Top five representative toys for Christmas
Can you give the gift of disability awareness for Christmas?
Research being undertaken by Dr Sian Jones at Goldsmith University Psychology department is finding that children are more open minded to forming friendships with disabled peers after playing with toys which represent disability. And for disabled children themselves, having a toy which positively reflects their impairment can help boost self-esteem.
In 2015 the #ToyLikeMe campaign was founded by journalist and creative consultant Rebecca Atkinson to call on the global toy industry to better represent 150million disabled children worldwide. Since then the campaign has grown from strength to strength and is making real change in the toy industry with Playmobil planning an upcoming series of figures inspired by #ToyLikeMe and Lego including wheelchair users in their computer games and product lines for the first time.
#ToyLikeMe founder Rebecca Atkinson shares her top toy box picks for Christmas 2016!
Lego Fun in the Park
Lego Fun in the Park features the world’s first wheelchair using mini-figure! We love the way the wheels turn for vroom, vroom wheeled play! Every modern Lego collection should have one of these!
Disney Plush Tinkerbell Combined with Makielab 3D Print Hearing Aids or Cochlear Implants
At #ToyLikeMe we love toy combining – marrying up products we have found to make winning #ToyLikeMe style combos! Our pals at Makielab have created 3D printable hearing aids and cochlear implants which you can order in a range of colours. We have hunted out a range of plush toys which fit them, Our fave is Tinkerbelle!
Rockabilly Lottie Doll with Glasses
Lottie has a body based on an average nine-year-old girl. She doesn’t wear makeup, high heels or jewellery, but she does have long glossy hair to style and GLASSES!!! We love Lottie Rockabilly because she’s smashes the only-older-people-or-geeks-wear-glasses stereotype mould! You can combine her with a 3D print white cane from Makielab to create VI Lottie too!
American Girl Dolls
American Girl Dolls have the largest range of inclusive accessories we’ve found anywhere including wheelchairs, guide dogs, glasses, hearing aids and even a diabetes care kit.
Orchard Toys Giant Road Jigsaw
Giant Road Jigsaw is toy box diversity at it’s best! It features, not one, not two, but three characters with disabilities! And all ages too! There’s a guide dog owner, a wheelchair user and a chap giving it some v, v, vroooom on his mobility scooter!
What do you think about representative toys? Should more mainstream companies be representing disabled people? Do you have a toy that shows your illness or disability?