The Snowman is one of the most iconic and timeless Christmas stories, and is one I always enjoy watching over again with the kids. The Snowman now also has a canine companion and no Christmas would be complete without The Snowdog! This week, I’m taking part in The Snowman and The Snowdog blog tour together with a group of other bloggers, to share with you some of the lovely The Snowman and The Snowdog products that are available, and show off our own decorated snow dogs!

img_5107Here’s a selection of some of the lovely The Snowman and The Snowdog gifts that you can look out for this year. There’s something for all ages, from toys, books, chocolate and baking sets and more.

The boys and I have enjoyed trying out some of the creative activities that were included. R particularly enjoyed painting his own snowdog using this kit.

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This year Penguin Random House has worked with Wild in Art to deliver two public art trails in Brighton and Newcastle, so it was great for R to have the chance to decorate one of his own!

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The kit comes with some fun suggestions on how to decorate your snowdog, like adding stickers – either before painting, so that you can peel them off to reveal white space – or afterwards to decorate. R wanted to just paint his, and had a clear idea of the colours he wanted: red for the eyes, lots of black, and a bit of a “world” design with blue and green.

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He’s very pleased with his result, as you can see he took it to bed with him once it dried!

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Check out the full list of the Snowman and the Snowdog goodies below, for a bit of Christmas gift inspiration! Some of these would also be lovely to get the kids to do together during the Christmas holidays, particularly the baking kits. We made the Snowman and the Snowdog chocolate muffins the other day and the boys loved making and eating them – next up will be the gingerbread!

Paint your own Snowdog

£25 from Wild in Art

Two hugely successful Snowdog Art Trails have seen packs of giant Snowdogs let loose in Brighton and Newcastle. These gorgeous kits are now available so that you can decorate your own Snowdog inspired by your favourite sculpture on the trails!

The Snowman and The Snowdog Wooden Dominoes

RRP £9.99 Available from Amazon

Inspired by the much-loved The Snowman and The Snowdog these beautiful Wooden Dominoes feature illustrations from the film. Take turns to match the colours and pictures together, the first player to place down all of their dominoes is the winner! The Snowman and Snowdog dominoes encourage thinking and problem solving skills as well as imagination and creative development.

The Snowman and the Snowdog Shape Sorter

RRP £15.00 Available from JoJo Maman Bebe

This beautiful wooden shape sorter box with four shaped holes and eight coloured wooden blocks is a fun way to encourage hand-eye coordination and shape and colour recognition.

The Snowman and the Snowdog Chocolate Muffin kit

RRP £1.89 Available from Morrisons

Fun to create & decorate! These delicious muffins bake in 20 minutes. No artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fats.

The Snowman and the Snowdog Gingerbread biscuit kit

RRP £2.50 Available from Sainsburys

Delicious gingerbread with ready to roll fondant icing and edible decorations. Includes 2 writing icing tubes and orange jelly beans! 6 Easy to make snowman biscuits, bake in 12 minutes. No artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fats

The Snowman Book and CD

RRP: £7.99 Available from Amazon

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Raymond Briggs’s classic story, The Snowman. This brand-new edition of the timeless tale features artwork from the original and beloved animated film in better, sharper, quality than ever before, and freshly written text.

Accompanying audio CD features narration by Matthew Macfadyen.

The Snowman and The Snowdog Book and CD

RRP: £7.99 Available from Amazon

The Snowman and the Snowdog is a brand new animation featuring Raymond Briggs’ magical character, the Snowman, which first aired on Christmas Eve, 2012. This book and CD edition of the wonderful new story is read by Benedict Cumberbatch

Thorntons White Chocolate Snowman Advent Calendar 83g

£4.50 Available exclusively from Thorntons retail stores

Celebrate the run up the Christmas with this lovely advent calendar. With white chocolate pieces with a white chocolate plaque.

Thorntons Snowman white chocolate model 60g

RRP £3.00 Available from grocers and convenience stores

These beautiful chocolate models are the perfect special gift for little kids and big kids alike. Fans of white chocolate will be delighted with The Snowman model which is made of creamy, white chocolate.

The Snowman and The Snowdog Snowglobe

RRP £22 Available from The Brilliant Gift Shop

Shake the globe and watch the snow swirl around Raymond Briggs’ much-loved Snowman. Add a touch of magic to your child’s nursery this Christmas

To continue your way along the Snowman and the Snowdog blog tour tomorrow, make your way over to Tami at www.mummyoftwo.com – and be sure to check out all the other bloggers in the tour, there are a few prizes to be had too!