Kid playing with the Nesting Fruit | Source: Learning Resources

It’s never too early to start teaching little ones about their emotions — or that fruit can be fun! 

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is one of the most crucial aspects of development for young kids, especially in their first years of life. Learning Resources is here to help parents get their kids in touch with their feelings and better understand the emotions of those around them with the Big Feelings Nesting Fruit Friends. 

These plastic fruit toys introduce toddlers ages 18 months and up to the 10 most common human emotions while offering the classic toddler play pattern of nesting and stacking items. Smiles, laughs, frowns, and other facial expressions are plastered on to these adorable fruits, which fit inside each other. 

The full set includes an apple, a pineapple, a strawberry, a grape, and a melon that each have faces on both sides to indicate opposing emotions. For example, the grape has a smiley face on one side, while the other side has an unamused expression. 

The Big Feelings Nesting Fruit Friends are designed just like wooden nesting dolls we’ve all seen before. Kids have the ability to enclose each fruit inside of one another to help them better understand concepts such as shapes, colors, and spatial awareness. The fruits are also textured, which makes the pieces easier for tiny toddler hands to grab. Kids can easily place them on top of one another without the need of attachments like snaps or ribs to connect. Just like the wooden nesting dolls, it’s as simple as placing the end of one fruit to another and voila! This makes them the perfect activity for parents looking to hone their little ones’ fine motor skills

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Kids can become easily enthralled by stacking these colorful fruits on top of one another and seeing their hilariously drawn faces. Parents can play along with their kids by giving each fruit its own fun voice and emoting each emotion. Not only will it add to the fun of the Nesting Fruit Friends, but it can also help kids better contextualize the feelings each fruit’s face is made to emote. The set also comes with a guidebook to help parents get a better grasp on how they can make the playing experience even more fun.  

These easily graspable, adorable fruit pals are here to help kids harness the power of SEL by introducing them to the intricacies of human feelings. Whether your kid is screaming at the top of their lungs or laughing until their sides hurt, they’ll know exactly what emotion they’re feeling thanks to the Big Feelings Nesting Fruit Friends.

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Omar Letson

Omar Letson

Omar is an editorial intern at Adventure Media & Events, writing content for The Pop Insider, The Toy Insider, and The Toy Book. Attending the Savannah College of Art and Design, he plans to pursue a career in magazine journalism. Previously, Omar interned for entertainment news website TV-Tea and for Spitfire Strategies, a public interest communications firm. His favorite TV shows are RuPaul’s Drag Race, Absolutely Fabulous, and WandaVision.