Boikido Wooden Toys Awarded Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal

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Boikido Wooden Toys, maker of premium wooden toys, earned the prestigious Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award for the Boikido Marine Maze, an innovative wooden activity toy geared towards children aged +18m. The wooden toy was awarded the Gold Seal Award for being well made, age appropriate, and fun for children.

Boikido Wooden Toys Marine Maze

Our expert and kid testers gave this engaging product high marks for being age appropriate, beautifully crafted, and fun!

Boikido Wooden Toys (http://www.boikido.com) announced today that the Boikido Marine Maze, an innovative wooden activity toy geared towards children aged +18m, was awarded the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award for being well made, age appropriate, and fun for children.

The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio (http://www.toyportfolio.com), founded in 1989 as the only independent consumer reviewer of children's media, carefully chooses children's toys to put through its thorough testing program with toy experts and kids. Referring to the Marine Maze, Toy Portfolio Co-founder Stephanie Oppenheim said, "Our expert and kid testers gave this engaging product high marks for being age appropriate, beautifully crafted, and fun!"

New for 2009, The Boikido Marine Maze is part of a full line of imaginative wooden toys, including a new line of eco-friendly toys, that Boikido recently unveiled at the February 2009 NYC-based Toy Fair. French-based Boikido prides itself on developing stimulating, age appropriate toys creatively designed with whimsical colors and themes--a refreshing twist on an old classic. Their wooden toys are known for championing active, self-driven play for kids in lieu of more passive, electronic toys and games.                 

David To, US Distributor for Boikido Wooden Toys, said, "The Marine Maze is a perfect example of what Boikido is all about. The toy is great for building hand-eye coordination, and has lots of colors and features to spur on a child's imagination." The Marine Maze has an MSRP of $34.99 and will be available at select specialty toy stores and major online toy retailers in May.

In keeping with the company's innovative approach to children's toys, Boikido recently entered the "environmentally friendly" arena with its newly-launched eco-friendly line of wooden toys--toys that, like the regular line, reinforce the importance of learning through play to build cognition and imagination. Boikido ECO-FRIENDLY Wooden Toys are made of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood that comes from monitored plantation sources that are managed to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations. Non-toxic water based paints are also used and the toys are packaged with recycled cardboard packaging printed with soy bean ink, certified by the ASA (American Soybean Association).

About Boikido
Incorporated in France, Boikido (http://www.boikido.com) is owned by Let's Go S.A., a subsidiary of Challenger International S.A., the leading nursery and toy distributor in France. Boikido has been making premium wooden toys since 2003 and has built up a strong following among European parents. The award-winning Boikido Wooden Toys promote self-driven play by incorporating innovative and whimsical designs that encourage and stimulate children's imaginations. Boikido offers over 70 different varieties of wooden toys for children ages one through four and are available in over 15 countries worldwide. Interested retailers can contact Boikido.cs@gmail.com or (847) 984-6158 for ordering information.

About The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio (http://www.toyportfolio.com) was founded in 1989 as the only independent consumer reviewer of children's media. The group tests and reviews children's toys, books, DVDs and music, and, unlike other product-rating groups, does not charge entry fees or accept ads. The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio works with expert toy testers and children to review the products. The Toy Portfolio was founded by child development experts and authors, Joanne Oppenheim and her daughter Stephanie Oppenheim. The Oppenheims are monthly contributors on NBC's Today Show.

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