Category Archives: 2019

Bluebee Pals Techie Rangers Book & Activity Guide by Kayle Concepts

The Bluebee Pals are on a new adventure as Techie Rangers, who come to the rescue when little Andy gets lost in the forest while taking a nature walk with his class. This sweet story introduces us to a class … Continue reading

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Crayola Color Chemistry Arctic Lab

As STEAM products rise in popularity, chemistry sets are more prevalent but not necessarily well designed and paced for kids’ learning. Crayola is the exception as they make some of my favorite sets, with a whopping 50 possible experiments. Last … Continue reading

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Twisted Tales by SCS Direct

Want a story-telling game with a twist? Each player contributes “Twisted Tales” story cards for the storyteller to weave his tale. The cards range from “The local diner during the early bird special,” “a strange black mist,”or “A magical key … Continue reading

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Eagle Chase by SimplyFun

Just assemble the thick, beautifully illustrated gameboard of the United States and you know that SimplyFun has given us a gift of fun learning and appreciating our beautiful country. Players learn United States geography as they move around the gameboard … Continue reading

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Match-O-Rama by The Op | Usaopoly

Get ready for a fantastically fun, easy to learn party game for the whole family, 8 years and up! Flip a card to read your category, secretly write your response on your dry erase board and turn your prediction dial … Continue reading

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Juno My Baby Elephant by Spin Master

Juno endeared herself to parents, grandparents, and kids with her interactive play, gestures and sweet sounds. I took Juno to the classroom a kids LOVED her! With a few simple instructions like touch her forehead, cheeks and trunk or press … Continue reading

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Kinetic Sand Sandisfying Set by Spin Master

Whoa, was this a popular activity in the classroom where I brought the kinetic sand. Kids were making a volcano, ice cubes, ice cream, lakes and roads while they used the chopper, squisher, scooper, twister and shaper. What fun to … Continue reading

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Baa Baa Bubbles by Spin Master

We laughed hysterically with Soggy Doggy last year and now we have Baa Baa Bubbles to carry on the surprise fun. Bubbles, our sneezy sheep is hungry as usual but her allergies get the best of her in the middle … Continue reading

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Candylocks Doll by Spin Master

My little girlfriends couldn’t wait to rip open the packaging and see what was under that swirl of hair that was atop a cone to look like some cotton candy. They unwound the hair to find a cute little figure … Continue reading

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PAW Patrol Mighty Jet Command Center by Spin Master

Kids love a fast ride so call your Pups and hop on this Mighty Jet to take on your next adventure. After landing, lift the handle and switch your vehicle to a Command Center with room for all the PAW … Continue reading

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“From Birth to First Words” by Lynn Carson, Talking Together

Every expectant new parent should be given this book! Lynn Carson, a speech pathologist has done a remarkable job of organizing baby’s first year, developing language skills weekly, building from getting to know your baby’s cries and cues, to progressively … Continue reading

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Friends of a Feather by Ravensburger

The eggs have hatched in the nest but the birdies are missing their colorful tail feathers. Each turn add feathers to your bird by drawing from the deck or trading in for one facing up in the nest. Every9one loves … Continue reading

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Latches & Doors Busy Board by VTech

This Busy Board certainly kept my 2 year-old friend busy as she played with it over and over again, adding more and more language as she repeated sliding, unlatching, twisting and opening and closing the doors and windows to the … Continue reading

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That’s MY Cake! by Wonderbly

What child doesn’t want to star in his or her own book? “That’s MY Cake!” is a perfect story to feature siblings, cousins or friends, starring as the characters in the story. Simply fill out 2-4 children’s names, gender, and … Continue reading

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RockIt Twist by LeapFrog

Want to get your gammers to learn while playing? Hand them RockIt Twist and watch them play their way through a variety of preloaded games that teach literacy, math, problem solving, science and creativity. I handed it to a first … Continue reading

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Learn & Groove Shakin’ Colors Maracas by LeapFrog

My little 2 year-old would not let go of her maracas! As she shook the traditional style maraca, I noticed her body started to move to the rhythm and her mom said, “She loves music!” She explored the electronic maraca … Continue reading

