Category Archives: Preschool

“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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Articulation Activities for Speech Therapy

Today I was working on articulation (k,g) with my 4 year-old friend who loves pirates. After he did his “set up” as he called it–he set up a scene with all my Playmobil pirates and the ship, we moved to … Continue reading

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Play ‘n Learn Cash Register by Kidoozie

A good cash register is hard to find! That’s I was so excited to see Kidoozie’s new Play ‘n Learn Cash Register for checkout at the grocery store. I normally don’t recommend electronic toys with so many sounds that a child … Continue reading

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Spring Speech Therapy Lessons, Poetry

Kids l love water so a story about splashing in puddles is the perfect spring book for a speech therapy lesson. Puddles, by Jonathan London is all about having fun exploring after a thunderstorm and definitely NOT staying dry! This … Continue reading

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Light ‘N Sounds Vroomin’ Vehicles

Toddler toys are sometimes the hardest to recommend. Often we put adult features or themes on kids’ toys that they don’t even relate to but entices parents to buy them. One feature that I always look for is if there … Continue reading

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Playonwords.com Announces 2011 PAL Awards

Today is exciting because I announced the first PAL Awards for 2011. My top 22 toys and games that encourage creative play that builds language are recognized on my website here. I had such fun playing with the toys and … Continue reading

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Best Educational Toys for Storytelling

Telling stories builds speech, language, and pre-literacy skills as children create a beginning, middle and end to their story, sequence and link concepts together to brainstorm a cohesive story. Fun materials stimulate thinking whether in speech therapy or at home … Continue reading

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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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