Category Archives: Toys

Getting Ready for The International Toy Fair in New York City

I am excited about the upcoming International Toy Fair in New York City, February 14-17. Just walking through the Javits Center, one feels surrounded by innovative, creative people. Inventors of children’s toys and games have to be incredibly intelligent but also … Continue reading

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Organize the Playroom for Pretend Play

One of the things that I consult with parents about is organizing their playroom. Often I see multiple deep baskets or bins that the toys are scooped up into at the end of the day. Today I was at a … Continue reading

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Choosing Toys to Encourage Language Development, What Not to Buy

When I work with parents of children with language delay, I advise them on what toys are helpful to encourage language development. It is fun to watch as they start to understand the characteristics of good language toys and are … Continue reading

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Choosing Educational Toys for Speech Development

Toys do make a difference in stimulating a child’s speech development. I am constantly reminded of this as I work in homes and see what toy selections some kids have. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on … Continue reading

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Best Language Toys and Games for Holiday Gifts, 2009

It’s that time of year to make our lists and check them twice–and select the best toys and games for our kids and grandkids for holiday gift giving. Again, there are many helpful lists out there from Parents Magazine to … Continue reading

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Goodbye Halloween, Hello Christmas

Wow, I can hardly finish Halloween and the stores are pushing Christmas! I was downtown today and I was re-routed on the sidewalk because they were putting up the Christmas lights. I need to just take a breath. With that … Continue reading

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Best Baby Gifts for a Newborn to Grow Into

Lamaze Play and Grow Logan the Lion’s big eyed face attracts newborns and invites conversation. His ribboned mane, different textures, slippery ribbons, shiny nose, fuzzy cheeks, bumpy rings, smooth tummy, star with ridges and bumps, and crinkly feet provide lots … Continue reading

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“ChickyBoom” Game for Speech Language Therapy

Blue Orange Games, known for their “hot games for a cool planet,” continue to invent clever games for kids that are friendly to our environment. Their latest member of the family, “ChickyBoom,” calls on fine motor skill and balance, requiring … Continue reading

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Put Pretend People in Child’s Play for Language Development

If you follow my blog you know that I contantly talk about having little people available for your child’s pretend play. Once again, I visited a home of boys where the train set was devoid of people. This well-meaning mom … Continue reading

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Circo Train Set for Play and Speech Therapy

Target offers many house brand toys for creative play that are affordable and fun. I thought I would try out the Circo 70 piece Train Set after much success with the Circo Frog Tent.  I wasn’t disappointed and either were … Continue reading

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