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Project information

Big Little Therapy Toys

For big children with disabilities who have outgrown their toddler toys but still need them for development, therapy and exercise. The big little cars will benefit physical and mental health as well as supporting education, learning and development.

February 2018 - February 2019

Charity information: DEMAND:Design and Manufacture for Disability

DEMAND:Design and Manufacture for Disability logo
  • Need


    Play is an integral part of any child’s development and at DEMAND we want to make sure that all children, whatever their physical or cognitive abilities have the opportunity to benefit from play. When you can run on a playground or ride your bike after school there are so many opportunities to be active but if your balance and coordination are still developing and you have outgrown toys for toddlers like ride on cars you need other ways to be physically active.


    To continue research, development and manufacture of the Big Little Car's to help more families like the two we have already helped.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To design & make a more robust car for multi child use. The residential design is not tough enough


    » We have begun research with a local school to see how we can improve our design so that its strong enough to cope with lots of children using it.

    What success will look like

    Manufacture and deliver a bespoke car to our awaiting school for children with disabilities

    Aim 2

    To raise enough money to help the 9 families and school on our waiting list


    » Fundraising Campaigns
    » Appeals to grant giving organisations
    » Press releases & direct appeals

    What success will look like

    Have raised the money to make 10 cars in total

  • Impact


    To make more Big Little cars, to enable bigger children to continue to reap the the benefits of playing with toys


    The only risk we can see, is that someone else makes toys big accessible for bigger children - which would be wonderful!


    In any way they wish, by letter, email, phone call, newsletter

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,800 Materials To buy materials to make 10 Big Little Cars
      £22,200 Staff Costs Labour

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Warner Bros Studio Leavesden £10,000 Guaranteed
    Parent of child £500 Conditional
    Trust £2,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    These are the locations of the families who are on our waiting list


    The 9 families and school who have asked us to help them by making and giving them a Big Little Car.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have already designed and made 2 cars

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Malcolm Brown

    Our engineer, designer maker

Disabled Children Access Outdoor Play with Big Little Car

My son loves being outdoors and loves his ride on toys but at 6 years old he is obviously way too big for the ones that are available in stores. So his little legs drag along the floor. Having a ride on toy made suitable for him to enjoy and get about outside would be life changing

Parent of child who has Epilepsy and profound learning difficulties