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Kids love retreating into a world of make believe, whether it’s through a film, a game, their imagination or stories in books, the pretend world offers them magic that cannot be found in reality. Many kids become fixated on one particular character or collection of characters at quite a young age. There are many 2 year old boys obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine, and thousands of little girls who can name the Disney Princesses before they can spell their own name as children love to immerse themselves in the lives and worlds of their heroes. Encourage their imaginations and treat them to fancy dress from the George character shop of their favourite character. Some of the most loved characters of the moment are listed below.
Moshi Monsters are a difficult concept for adults to grasp. From a parent’s perspective the toys themselves are just plastic creatures, and the online game makes little more sense. Kids however love the little creatures, and avidly collect all the little toys. The appeal seems to be that these monsters are cute, colourful and completely make believe. Every aspect of life seems to have been merchandised with Moshi Monsters and whoever invented them is a marketing genius.
Peppa Pig is a favourite cartoon with kids in the UK. Peppa’s adventures with George and her family are followed passionately by preschool and school age children who relate to Peppa’s young views on everything around her. There are Peppa Pig pyjamas, Peppa Pig cups, plates, clothes, and there is even a Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park in the South West.
Little girls have been fascinated with Disney Princesses since the first Disney fairy princess was unveiled with the release of Snow White in the 1930s. Girls dream of princess dresses, magic and adventures and love to tell and hear the stories over and over. The ultimate dream is to visit Disneyland and have lunch with all the princesses, but the next best thing is to dress as one and retell their stories.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Once branded as the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, the four brothers have undergone more than just a name change. A far cry from the questionable acting in the 80s series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is now an animation, allowing for better stunts and action scenes.
A few years back Hello Kitty merchandise used to have to be shipped in from China on an individual basis, but in recent years the Hello Kitty craze seems to have well and truly hit the UK. Some of the merchandise available is poor quality, but shop with good retailers and they are likely to stock proper merchandise created by Sanrio. You can find just about anything Hello Kitty-fied these days and little girls have really taken to the cartoon cat.
Whatever your child is into try to let them explore the world of the imagination and interact with these characters through play. Role-play and dressing up is a great way to do this and it can be good fun playing with your child in their own little world.