I think we were quite late to the party with Build-A-Bear, I know children that have several of them. But the girls only got their first Build-A-Bear for their’s birthday’s in August this year. They both got given a gift voucher and we went along to the workshop and they made their bears. They loved it and that was the start of their love of build-a-bear.
We were recently sent the Build-A-Bear Stuffing Station and with us having lots of lovely time at home this week, we got it out to have ago at making our bears.
I’ll be honest and say that I was a bit dubious as to how good this would be, compared to the experience you have at the actual workshop. But I will give you a little insight now, I loved it!
When I opened it up, I was really pleased (and surprised) to see that their were 2 bears for us to make. Quite often with things like this, you only get 1. This was a great start and it also meant the girls could make one each.
We had our own stuffing station, which is like a smaller version of what they have at the workshops. Holly went first and filled the station with the stuffing. It said to use 1 whole bag for each bear, it looked a lot, but it did all fit in the bear.
You attached the bear on one end and then turn the handle and the stuffing goes into the bear. You do have to use your fingers to push the stuffing into the arms and legs.
Once the bears are stuffed, it’s time to put their hearts in. The one part that is different to the experience at the workshop, there you make a wish for your bear. But with this set, you have little heart cards that you write your wish onto and then place it inside the heart and click in shut. This is a lovely touch.
With the heart safely inside the bears, you can zip up the back of the bear. What I thought was clever is the zip doesn’t have the handle part, which means you can’t easily unzip it. Which might sound strange, but you don’t really want your child to unzip them and take it all out. If you do need to unzip them, it recommends using a paperclip to clip on and pull the zip down.
It’s then time to dress your bears and they came with a t-shirt each to put on. Your bear is then complete and ready to be loved.
The final part to do, is to fill in the bear’s birth certificate. Alice decided to name her bear Holly, after her sister. She is so gorgeous, I could squeeze her! Holly named her bear Ella, which is a name that she often tells us she is called.
The Build-A-Bear Stuffing Station RRP is £29.99 and is available to buy at Smyth’s Toys, Amazon, Tesco Direct and many more.
It’s not very often where we receive a toy that the girls absolutely loved doing, it did everything that it was meant to do, is great quality and will be used again in the future. I was genuinely impressed with it.
You can buy other kits to make more bears using the stuffing station and additional bears are priced at £12.99. I know that we will be adding to our collection.
With the bears complete and the birth certificates completed, all that was left to do is to love and play with the bears. Which of course they couldn’t wait to do.
Disclosure: We were kindly sent our Build-A-Bear Stuffing Station in return for an honest review. All views, photos and opinions are my own.