The Zoo Factory

  • Adding A Wonderful Scent To Your Child's Stuffed Animal

    Adding A Wonderful Scent To Your Child's Stuffed AnimalOne of the strongest senses the human body experiences is the sense of smell. Scents play a key role in our mental and emotional well-being. Most people have a favorite scent that brings them peace, and a feeling of calm and happiness. This occurs most often with children.

    Whether it is a parent’s scent, the smell of the laundry detergent or food, children relate happiness and memories to a special scent. Scents and significant items are particularly important in the life of a child. Think back to your own childhood and we can imagine that at one point, there was a stuffed animal or doll that was a favorite. As a small child, stuffed animals and their unique scent are very comforting.

    When you combine the two, a stuffed animal and inviting scent, you have a wonderful combination in a product that is sure to be loved by any little human being.

    The world of creating a stuffed animal friend is a popular activity for our youngest generation. They love the idea that their buddy has been hand-picked and stuffed just for them. You can now take the special process one step further by placing a scent in the middle of the stuffing within the animal for a long-lasting smell.

    Aromabearapy has a full line of adorable paw-inspired scent chips to be placed within stuffed animals. All you have to do is add the scent chip in the middle of the tummy inside of the stuffing. After a few minutes, tell your little one to hug their friend tightly and a wonderful smell will erupt from the animal. The smell is not over-powering.  Some of the scents include baby powder, bubble gum, apple, cotton candy, strawberry, and more.

    For a full list and description of the available Aromabearapy scent chips, feel free to browse our website. For more information, contact us today!

  • Why It’s Important To Clean Your Stuffed Animal

    You may keep a very clean home, shampooing your carpets and disinfecting your surfaces regularly to keep your kids safe from everyday germs that can be very harmful to them. What you may not realize, though is that their security item, like their stuffed animals, also need a little bit of extra attention in order for your children to stay safe.

    The most common issue that your child’s stuffed animal would likely have is dust mites, and dust mite allergens can become a contributing factor to eczema and asthma flare-ups. Stuffed animals can also be home to other harmful bacteria that can pass colds and flus, from one child to another or from your child to you.

    Why It’s Important To Clean Your Stuffed Animal

    Luckily for you, as long as your child’s stuffed animal fits in the washing machine, you can prevent the spread of germ and allergens! With the help of a laundry bag, like the ones we have available on our site, your stuffed friends become machine washable.

    We recommend that you wash your furry friends once per week at a high temperature with antibiotic detergent. The laundry bag will ensure that your stuffed friend will stay intact and unharmed in the washing machine, as well as the dryer. Rips and tears could occur if your teddy gets snagged on buttons or zippers that are also in the washing machine, but our laundry bag will prevent all of these issues.

    Pick up a laundry bag today and stick those stuffed animals in the wash to get rid of germs and allergens that are hiding behind their sweet plush faces. Get your hands on these helpful stuffed animal cleaning accessories from The Zoo Factory! For more information or to order any of our great products, contact us today!

  • Using A Sound Box To Add A Personal Touch

    Using A Sound Box To Add A Personal Touch

    There are personal touches that artists attribute to their work so that everyone knows who made that specific piece, most of the time taking the form of a signature, but what about another type of personal touch, one that everyone will know within ear shot?

    At The Zoo Factory, we offer one of the most personal touches of all; your voice. With our recordable sound chips, you can create up to 10-seconds of special message that you will be able to record with your own voice, so that any project, from stuffed animals to action figures, will make sure to have your personal touch, one that is the hardest to replicate.

    Don’t stop at just using your pre-recorded voice, look into using any sound that you wish to have recorded and created to share. If you wanted to have the sound of a calm brook or waves breaking on the shore you can have that. The possibilities are endless, only bound by the limits of your imagination.

    The Zoo Factory has the perfect sound chip for you.

    Looking for the sound of a dog barking or a cow mooing? Looking to create an atmosphere of wonder and mystery, there is the sound of a wolf howling that will echo through anyone who the piece is for. For those that desire the sounds of animals then we will also be able to assist you with the pre-recorded sounds chips, with sounds of your animal creations.

    The Zoo Factory offers hundreds of sound chips for every piece of art that you are able to imagine! Check out our selection or contact us today for more information.

  • Dressing Your American Girl Doll For Home Or Career

    American Girl is a doll company that truly celebrates the differences in all young girls, and teaches them about history, how to be a good friend, and the importance of philanthropy. American Girl dolls are also great for the home and office.

