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.

2017 PAL Award winners

2-in-1 LeapTop Touch by LeapFrog
Ages: 2 years and up
$24.99

4-in-1 Stroll & Grow Tek Trike by VTech
Ages: 9 months-6 years
$99.99

Alex Barber in the Tub
Ages: 3 years and up
$10.00

Alex Discover Play All Day
Ages: 4 years and up
$19.99

Alex Discover Ready Set Money
Ages: 4 years and up
$14.99

Alex DIY Happy Little Loom
Ages: 8 years and up
$25.00

Alex Jungle Friends Block Squirters
Ages: 3 years and up
$11.00

Alex My Music Band Set
Ages: 3 years and up
$35.00

Alex My Music Play Table
Ages: 3 years and up
$44.00

Alex World Map in the Tub
Ages: 3 years and up
$16.00

Baby Beats Monkey Drum by VTech
Ages: 3-24 months
$12.99

Backyard Safari Utility Belt by Alex Brands
Ages: 6 years and up
$18.00

Bigjigs Toys’ Kelly Doll 34 cm
Ages: 12 months and up
$24.95

Brio: Builder Activity Set
Ages: 3 years and up
$69.99

Brio: Light and Sound Fire Truck
Ages: 18 months and up
$39.99

Brio: My First Take Along Set
Ages: 18 months and up
$39.99

Cinderella’s Shoe Shoppe Set, Furniture Fits 18″ Girl Dolls by The Queen’s Treasures
Ages: 8 years and up
$119.99

Color Wonder On-The-Go by Crayola
Ages: 3 years and up
$4.99

Dig it Up! Discovery Kit by Mindware
Ages: 8 years and up
$34.95

Doctors Set by Plan Toys
Ages: 3 years and up
$30.00

Dog Stage Puppet by Folkmanis
Ages: 3 years and up
$31.99

Doll Family Mansion by Hape
Ages: 3 years and up
$199.99

Farmers Market Playtime by Seedling
Ages: 2-4 years of age
$24.99

GeerZooz Roll & Roar Animal Train by VTech
Ages: 1 1/2-4 years
$29.99

Gigi Bloks 60 piece set by Mindware
Ages: 4 years and up
$39.95

Go! Go! Smart Friends Shimmering Seashell Castle by VTech
Ages: 1 1/2-5 years
$39.99

Go! Go! Smart Wheels Press & Race Vehicles by VTech
Ages: 1-5 years
$8.99

Go! Go! Smart Wheels Race & Play Adventure Park by VTech
Ages: 1-5 years
$39.99

Grippies Stackers by Guidecraft
Ages: 18 months and up
$39.95

Gym1 Deluxe Indoor Playground
Ages: 3 years and up
$159.95

Hen Puppet by Folkmanis
Ages: 3 years and up
$59.99

Hide & Seek Rock Painting Kit by Creativity for Kids
Ages: 6 years and up
$13.00

Imagination Makers Building Tub by K’Nex
Ages: 5 years and up
$29.99

Interchangeable Farm Stand, Furniture For 18″ Girl Dolls by The Queen’s Treasures
Ages: 8 years and up
$111.99

Janod Baby Forest 16 Magnets
Ages: 2-4 years of age
$11.99

Janod Baby Forest Train
Ages: 12-36 months
$19.99

Janod Day at the Zoo Magnets
Ages: 18-36 months
$14.99

Janod Hat Boxed Puzzle Dragons
Ages: 5-8 years of age
$15.99

Janod Mini Story Safari
Ages: 3-6 years of age
$11.99

Janod Stacking Pyramid–City Friends
Ages: 12-36 months
$15.99

Janod Tactile Puzzle Farm Animals
Ages: 3-6 years
$17.99

Janod Zigolos Forest Stacker
Ages: 12-36 months
$21.99

Janod Zigolos Pull Along Rabbits
Ages: 12-36 months
$14.99

K’Nex Education STEM Explorations Roller Coaster Building Set
Ages: 8 years and up
$39.99

Kaloo Bebe Large Rabbit Grey
Ages: Birth and up
$39.99

Kaloo Bebe Medium Bear Peach
Ages: Birth an up
$34.99

Kaloo Kaloodoo
Ages: Birth and up
$24.99

Kaloo Les Amis Puppy Wristlet Rattle
Ages: Birth and up
$9.99

Kaloo Plume Rabbit Doudou Raspberry
Ages: Birth and up
$24.99

Kaloo Plume Rabbit- Pink Small
Ages: Birth and up
$24.99

Kaloo Rouge Bear Pink Medium
Ages: Birth and up
$24.99

Kaloo Rouge Prestige Bear XXL
Ages: Birth and up
$89.99

Kaloo Rouge Rabbit Blue Large
Ages: Birth and up
$32.99

Kalou Plume Rabbit Aqua Medium
Ages: Birth and up
$34.99

Kid K’Nex Budding Builders
Ages: 3 years of age
$39.99

LeapStart by LeapFrog
Ages: 2-7 years
$39.99

Lights and Lullabies Travel Mobile by VTech
Ages: Birth and up
$24.99

Lil’ Critters Huggable Hippo Teether by VTech
Ages: Birth and up
$9.99

Lilabell by Living Puppets
Ages: 3-99 years
$99.90

Luvabella by Spin Master
Ages: 3 years and up
$99.99

Magicube Dinosaurs by Geomagworld
Ages: 3 years and up
$29.99

Magicube Polar Animals by Geomagworld
Ages: 18 months and up
$29.99

Meccano Micronoid by Spinmaster
Ages: 8 years and up
$29.99

Parker, Your Augmented Reality Bear by Seedling
Ages: 3-6 years
$59.99

Paw Patrol Mission Cruiser by Spin Master
Ages: 3 years and up
$34.99

PAW Patrol My Size Lookout Tower by Spin Master
Ages: 3 years and up
$99.00

People Blocks–Classic Colors 31 Pc Set by People Toy Company
Ages: 18 months and up
$59.99

Pet Place by Wonderhood
Ages: 5 years and up
$39.99

Pirates of the Caribbean Silent Mary Ghost Ship Playset by Spinmaster
Ages: 4-7 years of age
 

Pop-a-Balls Push & Pop Bulldozer by VTech
Ages: 12-36 months
$24.99

Pull & Discover Activity Elephant by VTech
Ages: 12-36 months
$29.99

Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart by LeapFrog
Ages: 2 years and up
$39.99

Silly Scents Bundle by Crayola
Ages: 5 years and up
$19.96

Sleepy Glow Bear by VTech
Ages: Birth and up
$14.99

SmartMax My First Safari Animals by Smart Toys and Games
Ages: 1-5 years
$19.99

Step & Learn Scout by LeapFrog
Ages: 1 year and up
$19.99

Sweetlings-Frost a Friend by Alex Brands
Ages: 6 years and up
$9.99

Toad Puppet by Folkmanis
Ages: 3 years and up
$29.99

Town House by Wonderhood
Ages: 5 years and up
$19.99

Tree House by Plan Toys
Ages: 3 years and up
$30.00

UNBORED: Time Capsule
Ages: 8 years and up
$29.95

Under the Sea Puppet Playtime by Seedling
Ages: 2-4 years
$24.99

World’s Greatest Magic Show by Thames & Kosmos
Ages: 8 years and up
$29.99

Zoo Jamz Stompin’ Fun Drums by VTech
Ages: 1 1/2-4 years
$39.99