Kids have a fascination with how things work and I love that curiosity. I also understand very well how destructive that curiosity can be sometimes, so when I can find toys that inspire exploring I am always happy. My philosophy is that every toy that gives a child a fun, hands-on way to learn about how something works helps to ensure that one of the things I own doesn’t get disassembled or destroyed for that same purpose. So when I learned about Silly Creatures, I knew I wanted to see what Zackary thought of them.
Silly Creatures were the brainchild of momtrepreneur Flor and her son Simon. When her son requested a silly creature toy, Flor quickly realized that there was no toy she could find that would satisfy her son’s imaginative request. So instead, she asked him to draw her a picture of what a silly creature should look like. He happy obliged and she set to work making a plush version of his pictures.
While she worked, her son watched in fascination and happily spent time stuffing the creature with batting and then pulling it out again. A sudden inspiration was born. Why not create a plush toy that allows children to enjoy a similar educational activity? She designed a digestive system and a heart for the creature and included a bag of small polished stones to serve as “Silly Creature Food.” The heart and digestive system are contained within the plush toy and a Velcro opening on the back of the creature lets a child explore the interior workings of the toy. The heart consists of a small pocket perfect for holding a special note from a loved one. Even better, by feeding the stones into the creature’s mouth and then working them through the digestive system with the fingers, the creature will “poop” the rocks out at the other end!
I received the Kbeu Dad to review and I loved the look of this humorous fellow. Zackary wanted to find out all about his new toy at once so I showed him the inside of the creature and the food. He had a blast pushing the rocks into the Kbeu Dad’s mouth and when he was done, I showed him what else his Kbeu Dad could do. Zackary watched as I squeezed the stomach and intestines to move the rocks along. He was confused about my purpose at first, but when he realized the rocks were moving to the back of the creature, he had a flash of insight. “Is he going to poop?” he asked me breathlessly. I didn’t answer but a few seconds later one of the rocks plopped out of the creature. “He pooped!!” Zackary cried in delight and then broke down in hysterical laughter.
It took him a bit of time to get the hang of squeezing the rocks through the digestive track and I could see that this would be a great toy for increasing a child’s ability to manipulate small objects, something that is essential for developing the skills needed for proper writing. Zackary also seemed to find the job of pushing pebbles through the Silly Creature very calming. On a few different occasions, I found him sitting with his Silly Creature, whom he named Pibble, and manipulating rocks through it after he had been faced with a stressful situation.
Zackary is at the stage where the words that his pre-kindergarten teacher calls “bathroom words” are incredibly funny to him but he also understands that everything our bodies do, including removing waste, is important and necessary. His friend Pibble is partly so appealing to him because of its humour value but I also think he enjoys actually seeing a representation of the process we’ve talked about. He’s even made comments about digestion as he plays. “Pibble must have taken all the good nutrients out of this rock, right Mom?” he asked me on one occasion. “That’s why he pooped it out!”
I was surprised and delighted by how much Zackary loved his new friend Pibble and I’m sure this fun and quirky toy would be a hit with any young school-aged child. To be honest, even my teenage stepdaughter, my husband and I couldn’t help but laugh the first time we saw Pibble’s digestive system in action and everyone in the house has spent a bit of time playing with the Kbeu Dad! But best of all, the toy is a great way to spark an interest in how the human body works. If you’re looking for a fun and educational toy that is sure to keep your child entertained for hours, look no further than the adorable Silly Creatures!
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