Disclaimer: I received the AmiGami Monkey and Giraffe kit for free in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.
I had the opportunity to trial an AmiGami Monkey and Giraffe Kit.
I had not heard of them before and neither had my daughter or granddaughter but they looked cute.
My granddaughter thought they were cool too so I signed up.
After all trialing products is about reviewing the newest items on the market and while this post might seem so unrelated to homesteading, read on.
The Arrival Of The AmiGami Monkey And Giraffe Kit
When the box that contained the AmiGami arrived I was thrilled.
I loved the brightly colored box the toys came in – and the kits looked way awesome.
I wanted to play with them but I was hoping to get to see my granddaughter Trinity so I put it off.
Then the weekend came and I was able to see her so I went ahead and opened one of the AmiGami kits – the monkey, which was meant for her baby sister – and Jeffrey Rhoades and I decorated it using the stickers and papers that came with it.
I now have it sitting on my printer waiting for Trinity who I am sure will redesign it but that is ok.
That is what these toys are meant to have done to them.
I really like the kit too but there were a couple of things I did not like – so let me share the pros and cons of the AmiGami with you after I share this video with you of Jeffrey and I figuring out how to design our own AmiGami Monkey.
Who knew that a kids toy could really be so much fun?!
Even though there were some aspects that we didn’t care for, overall we had a blast exploring this wonderful toy!
AmiGami Monkey And Giraffe Product Review
As with any toy, there are always going to be pros and cons.
Honestly, your pros may not be the same as mine but I still thought it was important to tell you what we did, and didn’t like, about the toy.
What We Liked About The AmiGami Toy
- I love the brightly colored animal shapes.
- The stickers are a plastic type of material that won’t easily tear.
- The colors of the papers are vibrant and wild – like some of the animals.
- The packaging is very compact and doesn’t waste materials.
- The AmiGamis are fun to play with and they encourage you to use your imagination.
- The head on the animals turns so that encourages play.
What We Didn’t Like About The AmiGami Toy
- The paper pieces are hard to separate. I almost tore my monkey’s tail so I can only imagine what a hard time a 6-year-old would have.
- The stickers are only good for three uses.
- The plastic pieces used to attach the paper pieces to the animals are very small and I can see how easy it would be to lose them.
My Final Thoughts About The AmiGami Monkey And Giraffe
Now, as you can see, the pros really outweighed the cons.
In my opinion, it’s a great and imaginative toy for any child to explore.
Our granddaughter seemed to really enjoy it as well and spent hours playing with it, too.
Overall I really love the AmiGami.
They are cute and a lot of fun to decorate.
I feel they will encourage your child to use their imagination and to play for hours on end.
They are a lot of fun for adults too so I believe these will encourage parent or grandparent and child playtime.
This is the coolest toy I have seen in years!
I know that because of this toy, we got some really great bonding time in with our granddaughter.
That to me, is a total toy win!
So What Does An AmiGami Have To Do With Homesteading?
While initially this post might seem like it is way off base for a homesteading site, let’s face it, a lot of homesteaders have children or grandchildren who either live on their homestead or visit.
While most kids who live on a homestead or even visit one do help out, kids still need some down time.
I feel like the AmiGami really promotes individually because kids can decorate their animal and then redecorate it if they don’t get it right the first time to make it look the way they want it to.
When it comes to choosing toys for my grandkids, I ask myself two things – is it educational or does it inspire creativity?
If either question is a yes, then the toy is a win.
Creativity – or learning to think outside the box – is an essential skill for homesteaders who are truly striving to love on a self-sufficient homestead.
Education is also very important because let’s face it, a lot of research is needed to learn homesteading skills and to learn how to deal with certain issues that arise on a homestead, such as figuring out how to trim goat hooves when you’ve never done it before.
So, as you can see, even toys belong on a homestead, but it is important to think about the toys you choose and be selective so your money is invested wisely.
After all, there is no point in your child or grandchild’s toy box is not over run with toys they just won’t like, especially when there are so many outdoor adventures for kids to do on a homestead.