PAL Awards

Established by respected speech and language expert Sherry Artemenko, the PAL Award recognizes exceptional toys, games and books that, through their design, content, quality, and character, promote play that advances language. PAL winners in the hands of kids spark fun and creative play with lots of talk!

Products, chosen on the basis of over 30 years practical child development experience, are complemented by coaching in thoughtful reviews, showing parents how to best use each toy, game or book to build language.

All PAL Award winners

Alex Toys Future Coders Bunny Trails
Ages: 4 years and up
$34.99

Alex Toys Future Coders Robot Races
Ages: 4 years and up
$19.99

Alphabet Woods by SimplyFun
Ages: 5 years and up
$28

Angelina Ballerina Dance With Me! Game by I Can Do That! Games
Ages: 3 years and up
$19.99

Animal Soup The Mixed-Up Animal Board Game! by The Haywire Group
Ages: 3 years and up
$19.99

Anomia Party Edition by Anomia Press
Ages: 10 years and up
$29.99

Arranging Game My Animal Friends by HABA
Ages: 2-6 years
$38.69

Balancing Burger! by International Playthings
Ages: 4 years and up
$22.99

Bear In Underwear Backpack Adventure Board Game! by The Haywire Group
Ages: 3 years and up
 

Bid-A-Letter by SimplyFun
Ages: 12 years and up
$36.00

Blind Spell by MindWare
Ages: 7 years and up
$19.95

Brik Buster by Strictly Briks
Ages: 3-9 years of age
$29.99

Bring Your Own Book by Gamewright
Ages: 12 years and up
$14.99

Bugs In The Kitchen by Ravensburger
Ages: 6 years and up
 

Bunny Bedtime by Peaceable Kingdom
Ages: 2 years and up
$17.99

Buzz Blast by Discovery Bay Games
Ages: 7 years and up
$24.95

Cheese Stack by Getta1Games
Ages: 3 years and up
$17.99

Choice Words by MindWare
Ages: 10 years and up
$24.95

Choice-A-Quence by Let’s Choose
Ages: 4-8 years old
$9.99

Chuggington’s Traintastic Cargo Game by I Can Do That! Games
Ages: 3 years and up
$19.99

Circuit Maze by Thinkfun
Ages: 8 years and up
$29.99

Compose Yourself by Thinkfun
Ages: 6 to 106 years
$14.99

Compound It All! by Lee and Low Books
Ages: 9 years and up
$29.95

Crazy Letters by Mindware
Ages: 10 years and up
$24.95

Dabble by INI, LLC
Ages: 10 years and up
$24.99

Despicable Me Labyrinth Game by Ravensburger
Ages: 7 years and up
$31.99

Dice-T by The Haywire Group
Ages: 8 years and up
$19.99

Dinosaur Escape by Peaceable Kingdom
Ages: 4 years and up
$17.99

Disney Doc McStuffins All Bettter! Game by Wonder Forge
Ages: 3 years and up
$24.99

Disney Doc McStuffins Mix Up! Fix Up! Game by Wonder Forge
Ages: 3 years and up
$14.99

Disney Eye Found It! Hidden Picture Game by Wonder Forge
Ages: 5 years and up
$19.99

Disney Jake and the Neverland Pirates Shipwreck Beach Treasure Hunt Game by Wonder Forge
Ages: 3 years and up
$24.99

Disney Jr The Lion Guard Boulder Burst Game by Wonder Forge
Ages: 4 years and up
$16.99

Disney Jr. Mickey and the Roadster Racers Bump ‘N Race Action Game by Wonder Forge
Ages: 3 years and up
$19.99

Disney Junior Super Stretchy Game by Wonder Forge
Ages: 3 years and up
$16.99

Disney MiIes from Tomorrowland Rockin’ Rocket Game by Wonderforge
Ages: 3 years and up
$16.99

Disney Palace Pets Royal Pet Salon by Wonder Forge
Ages: 3 years and up
$19.99

Disney Princess Dazzling Princess Game by Wonder Forge
Ages: 4 years and up
$19.99

Disney Princess Enchanted Cupcake Party Game by Wonder Forge
Ages: 3 years and up
$16.99

