Increment creates playthings to encourage inclusion, independence, and exploration for kids of all abilities to play together. By creating durable, beautiful, and locally made products that foster social interaction among all children, we can foster more inclusive and educational play experiences. We aim to set a new standard, create a bigger market of inclusive and open-ended toys, and establish universal and human-centered design in the toy world as a priority, rather than an afterthought.
Using inclusion as a design standard for play, we made our first product, the O-Rings, in collaboration with Meeting Street School to serve kids’ needs in therapy, at school, at home, and in any opportunity for open-ended play: a set of four large, soft rings, each with a different texture, color, and filling for open-ended play; manufactured in the US. We use highly durable and easy to clean materials, specifically selected for superior performance, tactility, and aesthetics. Providing a varied sensory experience for kids with needs such as texture stimulation, weighted feedback, or seating support, it is also beneficial for typical childhood development for all kids 0-12.
Our vision is to promote inclusion through play with a line of universally designed toys, spreading awareness for inclusion through collaborations and partnerships. We aim to set a new standard, create a bigger market of inclusive toys, and establish universal/human centered design in the world of play as a priority with high standing value.
We work collaboratively with educators, specialists, parents, and kids to ensure that our toys are truly designed for all children. Beginning with O-Rings as our first product, we create more opportunities for inclusive play and learning. Partnering with children’s museums, schools, organizations, and networks of families, institutions, and therapists, we show that Increment represents inclusion through play, for all, and that we have credible support. Developmental benefits of our product have been recognized by KaBOOM, Partnership for Providence Parks, Meeting Street School, Boston Children’s Museum, the Wolf School, and more.
Increment is a public benefit corporation with a focus on inclusion and open-ended play. We are proud to be a team of women social entrepreneurs creating playthings that offer positive social impact, therapeutic value, playful potential, and beautiful aesthetics. We aim to bring positive change and empathy to the toy industry, and we believe that one of the simplest ways to change society is to become more accepting of people’s differences, to start with empowering kids, and to create opportunities for kids of all abilities, ages, genders, and backgrounds to play and learn together.