    The doll can be the symbol of your career choice or the mascot of the office. With its uniqueness and the ability to be creative with the dress, you can have your American Doll look just like one of the crew; something the clients or guests view to soothe and inspire them or recognize the playful, relaxing nature of the company.

    But, let’s be honest for a second: the best part of any doll is the clothes!

    Dressing her up in cool outfits can be so fun and you have to have a good variety to make it really fun. American Girl dolls can be dressed in anything from costumes to dresses, to seasonal selections and jammies.

    And don’t forget the different career outfits!

    If you’d like the doll to look like an aspiring doctor, make sure to include a doctor’s outfit from The Zoo Factory.

    If you keep your doll at home and want your daughters to see what the career dress might look like, well then not only will you love dressing the dolls in different kinds of outfits, you’ll love seeing the dolls in the outfits of the careers they hope to have one day. To put in your order of American Girl Doll clothing and accessories, contact us today!

  • How To Have Fun This Summer Vacation

    Summer vacation is here! There will be days spent by the pool, and in front of the TV, and hopefully playing outside in the yard. Summertime is a break from the classroom, homework, and any schoolyard drama that is hard to deal with during the year. For a lot of kids, the summer is a great time to recharge, relax, and just worry about having fun for a change.

    But even the summer is time spent distracted, forgetting almost everything they’ve learned the year before, you can still keep your kids engaged this summer. Exercise both their bodies and their minds, and those first few weeks back at school in the fall won’t be so bad.

    If you’re running out of activities to do that are both interesting and educational for your kids, consider a make-your-own stuffed animal kit from The Zoo Factory.

    These projects, which come in all shapes and sizes, from classic teddy bears to cats, and dogs to pillow pets, require no sewing, and can teach your kids about following directions and the value of working on something with your hands. At the end of the process, they’ll have a finished product that they can keep, and when they look at it, they’ll remember that they made it themselves. How cool!

    Like we said, the summers can cause a little brain lethargy and, after about a week, it’s hard to come up with interesting, new activities to keep your kids entertained. Try a make-your-own stuffed animal kit from The Zoo Factory to shake things up! The best part is your kids will learn a thing or two throughout the process. For more information about any of the products we offer or to order yours, contact us today!

  • Pledge Time Fun With Stuffed Animals

    The school year is at a close for many college campuses but that doesn’t mean the planning cant being for the next year. Many sororities and fraternities are planning for the next pledge year and coming up with ideas to help their small family become one. Before pledges decide on a particular Greek house, they will want to see what each sorority or fraternity has to offer.

    This could be a very important time to show possible pledges how things are done in your organization, debunking the stereotypes that might come with Greek houses.

    Bonding experiences are the best way to get a group of diverse individuals together. Having a pet (like a dog or cat) is a great way to integrate people of different cultures or backgrounds but some may be allergic, and let’s be honest, college student life is not always the most ideal situation for an animal.

    To make them feel at home during this process have an open night for girls or guys to visit. While there offer food and drink, and entertainment.

    An interesting way is to utilize the building of stuffed animals to bring people in and see what Greek life is about. Opt for a social party, with the stuffed animal making process as part of the night’s activities. This will allow each individual interested to show off their creative side and ultimately show school spirit. This can include food and fun. If possible choose your school’s mascot and you can all have your own piece of the college incorporated with the Greek life.

    The Zoo Factory has a wide variety and selection of animal kits for a party like this or any type of entertainment function you can think of. Contact us about pricing or to put in your order today.

  • Summertime Programs With Stuffed Animals

    Attention all summer camp counselors and summer program coordinators!

    School will be letting out soon for summer vacation and that means you will be taking over for the teachers and parents and have multiple children to care for. Usually these children will be a wide range of ages and sometimes it can be difficult to find tasks all the children will enjoy doing, along with one that is affordable and fits in with your program budget.

    To help get everyone to know each other it may be a fun idea to have them all stuff their own animal in the first week of camp, then all summer long they will have a friend nearby even if their school friends are not in the same program.

    To make things easy buy all the animals a plain white t-shirt and use graffiti pens to decorate them. This way each animal can be an individual just like your campers.

    These stuffed animals will go on many adventures with your students and the students will always have them. Just think of the times when they grow up and pack away their toys, they may keep the stuffed animal out just as a reminder of what fun the summer of 2015 was for them. Stuffed pets are the best for cuddling for when the students have a scrapped knee and need to get a Band-Aid, they also make a great companion for playing red rover.