Disney Sofia the First Magical Tea Time Game by Wonder Forge
Ages: 3 years and up
$19.99

Disney Sofia the First Royal Prep Academy Game by Wonder Forge
Ages: 3 years and up
$19.99

Disney World of Disney Pictopia Game by Wonder Forge
Ages: 6 years and up
$19.99

Do You Know Shakespeare? by SimplyFun
Ages: 12 years and up
$38.00

Doc McStuffins Spot it! Numbers and Shapes by Blue Orange Games
Ages: 3 years and up
$11.99

Dohdles! by Thames and Kosmos
Ages: 10 years and up
$39.99

Doodle Jump by Ravensburger
Ages: 8 years and up
 

Dr. Seuss Charades Game by Wonder Forge
Ages: 3 years and up
$9.99

Dr. Seuss Fun Machine by Wonder Forge
Ages: 3 years and up
$9.99

Dream Cakes by Ravensburger
Ages: 4 years and up
$16.99

Duo Pop by Discovery Bay Games
Ages: 6 years and up
$39.99

E-I-E-I-GO! by Mindware
Ages: 4 and up
$19.95

Early Reader Treasure Hunt App by uKloo
Ages: 4 years and up
Free

Evening In The Stable by HABA
Ages: 2 years and up
$12.59

Eye ‘N Seek by Blue Orange Games
Ages: 6 years and up
$13.99

Family Alias by Tactic Games
Ages: 7 years and up
$22.99

Fast Flip by Blue Orange Games
Ages: 7 years and up
$12.99

Feed the Woozle by Peaceable Kingdom
Ages: 3-6 years
$19.99

Find-It! Games- On the Farm
Ages: 8 years and up
$23.00

FitzIt by Gamewright
Ages: 10 years and up
$9.99

Flapz by Blue Orange Games
Ages: 7-14 years old
$8.99

FLASHWORDZ
Ages: 8 years and up
 

FrankenWords by Haywire Group
Ages: 7 years and up
$12.99

Freeze Up! By Educational Insights
Ages: 8 years-adult
$24.99

Friends and Neighbors by Peaceable Kingdom
Ages: 3 years and up
$15.99

Frog Wobble review Frog Wobble by MindWare
Ages: 3 years and up
$24.99

GET4 and Score by SimplyFun
Ages: 8 years and up
$32.00

Gone Shopping Game by Galt Toys
Ages: 3-7 years
$17.50

Gubs by Gamewright
Ages: 10 years and up
$11.99

Gumball Words by SimplyFun
Ages: 8 years and up
$34.00

Hatchy Matchy Game by Spin Master
Ages: 3 years and up
$14.99

HEDBANZ by Spin Master Ltd.
Ages: 7 years and up
$14.99

Hello Sunshine! by Thinkfun
Ages: 18 months and up
$19.99

Hucklebee by MindWare
Ages: 18 months to 4 years
$19.95

I Built It! Memory Match +Tic Tac Toe by I Built It! Games
Ages: 3 years and up
$29.99

I Built It! Snakes and Ladders by I Built It! Games
Ages: 3 years and up
$19.99

Ideal 4 Way Spelldown
Ages: 6 years and up
$19.99

Ideal Electronic A to Z
Ages: 8 years and up
$40.00

Ideal Who Lives Where? by Alex Brands
Ages: 4 years and up
$25.50

Ideal Word Speed Dice Slide
Ages: 8 years and up
$11.00

Invisible Think by Mindware
Ages: 10 years and up
$24.95

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Never Land Challenge by Wonder Forge
Ages: 3 years and up
$19.99

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Spot it! Numbers and Shapes by Blue Orange Games
Ages: 3 years and up
$11.99

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Who Shook Hook?
Ages: 4 years and up
$19.99

Janod Beware the Mole
Ages: 3-6 years of age
$24.99

Janod Hide and Seek Game
Ages: 12-36 months
$9.99

Janod Magnetic Educational Game
Ages: 2-5 years of age
$19.99

Janod Penguin Skittles Game
Ages: 3-6 years old
$16.99

Janod Pleximemo Farm Memory Game
Ages: 4 years and up
$17.99

Janod Speed Pizza
Ages: 4-8 years
$17.99

Journey Through Time Eye Found It! Game by Wonderforge
Ages: 4 years and up
$19.99

