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Writing Wizard by L’Escapadou

I use Writing Wizard by L’Escapadou every day, largely because of the settings that allow the app to be tailored to the needs of a specific child and it’s highly reinforcing content that keeps kids engaged. In the App On opening, select where to begin – prewriting exercises, uppercase, lowercase, numbers, beginning sight words or a […]

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Lipa Planets Launches into Space!

In the interactive book, Lipa Planets: Gods of the Solar System, Skipper – a most curious and adventuresome dog – takes us on a journey through the solar system to visit and speak with the planets. It serves to introduce little ones to the universe – where we live as well as being part of […]

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Preschool Favorites for May and a Few Steam Activities

This week’s top activities are diverse in their challenges by teaching an array of early learning skills. We were all a twitter with everything bugs, butterflies, and Spring. We learned about the season by listening to stories, coloring pictures, cutting straight lines for making “grass” and “flower stems”, and were beginning to refine control for writing […]

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Ozobot…the Little Robot that Could

Absolutely thrilling! That describes the Ozobot bit by Evollve Inc, the little robot with a lot of attitude. Don’t be fooled by its size… It is one powerful teaching tool packed full of opportunities. On opening and tinkering with it a bit, you begin to wonder; Why is this little bundle of educational joy not […]

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Crayola Making Creativity Fun!

  All right, I confess, I have been in love with Crayola for over 50 years. There is nothing, absolutely nothing that beats a new box of Crayola crayons – the feel, the smell, and the possibilities of drawing out your wildest dreams. And the best part of all is that Crayola continues to introduce […]

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The Wondrous World of Seldom See by Eiry Rees Thomas

Developmental Play and Learning celebrates Eiry Rees Thomas and her award-winning series about the Flitlits. After first encountering the Land of Fussbut, Seldom See, I was overwhelmed. How do you start in describing this incredible world? It is not like anything I have ever experienced before. Each word on the page is placed to make […]

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Lipa Knight Gallops into Heroic Learning

Lipa Knight by Lipa Learning is a fabulous introduction to early STEAM activities. Set in the times of knights, princesses, and evil cyclops, gameplay centers on building ever increasing complex bridges so that our shining knight can rescue the princess from the cyclops’ lair. Building activities keep kids active in the process of doing, and […]

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Handwriting Heroes by AppyTherapy

Handwriting Heroes by Cheryl Bregman OTR/L of AppyTherapy is a developmentally dynamic learning to write app, where the emphasis is on a kinesthetic progression of letter formation rather than a more traditional linear A-Z format. Every teacher, parent, and clinician need an arsenal of learning to print apps in their toolbox to keep motivation high, and Handwriting Heroes […]

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Lipa Train by Lipa Learning

Choo Choo! Lipa Train needs an engineer to steer the train through the countryside to pick up fruit and get it delivered! This app is part of Lipa’s series for preschoolers (4-6 y/o) teaching skills in prediction and anticipation, as well as helping to coordinate vision with motor functions. It is part of Lipa’s core […]

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Toy Fair 2017 – An OT’s Perspective

Just walking into the Javits Center for Toy Fair 2017 is both thrilling and a jaw-dropping splendor to behold. From an Occupational Therapist’s perspective, it is like winning the lottery three times in a row. OT’s deal with human occupation or looking at how people spend their time – and not only what is preventing them from […]