So what are Printies exactly? Well, they are stuffed toys that you and your child can design and make yourselves.
How do they work? You get a kit from Printies, they have 3 themed ones Ocean, pets, and jungle. Then you go to their website, MyPrinties.com. You get a code to use there with your kit. You design your animal character however you want, and you then print your own personalized printie out on your ink jet printer using the special fabric sheets that come in your kit.
How do I design my Printies? You can design them however you want. Their online website has a program that you easily download to your computer. It has the shapes that come in your box with pre-made design part. For instance, you can choose from several different eyes, clothing, etc. There is also an option to upload your own photos. You could place your precious child's face right on the stuffed toy.
Are they hard to make? Nope. If you have minimal computer skills, you just click away until you have your Printies designed like you want. Then using the fabric sheets from the package, you print your design on them. They give you step by step instructions and a practice sheet, so you'll have no problems getting it right. Then you tear the paper edges off, stuff the printed part, click the shoes on and enjoy! Simple stuff.
We received the Printies - Ocean Design Studios starter kit. My son enjoyed designing his own penguin right away. It was easy to load and use the program from their website. And the end result is rather cute.
There were a few minor troubles we had. Mostly because my son is too young for these. He's only 3 and the recommended age is 6, so keep that in mind. He doesn't have the computer skills to be able to do this on his own. He needed my help in creating it, but he did like looking through the design choices and making it his own. The other problem we had was the little plastic shoes. Zachariah played with them too much, and it didn't take much to break them. But older kids will probably be more gentle with these as well.
More about Printies: Printies starter kits are available in 3 designs- Pets Design Studio (with a pets theme), Jungle Design Studio (with jungle animals), and the Oceans Design Studio (with ocean animals). They are designed for children ages 6 and up. The MSRP for the Design Studio is $19.99 and the refill packs for $9.99. You can see more about them and user submitted designs at www.myprinties.com.
Buy It: If you'd like to be able to make your own Printies toys at home, they are available at retailers nationwide, including Amazon.com, Target, Toys "R" Us, Toysrus.com, and Walgreens.
Win It: I have (3) sets of Printies (one of each design) to give away to one of you.
To Enter: You must go to the gallery on the Printies website and tell me one you thought was cute, a short description will suffice. Be sure to leave your e-mail address too, so I can contact you when you win. (If I can't find an e-mail, address or don't already have it, I will draw a new number for the winner.)
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