Monthly Archives: April 2013

  • Sports Stuffed Animals

    Molding your little one into a sports fan takes some work, especially when it comes to cheering for a specific team. Families don their children in clothing of their favorite teams, and even take them to a game when they're young to get them prepared for a life of being a fan for the rest of their lives.

    Another way to get the little one prepared is to get them a stuffed animal to hold on to that resembles a teams mascot or nickname.You have to be creative and imaginative, since these aren't official sports stuffed animals, but the psychological factors in having your child hold on to something that represents your team could pay off in the long run.

    Think of it like this, if your children's favorite stuffed animal is an Eagle, maybe he'll want to become a Philadelphia Eagles fan! Or if you want your child to grow up being an Eagles fan, get him an Eagle stuffed animal.

    So with the NFL Draft taking place this weekend, lets go through The Zoo Factory's stuffed animals you can give to your children to mold them into an NFL fan!

    Broncos Stuffed Animal

     

    Denver Broncos -- One of the most storied franchises in the entire league that  also boasts possibly the best quarterback to ever live in Peyton Manning, this horse replicates that of the Broncos logo, which is a horse.

     

     

    Eagles Stuffed Animal

     

    Philadelphia Eagles -- If your son or daughter's favorite bird is an Eagle, chances are they could very well grow up to be an Eagles fan. The Philadelphia Eagles have never won a Super Bowl, but maybe your little fan's spirit can push them over the top.

     

     

    Jaguars Stuffed Animal

     

    Jacksonville Jaguars -- This cool looking stuffed animal could represent your children's love for the Jaguars. The Jaguars haven't been the best team in the league of late, but with a new ownership, your little one could be the first one on the bandwagon.

     

    Bengals Stuffed Animal

     

     

    Cincinnati Bengals -- What kid wouldn't want to grow up a Bengals fan when dragging this guy around town. If you name him "Cinci," your child may be well on his way to becoming a big time Bengals fan.

     

     

    Lions Stuffed Animal

     

    Detroit Lions -- Not only does a lion represent the king of the jungle, it could show your children's love for the Detroit Lions. Couldn't you see your child squeezing this sports stuffed animal when the Lions are making a last minute attempt to win the game? Or could that be you?!

     

     

     

    Buffalo Stuffed Animal

     

    Buffalo Bills -- Just like this cute and lovable stuffed animal, the Buffalo Bills are one of the more lovable teams in the NFL. They're sometimes lovable for the wrong reasons, because they tend to lose more games than they win, but their fans are passionate and love their fans through thick and thin. Just a warning, you might need to hold this tight during close games!

     

     

    Dolphins Stuffed Animal

     

     

    Miami Dolphins -- This is a great gift for any young Dolphins fan. This stuffed animal not only looks exactly like Miami's logo, but it's cute like the Dolphins new logo too.

     

     

     

    Bears Stuffed Animals

     

    Chicago Bears -- This big bad Bear could represent your child's love for the Chicago Bears. The Bears are known for having a punishing defense, and there's not a better way in representing that than having this bear in your arms. If you want your child growing up to root for one of the oldest and most storied franchises in the NFL, this loveable sports stuffed animal is for you!

     

     

    Remember, these stuffed animals are not licensed NFL products, nor are they officially affiliated with any team, but with a little creativeness these stuffed animals could easily represent the love for their favorite team -- and it doesn't even have to be a football team. Browse our collection and see what stuffable animal could be the one to mold your child into a big sports fan today!

     

  • On Call: Playing doctor with your child’s stuffed animals

    You’ve watched your child squeeze that beloved stuffed animal in good times and in bad. In sickness and in health, through thick and thin, the bond between the two has never been broken. Figuratively speaking, of course. Because the real bonding – the stitches and seams are broken or weak – and, quite honestly, that stuffed animal has seen better days. But what’s a parent to do with a worn out best friend in need of serious repair? It would break your child’s heart to think of losing it.

    Tucan Sam But do not fear! Hope is not lost! With the right tools and a few swipes of the magic wand (needle and thread) you can restore that favorite stuffy and reunite child and best friend!

