Category Archives: Toys

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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What to Look For in Best Language Toys

I love to blog about best toys for pretend play because it is such an effective vehicle for learning language while having fun! Today I got out Playmobil’s Camp Site and watched as my little friends explored so many play themes … Continue reading

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PAL Winners on FOX6 “Real Milwaukee” Today–Preschool Prep

PRESCHOOL PREP: Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers It’s not only time for school-age kids to head back to the classroom, but for younger siblings to engage with fantastic toys in fun learning play! Today I am highlighting the PAL Award’s latest … 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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Best New Toys to Engage Multi-sensory learning

This year at the Toy Fair in New York City I saw a trend in added sensory experiences in toys, especially tactile features. I wanted to share some of my favorites for adding learning dimensions to your child’s play time: … Continue reading

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Speech-Language Impairments Rank #1 in Kids 3-5 (IDEA)

ASHA Leader Magazine is a favorite of mine. I was just reading the April issue and turning down the corners on several fantastic, relevant articles. Here’s one that got my attention, “Speech-Language Impairments Rank First, Second Highest By Age” So Speech-Language … Continue reading

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New York Toy Fair 2016 Hot Trends for Learning Toys

Every year I get so amped for The International Toy Fair in New York City–no caffeine needed–as we scour the isles of the Javits Center for fun new products embedded with language learning potential. The creativity, passion and spunk of … Continue reading

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Preview of the NY Toy Fair

Wow! The excitement is building with the countdown almost over for Toy Fair. It all starts tomorrow! That means that companies are finishing up their booths at the Javits Center which will transform into a wonderland of toys. I’m getting so many … Continue reading

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NogginStik PAL Award Video

I’ve been a fan of SmartNoggin Toys and recently had the opportunity to team with them, making a video of their “NogginStik” light-up rattle. Capturing the babies’ interest and joy in watching and playing with the NogginStik was such fun. Loaded … Continue reading

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