My daughter had the pleasure of receiving Fabio – the Italian Plushkie as a gift. Our family went to Italy for a family event and the kids learned as much as they could about Italy beforehand. So when Linley saw Fabio, she knew instantly that he was from Italy because of his boot shape. She also told us that Fabio wears the colors of the Italian flag. What a smart concept for a cuddly toy!
I went to the Plushkies website and loved their concept of early multicultural education. Teachers and Parents can use the Plushkies to teach young children about other countries including the USA. All Plushkies are shaped like their countries so that the children will recognize them on the map. To finish it off, each country wears the colors of their respective flags. I wish Ricardo and his team would make more Plushkies. The ones available are China, USA, Mexico, and Italy. My kids want Filipino and Irish Plushkies. Especially if the Irish Plushkie is named Sean.
This is a great educational toy for young children. Parents and teachers, if you are looking for toys to help shape your global children, then start collecting Plushkies! The company’s website also has supplemental materials to go with their Plushkies. Educational comments aside, the Plushkies are well made of soft materials that the kids would want to cuddle with them at night. My daughter has had Fabio in bed next to her every night ever since she got him. Now that’s a good sign.
I connected with Plushkie’s CEO Ricardo Jimenez and we shared our passion for raising global children. Ricardo loved the concept of my book “I am Flippish!” and interviewed me for his blog.