Category Archives: Toys

Making Up Stories With A Shadow Light Show

One of my favorite showrooms at the Toy Fair this year was Crayola. Maybe because of the artist in me, my love for markers of all kinds, or the many creative products I’ve used to help kids learn language and … Continue reading

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30 Year-old Legos Excite Speech Therapy Kids

As you know, I find myself with several 5-8 year-old boys on my caseload and they are wild about legos. My little friend ran upstairs this morning to pour over his lego catalogue with me, showing me that the picture … Continue reading

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Toys to Keep Language and Literacy Sharp Over Summer, NBC CT Interview

It was fun to share some of the latest PAL Award winning toys and games today at NBC CT in a live interview with Kerry-Lee. Summer is all about fun but we can also provide some great toys for our … Continue reading

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Use a Puzzle with Surprise Flaps to Spark Up Speech Therapy Lessons

My readers know how much I enjoy using a great puzzle in speech therapy. Puzzles can be used at a very basic level of adding a piece after a child takes a turn, repeating their target sound at different levels … Continue reading

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Best New Toys to Develop Speech and Language

It’s spring–I think! New flowers, new buds, and new toys. I have tested so many new products for the PAL Award in these past few weeks that I want to share some favorites that stand out for having the potential … Continue reading

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Dance and Groove with Your Toddler for First Game Fun

ThinkFun has just introduced its second toddler game, “Move and Groove” that gets kids moving with categories of instructions and builds listening and language skills. Toddlers can’t sit still in a therapy session so why not make moving fun? Here … Continue reading

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New Toy Fair Toys Rock in Speech Therapy

I had some fun sharing my pictures and a few new toys from Toy Fair 2014 in therapy this week. The little boys I work with who love legos added my pictures to their “Speech Boxes” in the SpeechBox app … Continue reading

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Storytelling at Toy Fair 2014, Learning Language Through Play

Phew! I made it through all four days of the International Toy Fair, talking with over 100 companies and seeing hundreds of great new toys and games. Now that I’ve got my feet up and can digest some of the … Continue reading

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2014 International Toy Fair Trends

We had a fantastic first day at the 2014 International Toy Fair in New York City. We started outside the show with Laser Peg’s “Pegasaur” and met the designer whose team took 4 weeks to assemble this dinosaur. It’s prettier … Continue reading

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Sneak Peek At the NYC Toy Fair 2014

Excitement is building as everyone is getting ready for the Toy Fair starting next weekend. Although we don’t have our own meteorologist like the Super Bowl committee, we are all watching the weather as last year got a bit of … Continue reading

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