This store resonates with children of varying abilities. My youngest has special needs and finds more toys that connect with her here than anywhere else. It turns out that there is a good reason for this. Over 30 years ago Teaching Toys and Books was started by a mom with a special needs child who had a hard time finding toys her child could connect with. That quest created a foundation that has been built upon by the current owners, adding layers of toys that touch many children to learn through play.
Their passion is clear and their commitment to the community has impacted more than a generation. Those who shopped here as children are now shopping for their children - and those who shopped here for their children are choosing quality playthings for their grandchildren. They are involved in fundraising for local schools, parent groups and non-profits, driven by the ability to support those agencies out there changing the world for the better. Its a wonderful legacy.
They bill themselves as the best toy store in the galaxy and I think I have to agree.
Teaching Toys and Books
2624 North Proctor Street
Tacoma, WA 98407
Teaching Toys, Too
4635 Point Fosdick Drive NW #300
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
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Karin Sheets is a mom of two who writes to inspire travel with a special needs child at www.specialneedstravelmom.com.