Sunday, June 06, 2010 Posted by Dina N
Kimochis, a line of adorable plush toys, were created to assist in the development of social and emotional intelligence, child-parent communication and building self-esteem in children. Kimochi (KEY.MO.CHEE) means "feeling" in Japanese. Each Kimochi character comes with 3 plush "feelings" - a round little creatures that have an emotion written on one side and the corresponding facial expression drawn on the other. There is also a Feel Guide with tips for parents on connecting with their kids during emotional moments. In addition, the booklet describes the personality of each Kimochi character, and its favorite number, color, and snack - another chance for parents and kids to connect and discuss personality traits and feelings.
The three "feelings" that come with each toy are conveniently stored in a drawstring bag. The extra 6 "feelings" we got are in a durable, resealable plastic bag. There is even a little red heart drawn on the Loved "feeling". One of the "feelings" is blank, and your child can make their own using the washable marker that comes with the pack. The bug has a little pocket on the front where the child can place the "feeling" they want to express. Kids can get in touch with their feelings via puppetry and pretend play. When they are comfortable talking about their feelings, they build self-esteem and confidence.
In addition to the bug, there is also a Kimochi cat, cloud, Lovey Dove, and Huggtopus - a huggable purple octopus. Each is priced at $25 and comes with a set of 3 "feelings". The set of 6 Mixed Feelings Pack retails at $12. If you are looking for a way to help your kids deal with expressing their emotions, try the Kimochi. These toys were awarded the Creative Child Magazine 2009 Seal of Excellence / Best Vacation Products by Dr. Toy, kaboose.com's top 13 amazing toys for 2009 for preschoolers, the 2009 Family Choice Awards and the 2010 Tillywig Top Fun Award.
Disclosure / Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was obtained for this post. I received complimentary product samples to facilitate the review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours.