Category Archives: play

Soft Dolls for Kid’s Creative Play and Speech

Two Year-old Will introduced me to Blabla dolls today. He was my “shopping buddy” as we visited one of my favorite stores, Airlie Moon, in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. We had talked about how we would point to what we … Continue reading

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Saving Money on Fun Toys

With the current economic situation, I perk up to clever ways for moms and dads to get toys or creative play items for less.  Over the weekend we ate dinner at 4 year-old Piper and 2 year-old Sam’s house (with … Continue reading

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Great Educational Games for Kids

   Parents often ask me for good game ideas for their kids. Today a mom wrote down every game I played with her son directly to her Christmas list! Here are some new games I tried out this week that … Continue reading

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Land of Pretend Play–Another Fun Visit to Preschool

One of the enjoyable parts of my job is that I occasionally get to go and see one of my little clients in their preschool setting and work with them there, observing how their language impacts their relationship with peers … Continue reading

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More Tips for Saving Money on Educational Toys

Okay here is another tip for saving money–or should I say spend no money–on educational toys. I was at 3 year-old William’s house yesterday. He is building his skills in pretend play, picking up little Fisher Price people and having … Continue reading

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How to Save Money on Great Educational Toys

  With the current financial crisis going on, everyone is talking about how to save money. I was watching a Target  commercial the other night, and they were advertising hair clippers to do your own kids’ haircuts etc. I wanted … Continue reading

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Boys are Different Than Girls–Look at Their Pretend Play

For some reason my daughter-in-law finds my life amusing. Yesterday she asked me to tell her something funny. Having just spent the morning with 2 and 3 year-olds, I could oblige. I had volunteered to be a “Love Lady” in … Continue reading

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Carefully Evaluate the Technology in Toys for Babies and Toddlers

Recently I have been challenged to think about the role technology plays in children’s toys, specifically for the baby and toddler set. I raised three boys in the video/computer age and saw how captivating these venues are to kids and … Continue reading

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Do Kids Need Toys for Pretend Play?

I was visiting one of my favorite families yesterday in Charlotte. James, 4, Sam,2 and Molly,1, are being raised on few toys and a wealth of imagination. Last time we saw them, Mom brought a small suitcase of cars that … Continue reading

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An Old Friend Returns

You all know that I love a good toy and mourn the loss when a great language toy is retired (like the old Fisher Price pirate ship or Robin Hood’s tree house.) Well you can imagine my joy in finding … Continue reading

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