Category Archives: Toys

“Go With Me Mobile” by Blue-Box Toys Wins PAL Award

Blue-Box Toys has just made hanging out in a crib a lot more fun! With the cast of characters from their new BKids  product line, bebee the monkey, fefe the elephant,  and zuzu the giraffe dangling above baby, there is … Continue reading

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“Kidoozie Twist and Turn Ring Toss” Great Toy for Summer Fun

Take a little twist on the usual ring toss by adding some angles, movement and music and the family fun is multiplied. Kids engage in a little problem-solving as they can vary the the configurations of the sticks with many … Continue reading

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“Dino Constructables” by Tomy is PAL Award Winner

It’s fun to find a quality toy that is easy and fun to make and then use for pretend play. These dinosaurs made with “Dino Constructables” can provide hours of creative  fun as a make and play toy. Here is … Continue reading

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Baby Toys That Expand to Early Pretend Play

Two new baby toys by Early Years have double play potential as they provide multi-sensory experiences for your baby and later pretend play props for your toddler or preschooler. Here are my reviews: “Baby Tea Party” by Earlyears is a … Continue reading

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What Makes a Good Language Toy?

When your baby arrives, it’s time to play. Since newborn babies prefer a variety of shapes, curves, angles and contrasts in light and dark, your face is his first favorite toy! He reacts as you talk to him and smile, … Continue reading

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Thank you to my Playonwords Readers!

I started this blog about 4 years ago and realized I love to write and share my thoughts, experience and even a little expertise on speech therapy and great developmental toys! That being said, once in a while I feel … Continue reading

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Top Products at Toy Fair 2011

What fun to have a job where I can be a kid and play with toys! As I was introduced to so many fantastic new toys for kids, certain other products caught me eye that I wanted to share with … Continue reading

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Try Tangle Toys for Attention and Sensory Integration

When I was in the press room (the only place to find a ready chair!) putting my feet up during the Toy Fair 2011, I bumped into a colleague who reviews toys too but from an Occupational Therapist’s viewpoint, as … Continue reading

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Hot New Toy Trends, Toy Fair 2011

After walking the aisles of Toy Fair 2011, taking in all the creativity, innovation and excitement, I’ve caught my breath and am ready to share my impressions and hot tips. This year my mission was the same with a new … Continue reading

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Best Educational Toys To Build Language

I wanted to share my lists of best toys that I began in 2008. For 2008 and 2009 I compiled my list of the best language building toys and launched the PAL Award in 2010 to carry on that tradition. … Continue reading

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