Summer is upon us! Are you looking for ways to engage and entertain your children? Check out the 20th Anniversary edition of the Toys“R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids®, an easy-to-use toy selection resource for those who know, love and shop for children with special needs! This free guide is available in Toys“R”Us® and Babies“R”Us® stores nationwide, as well as online at Toysrus.com/DifferentlyAbledin both English and Spanish.
This year, Toys“R”Us teamed up with baseball World Champion, proud father and special needs advocate, Albert Pujols, who appears on the cover alongside Cameron Withers, a 5-year-old boy from Los Angeles. While Pujols is known for his passion on the diamond, his dedication to the special needs community is even greater. As a parent to a daughter with Down syndrome, Pujols serves as a vocal advocate for children with special needs through the Pujols Family Foundation. Since 2005, the Pujols Family Foundation has worked diligently to provide children and families living with Down syndrome with the tools they need to thrive.
The Guide is filled with Toy Recommendations Tailored to Children’s Individual Abilities and is a trusted resource for family, friends and caregivers of children with special needs. You’ll find recommendations for everyday playthings selected for their unique ability to help kids build critical skills, such as creativity, fine and gross motor and self-esteem, during playtime. Each of the toys featured in the 63-page buying guide has been vetted in partnership with the National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making play accessible for children of all abilities.
To equip parents with targeted recommendations as they set out in selecting a toy for their child’s specific set of abilities, each toy in the Guide is paired with skill-building icons, which help users easily identify the playthings that are most suitable for the child they’re shopping for. The following are examples of toys featured in the Guide, highlighted by the skill they promote:
- Auditory: Baby Einstein Octoplush from Kids II®
- Creativity: Mega Bloks Build ‘n Learn Table from MEGA® Brands
- Fine Motor: Hot Wheels KidPicks Super 6-in-1 Track Set from Mattel®
- Gross Motor: Monster Dirt Diggers from Little Tikes®
- Language: Doctor Role Play Set from Melissa & Doug®
- Self Esteem: Classic Doodler with 2 Stampers from Fisher-Price®
- Social Skills: Elefun & Friends Chasin’ Cheeky from Hasbro®
- Tactile: Cyclone from Radio Flyer®
- Thinking: Connect & Create Geometric Set from Imaginarium™
- Visual: Marker Maker from Crayola®
All of us at the HollyRod Foundation are pleased to recommend the Guide and are immensely grateful to Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, Toys“R”Us, Inc. for their long time support of our work!