Build a bear dress

Why Shop for Stuffable Animals and Dolls at The Zoo Factory? 

Make your own stuffed animal with Stuffable Animal Kits from The Zoo Factory, LLC. With dozens of fun, soft animals to choose from, your child can pick out his or her new favorite friend and toy. Our stuffable animal kits make great gifts and presents for birthday parties, fundraisers and more. Each child will experience an instant connection with their new stuffed friend with a birth certificate, unstuffed animal, wishing star and stuffing instructions so they can bring their pal to life.
Kids love the idea of building their very own stuffed animal and making it on their own. They can choose the type of animal they love, including kittens, dogs, tigers, penguins, dragons, unicorns and many more, and put stuffing into their toy themselves. There is no sewing needed and kids can even find outfits for their stuffed animals, including sports outfits, dance outfits, costumes, vests and even shoes or sunglasses.

Take a look at our selection of buildable, stuffable bears and other animals. This unique and memory making activity is ideal for birthdays, fundraising, school projects, corporate events, company team builders, summer camp crafts or Club & Scout community work.

The Zoo Factory, LLC is where your child can Stuff Them – Dress Them – Love Them.

Photo: Adam Bettcher (Getty Images)

Yesterday, Build-A-Bear put on a Pay Your Age event, promising customers they could pay their age for just about any stuffed animal in the store. That meant if your kid is three, she could have snagged a furry friend for three bucks. What could go wrong, right? It’s only every child’s dream to bring home their very own snuggle buddy from the famed toy chain. (As a parent of a five year old, I’ve at times wondered if I should find an alternate route at the mall when I’m in a hurry so that my child won’t stop in front of the store and beg, “Pleeeeeeeease, Mom, can we go in?”)

The day was an epic disaster. There were Hunger Games-like mobs. Eight-hour lines (at my store, at least). And toddler meltdowns. So many meltdowns. Mid-event, the company had to shut the whole thing down, eventually offering printable vouchers instead.

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You can go back if you dare. Or? It’s pretty easy to give your kid a Build-A-Bear-inspired experience at home, for cheap—say, less than $10. With no lines. Here’s how.

Buy a No-Sew Stuffed Animal Skin

Photo: eBay

The brand new bear skins above start at $7.50 on eBay. (There are life-sized options, too, because YOLO.) You can also buy unstuffed teddy bears and other friends on Amazon and through specialty retailers, like The Zoo Factory. These ones are $7.

Stuff It

Here’s the fun part. Let your budding taxidermist stuff their new pal with polyester fiber or another type of fill. For a special touch, add a heart (you can cut one out from a piece of red felt) and tell them to make a wish!

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Accessorize

This is where the costs can start to add up (though the Build-A-Bear promo didn’t include accessories, anyway). Let your kid play dress up with their furry friend with add-ons like shoes, bows, police helmets, karate belts and roller skates.

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Create an Adoption Certificate

Make the adoption official with a personalized certificate, which you can create yourself or find templates for on Pinterest.

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It’s safe to say that 2018 is the year of the unicorn, and Build-A-Bear is totally riding out the trend.

Build-a-Bear $60.00

First, in April, the brand announced a Beary Fairy Friends Collection that featured fairy-inspired bears, cats, and — of course — unicorns. Now, the stuffed animal mecca has announced a new “unicorn-of-the-sea” plush: a mythical narwhal that’s as adorable and it is rare.

Build-A-Bear’s narwhal is exclusively available online right now and will make its way to stores across the country starting on August 2.

If you want, you can order an unstuffed animal today and then bring it to your local store to fill once it arrives at your house. The narwhal itself is $22. From there, it’s up to you how you want to accessorize her. Perhaps a rainbow tutu and a princess wand?

Shop Narwhal Accessories

Multicolor Sequin Tutu $8.00 Spring Flower Headband $2.10 Surfboard $8.00 Furever Princess Wand $5.00

And just like that, you have a magical sea creature to hang out with for the last month of summer. Yes, these are perfect for any sparkle-loving child — but we totally won’t judge you if want to get a narwhal for yourself, too.

Lindsey Murray Trends & Reviews Editor Lindsey works with the Good Housekeeping Institute to test and review products like appliances, bedding, baby items, and more