The Mattel Play Grants Program helps children's hospitals create play spaces, install new media programs, and foster creative innovative play activities that are often not reimbursed by public or private insurance.
In 2015 nine grants of $10,000 will be awarded to the following hospitals for technology, play spaces and play activities.
2015 Mattel Play Grant recipients
Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock, AR
Fun Center, Learning Wall and Infinity and Beyond Touch Panel
These items will provide therapeutic play for long-term rehab patients by providing the opportunity to play while enhancing fine motor skills, encouraging participation and easing anxiety.
Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
Creation of a much needed developmentally appropriate and inviting lounge uniquely dedicated to teens that are in the hospital for long durations due to injury or chronic medical illness.
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
The Rainbow Connection – Patient Playmats
To encourage mobility for patients in isolation, the playmats will provide a clean and inviting space to work on fine and gross motor skills and provide a space to complete prescribed exercises.
Children’s Hospital, New Orleans, LA
Shade Enhancement to Existing Playground
The addition of a shade structure will protect patients, family members and caregivers from the harmful rays of the sun and will reduce temperatures by 20-30 degrees, thus allowing for more outdoor therapy and strengthening exercises for more patients during hot summer months.
Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Baltimore, MD
Designed to assist children with autism and special needs, Sensational Kids helps caregivers determine the right type of adaptive distraction activity/tool in advance of a hospital visit or procedure thereby reducing stress and providing comfort.
Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack Univ. Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ
Creative Play in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
Due to illness or medical treatments such as monitoring devices and IV s, children in epilepsy monitoring units are often excluded from participating in normal play. The additional of wall toys and hand held soothing and stimulating toys will help the patients and caregivers alike. A special play station and play tables will also be installed for patient siblings.
The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx, NY
Technology Access Improvement
Bringing in-room gaming systems, iTV pads and closed circuit TV to patients in isolation will help with distress from negative social, emotional and psychological issues. These tools will help motivate a patient to get out of bed, improve connectivity with their family and friends and in turn will help in the healing process.
Listen to a special interview which aired on local New York television station, BronxNet. Meghan Kelly, Director, Phoebe H. Stein Child Life Program at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx, NY, explains the significance of receiving a Mattel Play Grant and the importance of play in healing in her hospital.
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dallas, TX
Waiting Games – Interactive Play Consoles for Clinic Waiting Areas
This project will reduce stress levels and anxiety to young patients by providing developmentally appropriate hands-on fun activities such as Touch to Play consoles and a safari themed magnetic play table.
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Emergency Department Interactive Wall
The installation an interactive media wall will normalize the hospital environment through play and active exploration, provide opportunities for control in a high-stress setting and promote positive development through play.