Category Archives: Strategies to Enhance Language

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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Toy Review: “Folding Castle Playset” by Melissa and Doug

Get past the guard, drop down the drawbridge and roll up the door of the Folding Castle Play Set and you are in for some fun. The king and queen preside over the castle while the knight can stand guard … Continue reading

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Toy Review: “Treehouse Playset” by Melissa and Doug

Language enhancing toys have moving parts and opportunities to change the action and therefore the story. Kids can’t wait to enter the Tree House Play Set by Melissa and Doug, traveling up the staircase before someone on the third floor … Continue reading

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Toy Review: “Chunky Puzzles” by Melissa and Doug

What toys encourage language development? Look for toys that have flexibility—ones that can be used in many different ways. They inspire your child to be creative and use his imagination. Something as simple as a puzzle should have more options … Continue reading

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