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Smart Sizzlin’ BBQ Grill by LeapFrog

Open the grill top and a friendly face greets kids, inviting them to add their favorite food to the rotisserie. Kids quickly learned how to snap on the corn, hot dog, eggplant or steak, among others. Move the mode switch … Continue reading

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LeapStart Go by LeapFrog

LeapFrog has extended the learning from its popular system, LeapStart. Now kids 4-8 years can go beyond the basics and add video content to the learning. My first grade friends loved the new LeapStart Go as we explored “The Human … Continue reading

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LeapBuilders ABC Smart House by LeapFrog

LeapFrog continues to provide us with learning fun and has now introduced their new LeapBuilders system where kids learn while building. Kids got right to work constructing their Smart House, connecting blocks to surround the electronic Smart Star cube that … Continue reading

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Myla the Magical Unicorn by VTech

Myla was so popular with kids in a four-year old preschool that kids were standing in line to play with her–boys and girls! Myla is truly magical as she lights up based on a child’s direction. Kids touched her wand … Continue reading

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Treasure Seekers Pirate Ship by VTech

Are you ready for a learning journey with our pirate and captain? “Ahoy there matey,” says Captain Monty as kids place him on the front deck’s recognition point. This versatile pirate ship can be a pull along toy to sail … Continue reading

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Portable North Pole by UGroupMedia

Treat your family to a magical Christmas with Portable North Pole’s 2019 toys and gifts collection of plush reindeer, owlet, activity book, Do-Good Deeds Game, Story Activity Book, Magical Elf Door, Santa Letter Kit and more! The products encourage child … Continue reading

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Adventure Treehouse by Schleich

Schleich’s new play sets continue to impress teachers, parents, grandparents and of course kids! Their beautiful hand painted people and props inspire kids to spin their stories in many directions, based on creative play scenarios. The Farm World’s Adventure Treehouse … Continue reading

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King George’s Castle by Bigjigs Toys

Parents immediately recognized the high quality of design and construction of King George’s Castle. The pieces interlock precisely and the design is such that once it is put together it is very stable and sturdy for active play. The castle’s … Continue reading

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Mix & Match-a-Saurus by VTech

As a speech pathologist I love VTech’s new Mix & Match-a-Saurus who kids can customize by characters, emotions and music style. The three light up buttons teach colors and shapes. Put the red character tiles, yellow emotion tiles  and blue … Continue reading

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Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Safari Oasis

Kids loved decorating Crayola’s Scribble Scrubbie animals, the lion, elephant, monkey and giraffe, to prepare them for the safari. I’m not sure what kids like more, decorating the fuzzy figures, or scrubbing them clean in their own oasis with a … Continue reading

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Mickey’s Snuggletime by Wonder Forge

Snuggle time has never been more fun with your own cuddly blanket game board that kids can unfold over their covers and maybe even invent their own bedtime story. My little friend loved this “game” that of course turned into … Continue reading

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Hape Double Fun Fishing Set

Kids love to fish and can’t get enough of bath play so get ready for some sea loving fun. These adorable chunky water creatures have cute expressions and are ready to be “hooked” with the fishing pole and dropped into … Continue reading

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Hape Cook ‘n Serve Kitchen

My little preschooler was immediately drawn to Hape’s Cook ‘n Serve Kitchen and got right to work mixing and baking cupcakes for Mom, Grandma and me! Hape’s simplicity of design yet inclusion of many avenues of play–mixing the batter on … Continue reading

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Miniland Emoti Blocks

Kids were fascinated with the six facial expressions on the blocks, reflecting diversity–astonished, bored, sad, happy, frightened and angry–as they chose one and started to build their character, adding hair and a body. Pretend play was naturally generated by their … Continue reading

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Jet Duck Family (Pirate, Mermaid, Firefighter) by Yookidoo

Kids saw the Jet Duck Firefighter box and were begging to take a bath!! We tried it out on land first as they loved changing the accessories that sent their story in a different route. “My duck is going underwater … Continue reading

