A day with fun mail, not a bill or notice or advertisement for a new furniture store, is a somewhat rare day lately. It is even rarer for the fun mail to be for the kids.
This particular day was one of those extremely rare days. The kids were vibrating with excitement to see what was in the box, and even more so once it was opened.
I am always in search of sensory items, things which may make our day a bit easier or fulfill a need one of the kids seems to crave. I have found that sometimes the best items are not marketed as such. When I was given the opportunity to review a Tiny Headed Kingdom stuffed animal, from Calendars.com, I hoped it would become one of those items.
The stuffed animal arrived quickly, and thrilled its new owner – Jack. However, an custody battle quickly ensued with joint custody being negotiated between Jack and George. It was cute … until it wasn’t.
Apparently both were drawn to the large stuffed animal, “Twist”, thinking they could provide the best care to the newest member of our household.
Twist even came with information about his origin, his birth date, and a bit about his personality. Jack loved the silliness of one of the stories involving Twist, mentioning it again that night at bedtime.
When I mentioned the Tiny Headed Kingdom animals being large, I am not talking about baby doll big. When the kids were sitting down, Twist easily covered Jack’s face. When I held him, I was able to see over his head, but could have rested my chin on it.
While Twist is large in size, he seems to have worked hard to keep the weight off, as he does not weigh much. (I tried weighing him on our scale but he would not register. My guess is a pound or less.) If you are looking for weight as a sensory input, this stuffed animal is not for you. However, if you are looking for something to cuddle, to be able to add pressure to your chest or arms while squeezing (Proprioceptive), these animals would be perfect.
George, our lover of all things stuffed, was quickly found with his arms wrapped fully around Twist, watching t.v. After an argument, again over ownership of Twist was settled, all was right with the world … and Twist was back in Jack’s bubble of ownership.
Even I was able to cuddle with Twist while watching t.v., after both kids were asleep, feeling fully like I was hugging something, not a limp rag and air. His stuffing, while not heavy, is dense enough to push back when given a hug or carried around.
At night, Twist can now be found in Jack’s room, next to his pillow. One of my hopes for Twist, and the reason I “gave” him to Jack, was to help Jack gain a sense of something being near him while he is sleeping. He often seeks out a wall, bed, table, etc. when asleep, only resting fully once he finds an object which will not move.
In the end, Twist did not quite fulfill the need I was looking for in regards to Jack. I think his weight needs to be more. Jack did like the soft texture of his fur, though, as well as his size.
As for custody of said Tiny Headed Kingdom animal, for now he resides with Jack. I do not foresee George taking over care, as Jack has fallen in love, in his own way.
In the photo above, Tiny’s belly is actually pure white. My camera was having trouble with it and the red curtains behind it. So, while it looks to have a grey spot, in reality it is pure white. Next time I will know not to sit him next to red curtains. 😉
For the price of the Tiny Headed Kingdom stuffed animals, if you are solely looking for a new stuffed animal for a lover of plush, you might do better looking elsewhere. If you are looking for something which feels denser than air, is great to cuddle with, is unusual, will withstand daily use, and ships quickly, then this would meet your needs.
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