Review of Ani-Mates Stuffed Toys12:37 AM
My kids are totally into electronic toys, and - for the most part - I'm OK with that. If I could change one thing about their "gadget time", however, it would be to include more values-based entertainment and learning.
Since we are followers of Christ, we want our children to be as excited about God's Word as we are. Watching videos and reading to them are just two ways that we try to make learning about Jesus exciting and real to them. This last month, we also tried a new method of getting the kids to spend more time learning about the Lord: Ani-Mates Stuffed Toys!
GoBible, the leader in audio Bibles, created these interactive plush toys with over 30 pre-loaded Bible stories. We received the puppy, and the first thing I noticed was that it allows you to record a special personalized message to your child that they can listen to any time. I did my message for our 3-year-old and used the opportunity to remind him that I loved him.
The puppy came with 3 settings: story, app, telephone. It can be used to play the pre-loaded Bible stories, to play back more entertaining content through a downloadable app, or to use the puppy as a speaker for phone calls or even your own music! My kids found the stories to be fascinating, because the voices include children's voices, and they are very well done! Even the bigger boys, who are too old for "stuffies" were caught listening to the Bible stories when I wasn't in the room. My toddler thought the moving mouth of the puppy to be funny (and it reminded me of that famous story-telling bear from the 80's -- remember?)
Sometimes, I find Bible products for kids to be overly commercial, or even cheesy. The Ani-Mates plush, however are really well-made, cute, and serve a great purpose for families who wish to give their kids even more values-based play time! Look for the puppy or bear now, with a lamb coming for the Easter season!
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*Sample received to review as part of a promotional program with Ani-Mates and Mom Select. Opinions are 100% my own.
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