Category Archives: play

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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Game Time

Today I was playing with one of my favorite 4 year olds, Max. He loves games and usually beats me. As we started, I asked who should go first. Pointing to the directions, he said he always goes first because … Continue reading

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