Monday, 25 July 2016

Family: Fantasy pets with Petplan

What happens when you ask a bat obsessed nearly-six-year-old to draw his fantasy pet? Magic, that's what.

At the moment, we're edging closer to getting a cat again, perhaps two. A house isn't a home without one as far as I'm concerned, and I just can't wait to find some kittens looking to be re-homed (insured, of course!) who can cope with a busy house with five kids to entertain and be entertained by.

Of course, T would like us to have a pet bat. Recently, Petplan asked if we'd like to draw a fantasy pet to be made into a cuddly toy. It couldn't have been more perfect for T and his scribbly drawing sort of resembles his favourite animal. His fine motor skills are a little behind those of his peers and so we try to encourage him to draw as much as possible.

Here's the fantasy pet he drew:

We duly sent off the picture and I confess not to having high hopes when it came to opening the fabric version. But just look at what a brilliant toy came back!

It's absolutely amazing. T adores his new pet and it has joined the ranks of his cuddlies, slotting nicely into the 'monsters' rank (we also have 'animals', 'robots' and enough bats to warrant their own sub-category).

Such a fantastic campaign and it's really got the kids talking about all things pet related, from fantasy animals to the day-to-day practicalities of looking after pets. Do you have a pet? What advice would you give children about how to care for domestic animals?

Thanks to Petplan for including us in this brilliant campaign. 
All thoughts and photography are original content by Oyster & Pearl.
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