Sunday, October 16, 2022

Big Feelings Pineapple, By Learning Resources - REVIEW

Nature/ Type:          Adorable mix-and-match toy to learn about feelings/ emotions    

Rating:                     ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Recommended age:  3 year-old ++ 

Who would love this: Parents who are looking for toys with a focus on social-emotional feelings 

Like the Melbourne’s weather, our girl is unpredictable and has a roller-coaster of BIG feelings. She’s tempestuous and definitely a “force to be reckoned with”. 🤦🏻‍♀️ I guess that sums up why I have a keen interest in toys about emotions - I love how they spark interesting conversations and allow me to have a glimpse of the unfathomable heart of a three-year-old. Today, I would love to share about the “Big Feelings Pineapple” by Learning Resources, kindly gifted by Clover Street (Australia & New Zealand distributor/ wholesaler). 

Why I love ❤️ this toy: 

(1) Build & Learn To Recognise Feelings - This toy comes with 26 “face pieces”, 2 arms, and a pineapple with peg holes to build various facial expressions - from happy, frustrated, embarrassed, confused to silly! Mr Pineapple reminds me a little of the nostalgic “Mr Potato Head”, but with one MAJOR difference: instead of playing dress-up with accessories (like hat, moustache, and glasses), this Pineapple helps kids to identify the “window to the soul” by using facial pieces like eyes, brows, and lips. For example, a “surprised” look is built using “raised eyebrows”, “big round eyes”, and a mouth that formed an “O”. Combine two eyebrows that drawn downwards and zig-zagged lips with corners down, you get a “don’t mess with me” angry face. Our favourite is the “lovey face” with heart-shaped eyes and a happy smile. The set comes with an illustrated guide with 24 suggested expressions to imitate, or we can simply mix-and-match and make-up our combinations. This toy allows us to explore the nuances of social-emotional feelings in an interactive way! 

(2) Two-Sided Design - Mr Pineapple is two-sided; we can build two “opposite” faces on each side (literally), or have two kids compete to build the silliest of expressions. The kids get to “compare and contrast” (happy and sad, silly and serious, calm and nervous) and play guessing games with this feature! 

(3) Brightly Yellow - I love the bright and positive tropical feel of Mr Pineapple. Kids can work on their dexterity and visualise their feelings with this yellow buddy! 

(4) Pineapple Storage Case - Mr Pineapple is hollow within, can store up the bits and pieces, and completes with a lid of green crown. I love how organised this toy is! 

# gifted in exchange for review 

Where to buy this: 

The Therapy Store (Australia) 

OfficeMax (New Zealand) 

Enjoy the video! 

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