Tuesday, May 18, 2010

YooHoo & Friends Stuffed Animals Review / Giveaway - Endangered Species Day on May 21

This Friday (May 21st, 2010) the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and several conservation organizations will observe Endangered Species Day. We've spent some time this week learning more about the endangered animals and what we can do to help those animals out.

One way to learn about endangered animals is through play. Aurora World, Inc., a toy and gift manufacturer, has a line of cute plush toys called YooHoo & Friends. The designs are based mostly on endangered animals from around the world. My daughter and son instantly fell in love with these unusual and colorful stuffed animals - those big-eyes are hard to resist. We received two 5" animals: pink Sugar Glider (Shooga) and a purple Lesser Red Panda (Hapee). Both the animals make a noise when you squeeze their bellies. All the various stuffed animals are affordable and range in cost between $7-$14 (with the exception of the giant animals). My daughter loves the sugar glider marsupial best, and has fun pretending to make it fly through the air. The sugar glider is from Australia and the surrounding islands, and we located its homeland on a world map and read about the animal online. According to Wikipedia, the sugar glider is not endangered but protected (some close relatives like Mahogany Glider are endangered). Some people keep sugar gliders as domestic pets!

The tags on the smaller animals don't contain much information about the animals, but kids can find out more about their YooHoo & Friends animals if they visit the free, interactive website at www.yoohoofriends.com. We found our animals on the animal map and learned more about each animal and it's habitat. There's plenty of games featuring the YooHoo & Friends animals to play on the website and kids can even choose a pet and decorate their pet's room in the My Room section.

Kids can also learn more about endangered animals by participating in the Design YooHoo's Next Friend Contest. They can pick what endangered species they'd like to see as a YooHoo & Friends animal and submit a drawing of their new character. Entries must be postmarked by May 25, 2010, so get drawing! After checking out several endangered species, my daughter decided to draw a Green Turtle for the contest. (Did you know that World Turtle Day also falls on this weekend, May 23rd?) Full contest details here: http://yoohoo.auroraworld.com/tmp/community/free/color_design.aspx

Yoohoo & Friends on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/yoohoofanpage
Twitter: @yoohoofriends
Blog: http://yoohoofriends.wordpress.com/

If your child would like to submit a drawing they can find more wonderful information about endangered species at these additional websites:
Konica Minolta's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Endangered Animals
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Program Kids Corner
World Wildlife Federation - Species
WI DNR EEK! Our Earth: Threatened and Endangered Species



Aurora World Inc. has kindly offered to giveaway a random five inch animal from the YooHoo & Friends line to a Brimful Curiosities reader. The exact animal the winner will receive is a surprise!

To enter, leave a comment relevant to this post or comment with an endangered species you think would make a good YooHoo & Friends character.
• For contact purposes, if you are a non-blogger or your email is not accessible in your blog profile, please leave a valid email address within the comment section.
• Contest is open to US
• Contest ends on Monday, May 24th, 2010 at 11:59 PM CST.
• Winner will be chosen at random and sent an email notification.
Three ways to gain extra entries (Maximum total entries is 4; please leave a separate comment for each entry):
1st extra entry: Blog about this contest then post your link in the comment section.
2nd extra entry: Follow me on twitter (iambrimful) and tweet about the contest (Sample tweet: RT @iambrimful It's Endangered Species Day on May 21. Win an @yoohoofriends stuffed animal in our giveaway - http://bit.ly/dnXZei)
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Aurora World Inc. provided my family with two plush toys to facilitate this review. (View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)

72 comments:

Bridget said...

How about the American Black Bear?

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Bridget said...

I follow you on Twitter & tweeted about the giveaway.

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Bridget said...

I follow your blog through Google Reader.

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Jen said...

Oh are they adorable and I love that you can use them to teach about endangered species! My girls just started a service project to help save the Polar Bears habitat. (all on their own, which is so powerful- Mom's not telling them what to do! lol)Hope we win!
Jen

Katrina said...

Those are seriously so stinkin cute! Heck even I want to play with them!

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Pixie said...

I think the Jaguar would make a good addition! But I'm all about the cats!

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Pixie said...

I follow via google connect
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Pixie said...

I follow on Twitter and RT's via @PennyPixie

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Clemencia said...

wow! they are adorable, I really have to go with the turtle, is MY favorite lol thanks for the giveaway :)

Jenna Wood said...

I've always been a fan of the manatee or snow leopard!
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Abi said...

How about the Indian Elephant

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Marie said...

My daughter suggested the Gray Bat which is endangered in our state (MO) and probably other places as well.

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Marie said...

I follow you on twitter and I tweeted:

http://twitter.com/doodlebug40/status/14323317762

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etirv said...

Perfect teaching tool about endangered species! Please count me in!

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etirv said...

Twitter follower and tweeted:

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ossmcalc said...

I would love to be surprised with whatever animal I received if I won a Yoohoo Friend. They are just so cute.

How about a short-horned lizard? I haven't seen one of those around here in years. They were everywhere when we were growing up.

thank you,

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ossmcalc said...

I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about this giveaway http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/14339742503

Thank you,

Christine
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ossmcalc said...

I subscribe via email.

Thank you,

Christine
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Lindsey said...

I love yoo hoo and friends! :) A white lion would be gorgeous.

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Lindsey said...

Following you on twitter and tweeted! http://twitter.com/kindred_spirit/statuses/14362677754

A grandma said...

Not sure if this is an endangered species but it is on the American Bird Conservancy Watchlist.

I sure miss hearing the whip-poor-will that I heard every evening in the summer on the farm growing up. Whip-poor-wills have declined by 57% in the past 40 years.

How about a white tiger?

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Carole Spring said...

I think it is so wonderful that Aurora World, Inc has based this line of cute, huggable animals mostly on animals that are listed on the 'endangered species' list. This is a fantastic way for children to learn about endangered animals, their habitats, and perhaps ways in which all of us can help change the environment to keep these animals from disappearing forever.

My 6-yr-old granddaughter has one of these cute 'furry friends' - she has "YooHoo", who is a Bush baby from East Africa. She sleeps with YooHoo and when she first introduced me to YooHoo, her 1st comment was: "He's endangered, you know."

Thank you for the chance!

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Carole Spring said...

I am your newest follower via GFC :-) I follow as Carole Spring

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Carole Spring said...

I am now following you on Twitter. My ID is cspring31971. I tweeted about the YooHoo giveaway: http://twitter.com/cspring31971/status/14387124770

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Karen Propes said...

I think these animals can teach kids about endangered species and thats what we need education about them. I think a good one to add to your collection would be the Timber Wolf
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Karen Propes said...

I follow you on twitter and tweeted about giveaway;
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Anonymous said...

A bald eagle!

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paula michele said...

The Texas Ocelot would make a good one.

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Hotsnotty2 said...

These are so cute, my kids would love them, thanks!

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Nicole said...

Yoohoo Pets are so adorable. My daughter has a few already and she just adores them :)

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Nicole said...

I follow on Twitter @Pittsy82 and tweeted http://twitter.com/pittsy82/status/14628565445

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icefairy said...

These big-eyed plush animals are so adorable. My favorite is Pameee

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Follow you and tweeted
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Stephanie said...

I think a bald eagle would be neat, I think they are still endangered.

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Renee said...

I think Tree Kangaroos should be YooHoo-ed.
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lilyk said...

I think a bald eagle would make a good YooHoo & Friends character.