Category Archives: Preschool

Toy Fair Trends New York 2018, Lots of Learning

What fun to step right into the parade lineup as I started my adventure through the New York Toy Fair last week! The opening ribbon cutting ceremony unleashed thousands of international buyers and press to see what’s new in the toy … Continue reading

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Zoo on the Loose, Perfect Language Learning Game

I love to “find” a fantastic language learning game and in this case, it was on the game shelf at my grandkids’ house and due to the kids’ excitement when  I asked about it, I knew it was loads of … Continue reading

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What Were Kids’ Favorite Christmas Gifts? These Ruled at our House!

With the excitement of Christmas and the holidays past, it is fun to reflect on what toys, games and books were the biggest hits with the kids with lasting play value. This year I had to search a bit more … Continue reading

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Best Books and Toys to Teach Animal Sounds

I get a lot of requests for ideas for toys for specific needs, some for speech therapy and some just for gifts to kids and grandchildren. Thought I’d share some ideas for books and toys that can teach animal sounds … Continue reading

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Best Water Table for Christmas

Sounds a bit like an oxymoron, water table in the winter, right? But my niece a asked my advice on the best water table for her toddler as grandma wants to give her one. When I looked up my favorite … Continue reading

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Announcing Playonwords’ Top 10 PAL Award Picks 2017, Holiday Gift Guide

We’re excited to announce our Top 10 PAL Picks for 2017! These toys, games and media products have displayed the fun factor with kids and families and/or gotten kudos from elementary school teachers or therapists, and displayed the intrinsic design to … Continue reading

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New Take on Stacking Blocks for Kids

It’s funny what themes hit me as I walked through the International Toy Fair in New York City last February. I tend to see beyond the obvious, STEM, collectables, robots–at the finer tuned changes in toys. This year I wanted … Continue reading

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STEAM PAL Awards Winners on FOX6 Milwaukee Today

Full STEAM Ahead with Language! The STEM/STEAM trend is really hot in the toy industry! Sherry Artemenko, Speech Language Pathologist with over 17,000 hours working with kids can help parents choose toys full of learning while advancing knowledge in science, … Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye to Old Speech Therapy Friends

It’s been a year since I packed up all my therapy materials and PAL Award business and moved to Wisconsin. Anyone who does a big move knows that it’s “tedious and disruptive” as one of the movers said. I thought … Continue reading

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Great New Preschool Games for 2017

I’m always on the lookout for great new preschool games that teach while little ones are having loads of fun. A good preschool game has an element of pretend play to engage the children such as playing in a vegetable … Continue reading

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