Monthly Archives: March 2013

  • Stuff-your-own plush animal parties are great for kids

    What kid doesn’t want to be surrounded by friends, family and a few stuffed animal kits waiting to be stuffed at a party? We know that sounds really fun and that’s why the Zoo Factory offers party kits for birthdays and other social kid-friendly events!

    Each kit comes with either an 8-inch or 15-inch unstuffed animal, as well as a wishing star, a birth certificate for the newly created stuffed animal and a T-shirt. Stuffing is sold separately so you can buy as much, or as little as needed.

    When you have a do-it-yourself stuffed animal party, guests will be thrilled to make their own gifts and leave with something they created. It’s a real confidence booster for children because they know that the stuffed animal was something that they made. From choosing the animal, to stuffing, decorating and costuming, kids like the idea of being in charge of every step. And because there is no sewing involved, creating your own plush animal or doll has never been easier!

    Children who make their own have a sense of pride in their work. The animal becomes more than just stuffing when it’s filled with love and care! That’s the beauty of stuffing your own; the bond can last forever!

    So, if your child loves stuffed animals, consider hosting a stuff-you-own themed party and invite lots of friends to participate in the fun. And pick up some party extras such as stuffing, crayons and fabric paints to decorate the T-shirt and costumes.

    Encourage your guests to visit our website to learn about all the different ways to accessorize a stuffable animal or plush doll. From sunglasses and shoes, to shirts, dresses and pants, the possibilities are endless. And of course, visitors to the site will also find neat accessories like play blankets, tents and toys. The sky is the limit when you choose a Zoo Factory stuffable animal or plush doll!

  • Are tweens too old for stuffed animals?

    Stuffed animal dragonYour stuffed animals have been at your side, like trusted best friends for years. Everywhere you go they go, too. When you’re feeling down, your favorite plush animals are always there to lift you back up. Now, suddenly, you’re on the cusp of the teen age. Those once coveted animals seem like kid-stuff now, but you can’t seem to shake the feeling that its okay to still confide in your stuffed friends and hold them very dearly. So, what’s a tween to do?

     

    If you’re like most tweens, you understand it’s okay to have a confidant. A stuffed animal can be a source of comfort because it never talks back, doesn’t give bad advice and is always willing to lend an ear.

     

    Marin, a 6 year old New Yorker with a host of stuffed animals said, “If (tweens) still want to keep their baby stuffed animals, they can, so they can look at them when they are older.” Her cousin Alina, 13, brings a favorite stuffed animal when she has sleepovers with friends. In her bedroom she still keeps a few favorite stuffed animals out.

     

    Stuffed animal dogThere are even a great number of adults that either sleep with, or travel with a stuffable animal. They believe that the stuffy provides comfort, or in the case of traveling, reminds them of home and family.

     

    Some tweens said it’s okay to be a teenager with a few stuffed animals; that there is something to be said for enjoying the friendship a little longer. But they warn about going overboard. Many believe that a few are okay, but once you reach the latter teenage years it’s time to calm down. They admit that stuffed animals are adorable, trustworthy and special because they are staples from childhood. But once you reach the border of teen and adult, it’s probably time to shelve the stuffed animals, save one or two.

     

    Tweens are encouraging other tweens to grow up at their own pace. Perhaps that’s a good lesson for everyone. Take the time to appreciate the things you have, including your stuffed animals. When you’re young, the world is new and fresh. Enjoying it with a stuffed companion is a great way to explore the world, one moment at a time. Don’t rush through life, even when you become a teenager. There will be time later on to grow up.

  • Traveling with plush animal isn’t just kid stuff

    Stuffed Animal BunnyAge is just a number for some men and women who travel with stuffed animals. You’re never too old to take with you the things that provide security and comfort. And if it’s a stuffed animal that provides that protection and security, then so be it!

    Many adult travelers pack a beloved stuffed animal when they go on trips because it reminds them of home when they have to be away. Just as a stuffy provides comfort to a child, one that comes along in an adult’s suitcase does the same job.

    Many hoteliers report mailing literally thousands of stuffed animals back home after finding them in vacation rooms. And these are just the ones from businessmen and women! A lot of men say they bring along a favorite stuffed animal because it acts as a memento. We often see in movies and television commercials about children that stuff a favorite stuffed animal into daddy’s suitcase as he heads out the door for a business trip. According to many fathers, it’s all true and not an act of lore. They are often happy to “find” the stuffed animal later while unpacking because it serves as a reminder of home and family.

    To some, the stuffed animal is part of the family. When you go on a family vacation or a trip, you don’t leave some of your family behind; you take them all with you. So why would you leave a beloved stuffed animal behind?

    Stuffed Animal Black BearSome men say they will bring along a stuffed animal with a romantic connection while traveling. For instance, if his partner has given him a stuffed animal, he wants to have a piece of them with him while he travels. The stuffed animal doesn’t replace the missing loved one, but it can provide comfort for the traveler who is missing their other half.

    Hotel staff will often prop the stuffed animal up on a freshly made bed, or even on the nightstand because they know the animal means a lot to the traveler. Bringing along the plush toy just makes one feel better. And while the may not be carrying it under their arm as they board their flight, some men that travel with a stuffed animal are proud tell about it. Two out of four men admit to traveling with a plush companion. Some say the stuffy stays in the suitcase when he is not traveling and only comes out during times of travel. No matter how a person travels, passing the time with a stuffed animal can’t be beat!

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