Category Archives: Preschool

Toy Fair New York 2017 Toys for Special Needs

I’ve always been a speech therapist who uses “off the shelf” toys not “therapy” toys to engage kids with special needs. They deserve to have the most exciting and fun toys and games to play with AND playing with products … Continue reading

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Toy Fair Trends New York 2017

Stepping through the doors of New York City’s International Toy Fair always pumps me up, the air charged with excitement, innovation, creativity, passion and fun!  With a hug from Peppa Pig, I started my search for fun new products embedded with language … Continue reading

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Literacy Lessons Reinforced with Art

I had a great outing to the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin today. After a yummy lunch in the ArtCafe we visited the exhibits and ended up in the “student” section, art primarily by preschoolers. Can I … Continue reading

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Best Preschool Toys for Holiday Gifts and Learning Too!

I have lots of “bests” according to what your child’s interests are but here is a start: Go! Go! Smart Friends Enchanted Princess Palace by VTech. Shhh, don’t tell but this going to be our 3 1/2 hear-old’s WOW present … Continue reading

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Fuzzy Puzzles Please!

I’m blogging and posting some favorite gift ideas for your kids for the holidays. I think that parents should have fun playing with their kids too so a puzzle is a wonderful joint activity for smart play. I just spent … Continue reading

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Parents Ask for Best Holiday Toys for Painters and Campers

I often get asked by parents or grandparents about specific kinds of toys they want recommended for their kids or grandkids. I thought as we approach Christmas and the holidays I would share my answers in case it’s helpful to others. … Continue reading

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Calafant Make-and-Play Sets Encourage Language Development

As you know, I just got back from a Sheshe visit with some of my grandchildren. Naturally I brought along some PAL Award winners to entertain and teach. The kids spotted the Calafant “The Three Pigs” and “Princess Castle” so … Continue reading

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Best Projects for the Grandkids

As we announce our Top 10 PAL Picks, Holiday Gift Guide, I will be blogging about several of our winners to help you on your hunt for the best toys, games and books to give your kids and grandkids this … Continue reading

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PAL Winners on FOX6 “Real Milwaukee” Today–Preschool Prep

PRESCHOOL PREP: Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers It’s not only time for school-age kids to head back to the classroom, but for younger siblings to engage with fantastic toys in fun learning play! Today I am highlighting the PAL Award’s latest … Continue reading

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Get Your Makeup Ready!

Pretend play involves some great props that suggest a story line but leave the authorship up to the child! Janod’s Little Miss Vanity Set was a favorite with my little friend who got right to work setting out all the items in … Continue reading

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