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Plush Animals Inspired by Nature
A Gift Guide of Plush Birds & Bees, and a Frog or Two...
Nature and its surroundings has become part of my inspiration for creating stuffed animals. I love plush animals, both those manufactured by many fine companies, and those cleverly handmade by fiber artists.
Animals and birds, insects and fish, all abound in the flora and fauna of Nature. Let's take a walk through the woods and see what we can find, then bring nature indoors with a Plush version.
My favorite description of Nature comes from this Lord Byron quote:
"When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy,
And the dimpling stream runs laughing by;
When the air does laugh with our merry wit,
And the green hill laughs with the noise of it."
-- Lord Byron.
Birds of a Feather... Stick Together!
Birds are winged, have two legs, and are warm-blooded, vertebrate animals that lay eggs. There are around 10,000 living species. They are found across the globe, from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Birds range in size from the 2 inch Bee Hummingbird to the 10 foot Ostrich. Information from Wikipedia.
Children recognize the word Bird and know what birds look like from an early age. Birds are a favorite part of nature to little ones.
Flying Friends in Plush
From realistic plush birds with authentic sounds licensed by Audubon to a child's favorite Big Bird from Sesame Street to the fun little Looney Tunes "Tweety-Bird", Amazon has a delightful selection of plush birds that appeal to adult collectors and children alike.
Big Bird from Sesame Street!
Audubon birds are available in many varieties. I like the Cardinal as it reminds me of my favorite baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals. :)
National Bird Day is January 5
The popularity of the Angry Birds Characters
Angry birds began life as a video game in 2009, based on a sketch of a wingless bird. The game was released by Apple in 2010 and became a runaway hit. It branched out to a variety of related video games and even a board game and a TV show. Merchandize from this popular bird now includes plush toys, music, books and films.
Angry Birds seem to appeal to all ages. My 5-year-old grandson is absolutely crazy about the Angry Birds and plays with them all the time.
David and his Angry Bird
International Owl Awareness Day
Whoo Who... a Plush Owl
The latest version of my crocheted plush owl is Oliver, an Amigurumi version created in tan and brown yarn. He's happily sitting in a tree here in Savannah, Georgia! (Very rare to see him out in the daytime -- perhaps it's because he's a 'plushie'.) :-)
Oliver (you can call him Ollie) can be seen in several views at his perch at Coastal Crochet Crafts at Etsy.
Owls are Among the Most Popular in the Bird Family
And Adored in Plush Form
There are over 200 species of owls found in almost all parts of the earth. With their small beaks and wide faces and large forward-facing eyes with a circle of feathers around them, we find owls a most appealing creature. And nowhere else are they more popular than in 'plush' form.
In nature, owls come in fairly standard colors.... browns & tans, white, grey and black. Owls as stuffed yarn creations can be all sorts of whimsical colors.... for instance, pink owls are nice! :)
Pink Owls? Blue & Green Owls? - Plush Owls Can Be Found in Any Color
Nature's Bee-u-tiful Bees!
Bee Sure to See What the Buzz is all About
The 'buzzing of the bees', in plush!
A 'Pillow Pet' is both a pillow for bedtime or naptime, and a plush pet once you close the velcro closure. This one is a cuddly Bumble Bee!
A Happy Honey Bee~
Handmade in Crochet
This honey bee would like to be a plush pet in a child's room instead of a worker bee in the beehive.
Handmade in crochet using yellow and black acrylic yarn, this happy Honey Bee measures 6 inches tall and 4 inches wide across her body (not counting her legs). Her wings are done in white yarn. She is softly filled with new polyester polyfil. Her features are embroidered in yarn and embroidery thread. She can be found in the Etsy shop of Coastal Crochet Crafts.
Interspersed throughout these delightful furry forest friends in plush, you might find a few 'related' items to play and enjoy with your plush friend.
Lady Bug, Lady Bug, Fly Away Home!
Lady Bugs are very small insects, and are commonly yellow, orange, or scarlet with small black spots on their wing covers, with black legs, head and antennae. Lady Bugs are found worldwide and they are generally considered useful insects as many species feed on pests in gardens.
Most children know the "Ladybug! Ladybug! Fly away home..." nursery rhyme and think Lady Bugs are cute and fun. Fly with me below and see some Lady Bugs in Plush!
A Handmade Lady Bug in Crochet
Your Child and Lady Bug Plushie..
