Lekotek's Executive Director, Kathryn Lavin, is a frequent contributor to several national publications. Read her latest piece in the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association's (ASTRA) monthly publication.
Just in time for holiday shopping, the guide, which includes information on more than 50 toys, is free and currently available for download. This is the guide for parents, grandparents, professionals, or anyone seeking to purchase toys for children on all abilities,” said Kathryn Lavin, Executive Director, Lekotek. "The guide features AblePlayTM approved products as well as AblePlayTM Play Ideas so that the benefits of play are maximized."
A key to Lekotek’s success is its emphasis on bringing the whole family together to enjoy the many benefits of play. This new guide will help make that all-important family time even more fun by showcasing toys that will appeal to all ages and abilities.
Fall brings the start of the school year, but it doesn't mean an end to the fun. Incorporating play into each day is part of a balanced approach to children's learning and development. Below are a few suggestions to engage children and help them learn on the sly!
Summer is a time for sunshine and laughter—when “kids can be kids” through play and TOYS! Here are a few play products just right for the season encouraging kids to explore and expand their bodies and minds:
Playtime is open to all, and that is how it always has been. Rain or shine, children have always been able to find joy in play. This is namely because all you need is the desire and some imagination (but friends and toys certainly don’t hurt) to play. For an activity that is open to everyone, it is only natural that it should be a highly effective focal point to promote inclusion.
For an illustration of this, think about play itself. In most playground games, there is generally some sort of “safe haven” incorporated into the rules of the game. Sometimes it is called a base, sometimes no man’s land and sometimes it is just called a “safe zone.” Regardless of the name, this is a spot in the midst of the competitive fervor for all children to catch their breath without allegiance and bond over the shared experience of being in the game together.