Hasbro’s ToyBox Tools program is expanding to include new tools, resources, and products. ToyBox Tools was an initiative launched in 2014 to promote play in children with developmental disabilities. The initiative’s expansion will also include a new website for children, their families, caregivers, and teachers. Hasbro has worked closely with The Autism Project to provide instructional videos, printed instructions, play-mats, and more for several of Hasbro’s brands in the hopes that play will be easier and more accessible for children. The news was announced at the autism and disabilities conference OCALICON, which took place November 18 to 20.
The Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) The Genius of Play consumer campaign focuses on spreading awareness about the many developmental benefits of play. In preparation for phase two of the campaign, TIA has been collecting research from renowned academics, psychologists, journalists, and other play-focused professionals to gain insight into the history and future of play, as well as its essential role in childhood development.
Galt Toys, producer of quality developmental toys for children, has debuted in North America just in time for the holiday season. With a history spanning more than 175 years, Galt Toys hopes to replicate their success overseas by launching their collection of developmental toys for baby’s first year and beyond.
This collection was developed with parenting guru Dr. Miriam Stoppard and focuses on the educational developmental of babies and toddlers. The new Dr. Miriam @ Galt collection of 21 wooden, plastic, and soft toys is designed to encourage learning through play with each toy. The line includes a jigsaw puzzle, a rattle, a baby walker, an activity centre, and a shape sorter.
The collection of toys is designed to help with key child development milestones, such as manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination, speech, feelings and emotions, memory, visual acuity, and conceptual thinking. Dr. Stoppard has also written a unique play guide for each toy, which gives tips on how to play with the toy in the most beneficial way while having fun.
Tubby Table Toys Inc. the new mommy-developed brand, has created the Tubby Table to take the stress out of bathtime, without taking away any of the fun. Great for kids ages 1 and up, the height adjustable, multi-colored Tubby Table ensures tons of water play in the tub instead of all over the bathroom floor.
Other features include five assorted cups in different colors and shapes, a non-slip bathmat, and a pedestal design that allows the Tubby table to fit virtually any bathtub. Even though it’s bathtime, your kid can engage his or her fine motor, cognitive, and developmental skills through counting, sorting, filling, and pouring.
The Tubby Table will be available November 5. You can see it in action here.
VTech, a world leader in age-appropriate and developmental stage-based electronic learning products for children, has formed a new Panel of Experts to help support its continued commitment to developing innovative, educational toys. Together the panel has a lifetime of experience in areas such as reading, language arts, science, math, STEM education, childhood development, and childhood education allowing them to provide invaluable feedback on the development of all new product introductions.
In developing learning content for VTech’s app store, the Learning Lodge, VTech will apply the expertise of the panel as well as share their expertise on VTech’s Parent Resource Center to provide parents with trusted knowledge on topics and subjects including technology, motor skills, cognitive development, reading, math, and science.
VTech’s esteemed Panel of Experts include Dr. Helen Boehm, Dr. Lise Eliot, Dr. Francis Fennell, Dr. Carla C. Johnson, Dr. Eric Klopfer, and Dr. Deborah Sharp Libby. To hear more from VTech’s Panel of Experts, including parenting tips and advice on how children learn through play, visit VTech’s Parent Resource Center.
- Lil’ Blabberz: Oolie is a funny, crazy character in the shape of a soft, fuzzy ball for kids ages 3 and up.
- Activity Garden: The garden incorporates a variety of baby toys and activities to develop motor skills and cognitive ability. This activity gym can be configured in different ways to keep play exciting from kids ages 6 months to 3 years.
- GiddyUp ‘N Go Pony: A toy pony named Thunder that allows kids ages 3 to 5 to develop coordination and balance.
- I’m an Artist Station: This product allows toddlers ages 3 and up to be creative in art. The paper spins, kids add paint, and make creations.
- Wiggimals: This toy sheep can assist babies in learning to crawl with its movement. Wiggimals is suitable for babies ages 6 months and up.