As someone who was born with a disability, I was always searching for a toy that represented me as a disabled child. Even though I am in my late 20's, I would love a Toys like me doll, as they are a great educational tool I could use to bridge gaps and educate children and other adults about disabilities. I thought I'd share my thoughts on these innovative dolls.
- From the desk of Guest Editor Rebecca Fortelka
UK based MakieLabs that is the first to offer 3D printing of dolls that feature characteristics of disabilities such as a hearing aids, walkers, wheelchairs, and birthmark stickers. What a great way for your child to start a new school year ... by bringing a Toys Like Me doll to educate his/her classmates about disability.
For many years, parents have been longing to find toys with positive images for their children with disabilities, which is probably why this product was especially well received on crowd-funding sites. The outpouring of support for this product was overwhelming, and the images of the unique dolls were shared over 50,000 times in just a few weeks.
These dolls are a bit pricey (up to $150.00), as 3D printing, is a costly, newer technology. But with 3D printing, amazingly life-like images are produced quickly. This helps keep up with demand while creating an exclusive product that is loved by many!
Overall, I think they are great toys for children to have and they really are an approachable way to educate people about various disabilities, while encouraging some great opportunities for children to have fun and play. I just wish they were more affordable for the masses.
If you would like to purchase these dolls or learn more please go to their site.
Disclaimer: AXIS has no affiliation with this product and does not receive any monetary value for the review.