Hospitalized and bedridden children now have a new way to have fun thanks to one father’s creative invention.
Kevin Gatlin, a dad from North Carolina, started the company Playtime EDventures, which specializes in making creative bed sheets and slumber bags for kids.
The company’s bed sheets feature game boards right on the fabric so that children can learn and play even if they’re confined to their bed.
My goal is to place a set of Playtime Bed Sheets in every Hospital, Orphanage, Residential Home, Shelter, Juvenal center and anywhere a child lay’s their head!
He explained to Charlotte Business Resources:
“Activities range from traditional games, such as checkers, chess and Tic-Tac-Toe, to original custom games and activities.”
Gatlin said he came up with the idea when watching his own wife and children. He told the outlet:
… I noticed my wife would always use my son’s bed to do his homework and other activities. So the idea popped in my head to turn his bed sheets into one big game board!
And after he visited a friend’s child in the hospital, he thought, “what if this was my son? How would we preoccupy the time?”
That’s when he started the push to make the sheets a reality, according to NewsWest9.
According to Buzzfeed, at least 10 hospitals use the unique sheets for children, but they can be donated just about anywhere.
The company’s website allows anyone to buy and donate sheets to children’s hospitals, shelters, and international relief organizations. It reads:
We believe that our bedding products create a calming distraction for children forced into safe places because of circumstance out of their control.
A picture that makes you happy and sad! To donate a set of Playtime Bed Sheets to your hospital go to http://www.threadsonsignal.com/shop…Mindy Deutsch Sanders
Gatlin said he worked with experts in education to create the sheets so that children are mentally stimulated. He explained:
“I wanted to make it an educational, fun game, so there are questions that have to be answered in order for a child to advance in a particular game, like Tic-Tac-Toe.”
The dad said that he hopes the sheets will eventually be in every hospital where children stay.