As many of you know I have a very special nephew who I adore more than words named Ethan! He is sweet, funny, and melts my heart when he calls me Aunt T-T!! He is also Autistic. I am sure you have or know of someone with a child with Autism. Although there are challenges involved with raising these special kids they are still very much kids and love to play. One of the characteristics of some Autism is the fascination with wheels or moving parts, and with just about every kid they like to put things in their mouth. Well I am overjoyed and ecstatic to introduce you to the Plan Toy Company.
For those who don’t know Plan Toys have been around for over 30 years. They are recognized world-wide and have won awards from Parent’s Choice and Oppenheim Toy Awards. In fact since 2008 Plan toys has been awarded a Oppenheim Toy Awards every year. They have also been awarded a very special Oppenheim Award called the SNAP Award. The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio SNAP (Special Needs Adaptable Product) Award is given to products that can be used by or easily adapted for children with special needs. This year the Plan Chalet House with Furniture was award both the SNAP award and the Gold Seal Award. The Gold Seal Award is given to outstanding new products that enhance the lives of children. Now you know about some of the awards and recognition that Plan Toys has received, now let me tell you why they are so special.
Plan Toys uses only environmentally friendly materials in the making of their toys. Here are some of the materials they use:
- Organic Rubberwood
- E-Zero Glue
- Water-based Dyes
- Recycled and Recyclable Materials
- Soy Water-based ink
It’s because of the materials they use that make their toys safe for little ones to put in their mouth, which will eventually happen. Their focus on being a green company doesn’t just stop with their toys though, they continue to give back to the community to help spread awareness and support green initiatives. Recently I was given the chance to review a few of some of PlanToys Plan City Taxi and Police Car Vehicle and the Plan Toys Set of 3 Wooden Mini Trucks.
As you can see from the picture they are just a little smaller than a computer mouse. I have to tell you the pictures don’t do them justice they are sooo adorable. The quality is amazing and when I give them to my nephew I will feel such a relief to know that they are safe for him. The wheels are firmly in place and roll smoothly. They are the perfect weight and the colors are beautiful. The details of the paint on the Taxi and Police car are extremely well done. I have to tell ya it has taken all my restraint not to give them to him now but I really want to give them to him for Christmas.
If you are looking for toys for your special child then you really have to look no further then Plan Toys! The selection is award-winning and the variety is fantastic. It is because all of the this that I am adding them to my Holiday Gift Guide as a Must Have for Special Kids!!