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Sensory Bath Mobile by Yookidoo

Bath time is always fun beginning with baby’s first water play. Drops and splashes add a sensory dimension to baby’s learning as he feels as well as sees how their interaction in the tub moves the bath mobile. Baby’s first … Continue reading

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Pop Up Shop by Hape

Pop Up Shops are my favorites because they have an element of surprise. You never know where they are going to show up–in this case, could be in the kitchen or on the patio for a little shopping. Hape’s incredibly … Continue reading

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Magicube Jack and the Beanstalk by Geomagworld

Jack and the Beanstalk is a perfect theme for adding physical building to a story as the beanstalk gets higher and higher throughout the plot. Geomagworld’s Magicube Story Building Sets proved to be favorites among students and teachers last year … Continue reading

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Mighty Mini Band by Hape

As we know, a toddler can be a mighty mini band all by himself in the pots and pans drawer so why not give him the proper equipment? Hape’s band includes a drum, xylophone, cymbal, scratch board, clapper and two … Continue reading

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Under Sea Figure 8 Railway by Hape

Kids love trains so why not introduce our littlest engineers to an underwater railway? Magnetic vehicles, movement, flexible track, and a sea full of swimming creatures provide endless fun and learning as kids assemble their track with bubbling fish and … Continue reading

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Gotta Word by Cortex Toys

Have you gotta word for “A fifth grader’s super power,” “An advanced weightlifting move,” or “The compulsion to pop bubble wrap?” “Gotta Word” has simple instructions but complex thinking is required AS IS a readiness to laugh hilariously. Draw a … Continue reading

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Magicube Nursery Rhymes by Geomagworld

Geomagworld’s Magicube Story Building Sets proved to be a favorite among students and teachers last year when I brought language learning toys to the classroom. This year’s new Nursery Rhymes set has the same potential to bring out creative physical … Continue reading

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Wake Up Stars by SimplyFun

It’s nighttime and the stars are waking up, some happier than others. Place all the foam stars face down in the middle of the play area and spin to see if you turn over one or two stars. It’s the … Continue reading

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Lily Pond by SimplyFun

Hop to it! It’s time to grab your froggy and sit on the rock in the middle of the lily pond filled with letters to explore. Give each player three word cards, each with three to five letters placed in … Continue reading

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Stick Figure it Out by Cortex Toys

Are you ready for a quick draw, and guess game? Each team races to draw a random figure from the categories of History/Politics, Athlete, Pop Culture, Fiction or Actor/Actress. Teammates have 30 seconds to guess. We has such fun recognizing … Continue reading

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Summer Big Fun Workbooks by Highlights

Parents often ask what they can do to keep kids’ skills sharp over the summer. Highlights’ “Summer Big Fun Workbooks” are chocked full of activities targeting skills aligned with school standards. The three workbooks are designed to get kids ready … Continue reading

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Gravitrax Trampoline by Ravensburger

When parents ask me for a recommendation for their child 8 years and older, I immediately share Ravensburger’s Gravitrax, an interactive marble run and construction set that entertains and draws on so many skills, essential to the classroom and later … Continue reading

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Topper Takes a Trip by Peaceable Kingdom- a MindWare Brand

Everybody loves to take a trip whether to Grandma’s house, sledding or the beach, so don’t leave your toddler out of the fun! Topper the pup is going on a trip. Chose from the destination cards–The Forest, School, Sledding Hill, … Continue reading

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Under the Sea Floor Puzzle by Bigjigs Toys Ltd

Bigjigs Toys is known for its fun, sturdy wooden toys, like their 48 piece “Under the Sea Floor Puzzle,” made to be gripped by preschool hands with solid wood pieces to put together. We had so much fun looking for … Continue reading

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Dinosaur Island by Bigjigs Toys Ltd

Grab a dinosaur and step back in time to inhabit Dinosaur Island for some creative open ended play! Kids got right to “work” in setting up their play and exploring the four sections of the play set. By the way, … Continue reading

