This past Sunday, my family and I had the pleasure of being invited to check out Build A Bear’s new interactive and technology enhanced store design. In an age where most children are extremely technologically savvy, this was an exciting and welcome upgrade to the already great Build A Bear experience.
My boys were immediately attracted to their innovative and modern design and ran ahead of us to try out some of the activities. The first station that caught their eye was the “Love Me” touch screen which allows children to choose a heart for their stuffed animal. They both loved choosing some of the characteristics that they wanted their bears to have.
Another station offered them the opportunity to create a customized sound chip containing some of their favorite tunes. Kids can choose from a variety of songs to upload to their sound chips and there are music options for children of all ages. My nine year old was pleasantly surprised to be able to upload a song by Bruno Mars and Taio Cruz!
The entire experience is very personalized and customizable including choosing a name for their stuffed animal and printing their birth certificate. All of this is accomplished due to the unique bar code that comes on the label of each individual Build A Bear. Lost stuffed animals can even be tracked and returned due to this system.
From an educator’s standpoint, I loved the fact that all of the different learning stations addressed the different modalities of all children. They were print rich and contained many vivid and colorful visual aids which help children with learning deficits to be successful at each section. In addition, many of the stations were handicapped accessible so that children with limited mobility could also participate in the fun.
To find a Build A Bear location near you, make sure you visit the Build A Bear Workshop online. It is definitely the place “Where Best Friends Are Made.”
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