Build A Bear Workshop Stuffing Station Review

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We like

Creative toy kit

Lots of fun

Quality materials

Good durability

Attractive features

Versatile for play

Safe

Portable toy-bear

Nice design

Entertaining

We don’t like

Refill kits are available, but not too often

How it works

When you bring home the Build a Bear to make your own bear toy kit you will have your children cheering with delight and setting up a stuffing station so that they can build a toy bear in the design and with amazing colors of their choice.

When you set up your home stuffing station, you have a child-friendly user plastic -molded machine, the soft stuffing material is placed inside it and then a child can turn a crank-arm. With each turn, the stuffing is fed automatically inside the main body of the bear until he is filled and padded out to his correct shape. It works this way: the empty teddy is attached to a feed chute through a zip opening in the back of the toy and the stuffing feeds in until the child has created a lovable toy teddybear. The process takes a reasonable amount of time and has a creative feeling around it for young children.

This kit can create two different toy bears, to create more bears it is possible to buy stuffing refill packs which have the required materials to create one bear. This toy building kit is a winner among children aged from four years up to around 8 or any age for anyone who loves toy bears. When the bear is built, there are unique attractive outfits for the bears to try on, the colors are an amazing combination of vivid attractive choices. The two bears in this kit are the highly popular rainbow versions which children adore.

The bears have special wishing hearts through which children can make a wish and then put the heart holding the wish safely and secretly inside the bear. After this children need to fill out the newly born bears birth certificate, so they will have to think of a special name, perhaps Mom or Dad can help think of a nice name. These bears are such good fun to make and parents can get involved and help younger children complete and build a cute, soft and very cuddly toy bear.

This is a great gift to get young children into creative mode and they get to enjoy an adorable and cuddly toy bear through being creative.

Materials

Materials

The kit consists of a variety of materials all of which are child-safe though the product is not suggested for children under three years old. This is because the stuffing which is put inside the bears could tempt young children to taste or even try to eat it. The stuffing material is synthetic, soft, durable and easy to manipulate when filling a toy bear. The stuffing has a soft feel to it and this is what makes the bears feel soft and cuddly for young children. The more stuffing used for making the bear will mean the bear is more firm to touch and hold.

The stuffing-station is a solid no sharp edges plastic container with a fitted turn-handle so children can turn it to push the stuffing out of a chute into the bear and pump it up with stuffing until it takes a full toy bear shape. If very young children are around the project or joining in the project it is prudent to ensure they keep their fingers out of the stuffing box when it is in use. There are no entrances which make it easy for a child to interfere with the inner workings but really young children are inquisitive and creative. So keeping an eye on them is worthwhile, while the station is being used it is sealed through a fitting onto the future toy bear.

Children can be selective in how they build their pet toy bear and the outfits are bedazzling in the rainbow effect of blended colors, these bears look absolutely stunning when they are fully put together. The stuffing is put inside via a zip closure and entrance feature on the back of the bear and this is also where you can put a red heart shape inside the bear, though first, children can write down a wish and put the wish on paper inside the heart shape. This means, that the heart and the wish can be kept inside the toy teddy where it will be safely hidden and top-secret, till such time that the wish does come true.

The out fur skin is synthetic so it is very durable and does not shed fibers, the artificial fur is pleasant to touch and does not contain any materials which can spark of common allergies among children. The clothing provided for dressing up the bears is also synthetic and wear-resistant and easy to wash clean whenever it gets dirty.
Ease of Use & Functions

Ease of Use & Functions

The user instructions are designed so that children can easily follow the process used for stuffing and building the bears, older children will not need any help or guiding supervision. The kit comes with a crank-arm stuffing machine, just spend a little time loading up the pink synthetic stuffing materials into the automatic loader. Place the opening for the back of teddy against the loader chute and crank the arm to fill up teddy. She or he can be creative, and get a lot of pleasure and satisfaction through completing this toy building project. This toy set does allow children to gain more self-confidence through taking on and completing the toy creation project, the results look very good and children will feel proud of their personal creation.

