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2005-11-30 17:23:43

Special toys for special children

For younger children you can never go wrong with puppets. These are a wonderful way to teach children important learning skills. At www.folkmanis.com you can find a great selection of animal hand puppets, some of which are interactive. For girls, American Girl dolls, www.americangirl.com makes a doll available that bends and fits perfectly into a wheelchair (sold separately). Children of all ages like Legos. The variety in colors and shapes of these blocks score big points for keeping children of all ability levels interested. Our favorites are some products made by Zot Artz, www.zotartz.com that are centered on creating art opportunities for children with special needs, such as cerebral palsy. The first is a chalk set that attaches to wheelchairs or a walking handle so that anyone can show off their artistic ability on the sidewalks outside their homes. Also available is a bubble machine which also fits on wheelchairs and walkers so that as kids walk or wheel forward, bubbles spit out.

So start looking now so that your children have the perfect gift just for them this holiday season.

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