I was recently introduced to Ani-Mates and received an opportunity to receive one for our use and blog review. I was sent a free Ani-Mates Bear and it is absolutely adorable. There is also a puppy and there will be a lamb that will be released around Easter. Ani-Mates are a stuffed talking toy from GoBible and they are preloaded with over 30 Children’s Bible stories. They “come to life” and are interactive with a moving mouth that tells Bible stories to your child.
My kids love it especially our youngest. He totes our bear around everywhere he goes. He’s got one of those Cozy Coupe cars and he sits his bear in there right beside him and they drive around the living room all the time. I love the stories. They are professionally told and they are stories that are easy for kids to understand and easy to follow along to. One of my favorites is “The Lord’s Prayer”. It’s always been a favorite of mine because I have always felt inspiration in it even when I have been at my lowest points throughout my life. Another one that I personally have always found uplifting is “Footprints on The Water”. I am glad that one is one that Ani-Mates tells. All the stories are wonderful and I think it’s a great toy to inspire kids and share faith with a child.
These stories have opened up conversations to and we talk about their meanings and morals so it’s a great way to start a spiritual conversation with your kids. I love how clear the stories sound. They don’t sound muffled or sound like they are coming from a clock radio or anything. The bear’s mouth moves really well and even though it moves, it doesn’t look or feel all that mechanical. It’s still remains rather plush. There are a few hard spots on the bear (parts of his arms and just the area on the bottom where he sits) but for the most part, he his still soft and cuddly.
Check out my video review below and you can see and hear him talk!
There are 3 modes you can play. One of them is story mode and you can cycle through the stories by pressing on either of his paws where it says “GoBible” or “AniMates”. He has a pause button on his (hand) paw. There are 3 mode switches on the bottom and you can choose story mode, phone mode, or app mode. With phone mode, you can plug in the small cord that is attached to him into a cell phone and when someone calls that phone and you answer, the person calling will be talking through the bear. We tried this once when I took our youngest up to bed and my husband called my cell phone and through the bear, he was able to say goodnight and the bear’s mouth even moved while he said it! I thought that was really sweet!
There is an app and other content you can download to an Apple or Android phone that can be used with AniMates as well. I downloaded a story video to my iPad (I was busy using the camera on my iPhone at the time). When the bear is plugged in, you can play the video while the bear says the story as your child is watching it. The cord is rather small which in my opinion is great since you really don’t want a long cord attached to a child’s toy. The reason I bring it up is because it would probably be easier with a smaller device like your cell phone instead of an iPad. If you are using an iPhone or iPad, you will want to make sure you have iOS6 or newer.
We absolutely love it which is why I am adding it to my Holiday Gift Guide. We think Ani-Mates are absolutely wonderful! Thanks to GoBible/Ani-Mates, one of my lucky DustinNikki Mommy of Three readers will win one!
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