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SMARTGAMES Brain Train

Smart Toys and Games has been delighting children and parents with toys that have a learning edge, as they have given us fun logic puzzles with an underlying language component. Their newest “Brain Train” has so many levels of learning … Continue reading

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SMARTMAX My First Dinosaurs

It’s been my experience that kids are fascinated with dinosaurs and remember their long names better than adults! Now they can bring to life their SMARTMAX dinos by clicking the front and back body pieces to the middle magnetic rod. … Continue reading

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Folkmanis Robot Puppet

Look who is new to the Folkmanis Puppet lineup, a robot! This soft nuts and bolts,  sleepy-eyed robot with a big jaw, underbite and wheelie locomotion was endearing to my little 4 year-old friend. She slipped her hand right in … Continue reading

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Folkmanis Snow Leopard Cub Puppet

This little Snow Leopard Cub wowed my 4 year-old friend as well as her Grandma! The little cub’s big blue eyes invite you in for a conversation. She slipped on the puppet and had a cuddle while negotiating moving its … Continue reading

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First Words Baby Babble Training Trumpet by People Toy Company

Kids love to make a little noise so why not with their very own trumpet? In the second half of the first year, babies can grab, grasp and hold on to objects like the handles on this little rattle/trumpet. As … Continue reading

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Ditty Bird Musical Books by MEMA Enterprise PTY LTD

Singing children’s songs is a beautiful way for kids to take in language full of repetition and rhymes. A “singing book” takes it up a notch as kids can follow along with the illustrations and enjoy hearing and singing the … Continue reading

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My First Shaped Puzzles–Pet Friends by The Learning Journey

Since toddlers love animals and pets, this doggy, cat, fish and bunny are an inviting theme for your child’s first puzzles. The large, incredibly thick cardboard,  two-piece puzzles are designed for easy manipulation by little hands. Each puzzle has a … Continue reading

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Cuddly Kitten by Faber-Castell USA

My little friend spied the “Cuddly Kitten” carrier on top of some toys and said, “Awww, cute! ” I want THAT one.” So our little project had begun. She lifted out the soft plush kitten and added her pink neon … Continue reading

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Astro Trash by USAopoly

The galaxy had enjoyed a peaceful coexistence, until a sanitation craft lost control of its messy cargo and let loose free-floating debris, Astro Trash! Kids and parents loved the theme of the game, while they chose their own planet player … Continue reading

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Guess It, Get It, Gumballs by Peaceable Kingdom – A MindWare Brand

Warm up those face muscles because you are going to be stretching into Scared, Silly, Mad, Excited, Sad and Happy, with feeling. EQ or Emotional Intelligence is a hot topic these days as parents and educators realize the importance of … Continue reading

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Pick Me Up, Piggy! by Peaceable Kingdom – A MindWare Brand

Piggy has a big run around job to do. First she drives her blue truck full of animals to deliver the cow, horse, chicken and mouse to their destinations–Book Store, Dentist, Pizza Parlor, and Paint Store. The animals fit in … Continue reading

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Long and Tall Puzzles-Big to Small Animals by The Learning Journey

Last year’s Long and Tall 123 Rocket Ship puzzle by The Learning Journey International was such a hit that I knew their newest five foot puzzle would grab the attention of a 4 year-old and her grandma! Grandma and grand … Continue reading

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Snap Dolls by Cortex Toys

So many grandmas grew up on paper dolls but now play is made even easier with Snap Dolls. My little friend saw the box and said, “I have those, I love this!” She opened the box and immediately “dressed” her … Continue reading

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Brio My First Farm

Toddlers can start up a lifetime of enjoying train sets with Brio’s “My First Farm,” the newest addition to BRIO’s wooden railway system. My little 2 year-old needed no instructions on how to attach the ramps for easy access to … Continue reading

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Heads Talk Tails Walk by

No need to leave your preschooler on the sidelines during Family Game Night. The whole gang will be laughing themselves silly as they try to match a hidden animal’s head tile to the correct body tile. If they don’t watch … Continue reading

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Button, Button, Belly Button by Peaceable Kingdom – A MindWare Brand

