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.
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.
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.
Toddlers can enhance their sensory skills during splash time!
Water tables pictured (left to right): Splash & Scoop Bay with Umbrella (sold exclusively at Sam’s Club), Octopus Spinner Water Table (coming soon!) and Splish Splash Sand & Water Table with Umbrella.
This month’s FriDIY will make you and your little ones hungry for some pizza! With this crafty activity, mini chefs can put their creative cooking skills to the test without making a mess in the kitchen. This pizza making kit will be tons of fun and you can even add an extra element of imaginative play with a play kitchen!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Cut out the three stencils.
- The biggest stencil will be used for the pizza crust. Place the stencil onto the tan felt and with a marker, trace around the circle and cut it out.
- The medium size stencil will be used for the pizza sauce. Place the stencil onto the red felt and with a marker, trace around the circle and cut it out.
- The smallest stencil will be used for the cheese. Place the stencil onto the white felt and with a marker, trace around the circle and cut it out.
- With the leftover scraps of the red felt draw circles for pepperoni and cut them out. We also made other shapes for veggies. You can use different colors of felt to represent other toppings that go on a pizza, like black olives, mushrooms, pineapple, ect.
- Put the layers of felt on top of one another to create the pizza.
And you can’t forget to pop the pizza in the oven to let it bake! This is where your child’s play kitchen will be useful. They can place their yummy treats into the oven and you can set a timer to let them bake.
What do you think of this delicious FriDIY creation? Will you be trying this craft with your kiddos this weekend?
Manufacturer’s Note: Please make sure children are the recommended age to play with the product featured in this blog post. The small parts featured in this craft are not recommended for children under three years of age. Adult supervision is required