Category Archives: Toys

ASTRA Marketplace 2012 Best New Finds to Build Language

I thoroughly enjoyed my first ASTRA (American Specialty Toy Retailing Association) Marketplace Convention this past week in Baltimore. I moved from table to table putting together swords, robots and slime as well as decorating cupcakes and doll furniture in “Kits, … Continue reading

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PAL Award Winners on NBC CT Today

I had a fun interview with Yvonne at NBC CT today, sharing some of my newest PAL Award winners and how they can promote language development. Here are the winners that I featured today: “Roll ‘n Play” by Thinkfun–their first … Continue reading

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Launching HABA’s new Terra Kids Catamaran

One of the joys of having a toy award is knowing that I am helping kids by helping their parents and educators select great products to build language. But, I must add that I just love to find great toys, … Continue reading

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Lego Creative Sorter Wins PAL Award, Speech Therapy Tool

Here’s a multi-use lego DUPLO  bucket for loads of therapy fun. Spread the word to your OT and PT friends too because there is a lot of fine motor planning and execution in this toy. I have worked on verbs, … Continue reading

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Creative Cakes by DUPLO Fun for Speech Therapy

Don’t we love DUPLO lego products for getting the language learning going in speech therapy? Recently, lego  introduced several new products covered in pink that are aimed at getting girls interested in building. I look forward to reviewing “Olivia’ House” … Continue reading

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Toy Industry Continues to Grow

Here’s a great post with permission from Frugal Dad sharing wonderful insights on the toy industry–parents spend more on toys for infants and preschoolers than any other age, and Star Wars is the most popular license!   Source: frugaldad.com  

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Top PAL Picks on NBC Connecticut

I had a great time being interviewed at NBC Connecticut a week ago. I am always impressed with how professional and friendly everyone is. It is fascinating to watch a broadcast come together live with Yvonne Nava standing up delivering … Continue reading

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PAL Award Winners Go to NBC Connecticut Today!

My PAL Award winners traveled to West Hartford with me today for an interview at NBC Connecticut with Yvonne Nava.  The emphasis was toys and games for learning language. I had a great time sharing some of my winners: Buzz … Continue reading

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Playmobil’s Secret Agent Headquarters Wins PAL Award

Playmobil is one of my favorite companies producing products that pull kids into the world of pretend. Their latest set to be released, “Secret Agent Headquarters With Alarm,” has so many props to extend the story and provide opportunities to … Continue reading

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Playmobil’s Treasure Temple With Guards Wins PAL Award

Playmobil is one of my favorite stops at the Toy Fair each year because they manage to come up with so many new themed sets that excite kid’s play. The new “Treasure Temple With Guards” is the latest PAL Award … Continue reading

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