Saturday, 12 November 2011

Children in Need - Build-a-Bear Workshop

We were offered the chance to build our very own Pudsey bear and well... we couldn't say no! Our nearest store is in Birmingham's Bullring which isn't far at all and decided to make it a day for the whole family to enjoy.

Following the success of last year’s campaign that sold over 11,500 bears, Pudsey and Blush Bear are back and now available at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores nationwide. The bears are £15 (£5 goes to Children in Need) and then you can pick all sorts of accessories.

In 2010, Build-A-Bear Workshop donated a bear-illiant (get it?!) £135,000 to BBC Children in Need through the sale of Pudsey and Blush Bear and this year they’re hoping to do even better with the addition of new clothing for the furry pair. Every penny raised helps to make a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK.

We decided to make a Pudsey and the lovely lady who helped us out was fantastic in showing us how you build your very own Pudsey. She showed us the machine where you can pick a voice for your bear if you wanted one. I saw a Star Wars button... I was tempted but passed on the chance of having our very own Jedi Pudsey.
The stuffing machine and the love hearts.
We then went to the machine where you pick a heart for your bear. Both Alex and I gave the heart a big kiss and placed it into Pudsey. Sadly the stuffing machine was loud and Alex got upset by it, however he loved the fact they had flashing lights inside the machine!
He doesn't trust the machine now!
Up next was deciding whether we wanted our Pudsey to be naked or get him some clothes. I felt a bit bad leaving him all naked, even though he is very soft and cuddly. There are tons of outfits to decide on and brilliant accessories. Did you know you can get a wheelchair for your bear? Brilliant idea! But we decided on the Children in Need PJs. We could have gotten some slippers but we knew Alex would remove them and lose them so just left Pudsey in PJs. For the PJs £1 was donated to Children in Need.

Pudsey & Blush outfits. £1 donated to Children in Need.
Once you have made your bear and clothed it then it is time to give it a certificate which was printed out and given to us to keep.

Alex kept pressing the button to restart everything. 
And the finished product...

Thanks to Children in Need & Build-a-Bear Workshop for showing us how to make a Pudsey. We really had a blast and certainly would recommend Build-a-Bear Workshop. I also feel the need to show you this picture as well.

Spider-Bear, Spider-Bear, does whatever a Spider-Bear does...

I may be back for a Spider-bear outfit for Pudsey! Thanks for reading, check out your local Build-a-Bear workshop and make your very own Pudsey or Blush for yourself or for your kiddies. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I was given a personal tour of our local workshop, however we bought the Pudsey bear ourselves.

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