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Mindful playmate: Character reminds kids to breathe

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Little kids can feel stress, too, but how can parents help them to practice anxiety-reducing, mindful practices like breathing exercises?

That’s where Luna Petunia, a new talking toy from Funrise, really shines. When Luna runs into problems in her animated show on Netflix, she reminds herself not to panic by repeating her mantra, “Stop, breathe, believe!” Children can hear the 14-inch-tall doll repeat this catchphrase (among others) by pressing her key-shaped necklace.

In the show, Luna passes from real life to the animated world of Amazia through a petunia portal, where she has adventures with her friends. The show’s floral motif is incorporated in her tutu-style skirt which is topped with satin flower petals.

Luna has shimmering blue hair, and sports glittery purple, translucent rain boots and lots of bracelets. A colorful toy for children ages 3 and older, Luna’s movable arms and legs make her akin to an action figure with an adorably oversize head. Luna Petunia is a comforting gift idea for a special tot that could use an encouraging word and a smile.

Luna Petunia doll by Funrise, $15.99, www.target.com.

Updated 5:05 pm, July 9, 2018
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