Category Archives: 8 years and up

Playonwords.com Presents Their Fall PAL Awards

We’re excited to share our Fall PAL Awards–Best Toys, Games and Media that Spark Language Development Through Play. I continue to be fascinated by the impact parents’ play with kids has on language development, a concept reinforced by recent research. … Continue reading

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How to Write the Best Toy Review

First of all you have to play with the toy or game to be familiar with it. When I was doing speech therapy I had a whole group of kids I could play with, while working on their speech goals … Continue reading

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New York Toy Fair 2019 Toy Trends, Learning Through Play

Just walking into the New York Toy Fair got my heart pumping to the beat of the drums as the parade of characters assembled to lead the opening of my 11th Toy Fair. You can feel the air charged with excitement, … Continue reading

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Playonwords.com on FOX6, Real Milwaukee Today

I’m off to the FOX6 TV studio in Milwaukee to share my newest PAL Award winners that can help reinforce skills essential for classroom learning. Here are my Talking Points: Play Your Way to Success in School Background on Sherry: Sherry … Continue reading

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Playonwords.com on FOX5 Milwaukee today!

Talking Points FOX6 Real Milwaukee 6-21-18 Toys to Inspire Storytelling to Keep Reading and Writing Sharp Over the Summer Background on Sherry: Sherry Artemenko, Speech Language Pathologist and Toy Expert is here to share super fun toys to build language … Continue reading

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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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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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