I love Build-a-Bear, I think it’s great that the kids are so involved in the making of the bears that they feel a connection and that the range of accessories is so extensive.
Both my girls have birthdays over the next couple of weeks so when offered the chance to review our local Build-a-Bear we quite literally jumped at the chance. I expecting Z at age 7 to not be quite so keen, but there was no way he was going to miss out, and I was really surprised at the range of bears and other characters which appealed to boys. He toyed with the idea of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle for a while before settling on a Spiderman themed bear and couldn’t wait to dress him up in a Spiderman outfit and lightsaber. S loves rabbits, so was very pleased to find a lovely cuddly rabbit while H chose the super cute Sea Splash Dolphin from the Beach Buddy range. The Beach Buddies are puppets too, so great value for just £12.
The next step was to choose a sound effect, Z chose Star Wars, S chose Happy Birthday and H a cute little giggle. Then after enthusiastically stuffing their bears they chose a heart. For an extra cost you can choose a beating heart which we’d never seen before. It doesn’t beat all the time, but just when pressed. H has been pressing dolphins heart before bed and pushing him up to her ear. I thought these were a really lovely addition. [Read more...]