Jumbo Bananagrams
Ages: 5 years and up
$44.95

Junior Alias by Tactic
Ages: 5 years and up
$14.99

Justice League Axis of Villains Strategy Game by Wonder Forge
Ages: 8 years and up
$24.99

KerFlip! by Creative Foundry Games
Ages: 8 years and up
$27.95

Koala Capers Game by Educational Insights
Ages: 3 years and up
$14.99

Konexi by Wonderforge
Ages: 9 years and up
$19.99

Krazy Wordz by Ravensburger
Ages: 10 years old and up
$19.99

Large Dachshund by Brio
Ages: 18 months and up
$99.99

Last Letter by ThinkFun, Inc
Ages: 8 years to adult
$12.99

Letter Slide by SimplyFun
Ages: 7 years and up
 

Listen to Clues by Hape
Ages: 4 years and up
$19.99

Loco Lingo Games by HABA
Ages: 3 years and up
$12.00

Magic ABC Duel by HABA
Ages: 2 1/2 years and up
$6.29

Magnetic Game Dress Up Lilli by HABA USA
Ages: 3 years and up
$15.00

Matching Game Who Lives Where? by HABA USA
Ages: 1 1/2 years and up
$40.00

Memory Palace by Peaceable Kingdom
Ages: 5 years and up
$15.99

Memory Yoga by ThinkFun
Ages: 3 years and up
$9.99

Mermaid Beach
Ages: 6 years and up
$10.99

Mini Mouth by Thinkfun
Ages: 8 years and up
$7.99

Monkey Around by Peaceable Kingdom
Ages: 2 years of age
$17.99

Morphology Junior by Morphology Games
Ages: 8 years and up
$29.99

Move and Groove by ThinkFun Inc
Ages: 18 months and up
$19.99

Move! Sing! Play Along and Learn! by Music Therapy Tunes
Ages: 2 years to 8+
$11.99

Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Flying Attack Skill and Action Battle Game by Wonder Forge
Ages: 5 years and up
$19.99

Noodle Speedoodle by Peaceable Kingdom
Ages: 8 years and up
$24.99

Nounsense by Maranda Enterprises
Ages: 8 years and up
$19.99

Nut & Nuttier by SimplyFun
Ages: 7 years and up
$28

Ooga Booga by Blue Orange Games
Ages: 7 years and up
$12.99

Order’s Up by Gamewright
Ages: 6 years and up
$15.99

Over Under
Ages: 10 years and up
$9.99

Pass the Rooby Roo! by SimplyFun
Ages: 5 years and up
$28.00

Pathwords Jr by Thinkfun
Ages: 6 years and up
$19.99

PDQ The Pretty Darn Quick Word Game by Gamewright
Ages: 10 years and up
$9.99

Peanuts Snoopy Flying Ace Game by Wonder Forge
Ages: 4 years and up
4

Pictopia: Disney Edition App by Wonder Forge
Ages: 7 years and up
$0

Pictopia: Star Wars Edition by Wonderforge
Ages: 7 and up
$19.99

PicWits! by MindWare
Ages: 10 years and up
$24.95

Puzzle +App-My Favorite Horse by Ravensburger
Ages: 6 years and up
$19.99

Puzzle+App-T-Rex by Ravensburger
Ages: 6 and up
$19.99

Puzzlets by Digital Dream Labs
Ages: 6 years and up
$99.99

Q’s Race to the Top by EQtainment, LLC
Ages: 3-12 years of age
$24.99

Qualities by SimplyFun
Ages: 12 years and up
$38.00

Race to the Treasure by Peaceable Kingdom
Ages: 5 years and up
$15.99

Rainbow Croquet Caddy by Hape
Ages: 3 years and up
$59.99

Rally Up! by Blue Orange Games
Ages: 6 years and up
$12.99

Ravensburger Buggaloop
Ages: 6 years and up
$29.99

Ravensburger Hundreds of Horses
Ages: 6 years and up
$14,99

Ravensburger Ocean Labyrinth
Ages: 8 years and up
$31.99

Resulta by Hape
Ages: 4 years and up
$14.99

Rhyme Out: The Triple Rhyming Game by Educational Insights
Ages: 10 years to adult
$12.99

