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WIN! a Kimochis Emotion Doll!

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Sometimes it is hard to talk to our children about feelings. I mean, lets face it, sometimes we as parents, as adults have difficulty as well. Talking about feelings and emotions can sometimes be challenging for children, especially when they may not understand what they are feeling themselves.

This is why the Kimochis were created. To help parents and educators help children talk and communicate about feelings and emotions.

If you have never heard of the Kimochi (KEE. MO. CHEE), which means “feeling” in Japanese by the way – are plush, educational toys designed to help kids identify, understand, label and manage their feelings in a fun and comfortable way.

As children will often face different social and emotional challenges at school, at home, among friends or on their own, these multi-award winning educational toys are designed to get kids talking, promoting strong parent-child, teacher-child and child to child connections.

They are toys with feelings inside.


They are toys that help parents talk and teach their kids about feelings such as mad, brave, sad, uncomfortable, lonely, or frustrated, just to name a few.

As a therapist and family counsellor I am always working with young children and their families, trying to create change, communication and understanding. Within my professional role I am always looking for new ways to communicate through play with children, while similarly, help parents communicate with their children. The Kimochis allow me to do this! The Kimochi dolls are also designed for teachers to use in the classroom (any teachers out there…)

So basically each toy comes with a pack of “feelings”. Children can put all the feelings inside their doll, some of the feelings, maybe even just one. Parents can ask children, “what is cloud feeling today?” (Cloud is one of the characters, which i will explain more about further down).

If a child then says “angry”, parents can use this as a probe to ask further questions about feeling angry.

“Why is cloud feeling angry?”

“What has made cloud feel angry today?”

Little E loved putting the emotion dolls inside the Kimochis and Cat’s pouch then sorting them on the table

“What does angry look like for cloud?”

“If you had to draw angry, what would it look like?”

And the many more questions could continue!!!

What I also loved about these fabulous friends is that each Kimochi comes with a “Feel Guide”, which is basically a guide to help you use the Kimochi to it’s best. It gives instructions or ideas per say about how best to play with Kimochi. For example, one idea is:

Play Kimochis Charades! Pick a feeling and act it out. Whoever guesses it correctly goes next.

And there are ideas of how to Communicate, Connect, Practice and Create each emotion. It is just fantastic! And such a great tool!!!

these are just three of the feelings shown in the feeling guide

 When children can effectively communicate their feelings, they build confidence, self esteem and strong relationships.

the mixed feeling packs you can buy separately

Ohh and did I tell you there are 6 Kimochi friends you can choose from….

I was lucky enough to receive Cat and Bug. Let me tell you about my friends:


Cat knows what she wants. She is very persuasive.She loves to be in charge but can sometimes be a bit bossy. Cat lives in a Cherry Blossom Tree.

She likes to keep her house tidy and loves to host tea parties. Cat’s favourite number is 10, her favourite colour is purple, and she loves to snack on toasted almond cookies and warm milk.

Cat comes with five bandages to help heal hurt feelings, and three feelings: Happy, Curious and Cranky.


Bug is thoughtful and is extremely cautious. He is really smart, a skilled conversationalist and is known to talk himself and others out of any given situation, because he likes to examine all sides.

He lives in a Manzanita tree. Bug has a swimming hole with a tethered rope swing in the centre of his living room. His lucky number is 2 and his favourite colour is magenta. He loves the smell of rosemary and the taste of wildflower honey.

Bug is afraid of change and because of this, being a caterpillar is not easy for him. He is always the last one to try something new. Although Bug is afraid, he secretly dreams of flying.

Bug comes with three feelings: Happy, Brave and Left Out.

Be sure to check out the other Kimochis here

So here is the FABULOUS GIVEAWAY! The most fabulous to date!!!!

I have Cat to giveaway to one lucky reader, which includes the three feelings, Happy, Curious and Cranky, PLUS one Mixed Feelings Pack which includes

Jealous, Loved, Grateful, Scared, Shy, Make-Your-Own

big cuddles

This incredible prize is valued at $69.90.

All you have to do is tell me how you would use Kimochis Cat in your home with your family.


The other bits:

– Sign up to The Parenting Files via one of the options on the right side bar. There are a few, RSS, monthly newsletter, or email.

– Share this competition on Facebook or twitter and receive an extra entry. Just leave a comment below telling me so.

