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!

2022

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2021

Rhyme Antics

Rhyme Antics

Rhyme Antics is the most lively way to practice key reading skills, such as phonemic awareness and build vocabulary knowledge in school aged...

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2020

Hit List by Gamewright

Hit List by Gamewright

How many things within a category can you name in 30-seconds? Playing Hit List, by Gamewright, certainly gives you that “it’s on the tip of my...

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Story Time Chess

Story Time Chess

What a fantastic idea to teach chess through stories! The Story Time Chess Storybook contains eight clever stories to introduce each chess piece...

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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

Heads Talk Tails Walk by

Heads Talk Tails Walk by

No need to leave your preschooler on the sidelines during Family Game Night. The whole gang will be laughing themselves silly as they try to match a...

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Hoyle Mixed Emojis

Hoyle Mixed Emojis

I love this little game of expressing emotions. As a speech language pathologist, I have worked with kids for years, helping them increase their...

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Hoyle Seal Squad

Hoyle Seal Squad

Get your Seal team ready to work cooperatively to collect as many fish as you can before the walrus gets to the fish pile! Unfold the fabric mat...

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2018

2017

Wobbly Worm by Spinmaster

Assembly and instructions are so simple that my 3 year-old friend spotted "Wobbly Worm" when he came in my house and started up the game by himself!...

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Janod Beware the Mole

Janod Beware the Mole

What fun it is to include a 3-year-old in family game night. Once we explained to him that the mole will eat his vegetables and he got the idea that...

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Janod Speed Pizza

Janod Speed Pizza

How speedy can  you be piling the ingredients on your pizza? Kids loved grabbing some of the 99 pieces to choose from their little drawstring bag to...

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Janod Hide and Seek Game

Janod Hide and Seek Game

Little ones can relate to a house full of animals as they seek out their furry friends behind the doors of this colorful home. My little buddy...

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2016

Ravensburger Buggaloop

Ravensburger Buggaloop

HEXBUG's buzz and erratic vibrating moves drew giggles and conversation as kids watched it scurry through the yard, weaving between players' bugs...

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2015

Choice Words by MindWare

Choice Words by MindWare

Get your brain connections well oiled before starting this game of Choice Words. Both options, Scratch Play and Match Play are loads of fun as you...

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Hucklebee by MindWare

Hucklebee by MindWare

Of all the age groups, parents most frequently ask me for the best toys for toddlers. These cute miniature people are learning to explore their...

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Resulta by Hape

Resulta by Hape

Resulta, one of a new family of games in Hape's Home Education category, targets sequencing, story telling and logic as kids have to correctly place...

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Ideal Electronic A to Z

Ideal Electronic A to Z

Get ready for a heart-thumping, fast-paced game of who can name the most items in a category beginning with the letters of the alphabet! A to Z's...

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2014

Over Under

Over Under

“How many dimples are on a regulation golf ball? How many bricks are in the Empire State Building? In what year was NATO created? Listen to the...

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Rory’s Story Cubes– MAX

Rory’s Story Cubes– MAX

Being a fan of Rory’s story Cubes, I’ve found that “Max” takes the storytelling to a new level. Something about the larger cubes, manipulated in...

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Who Am I? by Janod

Who Am I? by Janod

Who Am I? is the big question as players sit across each other with the game board propped up between them picturing 24 animals dressed in various...

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Junior Alias by Tactic

Junior Alias by Tactic

Pick your teams and get ready for a fast-paced game of “Junior Alias.” The starting team chooses a player to explain the picture cards while the...

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2013

Loco Lingo Games by HABA

Loco Lingo Games by HABA

Get your listening ears on for HABA's "Loco Lingo" series of games.  Open the box for the Kindergarten game and take out the three cute wooden...

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PicWits! by MindWare

PicWits! by MindWare

Use your creativity to match one of your wacky PicWits photo cards to the judge's caption card. What pictured person, animal or situation...

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Frog Wobble by MindWare

Frog Wobble by MindWare

Kids loved balancing their friendly frogs on the log, adjusting and offering advice as to where to put the next wooden frog to keep from tipping...

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WordARound by Thinkfun

WordARound by Thinkfun

I never knew reading in circles could be so much fun! Each round card has blue, red and black concentric circles, with a single word written in each...

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Hello Sunshine! by Thinkfun

Hello Sunshine! by Thinkfun

Say hello to Sunshine, who joins Thinkfun's first toddler game, “Roll ‘n Play” which was popular with toddlers and their moms last year. I am more...

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2012

Tell Tale Fairy Tales

Tell Tale Fairy Tales

Another Blue Orange tin of fun has arrived to encourage kids to weave their first fairy tales. 60 double sided cards have simple images to start a...

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2011

2010

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