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Playonwords.com Presents Their Fall 2018 PAL Awards - Best Toys, Games and Media that Spark Language Development Through Play

15:00 EDT 12 Oct 2018 | PR Web

Play On Words LLC, led by highly respected speech language pathologist Sherry Artemenko, announces 2018's Fall PAL Award Winners, the toy industry's only recognition directed by a credentialed speech-language expert recognizing the language learning edge in exceptional toys, games and media. Sherry's 35 years of child development experience with over 17,000 hours working with kids empower her PAL selections, video reviews, popular blog, media appearances (NBC CT, FOX News Milwaukee) and consulting practice.

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (PRWEB) October 12, 2018

Play On Words LLC, led by highly respected speech language pathologist Sherry Artemenko, announces 2018's Fall PAL Award Winners, the toy industry's only recognition directed by a credentialed speech-language expert recognizing the language learning edge in exceptional toys, games and media. Sherry's 35 years of child development experience with over 17,000 hours working with kids empower her PAL selections, video reviews, popular blog, media appearances (NBC Connecticut, FOX News Milwaukee), and consulting practice.

While it’s been said that “play is the work of children,” it’s now being seen ever more critically as the scaffolding supporting child development. A recent American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement (See NY Times, 8/20/18 “Let Kids Play”) suggests that doctors should encourage playful learning for parents and infants by writing a “prescription for play” at every well-child visit in the first two years of life. Dr. Benard Dreyer, the director of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at NYU's Medical School and a past AAP president said, “Play is the most important part of childhood ... It’s how they develop emotionally, cognitively and in language — It’s important to understand how all of us, and especially parents, can encourage play.”

Playonwords.com helps toy brands and consumers alike see the strategic value of language learning in play through helping to build vocabulary, foster cooperation, express emotion, kindle creativity and expand descriptive and problem solving capacities. The PAL Award on the internet, packaging and in print media differentiates brands who know the marketplace now demands products that are not only fun, but also infused with learning potential. The gold seal with three smiley faces tells customers that more than great entertainment is to be found behind the box, book cover or app license. Here's what's great in Fall One-Eight!

EARLY DEVELOPMENT: Sherry’s experience in pediatric speech therapy has given her an eye for the best products to build attention, vocabulary and concepts through play, preparing children for their first sounds, words and sentences. While touching and exploring a sensory turtle, racing down ramps over obstacles to capture the bad guy to put him in jail, or hooking cute collapsable fish to match colors, kids learn essential early language skills.

  • Five Little Fish by Ravensburger
  • Go! Go! Smart Wheels Launch and Chase Police Tower by VTech
  • Touch & Discover Sensory Turtle by VTech

READING AND WRITING: Practicing writing and drawing on a magical light board, building words with changeable magnetic letter blocks, writing messages on an easel or manipulating bendable rods to form letters, all help children pick up essential skills to advance reading and writing.

  • 500+ Sight Words Flash Cards Bundle Kit by Think Tank Scholar
  • Art Rods by Underdog Educational
  • The Big Fun Workbooks by Highlights Press
  • Crayola Crayon Melter
  • Crayola Creative Fun Double Easel by Grow’n Up Limited
  • Crayola Silly Scents Sticker Maker
  • Crayola Ultimate Light Board
  • Go-With-Me ABC Backpack by Leap Frog
  • Learning Friends 100 Words Book by Leap Frog
  • Magicube Word Building by Geomagworld

LANGUAGE STRUCTURE, CRITICAL THINKING AND REASONING: These outstanding products can build language structure, critical thinking and reasoning, often teaching vocabulary, concepts or grammar while delivering fun. Be a mini entrepreneur learning the nuances of assets, payouts, and industry bonuses using zillions of play dollars, pair silly, edgy tween answers to fun and funny answers, experiment with erupting volcanos, glow worms, and sticky slime, recording your findings to strengthen communication skills.

  • Big Money by Wonder Forge
  • Blank Slate by USAopoly
  • Crayola Color Chemistry Lab Set
  • Daisy’s Adventures Set #1 by Pure Force Enterprises
  • Disney Villainous Game by Wonder Forge
  • Just Add Sugar by Griddly Games Inc.
  • Leapstart 3D Learning System by Leap Frog
  • Not Parent Approved
  • Quercetti Rami

STORY-TELLING / PRETEND PLAY: Whether sounding the fire alarm and sending a man down the pole to his truck, donning your armor, shield and sword to enter the castle, or opening your backpack of dinosaurs in a prehistoric setting, children enter the world of pretend, creating their own stories with plenty of flexible props to guide their imagination. Oral story-telling precedes writing as kids learn the steps to create a good narrative.

  • Builder Box: House by MindWare
  • Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Pets
  • Fire Station by Hape
  • Mojo Dino Back Pack Set
  • PAW Patrol Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck by Spin Master
  • Piccoli Horses Classic Plush
  • Sharingland Cardboard Playhouse Kits
  • Trink-A-Links: Farm by MindWare

SOCIAL LANGUAGE: Complementary to pretend play, social language blossoms when children play with toys and games and interact with media that encourage extended social interactions. Playing cooperatively to send a message through a nine foot tube, putting on a play with silly characters that change expressions, or using your reindeer pal to spread the message that different is okay and unique is special can equip kids to better name, understand and manage their emotions, leading to stronger EQ's.

  • Foozlephone by MindWare
  • Reindeer in Here
  • Shadows in the Forest by ThinkFun, Inc.
  • Silly Street Character Builders by MindWare

Playonwords.com was founded by well-respected speech-language pathologist, Sherry Artemenko. Her 35 years championing language rich play, esteemed PAL Award, popular blog, and insightful tips to parents set her apart as the leading advocate for the language component in toys.

Over 17,000 hours working directly with children has shown her that a unique set of the best toys, games and books have the capability to develop language while delivering great play. Studies show:

  • Kids with highest IQs at three, had the most words at one and two
  • Language learning is cumulative – early words => early sentences => language & reading
  • Most kids maintain their verbal advantage through childhood
  • Creative pretend play that sparks story-telling can advance future literacy

Sherry established the PAL Award to identify unique toys, games and media that through their design, quality and character, encourage play that advances language. PAL winners in the hands of kids, spark fun and creative play with lots of talk. Such toys, recognized on the basis of her child development expertise, are complemented by practical coaching in her blog, showing parents and caregivers how to get the most from toys, games and media to build language and underlying cognitive skills.

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