– The competition will close on Monday 26th March at 5pm.

– The winner will be drawn at random

Good luck!

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  • Narelle Rock

    I would use it to encourage my little man to go to bed with no complaints,yelling,crying or complaining!

  • Narelle Rock

    shared on FB

  • Narelle Rock

    shared on Twitter @narellerock

  • Cassandra Hay

    I’d use it to teach both kids that feelings have a name and using words is more effective than crying and screaming. Shared on Facebook :)

  • Yvette Ajani

    It would be great way to get my preppie to tell me how she felt at school during the day, and get help her to read about the feelings she was describing to me.

  • Sandy Whittington

    I would use it to help teach my 20 month old what emothions she is feeling and my 4 year old it is ok to feel different emotions just how you share them matters

  • Sandy Whittington

    Happily Shared on facebook!

  • Kristie

    I would use Cat with my daughter. She struggles to find the words when anxiousness floods her system. She gets scared and confused and we all flounder with communicating, 4 waiting lists for psychologists, perhaps Cat could get us through until then.

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  • kerry santillo

    Kimochis cat, love will come.
    When a little girl here, hurts her thumb.
    Every emotion you can show,
    A little face here, will still glow.
    A fall on her bike, a scrape on her knee
    Kimochis cat will make everything better times three ♥
    have shared on twitter @gherkkerry
    have shared on facebook, thankyou

  • Me N my Monkeys

    I Liked your Facebook page, and already follow you on twitter. :)
    This is a fantastic giveaway!

    I would use “Cat” as a security snuggle cat, for when my little guy has to give blood (He has haemochromatosis). Cat would also come in handy for when “Daddy” has to go back to work. (At the moment he is working away, making Sundays not so fun.)

  • Nadine Costelow

    I would use this gorgeous creature to help my two boys have more understanding and respect for each other and their feelings! Sometimes they can forget how thier actions can influence how the other one can feel! Shared on facebook!

  • Michelle Vamvas

    I would use it to try an help my daughter overcome her anxiety issues; she suffers from it when she is not fimiliar with surroundings or with what is going to happen next. I would use it to encourage her to express her emotions.

  • Michelle Vamvas

    Shared on FB

  • Michelle Vamvas

    Tweeted too! :)

  • Kim

    This divine doll would make a lovely addition to the family, both girls would love it and when one feels they’re getting less attention than the other, the doll will always be there for them. x
    I’ve signed up to the parentingfiles with my email
    Facebook shared – Kimba Ly
    Tweeted –!/Eignourt/status/179837132003741697

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Michelle Gray

    I would use it to help my daughter become more confident at kindergarten, she is very shy and has difficulty talking to others.

  • Michelle Gray

    signed up for the newsletter via email

  • Michelle Gray

    Shared on Facebook

  • Michelle Gray

    Shared on Twitter

  • E.

    Girl Child having a rough time with friendships at the moment. Cat is similar to Girl who is often bossy and loves purple.

    I think Cat could help Girl identify her feelings before she gets very upset.

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  • Maxabella

    These are just so special and lovely.

    I would love to give one of these as a gift to my little friend on her 1st birthday. x

  • Jess

    I think cat could help my 2 year old to understand his feelings more and (hopefully) avert even more tantrums :)

  • Jess

    signed up for emails :)

  • Jess

    I have tweeted as well

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  • michelle rivett

    This would be great to use with my son at dinner time, eating at the end of the day is always a struggle, perhaps it would help us understand how we are all feeling about this challenging time of day!

  • Nee Say

    Oh my this is so cute! My animal-mad boys would love the cat & I would use it to teach them how to express their feelings to each other rather than acting out physically with hitting and kicking. Thanks Tahlia for a great giveaway x

  • Nee Say

    Tweeted & shared on FB.

    PS I love the new look site!!!

  • Melissa Okimoto

    My little girl is just starting to understand peoples feelings and Cat would be a perfect addition to our family to explore this well, especially because we are working on her not biting people.

    What a fantastic product!!

  • Melissa Okimoto

    Signed up to your lovely email :)

  • Charlotte Lowther

    What an awesome idea! Cat sounds a bit like my daughter. Together they could have alot of fun. Miss 4 could play with Cat and use her to express her feelings and understand them better. Maybe then the tantrums would stop! Great Giveaway:)

  • Charlotte Lowther

    Email subscriber and liker on FB.

