Friday, April 16, 2010

KID PICK: Kimochi Review & Giveaway

KIMOCHI
As a school counselor I focused on the social/emotional well-being of my students. One area that I constantly had to work on with elementary kids is feelings-how to label them and how to express them appropriately. The main tools I used were feelings posters and games, but those don't always work with very young students. I was absoutely estatic when I received Cloud, a Kimochi doll, to review. It is a counselor's dream toy!

Kimochi, stands for "feeling"  in Japanese. There are five different Kimochi dolls, each with specific feelings included. This toy is the winner of the Dr. Toy award for Best Vacation Toy 2009 and has received the Creative Child Magazine Seal of Excellence. (We all know how I love toys that win awards)!We received Cloud, who comes with the three basic feelings of sad, happy, and mad. As soon as Big LuvBug saw the box, she went wild. She has carried, "baby" around every day! She is just now learning feelings so this has been perfect for her. Now when you ask her how "Baby" is feeling, she will turn Cloud's head (which displays a happy face on one side, and a sad face on the opposite side) and tell you, "baby happy" or "baby sad". She also likes to take the individual feeling people (the little feelings faces that come with the big doll) and practice saying, " I sad", " I happy" or "I mad" as she holds each one. Right now "mad" just happens to be her favorite to carry around and "express"! My husband is also in the military and will be deploying soon. These are perfect dolls to use to talk with your children about their feelings during a deployment. I will probably be buying one of the additional feelings packs to help expose my kids to some those feelings they might have while their Dad is away!

I love that these are high quality, soft and durable dolls. Cloud has a cute little kangaroo pouch to store "feelings" in, and a head that turns! The doll also comes with a cute little "feel guide" with descriptions of each doll and it's feelings. There are also some cute tips on how to use the dolls with your children. My kids are a great example as to how this can really work. 
Lil LuvBug with Cloud. Big LuvBug wouldn't pose for a picture!

Buy it: You can order the Kimochis right from the website store at a price of $25 for each doll. You can also order extra "feelings" (see image above)  for $12. Also while you are there be sure to check out the great features on the Kimochi website. There is an awesome resource for parents that helps with specific child behaviors, a cute game to play and even resources for teachers(coming soon), along with a video of how to use in the classroom.

Win it: Kimochi has graciously agreed to sponsor a giveaway for one of their wonderful dolls. One lucky Mommy's Free Time reader will win one of these dolls. As I mentioned before this is a great resource for any parent, teacher, or counselor. This giveaway will begin on April 16 and end on May 1. Just use the comment form to enter. Please leave your email address so I will be able to contact you if you win. It is open to the US only. The winner will be chosen via Random.org. 

Mandatory Entry: Just leave a comment on who you would give your Kimochi doll to. 

Additional entries: 
  • Follow Mommy's Free Time
  • FB fan MFT
  • Tweet about this giveaway
  • Grab my button
Leave a comment for each entry. If you are already doing any of the above that counts as an entry so just leave a comment and let me know. 

Disclosure: This toy was given to me at no charge from the company in exchange for a fair and honest review. The opinions expressed are my own. I was not paid nor compensated in any other way.

65 comments:

  1. Those look great! I think the dolls would be fantastic for kids to use and help make their feelings known. Have a great weekend!

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  2. Hi! hollering back from the blog ball! Thanks for stopping by!

    I would give the doll to my little boy if I won this giveaway!

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  3. I am now a follower!

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  4. My BFF just had a baby, this cute toy will go in the basket I am putting together to send him! Visiting from the Regal Blog Ball!

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  5. I'm a follower...Me! ME! I am a follower....do I win? Huh? Do I? LOL. :)

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  6. FB follower :) I would give it to our therapist at our Child Advocacy Center.

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  7. I am stopping by from the Royla Blog ball!! I would give it to my 2 year old. He needs to learn feelings. Thanks!!
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  8. I am following you
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  10. Following you!

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  11. I have 2 dolls ages 1 & soon 3! They would love this!!

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  13. I would give the doll to my 4 year old daughter!

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  14. srzoller@hotmail.comApril 19, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Please enter me! This is adorable! I would love to donate it to our womens/childrens doomestic violence center.

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  15. I'm a fan on Facebook (Nicole Pitts)

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  17. I would definitely give this to my little girl, Meredith :)

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  18. Tweeted http://twitter.com/pittsy82/status/12479732877

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  19. These are adorable. I would give them to my sweet lil girl, Ana once she arrives! Thanks for the contest.

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  20. I would give it to my grand-niece, who is about to become a big sister!

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  21. I would give it to my daughter, who is turning 2 in 2 weeks! jfsarma at gmail dot com

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  22. I'd love one for my little one. He'll be a bring brother soon so I think this would help express some new feelings!

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  23. Tweeted ~ http://twitter.com/susanlanai/status/12623429673

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  24. What great doll. I have 3 kids 8,5 & 7 months so I woudl use it for all of them!

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  25. tweeted: http://twitter.com/jennmaron/status/12919572687

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  26. FB fan of yours.
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  28. I would give it to our 1st baby (due in Aug)!
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  30. Follower! :)

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  31. I would give it to my son, Elijah. He is 17 months and we have been teaching him feelings. This would be a great gift to help him learn! Thank you!

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  32. I would love to give it to my baby princess, she already has the temper of her daddy. It would be good for her to learn to express her feelings as she gets older.

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  34. Became a fan on facebook
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  35. I would give it to my little girl. She would love it!

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  36. I am a follower of MFT.

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  38. I would love to win this for my son!

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  39. your FB fan- Desiree Glaze

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  40. blog follower

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  41. This would be for my daughter

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  43. I would give this to the litle girl I babysit for. Thanks!
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  44. I am a new follower!
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  45. I would give it to my son.
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  46. I would probably give the Huggtopus to my oldest granddaughter (she's 4). Her other grandmother clearly favors her brother, and I always feel as though she needs extra hugs. Since I don't want to favor any of the children over the other, this would be a way for me to give her extra hugs!

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  47. I would give to my son but heck, maybe I'll even keep it since its so darn cute,lol!!

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  48. i would give this to my beautiful 18 month old grandson.
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  49. i follow!
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