I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Littlest Pet Shop. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.
This fall, LITTLEST PET SHOP empowers fans to “Be who they wanna be!” with a new way to play
that offers the freedom to design their own PET SHOP world, their way. Fans can create their
own Downtown City, with customizable style sets and figures inspired by the “Littlest Pet Shop”
animated series. Fans can collect and stack the style sets vertically or horizontally to create a
unique ‘city skyline,’ then decorate and style the sets with Deco Bits -- unique, small accessories
that plug into the environments for a little added glamour – as well as stickers and other
decorative pieces. Fans can also collect and customize 100+ new pets, straight from the
Last year at our second daughter's birthday party, a friend bought her a couple Littlest Pet Shop toys because her daughters loved them so much. When this opportunity came up to work with Littlest Pet Shop and expand our collection of toys, I was thrilled to sign up for the chance. Once approved, it fell right in the middle of our Fall Break from school, so we decided to have a sleep over with a couple friends and have fun playing and watching movies.
While it was a little hard to get some friends together during Fall Break, we were able to make it happen two weeks ago. Included in our party package was a DVD, a package of pets, and three rooms to create. We got two packages of "Blythe Bedroom" and then of course a "Littlest Pet Shop"
With these rooms, you can collect all they carry and build a little town. They can attach vertically or horizontally to be able to go around the different rooms and have fun in the different scenes you create.
The Pet Shop comes with three animals and then there's over 135 pieces to make a room just how you'd like it. Blythe Bedroom comes with Blythe of course, and then one animal and over 95 pieces to create what you'd like. Since they come with so many pieces, its recommended for ages 4+ because of the small pieces, so this is something we take out when our kids can sit at our big kitchen table and play out of the way of their baby sister who will be one in December.
Along with a sleep over, I bought some Pizza Rolls, of course Kool-Aid Bursts, and some cookies to watch with the movie. I thought with all the playing, Pizza Rolls would be fun and simple with some easy sides, and then who doesn't love cookies?! I knew the kids would want simple food because they're constantly on the go during sleep overs and we can barely get them to sit for a true dinner meal when friends are over.
While I cooked the finger foods, our girls and friends played with the different scenes and toys in our review box. I'm on the fence about liking having two of the same product, being Blythe Room. Our oldest two girls aren't that far apart in age so it does help with possible fighting, but I would've loved another accessory over all for this review.
There are quite a lot of pieces over all so we've put the extras in bigger baggies to ensure they're all cleaned up and organized when they're done. It can be a bit over whelming at first with all you can do, but this lasted a while for our girls and friends because there's so much to do. You can change things here and there to make it feel new and fun all over again, and with kids, that's a great thing!
After we all ate and the cookies cooled, we set up a pallet of pillows and blankets in our playroom. The girls have a DVD player and TV in there along with all their toys, and since it was a sleepover, protocol suggests they all lay on the floor and stay up late watching movies!
Along with watching this movie during our sleepover and them actually sitting through it, our second daughter asks to watch it all the time. It's nice having a fun animated DVD that they enjoy watching, and then can play with the same toys giving them a whole new list of ideas for imaginative play. I think their favorite part of all these new items is the animals and Blythe characters because they play with them in their 4ft doll house, with the other characters we already have, and they're not something I request being put up due to chocking hazards.
We have not scanned our pets yet with the app to be able to "bring them to life" but it's something I'd like to look in to and read more about. Our kids are so in to technology and are already on computers at school, that when they're home I try to limit their TV, iPad, and computer usage. I want them to be kids for as long as possible, exploring their minds, being who they want to be, and expressing themselves versus their face stuck in technology.