Category Archives: Preschool

Twisterz’ “Alphabet Matcher” Wins PAL Award, Develops Pre-Reading Skills

Kids are intrigued by this twistable tube of rings, searching to match up pictures that begin with the same letter. The tube holds six rings—the first rotates to select a letter, while the remaining five rings display six pictures each … Continue reading

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“Soft Peek-A-Boo Block” Wins a PAL Award

I love when siblings join in and play with a toy together but at different levels of learning These colorful, soft blocks were easy for our 8 month-old tester to grab for exploration by hand or mouth. The moulded  pictures … Continue reading

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“Dino Constructables” by Tomy is PAL Award Winner

It’s fun to find a quality toy that is easy and fun to make and then use for pretend play. These dinosaurs made with “Dino Constructables” can provide hours of creative  fun as a make and play toy. Here is … Continue reading

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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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“Quercetti Magnetino Carry-On Letters”

Learn your letters and begin to tell stories with this self-contained case of 66 pieces including magnetic letters, pictures of animals, food and objects, a dry erase pen to add features, letters or dialogue, and a shape tracer. With such … Continue reading

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“Lil’ Shopper Playset” by Earlyears

Grab your recyclable bag and head off to your pretend grocery store with your “Lil’ Shopper Playset” by Earlyears. Babies learn all about textures, colors and sounds exploring this bag full of food. The shiny blue carton of milk was … Continue reading

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“Baby Tea Party” by Earlyears

“Baby Tea Party” by Earlyears is a fuzzy 6 piece set for baby’s first exploratory tea party. Full of varied textures, colors and sounds, each piece has a friendly face to invite investigation. With a teapot that sings, “I’m A … Continue reading

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“Kidoozie Twist and Turn Ring Toss”

Take a little twist on the usual ring toss by adding some angles, movement and music and the family fun is multiplied. Kids engage in a little problem-solving as they can vary the the configurations of the sticks with many … Continue reading

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Summer Lesson for Speech Therapy

As summer rolls in, and we are thinking about the beach, kids in speech therapy gain vocabulary and learn concepts from clever picture books about summer and the beach. Melanie Watt’s “Scaredy Squirrel  at the Beach” was such a hit … 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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