Fun Facts About Stuffed Animals and Soft Toys

Stuffed animals and soft plush toys have been around since ancient times. Almost everyone has had a stuffed bear or teddy in their childhood.  While most of us have had these adorable cuddly cute stuffed animals as our friends during childhood, you may not know how they came about.

Read on to discover some fun facts about these adorable creatures!

What is the Definition of stuffed animal?

A toy in the shape of an animal that usually has fake fur and is filled with soft material

Why are the stuffed animals called plushies or stuffed toys?

There is not much difference between a stuffed toy and a plushie. They both are both alike. Stuffed toys are basically toys which are stuffed with soft fabric. A plushie is a common term to describe a soft toy. Both plushies and soft toys have smooth plush fabric attached on the outside and the inside is filled with pp cotton or a similar material. Plushie is derived from plush soft toys or plush animals.
The softness, cuteness, flexibility and resemblance to animals is what makes stuffed toys unique.

Who made the first stuffed animals?

In 1880, Margarete Steiff created the first stuffed animal from her home in Germany: a pin cushion in the shape of an elephant. Margarete’s nephew Richard Steiff came up with a design for a toy in 1902, the teddy bear

stuffed animal teddy bear

Random Facts about Stuffed Animals and Plush Toys

  • Plush cuddly toys are also known as ‘stuffed animals’, ‘plushies’, ‘plush toys’, ‘soft toys’, or ‘cuddle toys.
  • These toys are often made into the shape of an animal or other objects
  • Plush toys are commonly used for comfort, or given as a gift on special occasions, for newborns, Birthdays or baby shower gifts
  • They also come in a wide variety of colours and fur textures.
  • Soft toys are among the most popular toys, especially for children. Their uses include imaginative play or as comforter toys
  • The cute stuffed animals are distinguishable from other toys mainly by their softness, flexibility, and resemblance to animals or fictional characters.
  • Most cute cuddly toys are inspired by real animals. They are cuddly, soft and make great bedtime buddies

Which stuffed animal is the most popular? We’ve listed a few of ours below. You can also take a look at some of our other top picks from our store.