Category Archives: Games

Back to School Language Learning, New PAL Award Role Play Games from Wonder Forge

The big buzz right now is “Back to School” everything–backpacks, mommy calendars, pencil cases, notebooks and headbands. How about having some fun playing games that sharpen listening skills, get conversation going, and encourage role play and imagination leading to story … Continue reading

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Co-Creator of Game, Twister, Died

For some reason I find the obituaries in the New York Times fascinating. This week we learned that Chuck Foley, the co-creator of the game Twister, died. I grew up playing Twister with all my friends and family and just … Continue reading

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Lesson Plans for Screen-Free Week: Pretend, Play, Talk

Turn off the TV? Set aside the iPad? Give up video games? That’s just what millions of people will be doing April 29-May 5 as they turn off screens and turn on life.  We all see our kids pick up … Continue reading

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Best New Games For Speech Therapy

I’ve enjoyed the unique opportunity to attend the International Toy Fair in New York City as a member of the press, viewing the exciting new products being introduced. After seeing hundreds of new games, toys and books, I shared my … Continue reading

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“Hello Sunshine,” New PAL Award winner, Shines In Preschool Speech Therapy

Toddlers can be a bit of a challenge in speech therapy because you have to keep them engaged and motivated with great toys and activities while building their language. Sunshine was quite a hit with my little ones as they … Continue reading

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PAL Award Winner “Qualities” Teaches Language in Speech Therapy

Working with older kids in speech therapy requires finding games that interest them as well as strengthen their language skills. “Qualities” by SimplyFun gets kids 12 and up to get into conversation with their peers, as they analyze the importance … Continue reading

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Two New Games For Preschool Speech Therapy

Two new PAL Award winners are favorites with the preschool set. “Bear In Underwear Backpack Adventure Board Game” and “Animal Soup The Mixed-Up Animal Board Game!”   by The Haywire Group are such creative yet simple starter games for preschoolers … Continue reading

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Using SQUIGGLE On-The-Go in Speech Therapy

How can a little pad and pencil inject so much fun in a speech therapy session? Kids loved tearing off a square sheet with a little scribble (Squiggle) that they were to add to. We used our pad in a … Continue reading

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Family Games That Make Learning To Read Fun

At this time of year, parents are asking me for fun games that also promote learning–especially for emerging or new readers. Yesterday I was at the home of a kindergartner and mom showed me a laminated  list of sight words … Continue reading

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Elf Magic Gets Conversations Going

Christmas is a time for traditions and our latest PAL Award winner, Elf Magic, is a delightful tradition where Santa’s magic elves visit families during the Christmas season to be daytime buddies and engage in Elfcapades at night. Different from … Continue reading

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