Category Archives: Toddlers

What Were Kids’ Favorite Christmas Gifts? These Ruled at our House!

With the excitement of Christmas and the holidays past, it is fun to reflect on what toys, games and books were the biggest hits with the kids with lasting play value. This year I had to search a bit more … Continue reading

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Best Books and Toys to Teach Animal Sounds

I get a lot of requests for ideas for toys for specific needs, some for speech therapy and some just for gifts to kids and grandchildren. Thought I’d share some ideas for books and toys that can teach animal sounds … Continue reading

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Best Water Table for Christmas

Sounds a bit like an oxymoron, water table in the winter, right? But my niece a asked my advice on the best water table for her toddler as grandma wants to give her one. When I looked up my favorite … Continue reading

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Playonwords.com on FOX6 Milwaukee Today!

FOX6 Milwaukee 8-17-17 Back to School for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers Sherry Artemenko, Speech Language Pathologist and Toy Expert is here to share super fun toys and games for babies, toddlers and preschoolers to build language skills, preparing them for … 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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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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Toy Fair New York 2017 Toys for Special Needs

I’ve always been a speech therapist who uses “off the shelf” toys not “therapy” toys to engage kids with special needs. They deserve to have the most exciting and fun toys and games to play with AND playing with products … Continue reading

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Toy Fair Trends New York 2017

Stepping through the doors of New York City’s International Toy Fair always pumps me up, the air charged with excitement, innovation, creativity, passion and fun!  With a hug from Peppa Pig, I started my search for fun new products embedded with language … 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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Parents Concerned About Young Children’s Time Spent With Technology?

New ASHA Survey of U.S. Parents: Significant Percentages Report That Very Young Children Are Using Technology Usage Is Occurring When Human Interaction Is Key To Developing Strong Communication Skills The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association commissioned a survey of U.S. parents on … Continue reading

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