Younger children should get some help and support from Mom, Dad or an older sibling, there is a good level of dexterity needed for how to manipulate the stuffing into the main body right up to the arms, legs, and head of the toy bear. The stuffing machine works very well but finger dexterity to firmly push the pink stuffing in to create a firmer toy bear is useful to do. Support and help for getting the correct amount of stuffing into the arms and legs via the stuffing machine could prove to be a little tricky for younger children around 3 and 4 years old.

Ease of use is designed into this product with children in mind and there is even ease of use inclusion of extra fun features such as the authentic-looking colorful sets of clothing, the task of writing a secret, hiding it inside a heart and then hiding the heart inside the bear. A very nice touch of ownership for a child who has just built his or own toy is the birth certificate on which a child can write a chosen name for the bear to create a bond between the child and the toy.

This toy functions as a creative task for children which results in an attractive child-friendly unique toy. The functional process through which a child gets this toy bear is that she/he must build it and this level of functionality gives a child a personal sense of achievement and certainly is something which will make a child feel very delighted and proud.
Social

Social

The social aspects of this great toy building kit-venture can be very social, two bears arrive with this kit and so that means two siblings can work together through this socially creative project. Or perhaps mom or dad can encourage a son or daughter to build two wonderful bears and even the start of a collection of build at home toys because many more choices are available by the brand maker.

This is a social and hands-on activity which requires seeing through the kit-building instructions to achieve owning a new and cuddly toy with a secret heart and wish hidden inside. When a child names a unique toy a social bond of imaginative friendship is created which will last through a very young child's years, in fact, there are many adults who still keep and treasure a pet teddy bear from their childhood. A build a bear workshop is a chance to invite friends to come and play and perhaps even join in making a new toy bear.
Entertainment Value

Entertainment Value

Children will; be fascinated and very entertained, they really will enjoy creating a toy and the process of doing so. It is entertaining to receive a combination of materials and to step through a range of activities and gradually see that the toy bear is taking shape and will soon be a new play companion. These home-built bears qualify as very cuddly and for imaginative children, there are so many entertaining games which can be conjured up. As there are two bears which are provided with this self-build kit, a child can stuff-build both and end up with two great toys from one gift.

The choice of clothes provided for the bears follows a rainbow theme, cheerful, attractive and bright and these are the designs and colors which gain a lot of interest from young children. Don’t be surprised at whatever unusual name a child will choose for a teddy bear because children are incredibly imaginative and they may well think up a very unique and special name. Ongoing fun and entertainment come via options to extend the collection of stuffed toys, many other versions are available and each offering offers unique differences which young children will like.
Portability

Portability

When thinking about portability we need to consider young children and what they can comfortably carry, there will be a friendship bond between a child and a special toy which they built themselves. So, of course, a young child will want to carry teddy around the home, outside in the garden or even take teddy out when the family go to a park or go shopping. Weighing in at a light child easy weight of 1.85 pounds in weight, this toy is portable enough to be carried anywhere the child wants to take it. This toy scores highly for convenient portability for children.
Durability

Durability

The toy has good durability when used or played within an appropriate context. The Stuffing-station is built from molded rigid plastic which will not easily break and it is fitted-sealed together at all joints so it cannot fall apart while being handled by children. The luxurious pink stuffing is made from a strong durable synthetic woven fiber which means it has anti-bacterial qualities because synthetic materials tend to not absorb and hold moisture, thus depriving bacteria of a breeding ground. Teddy’s skin and fur are also highly durable synthetics very capable of withstanding lots of attention from children.

The back area of the toy has a sturdy and strong zip fastener so that stuffing and a heart with a secret are safely stowed inside the teddy. This toy can take many years of cuddles and hugs, it is light and durable so it does not really matter how many times it is accidentally dropped or deliberately thrown, the durable materials are of a quality which can withstand a lot of attention. The makers have been thoughtful when choosing materials for this toy, the materials are good quality and this does reflect the levels of durability.
Safety

Safety

For children around 7,8 and 9 years old, though they are young they will quickly figure out the instructions and how to operate the stuffing station and create a wonderful appealing toy bear. The process for loading up the station, feeding the stuffing into the bear in the correct amounts is a child-safe process for children around 7 years and older, for children at ages 5 and 6, some adult supervision would be helpful even if the supervision is not hands-on but just guiding the child through the instructions. For children under five interactive participation from Dad or Mom will be needed and this is very social, so children will love working with a parent to build a toy.

