Category Archives: Strategies to Enhance Language

Book Review: Maisy’s Amazing Big Book of Words

No child gets bored with this kaleidoscope of colorful objects, animals and people gathered into categories by theme–getting dressed, visiting the farm, making music, or playing on the beach. Each category in Maisy’s Amazing Big Book of Words is introduced … Continue reading

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Toy Review: eeBee’s Adventure Play Mat and Activity Play House 6 months-3 Years

Every now and then a toy comes along that I get really excited about. This is one. Maybe because I had an older brother and he was always making forts out of our couch cushions and planting me inside with … Continue reading

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Game Review: “Animal Soup” by Briarpatch Ages 5 and up

Kids beg to play Animal Soup again and again. It’s a game of match as players race to find their animal dressed in different garb—a lei, scarf, baseball hat or tiara—on the game board. The winner collects an animal disc … Continue reading

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Book Review: A First Guide to Baby Signing by Amazing Baby

  When I was at the International Toy Fair in New York City in February, I stopped in at Dolphin Books and was introduced to their new book on baby signs,  A First Guide to Baby Signing. I was impressed because it … Continue reading

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6 Months Old: Best Developmental Toys and Books to Encourage Language

Get the Flash Player to see this content. At six months of age, your baby can understand a few words she hears frequently, is babbling to herself and others, experimenting with her mouth and vocal system much to her delight! … Continue reading

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3 Months Old: Best Developmental Toys and Books to Encourage Language

Get the Flash Player to see this content. At three months of age, your baby shows excitement when a toy or book is placed in front of her. Now she can move her eye muscles to examine things of interest, … Continue reading

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Game Review: Froggy Boogie by Blue Orange Toys, Ages 4-6

Ages 4-6 Grab your kiddie frog for a boogie around the lily pads. The trick is that you can’t be “seen” by the googly eyes of the adult frogs or your froggie is frozen in place, unable to advance toward … Continue reading

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Toy Review: “Funny Bunny” by Ravensburger, Great Gift

Grab your four bunnies and take off on the path to be the first to capture the carrot. Oops, it’s not that easy. Take your turn, pick a card and see if you advance 1, 2 or 3 spaces unless … Continue reading

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Toy Review: “Three Little Pigs Play Set” by Melissa and Doug

  Step back in time with this classic, the Three Pigs, and bring on the fun! The chubby pigs are the perfect size for a toddler’s hand to squeeze and let out a squeak. They can hide in their color-matched … Continue reading

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Toy Review: “Diggity Dog” by International Playthings, Inc.

Kids three years and up want a little challenge in their games—not everything left to chance! Diggity Dog is their first pick for fun. Choose your puppy and press the doghouse to listen for the number of barks. Count them … Continue reading

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