Category Archives: 8 years and up

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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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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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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Don’t Miss the Depth of Learning in Legos

As I am sitting at the table, blogging next to one of my grandsons, I hear “1, 2, 3, 4…” and am reminded again of the many dimensions of learning kids are exposed to when they play with legos. Over … Continue reading

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Announcing Playonwords’ Top 10 PAL Award Picks 2017, Holiday Gift Guide

We’re excited to announce our Top 10 PAL Picks for 2017! These toys, games and media products have displayed the fun factor with kids and families and/or gotten kudos from elementary school teachers or therapists, and displayed the intrinsic design to … Continue reading

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PAL Award Winning Games and Puppets on FOX6 Milwaukee Today!

Face-to-face fun: Toy expert talks about the best games for kids of all ages Family Games and Activities for Smart Summer Play Summer is a great time to gather the family around a fun learning game that can include everyone, even … Continue reading

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Spring PAL Awards on FOX6 TV Today–Keep Reading Skills Sharp!

Playonwords.com is on FOX6 Milwaukee today sharing 2017 Spring PAL Award winners, “Toys and Games to Keep Reading Skills Sharp Over the Summer” Summer is a time to take the academic pressure off of kids and have fun. Why not … Continue reading

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STEAM PAL Awards Winners on FOX6 Milwaukee Today

Full STEAM Ahead with Language! The STEM/STEAM trend is really hot in the toy industry! Sherry Artemenko, Speech Language Pathologist with over 17,000 hours working with kids can help parents choose toys full of learning while advancing knowledge in science, … Continue reading

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Crayola retires color on National Crayon Day

Okay you heard it here…Crayola is retiring the dandelion color from its 24 crayon box. I sure hope its replacement is bright yellow because kids need that for sunshine faces! Tomorrow is National Crayon Day which my husband just said … Continue reading

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