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Toy Fair Trends New York 2018, Lots of Learning

What fun to step right into the parade lineup as I started my adventure through the New York Toy Fair last week! The opening ribbon cutting ceremony unleashed thousands of international buyers and press to see what’s new in the toy … Continue reading

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Calling out the Learning in Toys

Those of you who know me, know that it is part of my mission to get companies to call out the learning potential in their toys and games for parents and educators. Let’s face it. This also helps sell toys … Continue reading

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Taking Child’s Play Seriously

There is a wonderful article on the importance of the right play for kids in the New York Times this week, “Taking Playtime Seriously.”  Not only does it emphasize the importance of a child’s play but what can threaten natural learning … Continue reading

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Zoo on the Loose, Perfect Language Learning Game

I love to “find” a fantastic language learning game and in this case, it was on the game shelf at my grandkids’ house and due to the kids’ excitement when  I asked about it, I knew it was loads of … Continue reading

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What Were Kids’ Favorite Christmas Gifts? These Ruled at our House!

With the excitement of Christmas and the holidays past, it is fun to reflect on what toys, games and books were the biggest hits with the kids with lasting play value. This year I had to search a bit more … Continue reading

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Best Books and Toys to Teach Animal Sounds

I get a lot of requests for ideas for toys for specific needs, some for speech therapy and some just for gifts to kids and grandchildren. Thought I’d share some ideas for books and toys that can teach animal sounds … Continue reading

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Did Google Home Teach Baby First Word?

I was just getting ready to write a blog about best toys and books to teach babies animal sounds. A mom had asked me for ideas for Christmas gifts for her little one which was a good question to answer … Continue reading

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Best New Picture Books to Spark Conversation and Language Learning

I’ve promised to get out some lists of my favorites, whether tech toys, games, pretend play toys or books. Well I just love hanging out at the book store and visiting old friends and seeing new ones on the shelves. … Continue reading

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Great Kids’ Tech Toys for Holiday Gifts

As you know I get excited about great toys that teach! Here are some that I have awarded with our PAL Award as well as new findings that I think would be lasting fun and educational for our kids. Several … Continue reading

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Best Water Table for Christmas

Sounds a bit like an oxymoron, water table in the winter, right? But my niece a asked my advice on the best water table for her toddler as grandma wants to give her one. When I looked up my favorite … Continue reading

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