SimplyFun’s Newly Released Games Win PAL Awards

Wake Up Stars and Lily Pond are PAL Award Recipients

Seattle, WA, May 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SimplyFun, LLC., publisher of award-winning educational board games, received PAL Awards for their two newest Reading and Language Arts games, Wake Up Stars and Lily Pond. 

Wake Up Stars is a storytelling game for two to four players, ages three and up. Players take turns spinning the spinner to collect stars and share stories about what makes them feel the emotions found on the faces of the stars. The player who collects the most stars wins! Through game play kids practice empathy and build social relationships by talking about how someone else might feel based on the expression on the star they have chosen.

Lily Pond helps build preschoolers’ foundational reading skills. Players hop their frog around the pond on the gameboard landing on or jumping through the lily pad letters needed to complete their word cards. The first player to hop through their letters in the correct order and then hop back to the center wins the game.

“SimplyFun has done it again. They’ve created a delightfully fun way to learn to read,” said Sherry Artemenko about Lily Pond.

The PAL (Play Advances Language) Award recognizes outstanding toys, games and books unique in encouraging speech development based on more than 30 years and 15,000 therapy hours of insight by Sherry Artemenko, a leading language expert and educator.

Reading and Language Arts, one of four skill sets that are the focus of game development at SimplyFun, hone in on letter recognition, phonics, spelling, vocabulary and storytelling to support a love of reading and comprehension in early wordsmiths and future grammarians. Other skill sets at SimplyFun include Math and STEM, Life and Thinking skills and Social Sciences and Studies.

About SimplyFun 

SimplyFun believes in the undeniable power of shared play to learn, grow, and realize our fullest, brightest potential. We champion a vibrant, play-based education that enriches our families and ourselves. To contribute to what’s truly important in life—the potential of our children, the success of our schools, and our own personal fulfillment.

Founded in 2004, SimplyFun provides its Playologists (Independent Consultants) the opportunity to make a difference for kids and families with its skills-focused board games while earning income through direct sales opportunities in person and online.


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