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Creative Play Forts for Kids

After raising three boys and just spending the holidays with preschoolers, I am reminded again of how much fun a fort can be! It brought back memories as my oldest son grabbed the pillows off the couch and made a … Continue reading

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Build Speech Through Creative Play–Infantino Playtime Activity Center

Eight-month-old Caroline confirmed my excitement over the Infantino Playtime Activity Center. This pyramid of fun has four flat sides of entertainment–a mirror in the cat’s face, crinkly bugs to uncover under textured flaps, a jingle fish to swat in his … Continue reading

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Soft Dolls for Kid’s Creative Play and Speech

Two Year-old Will introduced me to Blabla dolls today. He was my “shopping buddy” as we visited one of my favorite stores, Airlie Moon, in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. We had talked about how we would point to what we … Continue reading

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Saving Money on Fun Toys

With the current economic situation, I perk up to clever ways for moms and dads to get toys or creative play items for less.  Over the weekend we ate dinner at 4 year-old Piper and 2 year-old Sam’s house (with … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Craft to Build Your Child’s Language

I was at 4 year-old  Isabel’s house yesterday and she had a family project to do, sent home from preschool. She had a drawing of a turkey with three directions: cut it out, glue it on thick paper and “disguise” … Continue reading

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Great Educational Games for Kids

   Parents often ask me for good game ideas for their kids. Today a mom wrote down every game I played with her son directly to her Christmas list! Here are some new games I tried out this week that … Continue reading

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Speech Language Therapy Through Read Alouds

I’ve been working with several elementary aged children to build their language skills. I always find that rich children’s literature holds their attention, stretches their vocabulary, and builds reasoning skills. Recently, I used two books that I would recommend for … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

Being grumpy is a lot of work. Mr. Fish can’t seem to be cheered up by his convincing pals, Ms Clam, Mr. Jelly (Fish), Mrs. Squid or Mr. Eight (legged octopus). In spite of the efforts by his best-intended buddies, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Maisy’s Amazing Big Book of Words

No child gets bored with this kaleidoscope of colorful objects, animals and people gathered into categories by theme–getting dressed, visiting the farm, making music, or playing on the beach. Each category in Maisy’s Amazing Big Book of Words is introduced … Continue reading

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Toy Review: eeBee’s Adventure Play Mat and Activity Play House 6 months-3 Years

Every now and then a toy comes along that I get really excited about. This is one. Maybe because I had an older brother and he was always making forts out of our couch cushions and planting me inside with … Continue reading

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