I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for ways to teach my children the importance of helping others. Monkeez Makes A Difference is a charitable program that makes helping others (philanthropy) not only educational but also fun!
The website www.monkeezandfriends.com teaches children how important it is to help others by using kid-friendly tools like online games, real-life challenges and great looking stuffed animals. Monkeez Makes A Difference also makes a special donation, in your child’s name, to a national charity that he/she chooses!
So now you are probably thinking “How does this all work?”
Well it all starts with purchasing a genuine Monkeez or one of their friends. There are more than 90 different plush animals to choose from including bears, monkeys, owls, turtles, octopuses, kangaroos, alligators hedgehogs and MORE! With so many options you are sure to find the perfect little critter for your little critter.
The sizes of the stuffed animals range from pint-sized for around $8 to much larger animals which sell for around $100.
Each Monkeez animal comes with a special tag. Children, along with an adults help, follow the instructions located on the tag. Once they are on the MonkeezandFriends website, they can enter that code in and watch videos about each of the charities that partner with Monkeez Makes A Difference. The 3 charities are: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Smaratain’s Purse and Best Friends Animal Society. Once your child has selected the charity they would like to contribute to, Monkeez Makes A Difference contributes to the charity on your child’s behalf.
Once your child has picked their charity to donate to, a whole new on-line world is opened up to them. They can visit www.monkeezandfriends.com as often as they like to play educational games and learn more about helping others.
Not only are these Monkeez and Friends stuffed animals super cute, but they have such a great purpose too. Everyone wants their kids to be conscious of other people and to be helpful to others.
We received a turtle and an owl Monkeez. I went through the whole process of choosing a charity with both my children. We sat down together and watched the 3 different videos. I was surprised that they were so excited to be able to choose where their donation would be going. After going through all 3 videos, my children each chose a charity.
My son, being an animal lover, naturally chose the Best Friends Animal Society.
My daughter, who has a compassionate heart and cannot stand to see anyone suffer, had a bit of a harder choice but decided on Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
Both kids have enjoyed playing the games on the Monkeez and Friends website. They are also very excited to show off their stuffed turtle and owl to others and to tell them the story behind them.
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