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.

2014 PAL Award winners

05401 4 Wheeling Super Sized Floor Puzzle by Ravensburger
Ages: 3 years and up
$14.99

628413_airwaterpowerplus_pp_full Air+ Water Power PLUS by Thames and Kosmos
Ages: 8 years and up
$89.95

imgres-2 Alpine Ridge Climber by Step2
Ages: 2 -6 years
$299.99

03203_product1-hres Artzooka! Finger Peeps by Wooky Entertainment
Ages: 3 years and up
$3.99

86382-lecirquebalance-c Balancing Circus by Lilliputiens
Ages: 3 months and up
$30.00

images-1 Bebee’s Ferris Wheel by B Kids
Ages: 6 months and up
$12.99

61084.main.1 Breyer New Arrival at the Barn
Ages: 4 years and up
$49.99

imgres-6 Camp Site by Playmobil
Ages: 4-10 years
$69.99

search Circus Puzzle by Janod
Ages: 5-8 years
$14.99

clifford-animalscience-235 Clifford Animal Science by The Young Scientists Club
Ages: 3 years and up
$19.99

clifford-foodscience-235 Clifford Food Science by The Young Scientist Club
Ages: 3 years and up
$19.99

d_5234 Connector Pen Bucket 50 ct. by Faber-Castell USA
Ages: 6 years and up
$20.00

839499295282e Cook ‘n Serve Kitchen by Hape Toys
Ages: 3 years and up
$149.99

imgres-5 Counting Animals by Ravensburger
Ages: 3 years and up
$14.99

imgres-3 Diaper Backpack by Corolle
Ages: 18 months and up
$47.00

61cps7AhmPL._SX300_ Dinosaur Floor Puzzle by Galt Toys
Ages: 3-6 years
$17.50

8841159115282 DIY Dream House by Hape
Ages: 3 years old and up
$199.99

imgres-4 Doll Shona by HABA USA
Ages: 6 months and up
$40.00

imgres-13 Doodle Magic Color Mat by Crayola
Ages: 3 years and up
$22.99

imgres-8 Doorway Puppet Theatre by HABA USA
Ages: 1 1/2 years and up
$50.00

41YOmCQx-9L._SY450_ Enchanted Meadow Towel Doll by Kaethe Kruse
Ages: birth and up
$24.99

914XE35h2-L._SL1500_ Fairy Dressing Up Set by Galt Toys
Ages: 3 years and up
 

PomTree_TGC-0041 Fashion Portfolio_HR Fashion Portfolio by PomTree
Ages: 3 years and up
$12.99

Shark Alarm Finding Nemo Shark Alarm by Ravensburger
Ages: 5 years and up
$14.99

t355_0fdd8eb17eaac9fe55a563b544ca73b2 Forest Friends Shape Sorter by International Playthings
Ages: 9 months and up
$24.95

imgres-7 Fort Magic by Fort Magic LLC
Ages: 5 1/2 years old and up
$199.00

imgres-10 GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank by GoldieBlox Inc.
Ages: 4-9 years
$19.99

imgres-9 GoldieBlox and the Parade Float by GoldieBlox Inc.
Ages: 4-9 years
$19.99

imgres-3 Great Outdoors Playhouse by Step2
Ages: 1 1/2 years and up
$199.99

Train_Blue Green Toys Train
Ages: 2 years and up
$29.99

--pTRU1-14037935dt Grocery Store/ Puppet TheaterTent by Pacific Play Tents, Inc.
Ages: 3-8 years of age
$78.99

imgres-1 High Seas Adventure Sand and Water Table with Umbrella by Step2
Ages: 1 1/2 years and up
$69.99

Plan kitchen set 2 Kitchen Set by Plan Toys
Ages: 2 years and up
$70.00

PomTree_TGC-0036 Pom Pals2_HR Let’s Make Pom Pals Pom Critter Kit by PomTree
Ages: 3 years and up
$9.99

images-2 Lyla Tov Monsters-Charlotte
Ages: Birth to 12 years
$19.99

J02816_1 MagnetiBook-Dinosaurs by Janod
Ages: 3-8 years
$15.99

imgres-6 Magnetistick Pirates by Janod
Ages: 4-10 years
$49.99

bCategoryMarieKruse Marie Kruse Paris Stylista by Kaethe Kruse
Ages: 3 years and up
$89.99

BKG24 Miss Pink Star and Blanket by Corolle
Ages: Birth and up
$42.00

imgres Modular Toys 3D Racetrack Kit
Ages: 4-8 years of age
$59.99

imgres-4 Mon Premier Bebe Calin Maria by Corolle
Ages: 18 months and up
$42

imgres-2 Mon Premier Sky Stroller by Corolle
Ages: 18 months and up
$40

imgres My First Shop by Lego
Ages: 2-5 years
$24.99

Huggles large doll My Friend Huggles Doll by Great Divide Corporation
Ages: 3 years and up
$49.99

