Introducing Monsters to Toddlers (#KinderMom Style)

As a first post after a very challenging time in our little family’s life, I couldn’t be happier to write about a great company and fun launch. Kinder has teamed up with Monsters University to introduce for the first time (ever!) 100% licensed toys in their Kinder eggs.

I have to be honest with you; my kids have yet to see Monsters Inc., let alone Monsters University. My oldest may very well be able to get through the movie and love it, so we are planning a ‘mommy and me’ movie date. Our twins are not ready for a fast paced movie yet since they are so young. But I will say that they have all seen the characters around and they think they are funny and goofy looking. So, when I knew that Kinder would be sending us Kinder Surprise eggs filled with Monsters University characters, I was so happy for them!

 As far as monsters go, this is their introduction! Of course there are characters from Sesame Street and The Muppets, but I think this is the first time, they are ‘seeing’ them as monsters. So this has brought up some interesting chats.
“Are monsters real?”
“Are these monsters real?”
“Where do these monsters come from?”
Short from trampling all their imagination and naiveté, I have kept my answers simple and vague. These monsters are part of a story and monsters are not real, they are just pretend. It seems easier to rationalize these concepts with books. But when the characters have a voice and a personality that shines through animation film, it gets complicated. Ah, introducing monsters to toddlers…it’s just part of the joys of parenting…!
The other thing I like to remind them about is when they play ‘monster’ with Papa MOE. My kids just love when my husband runs around trying to catch them. He does his best growling monster impression and they go crazy for it! So, of course, that is the very first ‘monster’ they know – their own father! It’s easy to explain that Papa MOE is not a real monster, he is just pretending.

So if your children are too young to see Monsters University, I still would recommend the new collection of Kinder Specialty eggs. It’s a great way to show your kids that monsters can simply be goofy characters that can be just as much fun to play with as any other character. It will bring a smile to their face, guaranteed!

 Be sure to collect your Monsters University toy characters in the Kinder Specialty eggs out now. There are 12 limited edition toys to collect, and you can take a sneak peek on the Kinder Canada Facebook Page.
Disclosure: I’m part of the KINDER® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.


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