Children frequently visit shops that offer cuddly animals with recorded messages. When you consider the price of the animal, the implanted device with the prerecorded message, clothes, and other items that children are encouraged to buy, the expense of these pricy plush animals may add quickly.
You may create your talking plush animal by recording words onto a messaging device, available at craft and scrapbook stores, and placing it into the animal. You can do this task in under an hour with basic sewing knowledge.
Who doesn’t love talking toys? They are a great way to help your child learn new words, practice sentence structure, and even gain confidence speaking in front of other people. If you want to make your talking toy, look no further!
Making one is a lot easier than you might think. You can create a talking stuffed animal in less than an hour with only a few simple supplies and minimal sewing skills. It comes as no surprise that kids love stuffed animals.
As they get older, they tend to lose interest in them. However, if you want to wow your youngster with something special, why not make them their talking toy so they can continue to enjoy it for many years. The best part is that making one isn’t nearly as difficult as you might think. Let’s take a look at the steps involved in creating your stuffed animal that talks:
What You’ll Need?
The first thing you’ll need to do is decide what kind of stuffed animal you want to make. There are a few things to keep in mind depending on the type you choose. For example, if you want to make a recordable stuffed animal, you will likely need to get a large doll. This is because stuffed animals are generally made of the same materials as regular teddy bears (straw, cotton, etc.).
You don’t want a giant stuffed animal that will only say one or two words. On the other hand, if you want to make a bunny or some other smaller animal, you can use a more petite doll. Next, you’ll need to gather your materials.
You’ll want to start with a stuffed animal of your desired type. Then, you’ll need a sewing machine and a few different sewing supplies. You’ll also want to purchase a few different pieces of electronics, which we’ll discuss below. Most importantly, you’ll need a computer, a recording device, and a toy speaker.
Step 1: Decide On A Topic
If you enjoy sewing and want to make an adorable stuffed animal for your child to play with, that’s great! Making a stuffed animal is a great way to bond with your child or loved one. If you don’t have that skill, don’t worry!
You can still make a talking stuffed animal by recording your voice. To do this, you should decide on a topic you’d like your toy to discuss. Some great ideas are: - The weather - A local landmark - An animal you’re familiar with - A story of your choice.
Choose to go the weather route. You can create a simple forecast that tells your child the current temperature, what to expect for the rest of the day, and what the weather is like outside.
You can also add a bit of fun to the forecast by giving your forecast a personality by giving it a name and a catchphrase. Choose to go with a local landmark. You can create a detailed interactive map showing the location of a landmark nearby.
Step 2: Gather Your Materials
As we discussed in Step One, you’ll need a few different materials to make your talking stuffed animal come to life. First, you’ll need a stuffed animal of your choice. Then, you’ll need a computer, a recording device, and a toy speaker.
The computer will allow you to record your voice. You can then upload the audio file to a computer program that will allow you to play it through the toy speaker. The recording device will allow you to record yourself saying the words you want your toy to say.
The toy speaker will act as your toy’s voice box. You’ll also want to purchase a few smaller pieces of electronics. These include a small DC motor, a microswitch, and a 9-volt battery. You can find these items online or at your local electronics store.
Step 3: Sew The Mouth And Eyes
You’ll want to start by sewing the mouth and eyes on the front of your stuffed animal. This will make it look more like a toy and less like a pillow. You’ll want to sew the mouth a few inches below where the nose on the toy would be.
You’ll want to ensure that the mouth is big enough to fit the voice box inside. The eyes should be sewn on a few inches below the nose. You’ll want to sew them as far apart as possible while still having them be in the correct spot.
Once you’ve sewn the mouth and eyes, you’ll want to plug in the voice box and test it out. You’ll want to ensure that the toy is sitting in the correct spot so it can be heard from the front of the toy.
Step 4: Add The Voice Box
Once you’ve sewn the mouth and eyes, you’ll want to add the voice box to the toy. This can be quickly done by cutting a small hole in the top of the stuffed animal where the voice box will be placed.
You’ll want to ensure that the voice box is facing the right direction. You can test it by plugging it in and turning it on. You should be able to hear the words coming from the front of the stuffed animal. If you can’t, you may need to move the voice box around until you find the best position.
Step 5: Sew On The Ears And Tail
Once you’ve sewn the mouth and eyes, you’ll want to add the ears and tail to the toy. You’ll want to ensure that the ears and tail face the right direction. They should be on the top of the head as close to the ears as possible.
The tail should be on the backside of the stuffed animal. You’ll want to place the tail a few inches below where the back legs would be. You’ll also want to ensure that the tail faces the same direction as the ears.
If this isn't for you, we also have unstuffed animal kits that you can pick from to keep your stuffed animal super simple! As you can see, making a stuffed animal that talks aren’t nearly as complicated as you may have thought. If you enjoy sewing, you can make a stuffed animal with your name. The best part is that you can pick what you want your toy to talk about. Whether you’d like to create a weather forecast, a map of your local area, or an interactive story, the options are endless.