    Begin by inspecting the damaged part of the animal. Consider whether this is a simple fix you can do at home, or one that may require the help of a seamstress or other professional. There are fixes such as sewing a burst seam to those that require a bit more work, like reattaching a limb, or replacing a special feature such as a soft paw pad.

    Often times, even the most sewing challenged can master the art of simple stuffed animal repair. But, for those who cannot, there are repair shops, oft referred to as “stuffed animal hospitals” where a “sick or injured” stuffed animal can be restored, or “healed.”

    If you can do the repair work yourself, be sure to match appropriate thread colors, content and size. By using the right tools, you can replicate the original work, which will help maintain the integrity of the stuffed animal. Of course, to your child, just being able to squeeze the friend again might be all that matters, so to each their own when it comes to making repairs.

    Pig stuffed animalIf the animal has lost any stuffing while torn, be sure to replace it with a like fill. It will help the animal regain its original shape and can help keep the fabric in place and looking good. Even if no stuffing has been lost, if the well-loved stuffed animal is showing signs of stuffing shift, try and reposition it before you begin stitching or mending because you will have better access to the interior of the animal.

    So, go ahead and make those repairs to your child’s stuffed animals. They may not tell you directly how happy you have made them, but you will be able to see the satisfaction on the face of your child when they cuddle, nestle or play with that favorite stuffy again. And, you’ll take pride in the fact that you played a part in the mending of something that matters so greatly to someone else, similar to those who work in fields of medicine and the healing arts.

  • A Custom Stuffed Animal, is the Best Stuffed Animal

    Everyone has that special stuffed animal that’s made it through the years. Whether you’re new to the stuffed animal game, or a seasoned veteran, the new trend of being able to create, customize and personalize your own stuffed animal is very exciting. With stuffed animals often being a sign of comfort, going the extra mile and physically creating your closest friend can be a fulfilling and stress relieving activity for people of all ages.

    Stuffed animal accessoriesFor decades, the standard has been either receiving this special friend as a gift, or purchasing one from a store. While the bonds with these animals are always strong, sometimes it isn’t exactly what you wanted. With minor issues, such as size, texture, color or even breed of animal, these slight flaws often took some getting used to before a  bond could be formed. New advances in the stuffed animal industry have made it possible to create and customize the vision that was always in your head. The steps are pretty easy; you pick the breed of your animal and stuff it yourself. The animal is brought to life in your hands and is easily customizable. Shirts, pants, shoes, dresses, sunglasses, and bracelets are just a few of the many options available to really personalize your newest creation.

    Stuffed animal dogTo really pack that extra punch, most animals will come with accessories  birth certificate to be filled out by the creator, making the experience more than just stuffing an animal but also a personal journey to the perfect best friend. Other stuffed animal accessories like sound chips, or stuffed animal outfits also add an element to your animal, giving it a voice that can come pre-recorded or be recorded by yourself. Creating a stuffed animal has taken the love for stuffed animals to a new level.

  • The Zoo Factory Sound Chips

    Want to make an impression that will last as long as The Zoo Factory’s stuffable animals?

    Put in a customizable stuffed animal sound chip!

    You can choose from pre-recorded sound chips or one where you can record your own voice or even your baby's heartbeat.

    Choose from over 20 pre-recorded sounds, from a barking dog, an elephant, a mooing cow, a pig, kitty, or even the happy birthday and Old McDonald had a Farm song.

    Even better, buy a customizable sound clip so your own message can be played over and over by your  little loved one.

    We prefer it if you didn’t record “Clean your room!” But something fun like a nickname, or even your own customizable saying that makes your loved one laugh non-stop.

    The heartbeat one is great for babies or even puppies learning to live without their moms for the first time. That is as long as the puppy doesn't use it as a toy!

    These fun sound clips are incredibly reasonably priced too. The pre-recorded clips are just $2.50 and the customizable ones are $8.50

    At The Zoo Factory, make your stuffable animal custom inside and out!

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