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Good Finds! 2012 Toys-R-Us Differently-Abled Guide & Kidmin Product Picks

Last year one of the popular posts on this blog featured the the 2011 Toys -R-Us “Differently-Abled” Buying Guide and recommended products for the church setting.  I just downloaded the 2012 guide and thought I’d do a quick post on a few products that caught my eye this year.  I love going through resource catalogs like this because I can usually get inspiration for an activity or illustration to tie to a Bible lesson (note some of my comments below).  You can download a FREE 2012 Toys-R-Us Toy Guide For Differently-Abled Kids here:  Toys R Us 2012-DAG-English

Below are some of my favorite products that could be helpful in the church setting:

My #1 recommended product from Toys-R-Us is actually not in this product guide – the Fisher-Price Little People Nativity Set.  During the month of December this is a fabulous visual aid to help tell the Christmas story.   Many of the figures can also be reused during the  year with other Bible lessons involving a male or female Bible character, sheep, etc.  For an introductory and hands-on activity, in December I’m providing a large clear storage container filled with dried pinto beans.  Inside my homemade sensory bin, I’ll be hiding various characters from this nativity set (so durable!).  Participants will be invited to search for the hidden figures that we are focusing on in that day’s lesson.  As the children discover the angel, the sheep, Baby Jesus, etc, buddies and classroom helpers will share one sentence about that character and how it relates to the Bible story.

For more ideas of products for the special needs ministry environment see the following posts:

Products for the Special Needs Environment

FAQ:  How Can We Supply A Special Needs Ministry on a Low Budget?

10 Ways to Spend Ministry Budget $ or Ideas for a Ministry Wishlist

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