PAL Award Winners – Games

Exceptional toys, games and books / media that encourage language, spark fun and invite creative play.

PAL Award Winners

Established by respected speech and language expert Sherry Artemenko MA, CCC-SLP, the PAL Award recognizes exceptional toys, games and books / media that, through their design, content, quality, and character, promote play that advances language. PAL winners in the hands of kids spark fun and creative play with lots of talk!

2020

Splurt! by Gamewright

Splurt! by Gamewright

Think fast and answer first in this fast paced word game that challenges players to think in categories as well as about letter placement,...

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Turtle Steps by Hapinest

Turtle Steps by Hapinest

My little friends got excited about Turtle Steps from the moment they saw the box! They knew just what to do for set up, placing the large and...

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2019

Miniland Emoti Blocks

Miniland Emoti Blocks

Kids were fascinated with the six facial expressions on the blocks, reflecting diversity--astonished, bored, sad, happy, frightened and angry--as...

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Wake Up Stars by SimplyFun

Wake Up Stars by SimplyFun

It's nighttime and the stars are waking up, some happier than others. Place all the foam stars face down in the middle of the play area and spin to...

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Lily Pond by SimplyFun

Lily Pond by SimplyFun

Hop to it! It's time to grab your froggy and sit on the rock in the middle of the lily pond filled with letters to explore. Give each player three...

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SMARTGAMES Brain Train

SMARTGAMES Brain Train

Smart Toys and Games has been delighting children and parents with toys that have a learning edge, as they have given us fun logic puzzles with an...

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Astro Trash by USAopoly

Astro Trash by USAopoly

The galaxy had enjoyed a peaceful coexistence, until a sanitation craft lost control of its messy cargo and let loose free-floating debris, Astro...

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2018

Catch! by MindWare

Catch! by MindWare

Gather your cooperative players to chase after that mischievous little mouse who has stolen the cat's bowl of treats. You need to surround the mouse...

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Acorn Soup by MindWare

Acorn Soup by MindWare

The best beginner games for preschoolers encourage pretend play so let's get ready to do some cooking for Squirrel. We all know he must like Acorn...

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Chugga Choo by MindWare

Chugga Choo by MindWare

MindWare's Peaceable Kingdom has been producing some of the best preschool games to start board game play that engages a 2 year-old in fun learning....

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Quick Pickle by MindWare

Quick Pickle by MindWare

This cute game of tossing toppings and pickles comes in a cardboard hamburger box to add to the fun. Players draw patties, ketchup, cheese,tomato,...

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Code Hopper by MindWare

Code Hopper by MindWare

Want to introduce your preschooler to some computer coding with a clap, smile and jump in the air? Code Hopper cleverly keeps kids engaged as they...

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Imitator by MindWare

Imitator by MindWare

What does it mean to imitate? My 7 year-old friends said, "Try to do something like someone else." They set out 12 colored photos of people and...

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WordAround 2 by ThinkFun

WordAround 2 by ThinkFun

I know I'm not the only one who is thankful for a second round of WordAround considering all the fun we've had with the first edition. With 300 new...

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2017

E-I-E-I-GO! by Mindware

E-I-E-I-GO! by Mindware

Set up the cutest little farm with the barn silo and the barnyard animals--pigs, cows, mice, chicks, sheep and donkeys. Place one die in the silo...

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Tall Tales by SCS Direct

Tall Tales by SCS Direct

Kids are great story tellers and "Tall Tales" gets their imaginations going as they reach into the blue fuzzy bag to pick a story character or prop...

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2016

Memory Yoga by ThinkFun

Memory Yoga by ThinkFun

This unique combination of a memory game and teaching some beginning yoga makes it a fun learning experience, exercising mind and body. I will admit...

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2015

Bid-A-Letter by SimplyFun

Bid-A-Letter by SimplyFun

Word  connoisseurs will love this game with its twists and turns around evolving letter grids. Add to the intrigue that each round begins with...

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Trio by Hape

Trio by Hape

Trio is a member of Hape's new family of "Home Education" games designed to build some core language skills, naming and categorization, through fun...

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Listen to Clues by Hape

Listen to Clues by Hape

One of the most important skills kindergarten teachers tell me they look for in children to determine school readiness is their listening skills....

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2014

Tapple by USAopoloy

Tapple by USAopoloy

Kids loved this fast-paced word-game of beat the timer as you name an item within a category by its first letter. Players have 10 seconds to shout...

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Treasure Trax by USAopoly

Treasure Trax by USAopoly

Preschoolers perked up when I told them to hide their eyes while I distributed "the treasure" for a hunt around the house. A kid-sized little purple...

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2013

Jumbo Bananagrams

Jumbo Bananagrams

Pack your inner dictionary as you run back and forth to beat your opponents at this exciting, fast-paced anagram game! Jumbo Bananagrams, the...

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2012

2011

Dabble by INI, LLC

Dabble by INI, LLC

A simple "fast thinking word game," "Dabble," entertains the whole family. Each player is given 20 word tiles and a graduated bleacher on which to...

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Konexi by Wonderforge

Konexi by Wonderforge

Challenging games drive conversation. Konexi, the gravity-defying word game is just that. Place the 3D letters in a circle, roll the die and land...

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Smart Mouth by Thinkfun

Smart Mouth by Thinkfun

"Smart Mouth has just gotten smarter with a refresh of the original game.  Thinkfun's recent use of an educational consultant is evident in relevant...

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Who Am I? by HABA

Who Am I? by HABA

Who am I? An astronaut? Rain boots? Or a fried egg? Ask the right questions and you'll discover the answer. The "Guesser" straps on the headband,...

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2010

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