Friday, October 5, 2012

Review: Monkeez Makes a Difference!

Ethan really loves monkeys, so he was thrilled when this new friend showed up on our doorstep recently-

His new monkey, which he's creatively named "Ethan", is soft and cuddly and has magnets in his feet and hands- great for giving hugs and hanging from chairs! But this monkey (who actually is named Rufus) is so much more than just a toy. It's part of a great program called Monkeez Makes a Difference. Here's a bit about this program, from a press release that I received:

The fun and education starts with the purchase of a Genuine Monkeez and Friends plush character featuring a special Monkeez Makes a Difference tag, which are available at and at independent retailers across the country. There are more than 90 plush designs in multiple sizes to choose from in the program, including characters such as monkeys, owls, bears, lions, dogs, cats, pigs, cows, octopuses, panda bears, kangaroos, turtles, koalas, alligators, hedgehogs, elephants, hippos, zebras, frogs, bunnies and raccoons. New pint-sized pals are also part of the program, featuring smaller sizes, soft fabric and retail prices starting at just $8. Each specially marked character comes with a unique online game activation code on the tag. The products’ suggested retail prices range from $2.99 to $100, and are available at and independent retailers across the country.

With an adult’s help, children follow the instructions on the tag and visit There, they can enter the code and watch videos about each charity that partners with Monkeez Makes a Difference, including Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Samaritan’s Purse and Best Friends Animal Society.

Children can select which charity they would like to contribute to, and Monkeez Makes a Difference donates 10 percent of the wholesale cost on their behalf. By selecting the charity of their choice, children unlock the door to an interactive and educational online world. Children can revisit as many times as they’d like to play educational games and learn more about what they can do to help others.

Monkeez Makes a Difference also extends the experience to the local level, helping children to make a difference at home, at school and in their communities every day with Do Good Cards. Available in 15 different packs, each Do Good Card set contains challenges that consist of simple, but meaningful, tasks, such as, “Today at lunch, look around. Invite a child that is sitting alone to sit with you.” When children have completed each challenge and talked about the experience with their parents, they receive the trading card, which can be redeemed at to receive incentives to continue making a difference.
It's really important to my husband and I to teach our kids to give back to their community and those in need, and this program is such a fun way to do that! I love the idea of combining a cute toy and giving to others- perfect combination! 

The holiday season is coming up- keep Monkeez and friends in mind for your gifts!

Disclosure: I received this toy to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone!