I am sure I am not the only one in the world that loves Winnie the Pooh, I have been a major fan since I was small and I have passed that love down to my two little ones. I used to do anything possible to involve Winnie the Pooh throughout school, I remember one of my GCSE art pieces was a painting of the Hundred Acre Wood, it was a fun thing to paint. Due to it being Winnie the Poohs 90th anniversary this year, Disney have taken the Hundred Acre Wood in to the digital era by making it interactive on the Disney website.
The first thing I noticed when I went to the Winnie the Pooh website was that it knew my location and told me what the weather was like. Then you can choose to go ahead and play games or just continue onto the Hundred Acre Wood and there you can meet the characters and play games that are scattered around the map.
The idea is that you can operate the wood map like you do with Google maps, in fact it is made by Google Maps and Street View just for this very functionality. It really is super clever and me and the children love playing with it. You can explore the wood for characters from Winnie the Pooh and also play games, find recipes and ideas for things to do in your neighbourhood.
I loved the initial quote on Winnie the Poohs location, “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart and I’ll stay there forever.” That just made me want to go and hug the kiddies! You can drag the mouse pointer all around their homes and inspect elements, like you would on Street View. Its amazing. It really brings their, normally, 2D worlds to life. There are some things that clickable, like Winnie the Poohs treasure chest – it had a golden glow around it and when I clicked it, it took us to a page called Winnie the Poohs treasure box ideas.
It is very clear to see that you can click through on a journey of discovery in this interactive woods, one click leads onto another and before you know it an entire hour has passed and you have learnt new things about your favourite characters, or played an online game.
There is a menu button on all of the pages which takes you to the contents page where you can choose from all of the games and activities that you can do with the characters. For example Tigger’s bouncing games or Cheer up Eeyore, which is my favourite section. There are some lovely quotes under the Cheer up Eeyore section where you can download different images with lovely quotes on them.
The Bee Tree was a great section too, I love the song when Pooh bear floats up to the honey tree. The page is all about saving honey bee’s, top 10 activities to do with the family and ideas on how to plant a window box full of flowers or herbs, start your own vegetable patch or volunteer with your local beekeepers association. I have planted lots of lovely bee friendly plants in our garden to help encourage them in. You can see more information on the www.friendsofthehoneybee.com website.
The Hundred Acre Wood can be found on disneybaby.co.uk, and aims to provide mums and dads with a moment of fun and inspiration for everyday life from ideas to mark baby’s first milestones to activities for all the family to enjoy. Targeted at parents with young children, the interactive Hundred Acre Wood offers games, stories, videos and activities – all themed around the different characters and stories from Winnie-the-Pooh.
You can see fun things to do and see videos, quotes and images on social media by following Winnie the Pooh on Facebook, or Disney’s Twitter: @Disney_UK. Search for the hashtag #WinniethePooh and you will get more specific content.
Disclosure: we received payment in return for an honest review, all opinions are my own.