A week or so ago, I was flipping through a magazine when I saw the cutest thing..
I was instantly hooked, but then I read the article. These are dolls with feelings! They have little (I call them bugs) that each have their own emotion, be it happy, sad, brave, jealous, scared,shy,etc. Your children can use these "bugs" to have their Kimochi doll tell Mom/Dad/caregiver how they are feeling by sticking them in the pocket/pouch of their Kimochi doll!!
I thought "Ohhhhh" And I immediately thought of several of my friends whose children are on spectrum's for things like Aspergers and Autism, or who just have speech troubles, or just a hard time expressing themselves ( lets be honest, who doesn't at times??). I can't count the amount of times they've spoken about how it can be difficult for their children to express their feelings, or communicate effectively with them & how hard it can be for not only the child, but the parent.
I fell in love even more! WHAT an amazing toy! Not just for children (and parents!!) who need the extra help, but for ANY child!! I know that Andy sometimes tells me "I so crabby, I go take a nap" right after doing something he shouldn't have ( aka pushing his brother)
He isn't even three yet, he doesn't fully communicate but a toy that helped him communicate..he could get that!!
I took a chance & emailed the company to express my interest in spreading the word & fell in love yes, again,even more. The nicest woman,Nina, emailed me back and was just as excited as I was to help get Kimochis names out there, she even recognized that Mommy bloggers are great for that! (Yes, I would be showing the proud *bug* when I read her email back!)
So she graciously sent a Kimochi Bug for us to check out.
Let me start by saying.. even if my children didn't like this at all, I personally am SMITTEN! Holy poopers..
The Bug is ADORABLE. But what REALLY actually gave me warm fuzzy feelings was what was written on the box..
I am going to type it ALL out because it was THAT awesome...
"BUG is thoughtful and is extremely cautious. He is really smart, a skilled conversationalist and is known to talk himself and the others out of any given situation, because he likes to examine all sides. This can sometimes confuse the Kimochis and make them forget what they were trying to accomplish. Bug lives in a Manzanita tree. Bug has a swimming hole with a tethered rope swing in the center of his living room. When the weather gets hot the Kimochis can always be found splashing around Bug's place! Bug's lucky number is 2 and his favorite color is magenta. He loves the smell of rosemary and the taste of wildflower honey. Bug plays the mandolin.
Bug is afraid of change and because of this, being a caterpillar is not easy for him. He is always the last one to try something new. Although Bug is afraid, he secretly dreams of flying. Bug loves to read maps and has a great sense of direction."
Okay. Lets put everything aside & focus on what myself, as a parent thinks of this.
I LOVE rosemary( especially on roasted chicken!) for a toy of my children's "to love it too" just tickles me. The fact that a caterpillar is scared of change ( hellooo butterfly!) just cracks me up.I feel that, as an adult( who is the one buying toys, of course) this just rubs you the right way all the way down to feeling warm & fuzzy. I can feel myself relate to Bug, as I am an adult & don't even like change!
I put together a little video of Andy meeting Bug.. I dont know if it was a good thing, or bad thing that Andy skipped his nap that day, but boy, it was good timing for the Kimochi to come out to play on a day that emotions were running high ;-)
Currently, there are 3 different Komochis available, Bug, who we have, Cloud, who is simply TOO cute! And last but not least, Huggtopus!
Each doll comes with a book, for parents and children on how to best use your Kimochi doll to help your child to express their feelings. It has a gorgeous little cloth bag that the "feelings" ( really do call them bugs!) come in with the book.
You can also buy extra packages of emotions, there are 3 different packages to choose from, each of which contain 6 emotion *bugs* as I call them.
Which are too cute & on my shopping list! I absolutely love them, they remind me of Lil Mr & Mrs books!!! I think the coolest part is each package has a blank feeling, and includes a washable pen do your child can express a feeling that isnt already there, HOW cool is that??
The amazingly lovely people over at Kimochi are going to give one of my readers a Kimochi of their very own.
I am SO excited for this!!!
I'll be drawing ONE lucky winner on Friday, March 27th. Here is how to enter.
-Tell me why you ( and your little one!) need a Kimochi.
I have to be honest, this is something I want to PICK a winner for. I believe in the concept of this doll SO much that I want it to go to someone who will reap the benefits of a toy like this time & time again.
My mother is a school psychologist, shes worked with children from Pre K to adulthood as long as I've been alive & I am going to take my top 5 choices and have her pick who she thinks is most deserving.
This Kimochi doll review has been really special to me, and I want it to go to someone who will find it just as special as I did.
SO! Tell me why you NEED a Kimochi!! Don't hold back, let me know! The more you share, the better your chances are of me & my mother realizing how one of these guys could be really helpful in your daily life.
You can also leave a comment telling me about someone you know who deserve to gain a Kimochi doll. Leave your ( or their) contact information so if they are a winner, I can get their information. But be sure to tell me WHY they need a Kimochi!
Good luck everyone! To those who dont win.. Please, check them out at Kimochis! I know for a fact I'll be buying another one.. or two..possibly one just for me.. I could write it "very ticked" on the blank one for my husband, right?? ;-)
GUESS WHAT?? BIG NEWS!! I emailed Nina, the fabulous woman over at Kimochi about how pleased I was with our Bug, that my blog was up, and how hard its going to be for my mom to pick just one winner and she yet again, stunned me with how AWESOME she & Kimochi are and is offering a 20% discount to my readers, just use code- KimochiFF1 in your check out.
THANK YOU NINA! You've been amazing to work with and you bet we will be keeping in touch!
Thank you Kimochi, for this wonderful opportunity, its been eye opening in ways I cant even express & I LOVE our dolls!!!