Build & Imagine: Pet Portrait Studio (magnetic building set with wooden dress-up pets)
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- Watch your child become a designer, builder, and storyteller right before your eyes with groundbreaking magnetic construction sets from Build & Imagine. Recommended for ages 4–8.
- Woof! Meow! Join colorfully illustrated magnetic panels to build a custom pet portrait studio that’s different each time you play. Then wrangle each pet for a special portrait.
- Bring your scene to life with two sturdy wooden characters, four wooden dress-up pets, and magnetic costumes and accessories that stick to the dolls, pets, and panel walls.
- It’s big open-ended play that runs on pure imagination. Designed in California by a mompreneur named the “Rising Star Toy Inventor of the Year”.
- 63 Piece Magnetic Building Set: 6 dual-sided square StoryWall building panels, 2 isosceles triangles, 2 right-angle triangles, 2 standing dress-up characters, 4 wooden dress-up pets, and 47 magnetic accessories. Features a painter's studio, photo lab, grooming station, pet lounge, costumes, a dozen magnetic pets, and much more!
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From the manufacturer
Build a scene and imagine countless stories!
Capture your child’s imagination and inspire her to build with groundbreaking magnetic building and storytelling sets from Build & Imagine. This new mom-owned toy company aims to expand youngsters’ possibilities by helping them develop fundamental S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills as they build scenes for their stories.
Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner
Engage in rich imaginative play as you prepare pets for adoption day with this award-winning play-set.
Join illustrated shapes magnetically
Kids aren’t limited to one design—they can quickly reconstruct the Pet Portrait Studio into whatever structure suits them.
Choose costumes and props to inspire your story
Kids change the context of their story with magnetic accessories that stick to the wooden dolls, wooden pets, and building panel walls.
Grow your story with additional sets
All Build & Imagine play-sets are compatible, so your child can grow their story alongside their budding building skills. (Above image shows Pet Portrait Studio with Malia's Beach House.)
Includes Ethan and Anna wooden dress-up characters, four wooden dress-up pets, 10 dual-sided building panels (6 squares, 2 right-angle triangles, and 2 isosceles triangles), and more than 40 magnetic accessories.
A mission you can get behind: STEM learning
Build & Imagine was founded on the belief that what we play with matters. Founder Laurie Peterson, an award-winning toy designer and mom, started Build & Imagine after noticing that the kinds of play experiences she enjoyed as a child (involving building, creativity, and experimentation) were poorly represented in the girls’ section of most toy stores. She now develops building toys with adventurous female characters and rich narrative details to engage both girls and boys.
Build & Imagine’s construction plus storytelling combination bridges left and right brain play to immerse kids in foundational S.T.E.M. skills (science, technology, engineering, and math). Through building with geometric shapes children exercise spatial reasoning, problem solving and design skills. Additionally, the rich illustrations and magnetic props act as story prompts, sparking imaginative play that sets the stage for language and literacy learning.
Watch your child become a designer, builder, and storyteller right before your eyes. Build & Imagine’s colorful illustrated StoryWalls connect magnetically to build a world where dress-up characters work and play. With Pet Portrait Studio, kids will help Anna and Ethan prepare the local shelter pets for adoption day by providing each pet with a special portrait. Build a studio with the illustrated magnetic panels, then dress the wooden pets in crazy outfits and arrange wacky scenes for the dolls to capture with their camera and paintbrushes. Easily change things up and create a whole new adventure for endless imaginative play. It’s the fun of a dollhouse with the enrichment of a building set. Recommended for ages 4 to 8.
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Woof and meow! The Pet Portrait Studio is an illustrated art studio magnetic panel that has four wooden pets that children can dress up and arrange for the boy and girl dolls to capture on camera or with a paintbrush. The story line to the Pet Portrait Studio is that children are preparing shelter pets for adoption day, but there are many different ways kids can create their own stories. The building panels and accessories are magnetic and can be decorated to make different scenes for imaginative play. Children can create endless combinations to customize scenes and make their own stories, so it is like children are building their own storybooks. Kids develop STEAM skills through play with this kit that appeals to animal lovers, artists and budding entrepreneurs.
I am extremely impressed with the Pet Portrait Studio set. This is a toy that can appeal to both boys and girls and is a set that Brooke can play with her little sister and friends. She loves to create different stories and dress up the animals with all the included accessories. One great thing about StoryWalls is that each set is compatible with other Build & Imagine building and storytelling play-sets, so if your child enjoys one, you can always add more sets for them to create in the future. If you are looking for creative gifts for your kids this holiday season, check out the Build & Imagine website for their collections of magnetic building sets that inspire storytelling. Two paws up!
If you love this set, the FairyTale Theatre is another amazing award-winning StoryWall set that is a mix and match set of magnetic storytelling that is all about fairy tales. The StoryWall is set up to look like a stage play and kids can countdown to show time for their friends and family. Fairytale Theatre has more than 50 costumes and props to spark imaginative play for your child. Brooke loves putting the characters in different costumes and acting out different scenes. Even better – the theatre is compatible with other Build & Imagine building and storytelling play-sets, so she has been playing a mashed up of Fairytale Theatre and Pet Portrait Studio together! If you are looking for creative gifts for your kids this holiday season, check out the Build & Imagine website for their collections of magnetic building sets that inspire storytelling.
What I like, apart from the imagination game play, is that all the pieces are sturdy and can be put together in a variety of ways. You can also combine this with other sets and build some very interesting combinations. We are definitely incorporating the pets into our Theater play!
This is one of the best new toy concepts I have come across in years. I plan to pick up many more sets as they are a great inside toy for when the grandchildren come by on a day when the weather is not optimum. I just wish that some of the sets were geared a little more towards boys. A number of them are definitely geared to girls while others are gender neutral. I'd love to see a castle or pirate set.