When it comes to toys, so many feature “bells and whistles” like flashing lights, loud noises and automatic movements. They’re entertaining, but often lack an educational aspect especially when it comes to teaching kids about world cultures.
Plushkies characters come with their own background stories to help children get to know them better. Plushkies characters include:
- Mei Mei from China
- Fabio from Italy
- Pepe from Mexico
- Katie from the U.S.A.
I received Mei Mei to try with my daughter. At first glance, I thought, “It’s just a stuffed toy in the shape of China that my daughter will play with once then toss aside.”
- What’s his/her name?
- What colors does it have? (relate with country’s flag)
- What shape does it have? What does it look like? (relate with country’s geographical shape)
- What’s the golden star (relate to the star embroidered on the Plushkies which represents the country’s capital)
- What about the hat? Does it have a name? Or a practical purpose? (relate to the traditional cultural hat)