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The Definition of Beauty

Thoughtful Thursday The Definition of Beauty

Everyone is beautiful, no matter what their abilities or what they look like. Here at Step2, acceptance is key and we’re inspired by Katie Driscoll, founder of Changing the Face of Beauty. We first met Katie and her daughter Grace during our 2013 Everybody Plays Campaign that showcased the beauty, happiness and uniqueness of differently-abled children at play.

Grace in play in the Princess Castle Playhouse

Changing the Face of Beauty is a movement that focuses on showing the world how beautiful all people are. It’s their mission to encourage companies to cast children and young adults with different abilities as models in their advertisements. In the beginning of 2015, Changing the Face of Beauty launched a campaign called #IMREADY and invited 15 national retailers in 2015 to hire differently-abled models.

So far 37 companies have committed to featuring models of all abilities in their ads. To challenge a company to participate, just post a picture and tag your favorite retailer along with the #IMREADY hashtag.

We’ve always believed in including children of all abilities in our emails, website and social networks. Check out our latest beautiful model Hadlie hanging out on the Castle Top Mountain Climber.

Hadlie on Castle Top Mountain Climber

This Thoughtful Thursday, we honor and thank all the companies that have participated in the #IMREADY campaign and Katie for her amazing efforts to teach the world about acceptance.

Festive Crafts: Holiday Playhouse

FriDIY

Last month we began decorating our HQ and now our holiday cheer is in full effect! Does your family enjoy hanging lights from your home and watching them illuminate the night? You and your youngsters can get even more festive with lights and decorations by adding them to a playhouse. Whether it’s inside or in the backyard, it will add to the holiday fun.

Here’s what you’ll need:

FriDIY supplies

Steps:

  1. Stick the adhesive hanging hook on the front of the playhouse above the entrance and place the wreath on the hook.
  2. Wrap the Christmas lights around the playhouse. Make sure you are close enough to an electrical outlet so you can plug in the lights.
  3. If your playhouse is inside or you live an area where there’s no snow on the ground, place the spider webbing on the ground and roof of the playhouse to represent snow. Before using the spider webbing, we picked out the little spiders that were originally included in the web.

holiday playhouse tutorial


FriDIY Holiday Playhouse

Does your family decorate your children’s playhouse for the holidays? If so, post the pictures on our Facebook page!

Manufacturer’s Note: Please make sure children are the recommended age to play with the product featured in this blog post. Adult supervision is required.

Halloween Fun: Haunted House

haunted house

We are a week away from the spookiest time of year! Do you dress up and decorate your house during Halloween? In honor of this ghoulish holiday, we have an adorable way that your kids can participate in the decorating fun!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Steps:

  1. Spread the spider webbing all over the playhouse.
  2. Add spiders to the web.
  3. Place other Halloween decorations near the playhouse windows.

hauntedhouse tutorial

fridiyhauntedhouse

This easy DIY craft encourages creativity and it’s also a great way to make believe! Little ones can pretend to trick-or-treat at this haunted playhouse. Will you and your family decorate your kiddo’s little home during this spook-tastic time of year? If so, post the pictures on our Facebook page!

Manufacturer’s Note: Please make sure children are the recommended age to play with the product featured in this blog post. Adult supervision is required.