Our very pink and princess phase

Build a bear shop, disney Princess

The thing with little people is when they discover something they like, they do nothing but play that game for EVER. We are going through the PINK and PRINCESS phase of life; many colours will not even be considered and can cause great arguments, I have taken to selling green to them as Tinkerbell green and blue has become Cinderella blue as sky blue just doesn’t cut it anymore.

If you, like me, have a princess on your hands – and I have two – then Build-a-Bear’s Disney Princess might be well worth considering.

The bear has a beautiful pink fur which is luxuriously soft and a sparkling crown on her head with a big gold heart.

Having made a couple of bears now the girls were VERY excited at the prospect of making a Princess bear and chatted excitedly in the back of the car as I drove the short distance to our nearest store.

Once in Nichola, a really helpful Build-a-Bear assistant, took control and was the perfect entertainer, because in case you don’t know Build-a-Bear isn’t about walking in, choosing a bear, paying and taking it home.

This is an experience children will take with them forever.

Build-a-Bear Disney Princess

The dream starts by choosing the outer skin and there are at least 20 different types, probably more, plus extras being added in all the time. Recent newcomers apart from the Princesses are Paddington and the Harajuku bear.

build a bear that lights up

In fact there is even a bear who has tiny lights inside him which change colour so if your little one is afraid of the dark or a bad sleeper this bear could really help you out? Isn’t he adorable?

BUild a bear choosing the skin, disney princess

Skin chosen you then add a noise and a heart, which you must kiss and hold on your cheek, promising to look after your bear for always and forever. Then it’s time to stuff which the children also assist by pressing the pedal of the stuffing machine whilst the assistant makes sure the bear is stuffed to perfection.

Build a bear add a noise and heart, disney princess

You can comb the fur, fluff the fur and the best bit of all – DRESS your bear and Build-a-Bear has a massive wardrobe with every conceivable outfit available whatever your taste may be.

build a bear, Disney Princess

But our trip was all about Disney Princesses and my girls were mesmerised by the gorgeous costumes. Alice chose her favourite pink dress which is Sleeping Beauty’s and Bessie chose Cinderella.

We brought our bears home in a special box filled with stickers, and print outs to colour in, ribbons to add to the bears ears and lots more and trust me these bears have taken pride of place on the beds and have totally overtaken all playtime.

build a bear, Disney Princess

The 41cm Disney Princess Bear costs £18 and the Disney dresses start from £10. Shoes are an extra £5.00

If you have a little princess I would thoroughly recommend making a Build-a-Bear Disney Princess with her which she will cherish forever. If you have a little boy, don’t be disheartened, there are a ton of fabulous bears in store which appeal to the tougher hearts too.

Disclosure: We were asked to make Disney Princess Build a Bear’s in return for this blog post and my girls LOVED the whole experience.

Build-A-Bear experience

build a bear It was back on the 4th May that the girls and I were invited to our local Build-A-Bear workshop and this month has literally flown by so only now have I had the opportunity to write it up.

First of all It’s a FANTASTIC opportunity, the twins were absolutely delighted with the whole experience and as a parent standing back watching them I couldn’t help but feel Build-A-Bear have totally nailed this product bang on the head.

We went along to our local store at Bluewater at about 2.30pm and, the lunch time rush over, we had the store more or less to ourselves. Mamusu, our Build-A Bear-er for the day was as excited as the girls, you know when you can tell someone really loves their job? She saw they were quite shy to begin with and within minutes she’d won them over and by the end she had them laughing, giggling and eating out of her hand – thank you Mamusa ;)

How does it work? first you get to choose your bear and there are around 20 to choose from. (I didn’t count them so don’t quote me on that one!)

Build a bear experience

The next step is to choose a sound to put inside the bear, 16 different sounds including giggles, roars and ‘I love you’. The bit that really makes my hear squeeze is when Mamusu threw a handful of hearts into the air asking the girls to choose one, kiss it and place it in their bear (isn’t that so sweet?)

build a bear

The Stuffing Machine needed a little filling which the girls loved assisting in and then they could choose how stuffed they wanted their bears – we went for normal so it was squidgy enough for a good cuddle.

build a bear - stuff him

A Fluff area is your next port of call, two dryers and a comb to help Bear fluff up to perfection.

build a bear fluff him

Then comes the tricky bit – choose an outifit, there are simply hundreds to choose from but luckily for me the girls wanted Pink in fct they both chose the same frilly pink top and pink leggings with diamante up the side ;)

The beauty of Build a Bear is extra outfits can be bought for birthday and Christmas presents, or a voucher can be given to school friends at birthday parties. You can even organise your child’s birthday party here and each child gets to make a bear (prices are arranged beforehand with the very helpful staff)

build a bear dressing up time

Dressing up time and Mamusu stepped in to help with the tricky bits

build a bear dress him

Choose your accessories from rows and rows of sunglasses, hats, bags and shoes – here are mine! I no want my very own Stetson and cowboy boots too *sigh*

build a bear accessorise

All around the shop are dotted various models on display to help you make your mind up and get an idea of how the finished product looks. Can you just take a look at these fine bears here?

build a bear - here are some fine examples

a final fluff, a memory photo for the album and then it’s of to name your bear. Computers are laid out at child level and a bar code is placed inside the bear before the whole process starts so should your child lose their bear he can be scanned in a shop should somebody find him/her and sent back to their rightful owner, a lovely touch.

The bears are packaged in boxes along with lots of other goodies, print outs to colour in, bags to use and so much more.

build a bear

Disclosure: We were invited by Build a Bear to make a bear each for Alice and Bessie including the clothes and accesories. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves it was a brilliant experience and one I would thoroughly recommend to any parent as the perfect present for boys or girls.