Category Archives: Elementary School Age

Toy Fair New York 2017 Toys for Special Needs

I’ve always been a speech therapist who uses “off the shelf” toys not “therapy” toys to engage kids with special needs. They deserve to have the most exciting and fun toys and games to play with AND playing with products … Continue reading

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Toy Fair Trends New York 2017

Stepping through the doors of New York City’s International Toy Fair always pumps me up, the air charged with excitement, innovation, creativity, passion and fun!  With a hug from Peppa Pig, I started my search for fun new products embedded with language … Continue reading

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Kids’ Biographies Inspire Next Generation Leaders

I always appreciate a good biography written for children, especially one that inspires young girls to be their best. During a weekend with some of our grandchildren, I had the opportunity to read about 8 of the books in a … Continue reading

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“Ada Twist, Scientist” Inspires Girl Power

I’ve enjoyed reading Rosie Revere, Engineer and Izzy Peck, Architect for many engaging language lessons with kids They love the stories that provide so much to talk about and relate to their lives. The newest addition to the series, Ada … Continue reading

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Kids Call Wonderhood Toys Wonderful!

I spotted Wonderhood Toys at the New York Toy Fair this year and thought their sets were winners so it is exciting to see that kids agree with me! Their 2 sets, “Corner Shops” and “Wonderhood Grand Hotel,” include illustrated … 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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Build and Imagine Sets Ignite Pretend Play with Kids on the Autism Spectrum

I love to share amazing experiences I have with kids, ones that surprise even me as children lead the way and show new dimensions of play with an outstanding toy. I’ve been having one of those “Wow” experiences while working with … Continue reading

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Toy Fair 2015 Roundup, Top Trends Through a Learning Lens

Every year I feel like a kid in the candy store as I span the New York International Toy Fair’s nearly half million square feet encountering a talking dinosaur, life-size lego R2D2, Worry Eater, flying helicopters and minion mobs. I’m pumped up … Continue reading

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The Power of a Picture Book

I’ve gotta say there’s not much that gets me quite as excited as discovering a fantastic new children’s picture book and usually the author behind it! In the last few years, here are some stand-outs that pack some powerful messages of … Continue reading

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“Too Much Glue” by Lefebvre Provides Language Lessons in Speech Therapy

As a speech therapist I find that just about any activity involving glue is fun for kids! The same apparently holds true for a book about “Too Much Glue.” Matty gets instructions from his art teacher to hold back on … Continue reading

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