Auckland, December 2019 : Kidspot NZ and Little Tikes get kids up, active, and imagining wild new things!
Little Tikes Brand Ambassador Shannon explains how Little Tikes toys have helped her son express himself through play.
Following a comprehensive social media search, Kidspot NZ selected Shannon, mum to 4 year old Levi, as the inaugural Little Tikes Brand Ambassador. The Little Tikes brand of children’s toys is focused on getting kids up, active, and imagining wild new things together! However kids like to play, Little Tikes has the perfect toys to help them Play Big.
Little Tikes toys are widely known as durable and able to encourage imaginative and active fun. The range includes ride-ons (including the iconic Little Tikes Cozy Coupe), sand and water play containers, climbing frames, slides, and playhouses. As Brand Ambassador, Shannon and Levi received a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe, a Little Tikes Gas N Go Mower, and two Little Tikes Garden Chairs to play with.
Shannon’s son Levi has just turned 4 and has a severe speech delay which means he can only say individual words. His mum explains, “This makes communication a big challenge, and this in turn impacts significantly on him socially. However, through play and exploring he has learnt to express himself and communicate in other ways with those around him.”
Shannon says, “Watching him grow and develop, despite his challenges is amazing. When he received the delivery of his Little Tikes toys he was so excited and couldn’t wait to open them and as you can see in the video he uses his hands a lot to express his excitement.”
“To help his development we try and encourage Levi to explore the outdoors whenever the weather allows”. Levi has strategically placed one of his new Little Tikes Garden Chairs in front of one of his new swan plants and uses it for ‘Caterpillar Watch’. “Each day he checks out their progress. We now have two in chrysalis form he’s eagerly awaiting to turn into butterflies.”
Levi loves his Little Tikes toys and has had no trouble expressing this – he couldn’t wait to “cuggle” (cuddle) the Cozy Coupe and he bring it indoors when it’s not so nice outside. Creatively, he’s even had his dinner outside in it a few times.
As his Dad works around the family property Levi has leapt into action and put his Little Tikes toys to work. He’s happy to share the Gas N Go Mower’s petrol can with his Dad too!
The joy of Little Tikes toys
Kidspot New Zealand’s Managing Director Heidi Boulger says her children have grown up loving their Little Tikes toys and is delighted to be able to work with Little Tikes and Shannon to share the joy of active and imaginative fun inspired by Little Tikes toys with Levi. She says “Little Tikes toys have given my family hours of fun and despite the robust play they have enjoyed from all of my children, the toys are still going strong.”
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Written by Robyn
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