A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by Dessi Donkova, a mom of two and the Founder of Good For Kids, a socially responsible startup dedicated to creating products that are good for kids. She recently launched a Kickstarter campaign on May 8th that aims to inspire children to eat healthy through reading and imaginative play. Through this Kickstarter campaign, she hopes to raise the money to help fund her product and book. After watching her promotional video and checking out her website, I was excited to help support her with her product of helping children learn to eat healthy.
Thank you Dessi for your written guest post below!
We all want our kids to grow up happy and healthy and a good, wholesome diet is so important for their physical, mental and emotional well-being and development. But getting kids to eat their nutritious meal is not always so easy. In fact, when is the last time you remember that your kids came to you and said: “Gee, Mom (or Dad) thanks for all of the yummy veggies you prepared for dinner!” The reality is that we live in a world filled with countless unhealthy temptations that even grown-ups find difficult to resist. So how can we teach children about good nutrition in a simple, fun and unobtrusive way? How can we encourage them to love and appreciate healthy foods from an early age?
Years ago, I came up with the idea of creating a healthy eating toy and book that can inspire little girls and boys to make healthy food choices through reading and imaginative play. As a mom, I’ve struggled to get my girls to eat more fruits and veggies and I wanted to create something engaging and adorable that could gently raise healthy eating awareness. After almost a year of hard work, I am delighted to share that I have created “The World’s First Healthy Eating Doll”. Her name is Summer and she is a smart magnetic doll that can easily tell which foods are good for her. Summer comes with a set of 20 colorful, wooden toy foods and a charming shopping bag. Healthy foods like apples, carrots, tomatoes, blueberries and broccoli stick to her mouth so she can “eat” them. If the doll is offered a lollipop however, she will not take it. The effect of tasting and touching the foods is accomplished through the use of hidden magnets, that are safely and inconspicuously embedded in the mouth and the hands of the doll. Summer can easily pick up healthy foods with her hands and bring them to her mouth. We all know that kids learn best by example and Summer is such a wonderful friend and role model to have!
I also wrote the children’s picture book Healthy Foods Are Fun to Eat. The book is filled with bouncy rhymes and gorgeous illustrations made entirely of fruits and veggies. It features food art created by over 10 talented artists from all around the world!
My hope is that the book and the toy can help open a conversation about healthy foods and the benefits of eating more colorful, delicious fruits and veggies. I have dreamt of bringing this unique idea to life for a long time now and I am so excited to be launching it! Right now, the doll and the book are available to pre-order on Kickstarter and I would be thrilled if you could check them out, support and share my positive message of wholesome eating.
Thank you for joining me on this exciting journey of teaching our kids to eat well and good health to all!