Richard Scarry’s Busytown Busy, Busy Airport Game by I Can Do That! Games
Ages: 3 years and up
$19.99

Roll and Play by Thinkfun
Ages: 18 months and up
$19.99

Rollors by Maranda Enterprises
Ages: 4 years and up
$34.99

Rory’s Story Cubes by Gamewright
Ages: 8 years and up
$ 7.99

Rory’s Story Cubes MAX by The Creativity Hub Ltd.
Ages: 6 years and up
$29.99

Rory’s Story Cubes Voyages by Gamewright
Ages: 8 years and up
$7.99

Rory’s Story Cubes– MAX
Ages: 8 years and up
$19.99

Rory’s Story Cubes–Actions by Gamewright
Ages: 8 years and up
$7.99

Rory’s Story Cubes: Batman by The Creativity Hub Ltd.
Ages: 6 years and up
$9.99

Rory’s Story Cubes: Dr. Who by The Creativity Hub
Ages: 10 years and up
$9.99

Rory’s Story Cubes: Moomins by The Creativity Hub Ltd.
Ages: 6 years and up
$9.99

Rory’s Story Cubes: Scooby-Doo by The Creativity Hub
Ages: 6 years and up
$9.99

Rule Crazy, Starter Edition by P. F. Shaggy
Ages: 5-8 years
$19.99

Say the Word by Peaceable Kingdom
Ages: 10 years and up
$24.99

Scrambled States of America Game–Deluxe Edition by Gamewright
Ages: 8 years and up
$15.99

Seeds for the Birds by Peaceable Kingdom
Ages: 3 years and up
$15.99

Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen app Interacting with Tiggly Words
Ages: 4-8 years
$2.99 or free with Tiggly Words

Show Me the Kwan by Griddly Games
Ages: 8 years and up
$19.99

Shrimp Cocktail by Blue Orange Games
Ages: 7 years to adult
$14.99

Silly Situations by Discovery Bay Games
Ages: 7 years and up
$11.95

Skunk Bingo by Gamewright
Ages: 3 years and up
$15.99

Smart Mouth by Thinkfun
Ages: 8 years and up
$19.99

SmartGames Little Red Riding Hood by Smart Toys and Games
Ages: 4-7 years of age
$24.99

Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game! by Educational Insights
Ages: 3 years and up
$21.99

Soggy Doggy By Spin Master
Ages: 4 years and up
$19.99

Sound It! Found It! by Wowopolis, LLC
Ages: 7 years and up
$22.99

Space Hawk by Ravensburger
Ages: 8 and up
$69.99

Speedeebee by Blue Orange Games
Ages: 8 years and up
$12.99

Speedy Recall by Maranda Enterprises
Ages: 6 years and up
 

Spell Trek by Simply Fun
Ages: 6 years and up
$34.00

Splish Splash!
Ages: 4 years and up
$14.99

Spontuneous by Spontuneous Games, Inc.
Ages: 9 years to adult
$24.95

Spot it Jr! Animals by Blue Orange Games
Ages: 7 years and up
 

Spot it! Alphabet by Blue Orange Games
Ages: 3 years and up
$9.99

Spot It! Basic English by Blue Orange Games
Ages: 5-8 years
$12.99

Spot it! Disney Frozen Olaf by Blue Orange Games
Ages: 3 years and up
$11.99

Spot it! Numbers and Shapes by Blue Orange Games
Ages: 3 years and up
$9.99

Star Wars Force Grab by Wonder Forge
Ages: 6 years and up
$16.99

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Star Destroyer Strike Game by Wonder Forge
Ages: 6 years and up
$24.99

Story Speller by Think-a-lot Toys
Ages: 5 years and up
$14.99

Storybook Game Set-Level 1, 5 Pack by Play Together Read Together, LLC
Ages: 4-7 years of age
$16.95

