Category Archives: play

Teaching Preschoolers To Share Through Books

Having just spent an hour with two three year-olds, facilitating play, I realized that sharing is an ongoing challenge for preschool peers. As parents and teachers we need to be patient in the process of teaching this social tool since … Continue reading

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Play-Doh for Preschoolers and Speech Therapy

Certain toys and games are winners as they amuse children and allow for discrete turns so a child can repeat your model, and you give them one more piece to make their masterpiece. Play-Doh’s EZ 2 Do  Zoo is so popular … Continue reading

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The Importance of Children’s Play

My son sent me an excellent article on “The Serious Need for Play” in Scientific American. Psychiatrist Stuart Brown has been studying the effects of a childhood deprived of free play. He has found that children who lack the opportunity … Continue reading

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Snowstorm in the East

Everybody enjoys a day off and yesterday was a day to go nowhere! We had 14 inches of snow overnight and schools were closed. Many kids went “sleigh riding” as they say in the East. I am from the Midwest … Continue reading

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New Educational Toys to Build Language

One of my favorite relatively new brands in kids’ toys is Yookidoo. I was entertained at the International Toy Fair in New York City by the inventor displaying the new bath toys: “Flow and Fill Spout,” “Stack ‘n Stream Fountain,” … Continue reading

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Grandma Must Be Coming–First Words

I realized I am a full-fledged Grandma, known to the kids as Sheshe, when I packed my bag for North Carolina and had only a few items of clothing and the rest of the bag was filled with a baby … Continue reading

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Educational Toys–The Best of New York Toy Fair, 2009

I wanted to share some observations I made as I viewed my favorite booths, specializing in educational toys, books and games for the birth-8 year old set. In keeping with the economy, I saw some “downsized” versions of old favorites … Continue reading

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New Educational Toys, Books and Games at the Toy Fair

Wow! Talk about a kid in a candy store–try spending the day at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, being captivated by all the new toys created for this year’s International Toy Fair. I am going to write … Continue reading

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Free Kids’ Valentines–For Home or Therapy

I will admit that Valentines Day was not my favorite holiday when my three boys were growing up. Guys just didn’t look forward to “”making” valentines and it was like pulling teeth to get them to print the names of … Continue reading

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Designer of Playmobil Figures

Call me crazy but I find the obituaries in the New York Times each weekend fascinating. There is a special story behind the people who shape our world. Friday’s paper included the obituary of Hans Beck, the designer of the … Continue reading

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