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Child Life Wish List

The UI Health Child Life team coordinates and distributes donations to our pediatric patients. Child life specialists work with children to provide therapeutic play and help children cope with the stressors of hospitalization. Donations are used to keep our play room filled with fun, reward a child after a challenging procedure, and to celebrate milestones. Thank you for considering donating to help make a patient's experience brighter. All donated items must be new. For any questions or to coordinate a drop off, please contact our child life specialist, Dana Thornquist, at danatho@uic.edu or 312.413.0662.


  • Teething toys
  • Rattles/Shakers
  • Light-up toys
  • Crib mirrors
  • Cause & Effect toys
  • Mobiles
  • Blocks
  • Musical toys
  • Spinning globe lights
  • Stuffed animals

Toddler & Preschool

  • Barbies and baby dolls
  • Play-Doh
  • Bubble wands
  • Plastic animals or dinosaurs
  • Trucks and cars
  • Trains
  • Doctor toys/Kitchen toys
  • Disney toys: Paw Patrol, Cars, Frozen,
    Mickey Mouse, etc.


  • Superhero action figures
  • LEGO packs
  • Look & Find books
  • Board games
  • Hot Wheels cars
  • Craft kits
  • Beads/bracelet-making materials
  • Stress balls

Teens & Young Adult

  • Journals and sketch books
  • Crosswords and word finds
  • Beauty supplies: manicure materials, makeup kits, lotions
  • Adult coloring books
  • Video games for XBOX One
  • $5 or $10 gift cards (Target, Walmart, Amazon, Game Stop, McDonalds, Subway)
  • Headphones
  • Uno and playing card decks

Items needed for all ages:

  • Puzzles
  • Books
  • Coloring books
  • Movies
  • Markers, crayons, colored pencils
  • Paints
  • Character Band-Aids
  • Clothes: onesies, underwear, shirts, pants, winter gear
  • Blankets
  • Birthday bags and tissue paper
  • Craft kits
  • Treasure chest items — any small trinkets for prizes