August 13, 2009

CITIBLOCS BALANCE ANOTHER BIG WIN: 2009 OPPENHEIM TOY PORTFOLIO GOLD SEAL

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Roswell, GA (August 13, 2009) – The expression “knock on wood” takes on a whole new meaning when kids stack the eco-friendly wooden building blocks, called CitiBlocs, as high as they can and then gleefully knock ‘em down. There’s plenty of glee at CitiBloc’s toy offices, with the news of winning the impressive 2009 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award.

What’s the secret behind CitiBlocs? Every precision-cut piece is exactly the same shape and size plus is very lightweight. The wooden building blocks, crafted in Vietnam from New Zealand pine, don’t require glue, snaps, or connectors. Big and little kids simply supply gravity, balance, imagination and a flat surface! Since its debut earlier this year, toy industry judges have continued to pile on the praises for CitiBlocs with such honors as Creative Child’s 2009 Preferred Choice Award, Dr. Toy Best Vacation Children’s Products award, iParenting Outstanding Products Award and Father's Day GreatDad Recommends and Mr. Dad Seal of Approval.

CitiBlocs offers kits priced from $14.99 for a starter set to $229.99 for 1000 pieces. Ideal for children ages 3 and up, grownups like to play with them too! While busy building, balancing and designing, tykes learn the basics of architecture, mathematics and science.

Here’s what the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio had to say about CitiBlocs:

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“CitiBlocs are wonderful open-ended toys that invite creativity. Our testers loved that CitiBlocs were both green and engaging and it’s fun to see how many variations you can make.”

-Stephanie Oppenheim, Co-founder of toyportfolio.com

About Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
Founded in 1989 by child development experts Joanne and Stephanie Oppenheim, the Oppenheims review the best in children’s media on their website (www.toyportfolio.com). Their awards have become the benchmark of excellence with both consumers and industry insiders.  The Oppenheims are Contributors to NBC’s TODAY Show.

About CitiBlocs
With a kit to fit every playroom, parents, schools and youth leaders can choose one of seven block boxes including the ambitious 1000-piece wooden block set. CitiBlocs are available everywhere: online at CitiBlocsStore.com, specialty toy etailers, Toys R Us and other national chains. For more information and inspiration to budding builders, visit their website at CitiBlocs.com.

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