Disclosure: This is a review, the product mentioned was sent to us to review. But I loved it and thought you and/or your children would too.
Just at the beginning of the school year my kids got a surprise at the front door. Build-a-Bear Workshop wanted to start their education off with a great big splash and had sent us some of their new Summer pals. The kids were definitely excited with their new-found-friends especially Mr.Nicoli once his siblings were at school he decided to help himself to see what was inside this “special package” we’d got that his siblings wanted to open so badly, but since he’d been in tears at the beginning of them going back to school I had told them that he would get the honors of opening it the following day so when they went off to school he’d have something fun to do. Boy did he too. By the way, Build-a-Bear Workshop now has puppets. I’m not sure if they always have or if this was something new but to me it was definitely new and I love it. With a toddler puppets can definitely come in handy as you can instruct them to chat with the little ones and they always talk back to the puppets even if it is toddler talk.
What did they get? Well first each box had a Build-a-Bear signature home inside, so they go to open a box and then the house to see what Build-a-Bear character they would actually get. We had the Toothy the Shark puppet, The Octo Fun Octopus (not a puppet) and of course the Sea Splash Dolphin puppet. They got them just a week after Shark week so the kids were already talking about sharks in school or their friends were talking about television shows that had shark week. We do not have cable so we would’ve missed all that. At first Nicoli had no clue how to respond to the shark because of his big toothy grin, I guess he thought it would eat him. He eventually warmed up to him and kept trying to feed him everything. Little A couldn’t wait to get his hands on the shark, he loved him from the get go and loved him even more when he realized it was a puppet and he could make him chomp around the room picking up his little brother’s megabloks.
I had already known who would take claim to Octo because she was pink in color and ya’ll know Little BabyGirl adores anything pink. She quickly grabbed her up and gave her a hug. I think it is neat to see even as a pre-teen Build-a-Bear still gets the same reception as always. Warms my heart to know my girls still love stuffed animals. Octo is actually really soft and squishy which makes her an even better stuffed animal to BabyGirl, she currently sits at the top of BabyGirl’s pillow. These were definitely a hit. The dolphin became another of Nicoli’s favorites but his big sister, BalletGirl has taken that one. I love the shiny coat of the dolphin and I think that is what attracted her too. Each one has their forever home but you can see the pictures of the kids and how much they loved them to judge for yourself. We absolutely love Build-a-Bear and always will, I love all the new animals they always have popping up and older ones. I can only picture what they will have coming out for Halloween and Christmas this year. Kind of excited. In the meantime now I can teach more about dolphins, sharks and octopus to my kids and have something to base them off of. Do you ever do that? Base education off a toy or a movie you get? Which of the three would be your child’s favorite?
How can this educate?
For me I will take the stuffed animal and use them as a theme. Now you have the dolphin so do a lesson on dolphins for that age group. Make some dolphin crafts, teach them what they eat, what are they, how do they swim, etc. Almost any toy can be used to educate a child, you just have to figure out the right angle. Plus, once you have a stuffed toy and are doing lessons on them there are tons of movies/cartoons that you can also use to instill even more knowledge. You can even feed them snacks like they would eat or in the shape of them.
Dolphin movies: DolphinTale, DolphinTale2, Flipper comes to mind.
Shark movies: SharkTale, The Reef.
Octopus movies: Who Lives in the Sea?
You can follow Build-a-Bear on any social media site such as Twittter, Facebook or Pinterest in order to stay up-to-date with all their current characters and deals. With the holidays rolling around these could make some great gifts.
Disclosure: The products mentioned above were all sent to us for a review. My kids did adore each one and they are their opinions and mine, pictures were taken by me. Enjoy your day!