Category Archives: 6-8 year-olds

Best New Children’s Toys and Games Awarded by Parents’ Choice

Last week, Parents’ Choice Foundation announced their 2008 Toy Awards which includes new games, puzzles and toys. Preschool: Topping the list was my favorite, “eebee’s Adventure Play Mat and Activity Play House” by Every Baby Company. This play house is … Continue reading

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Game Review: “Animal Soup” by Briarpatch Ages 5 and up

Kids beg to play Animal Soup again and again. It’s a game of match as players race to find their animal dressed in different garb—a lei, scarf, baseball hat or tiara—on the game board. The winner collects an animal disc … Continue reading

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Game Review: “Clothespins! Game” by Briarpatch Ages 5 and up

Clothespins!, This game of strategy requires the player to collect items of clothing by pattern—polka dots, stripes or wiggly lines, or by type—pants, tops or shorts. Finish three laundry lines with three matching articles of clothing and you win. But … Continue reading

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Children’s Poetry Builds Language

I just left a first grade class that is studying poetry. The students were filling in their poetry journal. A big heart was on each page and a line beneath it. Each page was devoted to a topic “close to … Continue reading

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Vocabulary Tips for Reading to your Child

Whether you are reading to your preschooler or elementary aged child, point out the vocabulary associated with reading that will later help your child become a good writer. Point out the title and the author. Talk about what an author … Continue reading

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Speech Celebrations!

Today was a day for celebrating! Domenick graduated from speech therapy after 5 years of hard work on many sound and language goals. He started when he was three and now he is a big, old first grader, writing and … Continue reading

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A Great Resource for Parents: Parents’ Choice Newsletter

As parents we are always looking for helpful sites on the internet to make our job easier. I have mentioned before that the Parents’ Choice Foundation site has interesting articles, and reviews of award-winning toys, games, books and media selections … Continue reading

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TV’s Influence on Kids

I am continually amazed and impressed with the number of parents who are endeavoring to raise their babies without TV or limited TV. That’s a commitment,  considering all the marketing done to parents of new babies regarding the latest videos … Continue reading

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Best Pirate Ships for Pretend Play

Maybe because I am working with a lot of boys lately or it’s spring and the ships are sailing, but my thoughts are turned to finding a great pirate ship for pretend play. Kids love to invent a story about … Continue reading

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Shopping List of Educational Toys for Parents and Therapists

When I speak to a group of new moms, I often ask how I can be most helpful to them. Recently one mom said, give us a shopping list of good toys and books for developing language. As you know … Continue reading

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