Category Archives: play

Richard Scarry’s Busytown Busy Busy Airport Game” Wins PAL Award

Want a great, flexible game that is loads of fun to use in Speech therapy sessions or family game night with your preschoolers? “Richard Scarry’s Busytown Busy Busy Airport Game” encourages pretend play within the game using props from Richard … Continue reading

Posted in 3-6 year-olds, Games, Language, play, Preschool, Strategies to Encourange Language Development | 2 Comments

Baby Toys That Expand to Early Pretend Play

Two new baby toys by Early Years have double play potential as they provide multi-sensory experiences for your baby and later pretend play props for your toddler or preschooler. Here are my reviews: “Baby Tea Party” by Earlyears is a … Continue reading

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“Buzz Blast” by Discovery Bay Games Wins PAL Award

One of my favorite new games just out for fun and building language skills is “Buzz Blast” by Discovery Bay Games. With four different games within a game, kids of different skill levels can compete and anyone can be successful. … Continue reading

Posted in 6-8 year-olds, 8 years and up, Elementary School Age, Games, play, Strategies to Encourange Language Development | Leave a comment

Make Your Own Puppet by Folkmanis

What could be better than a Folkmanis puppet? One they design that you can construct! Grab a frog, cat or bunny kit that includes the incredibly soft, plush body, fabric puppet parts and cut-outs, glue, easy instructions and ideas for … Continue reading

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Speech Therapy Using Stuffed Animals

Effective speech and language therapy is certainly based on knowing how to advance language skills or correct speech sounds, but it is also important to figure out what motivates the child you are working with. There is no “one size … Continue reading

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What Makes a Good Language Toy?

When your baby arrives, it’s time to play. Since newborn babies prefer a variety of shapes, curves, angles and contrasts in light and dark, your face is his first favorite toy! He reacts as you talk to him and smile, … Continue reading

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Light ‘N Sounds Vroomin’ Vehicles

Toddler toys are sometimes the hardest to recommend. Often we put adult features or themes on kids’ toys that they don’t even relate to but entices parents to buy them. One feature that I always look for is if there … Continue reading

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Rub a Cub Peek-A-Boo Blanket by Taggies

The newest baby toy to receive a PAL Award is “Rub-A-Cub Peek-A-Boo Blanket by Taggies. How can a blanket possibly be this soft? Here is my review: The best baby toys teach through play and provide many opportunities for parents … Continue reading

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Playonwords.com Announces 2011 PAL Awards

Today is exciting because I announced the first PAL Awards for 2011. My top 22 toys and games that encourage creative play that builds language are recognized on my website here. I had such fun playing with the toys and … Continue reading

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Great Games for Speech Therapy

At the New York Toy Fair 2011, I found many wonderful games for kids but two in particular stand out for speech therapy. “Guess How I Feel?” by Fun and Function helps kids talk about their feelings and reactions to … Continue reading

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