A Digital Way for Your Child to Deal with Their Bad Dreams


Hanazuki interactive game for kidsWhen I was little I had nightmares like most children. There was a horrible monster in the toy closet and to this day I still have nightmares about spiders crawling on me while I sleep. All of this was made 10x worse because I was told if you had the same dream more than once it meant it was going to come true. That closet with the scary man with the axe was certainly going to be the death of me.

But my worst nightmare was something would happen to my Dad who traveled nine months out of the year for his job. One year he gave me a stuffed koala from Australia. From then on, I slept with Koala because I believed it would keep anything bad from happening. Fast–forward to years later, my daughter couldn’t sleep at night. So Koala was pulled out of the box, (yes, I still had her) and I told my daughter the story of his magical powers for getting rid of nightmares. Off to bed with Koala she went and the next morning she came running in to say it had worked!

But today there is a digital way to banish bad dreams
Last night I went to a blogger event hosted by Hasbro and Hanazuki at Dylan’s Candy Bar. Hasbro discovered Niko Stumpo and Hanneke Metslaar, the creators of the game, in Amsterdam and are continually looking at interesting properties from inside the Hasbro vault as well as outside. They said, “We saw Hanazuki and immediately thought it could be an amazing, global brand.”  Hanazuki is an interactive game that will help children ages 7 to 12 find their magical powers to tame the frightful beings in the game. The game will not  officially launch till Fall of 2014, but you can take a sneak peek at Hanazuki.com.

Hanneke and Niko said, “We created Hanazuki out of a true passion to create and tell stories both in the digital and the real world. Hanazuki is an art style with a story, a reason to exist. Hanazuki is a universe unto itself, filled with characters and treasures that are inspirational and aspirational, funny all the while. Hanazuki, the brand’s name and our main character’s name, stands for creativity, exploration, dreams and treasures. We hope it will inspire girls all over the world to dream their dreams.”

Your child decorates a “little dreamer, which flies through the dreamscape collecting treasures. Once enough treasures are collected Little Dreamer presents them to Moonflower Hanazuki who brings colors and magic to a night. But Hanazuki is not just an online game. Hanazuki has a plethora of craft boards on Pinterest for decorating phone cases, making fabric letters to making pincushions and every mother is always looking for ways to keep their children busy and having fun. I’m still a big kid at heart so I have to say it was at the top of my list in terms of fun blogger events. We made our own clouds, received Hanazuki t-shirts, phone covers and a Hanazuki shopping bag. I can’t remember the last time I did something “crafty” in the literal sense of the word. And what is more fun than eating cupcakes or throwing virtual cupcakes ! I’m a big fan of Hanasuki and eagerly wait the launch.

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