child life specialist with two female child patient

Child Life Wish List

Mercy Children's Hospital & Clinics receives requests from individuals and groups in the community wanting to know how they can help children who are in the hospital. Our child life specialists have a list of items that are always in demand to help the various ages of children we serve. Below is a list of items that are requested, based on the age of the child, along with some general items.

Infants (0-18 months)

  • Infant rattles/toys
  • Mobiles (plastic/no cloth)
  • Music crib toys
  • Mamaroo
  • Muslin blankets, Receiving blankets, Waffle blankets, Swaddle blankets
  • Sound machines
  • Interlocking Foam Floor Tiles/Mats
  • Shape sorters, Stacking rings, Cubes, Cups
  • Baby Einstein Musical Toy Take Along Toons
  • Board books
  • Teethers

Toddler/Preschool (18 months-4 years)

  • Cause-effect toys (make sound, light up)
  • Musical toys/instruments
  • “Little people” sets
  • Fisher price toys
  • V-Tech toys
  • Leap Frog toys
  • Play Medical kits
  • Play Figures (Spiderman, Batman, Doc McStuffins, Princesses, Super Heroes, Star Wars, etc.)
  • Matchbox cars
  • Sound/Music Books
  • Animals/Dinosaurs
  • Mr. Potato Heads

School Age (5-12 years)

  • Peppa Pig
  • Paw Patrol
  • Shopkins
  • Play-Doh
  • Lego kits
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Barbies
  • Baby dolls
  • Superhero action figures
  • Board games (Apples to Apples, Connect Four, Sorry, Headbandz, etc)
  • Modeling clay
  • Beads/Jewelry making kits
  • Card games (Uno, Skip-Bo, Go Fish, etc)
  • Art Kits
  • Nail polish

Teenagers (13 years & up)

  • iTunes gift cards
  • Target gift cards
  • Earbud headphones
  • Magazines (teen, fashion, sports)
  • Lego kits (Bionicles)
  • Nerf basketball hoops
  • Drawing journals
  • Sports paraphernalia – t-shirts, hats, cups, posters, etc.
  • Iowa, ISU, UNI or Cubs memorabilia
  • Fidget spinners

Art Supplies

  • Markers/crayons/colored pencils
  • Construction paper
  • White canvases
  • Art kits/jewelry kits
  • Kid scissors
  • Coloring books
  • Puzzle books
  • Stickers
  • Fuzzy posters
  • Glitter glue
  • Clipboards
  • Water color paints
  • Glue
  • Colored gel pens
  • Blank journals


  • Spinning light globes
  • Squeeze balls
  • Rainfall rattles
  • Bubble Machines
  • DVD’s (ratings G through PG13)
  • Fun kid bed sheets (twin or XL twin)
  • Gift cards: Target, iTunes, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Starbucks, Michaels
  • Boys/Girls underwear (all sizes)
  • Small give away toys for treasure chests (for patients to pick a prize after a medical procedure)
  • Bubbles
  • iPads
  • Nail polish/lip gloss/hair accessories
  • Johnsons baby soap & lotion, regular shampoos/conditioners/detangler
  • Fleece tie blankets
  • Stuffed Animals – due to Infection Control – ALL stuffed animals MUST BE BRAND NEW!!
  • Portable DVD players
  • Ziploc bags (snack & sandwich size)
  • Fun band-aids (latex free, not Band-Aid brand)
  • Fisher Price/Hot Wheels/Peg Perego Motorized cars/tractors (ride on)

Please contact Child Life at 240-0320 or mercychildlife@mercydesmoines.org with any questions!

(515) 247-3121
1111 6th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50314

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