TIC-TOC (Toys Inspiring Children To Overcome Challenges) is a new project of the Pirate Toy Fund.

TIC-TOC focuses on children with developmental challenges, providing them with educational toys that help grow their cognitive and motor skills in a supportive home environment. Many of the toys these children rely on during the school day are unavailable to parents and caregivers due to their cost. The Pirate Toy Fund works to raise funds for these adaptive toys to make them available through recognized program partners that work with special-needs children.


Children with special needs need special toys. Your donations will enable us to meet these needs, thereby helping us strengthen families already stressed by these difficult economic times.



Children with physical disabilities may experience problems trying to use off-the-shelf toys due to the manual dexterity required to manipulate small parts. While in educational programs, children with emotional disabilities often form extended attachments to certain toys that promote appropriate social skills. However, specially designed adaptive toys are usually expensive, seldom found in major retail outlets, and rarely donated in our Toy Drives. We therefore must raise the money to purchase the toys ourselves.

One of the ways children can help raise funds for this program is through the “Change” A Life Campaign, whereby school children can collect and donate their spare change.

If your school would like to collect coins for a week, two weeks, or more, call us at 271-5519. One of us will be happy to speak with you about the program or address a school assembly. We’ll provide the coin canisters and pick up the coins at your convenience. This is a great way kids can help other kids who are less fortunate than themselves.


We distribute surveys to families and our program partners in order to help us evaluate and improve the program. Responses have been overwhelmingly positive, as evidenced by the following comments:


– “(The toy) addresses both his motor control and his cognitive needs…The big buttons on the toy enable C to be successful in targeting. He also can make choices to move the car forward, back, and in circles, so it stimulates his cognitive abilities.”

– “This toy has excellent sensory input that M benefits from. She also loves it which has encouraged play…This toy gets played with constantly…Thank you!”

–”M’s ability to imitate motor actions and gestures has increased during the songs for sensory integration.  M’s parents are grateful to have a music program that they can engage with M to encourage on-task behavor and motor imitation.”

– “Mom is very pleased. P spends a good amount of time with this toy and is not easily distracted.”

– He has to work on his balance to stay on the Rudy Horse. The bouncing action helps him focus.”

– “She is enjoying exploring the cause and effect properties of this toy. Attention has improved. She was able to complete 2 steps to activate the toy.”

– “She works harder to sit up independently to play with this toy. She verbally identifies each object.””

– “C has significant motor challenges. The use of switches on this toy make it usable for him. He has strong cognitive skills and this toy challenges him. It gives him social opportunities.”