GIANTmicrobes has to be one of the most interesting web sites I have ever visited.It both fascinated and disturbed me all at the same time.Upon first click, I was wowed by a huge assortment of adorable plush toys and mesmerized by the animated versions of their vinyl figurines.These toys are seriously cute and clever. Giant microbes.com carries a diverse array of “microbes” divided into many categories, including Calamities (eg. the common cold), Critters (eg. the Bed Bug), and Aquatics (eg. the one-celled amoeba), just to name a few.Whether you’re looking for a fun representation of the culprit behind the “kissing disease” or want to place a giant “fat cell” in the kitchen to convince yourself to close the fridge door, this site is for you.These giant microbes are designed to accurately, yet artistically, depict the microscopic versions of these creepy crawlies and even come with a mini pamphlet with real images and information regarding the real-life microbe. So, you’re wondering why I was disturbed if these things are so cute?Well, for instance, the oh so precious plush pink bug is actually cimex lectularius, the common bed bug.The adorable vinyl version of cimex lectularius, complete with sleep cap and blankie, is appropriately named “Nibble.” As I said, these things are adorably clever, but I can’t deny I felt a teensy bit itchy while looking at Nibble!
I was sent the Giant microbes Original 5-7 inch orange, plush amoeba to review. Okay, I have to admit that I originally was a bit skeptical as to the entertainment value of the stuffed amoeba, especially for the toddler crowd.After all, we’re essentially talking about a giant, plush version of a microscopic blob.Well, this is one mom who can admit when she’s wrong.I was pleasantly surprised at the “cuteness factor” that oozed from my amoeba.My almost 1 year old was immediately smitten.The bright orange color apparently caught her eye and many wet kisses soon followed. It is one toy that gets many a second glance when we’re strolling the aisles at the local Target.Although my kids are quite little right now, I like that the educational value of this toy will soon increase.Once the wet kisses dry up, our stuffed amoeba will become an important visual representation of when my kids are introduced to the wonders of Biology in middle school.