*Review* Hallmark Story Buddy

Hallmark are a well-known company selling greeting cards across the country, now though their bringing out an all new and interactive story book and buddy.

When we got offered the chance to review these, of course we said yes! Reading in this house is a big part of our day-to-day life so this was going to add a new twist to our reading!

When our Story Buddy arrived I was pleasantly surprised by what we found, I was expecting a little teddy and book but this is what arrived:

At the moment there are 3 Story Buddies in the range inquisitive racoon Watson, Cooper the playful bear and the festive favourite Jingle the Husky (a limited edition for Christmas) with more to join in the new year.

We received Cooper the playful bear. Both Kayleigh and Ethan loved Cooper so it goes to show he appeals to both girls and boys.

The way Story Buddy works is you read the story and certain sentences (in red in the book) activate the buddy. So as your reading Cooper answers back.

As you could probably guess this is a big hit when suddenly the teddy bear comes to life!

Another great thing about these interactive Story Buddies is the little extra bits you can buy to go with them.

Firstly there is a free apps download for iPhones and Ipad which includes a short animated story about each character, puzzles ans games plus each story can be read aloud through the apps internal narrator.

Then you can buy additional books that can be used with Cooper and Watson for £5.99 which continues the adventure.

These would make a great christmas present for any little one!

You can purchase these from the Hallmark website here or from the Hallmark Gold Crown stores. They retail at £19.99 which is a fantastic price!

Dont forget to check out Hallmark at their website here, twitter here, and facebook here


Do you have a creative child? If so read on, but be quick this ends Monday!

Children across the UK are being given a unique opportunity to have their card designs brought to life as a festive greeting, thanks to ITV1’s Daybreak and Hallmark Cards.

Art Stars, a competition for 7-14 year olds with creative flair, opened at 6.20am on the 7th October and will close for judging at 8pm on the 17th October.

Launched by I’m A Celebrity’s Joe Swash, and ITV1’s Daybreak’s Anna Williamson with support from numerous TV personalities, the contest hopes to find Britain’s most creative Christmas card designs. Other well-known artists backing the campaign include Art Attack’s Neil Buchannan and the popular poet Giles Andreae who also created Purple Ronnie.

Each entry must include artwork on the face of the card and a seasonal verse to go inside, both of which must capture the theme ‘what Christmas means to me’. The winning design, announced on ITV1’s Daybreak in November, will be printed by Hallmark Cards and sold nationwide through www.hallmark.co.uk and Hallmark stores ready for Christmas.

Jo Bennett, Creative Director, from Hallmark said:

“Christmas is a fantastic time to get creative and the Art Stars contest is the perfect excuse to start early!

“Seeing your designs on the shelf is an extremely satisfying experience and having your art celebrated on a national TV show like ITV1’s Daybreak, in front of millions of viewers, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“We can’t wait to see the designs that come forward and meet the talented young people behind them. This is a very exciting project for all involved and we’re delighted to be partnering with ITV1’s Daybreak to see a young designer’s dream come true.”

Full details of the competition, entry forms and guidelines will be held on www.itv.com/daybreak. A donation to children’s charity Barnardos will also be made in honour of the winning design.

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