Who knew that UNICEF made their own line of kids’ toys? One day after a conference in New York’s UNICEF building, I wandered around their gift shop to kill time. I came upon the expected greeting cards and handmade place-mats from far away lands; however, I was really surprised to find UNICEF toys that replicated life as an aid worker. There were miniature versions of the infamous United Nations SUVs, village school houses and even a giant UNICEF airplane. I snatched up several items for my foster kids.
The UNICEF soft school house (no longer made) is always the first thing parents ask me about when the walk into our home. Kids too flock to the UNICEF toys and they love playing “helper” and “helpee.” Below is a list of the most popular UNICEF toys in my house at this time:
World UNICEF Puzzle 1 of 10
With 500 pieces, this puzzle with keep your older kids busy exploring the world and its many cultures.
Available at the UNICEF gift shop for $4.49.
Matching UNICEF Food Game 2 of 10
For ages 3+.
Can be purchased here at the UNICEF store for $6.99.
Make My Day Interactive UNICEF Chart 3 of 10
This chart has really helped my foster kids (and me!) keep the day organized and smooth. The dials that display the date and season, weather and clothing options, moods and activities. An Oppenheim Best Toy Award Winner. Available at the UNICEF store for $6.99.
UNICEF Toy Car 4 of 10
A tiny pull-back and go UNICEF car. For Ages 3+.
Buy from the UK UNICEF store for 3.95 pounds.
Full Set of UNICEF Transport Vehicles 5 of 10
Contains a helicopter, Land Rover, forklift, truck, trailer and various accessories made from metal and plastic parts. Laminated paper play mat: 80 x 60cm. Scale sizes: 1:43 and 1:60. Model sizes - helicopter: 20.5cm, Land
Also available at the UK UNICEF store for 16.95 pounds.
UNICEF Dominos 6 of 10
Large domino pieces which are good for all ages.
Available at the UK UNICEF for $8.50.
Simple UNICEF Puzzles for The Little Ones 7 of 10
We love these 10 puzzles made for children 18 months and older!
Available at the UK UNICEF store for 9.95 pounds.
Circle of Friends UNICEF Lunch Bag 8 of 10
Sooo cute. A UNICEF exclusive design.
Available at the UNICEF store for $12.00.
Color Your Own UNICEF Puzzle 9 of 10
New from UNICEF, we haven't tried this one yet but it looks like fun. First solve the jigsaw, when that's done, flip the whole thing over to reveal an outline print to color in with the pack of pencils provided.
Pick one up at the UK UNICEF 4.95 pounds.
UNICEF Children’s Cookbook 10 of 10
It's a framed board with easel or hook for hanging, plus 9 magnets to designate date and special days (Not intended for little ones).
Pick up one at the UK UNICEF shop for 1.95 pounds.
If you’re ever in New York, visit the Danny Kaye Visitors Center at UNICEF House to learn about UNICEF’s work and history. The exhibit is free and is located at 3 UN Plaza on 44th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues.
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