Not for children under three years old because pink fluffy stuffing looks too much like tasty candy-floss and might tempt a child to try and eat it. The back of the bear has a sturdy zip system but zippers are very easy to open and close for very young children. Therefore even a built toy bear though looking fully safe is not fully safe with a child less than 3 years in age, a young inquisitive mind may well find a way to open up the back of the toy bear. This would give the child access to the material used for stuffing the bear. Therefore for safety reasons, these are recommended for children over three years old, some supervision up to around 6-7 years old and safe enough without supervision for older children.
Design

Design

The makers provide a combination of materials and a Stuffing-Station but the design work is a result of what the children do while they become creative and interactive while operating the station via a mechanical arm which pumps the stuffing to build up the bear. The clothing comes already designed and in this two bear set, there are two choices of big colorful t-shirts with rainbow color features. Each bear is a unique color and this means changing around the rainbow-themed clothing can create a lot of mix and match fun for children while dressing or changing these two toys.

The designers have factored in a sense of achievement into building a toy-bear through designing a birth certificate for use in giving the bear a name-identity, more secret fun for children because a designed red-plastic heart can hold a wish which a child writes on a heart-shaped piece of paper which is all included in this toy-set. Children can take design even further, they can get toy sets which allow them to make toy-sized clothing, this would be great fun for children to practice designing new fun clothes for teddy.

This is a very child-friendly kit which enables children to make their own toy at home, this is a good creative experience for kids.
Versatality

Versatality

A great versatile product for Allowing children to get creative and have fun at the same time. They get a unique teddy-bear built by them at home, no need to go shopping. If you have two young children at home, this gift will bring them working together and sharing a common aim of creativity together while they both make a toy. These bears are versatile and light and easy for children to take outside or carry around inside the home. Being soft and cuddly these are versatile and durable and built to last when played with and treated within the context of design and purpose. A child's imagination can be a versatile driving force in how they care for and interact playfully with the bears which they built, gave a name to and have shared a special secret wish with this unique toy. Nice versatile good quality toy for children which comes in as kit to bring out the creativity in children.
Age Range

Age Range

Not for children under three years, sensible supervision for children 4 and 5 years old, and judgmental supervision depending on a child's known behaviors for 6 - 8 years old. These are for children who like a challenge and understand what they get by completing this challenge.

The makers suggest that these toys are not for children under three years due to the stuffing which is provided to fill out the toy bears, even when the stuffing is done and the bear securely closed with a zipper it would be possible for a young child to open up the teddy and get at the stuffing inside. With this thought in mind, parents know their own children and their levels of inquisitiveness and so judgments should be made for supervision for children around 4,5,6 years as to how much supervision should be given.

The station for stuffing has moving internal parts and therefore very young children need to be supervised and ensured they do not put their fingers inside while turning the operating handle.
Adult Supervision

Adult Supervision

Though this kit is designed to be kid-friendly, adult supportive supervision for at the least fully understanding the instructions will be a good idea. Though the instructions are straight forward it will be helpful to ensure children are fully aware of what to do. Firmly closing the zipper can require a focused dexterity so young children may need assistance from a parent. Judging how much stuffing is needed for each bear is important and Mom or Dad can gently supervise and guide a child to loading up the correct amount of stuffing into the bear. Feedback from parents has pointed out that even though the stuffing station works, it is usual to top up the final amount of stuffing by hand and children could need supportive directing on how much needs to be put in.
Price Range

Price Range

One toy set, two teddy bears, this means one very happy child who can create two toys or two delighted siblings both of whom can create a lovable toy teddy for themselves and all this at a very reasonable price.

Bottom Line

This is the gift which will enthrall creative playful children who love the concept of building a toy for themselves. Arriving with the materials to stuff-build two toy teddy bears and a set of fantastic colorful; rainbow-themed and colored clothing. This is DIY in its best form for young children because they get an attractive cuddly toy as a result of being creative and going through a learning process to produce a toy. The social benefits are very good and creativity is subtly encouraged while blending in fun and enjoyment. This will put a delighted smile on the face of all children and countless hours of enjoyment.
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