Currently in its fifth year, IKEA’s new limited edition SAGOSKATT collection features five soft toys designed by children from across the globe. Incredibly, the judges had to sift through 87,000 pieces of art (entered in a drawing competition) before deciding upon their favourites which include a pink unicorn, a rainbow coloured shark, a mischievous blue monster, a hedgehog hybrid dinosaur (of course that’s a thing!) and a spotted seal.
“It is incredibly fun to look at all the drawings and select the five winners. And hard! There are so many fantastic drawings to choose from. This year we saw a lot of unicorns and monsters and rainbow coloured creatures in the selection. But also owls and penguins,”says Children’s IKEA product developer Bodil Fritjofsson.
“I drew a pink unicorn named Pink Unicorn who loves to fly in the sky. I hope other children in the world can play with my soft toy with me,” says China’s Peixin, 5, of her design.
“I drew a little shark because I love swimming and want to swim together with the little shark. During the days I think he is travelling under the sea,” says South Korea’s Jimin, 9, of his creation.
“My seal’s name is Unda. Unda is very friendly and when it is happy, it pats its belly with a flipper. It can do a lot of funny tricks, such as flipping a fish on its nose. Fish are her best friend and for this reason Unda always carries one in its pocket,” says Poland’s Natalia, 8, of her creation.
Not only are the soft toys super cute but IKEA are donating the full purchase price of SAGOSKATT globally to local children’s charties. IKEA Australia will donate all proceeds to Save the Children Australia and UNICEF Australia.
And just like last year, where over 5,000 toys were donated to children in need across Australia, IKEA will have donation boxes at each store’s exit where you can donate any IKEA soft toy or book. All of the toys and books collected will be donated to four Australian charities in the lead-up to Christmas – Camp Quality, Special Olympics, Red Cross and Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
Time to start the Christmas shopping for the little people in your life?