Dinosaur Eggs by MindWare

The future paleontologist of the family will love getting to excavate dinosaur eggs — and then discovering what's inside. After soaking the eggs in water, they can get to work with the chisel and hammer to unearth the dinosaur inside (each kit includes a T-Rex, Triceratops and Stegosaurus). Once they're done, the included mat makes for an easy cleanup.

Best toys for early school years

SkyRocket Moji the Lovable Labradoodle

Didn't adopt a pandemic puppy? Moji is just as lovable, but doesn't require any housebreaking or grooming. Once you say her name, you'll watch her come to life; she'll listen to voice commands such as "sit" and "shake." An included deck of cards can be used to activate additional tricks, such as eating a treat, taking a bath and more.

Best crafts for boys and girls

Hey Buddy Hey Pal The Gift Box Ornament Decorator

This gadget makes for a great holiday craft. With it, kids can decorate a number of different ornaments with the colors and patterns they choose. After placing an ornament in the decorator, it will spin, and it only takes the touch of a marker to watch the designs come to life. Each set includes the decorating machine, three ornaments and eight markers, so additional ornaments will need to be purchased for future holiday seasons.

Creativity for Kids Magic Swirl Kaleidoscope

For a fun STEM activity, kids will love using this "magic" kaleidoscope. They'll learn how to construct a kaleidoscope and about light refractions as they piece it together. Kids ages 6 and older can create tons of cool scenes with the included swirl gel, glow-in-the-dark stickers, confetti assortment and more tools.

Creativity for Kids Color By Number Puzzles Jungle Kit

Puzzles soared in popularity in 2020, but they're not going anywhere. This kit allows them to get crafty, as they'll transform a black and white canvas into a colorful jungle scene — once they put all the pieces together, of course. The kit includes 24 washable markers, 100 puzzle pieces and a complete guide to help them along the way.

Toybox Starter Bundle

Oppenheim called this toy the toy of the future. It's a real 3D printer that kids will have a lot of fun using, with a bit of parental supervision (it uses heat to construct designs). It's easy to assemble and is controlled through an app on their phone, as they'll need to scroll through the catalogue in order to select a design. It requires a bit of patience, but the cool designs it can produce — such as the Scooby Doo Mystery Van — are worth every minute.

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