Thursday, February 12, 2009

Helping Kids to Understand Their Feelings with Kimochis


Feelings are very abstract concepts, so they’re difficult to describe to children in a way that they will understand. If you sit down with your child and say, “Let’s talk about our feelings,” he’s likely to decide that playing with his toys is much more fun. That’s why I really like the concept behind Kimochis. They give kids a toy plus a way to learn about feelings all in one!

Kimochi (pronounced “key-mo-chee”) means “feeling” in Japanese. Kimochi toys are plush characters with pockets where kids can tuck little pillows that express their feelings. Each pillow gives the name of an emotion on one side, with a drawing of a face expressing that emotion on the other side. Each Kimochi comes with three little emotion pillows, but you can also get extra pillows that express different emotions, along with a blank one accompanied by a washable marker so you can create your own emotion! (My kids and I wrote “silly” on ours!)

My five-year-old boys have the “Bug” Kimochi. First, I must say how impressed I was with the quality of it! It’s beautifully made and velvety soft. The “Bug” even has little pockets on each side where a child can tuck in the wings to transform him from a butterfly into a caterpillar! They love to play and sleep with their friend, Bug.

The other Kimochis are adorable, too. There’s a really cute purple “Huggtopus” (that looks like an octopus, of course) and a character called “Cloud,” with a head that turns around to reveal a happy face on one side and a sad face on the other. And each Kimochi comes with a “Feel Guide” for parents, which gives tips from child communication expert Ellen Pritchard Dodge, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, about how to explore feelings with your children through the use of Kimochis. I think this product would be especially helpful with children who are on the quiet or shy side, but all boys and girls would benefit from it.

You and your kids will fall in love with these wonderful characters. I encourage you to visit http://www.kimochis.com to learn more about them. And make use of their special Friends and Family discount to receive 20% off your order! Just enter KimochiFF1 when you’re checking out.



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1 comment:

  1. Those are adorable! I have a 3 year old and she really doesn't understand how to express her feelings except to express them all in anger and happiness. When she's sad she expresses anger as well as upset or tired. I'm definitely going to be picking one of these up for my daughter. She loves caterpillars/butterflies and she would adore this! My other daughter (who is 1) could use this as well when she gets old enough to understand. Thanks for the heads up on this great item!

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