Storymatic Kids by The Storymatic Corporation
Ages: 5 years and up
$29.95

Super Genius- Reading 1 by Blue Orange Games
Ages: 6 years and up
$12.99

Suspicion™ Game by Wonder Forge
Ages: 10 years and up
$19.99

S’Match by Thinkfun
Ages: 5 to 8 years
$19.99

Take the Cake by Gamewright
Ages: 4 years and up
$12.99

Tall Tales by SCS Direct
Ages: 4-99 years
$34.95

Tapple by USAopoloy
Ages: 8 years and up
$19.95

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Clash Alley Strategy Game by Wonder Forge
Ages: 6 years and up
$16.99

Telestrations 8 Player: The Original by USAopoly
Ages: 12 years and up
$29.95

Tell Tale by Blue Orange Games
Ages: Age 6 and up
$12.99

Tell Tale Fairy Tales
Ages: 5 years and up
$12.99

Tell-A-Tale by Getta1Games
Ages: 3 years and up
$17.95

That’s It! by Gamewright
Ages: 10 years and up
$9.99

The Extraordinaires Design Studio by The Creativity Hub Ltd.
Ages: 8 years and up
$39.99

Great Cheese Chase game The Great Cheese Chase by Peaceable Kingdom
Ages: 5 years and up
 

The Rainbow Fish Share and Sparkle Game by Mindware
Ages: 3 years and up
$19.95

Think-ets by Think-a-Lot Toys
Ages: 8 and up
$9.99

Three Little Piggies by SmartGames
Ages: 3-6 years
$24.99

Ticked Off by R and R Games
Ages: 12 years and up
$24.95

Tiggly Math Interacting With Tiggly Cardtoons by Tiggly-Kidtellect Inc.
Ages: 3 years and older
$29.95

Tiggly Shape’s Got Talent by Tiggly
Ages: 3-5 years of age
$2.99

Tiggly Stamp Interacting with Tiggly Shapes by Tiggly-Kidtellect, Inc.
Ages: 18 months-4 years old
$29.95

Tiggly Words by Tiggly
 
$29.95

Top Trumps by Top Trumps USA Inc.
Ages: 6 years and up
$7.99

Treasure Trax by USAopoly
Ages: 3-5 years
$19.95

Trio by Hape
Ages: 4 years and up
$14.99

uKloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt Game by uKloo
Ages: Ages 4 to 8
$14.99

uKloo Riddle Edition Treasure Hunt Game
Ages: 7-9 years
$17.95

What’s In the Cat’s Hat? by I Can Do That Games
Ages: 3 years and up
$19.99

What’s It? By Peaceable Kingdom
Ages: 8-adult
$24.99

What’s the Racket? by HABA
Ages: 4 years and up
$12.00

Where is Sock Monkey? Game by Cardinal Games
Ages: 3 and up
$15.00

Where’s Bear? by Peaceable Kingdom
Ages: 2 years and up
$17.99

Who Am I? by HABA
Ages: 5 years and up
$14.00

Who Am I? by Janod
Ages: 4-7 years
$19.99

Wobbly Worm by Spinmaster
Ages: 3 years and up
$19.99

Wonder Forge Dr. Seuss Thing Two and Thing One Whirly Fun Game
Ages: 4 years and up
$16.99

Word Bits by SimplyFun
Ages: 8 years and up
$22.50

Word on the Street Junior by Out of the Box Publishing
Ages: 8 years and up
$22.99

Word Pirates by The Haywire Group
Ages: 6 years and up
$24.99

Word Wave by Spin Master Ltd.
Ages: 8 years and up
$24.99

WordARound by Thinkfun
Ages: 10 years and up
$12.99

WordSpiel by Set Enterprises, Inc.
Ages: 8 years and up
$12.99

Yackety Smack! by Thinkfun
Ages: 6 years and up
$17.99

You’ve Been Sentenced!
Ages: 8 years and up
$24.95

Zingo! Sight Words by ThinkFun
Ages: 5 years and up
$19.99

Zingo! Word Builder by ThinkFun Inc
Ages: 5 years and up
$19.99