Six Step2 toys were chosen to be in this year’s Guide. The My Clubhouse, Fixin’ Fun Outdoor Grill, Stack ‘n Stay Hamburger, Creative Cooks Kitchen, Easy Turn Coupe, and All Around Wagon. Below, check out the Step2 products found in the Guide and the different skills they help children to develop.
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 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!
Toys”R”Us recently published the 2011 edition of the Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids as part of a collaboration with actress Eva Longoria, whose sister Liza was born with developmental disabilities. This guide includes toys that will help with the development of fine motor skills, social skills, self-esteem, creativity, thinking, hearing, language skills, visual skills, and tactile skills. Featured in the guide are the Sports-tastic Activity Center and the Whisper Ride Buggy.
The Sports-tastic Acitivity Center was included because it features a “close-to-the-ground design, mini slide, low steps and easy-grasp handles to help children who have gravitational insecurities grow in ability, while the built-in basketball hoop and baseball help increase core strength as children sit and play.”
The Whisper Ride Buggy was included because “the deep seat well provides additional stability and promotes an upright sitting position to strengthen upper-body muscles, while straddle seating offers extra support for leg separation.”
These toys, and all the toys featured in this guide, were selected based on research from the National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization that evaluates all of the toys featured in the Guide.