Have you ever seen a Build a Bear Workshop? They are so great!
As you walk into the store, there are bins of unstuffed animals (bears, monkeys, cats, dogs, etc). All sizes and textures. The cost of the item is written on the bin and ranges from about $15 up.
The child chooses a pal and takes him/her to the machine where an employee uses a hose and pumps some fluff into it. Then they give your child a heart to kiss, etc and place it into the animal (you can also choose to have buttons put in to play music or say things...for extra of course). More fluff. Then your child checks the animal to see if it needs more or less fluff and it is adjusted accordingly.
Next off you go to the table where you brush off your animal. Then you go to the store area to choose the appropriate clothing for your new friend. There are elaborate items and simple short and t-shirt as well.
Finally, you log onto the computer to registar your friend and you get a printed "birth certificate" and a little house box to take him/her home in!
Whoever, thought of this idea was a genious! My son has 3 build a bears! You can never have too many:0)