Try NOT to get silly saying, “Button, Button, Belly Button” with your toddler! I introduced this game to my 2 year-old friend and she said, “Cool!” We started out following the rules, as I modeled tapping a different button card … Continue reading

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babu Rollers by MindWare

Babies and toddlers can now join the rage for modular car systems! babu Rollers provide three wooden car bases with 6 car tops to mix and match, exercising fine and gross motor skills as well as balance, cause-effect and pretend … Continue reading

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Paint Your Own Fairy Garden by MindWare

Fairy gardens are a delightful surprise when I come upon one as I did the other day on a walk. They fit right into the natural habitat but add some whimsical fun and pretend play for the creator. With this … Continue reading

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Dig it Up! Discoveries Dragons by MindWare

Kids couldn’t wait for me to open the box to reveal 12 golden dragon’s eggs, so they could choose one and start excavating. Each egg comes with a chiseling tool and directions to soak the egg in water for a … Continue reading

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KEVA Cutouts by MindWare

It’s amazing how 5 simple uniquely shaped wood planks stimulate creativity and hold a child’s attention while they build from a pirate ship, bridge, or castle to abstract art! The columns, battlements, arches and portholes add details to the builds … Continue reading

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Lights & Stripes Zebra by VTech

Lights & Stripes Zebra is quite cool in his shiny blue vest with the collar popped up, ready to play with your little one. Explore his body parts describing patterns, polka dots to stripes, colors and textures for your child … Continue reading

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Butterfly Counting Pal by LeapFrog

Pick up this colorful, plush caterpillar turned butterfly and let the learning begin! First we pushed the music button and were treated to a beautiful classical piano concerto. My little one pushed one of the four mode buttons to listen … Continue reading

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Scout’s Learning Lights Remote Deluxe by LeapFrog

Young children are fascinated with remote controls, so now they can play with their own device, imitating mom and dad while learning important skills. Switch between”Play”and “Learn” modes as kids explore weather, music, numbers, and letter buttons. Add in a … Continue reading

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My Peek-a-Boo LapPup (Scout or Violet) by LeapFrog

Lift open your LapPup and say hi to Violet or Scout who are ready for a game of peek-a-boo! Our Violet invites interaction, “I love you!” “Will you play with me?” “Touch the green crayon.” Little ones learn from imitating … Continue reading

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Paw Patrol Skye Learning Watch by VTech

Kids can’t get enough of Paw Patrol (I admit I like watching it too) so when I unwrapped Skye’s Watch, my little 3 year-old friend went, “Wow!” She immediately started listening to the phrases and comments from Skye. We set … Continue reading

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Hoyle Mixed Emojis

I love this little game of expressing emotions. As a speech language pathologist, I have worked with kids for years, helping them increase their emotional vocabulary list so they can name and regulate their emotions better as well as understand … Continue reading

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Hoyle Seal Squad

Get your Seal team ready to work cooperatively to collect as many fish as you can before the walrus gets to the fish pile! Unfold the fabric mat filled with a grid of various numbers of fish. Roll the 2 … Continue reading

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Oribel VertiPlay Tree Top Adventure

Want to take your little one’s playground off the floor and onto the wall? Oribel’s VertiPlay system does just that! Slip your “Tree Top Adventure” out of the box, remove the back sticker lining and press it on to most … Continue reading

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Hoo Hoo Who? by Mary Maier with Lauren Horton

As a speech pathologist, I love great picture books that bring kids into the story to interact with repetition, questions and clues. What a wonderful collaboration between author illustrator Mary Maier and speech pathologist Lauren Horton who clearly knows how … Continue reading

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SPARK Cards by SPARK Innovations

Sequencing is a valuable language skill for children to learn so they can break down events into logical steps, and place them in order to recall past experiences as well as logically formulate their own stories about events. The new … Continue reading

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New York Day & Night by Aurelie Pollet and Vincent Bergier

“New York Day & Night” delights children and their adult readers, filled with contrasts, surprises and visual transformations as they are taken on a tour of the city that never sleeps. Each New York City landmark begins with a clear … Continue reading

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