Pandas PicnicTalking Points FOX6 Real Milwaukee 5-25-20

“Toys and Games for Smart Play, Extending Learning at Home”

by Speech Pathologist Sherry Artemenko from

Panda’s Picnic in the Park by Peaceable Kingdom/MindWare, 2+, ($17.95)

  • Panda invited you to go on a picnic of learning with your toddler
  • Learn colors, shapes and matching
  • Set the table with a plate for Panda too
  • Reach in basket–blueberries, pasta, asparagus, choc chip cookie
  • Name food and place on plate, matching shape
  • Any good preschool game, can turn into pretend play!

Available here

Tinkle Crinkle Activity BallTinkle Crinkle Activity Ball by Baby GUND, Birth+, ($20)

  • New parents want to know how to play with their babies
  • Great toys invite learning, lots for parents to narrate while baby explores
  • Faces, babies talk more to faces, locked on to bunny
  • Talk about patterns, colors, textures, 3D features, sounds
  • Tummy time

Available here.

Sago Mini box, 3+, ($19.00/month)

  • Monthly subscription box with different theme, 3 make and play activities
  • “Ocean Swimmer” with Fins:  whale house and shark puppet, snorkel mask, ocean cleanup game
  • Great STEAM activity, build toys for repeat pretend play,
  • Builds language

Available here.

Chalk of the Town, 4+, ($19.95, $29.95)

  • Great product for right now..t-shirts and tote bag
  • Express themselves with water based chalk markers through words and drawings
  • Wipe off and start again
  • Want kids to name and express their emotions, building their EQ, Emotional Quotient
  • Tote bag to start conversation about what they are reading

Available here

My First Big Floor Puzzle Mermaid by The Learning Journey International, 2+, ($12.99)

  • Puzzles are craze these days, adults and children
  • Parents often ask for toys to play with their toddlers
  • Puzzles are great to narrate colors, positions, detail looking for piece
  • Builds language, fine motor and spatial skills

Available here.