Category Archives: Toys

Speech Vacation at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

As much as I enjoy my job, I loved getting away on vacation, and I was blessed to be able to spend a week in the little town of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Although its population is just 1000 people during … Continue reading

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Testing Toddler Toys for Review

When I choose a toy for review, I am often surprised at how kids react to the toy. They show me new dimensions for play or sometimes the lack of exciting potential. They teach me whenever I let them! I … Continue reading

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Taggies Go Go! Car Gives Baby Plenty to Explore

In this economy, don’t we want to buy toys and games that have lasting value and provide plenty to stimulate learning in our kids? When I evaluate baby toys to review, I am looking for many features for your baby … Continue reading

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Products for Children with Special Needs

Parents of children who I work with are always looking for fun and effective products to use with their kids to promote their skills. One of the best catalogues of early intervention products I have found is “Beyond Play.” The … Continue reading

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A Clever Preschool Teacher

While I was visiting with a mom today, her 4 year-old daughter was creating a pretend world with her blocks. The blocks had many different shapes, but were the traditional natural wood blocks, without painted villages or people on them. … Continue reading

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Teaching Preschoolers To Share Through Books

Having just spent an hour with two three year-olds, facilitating play, I realized that sharing is an ongoing challenge for preschool peers. As parents and teachers we need to be patient in the process of teaching this social tool since … Continue reading

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Play-Doh for Preschoolers and Speech Therapy

Certain toys and games are winners as they amuse children and allow for discrete turns so a child can repeat your model, and you give them one more piece to make their masterpiece. Play-Doh’s EZ 2 Do  Zoo is so popular … Continue reading

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New Educational Toys to Build Language

One of my favorite relatively new brands in kids’ toys is Yookidoo. I was entertained at the International Toy Fair in New York City by the inventor displaying the new bath toys: “Flow and Fill Spout,” “Stack ‘n Stream Fountain,” … Continue reading

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Educational Toys–The Best of New York Toy Fair, 2009

I wanted to share some observations I made as I viewed my favorite booths, specializing in educational toys, books and games for the birth-8 year old set. In keeping with the economy, I saw some “downsized” versions of old favorites … Continue reading

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New Educational Toys, Books and Games at the Toy Fair

Wow! Talk about a kid in a candy store–try spending the day at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, being captivated by all the new toys created for this year’s International Toy Fair. I am going to write … Continue reading

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