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My son TJ loved collecting and playing with his Pokemon and Yugioh cards. I always thought that the different trading card games were geared more towards boys then girls. Thanks to Team Mom I’ve learned that there are trading cards for girls too, called Bella Sara.
From the website – “The online world of Bella Sara at www.bellasara.com boasts more than 3.2 million registered users and offers interactive stables, games, puzzles, coloring pages, storybooks and customizable cottages. Over 55 million cards have been sold since the game’s introduction in North America two years ago. Bella Sara was created in Denmark by Gitte Odder Braendgaard. Braendgaard was inspired to create Bella when she worked as a social worker, caring for mentally disabled young people. In keeping with Braendgaard’s positive values and love of children, Bella Sara features inspirational, meaningful messages and imagination-building game play designed to support girls’ development…. Since its debut, Bella Sara has received awards from numerous child development and parenting authorities, including the “Seal of Approval” from the National Parenting Center, the “Toy of the Year” from Creative Child magazine, the “Excellent Product” and “Outstanding Product” designations from iParenting Media, and “Best Products” award from Dr. Toy.”
Bella Sara, published by Hidden City Games, is designed for girls ages 7 and older. The Bella Sara product line is growing with the addition of the new Baby Bella cards, trading cards featuring the babies of the Bella Sara horse family. Like the Bella Sara cards, each pack will contain 7 cards with a beautiful drawing and a different inspirational message. The cards include activities and rules for play with friends. Each card also contains a number that activates that same item in the Bella Sara virtual world when entered online. In the Bella Sara virtual world girls can care for their horses, read stories and play games.
The Baby Bella collection contains a total of 129 brand new cards. Packs of cards will sell for about $3 and will be available for purchase at Dover Saddlery, Five Below, Flyers, Fred Meyer, Fry’s Food and Drug, Kroger, Meijer, NEXCOM – Navy Exchange, Quickie Convenience Stores, Shoppers Drug Mart and Stop & Shop, as well as national chains such as Blockbuster, KB Toys, Kmart-Sears,Target, Toys R Us and Wal-Mart.
Hidden City Games is throwing a ten day long birthday party, beginning on November 6. kicking off a celebration of the launch with a 10-day promotion. Bella Sara fans will have opportunities to win daily gifts on the website as well as read Bella’s journal and get special codes that will change daily. Bella’s new baby will also be introduced to the world, and we’ll all find out if it’s a boy or a girl. Kids will be able to download the foal for a limited time. A contest will also be running, in which winners from different age groups will win Bella Birthday packages and full sets of Bella Sara merchandise and accessories.
With over 55 million cards sold to date it’s pretty obvious that these cards are popular! I don’t know how it is I didn’t know about these! Girls surely love these cards because of the beautiful artwork and because they enable girls to pretend they have a horse. After all, what girl doesn’t want a horse at that age. Parents will love these cards because they’re positive and there are no “battles”. I think it’s terrific that the cards can also be used online, I think that makes them worth the price. The Bella Sara website is a safe place for girls to play as there is no way for anyone to contact you through the site. Parents can set a limit play to 1, 2, and 3 hours or set it for unlimited access in the parental controls section of the website. It is free to register for an account and use the Bella Sara site.
As part of the Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival I have two packs of Baby Bella cards to giveaway! That’s right, you can win two packs of these brand new cards. To enter leave a comment on this post telling me who you’d give these two packs of cards to if you won and if they’ve ever played Bella Sara before. US addresses only please. Only comments containing the requested information will be eligible. Contest ends Sunday 11/02/08 at 11:59 pm est. The winner will be selected using random.org and they must contact me to confirm they wish to receive the prize within three days of my email notifying them they’ve won. Good luck to everyone!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.