Category Archives: Preschool

“Angelina Ballerina Dance with Me! Game” Wins PAL Award

I had a chuckle as I walked past a little girl in her fluffy pink tutu the other day at a local farmer’s market. She didn’t seem one bit overdressed in what had to be her precious dance outfit. Now … Continue reading

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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

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Language Lesson for “Hands Off, Harry!” by Rosemary Wells

I have been using Rosemary Well’s newest book, “Hands Off, Harry!” for language lessons all week with kids who are on the autism spectrum or have language learning disabilities. What a terrific teaching tool! Since summer is a time for … Continue reading

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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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