PAL Award Winners – Toys

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

2019

2018

Foozlephone by Mindware

Foozlephone by Mindware

This wacky Foozlephone makes me laugh just listening to the descriptive names for its parts--Crinkle Coils that stretch to 9 feet long, a "Jibbity...

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Mojo Dino Back Pack Set

Mojo Dino Back Pack Set

Who doesn't like to take his play on the road? Moms and kids love take along play for travel or just moving from room to room. This backpack has the...

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Reindeer in Here

How can a little reindeer bring joy and fun to the Christmas season? My little friends loved hearing his story in the accompanying book, "Reindeer...

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2017

Luvabella by Spin Master

Luvabella by Spin Master

"Love comes to life," surely describes this life-like doll who interacts with little ones. Parents and kids were fascinated with Luvabella's facial...

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Pet Place by Wonderhood

Pet Place by Wonderhood

I love when I visit a first grade class and they recognize the Wonderhood box and beg to play with me! Their teacher and class choose the Wonderhood...

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Town House by Wonderhood

Town House by Wonderhood

When I walked into a first grade classroom with Wonderhood's 2 newest playsets the kids begged me to pick them for their "smart play" time! Boys and...

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LeapStart by LeapFrog

LeapStart by LeapFrog

This popular kids' interactive learning system has now expanded its content to be applicable through first grade subjects. LeapStart comes with a...

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2016

Ark by Hape

Ark by Hape

The story of animals boarding Noah's ark, two by two is fascinating as is this beautifully designed and crafted puzzle by George Luck. Are there 2...

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Crayola Jewel Maker

Crayola Jewel Maker

As a little girl, I loved an art project so I am drawn to Crayola's Jewel Maker to share with young designers. This kit has plenty of materials to...

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Crayola Emoji Maker

Crayola Emoji Maker

Crayola's new Emoji Maker is part science experiment, art project and messaging activity! Kids assemble the marker, use the color mixing guide to...

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Crayola Crayon Factory

Crayola Crayon Factory

Moms love that kids can re-purpose broken crayons, and kids love to create a car, dog or heart character from melted crayons! Place your crayon or...

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Crayola Air Marker Sprayer

Crayola Air Marker Sprayer

Set up for this fun was so quick and although you should protect your surface, if you follow the directions and keep the nozzle close to your paper,...

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2015

2014

Doll Shona by HABA USA

Doll Shona by HABA USA

Every little girl had the same reaction when she opened the suitcase and saw Shona, "Wow, I wanna hold her" and they immediately picked her up to...

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2013

Sensory Pals by Infantino

Sensory Pals by Infantino

Infants 3 months and up have a gang of pals ready to play, providing 5 different sensory experiences including a spike hedgehog, rippled fish, and...

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Fire Station by Hape

Fire Station by Hape

Kids can be entertained for hours with Hape's new tri-level Fire Station, whether their little fire fighter is working out on the treadmill, doing...

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Walk-Along-Snail by Hape

Walk-Along-Snail by Hape

This goofy snail with the wiggly, buggy eyes is a happy companion to any toddler as he tags along, rotating his shell of colored blocks. Flexibility...

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Mighty Mini Band by Hape

Mighty Mini Band by Hape

Kids loved getting the beat going with this all-in-one band including a drum, cymbal, xylophone, guiro and clapper. The drumsticks and clapper store...

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2012

Cake Set by Plan Toys

Cake Set by Plan Toys

Who wouldn't want a slice of cake served up by a little friend from this Cake Set? As I was assembling my dessert with my little tester , I asked if...

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Tea Set by Plan Toys

Tea Set by Plan Toys

This tea set invites conversation, as friends settle in for a chat around the table. Little ones loved the sturdy, easy-to-grab containers with...

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Stacking Bear by Plan Toys

Stacking Bear by Plan Toys

A lot of learning is packed into Plan Toys' new Stacking Bear.  In place of a traditional stacking toy with rings on a rod, this bear is supported...

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Play House by Plan Toys

Play House by Plan Toys

The fun started with the set up of Plan Toys' new Play House as our little testers arranged and rearranged the props and furniture. "That's the...

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2011

Arc-a-teks by WABA Fun LLC

Arc-a-teks by WABA Fun LLC

Say hello to Arc-a-teks, the newest members in the popular Superstrucks family. Pairs of  friendly characters from the earth, sea and sky arrive in...

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3D Shape Sorter by Rubbabu

3D Shape Sorter by Rubbabu

Kids love the tactile experience of handling the fuzzy, firm but slightly squeezable animals as they press them into their molds or stand them up to...

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2010

Hug-A-Puzzle by Alex Jr.

Hug-A-Puzzle by Alex Jr.

Alex toys is pretty new at baby toddler toys, introducing Alex Jr. in 2008, but they have positioned themselves as a leader in launching innovative...

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Pirate Play Set by Yookidoo

Pirate Play Set by Yookidoo

Ahoy mateys! The pirates have invaded the crib with Yookidoo's newest addition to baby's fun, "Pirate Play Set."Little one's hands fit easily around...

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