The children’s storytelling box, Tonies has gifted pre-schools and nurseries that were kept open during the UK’s lockdown a selection of Tonieboxes in a show of gratitude to the support they have offered to key worker parents over the past months.
During the pandemic, Tonies donated 50 children’s audio systems to UK nurseries and pre-schools, allowing kids to engage with their favourite stories and characters. The Toniebox also allows parents, family members and friends to record messages, which can be uploaded via the free Tonie-App.
Kelly Burton, the manager at Alphabet House Day Nursery in Lowdham, Nottinghamshire, and one of the nurseries to receive the Toniebox donation, said: “The Toniebox enabled the children to receive messages from their parents and carers in a fun way. At a time when they were experiencing lots of change in their lives, these messages helped the children to feel comforted during their day. The children also had lots of fun recording themselves and listening to songs and stories. They loved operating the Toniebox and it greatly helped them develop their ICT and thinking skills.”
Manon Sel, Tonies’ general manager for the UK, said: “We are thrilled to have been able to support so many nurseries, preschools and children across the UK. It’s been a very difficult few months for both parents and children, donating our Tonieboxes to help entertain and inspire young minds, was the least that we could do.”
In April, Tonies launched its Record and Share for the NHS campaign to help raise money for the NHS, while also trying to keep children entertained and connected. Working with celebrities such as Ruth Jones, Griff Rhys Jones, Suki Waterhouse and Jane Horrocks, as well as key workers, Tonies recorded them reading their favourite childhood story.
Tonies also worked with Giles Pyley Phillips over lockdown to create an audio book explaining the coronavirus for children that was available for free download for the Creative-Tonie.