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Story Telling With The Easter Bunny

5 Apr

If you’re looking for one great alternative to the “Typical” Chocolate Easter Egg, then I have it right here !

Abigail the adorable floppy eared bunny is the latest addition to the Hallmark ‘Story Buddy’ range.

The super soft, super cute Abigail joins her friends ‘Watson’ the Racoon, ‘Cooper’ the Bear and ‘Jingle’ the Husky as the fourth addition to an already fabulous range of Story Buddy’s and what’s more Abigail isn’t just an adorable bunny but she’s also a female one, making her the first girlie buddy of the range.

Story Buddy’s are more than just your “Typical” cuddly toy, but an interactive, innovative friend, designed to bring the magic to your child’s story time.

Like all buddies, Abigail comes complete with her own beautifully illustrated book “Abigail and the balance beam’s” that tells the story of how Abigail tries to make her mother extra proud of her by performing gymnastics.

As yourself or child read aloud specific passages from the book, Abigail will suddenly start to interact, creating a totally magical reading experience

Unfortunately, things have been a little hectic here what with us all being unwell at some point or another, the decorating of more than one room and my Mac becoming buried someplace within in the mess of it all, we therefore didn’t get to film this one! However, leading up to Christmas last year, we did review Abigail’s super cute racoon friend Watson via video in which your more than welcome to have a peek if desired.

An unwell Alice-Sara was pleased to have her story buddy to cuddle last week

Abigail truly is an adorable bunny with a lot to say. My daughter Alice-Sara 9, fell in love with her instantly, she’s also proved something of a big hit within the family as the toddler can hardly contain himself and therefore keep his hands to himself.

Dressed in her pretty pink dancers custom, she’s not only innovative but pretty stylish too.

Lot’s of fun can be had with Abigail and any of her friends, plus you’ll never become bored, not when Hallmark have created a range of additional story books especially designed for each character and priced at 5.99 each.

If that’s not exciting enough, those with iPads and iPhones can download the fabulous free app from the app store to accompany the adorable bunny. The app includes a short animated story that can be played aloud through the app’s internal narrator or even recorded by a loved one to add a special personal touch to the story telling experience. Also included on the app, are a selection of child-friendly puzzles and interactive games that allow your child to dress up Abigail, just like in the story book.

Its official, we are a Story Buddy loving household, what with our latest addition ‘Abigail’ the Bunny who is now housed alongside Watson the Racoon and Cooper the bear, don’t be too surprised if you find some more lovely story buddies moving in during the year as there are new releases planned for later in 2012.Harley the toddler with another of the buddies ‘Cooper the Bear’

These really are genius, a hit with all three of my children, with each owning a buddy of their own and enjoying reading alongside them regularly.

These are also great for the child on the autism spectrum and those with special educational needs. It was Little man who put Watson to the test during our video review last year and I found it helped to install confidence when reading aloud.

Cute, innovative, interactive, fun, educational and doesn’t rot your little ones teeth, what more could you ask for in an alternative Easter gift?

Abigail the Bunny can be brought in branches of Hallmark as-well as online and falls into the same price racket as her fellow buddies at just £19.99

Check out the Hallmark website & Facebook Page for more information or simply click below to watch the promotional advertisement from Hallmark!

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Easter Crafting for a £1

22 Mar

This year myself and the children have done lots of different craft projects, its all that bit more exciting now Harley is that bit older and therefore able to contribute that bit more. Harley is 2 and seems to be a keen crafter making it one of our favourite afternoon pass times.

In the run up to Easter, I’ve shared one or two reviews on some brilliant creative activities that are fun for all ages and abilities. This week we’ve been doing all sorts of Easter crafting, what with competitions such as designing and making Easter bonnets and cards, its been rather busy in our house.

We were pleased to be sent a cute Easter gift bag containing some found Easter crafts from Poundworld. Within this gift bag were a few things perfect for the activities we had planed. I’ve always loved a good pound shop, these stores are not new to me, though Poundworld is somewhere I’m yet to discover. Here’s what was sent and how we used it, and remember everything is priced at the bargain price of a £1 with one or two deals thrown in for good measure.

A Dozen Decorative Chicks £1

Cute little yellow chicks perfect for any Easter crafting project. These also look great as non edible Easter cake toppers. Myself and the children have been busy making paper mache decorative eggs which we housed in a pretty basket we had decorated with lovely yellow ribbon adding a few of this chicks amongst the eggs made an excellent touch. You can find out how to make your own over on my sister blog “Mummy of many talents” tomorrow.

Make your own Easter Cards Activity pack £1

This was perfect for the children’s entries into the Easter card making competition. Within the pack you get 6 cards and 6 envelopes plus a cute selection of toppers and pretty embellishments for decorating your cards. Alice-Sara had her friend stay over for a sleepover and both had tons of fun making Easter cards. They did empty the crafts box adding additional touches such as glitter and other girlie bits and pieces. These are fantastic value for just a quid.

Easter Bonnet Decorating kit £1

A really good size pack of dressings for your Easter bonnets. Included are some sheets of luxury tissue paper, 6 brightly coloured large pipe cleaners (perfect for creating bunny ears) some ribbon and a good selection of pretty Easter embellishments. Alice used these to decorate her bonnet she had made with card and with what’s left we’ll decorate the straw bonnet supplied by Poundworld (see below) as a competition entry.

Straw Easter Bonnet £1

A really pretty straw Easter Bonnet decorated in pale lemon ribbon. The hats the perfect size for little heads and can be customised if desired. As mentioned we’ll be customising ours for a competition we’re entering.

Easter Poster Art Kit £1

I knew as soon as I saw this that my toddler would claim it and claim it he did. He loves painting and this set came with 4 posters to paint. Each poster consisted of a cute chick design and the quality of the paper was impressive. Sadly the brush fell apart within minutes and the basic water colour pallet was not really visible on the paper, I had to get the toddler to put lots of paper on his brush to get any sort of colour on the paper. Luckily we have poster paints which I took out for the remaining posters.

Easter Egg Hunt Game £1

This set consists of flat-packed Easter Baskets and Easter eggs. These are easily assembled into 3d visions and children can hunt for the eggs around the house and if whether permits, the garden, adding them to their baskets as they go.

As we already have the appropriate supplies for an Easter Hunt game we used these to make a fabulous beaded Easter picture by decorating both the eggs and baskets with the use of thick double sided tape and an assortment of beads, then we mounted the cards to some black paper. (you can find the step by step on my sister blog Mummy of many talents tomorrow) see picture below for finished results.

So… that’s all the crafting done, there was however, a few other surprises in our bag.

Pink Easter Bunny Ears

These cute pink bunny ears are fabulous addition to any Easter costume, costing just £1. Below Alice-Sara kindly models them for you.

Character Chocolate Easter Eggs £1

A couple of chocolate character Easter eggs, costing £1 and currently on offer for 4 for the price of 3. Great value and better priced then many other retailers. The kids reported these were yummy.

Chocolate Easter Bunny

Lastly we have this super chocolately big bunny costing £1. The kids however cannot comment on its yumminess as mother took him to bed and mother never speaks of the secrets of the bedroom, OK! 🙂

All in all, excellent value for money at Poundworld who also sell everything from cleaning products, to books and homeware. Plus you’ll find lots and lots of brands for just a pound… you can’t really grumble at that can you!

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