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November 19, 2009

Kimochis Review and Giveaway (ENDED)

Because I did not hear back from the first winner, so a new winner has been selected. The new winner is comment #46!






When I first heard about Kimochis, I was immediately drawn to it because of its company name. As I have mentioned before, I grew up in rural Taiwan with my grandparents. What most of you do not know is that my grandfather grew up when Taiwan was occupied by Japan. Under the rule of the Japanese government, Taiwanese children were forced to learn Japanese in school and not allowed to speak their own native language. Because of that, my grandfather spoke Japanese fluently, and when I was growing up, he taught me many Japanese phases as well as children's songs in Japanese. I know that living during a time when Taiwan was occupied by Japan was hard for him, but I have wonderful memories of my grandfather singing to me in Japanese from when I was a toddler. One of the songs my grandfather sang to me had the phase "kimochi" in it. My grandfather loved using the phase and would often use the Japanese phase instead saying feelings in Chinese. As such, when I saw the name of the company, wonderful memories of my now deceased grandfather came rushing back to me. In any case, Kimochis sent DD an adorable Kimochi Kitty to review. I thought the cat looked really cute on the website, but it was even more lovable in person.



When I opened the package, DD took it out immediately and claimed it as her own. She has been sleeping with her new kitty for a few days now and she totally loves it. She loves taking the "feelings" in and out of her kitty. When her kitty is not "happy," she puts interesting things like plastic spoons and fake play food in the kitty's front pocket. LOL!


DD hiding behind her kitty. LOL!




I have been working with DD using her Kimochis kitty to show her how to express her feeling properly. We use the "different feelings" that came with it ( see company photo above) to talk about how the kitty feels when different things happen to it and how she should react to different situations-- you know, basically showing and talking about her feelings instead of having a complete melt-down. We really enjoy the Kimochi doll so far and I definitely think that this is a wonderful tool to get your child to express their emotions.






Besides the fact that the doll is a wonderful tool to use in educating your child about what they are feeling and how to express their feelings properly, the doll we received was increibly well made. At $25 each, I was really pleasantly surprised by the workmenship and the quality of it. Even if you only use this as a normal doll, I think $25 is a very reasonable for what you get.






Now that you have heard all of these great things about DD's new toy, I know you want to try one too. You can either head over to Kimochis' store to pick one up.






Kimochis has also generous offered a special giveaway prize for one of my readers. That's right, you can win your own Kimochis doll for your child! (US residences only)






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1.) Visit Kimochis website and tell me which doll is your favorite & how you would use the doll with your child.



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138 comments:

Jenni Corcoran said...

Bug, who is a caterpillar that is afraid of change, would be perfect for my son because we are getting ready to make some big changes in his life and he could use Bug to help support him along the way.

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jakiesmom said...

i would choose cat...because i have a son who is a little bossy, and maybe if he sees someone else who is bossy he'll realize it's not the way to be

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Lynn said...

as a mother to a two year old girl Cloud would be my choice. I would ust the toy to try to teach Angel the proper emoations and how to express them.

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Norma V. said...

I like the cat the most.

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Denisse said...

Cloud would be perfect for my daughter, she would learn that it's ok to sometimes feel a little angry or out of the blue.

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Shelly T. said...

I would like Huggtopus! Happy, Silly and Frustrated are all emotions that children experience, but frustration is so hard for them to deal with. This would be a great toy to help explain it.

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Liz said...

My favorite is the Huggtopus!

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Thi said...

I would use Cloud to teach about feelings of being happy and sad.

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lulabellefive said...

I would love the huggoctopus. my girls love on their baby sister sometime TOO much and maybe this would help!

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haydensmommy05 said...

I love Bug the catapiller!
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Sondra <3 said...

cloud would be perfect for my daughter. We would use it to teach her the difference in clouds feelings. Later she could use it to explain how she feels.

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Stephanie said...

I like Bug, I think it would be a nice size for my son to be able to take with him on the long trips we have coming up.

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Angela said...

I like cloud and it would be good to teach my son how to be gentle for when he will be a big brother
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Jennifer said...

If I won, I'd pick Huggtopus for my daughter. I think I'd use this Kimochi to show my child that everyone needs a hug and touch can be healing in some situations.

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Sarah said...

I like the cat and the bug but my daughter would probably pick the cat. I would use it to teach her about feelings!
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Bombtastic Belle said...

I like the Bug - not only is that my husbands nickname, but since we're trying for a baby it seems fitting.
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Eric & Sarita said...

I like the Kimochi Cloud Box. I would use it to teach my child to recognize and express feelings.

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Child would like the Cat the best!
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throuthehaze said...

I would choose Cloud. I think it is a great way to teach kids about emotions.

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Karmah said...

I would love the Octopus one! My stepdaughter is having a hard time adjusting to her new family life, and at 3 years old, she isn't fluent in expressing her feeling. This should really help her out!

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hollowsins said...

I like bug because he is a butterfly
My daughter knows emotions pretty well ,but reteaching never hurts

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Marie said...

I would get Huggtopus so I can teach my 18 month all of the emotions and have a great time.
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I would pick cat for my grand daughter
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Owen's Mom said...

I think Huggotopus would be perfect for my son. Because he is 2 and still struggling to express himself verbally, it would be a great way to introduce emotions and talk about them.
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Amy said...

Hugtopus! My 14 month old isn't really talking, but he's handing me things to indicate what he wants. I'd love for him to hand me something to indicate how he feels.

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Patricia Carlson said...

The Huggtopus would be perfect for my niece!
She could learn how to modify her very strong personality (not a bad thing though).
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Blakesmom said...

The Huggtopus would be perfect for my son! Thanks for the chance.

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mframe said...

I would get the bugs. I would use it to encourage my daughter to start talking.

Judy said...

I would love the Huggtopus for my daughter who I know would use its tentacles to receive hugs when she needs one. It looks cute and cuddly and friendly.

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debra.pp said...

i love the bug

Kim said...

love the Cloud one! I'd so enjoy teaching my son these emotions..

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jorgenson1717 said...

They are so cute. I like the Huggtopus. I don't have children of an age that would love one of these but, I have a co-worker has 3younger children that would get a kick out the toy. One of her children was just born on Dec. 3, 2009.

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myspiral said...

I like the Huggotopus. I would use it to help my young son express how he's feeling, since he's still working on words.
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Stephanie said...

i love the bugs!!!

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jewell330 said...

I would love the Huggtopus box. I would use this with my son on the days when he's not having such a great day. He has PDD, and, through lots of behavioral therapy, is doing very well and is mainstreamed. However, there are still some times (big disruptions in his routine, getting a checkmark next to his name in school, and other times) when he could use a little "love reminder" and this cute little octopus seems like a concrete, tangible way to do that.

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DEBIJOT said...

I would choose cat because my grandson can be bossy to his older brothers. This would help.

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Deb K said...

Kimochi Bug is my favorite as my granddaughter just moved into a new house and started a new school so it is a big change.

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LADYHIGHTOWER said...

Bug would be perfect for my 6 yr old daughter who is making adjustments to her older aunt moving in with us. ladyhightower@live.com

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i like the cat.

Jesse said...

The huggtopus is my favorite --- so cute!
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RR said...

I like Huggtopus. My little guy would probably use it in puppet shows (a current favorite).

BrnEyedGal said...

I like **Huggtopus** My son needs help with the frustrated emotion and a stuffed animal is a great way to help him...

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