Category Archives: 8 years and up

Best New Toys to Engage Multi-sensory learning

This year at the Toy Fair in New York City I saw a trend in added sensory experiences in toys, especially tactile features. I wanted to share some of my favorites for adding learning dimensions to your child’s play time: … Continue reading

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Kids Learn Independently With The New Smartscope

It was a joy to watch my three friends, aged 5, 8 and 9 years old, gather their specimens from outside and head to their new Ravensburger Smartscope to magnify, identify, explore and learn. We started with pollen (since we were … Continue reading

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New York Toy Fair 2016 Hot Trends for Learning Toys

Every year I get so amped for The International Toy Fair in New York City–no caffeine needed–as we scour the isles of the Javits Center for fun new products embedded with language learning potential. The creativity, passion and spunk of … Continue reading

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Preview of the NY Toy Fair

Wow! The excitement is building with the countdown almost over for Toy Fair. It all starts tomorrow! That means that companies are finishing up their booths at the Javits Center which will transform into a wonderland of toys. I’m getting so many … Continue reading

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How Dollhouse Play Can Strengthen Essential Learning Skills

I have dollhouses on the mind lately. As I prepare to move out of state and pour over the stuff in my house (I am not a collector but it is amazing what accumulates) and decide where things go–the dump, … Continue reading

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Desperate to Find That Missing Play Piece

I was going to title this blog, “The importance of Play Accessories ” but that sounded too boring so instead….”Desperate to Find That Missing Play Piece!” As  I get ready for the Toy Fair, where I have to make quick … Continue reading

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PAL Award Top Ten Picks 2015 To Be Announced on NBC CT TV Today!

I’m excited to share some of my  2015 “Top 10 PAL Award Picks” today on a segment on NBC CT TV with Keri-Lee Mayland. I wanted to get my list up so those who watch will have all the details … Continue reading

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Worry Eaters Offer Opportunity For Kids To Share Concerns

We find PAL winners are natural subjects for developmental videos.  Showcasing differentiators of great language toys, I demonstrate how to optimize play with some amazingly fun toys and games that provide great opportunities for learning. Recently we sat down with some kids to … Continue reading

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Playonwords.com Presents Their Spring 2015 PAL Awards today

Here is the full press release.

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NBC CT Announcing Spring PAL Award Winners on Friday

Tomorrow on NBC CT,  I am featuring some of the PAL Award’s Spring winners that spark great fun and can keep language skills sharp over the summer–encouraging exploration and open-ended play. Here are the new products I am going to … Continue reading

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