Category Archives: Toys

Don’t Forget the People for Pretend Play

Last week I was playing with a little boy in his basement playroom. In a house of three preschool boys, this was clearly the room to move in. It had several kid-sized vehicles lined up against the wall, and smaller … Continue reading

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Best New Children’s Toys and Games Awarded by Parents’ Choice

Last week, Parents’ Choice Foundation announced their 2008 Toy Awards which includes new games, puzzles and toys. Preschool: Topping the list was my favorite, “eebee’s Adventure Play Mat and Activity Play House” by Every Baby Company. This play house is … Continue reading

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Best Toddler Toys

As parents we are bombarded with the next best toy coming out on the market. Having walked through the many floors of the 2008 International Toy Fair in New York City, I was overwhelmed with the spirit of invention, creativity … Continue reading

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A Great Resource for Parents: Parents’ Choice Newsletter

As parents we are always looking for helpful sites on the internet to make our job easier. I have mentioned before that the Parents’ Choice Foundation site has interesting articles, and reviews of award-winning toys, games, books and media selections … Continue reading

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Best Pirate Ships for Pretend Play

Maybe because I am working with a lot of boys lately or it’s spring and the ships are sailing, but my thoughts are turned to finding a great pirate ship for pretend play. Kids love to invent a story about … Continue reading

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Shopping List of Educational Toys for Parents and Therapists

When I speak to a group of new moms, I often ask how I can be most helpful to them. Recently one mom said, give us a shopping list of good toys and books for developing language. As you know … Continue reading

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The Importance of Pretend Play for Language Development

When you watch two three-year-olds preparing a meal at their kid-sized kitchen or taking their trucks for repair or cars to the car wash, you know that they are doing more than just playing. Their creative and inquisitive minds are … Continue reading

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Do Babies Need Flashcards To Learn Language?

Whenever I speak to a group of new moms, I learn what is on their mind. Yesterday I talked to a delightful group of new moms at Greenwich Hospital and some of the same questions came up like how to … Continue reading

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A Stimulating Mobile for Baby

When I visit homes, I always ask the mom and dad what toys and books their baby likes. At my last visit, I noticed a mobile on the floor, outside of the crib. Mom said her little boy loved his … Continue reading

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Great ABC Game at the Fish Counter

Last week a mom asked me for suggestions for toys that teach the ABC’s. My response was that the ABC’s as with other “academic concepts” such as numbers and colors are best learned through experience and you don’t necessarily need … Continue reading

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