AblePlay Blog

A Day of Play the Literacy Way

Posted on July 8, 2015

A child’s path to literacy expands from simple sound and letter recognition to the ability to read and write. One of the easiest ways to set a child on a positive path to literacy is to make reading fun and encourage a love of stories. Play is a way to make literacy come alive for kids. By using books as a vehicle to inspire a day of play, literature leaps off the page. When children act out a story after reading and find things that they can relate to the tale, they experience the written words in a much deeper and more impactful way. So here are some ideas to bring children’s books off the shelves and into the minds and imaginations of kids for a special day of literacy play:

Super Summer FUN!: Top 10 Toys for Summer

Posted on June 22, 2015

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:

Time to Focus on CAN, Not Can't

Posted on May 6, 2015

We are excited to announce a positive change in our philosophy and language here at AblePlay. Through our AblePlay evaluations over the years, we have received feedback from companies (and consumers) that, like children, the “special needs” tagline we utilized for our AblePlay seal can sometimes typecast a product as only for a certain group. With our new website comes a new tagline and philosophy, positioning the products AblePlay has reviewed as appropriate for children of “all abilities!”

Learning Not Limited to Classrooms

Posted on February 13, 2015

As summer winds down, and the buzz in the air shifts from cicadas to grumbles about school, there are a few things to help get kids ready. Fun and games don’t have to end because school is around the bend.

Sense-ational ASTRA Marketplace!

Posted on February 13, 2015

First of all thanks to all attendees of the Connect Children with Special Needs to Toys and Games on Your Shelves session in Nashville. I hope you’ve had a chance to download the handouts. I welcome any feedback, questions or input you might have on these materials. After the presentation, our focus went to checking out the products from manufacturers and looking for those that might develop special skills. We were not disappointed! One of the categories we felt was well represented in the products we saw was sensory play toys. What is sensory play? The simple answer is that it is play that allows children to focus, explore, engage, activate and possibly be delighted by their five senses: sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste.

Stress Busters

Posted on January 16, 2015

The pressures of school can be tough on kids, especially those with special needs. Play can help children relax, recharge their batteries and take on new challenges.

Top 10 Toys for Spring

Posted on August 16, 2014

Spring is a time that offers both beautiful and rainy weather, so plan for both. Here are a few play products that will weather the season or make a rainy day inside more active. Bring on the toys and play for a springtime day!