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Columbus Parent

Made (and re-made) in the USA

These sturdy wooden animal toys ($32) from Manny & Simon are made with recycled wood and non-toxic paints. They're also big (each measures nearly one-square foot in size) and have an easy-to-grip handle that should motivate lots of imagination play for little hands.

Available at Petit Green, Polaris Fashion Place, 1500 Polaris Parkway, Ste. 1214, Columbus 43240, 614-840-0544,

Such a Deal!

We found two of the most popular items at the Nisonger Center's Toy and Technology Library (see our story here) on sale online! The adaptive Octopus Bubble Blower (Item No. END-4531) currently is available for $83.76 through, and the Panda Switch (SKU: 9032) is marked down to $32.95 at

Available at, 800-827-8283; and at, 800-832-8697

On the Move

Help your youngster feel more comfortable: Columbus online retailer Anitavee's Adaptive Apparel makes pants for those who get around via wheelchair. The pants, which are custom-made based on size and various other options, include wrist loops, longer zippers and easy-access leg pockets. Prices vary, but generally run from $60-$65.

Available through Anitavee's Adaptive Apparel, 614-258-8876,