When my kids and are at the store, they are always drawn to stuffed animals. I don’t know what it is, but they seem to love them! So when I was asked if we’d like to review the new Jim Henson Pajanimals, the answer didn’t even require any thought!
If you ever watch kids’ eyes when something excites them, they just light up. The minute I pulled our little guy out of the box (the yellow one pictured above), her entire face just list up. She grabbed and did not put it down for over 2 hours — well — except for the 10 minutes she had to in order to take a bath. She instantly fell in love with him and named him “Fluffy Wuffy” (don’t ask me where in the world that came from).
THE PAJANIMALS debuted on the NEW NBC Kids block (produced by Sprout) on July 7 and will be airing every weekend. THE PAJANIMALS series quickly became popular when it debuted in fall 2011 on the 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout, and now even more parents and children across the U.S. will be able to tune-in to follow the amazing adventures of four sweet and gentle characters—Sweetpea Sue the pony, the excitable duck Squacky, the creative cow CowBella and the optimistic puppy Apollo. Through their imaginary journeys, these cuddly musical puppets venture out on amazing adventures of discovery, modeling the skills preschoolers need to move through their days successfully, especially getting ready for and going to bed. THE PAJANIMALS characters were designed and built by the world-famous Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning Jim Henson’s Creature ShopTM from original concepts by Los Angeles-based toy and clothing designer, artist Jeff Muncy.
July was Making a Difference to Children Month. I sure didn’t know that, however, love what it is about. Each year at this time (and honestly why not every day), we are urged to take an active role in children’s lives in four different ways: pick one or two events or activities to do with a child; support an organization that works with children; tellyour legislative policy makers to support initiatives that are beneficial for kids; and, last but certainly not least, spread the word about helping children as the more people aware of the need, the more support organizations receive financially and through volunteer efforts.
One simple way for parents and adults to make a difference to their child is to reassure little ones of the fun adventures that await them in their dreams – and the PAJANIMALS want to help. Their Pajama Time Tips:
Blow Off Steam
At the end of the day, allow your child to expend some energy by running around the house, dancing to music or tumbling on the carpet.
Calm Things Down
After getting the wiggles out, start the wind-down process. Calm activities like reading or listening to quiet music are great ways to transition your little bundle of energy into a calmer state.
Keep It Light
Diffuse end-of-day grumpiness with a playful attitude. Bedtime shouldn’t be a chore. Try singing the “Brusha, Brusha, Brusha” song as you scrub those pearly whites. Play Simon Says as you get into pajamas (Simon says take off a sock!).
Stick to a specific bedtime and lead up to it with a routine. A simple routine is best, such as: bathe, brush teeth and read a book. This consistency provides a feeling of safety and a framework to help little ones soothe themselves to sleep.
Snuggle and Share
Once your child is tucked in bed, those last moments before lights out are the perfect time to snuggle up and huggle up. Take a few moments to reconnect and reassure. Share a warm story, talk about the highlights of the day or the things you look forward to tomorrow.
You can even find FREE age appropriate activities and downloadable games at http://www.sproutonline.com/
It doesn’t matter what you do every day, you can make a difference in your child’s life. Hugs, snuggles — even saying I love you can make a difference!
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Penny Pinchin’ Mom received a Pajanimal in order to facilitate her review. All opinions contained within this post are her own and were not influenced by any other parties. Be entering this giveaway/sweepstakes, you are attesting that you have read and can comply with the Giveaway Terms & Conditions.