I work with young children. I’ve worked with children from newborns to teens. Currently I am working with children from grades Kindergarten (5 years old) to fifth grade (10/11 years old). I am also a mom to two young adults, so I have first hand experience with newborns to the “terrible teens,” and beyond.
It’s not always easy for a child to express their emotions, especially little ones. I have one kindergartener in our program who especially has a hard time expressing how he feels. He tends to keep feelings inside, and when they finally come to a head he has a major tantrum – either crying uncontrollably, or he gets very angry and starts throwing things around and pushing things away (even people).
It’s not always easy for little ones to tell you that they are feeling sad, mad, scared, happy… and so forth. Grown ups might think it’s easy for them, but it’s not. Even at five years old, the world is still relatively new to them.
Now with the craziness of COVID, and remote learning, I think children are more confused than ever about how they are truly feeling. They might get their emotions mixed up and not know the right words for how they feel inside.
There is an adorable toy that can help a child express how they are truly feeling. This is very helpful for parents, caregivers, teachers and other people, like me, who work with children.
The toy is called WhatsItsFace. WhatsItsFace is a line of plush animals. Feelings such as happiness, sadness, surprised, angry, amused, and sleepy can all be expressed with just the twist of a knob and the flip of a face on WhatsItsFace.
WhatsItsFace is available in the form of a puppy, kitten, or teddy bear. Each one has six different emotional expressions that can help a child express emotions, learn empathy skills, and help with an creative playtime.
Here is a little more information about WhatsItsFace.
Despite the popularity of tech toys and WiFi-powered gadgets, old fashioned stuffed animals are still a child’s first best friend. Whatsitsface gives teddy a twist with a rotating option to turn a frown into a smile on a whim. The trio of snuggly stuffed animals was created by Colorado mom and businesswoman Joanna Paul to help her own kids enjoy imaginative play while improving their emotional intelligence (also known as EQ).
That EQ growth is even more important during these stay-at-home days and the expansion of online learning. “Watching your kids engage with a physical toy in the physical world — instead of being plugged-in — is what childhood is all about,” suggests Paul, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Whatsitsface. “Having a plush to cuddle and to actually communicate with really brings our stuffed animals to life, extending playtime and nurturing social and emotional development.”
Early childhood experts agree that interactive play is an important factor in the developmental growth of a child. Being able to express themselves through the facial expressions of their doll is a welcomed gift. Just ask any parent of a toddler.
I was sent a WhatsItsFace to review. I received the kitten (we have six cats, so naturally I would gravitate towards the cat).
As a plush toy, the WhatsItsFace is really cute. It’s a bit on the heavy side. I think that is because it needs to hold up the different face “plates.”
Using WhatsItsFace is so simple. To change the expression on it’s face, simply twist the plastic star shape that is located on the top of it’s head. When you turn it, the face plates move too. Once you get to where you want to go, simply stop turning the star.
There are three face “plates,” and each plate has two different expressions. The plates flip over to reveal another expression.
I found this video on YouTube that gives you a better example of how it works.
I think that all of the expressions are adorable, even the mad and sad ones.
When you first get the toy the plastic star on top of it’s head, and the face plates, are a bit stiff. The more you play with it, the better it gets.
I like that the face plates are soft and plush just like the rest of the toy. The toy makers could have left it plastic, but they went a step further and made them soft and fuzzy too.
Check out some of the expressions, and you’ll see what I mean about how adorable they are.
I forgot to take a photo of the “mad” face.
As you can see, WhatsItsFace is not only a super adorable toy and plush “friend” for your child/grandchild, it also has other purposes.
This is also an award winning toy.
As a parent, and someone who works with children, I can see why this toy is winning awards. I love that it teaches children about the various emotions, in hopes that it helps children to not only better understand their emotions, but also the emotions of others (empathy).
If you are interested in learning more about this remarkable toy, please visit WhatsItsFace.com. The toy can also be found on Facebook and Instagram. You can find those links on the bottom of their website.
What do you think about this toy? Does it look like a toy you’d like to get for your child/grandchild?
*I received a free sample product to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.