Category Archives: Strategies to Encourange Language Development

Build and Imagine’s New “Creativity Castle” Entertains on Facetime

You all know that I am a big fan of Build and Imagine’s magnetic storywall sets to build language and strengthen skills for reading a writing. Their newest set, “Creativity Castle” combines the best of their features to give us … Continue reading

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Playonwords.com on FOX6 WITI TV “Real Milwaukee” today!

I’m excited to announce some of my Spring PAL Award winners on FOX6 WITI TV “Real Milwaukee” today on their 9:00 show. If you’re in the Milwaukee area, please tune in. Today I am featuring some of the PAL Award’s … Continue reading

Posted in 3-6 year-olds, 6-8 year-olds, 8 years and up, Language, Preschool, Strategies to Encourange Language Development, Toddler | Leave a comment

NogginStik is Baby’s Favorite Toy

I can’t tell you how many times I heard from new moms after I’ve given the NogginStik as a gift or they’ve seen our video review (as seen last week on the Today Show), that it is their baby’s favorite … Continue reading

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Best New Toys to Engage Multi-sensory learning

This year at the Toy Fair in New York City I saw a trend in added sensory experiences in toys, especially tactile features. I wanted to share some of my favorites for adding learning dimensions to your child’s play time: … Continue reading

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Speech-Language Impairments Rank #1 in Kids 3-5 (IDEA)

ASHA Leader Magazine is a favorite of mine. I was just reading the April issue and turning down the corners on several fantastic, relevant articles. Here’s one that got my attention, “Speech-Language Impairments Rank First, Second Highest By Age” So Speech-Language … Continue reading

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New York Toy Fair 2016 Hot Trends for Learning Toys

Every year I get so amped for The International Toy Fair in New York City–no caffeine needed–as we scour the isles of the Javits Center for fun new products embedded with language learning potential. The creativity, passion and spunk of … Continue reading

Posted in 12 years and up, 3-6 year-olds, 8 years and up, Birth-3 year-olds, Games, Preschool, Strategies to Encourange Language Development, Toy Reviews, Toys | Leave a comment

First Games for 3 year-olds, Setting up Play

My twin grandchildren are approaching 3 and interested in playing games. There are so many wonderful first games for 3 year-olds by companies like WonderForge, ThinkFun, Educational Insights, SimplyFun and Peaceable Kingdom, to name a few of my favorites. The … Continue reading

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How Dollhouse Play Can Strengthen Essential Learning Skills

I have dollhouses on the mind lately. As I prepare to move out of state and pour over the stuff in my house (I am not a collector but it is amazing what accumulates) and decide where things go–the dump, … Continue reading

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NogginStik PAL Award Video

I’ve been a fan of SmartNoggin Toys and recently had the opportunity to team with them, making a video of their “NogginStik” light-up rattle. Capturing the babies’ interest and joy in watching and playing with the NogginStik was such fun. Loaded … Continue reading

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Desperate to Find That Missing Play Piece

I was going to title this blog, “The importance of Play Accessories ” but that sounded too boring so instead….”Desperate to Find That Missing Play Piece!” As  I get ready for the Toy Fair, where I have to make quick … Continue reading

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