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The minute you look at a “Smooshies” toy, you can’t help but smile. Smooshies are plush toy kits that allow kids to mix and match pieces and parts to make their own kooky, cuddly creature.
We were offered the chance to review a Smooshies toy thanks to One2One Network and, of course, I couldn’t turn down the chance to check out a plush toy that encourages creativity. My kids both love their plush toys and the idea of making them “interactive” was very appealing to me.
From the Smooshies website (www.creativityinc.com):
Have hours of mix n’ match fun with Smooshies™ super soft & cuddly plush toys. Add legs, arms, hair, faces and other thing-a-majigs to the Smooshie body to create unique characters again and again. Smooshies™ are the proud recipient of multiple toy awards and have been praised by parents for being a fun and educational toy for children. Get a Smooshie and make playtime creative with your own kooky, cuddly creature!
Smooshies™ have been kid-tested and are made from superior materials that are super soft, durable and safe. Kids love to mix n’ match the brightly-colored parts for an open-ended creative playtime experience! Touchable fabrics and Velro® tabs make Smooshies™ easy to use for ages 3 and up. Your kids will love to make their own Smooshie creature!
Smooshies™ are easy to use! Simply pick your parts and use the Velcro® tabs to attach them to the Smooshie body. Remove and reuse again and again for hours of fun. Smooshies can be friends, monsters, pets or whatever you want them to be! Turn them sideways or upside down to unleash even more creative options.
So far in 2009, Smooshies has won the “Best Vacation Children’s Products” award from Dr. Toy and the “Top Toy of the Year Award” from Creative Child Magazine.
We received the “small egg” Smooshie kit to review plus 2 extra sets of parts, an “arms or legs” set and a “what-ever” set.
I figured it would be fun to give the Smooshies and all the parts to my son, who is 5, and turn the video camera on and see what he does with it. Aside from being distracted by the TV (I think I was watching HGTV and apparently so was he), he really seemed to have a good time with his Smooshies.
Overall I give Smooshies a “thumbs-up” for it’s uniqueness and the ability to inspire creativity. It is an educational toy that doesn’t require batteries and I love that it engages more than just their brains, but puts their hands to work as well. It appears to be durable and the material is bright, fun and colorful and soft enough for cuddling after the kids have built their new creature. The price is right – at $9.99 for the main kit and $1.99 for each set of extra parts (you can purchase Smooshies at JoAnn stores & select Micheals stores and also at JoAnn.com), you get a lot of value with this toy. I would like to see a pouch of some sort for storing the “extra parts” when they are not being used because right now they end up all over the floor of my son’s’s room and it is only a matter of time before they get separated and lost. A pouch would keep them all in one place so we he wants to re-arrange his creature, he knows where to find the extra pieces.
When I asked Jake what he thought about his Smooshies he said, “it’s fine, I like it.” Much better than the “I don’t know” I usually get from him!
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Giveaway ends on Friday July 31, 2009 at noon CST and is open to the USA.
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