If you haven’t heard about Masha and the Bear, it is a Russian animated television series loosely based on the oral children’s folk story of the same name. The show focuses on the adventures of a little girl named Masha and a fatherly bear that always keeps her from disasters.
Although the first series was released on 2009, DD1 hardly watched it! But, DD2 loves Masha and Bear. Masha is a Russian girl who lives in the forest with her pig, goat, and dog. All the animals in the forest are afraid of her as she forces them to play with her. One morning, Masha sees a butterfly and inadvertently follows it inside the home of a bear who has gone fishing. While playing there, she makes a big mess. When the Bear returns, he sees the disaster caused by Masha. The Bear tries to get rid of Masha, but he is unsuccessful, and he and Masha become friends.
In each episode of the show, Masha is portrayed as a smart, very kind and mischievous little girl who is exploring the world through a number of entertaining situations where she demonstrates her assertiveness, being absolutely fidgety, whereas the kind-hearted Bear always keeps Masha out of trouble but often ends up the unintended victim of her mischief.
We received a Masha and the Bear playground playset. Masha loves spending time in the playground and enjoys the swing and slide. The playground comes with a swing, a slide and many more accessories.
The Masha doll measures 12cm tall and beautifully designed and reflects exactly as the character in the series. Unfortunately, this set doesn’t come with the Bear which I found is rather strange!
Masha’s shoes can be removed. Also, the head, hands, and legs are movable which comes as an additional bonus as it encourages interacting with Masha doll. It is slightly trickier to make Masha sit on the swing and the slide but a little workout and practice may make it easier. It was hard for DD2 to align her on the swing and slide so I have to be on rescue mission all the time.
There is also a Masha and Bear Ambulance playset and Masha and Bear Birthday playset that come with few more accessories and retailing around £19.99.
All the playsets are suitable for children aged + and carefully designed to be safer for the little hands. The accessories are perfect for encouraging imaginative play and definitely adds value to the fun time.
The Masha and the Bear playground set is available to buy from Entertainer and you can browse more collections here.