Category Archives: Strategies to Enhance Language

Great Kids’ Tech Toys for Holiday Gifts

As you know I get excited about great toys that teach! Here are some that I have awarded with our PAL Award as well as new findings that I think would be lasting fun and educational for our kids. Several … Continue reading

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New Take on Stacking Blocks for Kids

It’s funny what themes hit me as I walked through the International Toy Fair in New York City last February. I tend to see beyond the obvious, STEM, collectables, robots–at the finer tuned changes in toys. This year I wanted … Continue reading

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STEAM PAL Awards Winners on FOX6 Milwaukee Today

Full STEAM Ahead with Language! The STEM/STEAM trend is really hot in the toy industry! Sherry Artemenko, Speech Language Pathologist with over 17,000 hours working with kids can help parents choose toys full of learning while advancing knowledge in science, … Continue reading

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When a Preschool Game Becomes a Puppet Show

A great preschool game has the DNA to teach taking turns, concepts, vocabulary, listening skills and syntax to name a few learning objectives but when kids take off from the game format and launch into pretend play, I know it … Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye to Old Speech Therapy Friends

It’s been a year since I packed up all my therapy materials and PAL Award business and moved to Wisconsin. Anyone who does a big move knows that it’s “tedious and disruptive” as one of the movers said. I thought … Continue reading

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Rule Crazy Reading Game Showcases at Toy Fair 2017

Okay the excitement is mounting on all sides I must say. Company representatives are getting ready to travel to New York City and set up their booths, store reps are getting ready to top their Fit-Bit mileage in 4 days … Continue reading

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Boys Love Girls’ Stem Products Too!

Okay that’s a crazy title in this world of controversy about labeling toys by gender. But I can’t help it. Boys DO like to play with great toys that are being marketed to girls to build their STEM (science, technology, … Continue reading

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What to Look For in Best Language Toys

I love to blog about best toys for pretend play because it is such an effective vehicle for learning language while having fun! Today I got out Playmobil’s Camp Site and watched as my little friends explored so many play themes … Continue reading

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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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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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