Stuffington Bear Factory

>> Thursday, February 28, 2013

Alayna had a fieldtrip today to the Stuffington Bear Factory in Phoenix. This is actually my 3rd time here. Both the boys had this trip when they were in Kindergarten too. I wasn't blogging way back then so I'm glad I get to document all the fun and excitement this time! :)

It was a long bus ride for these little ones but they were buzzing with excitement to see what lay ahead for the day!

Alayna & and Meda (on the right) sweet little friends in class and church. :)
 The 1st class they took us to was all about how Stuffington Bear Factory started. 

The name Teddy Bear comes from former United States President Theodore Roosevelt, whose nickname was "Teddy". The name originated from an incident on a bear hunting trip in Mississippi in November 1902, to which Roosevelt was invited by Mississippi Governor Andrew H. Longino. Holt Collier, cornered, clubbed, and tied an American Black Bear to a willow tree after a long exhausting chase with hounds. They called Roosevelt to the site and suggested that he should shoot it. He refused to shoot the bear himself, deeming this unsportsmanlike, but instructed that the bear be killed to put it out of its misery, and it became the topic of a political cartoon by Clifford Berryman in The Washington Post on November 16, 1902.

Morris Michtom saw the drawing of Roosevelt and the bear cub and was inspired to create a new toy. He created a little stuffed bear cub and put it in his shop window with a sign that read "Teddy's bear," after sending a bear to Roosevelt and receiving permission to use his name. The toys were an immediate success and Michtom founded the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co.

They of course made this story a bit more "kid friendly"

The next class was a tour of the factory. They showed the children all sorts of stuffed bears, pillows, cats, dogs, you name it they make it and stuff it! :P

They showed them all the different fabrics and how they sew them together "by hand" no massive assembly line automated machines here. Just a few women, a sewing machine, and lots and lots of hard work!

Once we saw how they sew the bears they took the group over to see how they are stuffed and "washed". 

Of course they don't use water to wash the stuffed animals but the kids didn't know that. She asked them if she should show them how she washes them and sprayed the class!!! I wish it didn't come out so blurry but it was so funny to see how they all reacted to a little bit of "air". It helps fluff the fur and clean off any bits of fluff that might be left over. :P LOL!

The last class was the best. Each child was able to choose either an elephant, grizzly bear, brown bear or and orange bear to stuff and take home! :)

Alayna & her new brown bear she named Cherries! :)
 Alayna chose a brown bear. I was rooting for an elephant but I have to admit the brown bear is pretty cute too. :P Cherries isn't stuffed yet that's why she looks a little thin. :)

After stuffing she gets all sewn up to keep her squishably cuddly!

Alayna giving her new friend a nice and tight squeeze. :)

Then it was time for a brushing.

 And finally a bath! They all got to choose 2 colors of ribbon to tie around their animal's neck. She chose pink and yellow for Easter. :P

After all that excitement they got to sit down and color a coloring page and fill out a birth certificate with their stuffed friends new name and date of birth. 

Alayna is hard at work on her coloring page. That girl LOVES to color and draw! :D 

After everyone was finished we had lunch and then it was time to head back home. 

Alayna & I had a such a great time together! I love that I get to go on these trips with my kids. It's a blessing!



>> Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Alayna continually amazes me with her artistic ability, especially since my skills go as far as stick figures. She came home with this little birdie she drew in art class. Isn't it so detailed? She's got some talent for a 6 year old! :)


1st Sewing Lesson

>> Monday, February 18, 2013

Today I gave Alayna her very 1st sewing lesson. We were looking for something fun to do since the kids had the day off for President's Day, and this fit the bill just right!

Since she's only 6 years old we started very basic. A small little pillow for her dollies! :)

She went through my giant bin of scrap fabric and picked the perfect print. We cut out the shape and I showed her how to weave the needle in and out like a worm. Before long she had her project finished!

She was so proud of herself and how cute it turned out!

Merida was thrilled too and had to take a nap to give her final approval! :P 

Way to go Sweet Pea! Your 1st pillow is beautiful and cozy! :D


Our Little Valentine!

>> Thursday, February 14, 2013

I went in and volunteered in Alayna's class for her Valentine's Day Party today. I never told her I was going to come in and so when she saw me it was a BIG surprise!! She ran over and gave me a great big hug! Moments like that make being a Mom sooo worth it! :D

I had been in the class for about 20 minutes setting up this yummy feast and guess who showed up?! 

Dad did with a single red rose for our little Valentine! It was absolutely precious!

It was a fun afternoon with our little girl and her class. I love being able to go in and get a glimpse of what her day is like at school. I'm blessed to be able to volunteer whenever I want to. These years are passing by so fast. I'm thankful I get to take part in them!! :)


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