Category Archives: Birth-3 year-olds

What’s New at Playonwords

Here is a copy of my newsletter in case you aren’t on the distribution list: Happy Summer and welcome to the heat wave! Normally we talk a lot about outdoor play this time of year, but we are inside to … Continue reading

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“Henrietta The Pull Along Hen” by I Play

It’s hard to find toys for one to one and a half year-olds that keep their interest and teach them something too!  Your chicks will find this hen and her babies a fascinating delight as they pull mama, “Henrietta,” along … Continue reading

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Costumes Transform Toddlers to Imaginary Land

Pretend play begins after a child’s first year as they offer an empty cup to a teddy bear or cover him up with a washcloth to stay warm. Little kids love to act out their everyday experiences, copy Mom and … Continue reading

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“My First Baby Doll” by I-Play

Toddlers can scoop up all the essentials, including the baby doll, put them in the soft, cloth bag and be ready for take-along play. A great introduction to pretend play that follows a child’s experience, this first baby doll comes … Continue reading

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Conversation in Pretend Play

When parents and therapists model conversation in pretend play, kids start to imitate them and learn to take turns in conversation with their little toy pets or people. Caroline’s mom had asked me what things she could be doing with … Continue reading

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Baby Hears First Sounds After Cochlear Inplant

Maybe I am a little sensitive to stories about triumphs with babies since I am visiting my latest newborn grandchild. I am always amazed at God’s creation in such a tiny form and the love you feel for them instantly. … Continue reading

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The Influence of TV on Preschoolers

When I  was visiting 3 year-old Will, he requested that we have a “scavenger hunt.” Now I have been known for my “candy hunts” I conduct on family vacations where I send kids off with a set of clues to … Continue reading

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When to Correct Kids’ Speech

I get this question a lot. Just yesterday I was at a house and the mom asked me whether she should be concerned about her 3 year-old Eli’s speech. I asked about specific sounds, saying he should be able to … Continue reading

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Putting Little People in Preschool Play

I have several parents who encourage me with their application of ideas that I have taught them. I am always trying to teach parents what to look for in a toy that builds language and how to set up great … Continue reading

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Meeting Little Friends at the Art Show in Westport

It is always fun to see children and families whom I have worked with in the past. Over the weekend, I went to the Art Studio’s annual spring show to see the work of Helen Werngren. Helen had contacted me … Continue reading

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