Category Archives: Toy Reviews

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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Gearing Up for the Toy Fair 2017!

I’m packing in appointments for 4 full days of exciting discoveries as we will be covering the New York Toy Fair 2017 at the Jacob Javits Center with over 400,000 square feet of exhibit space looking for the best new … 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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Best Preschool Toys for Holiday Gifts and Learning Too!

I have lots of “bests” according to what your child’s interests are but here is a start: Go! Go! Smart Friends Enchanted Princess Palace by VTech. Shhh, don’t tell but this going to be our 3 1/2 hear-old’s WOW present … Continue reading

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Fuzzy Puzzles Please!

I’m blogging and posting some favorite gift ideas for your kids for the holidays. I think that parents should have fun playing with their kids too so a puzzle is a wonderful joint activity for smart play. I just spent … Continue reading

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Parents Ask for Best Holiday Toys for Painters and Campers

I often get asked by parents or grandparents about specific kinds of toys they want recommended for their kids or grandkids. I thought as we approach Christmas and the holidays I would share my answers in case it’s helpful to others. … Continue reading

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Calafant Make-and-Play Sets Encourage Language Development

As you know, I just got back from a Sheshe visit with some of my grandchildren. Naturally I brought along some PAL Award winners to entertain and teach. The kids spotted the Calafant “The Three Pigs” and “Princess Castle” so … Continue reading

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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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Playonwords.com Presents Their Spring 2016 PAL Awards

Congratulations to all our 2016 Spring PAL Award winners as well as our past honorees. Thanks for all you do to make language learning fun!  Last week one of our our toy videos, NogginStik, was included on the Today Show featuring Mompreneur, Marcia Haut.  … Continue reading

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Kids Learn Independently With The New Smartscope

It was a joy to watch my three friends, aged 5, 8 and 9 years old, gather their specimens from outside and head to their new Ravensburger Smartscope to magnify, identify, explore and learn. We started with pollen (since we were … Continue reading

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