Giant Microbes have released new designs including a foetal human being with a gorgeous glowing heartbeat. These scientifically-accurate and downright adorable toys are cuddly, whimsical, and educational. A perfect gift idea for any science-loving parent or child.
In a few months my daughter will celebrate her first birthday and of course I want to give her something fun, cute, and cuddly but I also want it to be a meaningful keepsake. The answer came with the discovery of Giant Microbes toys, that we first spotted in 2011.
Giant Microbes are gorgeous plush toys that represent parts of the living world usually invisible to the human eye such as amoebas, blood cells, or flu germs. They are designed on real microscopic images of the microbes they represent, with some whimsical personality elements added. So the measles toy is covered in spots and the ovum wears a pink bow, while remaining scientifically-based. These toys are wonderful for engaging children with the wonders of the hidden world that exists all around us.
Plus they are such a great gift idea. The fetus, ovum, sperm, DNA, or stem cell toys are perfect for baby showers. The health microbes such as a common cold or antibody can bring some cheer and cuddles to sick children while teaching them about what is happening inside their body.
Each Giant Microbe comes with an information card to help inspire and inform young minds about the importance of this microscopic world and in turn how we can keep nasty microbes at bay with good hygiene. A toy that will make the kids want to wash their hands? Yes please!
So which one did I pick for my little one on her first birthday? Such a tough choice, but I settled on the stem cell because when I look at her I see so much potential, so many opportunities and adventures lie ahead. She can grow to be whatever she wants to be, just like a stem cell. How perfect.
You can see the full range of Giant Microbes toys at their main Giant Microbes website, which ships worldwide. However, they also have an Australian Giant Microbes website that has a limited range but much lower delivery costs.