Can Read a Lady Bug Book Together!
In the storybook Ten Little Ladybugs, one by one, ten tactile bugs disappear. Where did they all go? Young ones will love finding this out as they feel their way through the sturdy, colorful pages of this innovative book. The cute critters provide a hands-on learning experience and the rhyming text reinforces the counting concept.
*Reading Level: ages 4-8. Not recommended for children under 3.
Mr. Turtle round and low
I know why you move so slow
You carry such a heavy load
Moving your house down the road.
Make Great "Plush" Pets
One of Nature's most popular animals, especially with children, is the Turtle! Turtles come in many sizes, from the gigantic Sea Turtles to the tiny little baby turtles found in ponds. This crocheted version is just such a 'baby!'
is World Turtle Day!
Turtles are Terrific!
Especially in Plush
From the largest turtle, the leatherback sea turtle, to the tiniest turtle in the world, the speckled turtle of South Africa, turtles fascinate children.
How The Turtle Got His Shell - A Golden Book Selection for babies and toddlers
How did the turtle get its shell? This darling 24-page Golden Book for babies and preschoolers gives answers to that question, plus cool facts about turtles.
A caterpillar is the larval form of some insects, such as moths and butterflies. They are also known as the 'leafworm' and also called an inchworm due to their characteristic looping gait. In the agriculture world, they are considered plant pests, but kids love them all fuzzy and cute. And they look adorable designed in a cute and/or cuddly way, such as this colorful caterpillar shown here. :)
Colorful Caterpillar in Plush
Cute as a plush toy is this Cuddly Caterpillar created in teal and white, making it perfect for a new baby gift or to decorate a baby boy's room.
Created by a crochet crafter on Etsy, Caterpillar has five (5) sections all crocheted together in alternating teal & white yarn.. Features include teal eyes and a pink mouth, with teal 'antennae' on the top of the head. Each segment following the head has little 'feet' in yarn.
Baby Toy Caterpillar measures about 14 inches long and is 3" across and 3" high. It's very soft and cuddly! It can be found in the Etsy Shop of Coastal Crochet Crafts
Plush Caterpillar by Melissa & Doug - Colorful and Cute
Super-soft plush caterpillar has a huggable, flexible body that drapes over shoulders or a lap. There are 32 floppy feet on its colorful multi-color body and is over 2 feet long overall.
'Froggy Went A-Courtin...'
Green Tree Frog - "Ribbit"
As defined in Wikipedia, frogs are amphibians characterized by long hind legs, a short body, webbed digits (fingers or toes), protruding eyes and the absence of a tail. Frogs are widely known as exceptional jumpers. They are often semi-aquatic, but can move easily on land.
Ask a child to describe a frog and he'll tell you a frog is Green and can 'jump', and he'll 'demonstrate by 'jumping' like a frog while chanting "ribbit, ribbit".
Flopsie Flavio Frog by Aurora Plush
A big floppy, full of fun Frog for the enjoyment of children.
This cute frog is hand-crocheted in acrylic yarn in two shades of green with black & white yarn frog eyes. Frog is filled with soft polyfil stuffing. He reminds me of a famous frog named Kermit! :)
Frog measures 22 inches long and 5 inches wide. He sits about 8 inches tall. His arms are 11 inches long and his legs are 15 inches long. His arms and legs are jointed, made in 3 pieces each, and are fun to pose.
Floppy frog is a very hugable plush animal and fun to have around. He's found in the Etsy Shop of Coastal Crochet Crafts.
More Plush Animal Stories...
My Frog Story
In the Intro I showed you a picture of a Plush Frog. Now I'd like to introduce him. His name is Phillip and he was hand-crocheted by me. This is his story....
Phillip's skin is green as grass
And he loves to jump and splash.
Phillip the Frog is handmade and is my interpretation in crochet of one of Nature's favorite creatures.
Phillip is a funny frog
He wears a great big smile
He's happy and playful
And would like to stay with you awhile.
Phillip has hopped away to a new home, but can be created 'just-for-you' upon request. :-)
Save the Frogs Day!
Save The Frogs Day is the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action. For more information, check out their website Save the Frogs Day
Our Nature Walk is Done for Today
Hope You Enjoyed It
Phillip the Funny Frog and I would like to thank you for taking this "Walk through the Woods" with us. We've enjoyed our Nature Walk among these plushies inspired by nature, and hope you have too.
© 2010 Wednesday-Elf