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Roll & Play (bottom right) is featured in the new Toys R Us Guide

Toys R Us Differently-Abled Kids Guide features Roll & Play

Toys R Us has just published the newest Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids!  For over 20 years, this guide has served as a fantastic resources for parents, teachers, and therapists who work with children with a range of different learning needs.


Roll & Play (bottom right) is featured in the new Toys R Us Guide

The toys featured in the guide are assessed by the National Lekotek Center.  Experts screen hundreds of toys to make their selection, looking for specific skill-building traits to assign to each toy that appears in the guide.  The skills include auditory, creativity, fine motor, gross motor, language, self-esteem, social skills, tactile, thinking, and visual.

We are honored to have our newest toddler game Roll & Play featured in this new Guide!  The experts at Lekotek celebrate this new game for supporting 5 important learning skills, including Thinking, Visual, Social Skills, Language, and Gross Motor.

Browse the complete guide here:

Top 10 Tips for Buying Toys for Children with Special Needs

For many, this Thanksgiving week kicks off the holiday shopping season.  As you prepare your shopping list, it can be particularly challenging to select developmentally-appropriate toys and games for children with special needs.  Not to worry – the folks at the National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making play accessible for children with disabilities, are here to help!

Use these 10 criteria and guiding questions to help you navigate the toy aisles!

Does the toy respond with lights, sounds or movement to engage the child?  Are there contrasting colors?  Does it have a scent?  Is there texture?

Will the toy provide a challenge without frustration?  What is the force required to activate?  What are the number and complexity of steps required to activate?

Will the toy be easy to store? Is there space in the home?  Can the toy be used in a variety of positions such as side-lying or on a wheelchair tray?

Can play be open-ended with no definite right or wrong way?  Is it adaptable to the child’s individual style, ability and pace?

Is it a toy that will help the child with special needs feel like “any other kid?”  Does it tie in with other activities, like books and art sets, that promote other forms of play?

Does the toy allow for creativity, uniqueness and making choices?  Will it give the child experience with a variety of media?

Does it have adjustable height, sound volume, speed and level of difficulty?

Does the toy provide activities that reflect both developmental and chronological ages?  Does it reflect the child’s interests and age?

Does the toy fit with the child’s size and strength?  Does it have moisture resistance?  Are the toy and its parts sized appropriately?  Can it be washed and cleaned?

Will the child be an active participant during use?  Will the toy encourage social engagement with others?

Looking for more recommendations?  The National Lekotek Center evaluated hundreds of toys to select those featured in this year’s Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids!

Toys R Us Differently-Abled Kids Guide Features Several ThinkFun Favorites!

2010 Toy guide for Differently Abled Kids

Toys “R” Us, Inc. has released the 2010 edition of the Toys “R” Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids, featuring actress Holly Robinson Peete, mother of a son with autism, and 6-year-old Tommy Austing on the cover. Released annually, the guide helps parents of children with special needs select toys that will help their child develop skills. This year’s guide is the largest edition ever in the publication’s nearly 20-year history, spanning 60 pages.

The toys featured in the guide are assessed by the National Lekotek Center. The association assesses the value of hundreds of toys and at least two skill-building traits are assigned to each toy that appears in the guide. The skills include auditory, creativity, fine motor, gross motor, language, self-esteem, social skills, tactile, thinking, and visual. Additionally, the guide includes “Top Ten Tips for Buying Toys” from the National Lekotek Center and “Safe Play Tips for Children with Special Needs.”

This year’s Guide recognizes four outstanding ThinkFun products: Zingo!, S’Match, What’s GNU?, and Rush Hour.  Download the full guide here and check out pages 47-50!