My kids are suckers for plush sea creatures. So far, we've got a clownfish, seal, orca, walrus, and 3 sea stars. From time to time, I try to stem the tidal wave of plushies that make their way to our house, (by donating some to charity when they aren't looking). However, 3Po, Jammy and Pea love playing with stuffed toys so much that when a good quality stuffed toy comes knocking at our home, I usually let it in.
Our latest stuffed adoptees: SeaPals™, a new line of marine-inspired plush toys by Applause® from Russ. Much like Webkinz or Build-A-Bear, they come with a unique online code that allows kids to log on and play with a virtual version of their SeaPals. Kids can personalize their own virtual aquarium, care for their SeaPals, earn points via games and activities, spend points on "stuff" for their SeaPals and aquariums.
The best thing about the SeaPals world, though, is the additional educational component: while playing with their virtual pets, kids get a chance to learn about marine life as they explore virtual coral reefs, coves, and other marine habitats. In addition, you can feel good knowing that Russ makes donations to local aquariums to support marine preservation.
Now here's your chance to entertain and educate the little Jacques Cousteau in your life: I'm giving away a Russ Seapals toy to one lucky winner! Here's how to enter:
* Visit the SeaPals website and check out all of SeaPal's fishy friends.
* Leave a comment at this post -- tell me which one(s) you like best. Don't forget to include your email address so I can contact you.
* For an extra entry, blog about this giveaway on your own blog and include a link to this post. Leave an extra comment with your name, email address and a link to your blog.
I'll draw a winner at random on November 16, 2008. For the full giveaway rules, click here. And come back on November 8th-- I'm giving away a Playskool Busy Ball-tivity Center!
(PS: The I-Dog Dance giveaway and the I-Dog Clip giveaway are still open; you can still comment here and here for a chance to win!)