Do you have a hard time getting your little one to go to bed at night? Or are you hard pressed for time for a story before bed? Bedtime Bedding recently launched on Kickstarter and brings a brand new way to make bedtime and story time fun, creative, and interactive.
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Bedtime Bedding didn’t have a prototype available for me to try out yet, but I love this idea so much I wanted to share it anyway. The concept is pretty simple–combine bedding, stuffed animals, and a companion mobile phone app to help bring stories to life, be creative with your kids, and make getting into bed something to look forward to.
Currently there are three plush characters–Barney, Stormy, and Viola. Each character has its own personality and bit of back story to use in storytelling. There are even pajama sets so your child can dress like their favorite character.
The bedding is where this really comes to life. At first glance, the duvet cover looks a lot like those rugs with roads or farms on them–a flat backdrop to play on–but at a closer look, the duvet cover itself is actually interactive and can be used with the plush characters; for example, they can actually sit in the boat or sleep in the tent thanks to well-hidden pockets, and there are flaps that allow the characters to go inside places like Stormy’s tree house.
As a way to make getting in to bed more fun and interactive, I was already sold at this point. The final piece that really takes this to the next level, though, is the companion app. Although parents can work with their kids to come up with stories on their own using the bedding setting and plush characters, the app will provide story ideas so that parents who are tired or stressed after a long day at work can use these, even just as prompts, to help foster creativity in storytelling.
I know finding time to do a bedtime story is difficult for a lot of parents, and the thought of storytelling versus reading a story probably seems too daunting, but I think there is a huge value in storytelling and fostering creativity in our children, and I can’t wait for our Bedtime Bedding to arrive so my son and I can use them to create our own stories.