Stuffed Animals that Teach Kids a Lesson
I might be an adult, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate soft, snugly, adorable things. I have a nice collection of stuffed animals that are MINE. Not only do I love to look at them but occasionally I’ll snuggle with one in bed. I find it very soothing and comforting. I’m sure a lot of that stems from my childhood.
Growing up I had a lot – and I do mean A LOT – of stuffed animals. I had two favorites that went with me where ever I went (pictured above). Their names are Pal and Bridget. I believe Pal was either a bear or a dog at one point. After 40-something years – many of which included snuggling, cuddling and playing with – he lost his fur, eyes, nose and ears. That’s OK. I still love him.
When it came to stuffed animals I always went for the ones that had a flaw with them. It could be that it’s eyes were not centered properly, it had a permanent mark on it, an ear was missing or some other kind of imperfection. Most people would look for one that was flawless – I was the opposite. I was drawn to the “flawed” toys.
By nature I am a good person with a huge heart. Even as a young girl I wanted to give love to everyone and everything. I felt like the flawed ones were going to be considered too “ugly” to purchase and they would never know what it would feel like to be loved and snuggled my a child. For that reason I wanted the “ugly” ones so I could show them love.
I know stuffed animals don’t have feelings. It’s just how I am.
There is a new line of plush animals on the market that are intentionally made to look “ugly” (I hate using that word – nothing is truly ugly). They are called UglySnuglies. UglySnuglies were created to teach children that you don’t have to be beautiful to be loved or special. That is so true! It’s something I have taught my kids from a very young age.
Remember… beauty doesn’t last forever. It’s on the INSIDE that matters the most. Even the most unattractive person or animal can have the most amazing personality and be the most beautiful thing in the world on the inside. That is why you should never “judge a book by it’s cover” either.
UglySnuglies are large, plush animals – each one having it’s own unique “surprise” that makes them special. Their surprises also teach children special things too.
- Pouty Pig – Includes a bank inside to help kids learn how to save their money.
- Krazy Kitty – Includes a hidden light in his tail to kelp kids feel safe at night.
- Bizarre Bear – Includes five secret zipper pockets to help kids clean up after themselves and find ways to store their favorite things.
- Unusual Unicorn – Includes an alarm clock to help kids learn the value of time.
- Rowdy Rabbit – Includes a radio inside to help kids learn to relax.
- Porky Panda – Includes a hidden blanket inside to help keep kids warm.
To be honest I don’t see them as “ugly” – but they are unique and different looking.
We were sent to review Krazy Kitty and Pouty Pig.
I was surprised at how large the plus animals were. I think that is nice because it makes for a great bedside companion.
The toys are soft and snugly. Some of the fur for Krazy Kitty has fell off (just a string here and there). I guess it’s shedding. Ha Ha.
Krazy Kitty comes with a light in it’s tail. The toy comes with the AAA batteries already inserted into the battery pack. You just have to remove the plastic piece that keeps the battery from connecting. That took me about 20 SECONDS to do.
The light on the tail is easy to turn on/off. You just have to press on it.
The light is great for reading in bed, walking around a dark room, to provide comfort for things that go “bump in the night” and as a night light (I wouldn’t recommend leaving it on all night – it will eat up the batteries).
Pouty Pig is a bit odd looking. When I think of pigs I think skin and course fur – not pink and fluffy. LOL!
Inside Pouty Pig’s mouth is a slit where your child/grandchild can insert coins – just like they would in a piggy bank. On the bottom of the plush there is a door that can be opened to retrieve the coins. Think of it as a large, hairy piggy bank that your child/grandchild can play with, sleep with and take with them on the go.
I would recommend Pouty Pig to older children so that there is no risk of the coins getting swallowed. You know how kids love to put things in their mouths.
The photo of our Pouty Pig (above) makes him look mean. That is because ours doesn’t sit with his head up. His head flops forward, which covers his mouth. Our actually looks like the one pictured below. Sadly my photo doesn’t do him justice. He’s NOT a mean looking pig.
I don’t see UglySnuglies as “ugly.” They are cute and lovable and I think children would enjoy them.
With the holiday season fast approaching I think UglySnuglies would make a delightful gift.
If you would like to learn more please visit UglySnuglies.com.
Check out the brief video (below) to see all of the UglySnuglies and to check out their fun features.
*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinion expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.
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