  • Colleen

    Lots of use with grandchildren both at my house and as a ‘nanna library’ loan

  • Melissa K

    Wow these are great!
    I would use it when my little ones gets cranky and start fighting over something to help them express how they feel and how to overcome the problem.
    thanks for the opportunity!

  • Candice Ecclestone

    I would use Cat with both of my boys to get them to explain to me how they are feeling. My youngest son can be were angry so this would help in me teaching him, and my eldest could learn some about other feelings which we haven’t taught him about yet.

  • Candice Ecclestone

    Shared on twitter @Candy3181

  • Candice Ecclestone

    Ive signed up via email.

  • Yvette @ DTlilsquirts

    Oh what a fabulous toy!

    I would use it with my daughter who seems to be upset, angry, distructive, sad, happy and very hyper all the time – and never quite explains why she is.. this toy would really help her communicate with me better! It would really help relieve some stress I have about what she is feeling.

  • Yvette @ DTlilsquirts

    Subscribed to RSS Feed :)

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  • Lisa wood

    I would use these dolls for my boys to be able to communicate with each other instead of getting upset towards each other!

    Shared it on Twitter


  • Actually Mummy…

    Well, seeing as GG is struggling with anger and embarassment at school just now, we would use it to help her deal with her frustrations and work out what to do to calm herself down when things don’t go her way.

  • Jax

    We would LOVE to add Cat to our home, we are big fans of the Kimochi’s since recently finding out about them! We would use ours to help our youngest children to learn more about their feelings & communicate and express them better. My son especially has problems with anxiety and is very emotional, he would definitely benefit from a great toy like this! Thanks for such a great contest, good luck to everyone who has entered! xoxo’s

    • Jax

      also, would like to add that I have subscribed as well as shared the contest/post on FB & twitter, thanks again!!!!

  • Matthew Stanley

    Shared on Facebook…

  • a.l.e.

    I would use the doll to give ME more ideas to help my 2 1/2 y.o. and 16 m.o. communicate what’s going on with them. I feel like we’re going in circles with “happy,” “sad,” “frustrated,” and “mad.” I would also like to give THEM an outlet besides Mommy to help process big emotion.

  • Mariyana Petrova

    We would use it as a cuddle toy! My daughter needs it!

  • kathy kingcott

    my son is very quiet and doesnt express himself very well, this mite help me to come out a bit and help us as well

  • Melissa K

    have subscribed via email also.

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  • Amanda

    I have signed for newsletter, joined u on facebook and shared.
    I would use Kimochis Cat to help my 6 year old son with Aspergers and ADHD to deal with his emotions and communication skills (or lack of) with his peers……thankyou for the chance

  • Jess

    I’ve been a bit lost just lately with my Bridie (who is cat to a tee.) Maybe talking about feelings would help her? I’m at the point where I really have no idea what to do. :(

  • Jess

    Have tweeted :)

  • Kimberly B.

    I would use this to prevent melt downs before they happen, by talking about their feelings and expressing what is making them cranky. I would also use this to role play with my children about their feelings.

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  • Laureny

    This would help my little man to express himself when he loses control of his emotions – the fact that it looks like our cat is a bonus!

  • Laureny

    Shared on twitter.

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  • Michelle

    Cat’s personality sounds very similar to my daughter. I would use Cat to help her with her bossiness and to express her conflicting emotions about her new little brother who she loves but has to learn to share people and things with.

  • Michelle

    Shared on twitter.

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  • TC

    I need a loving doll for my little man so he can sleep for more than 30mins please and also no more fights with his older sister over her panda doll during sleep time :)

  • TC

    Shared on FB

  • Cate Russell

    Discussing feelings would help my young book to become more self aware as he grows up. So important!

    • Cate Russell

      ,I should reread before posting- of course I meant ‘young boy’.

  • Jess

    Has the winner been drawn for this giveaway? I’m so hoping to win this for my little boy :)

    • Tahlia

      hi jess, yes the winner has been drawn. I am sorry to say you were not the lucky one this time round. I am launching another giveaway in another day or so, so stay tuned.

      There were so many people who just loved this kimochi doll and i would love to be able to give one to everyone.

      take care

  • Jess

    Thanks for your reply :) I have been stalking for news of the winner- congrats to them.
    I will keep an eye out for your next giveaway.