Huggles small doll My Little “h” Doll by Great Divide Corporation
Ages: 3 years and up
$24.99

PomTree_TGC-0042 Scrapbook Journal_HR My Super Life Journal…By Me by PomTree
Ages: 6 years and up
$12.99

imgres-5 My Take Along Train by Playmobil
Ages: 18 months and up
$64.99

imgres-14 Nanoblock Great White Shark, Sea Turtle and Fiddler Crab
Ages: 8 years and up
$13.99

41SzRn36P9L._SY450_ Nickibaby Striped by Kaethe Kruse
Ages: birth and up
$21.99

NightBuddies shark NightBuddies by Napa Valley Toys USA
Ages: 2 years and up
$20.00

1941265839528 On Safari Playset by Hape Toys
Ages: 24 months and up
$19.99

t355_fb915c3cde50484ab718f957ef49a43a Owl Busy Buddy Blanket by International Playthings
Ages: Birth and up
$16.95

A3975K_front_640_520 Paint a Tea Set by Galt Toys
Ages: 5 years and up
$12.99

62072_b_MWF13_M Paint Your Own Porcelain Tea Set by MindWare
Ages: 8 years and up
$29.95

cb814f6646368a9340b7ed30aa1a9ed7_Generic Pinypon Aquapark Adventure by Famosa North America, Inc.
Ages: 3 years and up
$24.99

ef76ec555f88001101e0e225c3aa91e9_Generic-1 Pinypon Figures and Pets 6 Pack by Famosa North America, Inc.
Ages: 3 years and up
$14.99

41QH7X9SKJL._SX450_ Pirate Ship by Plan Toys
Ages: 3 years and up
$60.00

imgres-2 Play Park by Plan Toys
Ages: 3 years and up
$80.00

61I3L1mETnL Playful Chef Deluxe Cooking Kit by MindWare
Ages: 3 and 6 years and up
$39.99

E00360-1 Princess Play Set by International Playthings
Ages: 6 months and up
$22.95

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 7.40.00 AM Science X Dinosaurs by Ravensburger
Ages: 8 years and up
$13.99

imgres-7 Shadow FX Color Projector by Crayola
Ages: 6 years and up
$24.99

SMX511-HomeSweetHome-(girl) SMARTMAX Home Sweet Home by Smart Toys and Games, Inc
Ages: 3 years and up
$69.00

004424_Bkids_Speedys_Magical-_Shell-001-300x300 Speedy’s Magical Shell by B Kids
Ages: 12 months and up
$15.00

J08542_1 Story Box-Safari by Janod
Ages: 3-8 years
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J08540_2 Story- Firefighter Train by Janod
Ages: 3-8 years
$14.99

616_64285_P Stow ‘n Go Kart by B Kids
Ages: 12-24 months
$50.00

51TTjbm1X-L._AA160_ Style Me Up! Sketchbooks Featuring Disney Characters by Wooky Entertainment
Ages: 8 years and up
$9.99

1835_1 Tape-a-Doodle by Faber-Castell USA
Ages: 7 years and up
$20.00

1268_1-1 Tape-a-Doodle Extreme by Faber-Castell USA
Ages: 7 years and up
$20.00

3901_1 The Big Creativity Can by Faber-Castell
Ages: 4 years and up
$20.00

imgres-5 The Multiples Early Year Set
Ages: 2-6 years
$34.99

t440_67fbb2ec5cc57675a1b3270002a29b0a Tolo Teatime Shape Sorter
Ages: 12 months and up
$33.99

7eeaeccd4cabebf4f19cfb9767b1b8d7 Tubby Table by Tubby Table Toys
Ages: 14 months-preschoolo
$39.99

5003420915281 Under the Sea Blocks by Hape Toys
Ages: 24 months and up
$29.99

imgres-4 Unicorn Jewel Castle by Playmobil
Ages: 4-10 years
$92.99

51Z5kZcvBzL._SL1500_ Van Walker by Plan Toys
Ages: 10 months and up
$60.00

620332_vibrobot_pp_full Vibrobot by Thames and Kosmos
Ages: 8 years and up
$39.95

t440_12f672d229c54c6f46d3c911e6c31574 WOW Toys Mini WOW Line
Ages: 1-5 years
$8.49

imgres Write and Learn Touch Tablet by VTech
Ages: 3-6 years
$19.99

J09608_2 XL Graffiti Black White Board by Janod
Ages: 3-8 years
$89.99

t355_033d92484fa92d0be002e2520f869278 Zeeland by International Playthings
Ages: 12 months and up
$24.95