Category Archives: play

Best Educational Toys to Build Language

After attending the Toy Fair in New York City, I am busy testing all the great toys that have been sent to me as candidates for the PAL Award (Play Advanced Language). It is such fun to discover new companies … Continue reading

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A Lot of Play for a Little Dough

Parents are always asking me to recommend the best toys for their child’s age. They are tired of spending money on toys that end up in the toy bin, ignored and a waste of money. Since I spend several hours … Continue reading

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Toys: Inventory Kid’s Fun to Get Work Done

After the holidays, we all feel a little overwhelmed by the influx of new toys and games as the piles rise in the playroom. Where do we start to get organized, whittle down the mess and adopt a kid-friendly system … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Top 5 Kid’s Educational Apps for the iPad

Hi this is Andrew from Kids Educational Apps.   Full disclosure: My mom, Sherry, runs Playonwords.com.  As a father and video game enthusiast, I started a website for parents who love games that engage kids and encourage learning.  It just … Continue reading

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Announcing 2010 Winners of PAL Award (Play Advances Language), Best Toys, Games and Books

I am excited to announce the 2010 winners of playonwords.com’s new PAL Award (Play Advances Language) honoring the best toys, games and books that by design, content, quality, and character, engender play that advances language development. Throughout my over 30 … Continue reading

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Back to School Speech Therapy

It’s exciting watching kids assemble their new school supplies, get their backpacks together and compare who is in what class. Some of my friends are teary as they launch their college kids and prepare to drop them off and return … Continue reading

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“Little Kids'” Bubbles for Speech Therapy

Most parents think of bubbles as a summer activity–kids chasing down the clear, multi-sized spheres to pop in delight. Certainly they are a great source of outside entertainment, but speech therapists use bubbles all year round and bubbles are one … Continue reading

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Best “Toy Story 3” Toys for Creative Play, Speech Therapy

Wow, Toy Story 3 has only been out a few weeks and I am seeing products everywhere. I even went to the grocery store and saw Toy Story cookies and cakes. How do parents sift through all the offerings and … Continue reading

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Costumes Transform Toddlers to Imaginary Land

Pretend play begins after a child’s first year as they offer an empty cup to a teddy bear or cover him up with a washcloth to stay warm. Little kids love to act out their everyday experiences, copy Mom and … Continue reading

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Play-Doh Uses in Speech Therapy and Play

Once again, I saw the advantages of having a ittle Play-doh on hand. One of my more creative players, Duncan, was setting up his Playmobil boat, van and trailer, As he was requesting the Mom figure and then the Dad … Continue reading

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