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Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids
Toy Guide for
Differently-Abled Kids
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nick Lachey, father of two, philanthropist, multi-platinum recording artist and television personality, with Josephine Gonzalez, age 5

 
 
 
 

Tips for Buying Toys

Prepared by the National Lekotek Center

Selecting a toy for a child who has a disability? Click below to find a list of questions the play experts at the National Lekotek Center suggest asking yourself when choosing developmentally appropriate toys for the child with special needs in your life.

 
 
 

Safe Play Tips for Children with Special Needs

Toys''R''Us has created Safe Play Tips with guidance from leading safety and special needs organizations. To make playtime a positive, memorable learning experience for your child, view this list of tips to help minimize risks among children with special needs.

Safe Play Tips for Children with Special Needs

Toys''R''Us has created Safe Play Tips with guidance from leading safety and special needs organizations. To make playtime a positive, memorable learning experience for your child, view this list of tips to help minimize risks among children with special needs.

Click here to review a list of tips created by Toys''R''Us, Inc. with guidance from leading safety and special needs organizations.

 
 

About the Guide

It has been more than 20 years since Toys''R''Us, Inc. first published the Toys''R''Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids®. We are proud that this beloved catalog has become a premier resource, showcasing specially selected toys that aid in the skill development of children who have physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities.

 
 
What Is the Toys''R''Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids?

This complimentary, one-of-a-kind resource speaks to a child’s individual needs and offers qualified toy recommendations based on research from the National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization that evaluates all of the toys featured in the Guide. Over the years, Toys''R''Us has worked with many celebrities who have served as the ''face'' of the Guide. This year’s cover features Nick Lachey, father of two, philanthropist, multi-platinum recording artist and television personality.

 
What Do the Symbols Represent?

Because all kids are unique, regardless of ability, toys are not categorized by disability or by age. Instead, symbols are assigned to each toy based on different skills, such as Auditory, Language, Social, Creativity and more. In this way, the Guide helps parents choose toys that build or reinforce a variety of skill sets, and all toys in the Guide have been designated with at least two or more symbols. There is also an easy-to-use toy selection index that sorts toys according to the skills they help develop, so parents can quickly find playthings that most benefit their child’s growth and learning.

 
How Are Toys Selected for Inclusion in the Guide?

Toys''R''Us collaborates with the National Lekotek Center to identify items that best contribute to the development of children with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities. The organization reviews hundreds of products and selects those with exceptional qualities. Toys featured in the Guide are everyday playthings suitable for children of varying skills and abilities. You can learn more about the National Lekotek Center by visiting Lekotek.org.

 
 

App Guide

The Toys''R''Us App Guide for Differently-Abled Kids is available to help identify apps that are appropriate for children who have special needs. Using the symbols featured in the trusted Guide, the following apps were selected and sorted by specific skill-building needs.

 

LumiKids Park

Lumos Labs, Inc.

This interactive learning experience engages players cognitively, socially and emotionally! The park is filled with fun, skill-building challenges. Plus, physical activities are hidden within for gross motor practice. Best of all, the app adapts to each child’s ability level, placing success within reach and encouraging continued play!

Wheels on the Bus

Duck Duck Moose, Inc.

A musical adventure complete with swishing wipers and spinning wheels! Kids practice vocalizations and verbalizations by singing along, while being introduced to instrument sounds. Hand-eye coordination and isolated finger movements come on board as players spin the bus’s wheels, pop the bubbles and open/close the doors!

Dr. Panda’s Restaurant

Dr. Panda Ltd.

Combine mealtime with fun time! Ten delicious, international dishes and 8 animal guests to serve provide the perfect recipe for fun and learning. Kids chop, blend and fry their way to food recognition and ingredient identification as they create the perfect meal for their guests, while feeding their social and emotional skills!

Doodle Buddy

Pinger, Inc.

Fun you can have with your fingers! Aspiring artists can paint, draw, scribble and sketch, add decorative stamps and share their original masterpieces with family and friends via email. This app helps promote isolated finger movements as kids finger paint and place the embellishments. Kids also can practice shape, letter and color recognition and identification.

Monki Birthday Party - Language Learning for Kids and Toddlers

Monkimum SL

It’s Cowy’s birthday! Help her celebrate by decorating, making the birthday cake, breaking open the piñata and more. Children focus on a variety of language skills as they follow instructions, practice shape and color identification and recognition, and practice beginning math skills such as counting and size comparisons.

Reader Bee and the Story Tree

Learning Circle Kids LLC

Based on brain research, this app is buzzing with ways to motivate little learners! Children start by identifying and recognizing individual letters and progress to understanding how a combination of letters form words. Best of all, the learning happens at the child’s pace, allowing each player to learn in his or her own style!

Curious George Goes Camping

Tribal Nova

Thoroughly entertaining, this app helps young children develop receptive and expressive language and reading-readiness skills through animation, personalization and story-telling activities. Kids are encouraged to listen to stories regaling George’s curious capers, ask questions, predict what will happen next and create their own animated stories.

Super WHY!

PBS Kids

Alphabet Power. Spectacular Spelling. Wonder Words. Story Saver. Kids play with the 4 familiar main characters from the hit PBS TV series with 4 interactive games that help teach essential literacy skills! Vivid colors provide visual stimulation, while the Learning Rewards, music and sounds offer pleasant auditory input. A fun way to keep the principles of the Super WHY! Power to Read available anytime your child wants a reading adventure!

Sago Mini Friends

Sago Sago

Fix a birdhouse. Play dress-up. Enjoy a snack. Players spend time with their favorite Mini friends! Each friend’s house introduces a different interactive experience that helps children prepare for future play dates as they share, take turns, learn to be patient and develop empathy. This virtual play date features 5 friends and 10 activities for plenty of pretend-play opportunities!

Tiggly Shapes

Kidtellect Inc.

Just tap and the screen reacts! The 4 interactive toys (circle, square, triangle and star) have silicone touch points that allow your tablet to react to the shapes as if kids are using their fingers. Three award-winning apps help blend the virtual world with reality as kids incorporate the tactile shapes into play and practice shape recognition, story telling, creative expression and more. Best of all, no Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or batteries required!

 
 

General Information

All toys featured in the Guide are available at Toys''R''Us® stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com. Click here to shop the toys featured in the Guide. You also can find a downloadable version in both English and Spanish here. Copies of the Guide are available at all Toys''R''Us® and Babies''R''Us® stores across the United States. Sign-up here to receive an email alert when the latest Guide becomes available online. If you represent a special needs organization or are a special needs educator or therapist, you may email DifferentlyAbled@toysrus.com to receive copies in bulk, free of charge, for redistribution.

For media coverage and more information about the Guide, visit the Toys''R''Us Press Room.

 

Supporting the Special Needs Community

 

Toys''R''Us and the Toys''R''Us Children’s Fund, together, proudly provide ongoing
support to organizations that advocate for children with special needs.