For almost six years, Step2 has partnered with the Saving Tiny Hearts Society (StHS) to raise money to fund research around congenital heart defects (CHD). CHD is the number one birth defect in the United States and the world, and is also the most fatal childhood disease. A child is born with CHD every 15 minutes and 100,000 of them will not survive to celebrate their first birthday. Thousands more will not make it to adulthood. Research can change those numbers and that is why we are committed to this cause and have been for such a long time.
Two and a half years ago, the Step2 family was also personally impacted by CHD. Tena the Director of Online Marketing has a son named Myles who was born with CHD. In the first seven months of Myles’ life, he underwent three heart surgeries and one heart catheterization. Myles will have one more surgery before he is ready to go off to kindergarten.
Since learning about Myles’ diagnoses during her 20 week ultrasound, StHS has offered Tena and her family hope, support, and information about the importance of CHD research. We appreciate StHS and consider them an extension of our family at Step2. Saving tiny Hearts has raised $2 million in last nine years for CHD research. They have no paid employees and $0.98 of every dollar raised is put into research efforts.
Each year, we try to find new and creative ways to raise money for StHS.. In 2014, we will be donating a portion of the sales from each Tropical Island Resort to StHS. Also, the packaging of the product features a very special guest that is near and dear to our hearts – Myles! You can check him out rocking his scar on the packaging of this product along with the StHS logo. This product is available online or in-store at Walmart.
When you decide to purchase the Tropical Island Resort you will not only be buying a splash-tastic water table for your kiddos, but you’ll also be supporting a cause to save the lives of tiny heart superheroes all over the world.
Find out more information on how you can help support this worthy cause by visiting StHS’s website.
We love Pinterest here at Step2! We have a ton of fun discovering new crafts and recipes to pin to our boards that the whole family will enjoy. Besides discovering the most innovative pins for parents and kids, we also take time researching what our fans are pinning from Step2.com. To make shopping easier this holiday season, we have decided to feature our most pinned products on the blog. Without further ado, we present the most pinned toys from Step2.com!
At Step2, when it comes to our products, we like to provide consumers with as much information as possible about our playhouses, play kitchens, buggies and art desks & easels. The same is true for the multitude of kid’s wagons that we carry. With so many options to choose from, deciding on the right wagon for your child can be difficult. In order to make the decision easier, we have created two graphs, which showcase the different features included with each wagon. We hope this makes selecting the right wagon a breeze for you and your family!
*The following graphs only include wagons that are sold on Step2.com.
Step2 is proud to be a part of Toys R Us’s 2013 Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids. The products featured in the Guide demonstrate versatility and prove to be toys that children of all abilities can play with.
Over two decades ago Toys “R” Us introduced their Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids as a resource for parents of children with special needs. In 2012, Step2’s LifeStyle Legacy Kitchen and My Clubhouse were chosen for the Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids. The toys that were selected for the Guide have been evaluated by the National Lekotek Center, a non-profit organization that believes children of all abilities should be able to play with toys. In the guide, there are symbols located near each toy displayed, which represent the skills that the product helps to develop in children.
The LifeStyle Legacy Kitchen was chosen because it encourages social interactions between siblings and friends as they share play kitchen accessories and appliances. Also, it helps children who are working on standing, by repositioning themselves between the two counter heights.
The My Clubhouse was chosen because children can develop their motor skills by navigating through the space of the playhouse. Children can also develop their thinking and creative skills by the natural play setting My Clubhouse provides.
Thank you to Toys “R” US and the National Lekotek Center for including the LifeStyle Legacy Kitchen and My Clubhouse in this year’s guide. It has been an honor to be in theguidefor the last two years. Step2 strives to create toys that children of all abilities can play with and we will continue to do this because everyone plays!