Presents Their Spring 2017 PAL Awards – Best Toys and Games that Spark Language Development Through Play

The Gym1 Indoor Playground was recently announced as a Spring 2017 PAL Award Winner

“Everywhere I went with my Gym1 Indoor Playground–school or home–kids knew about it and were excited to try it. I was invited to watch a family who was trying out the Deluxe Indoor Playground set for me–kids are 3, 11, and 13 years old. Each one loved the gym and used the accessories in a different way according to their age. Mom and Dad were very impressed with the sturdy quality of the set and rope ladder, knotted rope, swing, rings and trapeze. The dad actually revealed that he had been a professional swing set installer and manufacturer, and commented on the quality of the materials. Mom told me she was worried about it hurting her woodwork but there is no evidence of that. Mom, a first grade teacher has been trying to sneak the Gym1 Indoor Playground out of the house and to her classroom. She wants to use it to help with sensory regulation with some of her kids, offering a swing or climb between activities. “We are limited in the classroom, and need activities to incorporate movement to break up academic time. This set is so easy to switch up the attachments too.” The younger daughter even offered, “I go on the swing after I do my homework. It relaxes me.” What a great endorsement for the possibilities for use in the general classroom or therapy/ special ed room in a school, meeting the needs of kids in a fun and inviting way.”


Play On Words LLC, led by highly respected speech language pathologist Sherry Artemenko, announced 2017’s Spring 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 books. 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 and consulting practice.

“Current trends in the industry include progressive toy brands calling out the importance of language learning features that enhance and extend rich play. From preschool coding games to classroom STEM education sets, companies are providing kids with the opportunity to create a story, identify problems, sequence solutions, compare/contrast results, and document/discuss conclusions. It’s exciting to be a part of this movement to optimize play experiences while building language skills critical for learning and life.

Play On Words helps differentiates brands who know the marketplace now demands products that are not only fun, but also infused with learning potential. The PAL Award seal tells customers that more than great entertainment is to be found inside the box or book cover.

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