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!
2012 has been a year of success for Step2 products. We are grateful for our loyal customers who help us to thrive and continue to create innovative toys for toddlers. In 2012 were many awards won by our new products that came out in the spring and fall. Let’s take a look at the winning toys:
My Clubhouse: This realistic wooden-looking clubhouse is a child’s dream come true! PAL (Play on Words) awarded My Clubhouse with their PAL Award in 2012. It is award given to toys based on products that encourage language, spark fun, and invite creative play. My clubhouse has plenty of features such as a peephole, chalkboard, picnic table, and secret hiding compartment.
Easy Steer Sportster: The perfect modern ride-on with 360 degree steering. The Easy Steer Sportster was award the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval. This is an independent program that involves testing of parent/child products in the market. The testing goes on for an eight week period and is conducted by volunteers consisting of parents, children, and educators. The volunteers judge the quality of the toys and reaction children have to the products.
In addition, the Easy Steer Sportster also received the Award of Excellence from The Noise on Toys. Toys are tested and evaluated by families for two months. Testers are given a journal to document the initial reaction and satisfaction of the toy and continue to take notes on the long term reaction. The Easy Steer Sportster is unique for its whisper wheels which provide a smooth ride, cup holder for parents near the handle, and the handle folds under for easy storage.
Fort Slide-Away: This fun and multi-function slide was award the PAL Award. The fort attached to the slide is a great hiding and hang out area for kids. Parents can still see into the fort through the mesh. This way they can keep tabs on their little ones.
My Own Laundry: The pretend washer and accessories are perfect for kids that want to imitate their parents. Because of this, it was award the PAL Award. The My Own Laundry helps children to use their imaginations and pretend they are washing clothes, ironing, and hanging them. The accessories such at the hangers, iron, and spray bottle help the washer to come alive even more.
Big Splash Waterpark: Staying cool and entertained during the summer is easy when kids when the Big Splash Waterpark. Between easy assembly and tons of enjoyable features including, a waterslide, waterwheel, multi-level pool, two swimmers, and a diving board- the fun never ends. For these reasons, the Big Splash Waterpark received the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval.
Creative Cooks Kitchen: With a large design, bright colors, and realistic accessories, it is no surprise why children and parents alike enjoy the Creative Cooks Kitchen. It received the Noise on Toys Gold Choice Award. The Gold and Platinum Awards are very special because only 1 in 10 toys merit these awards. Only 8% of toys on The Noise on Toys receives gold.
All Around Wagon: With silent wheels, plenty of room, seats flip into flat bed, seat or table, and six cup and snack holders make the
In addition to receiving this prestigious award, the All Around Wagon also received the PAL Award.
All Around Easel for Two: This easel is educational, artistic, and hours of fun for children. The All Around Easel for Two inspires creativity in kids. The All Around Easel for Two won the Award of Excellence from The Noise on Toys. Parents and children that tested the easel appreciated that many children could play with the toy at the same time.
We are honored by these awards and want to send a special thank you to The Noise on Toys, Play on Words, and the National Parenting Center.
Stay tuned for new Spring 2013 products hitting the shelves soon!
Spring has sprung early again at Step2! The majority of the Spring 2012 collection is now available. From a slide with fort underneath and sandbox/climber combo to a handful of new sand and water tables, these new products will make your little ones want the warm weather to arrive much sooner than later!
Now in new colors for spring! This all-in-one adjustable table features both sand & water fun. “Grow with me” legs raise unit 4″ (10.2 cm) and table includes drain plug, one-piece plastic cover with molded-in roadways and elastic tie-downs, removable 40″ (101.6 cm) umbrella, and 7-piece accessory set (sand not included).
Kids will love to make believe in this, unique backyard edition perfect for multi-child play. There is so much to do with the peephole, chalkboard, picnic table and secret hiding compartment. The fabric roof is durable and weather resistant.
This classic wagon is now available exclusively for girls. Features an easy-latch door opens to two contoured seats and deep leg well with molded-in drain holes. It has a long handle for easy pulling that fold under wagon for easy transport and storage.
This ride on toy easily transforms into a rocker, toddler cart, walker and foot-to-foot vehicle. The 4-in-1 design is perfect for your growing toddler. Base removes for rocking. This toddler cart is designed with a support bar and long handle for easy adult steering.
Pour water down the water slide or spin the water wheel! Catapult diving board flips the swimmers into the pool. Big splash water tower is durable and lasts for years. Open area to inspire imaginative water play. Drain plug and accessory set included.
Hours of splish and splash water fun! Send the play people down the slide or off the diving board, spin the water wheel carousel, and pump the geyser to watch the water flow. Features an elevated height puts play area at toddler arms’ reach and includes 14 piece accessory set.
This sandbox/climber combo features an adorable nautical theme. It has 3-in-1 play features including steering wheel, slide, sandbox and play platform combo. Includes a shade canopy to shade little skippers from the sun and a lid to protect from the elements and environment.
IMPORTANT: The Step2 X-Rider has been voluntarily recalled. If you own this item, have your child STOP using it immediately and contact Step2 at 1-866-860-1887 or visit http://www.step2.com/recall/XRider/
Give your little one hours of cruising enjoyment with this whimsical toy that he or she can ride on. Its plastic design features a colorful red body and a yellow handle and seats. The blue headlights resemble friendly eyes that are begging for some fun.