    The Zoo Factory animals are an extremely affordable option for your program. Start your summer program on the right foot, or even the proverbial furry foot. Contact us for more information today!

  • Personalized T-Shirts for Your Stuffed Animal!

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    Many times when you are looking for clothes for yourself you seem to be caught between buying the clothes that are popular and trying to find the clothes that speak to you and make a statement about who you are.

    Well now you don’t have to make a choice, at least not for a new stuffed friend!

    Our fabric markers are just that- markers that you can use on fabric. This means you buy our traditional plain t-shirt to fit your stuffable animal and use the markers to turn that t-shirt into anything you would like it to be.

    The markers come in a set of 8 colors. This gives you a variety of colors to choose from and endless options of what to design on your shirt. The great thing about designing your own shirt is that it can be personalized to what you or your child would like to see on shirts. You could even use the markers to create a matching shirt, so your child and their stuffed friend could match and they can show off their twin!

    It is important to allow your child to be creative and express themselves, they are only young once and you don’t want them to lose that innocence. When they grow up and start acting like little adults you will regret not having more days where they cuddled up with their stuffed animals and innocently playing with their toys.

    At The Zoo Factory, we aim to fuel your child’s imagination, all while making it fun and safe for them.
     
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  • Customizing Stuffable Animals For Your Child

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    Having toys for your child to play with is important, it helps their imagination run wild and lets them have the dreams you hope they achieve someday.

    Many children will use their toys as a way of creating dreams and aspirations for themselves. Instead of letting your child use the popular toy to impersonate them, give them a stuffable animal that is them. Ok, maybe they will not look exactly like them but embodies them in every way possible.

    There are many ways to customize one of our stuffed animals to be your child's mini-me.

    First start with the clothes-you can dress them exactly how your child would dress on a daily basis or dress them in your child's favorite color.

    You can also pick the stuffed animal that you think most directly identifies with your child. For example if you have a child who loves to play at the park and is always climbing around you may want to give them a gorilla. Or if your child is somewhat shy and quiet, you could always get them a cute and cuddly rabbit. Choose the animal that is inside of your child just waiting to come out and play.

    One last thing you may want to include with your child's new friend is a scent. If your child is your little sweetie pie or cupcake make sure to include the cupcake aroma-bearapy.

    Make your child's next stuffed animal is a toy they will want to look up to and idolize as they create their own dreams.
     
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  • Re-Stuffing a Limp Stuffed Animal

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    Stuffed animals become family members very quickly. For children they are companions, teachers, babies, and devoted friends. And for adults they are reminders of another time, perhaps another place, and even a first close relationship. Beloved stuffed animals get worn easily, but are sometimes loved even more in their decay.

     

    When stuffed animals lose their stuffing through play and a lot of holding, they may begin to not look like themselves. But repairing this problem is simple as well as being a loving gesture.

     

    The first thing to do is go to a fabric or craft store and get polyester fiberfill stuffing. Polyester fiberfill is the best thing for re-stuffing as it is both hand and machine washable. You can even put it in the dryer with the worry of it bunching up and distorting the shape of the animal.  It is also easy to work with.

     

    The next step is to locate the spot where the stuffing was first put into the animal. Look closely at all the seams on the toy, especially hidden ones, like down the back, between the legs, under the arms. Search carefully. You will find the spot somewhere on a seam where it gets a bit bumpy or it appears that some of the fur is tucked under there. It shouldn’t be too difficult to locate.

     

    Use a good seam ripper and start undoing the threads. Work very gently and carefully so as not to disturb worn patches on the stuffed animal and make them worse. Worn patches may show signs of being well loved, but they are very fragile and need to be worked around with care. Never cut the seam with a scissors.

     

    Once you have found the hole and opened it wide enough for your fingers to get in, pick a gumball-sized piece of fiberfill and put it into the empty spaces. With each piece of stuffing, take the time to rub and pat it into place. With newer stuffed animals you might be able to use a stuffing tool like a chopstick, but never use one with old and very worn toys as you might put a hole in the skin. So you stuff and pat, stuff and pat. Be sure to rub out any lumps and bumps.

     

    Stuff the toy until you are satisfied with its firmness or softness. Now you are ready to re stitch the seam. Using a simple ladder stitch, and sewing with extra strong thread, close up the hole. Take care to not leave any threads hanging out when you finish up. Make sure they are well tucked.

     

    You have your family member back and restored. It can be hugged and played with, sit at a tea party, or be a bed companion. A beloved friend is back in action!
     
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